Our physicians have many years of experience in patient care, academics practice, and clinical biotechnology research. This is coupled with our unparalleled links to major academic institutions, therapeutics development organizations, local hospitals, key specialists and diagnostic and imaging facilities.
While most oncology and hematology treatment is best provided in the outpatient setting, when hospital based care is needed, we provide this through hospital privileges held at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.
Ashwin Kashyap, MD, FACP
Focus & Philosophy: The integration of all types of care available in order to fulfill the needs of every person as a complete, unique individual.
Background Information: Dr. Kashyap has over 25 years of experience in the management of patients with Cancer.
He originates from England and earned his Medical Degree from the University of London in 1985. He then went on to complete his residency and fellowship trainings at the University of Rochester in upstate New York before joining the City of Hope Cancer Center in 1993. At the City of Hope he was a member of the faculty and staff for many years prior to establishing his practice in the Conejo and Simi Valley area in 2005.
He has been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the specialty of Internal medicine and the two sub-specialties of Medical Oncology and Hematology. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations, most prestigiously the American College of Physicians, which honored him with the highly coveted title of Fellow (FACP) in 1999 as recognition of his dedication to patient care and his contributions to clinical research.
His goal has always been to find less toxic, more effective ways to treat cancer. This passion has lead to the publication of more than 100 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters and he has been invited to lecture worldwide regarding his patient related research work in cancers such as hematological malignancies and their treatments.
Click here to watch a video of Dr. Kashyap speaking about the treatment of Breast Cancer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 2011.
Cindy Busto, LCSW, DCSW
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California, Cindy began her career at the San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic. She provided Individual and Family psychotherapy and also ran Parenting groups and Multifamily groups. She served as co-coordinator for the Child Sexual Abuse and Family Treatment Program and was an Adjunct Staff member at UCLA. Cindy had the opportunity to train UCLA medical and psychiatric residents on their six week rotations. Her job, which she loved, was to train the residents to listen to the needs of their patients and to learn how to treat them with dignity, respect and compassion. The residents completed their rotation with a better knowledge of how to treat their patients holistically.
During her years at the Clinic, Cindy began a private practice and immersed herself in learning Family Systems Therapy. This experience, coupled with her psychodynamic training, helped her work more effectively with individuals, families, couples and groups.
In 1985, Cindy created West Coast Counseling Center, an outpatient, dual diagnosis treatment center, with offices in Westlake Village and Encino. WCCC also provides aftercare to clients from many of the top treatment centers in the nation.
Cindy is a nineteen year cancer survivor and her experience has enabled her to work with cancer survivors before, during and after their treatment. She believes in the powerful connection between emotions and physical wellbeing. Building a cancer support community helps improve one’s quality of life and enhances the possibility of recovery. Beyond treating just the illness, treating the whole person has a much greater impact on quality of life and health outcomes. Cindy remains passionate about helping clients discover and develop their “best selves” and to value the unique contributions that they make to their relationships and to their community. As clients heal their wounds and begin to know and honor their self-worth, they are better able to achieve the goals they desire and create healthy and fulfilling lives.
Stella Ortiz RN, BSN, OCN
I am truly grateful for having had the honor and privilege of working as a nurse for almost 35 years. My mother influenced me in my formative years with the positive example she set by being a wonderful, dedicated nurse herself for over 60 years. For me, nursing has been a labor of love as I have been blessed to be able to fuse my passion with my talent to arrive at my true calling. I cannot put into words the warm feeling I enjoy from serving others. I have worked steadily in oncology for the best part of almost 25 years and find it more exciting than ever. Over my years of experience in oncology, I have been witness to tremendous advancements in the management and treatment of the oncology patient. These new advancements translate to higher response rates, life expectancy and improved quality of life. In the practice of oncology nursing, I have acquired many specialized clinical skills such as chemotherapy dosing calculations, mixing and administration via the use and access of various types of central lines and delivery pumps; I have also developed the ability to skillfully manage the side effects and co-morbid issues which help keep patients out of the hospital, maximizing their outcomes and quality of life. In the last few years I have become the practice nurse navigator which helps facilitate treatments, referral to other physicians, procedures, imaging and long-term management. This longitudinal role gives me an opportunity to get to know my patients very well, allowing me to better understand by what means they and their families may best benefit from education leading to better compliance, leading to much better overall patient care. This has led me to my new goal of becoming a nursing practitioner, I am expected to graduate by September 2016. With further training and education in general healthcare and oncology, this will allow me to be of greater service in my current position and to ultimately better serve my community.
The beauty of working in nursing is not what you give to nursing, but rather what it gives you in return. My most treasured moments have been from patient care. What the patient gives in return for the small cost of care is both overwhelming and humbling. I am very proud of my nursing profession, it is one of the most humbling, rewarding areas anyone could hope to work in.
Nora Heisch, LVN
Nora has been a nurse for 28 years. She has been with Tri-Valley for 10 years. Nora has over 14 years of extensive hospital and intensive care experience. Here at Tri-Valley, her responsibilities include but are not limited to, administering chemotherapy and many other types of infusions, educating patients, and their families. Nora also educates patients on the side effects that accompany chemotherapy treatments. Nora assist in the laboratory with processing patients, running and ordering a variety test.
Gabby Real, RN
Gabby is our newest member of the nursing staff, having recently completed her RN. However, she has worked in our clinical lab for many years in the past and so a well established member of our clinical team. She also shares responsibility for the blood draw station and in-house clinical lab.
Taylor Ebbert, RN, BSN
Taylor graduated with her bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in psychology from CSU Channel Islands in August 2015. She started with Tri-Valley in September 2015 as an infusion nurse. She is responsible for administering infusions, education patients and their families regarding chemotherapy and side effects. She also assist in the laboratory with processing patients and performing blood draws. Taylor has experience in spine and orthopedic surgery and has volunteered at numerous hospitals such as Los Robles, and St. John’s Regional Medical Center.