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The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village

Our Medical Team

Michael Zakem, DO
Medical Director of Medical Oncology

A graduate of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Dr. Zakem completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Metro Health Hospital. He completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, followed by a hematology/oncology fellowship at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. Dr. Zakem is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.


Dr. Michael Zakem
Julie Forstner, MD
Medical Director of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Julie Forstner is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco, where she served as the chief resident in the department of radiation oncology. Dr. Forstner is board certified in radiation oncology and has received advanced training in radiosurgery. She is also fluent in Spanish.


Dr. Julie Forstner
Stephanie Dublis, DO

Stephanie Dublis, DO, is a graduate of Midwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center where she then worked for a year as a hospitalist. She went on to complete a fellowship in oncology and hematology at Loyola. Dr. Dublis is a member for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. Her special interests include lung cancer, colorectal cancer and melanoma.

Terri Bott-Kothari, MD
Radiation Oncology

Dr. Terri Bott-Kothari earned her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She completed both her internship and residency at the University Hospital of Cincinnati where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Bott-Kothari is board certified in radiation oncology and has a special interest in treating lung and breast cancer.


Dr. Terri Bott-Kothari
Pamela A. White, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. White earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University and received post-doctoral training at the J. Leonard Camera Center Rehabilitation Facility, specializing in pain and stress management. She worked with Columbus Children’s Hospital before moving to Michigan where she has been a staff psychologist with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services since 1994. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Michigan Psychological Association.


Dr. Pamela White
Rita Rivard, RN
Patient Navigator

Rita Rivard brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to her role as a patient navigator. She is skilled in this area from her work as a community health programs coordinator with Susan G. Komen for the Cure of West Michigan. Rita acts as a liaison throughout the Metro Health system and the broader community to help patients navigate the medical maze so they can focus on recovery.


Susanne Pettigrew, PA-C
Survivorship Coordinator

Susanne Pettigrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant Program in 1984. She has worked in family practice as a clinical physician assistant and also as a disease state management coordinator. She assists patients in learning ways to regain as normal a lifestyle as possible after cancer care.


The Nursing Staff

All members of the registered nursing staff at The Cancer Center at the Metro Health Village are oncology certified and work alongside the physicians in molding a treatment plan for patients. Our patients receive primary cancer care though the nursing staff as well, meaning each patient has one nurse to follow them through the entire treatment process. The nursing team handles each patient with professional empathy and care, knowing that cancer directly impacts all aspects of a patient’s life.

Nursing staff members available to answer questions Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to reach a nurse please call (616) 252-8100



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