Find Your iRNPA



Find Your iRNPA


All iRNPAs have completed the nationally ranked RN Patient Advocates/University of Arizona College of Nursing Learning Intensive and are knowledgeable in all paradigms of medicine:  conventional medicine, Integrative Medicine and the Functional Medicine Chronic Care Model.  Our expertise extends to all clinical areas. Click here to read about our services: RN Patient Advocate Services 

We invite you to meet with an iRNPA for an introductory meeting.  We will ask you to tell us what is happening, what conditions are you facing.  Knowing that, we will be able to explain how we might best help – what services iRNPAs provide that would be most advantageous for you.


Name          Phone                             Speciality
Melissa Cardine MSN, RN, WOCN, iRNPA 602 499-4584      
  • Complete an initial comprehensive assessment of your personal situation.
  • Research and inform you about available treatment options.
  • Provide you with information to better understand what you are encountering in the health care world.
  • Create a personal plan for you to make informed medical decisions. 
  • Educate you how to become your own health advocate.
Ann Rose Dichov RN, MSN, iRNPA 


  • Oncology
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Medical/Surgical nursing
Karen Mercereau RN iRNPA 


  • Integrative/Functional Medicine
  • Patient advocacy
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Neurodegenerative disease treatment/management (ex. Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Burns
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Surgical preparation and recovery
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Cancer treatment options
  • Nutrition
  • Autoimmune disease medicine


Karen Hallbauer RNC-OB, iRNPA


  • RN Patient Advocate Services


  • Independent RN Patient Advocate
  • Obstetrical & Neonatal Nursing
  • Women’s Health
  • Utilization Review
  • Quality Assurance
  • Clinical Research
  • Childbirth Educator


Jessica Koegel RN, MSN, iRNPA


  • Case Management
  • Advanced Management of Chronic illnesses
  • Surgical clients 
  • Home Health
  • Health & Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Utilization Review
  • Quality Assurance


Name                                                  Phone                                  Speciality 
Melynda Ruckels RN, MSN, iRNPA  


  • Cardiology & Critical Care 
  • Medical/Surgical & Emergency Nursing
  • Holistic Nursing
  • Hypnosis & Reiki

Susan Lam, RN, iRNPA  


  • Patient AdvocacyHealth and wellness
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Critical Care
  • Chronic Disease
  • Management
  • Nutrition
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Geriatrics



Ruth Rinehart, RN, iRNPA


  • Primary Immune Deficiency
  • Chronic Fatigue/Myalgic Encephalitis (SEID)
  • Autoimmne Diseases


Susan F. McPhail-Taylor MHA, BSN, RN, IRNPA 





  We provide:
  • in-office/phone coaching
  • home visits/in-person Hospital Assistance
  • in-person support at Appointments, Research and Education sessions. 

We collaborate with physicians and organizations to provide education during every step of the medical treatment process, from diagnosis to therapies and any side effects. 

Nan Wetherhorn, RN, iRNPA




  My areas of interest are people with complex medical issues, cancer patients and seniors (and their children who live in another state) who need help understanding their healthcare issues. I also have a lot of experience with pediatrics and neonates and working with their families to understand the child’s healthcare issues and treatment plans.

Florida & Pennsylvania
Name                                                  Phone                                  Speciality 
Lannette Johnston RN, BSN, iRNPA 


  • Breast Cancer
  • Women’s Health 
  • Cardiac Care
  • Critical Care
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Master Trainer
  • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Care
  • Domestic Violence
  • Geriatrics
  • American Heart Association Instructor for Adult & Pediatric 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Health Promotion, Injury, and Illness Prevention Programs
  • Employee Wellness
  • Home Health
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Intensive Care
  • Medical Surgical
  • Pediatric Services for the technology dependent child



North Carolina

Name                                                  Phone                                  Speciality 
Lana R. Benton, RN, BSN, iRNPA


  • Certified MediKey Provider
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Oncology
  • Cardiac Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Health Education

Name                                              Phone                                   Speciality
Robin Bove MSN, RN, iRNPA


  • AOCN Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse
  • CPHM Certified Professional in Healthcare Management



Contact us!

RN Patient Advocates, PLLC

3400 West Goret Road
Tucson, AZ 85754
Phone: 520-743-7008
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