Meet Our Cancer Care Experts at Spokane CyberKnife
To give our patients the best care possible, we bring together a variety of cancer specialists, each with expertise in specific cancers. Spokane CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center is part of the Spokane Valley Cancer Center, where we combine all of our collective knowledge, skills and experience to work for you. This approach ensures that you have the advantage of an entire team of cancer specialists whose whole focus is finding you the best treatment options available. Every week, these multispecialty teams meet in a Tumor Board to discuss each patient's case in detail and design a personalized cancer treatment plan.
You are not alone. We’re in this fight with you.
At Spokane CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center, we recognize that the best cancer treatment for our patients can go beyond their traditional medical care. We closely collaborate with healthcare professionals with a variety of training and skills, such as acupuncturists, nutritionists and naturopathic physicians so that patients can help develop comprehensive care plans that enhance their medical treatment.
Your treatment team may include your:
Medical Oncologist, Surgeon, Radiation Oncologist, Nurse Genetics Counselor,
Pathologist, Nutritionist, Interventional, Radiologist, Clinical Researchers.
Meet Our World Class Cancer Care Experts
A native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Dr. Kelly says she’s had her eye on the Inland Northwest for as long as she can remember. From vacations to run in Spokane’s annual Bloomsday Road Race or camp around Lake Coeur d’Alene, to following nearly every Canadian’s passion for hockey as her classmates, the NHL’s famous Niedermayer brothers and their teammates played junior hockey against the Spokane Chiefs.
Dr. Kelly’s natural curiosity attracted her to the sciences at an early age and led her to pursue a degree in biochemistry at the University of Calgary and a medical degree at the University of Alberta. When an aunt, barely in her 40s was diagnosed with breast cancer, Kelly’s focus on cancer care and radiation oncology was set. Taking what she learned about the disease and its treatment, she’d talk with her aunt about what was happening in an effort to offer whatever insight and comfort she could. The experience informs her philosophy of patient treatment and care to this day.
Dr. Kelly completed a five-year residency program in Radiation Oncology at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and at the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary, Alberta and entered practice at Mercy Cancer Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
With her eye still firmly focused on living and working in the Inland Northwest, Dr. Kelly moved to the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Cancer Centers where she first became involved in discussions with Dr. Arvind Chaudhry (now director of the Spokane Valley Cancer Center) around his vision of creating a multi-disciplinary center that would combine world class science and technology with nutrition, meditation and other “whole patient” therapies to create a highly coordinated circle of treatment and care.
According to Dr. Kelly, the science of cancer treatment is advancing at an exponential rate. Today, tools like the CyberKnife — a linear accelerator mounted on a robotic arm that utilizes cruise missile tracking technology to target and follow tumors means patients receive therapy that is more precise, powerful and effective — delivered in shorter-term treatments than ever before.
As Medical Director at Spokane CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center, Karie-Lynn Kelly MD is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care utilizing world-class technology and thoughtful, experience based treatment. She is trained in all aspects of Radiation Oncology, including CyberKnife® and TrueBeam Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT), IMRT, IGRT, 3DCRT, electron therapy, and brachytherapy. Dr. Kelly is an active member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology.
A mother of four, Dr. Kelly and her busy family live in north Idaho — which she describes as a nearly perfect place to raise a family.
Often, our earliest influences can help set our course in life. For Frank Lamm, that’s surely been the case. As a child growing up near Pittsburgh, Lamm drew early inspiration watching his grandfather build braces for disabled children that helped them achieve greater independence and mobility. Later, when another grandfather fell ill with cancer, Lamm’s desire to understand and help provided the impetus that eventually pointed him to Hahneman University Medical School in Philadelphia where he encountered the mentoring influence of the university’s radiation oncology department chairman, Luther Brady MD, whose knowledge and experience inspired Dr. Lamm to pursue the specialty.
After completing a 5-year residency where he eventually served as Chief Resident, Dr. Lamm began practice at Mercy Hospital in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t long however, before opportunity came knocking with the familiar advice to “go west, young man”. Lamm saw a chance to grow professionally — and, the idea of living and raising his family in eastern Montana with its bounty of recreational opportunities and natural beauty made the opportunity too attractive to ignore. Dr. Lamm moved his practice to the North Rockies Radiation Oncology Center in Billings and spent 14-years there, departing as the Medical Director.
Dr. Lamm has practiced in the Spokane and North Idaho market for the past 10 years, spending 7-years Kootenai Cancer Center in Coeur d’Alene and 3-years at Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center, Spokane. His move to the Spokane Valley Cancer Center and CyberKnife of Spokane was a no brainer says Dr. Lamm. The facility and equipment are state-of-the-art and unique in the region. The physicians and staff are visionary and top notch.
According to Dr. Lamm, the science of radiation oncology has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. Today, advancements in imaging technology and the arrival of tools like CyberKnife allow him to target cancer cells more precisely and deliver treatment that’s more powerful, accurate, and effective.
Dr. Lamm has extensive experience in all methods and treatment options available in Radiation Oncology. His training and experience includes: CyberKnife® and TrueBeam Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT), Rapid-Arc (SRS), IMRT, IGRT, 3DCRT, electron therapy, and brachytherapy. Dr. Lamm is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology, Yellowstone Medical Society, Montana Medical Association and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.
Dr. Kresl is a Nationally Recognized expert in Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He is currently the Medical Director of the Phoenix Cyberknife and Radiation Oncology Center and of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Dr. Kresl is the current chairman of American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Workforce Committee and Executive Board Member of the CyberKnife™ Society.
Dr. Chaudhry is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, and is the director of Spokane Valley Cancer Center. He received his cancer training at the National Cancer Institute, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where he completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. Dr Chaudhry also completed a PhD program and doctoral thesis in cancer research at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Dr. Mihai Alexianu graduated Magna cum Laude from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest in 1989. His initial urology residency was at the University of Medicine in Cluj, and he became Board certified in urology in 1994. During this time he was working on his PhD in bladder cancer and specialized in urologic oncology and bladder substitution. Dr. Alexianu continued his training at the Albert Einstein University, NY, Long Island Campus, finishing two years of general surgery and three years of urology.
Dr. Deters attended the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a six year urology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire with dedicated oncology training. Dr. Deters believes effective patient care is through education and an open discussion with the patient about their treatment options. He values a multidisciplinary approach for the management of genitourinary cancers, including those of the kidney, bladder, and prostate.
Dr. Robert Golden is a dedicated urologist with specialization in urologic oncology. He has vast experience in laparoscopic cancer surgery for kidney cancer and upper tract transitional cell carcinoma. His focus on invasive bladder cancer has been of a bladder sparing approach of transurethral resection, chemotherapy and radiation.
Jessica is a board certified Oncology and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing medical oncology for nearly a decade. Jessica received her bachelor of Nursing degree at Washington State University, and received her Advanced Nurse Practitioner degree at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is very active as a clinical trial subinvestigator for our patients enrolled in clinical trials. Jessica has a special interest in working closely with our patients to assure they tolerate chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immune therapy.