Guiding patients and supporting them while we navigate oncology treatment is rewarding to me. I enjoy bringing comfort to patients and their families and providing the information they need to make decisions that are best suited for each individual person. I like that I get to spend time with patients, lend a listening ear and provide support in whatever way they need. I also value being able to work at an institution in which cutting edge research is being developed and utilized to give patients the best chance of overcoming their disease.
I have had many family members who have been diagnosed with cancer and I feel like I developed a connection with breast cancer patients after two aunts were treated for it. It was an overwhelming time for my family, and there was just so much information to take in. Going through those experiences have shaped the way I work with patients now.
I want people to feel supported, cared for and heard. I also find it important to give people time to process the details and encourage them to ask questions.
Area of Clinical Practice
Breast cancer, patients at high risk for breast cancer
I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
I specialize in breast oncology as well as surveillance for patients who are at high risk for breast cancer – they have breast cancer in their families or genetic markers that indicate the potential to develop it over the course of their lives.
Bowling Green State University
Ohio Dominican University
Physician Assistant, 2018, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
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