My approach is holistic and patient-centered. I believe health care should consider the whole person, not just their immediate medical needs. I take the time to learn about a patient’s health goals, values and beliefs so I am better able to provide individualized care. I aim to create a space for trust and honesty while educating and empowering patients and their families to make informed decisions about their health.
One of my favorite memories was when I cared for a patient as she was recovering from surgery for a brain tumor. I became very aware that having messy hair was bothering the patient, so I spent my spare time combing around her surgical incision and fixing her hair into braids. She later grabbed my hand, hugged me and cried. Her daughter later told me her hair was her “prized possession.”
When the patient was due to be transferred to a new floor for chemotherapy and radiation, she bestowed upon me the honor of cutting her hair and shaving her head while her family was present to support her and take pictures. The opportunity to share that experience with her and her family was both humbling and profound, and I will never forget it.
Areas of Clinical Practice
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
Specializing in hematology-oncology has given me the opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience in acute and chronic disease management. More importantly, this specialty has granted me the privilege of forming relationships with patients and their families as we work together to treat their disease.
Boise State University
University of Cincinnati School of Nursing
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, 2022, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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