I was passionate about science from a young age. I started out as a researcher but felt like something was missing: seeing patients on a day-to-day basis. I realized that I wanted to be a part of patient care directly, not just from the bench. Breast cancer spoke to me as a specialty because it’s a collaborative effort among many fields to provide the best outcome for patients, and people affected by breast cancer can be incredibly strong. I am honored to be a part of their journey.
During my PhD training, my father was diagnosed with cancer, and the care he received opened my eyes to the kind of practitioner I strive to be: respectful, compassionate and collaborative. I believe that it’s important to provide individualized care to every patient and to involve both patients and families in the decision-making process. An important part of my role as a physician assistant is education, helping you clarify your goals for care and sharing information about your illness and treatment plan. Every step of the way you can count on my support.
I am a board-certified physician assistant (PA) who specializes in treating patients with breast cancer. I provide care through Fred Hutch’s Women’s Wellness Clinic, which offers follow-up services for those who have completed treatment for breast cancers or at a high risk for developing breast cancer. My background includes a PhD in medical and molecular genetics. Today, as a PA, I enjoy combining my research and clinical training to provide women with personalized oncology care.
PhD, Indiana University
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.