During the early 1980s, I was working as a nurse in New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis. Through this experience, I was able to witness a very dire health situation turn into one of hope, thanks to drug development and advances in clinical research. I see many similarities among the patients I worked with then and the women with breast cancer I see now: a sense of resilience and determination and a desire to build community around a shared cause. Every day, I am humbled by the grace my patients exhibit.
I have always enjoyed working with people, particularly those who are dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. It’s an honor to be a part of your life during this intense time. Our relationship is based on mutual trust, respect and openness, so I hope that you feel free to ask questions and bring up any concerns you have about your care at any point in the process. My role includes offering support, guidance and education while helping you maximize your potential for healing. I am your advocate, working closely with other members of your care team to ensure you have the highest quality of life possible.
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) with more than 20 years of experience in cancer care. Specializing in breast health, I evaluate breast abnormalities and provide pre- and post-operative care for patients having breast surgery. I also work with women who are at a high risk for developing breast cancer, establishing an individualized screening program that takes into account factors like risk level, age and health.
New York University
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, 1980, American Nurses Credentialing Center
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.