Part of what drew me to the field of medicine is that it really is a practice, which appeals to the athlete in me. I have to continually keep up — the process of learning new information and refining my skills never ends, and I appreciate being on that lifelong journey. I first became interested in oncology during physician assistant school. During my clinical rotations, I witnessed the type of relationships that I could have with patients, which are unique in their longevity and depth. In oncology, I have the opportunity to walk through life with patients and families, and those moments when I get to share a smile or laugh with them are simply the best.
For me, providing the best care is about keeping pace clinically with the rapid changes in my field and marrying that with an understanding of your goals and desires. I’m always open and honest about your situation, and I’m attuned to each person’s needs in the moment, whether that means offering extra reassurance, more information, a bit of levity or a sympathetic ear.
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in GI oncology. Before joining Fred Hutch, I provided care for adults undergoing bone marrow transplantation. In my current role, I work with patients who have GI malignancies, which can affect a variety of organs in the digestive system, such as the esophagus, stomach and pancreas. GI oncology has been one of my professional passions since physician assistant school. I enjoy helping patients and families make complex medical decisions, manage difficult symptoms and achieve a good quality of life.
University of Texas Southwestern
Physician Assistant, 2017, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
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