I was originally set on a path toward working in primary care, but when I did a rotation in oncology, it changed my direction. In oncology, you're seeing patients twice a week for months on end. You become a part of their life routines, helping them to manage how cancer affects their life. I realized how much I would enjoy getting to develop such strong relationships with my patients, and I’ve found this to be incredibly rewarding.
I believe in a team approach to care, and one of the most important members of the team is the patient. My role is to be my patient's advocate; I listen to the patient to provide the personalized care that each person deserves. This allows the patient to make confident decisions about their own care, so that they can help their treatment be successful.
Des Moines University, Physician Assistant Studies
Bachelor of Science
St. Ambrose University, Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience
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