I worked in oncology in Chicago earlier in my career and really enjoyed getting to know patients and making an impact on their cancer treatment. When I moved to Seattle, I shifted to emergency medicine, where I worked for 12 years. I needed a change of pace and a return to my roots. I enjoy using my combined experience as part of the Acute Clinical Evaluation (ACE) Clinic and Infusion team.
As an advanced care provider, I take great pride in being able to help my patients manage their treatment and maintain an excellent quality of life. I value listening to patients, and I think it’s one of my strengths as a provider.
Finding out a patient’s concern, answering questions, making them feel comfortable and letting them know that I’m here to help them — any way I can show empathy — are all very important to me. Part of listening means understanding that everyone has different needs and background knowledge about their disease or treatments.
Area of clinical practice
Acute care oncology
I am a physician assistant-certified who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
I see patients who are having a reaction to a treatment or chemotherapy, which can be very anxiety-inducing. Being able to provide immediate relief and comfort to patients is one of the things that motivates me, and I also find it very rewarding.
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
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.