Resilience and steadfastness in the face of adversity have always been qualities that I admire, partly because they have been woven into my family for generations. My grandfather was a Polish prisoner of war in Siberia during World War I, and both of my parents lived through the experience of Nazi Germany. If my family has taught me anything, it’s that the power of the human spirit is incredible — and it’s something I see every day in my patients. My patients' strength — just like that of my family’s — is deeply inspiring, and I consider it a privilege to work with them.
I am a three-time breast cancer survivor myself and believe that kindness goes a long way; it’s the key to helping people through difficult times. During our consultations, you can expect me to listen to your experiences, symptoms and concerns without judgment. I aim to meet your individual needs — from the physical to the psychosocial to the spiritual — through evidence-based practice, a little bit of humor and a whole lot of compassion.
High risk cancer surveillance
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) specializing in high risk cancer surveillance. My background includes more than 30 years of nursing experience across a variety of disciplines, from medical-surgical nursing to gynecology, community nursing, breast health, teaching and more. I am part of the Fred Hutch High Risk Cancer Surveillance Clinic where we offer a personalized approach to managing your cancer risk.
King's College, London
University of Washington School of Nursing
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, 2007, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Teaching Appointment, Green River Community College; Master of Nursing, University of Washington
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