I originally worked as a clinical assistant in Portland for several years. I loved the patient interactions, patient care and team setting, so I applied to school to become a physician assistant. After completing my training at Duke University, I worked in a rural clinic in southwestern Michigan in otolaryngology for two years and found I had a passion for oncology care, which led me to a fellowship at Fred Hutch.
We are caring for patients who are going through some of the hardest things in their lives. We get to be there for them and their families as part of a team of providers and caregivers who are working to help them get back to feeling their best.
I hope patients feel I am a good provider, but also a cheerleader and supporter of their well-being. I am going to do everything I can to give them the best care possible.
Area of clinical practice
Head and neck cancers, thoracic cancers
I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic and UW Medical Center – Montlake.
I see patients who are going through chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck cancers. I think it is important to keep in mind that oncology care does not just involve the patient, but also the community of loved ones that surrounds them. Cancer care is a holistic, multidisciplinary effort involving not only the oncology team but a wide variety of other specialties and providers.
Lewis & Clark College
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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.
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