I see my role at the proton center as one of collaboration with patients and other health care teams. I work to bridge communication gaps between teams. With patients, I strive to teach what I know about radiation side effects and also to help coach them back to health. I use motivational interviewing to find out where the patient is at and together, we forge a path forward towards their goals. Surviving cancer isn’t enough; I want them to rediscover who they were before cancer and in big ways and small ones, thrive.
With over two decades in health care, including working in medical oncology, emergency medicine, reconstructive surgery and now in survivorship, I understand that each patient has a unique 'footprint' that informs me. As I get to know my patients as an individual, it helps me create an optimized approach to their care.
Areas of clinical practice
Prostate cancer survivorship
Acute myeloid leukemia, other myeloid malignancies
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in ongoing surveillance and wellness for prostate cancer patients who have received proton therapy. I partner with patients and families to manage post-radiation care and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors as part of the patient’s overall recovery.
I see patients at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center – Proton Therapy. I also serve as the team leader to manage acute medical needs for patients receiving care at our proton therapy facility. Outside of the clinic, I participate in the monthly Prostate Dinner Club, a prostate cancer support group hosted by Caner Lifeline, where I enjoy engaging with patients on various topics.
Physician Assistant, 2004, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.
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.