Before becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a nurse on the bone marrow transplant unit at the University of Washington Medical Center. One of my favorite memories was when the nurses and other care team members would gather together to wish a patient a “happy second birthday” on the day of their transplant. We were acknowledging what an incredible gift it was to have the chance to be cured of a life-threatening disease. Undergoing a transplant can be tough, but I know the work we do is worth it when patients come back a few years later to say hello, and they are thriving.
My grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer the weekend of my college graduation. It was the first major life event of mine that she missed, and I will never forget my mom explaining to me why she could not make it. Hearing about her diagnosis of cancer was heartbreaking. I was stunned; I had so many questions and so many fears. I still remember these feelings vividly. My experience with my grandmother taught me how important it is to acknowledge what patients and their loved ones are going through emotionally. I will sit with you and answer your questions, listen to your worries and be there with you through it all.
Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who specializes in the care of patients undergoing blood and bone marrow transplantation and those receiving immunotherapies. My expertise includes caring for people with a variety of blood cancers and non-malignant blood disorders. While pursuing my doctorate in nursing, I studied how to improve clinical outcomes for patients who developed sepsis (a severe response to an infection) following a transplant.
Blood and bone marrow transplantation is a highly specialized, unique field that is constantly evolving. I enjoy being part of a skilled and compassionate team that is committed to providing thorough, patient-centered care. We strive to nurture your physical, mental and spiritual well-being by attending to your whole self, not just your diagnosis.
University of Portland
University of Washington School of Nursing
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