My first job as a registered nurse was in an intensive care unit. I appreciated the level of skill and knowledge required to care for those patients, but there was an important piece of the nursing experience that was missing for me. Most of the patients I worked with were sedated and on ventilators due to the severity of their conditions, so there was not much of an opportunity to connect with them. When I transitioned to cancer care, I knew I had found my niche. Working in oncology provides a perfect blend of delivering complex medical care and being able to connect with patients and their families on a very personal level. It is my passion, and I could not imagine doing anything else.
Early in my career, I cared for a patient with Hodgkin lymphoma. He underwent two stem cell transplants and was in and out of the hospital for months. Yet despite how sick he was, staying active was incredibly important to him. Even in his darkest moments, he would try to get up and “get his laps in” around the unit. He was a bright light for the staff and fellow patients. I will never forget his perseverance and his tenacious spirit. He also reinforced the value of discovering who patients are as individuals, beyond their diagnoses.
Area of Clinical Practice
Medical oncology, hematology
I have been an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) since 2013. My background includes experience in medical hematology and oncology, stem cell transplantation and radiation oncology. My career began at the South Lake Union campus in Seattle, where I cared for patients with hematologic malignancies. Now, at the Peninsula Clinic, I treat patients with a variety of diseases from breast cancer to lymphoma, among others. I am excited to be a part of the community site team, bringing high quality cancer care closer to home.
My approach to care is based on learning about your individual story. While you may have a similar diagnosis or treatment plan as someone else, no two sets of life circumstances are the same and each person’s experience will be unique. One of my favorite aspects of this job is patient education, helping you and your family understand your diagnosis and treatment plan and make informed decisions about your care.
Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality, personalized care closer to home. As part of Fred Hutch, our community oncologists offer patients multidisciplinary tumor board opinions, clinical trials and expertise in treating a variety of cancers.
University of Washington
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.
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