My grandfather, a physician, had several cancers toward the end of his life. He was treated for skin cancer, but then was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. It was devastating. He felt strongly about giving back to science and the future of others, so he joined a drug study to make sure he could provide data to help future treatments be more successful. I admire his courage and integrity and his ability to always be focused on positive outcomes for others.
I honor his legacy by joining in the work on the leading edge of care to help improve quality of life and outcomes for patients. I want patients to know I am their partner in their medical journey.
I have always enjoyed working with patients with complex conditions, especially when we need to collaborate across many different specialties. When I was in a hospital setting, I was the “quarterback” who managed the team and the point person for patients. I have found there is no lack of complexity and teamwork needed in blood and marrow transplants. We all need to work together to achieve the best outcomes for patients, and I want to be a part of leading the charge.
Area of Clinical Practice
Bone marrow transplantation, immunotherapy
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic and UW Medical Center – Montlake.
I was an internal medicine specialist in an acute-care setting before deciding to work in hematology-oncology. This means I excel in managing complex medical conditions and multiple diagnoses at the same time. I am focused on working with other specialties to make sure patients get all the specialized care they need.
University of Portland
University of Washington School of Nursing
Virginia Mason, APP Hospitalist Fellowship
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, 2018, American Nurses Credentialing Center
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