Patients place a great degree of trust in their health care team and my goal is to support our patients while recognizing that undergoing a procedure can be intimidating and anxiety provoking. Every day, I strive to make a difference for our patients, whether that’s providing physical or emotional/psychological comfort and/or educating patients and families about their disease and treatment plan. I practice medicine with compassion, understanding, and a little bit of humor. I think most people I care for remember me as a kind person, and that’s very important to me.
My mother is the strongest person I’ve ever known. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, it was a very humbling, vulnerable time for the whole family. She’s in remission now, and when I look back on the experience, I think it made me more sensitive to what caregivers go through. Sometimes they can be forgotten in the whole process. I have always believed in a team-oriented approach to medicine, where the patient is the epicenter, and loved ones are also an important part of that team.
Area of Clinical Practice
Apheresis and cellular therapy
I am a board-certified physician assistant with more than 23 years of experience in caring for patients across a variety of clinical settings. Prior to joining Fred Hutch’s Apheresis Procedural Unit, I worked in inpatient hematology-oncology at UW Medical Center – Montlake and blood and marrow transplant/immunotherapy services at Fred Hutch and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. My background also includes experience in emergency medicine, neuro-oncology and orthopedic surgery.
Currently, I serve as the Apheresis and Cellular Therapy advanced practice provider at Fred Hutch’s Apheresis Procedural Unit. In this role, I oversee the clinical care of patients undergoing cell collections and therapeutic apheresis procedures for a variety of diseases throughout a multitude of services within Fred Hutch, UW Medical Center – Montlake and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
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