I hope patients feel heard and well taken care of. We all want to be seen and heard. That’s where we find value in life, so that’s my ultimate goal with every patient, every day. If we manage patients’ feelings of being seen and heard, we might also be more successful with treating their conditions.
My career began in critical care, working with patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). One day, I cared for a woman with colon cancer, and she and I developed a great rapport. I discovered that working in oncology was my calling, and I’ve been immersed in cancer care ever since. It challenges my brain, but more importantly, this specialty allows me to make good use of one of my innate gifts: connecting with patients. I see myself as an advocate, sharing complex health information in a way that you can understand and use to make conscious choices that are in your best interest.
Area of Clinical Practice
Head and neck cancers, survivorship
I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
I have more than 30 years of experience in cancer care. My background includes serving as an inpatient blood and marrow transplant nurse, working in the acute care evaluation clinic for patients experiencing challenges from treatment, and time with the oncology unit at the Seattle VA Medical Center. Now, I am focused on patients with head and neck cancers who have had treatment and surgery and are in surveillance mode.
Brigham Young University
University of Washington
Physician Assistant, 1997, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
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