I think the number one thing that I value is connecting with patients, and really understanding their stories. With supportive cutaneous oncology, we often get to follow patients for life. When I feel like I understand who a person is outside their medical history, they become real and we develop a relationship.
This is what I valued about primary care and I strive to bring this approach into my current and future practice.
I was diagnosed with an invasive melanoma and it took me down the road to changing my medical specialty. I originally worked as a primary care physician for about 7 years in Seattle and my own cancer experience made me connect with oncology and want to give back.
I appreciate the multidisciplinary approach at Fred Hutch – how we engage with other providers. You can really make things happen for patients when you’re working on a team and everyone is here for the same purpose. People here are very down-to-earth and want to help.
Area of Clinical Practice
I am a physician who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
I'm focused on melanoma treatment and surveillance. I also help patients with skin conditions related to their cancer treatment, such as the effects of radiation, or just assisting in general with their skin health. Cancer treatments are hard and they can affect people in many ways. Part of what we do in dermatology is to support people in feeling their best.
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
University of Washington Valley Medical Center Program
American Board of Family Medicine
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like registered dietitians, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.