Several years ago, my father was diagnosed with cancer. I noticed that he would leave for his doctor’s appointments with a bright, upbeat demeanor, but then he would become distraught. My father would try to be brave in front of my mother as they discussed what the doctor had said, but you could see that he was feeling overwhelmed. There have been so many advances in oncology; we have all these amazing treatments now. But an important part of truly helping people is ensuring they have the tools they need to cope with their disease, and that is really where my passion lies as a clinician. I find it rewarding to help patients and families manage the fears, challenges and transitions that a diagnosis of cancer can bring.
I believe that every patient should have the opportunity to lead a meaningful, satisfying life, regardless of their diagnosis or the stage of their disease. I aim to help each person reach that goal by supporting their physical, emotional and spiritual health. During our appointments, we can discuss whatever problems or symptoms you’re facing. We can work together on planning for the future, healing the past, getting the most out of the present or simply prioritizing what’s important to you. Your voice matters and your situation is unique; I look forward to collaborating with your care team to help you live the best life possible.
Palliative and supportive care
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who provides palliative and supportive care for patients with advanced cancers. The goal of palliative care is to improve your quality of life during treatment. I help patients manage physical symptoms, such as pain or nausea, cope with stress and acknowledge the difficult emotions that can arise from a cancer diagnosis. Before joining Fred Hutch, I spent six years working in outpatient palliative care as a nurse practitioner and 12 years as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.
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.
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.
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.