I view patients through the lens of compassion and shared humanity rather than medical cases or numbers. This takes into account the psychosocial and cultural influences, support systems, life stories and healthcare barriers that shape each individual. This allows me to cater care to each patient uniquely rather than go with a cookie-cutter approach. I also believe in implementing the most up-to-date evidence-based medical practices so that my patients can have the best health outcomes.
A specific patient encounter that has remained in my memory was when I gave a hug to someone whose cancer returned for the third time. I think that gesture made the person feel seen, and it reaffirmed my belief in not rushing through a visit and striving to see patients from their perspectives and pain. It allowed me to value the human connections that happens in medicine. This, and other experiences, instilled in me the value of providing the same quality of care to patients as I would want for my own family members.
Area of Clinical Practice
Lymphoma, leukemia, myelodysplastic disorders, benign hematology
I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
When I was in college, I saw my friend battle leukemia but felt limited in what I could do other than raise fund for his treatments. Not only has he been in remission for 18 years, he went on to have several beautiful children. The same cannot be said about a role model, who watched me grow up since childhood. Her premature death taught me to advocate for early screening/detection, preventative measures and a wholistic team-based approach when it comes to the care of patients.
I chose to specialize in heme malignancy and disorders because we are at the precipice of revolutionary medical breakthroughs, and I get to be a part of that movement.
University of Georgia
Physician Assistant, 2018, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
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