I find it rewarding to treat people who have taken active roles in their care and who I can connect with over time. I have been in that position as a patient, where I didn’t understand something, so I want my patients to leave a visit with me knowing what’s going on and with awareness of the plan and what is coming next.
I want to make sure patients feel empowered to ask questions and get the care they need. I try to be a calming presence in the room while also being fully honest and truthful, connecting with patients to help them feel seen and heard.
Area of clinical practice
I am a physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic. We treat tumors of the soft tissue and bones, both benign and malignant.
When I was in school, I focused on sports medicine, but then I spent a few years in family medicine. Working in orthopedic oncology allows me to practice the orthopedics side of medicine while following patients for longer and developing a connection.
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