I like to understand all aspects of my patients’ lives. I think treating a person’s disease is only one component of their care. The most important part is forming a relationship with patients and understanding how their lives impact their health. I am also really focused on health education and making sure patients have all the resources they need to have a successful outcome.
My uncle was diagnosed with cancer during the height of the pandemic. It was a scary and unnerving time for him. He had very limited experience with the health care system, so being a resource for him was really important for me.
Fred Hutch is not only invested in patients, but also in the people who work with patients. Supporting the people who assist patients is good for patient care.
We are also always seeking ways to improve every aspect of the care we provide, which is important for those who are living with cancer.
Area of Clinical Practice
I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
As an internal medicine physician assistant working in rehabilitation medicine, I often treated patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Many patients had prostate and bladder cancer, and this spurred my interest in learning more about how these conditions are managed.
Duke University School of Medicine
MPH, UNT Health Science Center
PhD, Texas Woman's University
Registered Respiratory Therapist, 2004, National Board for Respiratory Care
Certified Physician Assistant, 2009, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Certified in Public Health, 2016, National Board of Public Health Examiners
Certified Health Education Specialists, 2018, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch physicians. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your physician 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 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.
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