I first learned about the field of stem cell transplantation during college, when I was doing research on the efficacy of blood transfusions. In graduate school, I wrote my thesis about stem cell transplantation because I was drawn to its potential. Every year, there are discoveries that improve disease management and lead to new treatment regimens for patients. Being a clinician in stem cell transplantation constantly challenges me to learn more and ask questions. What I’ve come to love about this specialty is that it encompasses all aspects of patient care — physical, emotional and social — and it’s very rewarding to support people in such a holistic way.
My primary goal is to create an environment where you feel comfortable expressing yourself without fear of judgment and have confidence in us as your care team. I make it a priority to get to know you during clinic visits and to gain insight about your life and situation through the stories you choose to share. One of the aspects of care I enjoy the most is patient education. I believe that if nobody asked questions, we would never learn anything — so I encourage yours. During our conversations, I focus on tailoring the complexities of transplant to you as an individual so that you are as prepared for this experience as possible.
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy. My expertise includes working with patients who have a variety of blood-related cancers and disorders. I provide care at Fred Hutch and UW Medical Center.
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.