Before becoming a physician assistant (PA), I worked in emergency medicine at a local hospital. I enjoyed meeting a wide variety of patients and helping them through a difficult point in their lives, but most of my interactions with them were fleeting. As a PA student a few years later, I did a rotation here at Fred Hutch with the bone marrow transplant team, and it had a big impact on me. I really liked the program itself and the way the team worked together, as well as the nature of their relationships with patients. Now, as part of that team, it’s gratifying to walk patients and families through the entire process of transplant.
Providing care in the context of bone marrow transplant is a team effort, and you, as the patient, are the head of that team. My colleagues and I have the expertise in regard to treatment, but you are the expert in your own goals, expectations and life experience, which inform every decision we make together. During each visit, I come into the room ready to listen, share my knowledge and help you cope with the challenges of transplant.
Area of Clinical Practice
Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in the care of patients receiving a bone marrow transplant. My expertise includes working with people who have a variety of blood-related cancers and disorders. Before joining the transplant team at Fred Hutch, I worked in emergency medicine and other medical specialties at Virginia Mason.
University of Oregon
University of Washington
Physician Assistant, 2020, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
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