When I was 15, my mom was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. She went through treatment for a few months before passing away. Part of what prompted me to become a physician assistant was a desire to do something that would have an impact on the lives of not only patients but also their families. As a teenager, I struggled with the realization that my mom was sick, and I put aside the hard questions that I needed answers to. Now I encourage patients and their family members to ask those tough questions, so they have a clear understanding of the medical care involved and the likely outcome of that care.
My main concern is your overall well-being, not just the state of your disease or your course of treatment. I want to make sure all your needs are addressed, from the nutritional to the physical to the spiritual. Since clear and open communication is vital to our work together, I aim to create a long-lasting personal relationship with you and your loved ones. Continuity of care is also important to me, so I collaborate very closely with the other members of your health care team to help you get the best possible outcome.
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in blood and bone marrow transplantation for patients with blood cancers, such as leukemia. In my practice, I focus on helping people overcome life-changing diagnoses by forming strong, supportive bonds with them and managing the complications associated with transplantation. I work jointly with a variety of specialists to guide patients through the ins and outs of medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, I worked in nursing care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
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.