I have an undergraduate degree in microbiology and spent time in an immunology lab, and when I was in graduate school, I elected hematology-oncology for one of my rotations. I was already fascinated by the science, and I wanted to push myself, since I knew there would be an emotional component of interacting with patients. I was fortunate to shadow someone who was brilliant at her job — tactful, kind and empathetic — and found out I really love it. We see a lot of the best parts of our adaptability and resilience as humans, and a lot of hope, too.
I want to listen, empathize and be in their corner as both an advocate and as someone patients can trust. I aim to give the advice I would give to my own family members and to be upfront and honest with them. A mentor of mine would say that there are two people in the room who have a wealth of knowledge. I have expertise in medical conditions, treatments and helping patients make decisions. And the patient is the expert in their day-to-day experience and how they feel. Their input is just as important, if not more so.
Area of Clinical Practice
I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
I want patients to feel comfortable and confident coming to see me. This can be a challenge in oncology, because patients are dealing with complicated diagnoses and don’t always feel their best, but I want to help dispel any anxieties they have about treatment and make sure they feel at ease.
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