Leslie Heron, ARNP-BC
Patient Care Philosophy
“I have a strong commitment to collaborative care with patients. I feel that knowing a patient’s experience, background, goals for care, as well as family and support network, is essential for the success of our interaction and, ultimately, the patient’s satisfaction with their health care experience. I hope to help patients expand their support network as needed, connect into primary care, learn how to cope with long-term side effects of their cancer and cancer treatments, and to know when and if they need to reconnect with their oncologist or other specialists. Accepting patients where they are now and helping them set goals and gain knowledge is my role in the Survivorship Clinic.”
Education and Training
- Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, University of Washington
- Board Certified in Family Practice
Many years of personal, family, and work experience with cancer led Leslie Heron to join the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Survivorship Program as a nurse practitioner.
“I became interested in nursing in high school, after my grandmother went through care for metastatic bone cancer. When it was time to make a decision regarding college majors, nursing won out.”
Before joining the Survivorship Program, Heron spent more than 18 years in family practice, providing primary care in independent clinic settings in the greater Seattle area. She also worked in the public health arena both as a registered nurse and as an advanced registered nurse practitioner. Heron has been a master’s-level preceptor and lecturer for the UW School of Nursing for many years, and she continues to enjoy participating in community outreach and health education.
Coming Full Circle
“Having been through cancer diagnosis, treatment, remissions, palliative care and deaths with family members, friends and patients, I have cared for and interacted with people with cancer most of my life,” she said. “I worked in hospice as a new registered nurse many years ago, so working with cancer survivors seems a wonderful way to bring my years of health care experience full circle.”
Heron believes patients can be empowered to practice excellent self-care through education, encouragement, and links to resources that can help them meet their goals. Educating health care providers about the needs of cancer survivors is an important focus of Leslie’s survivorship care as well.
Outside of work, she likes to garden, kayak, walk, travel, read and cook. “Yoga and meditation keep me on track,” she said, “and spending time with my daughters and dancing keeps me young.”