My job is to listen, teach and help guide you into living beyond cancer, no matter your diagnosis.”
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.
I once cared for a woman with lung cancer who was an artist; she made beautiful stained glass. Understandably, she was scared about her diagnosis, but my colleagues and I treated her, and she did very well for several years. Shortly after she passed away, her husband stopped by and gave me an angel figurine. He told me it was the last piece of stained glass that his wife had made and that she wanted me to have it. “You really helped us come closer together. Thank you for all you’ve done,” he said. That angel still hangs in my office. Every time I look at it, I think of her and I’m reminded of why I do this work.
I am a board-certified radiation oncologist who provides care at SCCA Peninsula, a radiation oncology clinic located in Poulsbo, Washington. I see patients with a variety of diseases, such as breast cancer and lung cancer, among many others. My background includes working at Providence Alaska Medical Center and serving as the medical director of radiation oncology at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Pennsylvania.
At SCCA, I work with a team of medical professionals to customize a radiation plan for each patient. We use images to target tumors with precision while protecting critical organs and tissue outside the target area. What I love about this practice is the opportunity to provide comfort and inspire others while keeping pace with constantly evolving technology. Above all, I strongly identify with SCCA’s vision of helping patients pursue better, longer and richer lives.
How do you like to work with patients?
No matter where you are in your cancer journey, I can help. From a technical standpoint, I use radiation to cure cancer when possible, provide symptom relief and improve your quality of life. However, I also see myself as a listener and a source of support. During clinic visits, I invite you to talk about the range of emotions that you might be feeling, identify life stressors and consider how your diagnosis is affecting your relationships. Discussing these topics can free up your energy for healing. Here’s one piece of advice I often give that is applicable to everyone: Do something each day that promotes your sense of well-being and inner peace.
Central Washington University
St. George's University School of Medicine
University of Southern California Medical Center, Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology, 2005, American Board of Radiology
Internship, University of North Dakota