I meet you where you are, caring for you the way I would want my loved ones to be treated.”
Why do you choose to work in health care?
Initially, it was because I liked the science — anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. But then I realized how much I enjoyed taking care of people, too. In nursing school, I spent time working on a bone marrow transplant unit, and I was blown away by how smart the nurses were and the intimate relationships they developed with patients and their families. What drives me are the boundless opportunities to learn new things about my patients and their caregivers, my colleagues and the constantly evolving field of oncology.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner with 25 years of experience in oncology care, including inpatient and outpatient medical oncology as well as radiation oncology. Rather than specializing in a single area, I treat patients with a variety of disease types, from solid tumors to blood cancers. I also participate in research, working with patients involved in breast cancer clinical trials.
What has shaped your approach to patient care?
My father-in-law died of metastatic lung cancer. Walking through this disease course with him gave me a lot of insight into what patients and families go through. I empathize with them in a way that I wasn’t able to before my father-in-law’s illness. My conversations, explanations and overall approach to care are all tailored to meet you where you are in the process. I like to create a safe space where you can ask questions and confide your fears or concerns.