I chose this field so that I could accompany you through hardship.”
How do you provide holistic care?
An important part of providing holistic care is respecting people from all walks of life. It’s about making shared decisions, not assigning a one-size-fits-all approach to breast cancer treatment or surveillance. Shared decision-making starts with us getting to know each other. I always ask questions instead of assuming I know anything about who you are and how breast cancer is affecting you personally. A diagnosis can be far-reaching in the ways it changes your life. Beyond the obvious physical issues, there are psychological, social, spiritual and practical concerns that commonly crop up. I strive to acknowledge those issues and help you adapt.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
As an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), I specialize in breast oncology and women’s health. My background includes caring for patients in the intensive care unit and serving as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Today, my practice spans breast cancer screening and diagnosis as well as the treatment of benign breast problems. I provide surveillance for survivors and patients at high risk of developing breast cancer due to genetic mutations or family history. I also work closely with breast cancer surgeons to provide follow-up care and perform in-office procedures. Through SCCA’s NOW clinic, I offer guidance to patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer before they meet with their treatment team.
What’s it like to work with you?
I enjoy meeting you where you are, whether you’re feeling calm, uncertain or in the grips of a crisis. Each person’s breast issues manifest differently so I’m especially interested in listening to your specific experience and taking that into account before recommending a plan. What you can expect from me is compassion and straightforward clinical knowledge about how to address your concerns. Above all, I believe in creating a safe, comfortable experience for anyone who walks through my door, including people of all genders.