Physical Therapy

Hannah Gaba, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

To schedule a physical therapy appointment, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center patients need to be referred by a Fred Hutch physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Patients who have secondary lymphedema can be seen at the Fred Hutch clinic by one of our physical therapists specializing in oncology.

Lymphedema A condition in which extra lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling. It may occur in an arm or leg if lymph vessels are blocked, damaged or removed by surgery. Nurse practitioner A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families. A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. Nurse practitioners are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing organizations. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families, based on a practice agreement with a physician. Physician assistant A health professional who is licensed to do certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. A health professional who is licensed to do certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. A physician assistant may take medical histories, do physical exams, take blood and urine samples, care for wounds and give injections and immunizations.

Hannah had always been interested in the science of the human body and its healing abilities. "I was active with athletics growing up and experienced a few injuries personally," she says. " I felt called to learn more about this and as I learned more about the field of physical therapy, it felt like a perfect fit and that it would be a very rewarding and fulfilling career."

After Hannah received her lymphedema specialty certification, she started working with cancer patients on a more regular basis. "I was so moved at the spirit and courage of these patients, no matter what they were facing, I just became closely drawn to this patient population and knew I wanted to continue this work and improve my clinical knowledge and skills to best serve this population," she says. 

Hannah has been working at Fred Hutch since 2012. In the future, she hopes to see continued efforts of early detection and prevention so as to provide the best possible prognosis for all patients faced with a cancer diagnosis. 

When she is not working with her patients, Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and dog. She also can be found running, hiking, camping and checking out new restaurants and breweries. 

Lymphedema A condition in which extra lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling. It may occur in an arm or leg if lymph vessels are blocked, damaged or removed by surgery. Prognosis A statement about the likely outcome of a disease in a patient.
Hannah Gaba
Patient care philosophy

My goal is to provide competent, compassionate care, individualized to each patient I encounter for the best possible outcomes.

Clinical expertise

Lymphedema

Experience
  • Level II PT at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, 2008-2012
  • Klose Training and Consulting, 2018
Education and training
  • BS: Salisbury University
  • DPT: University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine
More information
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Klose Training and Consulting
  • Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), 2011
Lymphedema A condition in which extra lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling. It may occur in an arm or leg if lymph vessels are blocked, damaged or removed by surgery.

Contact

Fred Hutch Physical Therapy
phone (206) 606-6373
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm