Biography & Education


For most people and their families, cancer turns their world upside-down. A new diagnosis or a repeat diagnosis is difficult to manage. People often need help and support with their emotions, with the practical details of treatment and with their communication with others.

I work with women and their families who have been impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis. I bring a holistic perspective to my work, considering the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of each person who comes for support. I have been a nurse for 34 years and a social worker for 19 years. I work closely with a skilled professional team, which includes an oncology nurse navigator, another licensed clinical social worker, volunteer coordinator and certified fitter for prostheses and undergarments. We are all located in the Ruth J. Spear Breast Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

I have spent my career helping patients and families cope with difficult health challenges throughout the continuum of care. I have worked for several years in hospice and have come to appreciate the learning and growth potential inherent in every phase of life. My goal is to support others in finding and embracing hope, every step of the way.

Areas of expertise

Oncology social work

  • Bachelor of Science, nursing, University of Portland, 1976
  • Master of Social Work, Portland State University, 2001
Continuing education: guided imagery, Mind-Body medicine, grief and loss, breast cancer treatment updates, therapeutic and healing touch

Care Locations

Ruth J. Spear Breast Center Cancer Support Services
9205 SW Barnes Road
Portland , OR 97225