The lives of patients and their families are greatly impacted by a diagnosis of cancer. I find it important to respect the concerns and strengths of each patient and their family, to support them through their diagnosis and treatment in the best way possible. This may be providing emotional support or communicating with the health care team, and also finding ways to advocate and obtain resources that can be of help. I feel honored to be a part of their lives during a challenging time.
I have worked for 28 years in the field of medical social work, including many of those years in medical and radiation oncology, hospice and home health. I enjoy receiving ongoing education in a variety of areas, such as mindfulness, grief work, end-of-life and ethics education. I also look for ways to be creative in finding needed resources for the patients and families I work with.
I’m a native Oregonian and live in Portland with my husband and two cats. I have two grown sons and a wonderful granddaughter. I enjoy gardening, music, attending get-togethers for extended family and friends and always exploring Portland.
Areas of Expertise
Oncology social work; patient advocate