Your Care Team
Central California Gynecologic Oncology is dedicated to guiding our patients from diagnosis, through treatment courses, to survivorship, to end of life. We work together to shepherd you through the process, and get you the information, care, and support you need to ensure the best possible outcomes.
The United States offers the most innovative and effective cancer treatments in the world. However, not everyone has access to these services. Many patients and caregivers in mid-sized cities and rural areas are forced to travel far away from home to seek quality care. The Central Valley, a 20,000 square-mile expanse with over 6 million people, has limited options for patients with gynecologic cancers.
After completing 13 years of medical and health policy training throughout the country, I chose to come to Fresno to apply my full set of skills and fill a void in oncology.
In my own life, I have been the patient, the caregiver, the researcher, the policymaker, and the physician. My passion is to make the healthcare system work for every person and alleviate suffering around cancer.
Gynecologic Oncology and Surgical Services, Community Medical Centers
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Southern California, LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Clinical Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA
Master in Public Policy. Concentration in Health Care Policy and Leadership
Harvard University, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
BA in History and Science
Northwestern University, Department of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Research topics: maternal stress/mental health, caregiver burden, health disparities
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, New York, NY
Project AHEAD (Asian Health Education And Development) Coordinator. Supervised health literacy project for underserved, immigrant populations on navigating the U.S. health care system and the Patients’ Bill of Rights.
Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, New York, NY
Professional Liaison. Worked with the Director of Programming and the Medical Advisory Board to develop programs on urologic health for patients and professionals.
Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA
Action Researcher. Coordinated Medication Reliability Task Force in reviewing medication safety standards and achieving hospital-wide compliance to medication safety best practices
Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Boston, MA
Health Care Analyst. Coordinated 15-member workgroup in developing a database to map the ER overcrowding issue in regional acute care hospitals.
Advisory Board Company, Washington, DC
Research Associate. Investigated best health care industry practices.
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fresno-Madera Medical Society
Family Nurse Practitioner
Throughout my 20-year career, I have been a fierce advocate for my patients and their caregivers as a Nurse’s Aide, Registered Nurse, ICU Nurse, Charge Nurse, and Nurse Practitioner.
Getting back to health is a team effort. I partner with you and your loved ones, to work towards the best outcomes. I take time to listen to your needs and goals, communicate details of the treatment course, and educate you on how to heal well at home.
Through my day-to-day work, in the office or in the operating room, I am doing all I can to build a health care culture in Fresno that treats the whole patient.
EDUCATION / LICENSURE
National Institute of First Assisting Skills Application Course, Las Vegas, NV
Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA)
Master’s in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, California State University, Fresno, CA
National Certification through AANP
Thesis/Project: Underutilization of Palliative Care Services in Today’s Health Care Culture
RN, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA
ACLS, BLS, NIHSS, CRRT Certified
Fluent in Spanish
St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, CA
ICU Practice Coordinator – Managed day-to-day unit operations and work flow, supervised care delivery, and oversaw performance improvement projects
Staff Nurse, ICU – Primary care provider to critically ill, CRRT, post-code, and terminal patients, with proficiency with ventilators, sepsis bundles, strokes, myocardial infarctions, and management of vasoactive and sedative medications
Staff Nurse, Surgical Unit – Expertise in postoperative care of neurological, abdominal urological, orthopedic, and gynecologic procedures, with mastery of advanced wound care and surgical drain management
Certified Nurse Assistant, Surgical Unit
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA
Certified Nurse Assistant, Inpatient hospice and rehabilitation
Salinas Rehabilitation Center, Salinas, CA
Certified Nurse Assistant, Skilled nursing facility
I have worked in health care for 40 years in front and back office positions, ranging from Medical Assistant, Orthopedic Technologist, Patient Navigator, and Office Manager. In all of my roles, I have valued being hands-on in providing comfort to patients.
As Practice Manager, I work to create a compassionate and friendly atmosphere for you. I want to make it easy for you to access all of our knowledge and experience. My office staff is your support team away from home, and we will do all we can to be there when you call, and address your questions and concerns.
I began working in health care 10 years ago as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a convalescent home. I saw firsthand there that some people were very lonely in their time of need. I often stayed late to keep someone company, and felt good about the comfort I brought to them.
As your Patient Navigator, I will be a big part of getting you through the process: sending appointment reminders, scheduling surgery, and directing your questions to the right person on the team. I truly love my job, and when I get home, I know I’ve helped someone.
In 2009, I was a patient in the hospital for a few days. Everyone who cared for me was so loving and helpful, and I knew I wanted to provide that for other people. A year later, I started working as a Front Desk person and now as a Practice Assistant.
Patients, especially cancer patients, have a lot going on in their lives. I love being able to help you sign up for a program or explain something that is hard to understand, or get your information to the right people who can help. When you come in for appointments, I will be at the front desk to help you get signed in and ready. It feels good to pass along the care I received, and be part of your healing.
We coordinate professionals outside of our office as needed to fulfill your care plan:
Medical Oncologist – specializes in treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy
Radiation Oncologist – specializes in using radiation to treat cancer
Palliative Care Physician – specializes in improving the quality of life of cancer patients, by preventing or treating disease symptoms, treatment side effects, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to the condition
Medical Geneticist – counsels individuals and families for certain genetic disorders or cancers
Pathologist – identifies diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope
Social Worker – talks with patients and caregivers about emotional or physical needs, and finds support services
Dietitian – helps with food choices and nutritional needs for complex diseases
Physical Therapist – evaluates and treats people who have conditions or injuries that limit their ability to move and do physical activities
Pharmacist – instructs and counsels patients on the proper use and adverse effects of prescribed drugs and medicines
Cancer Registrar – specializes in capturing anonymous data on cancer patients to allow researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance treatments, conduct research, and improve prevention and screening programs