My work at the Center is primarily comprised of providing psychosocial support to individuals, couples, and families impacted by cancer. This includes counseling, assessment, resource identification and referral, psycho-education, advocacy, and collaboration with the medical team. One of the most meaningful parts of my job is having the honor and privilege of witnessing the experience of those patients and families. Additionally, I do participate in the training of interns at the Center.
At California Lutheran University, I earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in German. I discovered and fell in love with Sociology during my undergraduate studies. Following an experience with a dear friend, I was drawn to oncology social work and pursued a Masters of Social Work degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. During my graduate studies, I interned at The Domestic Abuse Center in the San Fernando Valley where I gained valuable experience and knowledge in the arena of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse. In my last year, I was very fortunate to be accepted as an intern at the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and was able to pursue my passion of working with patients and families affected by cancer.
Prior to returning to Simms/Mann and directly following earning my MSW, I worked as social worker at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. I began as a per diem social worker in the hospital, but quickly transitioned to work with Palliative Care and Oncology. Ultimately, I spent the majority of my time with Providence developing and working in the role of outpatient oncology social worker at the Disney Cancer Center. While there, I worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop and implement a survivorship wellness program focused on the connection between mind and body, and healing. My experience with Providence provided me with greater knowledge and experience of the continuity of care within the complicated system our patients must navigate. I was also able to continue to develop and refine my skills as a clinician, solidifying my interest in providing support and education to people with cancer and their loved ones. I have been working as a social worker in oncology since 2012.
Personal Interests and Perspectives
Spending time outdoors is very important to me, whether reading a book, gardening, hiking or running. When not at work, I also enjoy traveling, particularly in the company of family and friends. I am also an owner of two cats and several dogs whom I love coming home to every day.