Sharon Loewenbein, LCSW
As a Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology clinician, my goals are to provide patients and their families with individualized counseling, support during clinic visits, advocacy within the healthcare system, and empowerment through education and referrals.
I graduated from U.C. Davis with a degree in International Relations and minor in Art Studio before moving to Washington, D.C. where I worked as an assistant in the health care and biotech equity research department of an investment bank. Through this experience, I learned that I wanted to have genuine and meaningful face-to-face interactions with people in my professional work. I earned my Masters of Social Work degree at Columbia University and specialized in Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities. During one of my summers as a student, I had the fortuitous opportunity to intern at Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. My internship proved to be a powerful experience where I realized my passion for oncology social work.
After graduating with my MSW, I worked for almost 6 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as the acute surgery, rehabilitation, and perinatal HIV social worker. I empowered patients and families to navigate through the hospital system and emotionally supported them through their hospitalization and clinic visits. In May of 2014, I started working at Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and facilitating the Center’s Looking Ahead groups. In March of 2015, I also earned my state licensure. I feel so privileged to be back at Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology and have the opportunity to do the work I love with the population that I am passionate about.
Surrounding myself with family and friends is my favorite past-time. I’m also a huge fan of chopping and prepping meals, music, and lounging in a hammock.