I've made it my life's passion to help patients experiencing pain due to cancer so they can focus on what's most important: healing. I am writing this blog to inform and educate and to provide you with the hope and courage you need to continue moving forward. My No. 1 message to you is that you don't have to live with pain.
First, I want to provide you a window into my own personal journey. As far back as high school I knew that I was being called to serve and protect people. After graduation, I enlisted in the United States Army. I was honorably discharged after eight years and prepared to embark on a career in law enforcement. However, it quickly became apparent that law enforcement was not my calling health care was.
I started in health care as a patient care technician. Knowing that health care was where I belonged, I wanted to further my career and care for people at greater level so I became a registered nurse. As a registered nurse, I witnessed first-hand how one person can and does make a difference. These experiences led me to attend medical school and become a physician.
I received my medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am board-certified in Pain Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Anesthesiology. Being an expert in these three disciplines gives me the ability to manage a patient's pain from several perspectives. As a specialist in Interventional Pain Management, I can offer integrative options in one or more areas of suffering: physical, psychological, spiritual or social.
I chose cancer pain management as my specialty because I truly love the pharmacological and physiological mechanisms in the human body. My background in three specialties allows me to provide comprehensive, multimodal pain management care for my patients.
I became a doctor to help people and make a positive difference in the lives of the patients and their family and friends. By caring for one patient, you can affect many lives.
I decided to come to CTCA outside Chicago because of the extraordinary care that patients and their caregivers receive here at all levels. CTCA lives and breathes the patient-centered model of care -- Patient Empowered Care. This model is becoming the standard of care that other health care institutions are adopting.
Many patients have difficulty managing their pain while undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. The key for these patients is a treatment plan centered on the patient and family.
Now that you know a bit about me, I look forward to diving deeper into subjects related to cancer pain management and sharing my thoughts in this forum.