ANP Palliative Care Director
Rachel was born on a homestead in the mountains of northern California, but has lived a nomadic lifestyle, living in 15 cities in 4 countries. She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Linfield College in Portland, Oregon, and her master’s degree at Graceland University in Missouri, becoming a family nurse practitioner in 2016.
She was drawn to palliative care because of the emphasis on quality of life and relief of suffering while undergoing treatment. While providing palliative care at Salem Health in Oregon an opportunity to move to Anchorage presented itself in 2020, where Rachel instantly felt at home among Alaska’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife. When not providing exceptional patient care, she enjoys baking, biking, reading, hiking, and exploring Alaska with her St. Bernard and Great Dane dogs. She will be covering all the clinics – Alaska Cyberknife Center, Anchorage Radiation Oncology Center, Mat-Su Valley Cancer Center, Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center, and Southeast Radiation Oncology Center.
Palliative Care – Supporting You Through Treatment
Palliative care is specialized, supportive medical care that is focused on improving quality of life for patients with cancer, many who are also going through active treatment. It can be provided at any stage of illness and in collaboration with other forms of cancer treatment. Our provider will focus on relief of suffering from pain and other symptoms, both physical and psychosocial. Research shows that early integration of palliative care can improve quality of life, decrease depression and anxiety, increase patient and family satisfaction with care, and even extend survival. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us today or talk to your doctor.