Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I now call both Tucson and Toronto home. Patient advocacy has driven my passion since my mother’s illness and consequent death in 1990. While I found it unbelievably difficult and stressful to manage healthcare provider communications from a distance, I had that experience under my belt when it fell to me to manage the healthcare and end-of-life issues faced by two elderly aunts living in Florida.
The journey through my own cancer diagnosis and treatment provided additional impetus to help others manage an often overwhelming healthcare maze. For many years, I have provided support to friends and family members dealing with cancer as well to patients in the radiation clinics at both Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto and the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson.
I am a graduate of the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Bioethics and am currently enrolled in the Patient Advocacy Certificate Program through UCLA. My professional memberships include APHA (The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates) and NAHAC (National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants).
If you happen upon the book, Ethics at the Bedside (1990), please read the chapter I co-authored with Dr. Stuart Youngner, Chair of Bioethics, Case-Western Reserve University. Advocacy in action!