Virginia earned her masters degree in social work from Portland State University and has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 20 years focusing on counseling and medical social work. Her goal is to ease her patients and their families’ journey through challenging times by providing them with both emotional and practical support. Virginia sees patients at the Compass Vancouver location. To schedule an appointment please call, 360.773.8630.
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Michelle has been in the medical social work field for over 4 years, with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She earned her masters degree in social work with a clinical concentration in mental health from Boston College. Her goal is to provide support to patients, families, and caregivers as they navigate cancer by offering practical resources, referrals, and counseling.
“I am so moved by the grace and strength, as well as the vulnerability, that people have in dealing with this foreign world of cancer treatment. It’s an honor to be able to support them through this time.”
Jamie Newell is an oncology social worker and helps lead program development of Compass palliative care services. The program’s goal is to help patients and their loved ones live well with cancer through additional symptom management and support.
“The most important thing our patients need to know is they are going to be taken care of. We’re their team. We’re their people and we’re going to get them through this.”
Heather Wood has been an oncology nurse since 2009. She knows firsthand the life-changing impact of cancer on both patients and their families, having gone through treatment with her mom, a breast cancer survivor.
“What I love about genetics is that it can be translated to help people. With what we now know about hereditary cancers, we can prevent, we can screen and we can be more empowered.”
Becky Clark is a genetic counselor with the Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing program. She strives to be a guide and educator to her patients, to collect information about their personal and family histories and help them understand how that information may contribute to their cancer risk.
“It’s so meaningful when a patient who is struggling leaves feeling happy and hopeful, empowered to try the strategies we’ve talked about. I’m honored to share these moments with them.”
Andrea Hamilton is a registered dietitian and an important part of Compass Oncology’s care team. Staying well nourished during treatment provides the energy needed to fight the cancer. Often that’s easier said than done.
“If I can help people not get cancer or find it early when we can have a strong influence on their prognosis, that’s exciting.”
Susan Zaretsky has worked in nursing for close to four decades, most of that time in oncology. While she’s worked across the cancer care spectrum, her current role is focused on breast cancer prevention, seeing patients deemed high-risk due to a genetic mutation, strong family history or biopsy and those dealing with complex issues like nipple discharge or pain.
“I truly think it is an honor to be with patients at such a vulnerable time and I hope I bring a little bit of ease to the experience.”
Nora Larson is an oncology social worker with a special interest in palliative care. Her approach to care is informed by her own personal experience with a loved one undergoing treatment. She strives to provide an open environment where patients can ask the tough questions, share their struggles and explore what they are hoping for.