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Meet Your Team: Heather Wood, RN, BSN, OCN

July 10, 2017

“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. Heather is very approachable. Her goal is to do everything possible to make a difficult journey easier. Education is essential in that goal. In her role as Nurse Educator, Heather provides chemo education at all Compass sites and leads community educational events. Knowing what’s happening and why is an important step in alleviating fear regarding chemo. She is also an active member of the Survivorship team and teaches Compass chemo standards to new team members.

When not a work, Heather loves spending time with her husband, gardening, house projects and a good book.

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Meet Your Team: Michelle Vieira, MSW

July 10, 2017

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. Michelle sees patients at the Compass Tualatin and West locations. To schedule an appointment, please call 503-384-9952.

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Meet Your Team: Jamie Newell, MSW, LCSW

July 10, 2017

“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. Dealing with
the upheaval and uncertainty of cancer is no easy task and Jamie is committed to walking with her patients every step of the way. She offers counseling to address the emotional and spiritual health of patients, family members and caregivers that is so important during
treatment. She is a resource and an advocate, helping to bring clarity to issues and connecting patients with critical resources. Jamie has particular expertise in helping parents navigate the complexities of parenting while dealing with their cancer diagnosis.

When not working, Jamie loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

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Meet Your Team: Lydia Mills, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

July 10, 2017

Lydia has been with Compass Oncology over three years, providing a supportive presence for patients and families through counseling, emotional support, and referrals to community resources. She has worked in medical social work for over 10 years, including adult and pediatric oncology and hospice care. Lydia earned her masters degree in social work at Portland State University. Lydia sees patients at the Compass Rose Quarter and Tualatin locations. To schedule an appointment please call, 503.528.5212.

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Meet Your Team: Virginia Hill, LCSW, LICSW, OSW-C

July 10, 2017

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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Meet Your Team: Andrea Hamilton, MS, RDN, LD

April 4, 2017

“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. Andrea’s approach starts with listening. She strives to understand each patient’s needs and goals and works with them to develop strategies to keep their body fueled for a better quality of life. She is dedicated to nutritional education, tackling the common fears and myths around certain foods that often cause unnecessary stress. Andrea is also active in the Compass Survivorship program, giving survivors the tools to maintain healthy choices after treatment.

Andrea enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking and trying new plant based recipes, and quality time with family and friends.

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Meet Your Team: Nora Larson, MSW, CSWA, LICSWA

March 1, 2017

“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.

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