Q: What led you to work in Palliative Care?
Answer: I grew up in the Ukraine, where there is nothing like Palliative Care available. In fact, many serious diagnoses, such as a cancer diagnosis, aren't even shared with family members. I love being able to offer tools to support my patients and their families when dealing with a serious illness or condition.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I lived in Canada for 17 years before moving to Franklin County. The community where I lived in Canada was quiet and I was searching for a community with a similar lifestyle. It feels welcoming here, and when I saw information about Summit Health at an employment fair in New York City, it caught my eye. Once I got the opportunity to learn more about the organizations and the services it provides, I wanted to be a part of it too.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about Palliative Care?
Answer: I think people often think if you need Palliative Care, we no longer are treating your illness or condition. That is definitely not the case! We work to help treat the condition, coordinate services, support our patients and their families, and help manage their pain and symptoms.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I am really excited to work with my patients! Before becoming a physician, I was a physical education teacher for students with special needs. I used to push my students to be the best they could be every single day. I hope to push my patients to be better, to work with them to prolong their lives, and to help them achieve the best quality of life possible, and that doesn't just include medicine.
Q: What hobbies or interested do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: My number one hobby and passion is my work! But I also enjoy gardening, sewing, and rescuing animals.