About Van

As an ultramarathon endurance athlete, I know how important it is to stay healthy and active so that one can enjoy one's passions in life. My passions are spending time with my husband, my dog, and running. My husband and I like to go on hikes with our dog and I like to run ultramarathon races (any race longer than a 26.2 mile marathon) throughout the year, including 100-200 mile endurance races several times a year.

I graduated from the University of Washington MEDEX Physician Assistant program in 2001 before I became board certified and worked 7 years in Rheumatology treating autoimmune disorders that caused inflammation in the joints.Management was directed towards medications and injections. When I switched to Orthopedics, I continued to treat joint pain but sometimes, patients needed surgery. I have really enjoyed working on the other side of medicine in resolving problems rather than just managing them. Working mainly with a foot and ankle surgeon, I see a lot of ankle sprains, ankle fractures, Achilles injuries, and simply overuse injuries. It feels rewarding getting patients back on their feet.

CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

Clinical Focus

General orthopedics and foot & ankle

Certifications and Licensures

Washington State Physician Assistant License

American Heart Association ACLS Healthcare Provider Certification

Washington State EMT certification

American Society of Clinical Pathologists Certification

NCCPA Physician Assistant Board Certification

Education

MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program, University of Washington School of Medicine

Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Washington

Professional Associations

Washington Academy of Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery

Washington State Orthopedic Association

Hospital Affiliation

Valley Medical Center