From a patient's primary care physician to the specialists on staff at Olympic Medical Cancer Center, a world-class team coordinates cancer care for each patient. Oncologists are not the only physician member of the patient's cancer team; it can include other members of Olympic Medical Center's medical staff, such as a radiologist, general surgeon, urologist, gastroenterologist, gynecologist or a primary care physician. Communication among team members is critical and includes participation in meetings called tumor boards, a time when cancer team members review each patient's progress.The integrated approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment ensures all members of the team are aware of the treatment plan, optimizing care for each patient. The cancer care team includes, but is not limited to, the physicians, clinicians and staff shown here as a representative group.
Hampton Sessions, MD
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Board Certification: Diagnostic Radiology
Sandra Tatro, MD
Medical School: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Board Certification: General Surgery
Susan Clements, MSW
Education: Master's in Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Professional Interests: I value the opportunity to help patients and their families to cope, and enhance each patient’s care by providing access to all available services and resources. Patient-centered care and satisfaction is my goal.
John Engstrom, BS, RT (R)(T)
Education: Mayo Clinic School of Health Related Sciences, Rochester, MN; University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Board Certifications: Radiation Therapy, Radiography
Professional Interests: I lead a team of technical professionals at the cancer center to help ensure the delivery of superior patient services using state-of-the-art equipment. I am proud to be associated with this extraordinary team of compassionate, efficient and technically skilled individuals. We each have an average of more than 20 years of experience Clinic – more than staff at any other therapeutic radiation center in the state. We know our jobs well and we love what we do. I work hard to keep my team apprised of advances in this ever-changing field so we can better serve patients on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Cynthia Malmer, M.S.
Education: B.S. Physics, WesternWashingtonUniversity, Bellingham, WA; M.S Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Board Certification: Therapeutic Radiation Physics
Professional Interests: My goal is to practice wisely by keeping current on the new radiotherapy technologies, maintaining the cancer center equipment efficacy through a rigorous quality assurance program and maintaining strong clinical involvement with the Physicians, Dosimetrists, Therapists as well as other staff at the center. The cancer center is progressing to the next level in cancer care and I, as well as other members of the NMPC team, am privileged to be a part of this exciting future.
Kendall Wake, BS, RT (R)(T), CMD
Certified Medical Dosimetrist
Education: Mountain States Tumor Institute
Board Certification: Medical Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy
Professional Interests: My interests involve using critical thinking and problem solving skills in the performance of radiation treatment planning. I feel fortunate to be part of a team that uses state-of-the-art treatment techniques for each patient. In addition, the team takes the time to shape each individual treatment plan to take into account every detail of the patient.