I practice Health Care Law with a focus on Long Term Care and Seniors Housing (“LTCSH”). I have a unique and lifelong connection with the LTCSH community. My mother was a Director of Nursing in both traditional nursing homes and in a skilled nursing unit at an Eastern Washington hospital, where I spent many hours while growing up. Long Term Care and Seniors Housing has been part of the landscape of my life since as long as I can remember. I bring an understanding and passion to the work I do for providers in this industry.
I graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law, and remain active and engaged in the practice of health care law. I served as the Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Health Law Section and remain active in several professional associations serving various health care provider groups in Washington, Oregon and nationally. I also served as Evergreen Healthcare’s General Counsel for several years, where I oversaw all aspects of the company’s legal matters. I'm skilled at, and enjoy, navigating survey and certification issues and working with providers to develop meaningful plans of correction: those that address immediate issues while establishing goals that support sustainable, coordinated outcomes.
I was recruited from Evergreen Healthcare by Lane Powell, where I helped further establish its Long Term Care and Seniors Housing group. I come to Cairncross & Hempelmann from that position and head up their Long Term Care and Seniors Housing group. My practice works closely with the firm’s Health Care group and Real Estate group, as well as the Retail, Hotel & Restaurant group.
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|OR||Suspended - Non-Disciplinary||2011||01/17/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Board Member||Seattle Journal for Social Justice||2004|
|Of Counsel||Cairncross & Hempelmann, PS||2012 - Present|
|Counsel to the Firm||Lane Powell, PC||2011 - 2011|
|General Counsel||Evergreen Healthcare||2006 - 2010|
|Associate||Abeyta Nelson Injury Law||2005 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pioneer Network||Volunteer||2013 - Present|
|Washington Health Care Association||PAC Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Washington State Residential Care Council of Adult Family Homes||Member||2012 - Present|
|Oregon Health Care Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Washington Health Care Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Making Oregon Vital for Elders (M.O.V.E.)||Member||2011 - Present|
|Health Care Compliance Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Health Lawyers Association, Long Term Care Practice Group||Member||2005 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Healthcare Law Section||Former Memeber and Past President and Chair||2007 - 2011|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||2005 - 2011|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Washington -Seattle||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|WHCA Annual Convention & Expo||Hoarding and Self Neglect: How to Balance Resident Risks with Resident Rights||2013|
|OHCA 2013 Spring Expo||Managing Capacity Issues in the Senior Life Communities||2013|
|WHCA Chapter Meeting||POLST & End of Life Directives||2012|
|WHCA Winter Conference||HIPAA and the Assisted Living Facility||2011|
|WHCA Webinar Series||Medical Marijuana and Your Residents||2011|
|OHCA Webinar||Medical Marijuana in Your Community/Agency||2011|
|OHCA 2011 Spring Expo||Medical Marijuana in the LTC Setting||2011|