Spark® Therapeutics, Spark Therapeutics Generation Patient ServicesSM, and you
At Spark Therapeutics, we challenge the inevitability of genetic disease. We are committed to delivering patient services that are as innovative and insightful as our cutting-edge gene therapy. Spark Therapeutics Generation Patient Services partners with patients, responding to their specific needs, to instill confidence that the support provided is as novel as the treatment received.
You will have a knowledgeable and caring team
The Spark Therapeutics Generation Patient Services team is made up of Patient Access Specialists (PASs) and Patient Access Liaisons (PALs). Every patient who enrolls in the program will have the support of a dedicated PAS and PAL.
We can help by:
- Providing a caring support team from confirmed diagnosis through postsurgery
- Ensuring a single point of contact to help you navigate insurance coverage and connect you with financial assistance resources as needed
- Helping to coordinate your visits to the treatment center
- Answering any nonmedical questions you may have along the way
Meet the Patient Access Liaison (PAL) team
Your dedicated PAL works outside the Spark Therapeutics office and is a good source of in-person support when you need it. Your PAL can help you understand your insurance coverage throughout your treatment journey.
I am proud to have accumulated a great deal of experience in rare genetic diseases. My passion is to utilize my knowledge and the resources available to me to help patients receive the best possible care. It is particularly rewarding to know that patients have received the correct diagnosis and treatment because of the work I have done to help them along the way.See More
I joined Spark Therapeutics to be a part of bringing potentially groundbreaking, one-time gene therapies to patients. The company is built on innovative science, and all of our teams are deeply committed to putting patients first and foremost at all times. It is both humbling and inspiring to leverage decades of research and development for the patients who could most benefit from it.
Outside of my professional pursuits, I have two daughters who are active in swimming and soccer. I enjoy watching them in the pool and on the field, excelling in the sports they love. I also relish family vacations and traveling. We are an active outdoors family and love to paddleboard, ski, and boat on the Michigan Great Lakes.
I have a lot of experience working with patients. It’s a career that always finds new ways to be rewarding, sometimes in unexpected ways. A few years ago, in my last role, my colleagues and I received handwritten letters from patients and caregivers thanking us for the work we did. Many stated that the support we provided had a meaningful impact on their lives. To see tangible proof that our work directly improves peoples’ lives is incredibly gratifying.See More
When I joined Spark Therapeutics, I was immediately impressed by the company’s commitment to patients. Not only is its science groundbreaking, so is its approach to delivering that science to patients. My colleagues are constantly asking, “How can we do it better?” That dedication to putting patients first, combined with the willingness to explore, is exciting and inspires me every day.
Outside of work, I have a real passion for both art and nature. When I’m not perusing local galleries or modern art museums, I’m hitting the picturesque trails of the American outdoors. I have a particular soft spot for destinations out West. Some of my favorites include the Cascades, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the area around Lake Tahoe.
Before joining Spark Therapeutics, I was a therapist and worked in a variety of settings as a licensed professional counselor. In those roles, I got to help people confront many life challenges and share in celebrating their successes. I am truly fascinated with people and all aspects of human behavior: the resilience of the human spirit, the ability to face and overcome obstacles, and the connections people make. I believe that working with people, supporting them, and being invited into their lives is a true privilege that I never take for granted.See More
Since joining the company, I have made the transition from Patient Access Specialist to Patient Access Liaison and look forward to continuing to work with patients and families in this different and exciting capacity.
When I’m not busy at work, I’m probably outside with my rescue dog. I am an avid animal lover and look forward to one day having the space to rescue and foster all kinds of animals. I also like traveling with my partner and exploring new breweries and restaurants. Besides being active and exploring new places, I also enjoy being creative and appreciating the creative works of others, especially street art and photography.
I have had the pleasure of working within Patient Support Services for a decade and a half, and it is truly rewarding to be able to work in a field that I really love. To me, it is not a “job,” but a “mission.” The goal? To help support patients through their treatment journey, whether by helping them understand their insurance benefits, providing treatment education, or simply being there as a source of ongoing, compassionate support.See More
I understand how important it is to have a “care team” around not only the patient but the entire family. When my father was diagnosed with a neurological disease, it was invaluable to have resources at our fingertips to help support him and us. I want to ensure that I am providing the same high level of assistance to others as we received throughout my father’s treatment.
When I am not visiting with patients or in the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs. We also enjoy traveling throughout the United States and abroad. One of our weekend pleasures is taking out our MINI Cooper Convertible and zipping around New England.