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5 Questions with Alana Atkinson

5 Questions with Alana Atkinson

We recently connected with Alana Atkinson, one of our dedicated team members who work in our Intake Department. Alana is a cat fancier with a crafty side.

What drew you to work in proton therapy?

I had previously worked with a homecare/hospice company, with a brief stint as a program assistant at the University of Washington. I missed working with patients and helping ease their burden. When I saw the job description for a Patient Navigator at the Center, I knew this was the job I wanted. What I didn't realize at the time was that proton therapy is one of the most effective treatments for ocular melanoma. An aunt I was very close to died of ocular melanoma, and this confirmed for me I was definitely in the right place.

What do you like best about what you do?

The best part of my job is the patients and coworkers. We have some lovely patients that come through here. They have such a positive attitude despite what they are going through. Also, the wonderful people are so supportive and positive it makes it a lot of fun, despite how hard it can be to work around cancer.

Tell us something surprising about you.

A fun fact about me is that I have dual citizenship. My dad is from New Zealand, and my mom is from the US (Seattle, actually), so lucky me, I get two passports. I took advantage of this and studied in Wellington, New Zealand, after high school.

What do you like to do for fun?

I'm an avid crafter, gardener, and TV-show watcher. I have two cats at home, so hanging out with them occupies a lot more time than I'd like to admit.

Can you share a favorite vacation destination?

My family goes camping at Neah Bay and has been making this trip with the same 50+ people for over 25 years. We set up elaborate campsites, hang out, boogie board, hike, and eat for a whole week. It's a great tradition, and the Washington coast is so beautiful.