Nicole Grous, MD, FACP
“Cancer is my focus because I feel I can best use my talents as a physician in helping patients make it through a difficult time in their lives. Patients need to be deeply involved in the decision-making process so that they understand exactly what their care options are and why I’m making a particular recommendation. I encourage patients and their loved ones to ask anything they’d like—there are no silly questions when it comes to cancer and its treatment.”
Dr. Nicole Grous believes cancer patients want understanding, realism, and honesty from her. Open communication between Dr. Grous, her patients, and their loved ones forms the core of her approach. She focuses on the education process, as each patient’s situation differs. With an emphasis on maximizing positive outcome possibilities, Dr. Grous works closely with her patients to determine the care and treatment options that best fit their needs and quality of life goals.
In her “former life,” Dr. Grous held the rank of Major in the US Army Medical Corps and did her internship and residency in internal medicine as well as her fellowship in hematology and oncology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. She is board certified in oncology.
Dr. Grous and her husband have two sons and have lived in Olympia since 1998. She maintains a lifelong passion for horseback riding and gardening.
Min S. Kang, MD, MS
“Listening is the key—learning what the patient sees as important in their treatment outcome and understanding their wishes—that’s my focus. We talk about treatment, its side effects, and the potential changes. I adjust my treatment approach according to each patient’s situation to promote quality of life.”
When Dr. Min Kang meets with his patients for the first time, he talks to them about the diagnoses, but he also listens. He says that often, patients want to know how he’d treat them if they were his family members, which is a notion that hits close to home. “When I was in medical school, my mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer. That was a hard, frustrating time, but it determined my calling, changed my perspective—I refocused to oncology. Knowing how it was for me and my family, I feel it helps when I fully understand my patient’s family dynamic.”
When discussing treatment options, Dr. Kang takes into account the patient’s current health state, as other disorders that may be present could affect outcomes. He feels that if a patient has all of the information on possible side effects and treatment duration, they can better plan their care. Dr. Kang is sensitive to the patient’s preferences, family quality of life, and the financial impact of treatment. He notes that treatment cost has an increasingly heavy bearing on patient and family decisions, and he feels it’s important as a care provider to recognize and address that often unspoken concern.
After studying organic chemistry and research, Dr. Kang switched to practical medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Truman Medical Center at the University of Missouri, earning board certification in medical oncology in 2007.
Dr. Kang is married and has two sons. For relaxation, he reads and enjoys long walks. He is a self-proclaimed “terrible golfer” who nonetheless treasures the time the sport lets him spend with his sons.
Sara Pratt, PA-C
Sara Pratt has been practicing as a physician assistant since 2004. She holds baccalaureate degrees in Biology, Spanish, and Education from Western Michigan University as well as a Masters of Science in Medicine and Physician Assistant Studies.
She first moved to Washington to practice internal medicine and provide health care for underserved populations through the National Health Service Corps. She then accepted an opportunity to work at the University of Michigan Cancer Center to pursue her growing interest in hematology and oncology. After solidifying her passion in this specialty, Sara returned to Olympia where she has established a highly regarded reputation for excellent patient care and sincere personal relationships.
Sara enjoys spending time with her family, running, traveling, hiking, and reading.
Linli Xuan, MD
Dr. Linli Xuan has been practicing Hematology Oncology in the Puget Sound area since 2004. She was trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology Oncology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is knowledgeable and compassionate. Dr. Xuan is triple-board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology, and Hematology. She has clinical trial experience. Dr. Xuan always has the patient’s best interests at heart, and is willing to guide them on their journey to recovery. She is a methodical, detail-oriented, and caring physician.
Joseph Z. Ye, MD
Dr. Joseph Ye has been practicing hematology-oncology in the Puget Sound area since 2004. He trained in internal medicine at Yale University and completed his sub-specialty training for hematology-oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He has a strong scientific research background in tumor biology, immunology, and stem cell transplantation, and he has also participated in many clinical trials. He loves community oncology care and has gained his reputation through his passion, enthusiasm, and energy.
In his spare time, Dr. Ye enjoys skiing, hiking, and gardening.
Christine Tran, Pharm D
Christine grew up locally in Tacoma, WA. She graduated from Washington State University School of Pharmacy. The full time Pharmacy at Vista Oncology on Mcphee Rd offers all patients a personalized Pharmacist to get the medications that are needed to battle their disease. Christine feels strongly that local and independent pharmacy is the best way to treat our patients. She enjoys making sure that they get everything they need.
In her spare time she enjoys being with family and friends.