Meet Our Team
In most cases, palliative care is provided in the hospital by a team of professionals that includes medical specialists, nurses, social workers, chaplains and others. We work closely together - and with your primary care provider - to ensure you receive the most comprehensive care.
Our Support Team
Ann Davidge, MSW, LICSW
Ann Davidge has more than 20 years experience in medical social work. Before joining palliative care, she was a member of the team that developed the local inpatient hospice program. Ann completed multiple continuing educations courses focused on palliative care and hospice, including the Smith College End of Life Certificate Program.
Claudia Fischer, RN, MSN
Claudia Fischer is our registered nurse program coordinator. Prior to moving back to her home state of Washington, she worked in hospice in Oregon - an experience that helped her appreciate the challenges patients and families face when dealing with serious illness. In addition to advocating for the needs of hospitalized patients, she strives to promote the understanding and practice of palliative care beyond the walls of the institution, recognizing how much this community values quality of life and advance care planning.
Claudia earned a Master's of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University in 2006 and has been licensed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative care since then. She is also certified in Hospice and Palliative Nursing.
Tessie Mandeville, MDiv, BCC
Tessie is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). She has more than a decade of experience providing spiritual care to people with life-limiting illness and their families.
Before her work in ordained ministry, Tessie graduated with a degree in Psychology and worked as a mental health counselor in residential treatment homes for children and adolescents. Later she obtained a Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, California. In addition to her work as a professional chaplain, Tessie is also a parish minister. She is dually affiliated with Metropolitan Community Churches and the Unitarian Universalist Association and has served as minister to congregations in California, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee and Washington.