~ Accepting New Clients
~ Area(s) Served: Seattle metro area in person, other areas remotely
~ Provides Virtual / Telehealth Services
About My Services:
- Type(s) of Advocacy: Administrative, Cancer, End of Life, Health Management, Medical / Navigational, Medical Billing & Claims, Older Adult Services
- Years of Experience: 3 years
I am a Physical Therapist with 30+ years of experience. I’ve worked in every in-patient setting, including ICU, acute care, rehab, and even psychiatry. Areas of special interest include neurology (concussion, brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury), medically complex cases (ventilator-dependent, wounds, renal and cardiac disease, antibiotic-resistant infections), multi-trauma (fractures, internal injuries), and geriatrics. As a PT, I bring a very functional, real-world perspective to the impacts of illness and injury. Creative problem-solving is my bread and butter as a therapist and as a health advocate.
The health care system is complex and overwhelming. My aim is to smooth the road and decrease your stress. I will accompany you to medical appointments to ensure that all questions are asked and answered. I will translate the medical jargon so that you fully understand it. I will collaborate with you on planning your next steps in a way that is in alignment with your values and goals. Other services that might be helpful: consulting before planned surgeries so it’s easier to come home; medical scheduling and calendar management; being present during a hospital stay to gather information and facilitate decision-making and a smooth discharge; act as a liaison with your family; and screen discharge facilities, health care or home providers. My aim is to take some of the weight off your shoulders so that you can focus on healing.
I look forward to working with you!
Education, Training & Experience:
- Master of Physical Therapy – University of Southern California
- B.S. in Exercise Science – University of Southern California
Licensed Professional: Yes
- License Type: Physical Therapist (PT)
- License #: 00005642
Board Certified Patient Advocate: Yes
Cheryl Kauffman, PT, BCPA | Seattle Patient Advocates | Seattle, WA 98115