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Providers

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Stanlee Lu
Medical Oncologist

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Shawna Smith
MSN, ARNP, AOCNP

ACUPUNCTURIST

Cassie Lowe
L.Ac., MSAOM

NATUROPATHIC

Craig Peterson
ND, L.Ac., FABNO

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MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Stanlee Lu, Medical Oncologist

Favorite Mantra: “Adding life to years, not years to life”

Phone: 253-382-6300      Fax: 253-382-6301   Web: www.salishcancercenter.com

Dr. Lu was born in the island of Cebu, in the Philippines.  He spent much of his childhood in a remote and sleepy beach town, Boljoon(pronounced bol-ho-on) where his family still own a general merchandise store.  He grew up from very humble beginnings and  while his parents went through financial hardships, they still  managed to send him and his siblings to attend a private school.

He has 3 siblings and comes from a very close-knit and loving family.  

Dr. Lu earned his Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science in 1997 at Cebu Velez College in the Philippines.  After topping the national licensure examination, he was offered a position at one of the biggest hospitals in the region where he worked in the laboratory as a clinical laboratory scientist before finally deciding that he wanted to pursue his medical degree the following year.

He went on to attend Cebu Institute of Medicine, the leading medical school in his home country on scholarship.  After obtaining his medical degree, he co-managed and operated a small 20-30 bed capacity hospital near his hometown with two other doctors catering to the needs of the impoverished population and providing much needed medical attention to infants, children and adults fulfilling his medical school’s vision of creating “Physicians with a heart.”

 During the early years of his medical career, he helped take care of his grandmother, a U.S. citizen who had been diagnosed with Castleman’s disease(a rare form of blood cancer with little information known then).  He was inspired by the doctors in this country and how they treated and took care of her.  This was the biggest draw for him to pursue further medical training in the United States.  He did his internship and residency in internal Medicine at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY and went on to attend fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center in Washignton, D.C. thereafter.  He was appointed as chief fellow during his final year of training.

Prior to joining Salish Cancer Center, Dr. Lu was the medical director for the Oncology service line at Trios Hospital in Kennewick, Washington where he practiced for almost 5 years. He also served as one of the board of directors for the Tricities Cancer Center and was very active in the community promoting cancer awareness, prevention and early detection and gave lectures and presentations as well. He ran his first marathon in 2016 to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

He is an active member of the American board of Internal medicine, American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

He lives in West Seattle and in his spare time, likes to explore the outdoors and loves to run, hike, backpack, kayak, and travel.  His other areas of interest and passion are crossfit, philantropy,  cooking and gastronomy. 

Dr. Lu’s mantra when it comes to treating patients with cancer is  “adding life to years, not years to life.”

Education:

  • 1997 – Cebu Velez College, Cebu City Philippines, BS in Medical Technology & Clinical Laboratory Science,
  • 2002 – Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu City, Philippines, Doctor of Medicine
  • 2010 – Internal Medicine Resident, New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center University Hospital
  • 2013 – Hematology and Oncology Fellow, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center
  • 2012 – 2013 – Chief Fellow, Hematology and Oncology, Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center

Honors/Awards:

  • Academic excellence in Microbiology
  • Academic excellence in Parasitology
  • Academic excellence in Anatomy
  • Academic excellence in History
  • Academic excellence in Neuroanatomy
  • Overall rank upon completion of Medical degree:2nd
  • Philippine Medical Technology Licensure Examination September 1997 – Board Top notched (Rank: 1) out of more than 1,800 examinees

Active Membership:

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Personal Interest:

Exploring the outdoors, loves to run, hike, backpack, kayak, and travel

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Shawna Smith, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP

Favorite Mantra:  “Kindness never hurts anyone”

Phone: 253-382-6300      Fax: 253-382-6301   Web: www.salishcancercenter.com

Shawna Smith has been a nurse practitioner since 1999. Smith has worked as a nurse for 10 years prior to her nurse practitioner education. Smith has worked 10 years in Oncology previously at Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, subsidy of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Smith is Oncology certified and has been drawn to the integrative model after hospital-based care and witnessed the side effects.

Education:

  • 1989 – Des Moines Area Community college (DMACC), Ankeny, IA, Associate Degree in Nursing
  • 1991 – Drake University, Des Moines, IA, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 1999 – Drake University, Des Moines, IA, Family Nurse Practitioner Certification
  • 1999 – Drake University, Des Moines, IA, Master of Science in Nursing
  • 2016 – Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner Certification

 

Professional Organizations and Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Washington Nurses Association (WNA)
  • ARNP’s of Washington State
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certification
  • Drake University Nursing Honor Society

 

Personal Interests:

When Shawna is not working with patients, she spends time with family (6 children), watching football, baseball, softball, and wrestling. She enjoys working on her home remodel, participating in craft projects and caring for her animals.

 ACUPUNCTURIST

Cassie Lowe, L.Ac., MSAOM

Favorite Mantra: “Positive intentions result in positive outcome

Phone: 253-382-6300      Fax: 253-382-6301   Web: www.salishcancercenter.com

Cassie is passionate about Chinese Healing tradition which includes acupuncture, herbs, diet therapy, Qi Gong to the community. 

Cassie works with cancer patients because they suffer so much not just from the disease but from the conventional therapies.  She has seen the benefits that cancer patients receive from acupuncture, it can be life changing.  Some of these benefits are increase energy, increase appetite, reduce nausea, controlling pain and neuropathy, calm anxiety and fear, and regulate their body system. 

Cassie loves working at Salish Cancer Center because she believes that Integrative therapy helps the patient’s cancer journey.

Education:

  • 1994 – University of Washington – BS, Biochemistry
  • 2000 – Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington M.S.A.O.M

Board Certification: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Diplomate of Acupuncture since 2001

Awards: 

Bastyr University Presidential Scholarship

Personal Interests:

Cassie is married and has one daughter.  She lives in Seattle and volunteers at many community functions such as Seattle King County Clinic, Big Climb-Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lord’s Table Feeding homeless in downtown Seattle, and World Concern.  She enjoys running, cooking, and serving with Children and Family Ministry Programs at church.

NATUROPATHIC ONCOLOGIST

Craig Peterson, ND, L.Ac., FABNO

Favorite Mantra:  “Be tough, yet gentle. Humble, yet bold. Swayed always by beauty and truth.” – Bob Pieh

Phone: 253-382-6300     Fax: 253-382-6301  Web: www.salishcancercenter.com

Dr. Peterson was born in northern Minnesota and raised recreating and working in environmental stewardship of the many streams, lakes, and forests that Minnesota is famous for.

Dr. Peterson has over 20 years of experience in traditional and complementary, holistic education program administration. Prior to his education, training, and career in naturopathic medicine, Dr. Peterson worked in outdoor education and had the great pleasure of guiding people on remote wilderness expeditions Dr. Peterson has worked all over the U.S. and various international locations. He continues to “sneak” out and teach outdoor recreation with his free time.

Dr. Peterson is an Adjunct Faculty member at Bastyr University in Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, and East Asian Medicine departments. He teaches didactic classes and supervises students at The Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of the university.

Education:

  • 1995 – University of Minnesota – Duluth, BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry
  • 2011 – Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Master of Science Acupuncture
  • 2011-2013 – Naturopathic Oncology & Hematology Resident, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion, Illinois

Active Memberships:

  • Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology
  • Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Personal Interest:

Outdoor recreation and instruction, reading, fishing and projects around the house.