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Advance Care Planning

Meet the Advance Care Planners

Certified Advance Care Planners assist with Advance Directives and other end of life planning concerns. This service is available only to patients of Sansum Clinic and is free of charge.

Christine Cruse, LCSW
Christine Cruse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently providing medical social work services to the Sansum patient community. She is also a Certified Advance Care Planner and enjoys assisting our patient community in meeting their various psychosocial needs. 

Christine received her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Older Adults and Families from California State University, Long Beach. Christine has more than 25 years of experience in the field of medical social work. She gained her work experience in a variety of settings including hospital, hospice, home health, care management, international adoption and with the chronically ill. Her goal is to help you maintain or improve your overall health and well-being.

Please please call 805-681-7580 to schedule an appointment.

Edith Gonzalez, MSW
Edith V Gonzalez is a Licensed Medical Social Worker for the Palliative Care program at Sansum Clinic/Ridley Tree Cancer Center.  She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, San Marcos. She is a certified mediator in conflict management and certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Edith speaks Spanish fluently and has over 18 years of experience supporting the community and proving Mental Health support. 

Edith’s professional interests are in hospice and palliative care.

Please please call (805) 879-0675 to schedule an appointment.