Heidi Trott is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) specializing in breast oncology and women’s health. She has been a nurse for 30 years working in a variety disciplines including medical-surgical nursing, gynecology, community nursing, nursing administration, and teaching. She completed her nurse practitioner studies at the University of Washington and has been practicing here at SCCA for over seven years. Heidi’s route to SCCA has been a long one. Her Polish father and German mother emigrated from Europe to England’s West Country after World War II. She was born in Stroud and went to nursing school at King’s College in London. Soon after college she met her husband–then an American serviceman–in Germany and came to the United States in 1984. Together they have a son and a daughter and a cat named Tiger Lily.
What’s the last book you read?
I’m rereading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy making all kinds of crafts, especially scrapbooks. I am very interested in genealogy, travel, gardening, and having lots of fun with my family and friends.
Do you have a personal motto?
Many come to mind but the ones that stand out are “Never, never, never give up” (Winston Churchill), and “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” (Mary Poppins). The latter is deeper than it appears. Kindness goes a long way, and as health care providers we sometimes underestimate how meaningful that is to patients. If you can connect and show patients some empathy, you can get them through some very difficult times.
Who is the person you most admire?
There are so many people throughout my life I’ve admired. Collectively, I admire the resilience and steadfastness of my family during adversity. This has been a common thread through many generations. My grandfather was a Polish prisoner-of-war in World War I in Siberia. After the Bolshevik Revolution, he somehow made it back to his home in Poland on foot! Both of my parents lived through the experience of Nazi Germany. In recent years, my wonderful husband, daughter, and son have carried me through some very tough times. The power of the human spirit is incredible and something I see every day in my patients.
What is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
I love visiting Pike Place Market, it never gets old.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
All the places I’ve yet to visit like Australia, Italy, and Greece. I’d also like to return to Poland and Amsterdam.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Anywhere that serves fresh crab–Anthony’s in Des Moines comes to mind.
Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
I’d have to say Seahawks, but mainly because of Russell Wilson as I don’t understand American football at all (I understand European football better). I wish Russell Wilson would visit SCCA. But really, my favorite team is Manchester United.
Nike, Adidas, or Puma?
Adidas and Puma began in the small Bavarian town my Mother was from, as the result of two feuding brothers. In the town, you’re either an Adidas person or a Puma person and never the twain shall meet. I am an Adidas person, but don’t tell my uncle!
What career could you see yourself in if you weren’t a nurse practitioner?
Stand-up comedian or police interrogator, especially the latter. I’m known for being able to easily get information from people in a nice setting, and I think I could do it in a difficult setting as well.