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Fentyshia Daniels, LCSW, Urology

Fentyshia Daniels, LMSW graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a Journalism degree that she originally intended to use to become a reporter. However, the impact of a mentor led her in a different direction, and she has parlayed the communication skills she gained as an undergraduate in college, along with her Master's degree in Social Work, into a impactful role counseling patients as a social worker for Yale Urology.

Fentyshia frequently works with patients in urologic oncology, helping them navigate the system, securing daily resources such as transportation for treatments and appointments, as well as providing support through the often emotional and physical journey that is cancer. She also sees patients in the areas of stone disease, urologic-gynecology (uro-gyn), and the gender-affirming surgery program. In these areas where most symptoms are generally not visible externally, feelings of patients are frequently minimized. Fentyshia steps in to help provide emotional validation and respect, and to let patients know someone is in their corner.

"Being the light in the fog and helping someone get back to completing their regular daily skills is meaningful to me," explains Fentyshia. "I want my patients to know they are not alone in this journey. They have a family at Yale and we are here to walk you through this process."

Fentyshia recently celebrated her one-year anniversary as a social worker at Yale New Haven Health, and she loves coming to work every day. "I have a great team - the doctors, nurses, techs, management - they are all supportive and we make a difference every single day."