Please tell us a little about your background and what inspired you to pursue a career in healthcare.
I always knew I wanted to be in a career designed to help others. I graduated with my Associate’s of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistance in 2014. I started my career working in a small, rural hospital that provided all therapy services for the entire community. This allowed me to gain experience in multiple settings – inpatient, outpatient, home health, skilled nursing facilities, aquatics, and even some in the school systems (pediatrics). When I moved to Texas in 2018, I chose to focus on home healthcare. After working with multiple agencies, COVID shutdowns, and billing changes, I decided to focus on continuing my education – I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree. Currently, I am enrolled in the health services management program through Brazosport College. I am participating in BC’s 4+1 program. This allows me to be dual-enrolled in Park University, taking graduate classes focusing on project management. Upon graduation, I will have earned my Bachelor’s degree in “Health Services Management” with a Graduate Certificate in “Project Management.” Eventually, I will continue to work towards my Master’s in Healthcare Administration. I have always had a passion for helping others. My end goal is to find a position to work on the quality and efficiency of healthcare — to make sure that our communities are receiving all the services that they need and deserve.
What sorts of things do you like to do in your free time?
I have a spunky two-year-old, Emma, that keeps me on my toes at all times. I love the outdoors! Hiking, camping, kayaking, gardening, swimming – basically anything that gives me a breath of fresh air! I also enjoy being creative – painting especially. Of course, when I have extra free time, going dancing with my friends is an all-time favorite of mine!
What is your favorite ACHE memory or activity?
If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the art gallery event last year. I had a blast seeing the art pieces and hearing the stories behind the art. It was a fun night! I also really enjoyed the conference and our last quarterly breakfast. I found the learning opportunities to be inspirational.
How do you envision healthcare in the next 10 years?
That’s a great question! I expect changes – of course – but I’m not sure which direction those changes will go. I do see us moving more towards virtual healthcare, COVID has only helped to push that movement. I also see a move down to the southern part of this area – I live in Angleton, TX. Between Angleton and Lake Jackson, I see some potential for big expansions for our communities.
-Interview by Keyiara Ridyolph