What is your position and role at Gillette? I work at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare as a research coordinator. I manage our Summer Research Internship Program which introduces young adults to clinical research. Students are paired with a Gillette mentor, work on a research project, and attend twice weekly seminars on a variety of research topics. I also support the Gait and Motion Analysis Lab in their research efforts. They are a very active group of researchers at Gillette and I help coordinate their studies from start to finish. This includes organizing study logistics, conversing with patients about potential research studies, and helping to summarize study findings at the close of a project.
Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? When I first started, I shadowed many patients visiting the gait lab. It was, and still is, so impressive to learn about how they utilize motion capture technology for clinical decision making.
What do you like best about working at Gillette? There are many things I enjoy about my job. With my internship program, I love having the chance to introduce clinical research to students early in their education. My hope is that students will understand the importance of research, seek out additional training, and utilize these skills during their future careers as healthcare professionals. I also love working with the researchers in the Gait and Motion Analysis lab. These researchers are world-renowned in their field. It is rewarding to be a part of their work in influencing the outcomes of children with gait disorders.
Do you have any children or pets? I have two boys, ages 2 and 4 years.
What are your hobbies outside of work? I love to cook and be active outdoors with my family. Right now, I climb a lot of trees and play superheroes with my boys!
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I love to travel but haven’t done much since having children. I would like to go to Turkey, which is where my brother-in-law is from. There is also much of the United States that I hope to see, including the Northwest. We have our first family trip planned and are headed to Seattle at the end of the summer. I can’t wait!