What is your position and role at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare? I started at Gillette in 2002 as an X-ray Technologist. In my time at Gillette, I’ve seen our department move from x-rays taken with film and developed in a darkroom to, today, sophisticated digital imaging. It’s been an exciting shift! I monitor and maintain the imaging computer systems that allow us to sync each patient’s information with our imaging equipment, document the details of each imaging exam, and track both data and results from each exam. Gillette’s complex patient population has unique imaging needs and I consider it a privilege to be part of the team that helps meet those needs.
Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? There was a patient of Dr. Mark Dahl’s that came to Gillette from a Honduras orphanage with very severe lower extremity deformities. When she arrived, she was sad and a little withdrawn. I performed some of her first imaging exams and she told me that the two things she really wanted to do was run and swim. Dr. Dahl performed several surgeries and I watched her grow into a happier and more outgoing person as she gained increased use of her legs. She learned English, went to school, and shared stories of the good times with her host family. On her last day at Gillette, she asked me with a big smile, “Do you want to see me run down the hall?” I replied “yes” and she did just that – she ran down the hall. She came back to me and said, “I can go swimming now too.” She gave me a hug and told me she was going home soon and would miss everyone at Gillette.
What do you like best about working at Gillette? The patients! We all face challenges in our lives, but our patients face their challenges every hour of every day. Yet they have a great sense of humor, with a smile on their face (most days), have a new joke to tell, and they keep climbing the mountain. We can all learn something from them.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Switzerland. I hear the country is beautiful.
What is one fun fact about you? I was the first female firefighter captain in my hometown county in Illinois. I am very proud of that accomplishment.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I love to cook. I especially love to have big groups of people over for a meal and share in the friendship. I also love to travel and have a group of friends from all over the country who travel to a new place each year. This year we are going to Hilton Head.