Shortly after I moved to San Diego last year, my best friend was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. I went with her to her first appointment and saw how difficult it was for her phlebotomist to find her vein. It reminded me of my time as a phlebotomist and how good I was at finding the vein. Right then and there, I decided to go back into healthcare; helping folks in their time of need was and is a better fit for me.
As a Medical Assistant at Lightyear Health, I am responsible for assisting Doctors and Nurses in providing care to their patients. Their duties include recording and updating medical histories and contact information in patient files, scheduling patient appointments and performing standard care procedures like drawing blood, checking vitals or collecting lab samples. Above all, I’m there to listen.
After my time in the United States Air Force working in the computer networking department, I moved to San Francisco and began taking courses in healthcare. I used my G.I. Bill to get my EMT certification, Electrocardiograph technician certification and a phlebotomy license. I worked as a phlebotomist for 6 years and became a pediatric specialist. After my 6 years of phlebotomy, I made a switch to bartending. I was put into an intensive bar back program and eventually became full time bartender / mixologist. Then, I met the love of my life in San Francisco and after getting married we had our first child, Maximus. We wanted to be closer to family so we packed up our stuff, jumped in 2 cars, and drove home to San Diego.
Outside of work, I enjoy skateboarding and teaching my son to skateboard, taking walks at night in our new neighborhood and cooking dinner for my family. I love movies and tv shows, and have seen most things, although I love a good recommendation.