Dialysis Access Specialist
When I began working at Kidney Care Center (KCC) ten years ago, paper charts were still in use by clinics all over the country. Just as medical technology evolved, so has my career with Kidney Care Center (KCC) and later Dialysis Care Center (DCC). Working in a dialysis center was not a career I saw for myself, but now I believe I was in the right place at the right time.
I was introduced to dialysis when I was an intern at the Joliet clinic. At the time I was studying to become a medical assistant. People ask me what drew me into working in dialysis care, I think it was the variety of work. I was able to work as a medical assistant, but also in other departments of the office. This variety is what has helped me advance my skills professionally over the last ten years. The more I learn, the better I can understand and care for our patients. My passion and growing experience helped me advance from Medical Assistant to the Dialysis Access Specialist, the position I hold today.
While working in dialysis care has unique challenges, I have never stopped being an enthusiastic champion for my patients. I find the most important thing I can provide is a familiar face to patients, so they know they are not going through the treatment alone. Showing patients they have a support system behind them is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job.
As I reflect on my ten years with KCC and DCC, it has been quite the journey. The family culture that originally drew me to the company ten years ago, is still an integral part of my work today. I take pride in working for a company that celebrates employees with different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Working with a diverse group of people is what makes DCC feel like a family.