Employee Profiles: Debra, Medical Assistant

UW Medical Foundation medical assistant DebraAfter working for many years as a nursing assistant, Deb took her love of caring for people back to school to become a medical assistant. Coupled with her affinity for teamwork and building relationships with patients and families, we’re so glad she chose us.


What brought you to UW Health?

I worked for many years as a nursing assistant at a nursing home and then a local hospital on the general medical/pediatric floor. I really enjoyed caring for people in those settings, and had a plan to go back to school after my children started school full time. I decided on the medical assistant program and after graduating, started in a part time position at East Towne Clinic pediatrics, which soon turned into a full time position. I had no idea I would love it as much as I do — the variety every day brings and the fast paced schedule.


I also enjoy watching children and families grow. I’ve met so many wonderful people and every day brings new challenges and learning opportunities. UW Health has always had the reputation of giving a high level care in both the hospital and clinical environments, so I’m very proud to represent the organization.


What is something most people don’t know about you?


I would love to someday to be involved with one of my church’s mission trips. It would be extremely rewarding to help make a difference in a community where people are in need of every day resources that we take for granted.


What is your favorite pastime?


Spending time with family and friends, especially at Brewer games! I enjoy walking my dogs, reading, gardening, and I’ll be starting some home improvements soon - hopefully learning to "do it myself" along the way!


What is your favorite part of working here? 


I love seeing the relationships that are formed every day, and working side-by-side as a team with a great group of people that truly care about our patients. Meeting new families and patients and forming lasting bonds with each and every person is extremely rewarding. Also the  many great opportunities UW Health offers to the employees such as the Wellness Program, credits for continuing education units and so many more programs for self improvement and quality living.   


If you were granted one wish, what would it be?


That every person would put themselves in another person’s shoes, and treat them as they would want to be treated. Life is short, make someone feel special today.