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BRITTNEY RHONDEAU

I have lived in Idaho all of my life.  Currently I live in Idaho Falls, but

next year or so I would like to move out to Vancouver, Washington.  I have only been an MT now for about six months and I have to say, it has been a gift for me to find this occupation.  I was the inventory manager (among various other jobs during my five years) in a video, books, and music store and was definitely ready to find what I wanted to do the rest of my life.  I went to college for a while for computer networking and finally found a home course on medical transcription.  This is the most wonderful job I could ever imagine!  I am actually excited to go to work every morning!  I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome and diabetes last month (only went to the doctor because of something I heard in a report I typed) and am starting to lose weight and feel like my old self again, which is wonderful. On top of all that, my line count is really starting to improve so that I am making minimums consistently now! Yay!  I feel really fortunate that Scribes is the company that hired me fresh out of school, and I am really excited to get on the HITS system and start working on the HealthScribe program.  From everything I have heard it is really great and I cannot wait!

GAYLE RIGGERT-HARRIS
I live in sunny Mesa, AZ (just outside Phoenix), where it's lovely in the winter and downright frightening in the summer.  I'm 36.  My husband, Mike, is a Starbucks manager and a steeldrummer.  We've been married for 15 years.  We have one son, Val, who is 8 and has red hair for some unknown reason ('cause we don't).  I'm actually a classical pianist by training.  I have my Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Arizona State.  I also studied organ there, and my other job is as the organist and pianist of a good-sized Lutheran church.  Somewhere along the line, I realized that musicians work mostly at night, and I didn't want to be away from the family that much at night, so I started looking around for something else.  Working at home seemed like a good fit so that I could have flexibility in my schedule and be able to get my son off the bus.  I found the Andrews School, and the rest is history.:)  This is my first MT job, and I've been working here since October of 2002 (and I love it).  I hope to learn all the different specialties and work types and maybe someday be good enough to be a QA.

ANN RUSSELL

Of course, I have no way of knowing this, but I would believe that probably I am one of your oldest MTs.  I will be 68 in August, recently celebrated my 50th anniversary with a very precious man.  We have four children, three boys and a girl (all of whom I am very proud), six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

 

I was born on a farm in the South.  I love medical transcription for many reasons, but one reason is because it is much easier than picking cotton by hand--and I've done my shareIt is definitely easier and more enjoyable than milking a cow and feeding the chickens. 

 

At an early age--but not one minute too soon-- I left the farm and moved to the beautiful city of Chattanooga, TN--home of Rock City and Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain.  There is a beautiful valley between those two mountains with the Tennessee River and many lakes flowing through it.  I live in the valley--maybe if I work until I am 80, I could move to one of the beautiful mountain areas.

 

Before becoming a medical transcriptionist, I was with a federal governmental agency for a few years and then went into legal transcription.  I did that for 25 years working at home and raising my children--sent them all to college  (one for 15 years with 4 advanced degrees) sitting in the corner typing by the page.  Then when there were no children at home, I went to work for a group of 37 doctors specializing in cardiology, pulmonology, infectious disease, endocrinology, etc., and worked for 11 years.  I retired in the spring of 2002 and after cleaning closets, getting photo albums completed, reorganizing my cabinets, etc., I was so depressed that I started having migaines every day--this had to end.  I was so fortunate to get a job with Scribes.  I have had only one migraine since last July.  I have loved the work and the people at Scribes; and I am sure that working for HealthScribe will be very enjoyable too.  You will probably find that I am kind of a workaholic and will work some most every day.  It is therapeutic--and I also love the income since I am a shopaholic also.  They go hand in hand.

 

I look forward to working with you.  I know that you will do a great job.  I do not ask much from my employer--my only request is that I do not want mumblers and I would like more long jobs.  My worst day is when the dictators dictate a 5-line letter that they are sending to 4 different people and they do not know their addresses.  Is that asking too much?  Just please send me jobs that are at least 100 lines each  :-)

DIANA SHERWOOD
This is Diana Sherwood and I live in North Logan, Utah. I am 34 years old 6' tall...lol I have 4 kids ages, 10, 9, 7 and 5 two boys and two girls.  I chose to do medical transcription because I love the medical field and love typing.  I also love learning and this is a neverending career that we can learn and improve ourselves.  I also chose medical transcription so that I can provide for my four beautiful kids and still be an at-home mom.  I have been working in the medical transcription field for 4 1/2 years, three of which were in psychiatry and the last 1 1/2 working for Scribes and now Healthscribe.   My interests include singing, playing piano, reading, playing with my kids and trying to find another man...LOL.  I am honored and blessed to be able to work for such great companies and will do my best to continue to improve my skills and be a great asset to this company. 

TRINA SPRECHER
My husband and I have been married for 15 years, and we live in a quiet country area outside of Carlisle, PA.  We have three children.  Our oldest is a boy whose name is Brandon and is 12 years old.  He lives and breathes sports...football, basketball, and currently baseball.  My husband coaches his baseball team and also his football team.  I guess you could say this time of year those two basically live at the ball field!   Our "middle" child is our daughter, Alicia, who is 11 years old.  Her main love is gymnastics, and she is on the level 7 competitive gymnastics team (which requires a tremendous amount of time commitment because she practices five days a week all year long!!).  Our baby is our daughter Jessica who I can hardly believe is 9 years old already!  She loves swim team and also soccer and basketball.  As you can see from their activities, I spend a great deal of time on the road just getting them to all their practices!  (And I love every minute of it!!)  We also have a golden retriever whose name is Daisy.  She seems to love the fact that I work at home.  She just plops herself right beside me.  When I don't give her the attention she thinks she deserves she just puts her head on the footpedal so that I have to stop and pet her or else the doctor won't stop talking and I can't keep up!! 
 
I became interested in transcription because I wanted to be able to work at home.  I graduated from Andrews School last October and was hired by Scribes Online shortly before I actually graduated.  I began working for Scribes last October and have truly loved every minute since then!  Sometimes I can hardly believe how perfectly suited this job is for me!  Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I thrive on the challenges medical transcription presents each day.  It can be so interesting!!  Also, I am a homebody at heart and am absolutely thrilled to be able to work at home.   
 
I also enjoy gardening, making crafts, reading, and spending time with friends and family.  That's my life in a nutshell.  :)

TRACEY TOTH
Where to begin---My name is Tracey and Im 33 and live in New Freeport, PA, its just 5 miles away from Hundred, WV, and yep we actually made the PA map (far bottom left corner).  Its a very small little town, and we live on 86 acres which belongs to my in-laws.  We originally planned on moving here to save money (instead of renting) to get our dream property and recondition/build an original log house.  Well two kids and two vehicle changes later we are still here going on now 6 years out here.  My husband, Richard, and I were married in 1995 and lived in Canonsburg for two years.  He worked in inventory control, and I worked for a psychiatrist in the Mt. Lebanon area as the office manager.  As mentioned, our dream is to someday do that original log house.  We have two sons, Reid, 4, and Tyler 8 months.  They are just the light of our eyes and such a true delight!!  We are truly blessed!  Last January 2002 we acquired a cat who decided to sneak under our double wide when she was freezing from the cold on New Years Eve.  Well, I tried unsuccessfully for a year to get rid of her but no one would take her and my husband thought he wouldnt have to mice catch under the skirting any more since we got rid of the Orkin man (they were too expensive anyway) if the cat lived there.  So me being pregnant couldnt do a thing about this cat!  Well the cat really isnt a mouser at all because she constantly chases the mice into our vehicles!  My husbands truck alone was in the shop 3 times for wire damage and the car was in there one time.  Lovely!!!  That brings us to this past week where we must be running a stray animal farm because a dog arrived on my deck when I returned home from Tylers doctor appointment.  Interestingly enough, this dog acted like it was ours and missed us terribly being gone.  Sleeping on my deck and everything!  Well two days later its still here and no one around here is missing this type of dog.  My how our family is growing!!!  Im not really sure I want to keep this dog as we dont know where she came from, but she is trained well trained to sit, stay, etc., so someone spent some time with it.   So we shall see.  Oh and Monday my husband went to the animal auction to purchase two cows so he doesnt have to cut the field.  My son calls them the moo sisters and my husband goes to work everyday hoping they dont run away!  Ah I think Im working on Old MacDonalds Farm over here!! 

KATHERINE URBANIAK

My family and I live in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region between Biloxi, MS and New Orleans, LA.  I taught foreign languages in high school for many years but have had to commute to LA to teach since we have lived in this area.  Needless to say, I started looking for something that would allow me to be at home when my kids left for school each morning.  Ive been a transcriptionist for about two years, and I love it most of the time. 

 

Ive been married for 18 years to Jeff who I met while we were both serving in the Army and we have two children, Brittany (12) and Kendrick (7).  Of course we also have two cats, a dog, hermit crabs, and fish too!

PAULA WALKER
My name is Paula Walker.  I live in a little bitty town (230 people) in Nebraska with my husband Tyler and our two boys, Hunter age 5 and Garrett age 2.  We also have a cat named Josie.  We are thinking of adding a dog to the clan this summer. 

This August will mark five years of medical transcription for me.  I started in a local hospital for two years and then made the move to working at home.  I LOVE my job.  I couldn't ask for any better arrangement for my family and myself.  What kind of benefits could compete with working in jammies?

In my spare time--HA!HA!--I love to read and work on the landscaping around the house.  My kids keep me on the go most of the time.  They never seem to run out of energy. 

My favorite drink is Pepsi.

JEAN WHITAKER
My name is Jean Whitaker.  I graduated in August 2002 from The Andrews School and began working for Scribes Online the following month.  I was formerly employed as a pharmacy technician and a hospital unit secretary.  I absolutely love being a medical transcriptionist.  I live in Trenton, Maine (about 15 minutes from Acadia National Park).  I am married and have two grown children and two granddaughters, ages 1 and 4.  I also have a cocker spaniel named Sam and two cats.  I love to work on crafts in my spare time, and unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, I have practically enough crafting supplies, fabric, yarn, etc. to open my own craft store.  I also love to read, hike, travel, and spend time with my family.

KENDRA ZUSCHLAG
First of all, I live in Endicott, New York and have lived in the area most of my life.  The weather in this area could use some improving.  I would much rather be in a warmer climate. 
 
I have one son, Zachary, who will be 4 in August and who stays with me part of the time.  I also have a cat, Jasmine, who is like another child to me.
 
I am an animal lover and would have a houseful of them if I could.  I enjoy listening to music of most kinds.  My favorites are today's modern rock and the 80's when life seemed much simpler then back in high school.  My favorite place to go on a summer vacation is at an amusement park, preferably one with a water park.  I also enjoy visiting a casino once in a great while, it is a great escape from reality for me. 
 
I have been a working MT since October of 2002 when I was hired by Scribes Online and graduated from a community college in May of that year also.  This is something that I truly enjoy doing.  I have been through different types of jobs in the past ranging from being waitress to assembly work, and I can honestly say that I have found my niche as far as a career goes.  I could not be happier with the decision I made a couple of years ago to be an MT.
 
Well I guess that is about it in a nutshell.