Technician Spotlights

Technician Spotlight: Beverly Forrest-Butts (2)

medicalBeverly Forrest-Butts
Lexington, MS

What is your role with BioTek? 
Clinical Lab Specialist/Regional Area Manager


What is the best thing that happened to you at work this month?
Yesterday was the beginning of National Nurse Week and I received a large gift basket of goodies from the office manager and my doctor. They could have easily looked over me being a nurse and just given to their nurse but they are always so thoughtful.


What is the number 1 reason you joined BioTek?
I was in a management position at my job prior to coming to Biotek and I was getting burned out with management and was desiring a change.  I started out as a CLS.


What has been your favorite patient success story?
I had this patient who stated he broke out every year during lawn mowing season and had been having migraine headaches, once he got started on the immunotherapy he hasn’t had another episode of breaking out or migraine head ache.  He has completed two years of therapy without having any previous episodes of breaking out or migraine.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
To do your best job each day. Maintain a healthy work relationship with the staff at your clinic because they will be a good asset in helping you to get referrals

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My two boys.

What is your favorite family tradition?
Holiday get together

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Madea

Where is your favorite place in the world? 
My home

What are you passionate about? 
Treating people the way that I expect to be treated.

 

Technician Spotlight: Rachel Harris

medicalWhat is your position and city location with BioTek?
I am a clinical lab specialist located in Dalton, Georgia.

What is the best thing that happened to you at work this month?
The best thing that happened to me at work this month was there were several questions and more patients calling wanting to be allergy testing due to the high pollen count.

What is the number 1 reason you joined BioTek?
One of the number one reason I joined Biotek is the previous employee stated that Biotek runs like a family and as a unit. I love that I can call someone to get a quick answer on the things that I need help with.

What has been your favorite patient success story?
I have a patient that was fully covered in eczema. He is in month 7-8 currently and his eczema is almost completely cleared.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
I would tell them to send out notes or emails to the doctors twice a month so they know what the goal is for that month and to keep a close relationship with them to help Biotek and the company they are located at reach their goals.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
The best gift that I have ever received from Biotek was being employee of the month. Definitely took me by surprise but I do try to make sure everything gets done in timely manner.

What is your favorite family tradition?
One of my favorite family traditions is putting the Christmas tree up and decorating it. It just reminds me that everything in life is easier to do as unit.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
I would love to swap places with Jesus, my boss here at Biotek, just to see what his day consists of. To see how much traveling he does and all the places he has to go because I definitely love traveling.

Where is your favorite place in the world? 
One of my favorite places in the is Nassau, Bahamas. It is so gorgeous there are breath taking. I haven’t went in a few years but definitely plan on taking a cruise early next year to settle this void.

What are you passionate about? 
I am very passionate about being hard working and letting everyone know that I can exceed their expectations. This includes being a mommy, gf, and an employee. I feel like in life that no matter what you do, you should always do your best at it, so that you receive the best results.

Technician Spotlight: Sarah Brimhall

medicalWhat is your position and city location with BioTek?
Clinical Lab specialist in Corvallis Oregon.

What is the best thing that happened to you at work this month?
Thus far most patient's I encounter either are terrified of shots and won't even consider therapy or don't really seem to have an issue learning to give themselves shots. I had my first patient who was really nervous and hesitant to give herself the shots but we were able to go slow and work through it and now she does it just fine. It felt good to be able to help her.

What is the number 1 reason you joined BioTek?
I wanted to do something that helps people and this is my first medical job I wanted to see how I liked it and if I could see a career for myself in the medical field.

What has been your favorite patient success story?
A patient who had really bad asthma and allergy symptoms hearing about much the therapy helped him and how much better he felt after the therapy.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
My clinic has patient responsibility so I have a really hard time getting patients to accept therapy when they usually have to pay a good amount out of pocket. I would say to just try and test as many people as possible in hopes that at least a few will accept treatment.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My parents taking me to a theater production of Phantom of the Opera for my birthday. My boyfriend taking me to my first concert ever.

What is your favorite family tradition?
Don't really have any traditions. But always enjoy getting together with my family for holidays and events.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Future me so I can see how things turn out in the long run and where I wind up.

Where is your favorite place in the world? 
Disneyland and Hawaii were my favorite trips so far but there's a lot of other places I'd like to go so it's hard to say my favorite place.

What are you passionate about? 
Traveling and pursuing my career.

Technician Spotlight: Aracelia Martinez

medicalWhat is your position and city location with BioTek?
Training Manager, Pembroke Pines, FL

What is the best thing that happened to you at work this month?
I had the opportunity to boost someone’s confidence in themselves.

What is the number 1 reason you joined BioTek?
It was an opportunity learn to something I had never done before and the pay was right.

What has been your favorite patient success story?
I had a patient that suffered from chronic allergies, asthma and migraines and after two years of Immunotherapy her migraines were gone, she was able to discontinue use of her inhaler, and her quality of life had greatly improved.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Don’t try to conquer Rome in one day it takes some time to get the job down and staying organized is key to success.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
The gift of life and forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ Sacrificial death

What is your favorite family tradition?
I wouldn’t call it a tradition but part of our everyday life. Praying together when we wake up, when we go to sleep, and when we eat together.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
A neonatal heart surgeon.

Where is your favorite place in the world? 
Bali

What are you passionate about? 
Volunteer work, disaster relief

Technician Spotlight: Blanca Gomez

medicalWhat is your position and city location with BioTek?
My position is Clinical Lab Specialist and location is Memphis

What is the best thing that happened to you at work this month?
I reached my goal for the month of April

What is the number 1 reason you joined BioTek?
I was looking to expand & grow my career & Biotek provided me with the opportunity to not only learn a new field but gave me the potential for career advancement!

What has been your favorite patient success story?
I have to say that 1 of my patients who has been on tx with me for 4 years now, her mom stated that she does better on tx than when she’s not.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
My advice is to hustle, don’t sit in your lab & wait for referrals, get out there, get involved & figure out what works best for you.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
The gift of my son, I’m blessed to have him!
 

What is your favorite family tradition?
When we get together for the holidays & make Salvadorian tamales

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Sofia Vergara

Where is your favorite place in the world? 
Los chorros, El Salvador

What are you passionate about? 
Life, career, art, music, learning, uplifting others, health, & taking action.

Technician Spotlight: Jennifer Smith

medicalJennifer Smith : CLS

What is your position and city location with BioTek?
My position is Clinical Lab Specialist and location is Mayfield

What is the best thing that happened to you at work this month?
Having a patient tell me how much they appreciate me and how helpful I have been to them throughout the process

What is the number 1 reason you joined BioTek?
I joined BioTek for the new opportunity and skills. But I have received so much more than that!
 
What has been your favorite patient success story?
I had a patient with frequent nose bleeds, almost daily. After doing a year of Immunotherapy, no more nosebleeds!

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Be kind to your patients. Call and check on them at times to make sure they are doing therapy right and to see if they have any questions. Not only does it show that you care but it helps keep them on track and compliant
 
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
With BioTek, I have had a few of my pediatric bring me in pictures that they had drawn, one was of the patient with her siblings and her parents and I was included in this picture! She considered me a part of her family.
In life in general, I would have to say my children. They have been the biggest gift and blessing in my life.
 
What is your favorite family tradition?
My favorite family tradition would have to be Sunday dinners with family! Another tradition is with my kids, we would always go to this book store and then to the mall at Christmas. It was the only time I would ever go to the mall. We would always stop by Starbucks and get a coffee and walk the mall together looking for Christmas gifts.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
I would love to switch places with my 16 year old son for the day. I would love for him to how much I love him for one and for him to see just how much he tortures me on a daily basis. I would so pull pranks on him like he does me!

Technician Spotlight: Noemi Pou

medicalWhat is your role with BioTek?
My role is a CLS, I’m here to help my pt feel better.

What do you like most about working with BioTek?
Couple of things, but the freedom and recognition of my work is something I didn’t have in any other place.

What are your 3 goals each week?

1. Test more pts.
2. Keep myself up today w/ documents (non-comp. letter, upload all doc. On time).
3. Make my company feel proud.

What has been your favorite patient success story?
OMG, A 7 yrs old girl w/ severe eczema, came to my lab at the end of her 2 month showing me w/ huge excitement how good her hands was looking since she start with Tx. HER FACE WAS A MILLION DOLLAR FACE, I was literally in tears.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
To educate all patients about the benefits of immunotherapy and convert as many as possible.
 
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Workout/lifting, and go to the movies with my kids.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Love

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” because is my crush and Michelle Obama a women that I admired.

What is something that only a few people know about you?
That I am a pancreatic cancer survivor.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go? 
Dubai and Europe, seems to me a very historical, exotic and romantic places to make my own story.

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
I like to make people laugh, love to make ppl feel and know they are not alone. I have a very entertaining personality.

Technician Spotlight: Nia McEachin

medicalWhat is your role with BioTek?
Clinical Lab Specialist

What do you like most about working with BioTek?
Great working environment

What are your 3 goals each week?

1. Test at least 3 patients a week
2. Convert all my patients
3. Eat healthy-the reps make it hard to stay on track here.

What has been your favorite patient success story?
1st year-patient was tested and had 44 total positives. 2nd year-same patient tested and only had 4 total positives.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Don’t get behind in your paperwork and always communicate with your manager.
 
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Spend time with my family.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Starbucks coffee. I swear they put something in that coffee!

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Dwayne “Rock” Johnson- I think I can convince him to marry me. I just need ten minutes. Seriously it would be Rosa Parks- I would love to know who and what gave her the courage to sit in the front of the bus that day; which started a movement.

What is something that only a few people know about you?
Ok I will only give you three 😊1st-I was working on my master’s in Business Administrator and decided to change my career to nursing.
2nd-I used to work for a communication firm and met a lot of high profile politicians and celebrities.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go? 
Seychelles islands

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
Sorry I can’t disclose that information, it’s top secret 😊

Technician Spotlight: Mikey Cancino

medicalMikey Cancino
CLS

What do you like most about working with BioTek?

What I like most about working with Biotek Labs is the patient interaction and the great working environment. Biotek Labs offers many wonderful benefits to its employees and always has our best interest, and that of our patients, in mind.

 

What are your 3 goals each week?

  1. Bring in more ideas to increase patient flow and referrals from the providers. 
  2. Catch up on everything in this already established lab, so that I can manage it the way that best fits me. 
  3. Call all patients who have been waiting to hear back from the allergy lab, and get them back on track.

What is your favorite success story?
I have not had one just yet, as I have only been at my lab 2 ½ weeks.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
It seems hard, but it’s not. You just have to come in with a positive attitude and it will pay off.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Spend time with my family, and plan things like go out to eat, or watch a movie. $5 Tuesdays at the movies are my favorite!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
My partner and my 2 cats.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Betty White, She is just an all-around great human being, and funny!

What is something that only a few people know about you?
I like to feed and care for homeless pets. I usually will feed them if they have their little family and go back to check on them. If they’re alone, Ill feed and care for them and take them in to the Humane Society.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
Rio de Janeiro

What are some additional fun facts about you?  
I am a graphic designer, and I love to ski (when I get the chance to)

Technician Spotlight: Jessica Cruce

medicalJessica Cruce


What is your role with BioTek? 
CLS


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
Everything. Great Job.


What are your 3 goals each week?

  1. To Test 5 patients
    2. To Mix all therapies I have Formulations for
    3. To have that weeks paperwork complete so I can start fresh the next week

What is your favorite success story?
I had a little boy who was shy and reserved, he done allergy shots for 2 years and during that time made the baseball team and was an excellent player and came out of his shell. His parents swear it was the allergy shots because they think for once in his life he felt good and wasn’t constantly suffering from allergies. He continues to do wonderful!! His mom tells everyone it was the best thing they ever done for him.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Stay on top of your paperwork and mixing.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Offshore Fishing with my family

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
Pepsi

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
George Strait-Because he is just awesome!!!

What is something that only a few people know about you?
I almost dropped out of Nursing school because I wasn’t sure if it was for me!! I love being a Nurse now.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
Alaska-I want to see the Northern Lights

What are some additional fun facts about you?  
I am married we have 2 children. We love all outdoor activities the beach, hunting and fishing

Technician Spotlight: Nanette Billingsley

medicalNanette Billingsley
Eastridge, TN

What is your role with BioTek? 
Clinical lab technician/Medical Assistant


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
The fact that I can help patients and be able teach them about the allergy treatment also improve their overall health.


What are your 3 goals each week?

  1. Obtain at least 2 to 5 allergy candidates a week
    2. To improve conversion rate
    3. Increase the patient compliance and educate them about the immunotherapy

What is your favorite success story?
That they wish they had done this a little sooner.
How excited that they are when they tell you that their symptoms have improved.
They no longer have to take any more allergy medication or use the inhaler.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Be honest and build a relationship with your provider also with the staff.
Treat your patients with respect.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Spending time with my family or out in the yard when it is warm

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
Without knowing the Lord and my family

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Lord, because of his holiness and the compassion on people and the love that he has for us.

What is something that only a few people know about you? 
That I use to play football and that I use to struggle with my life (by putting myself down all the time).
I am a Rev. Wife

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
To Hawaii

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
I love to hunt and go fishing
I love to play basketball
Going out to witness and visiting the sick.

Technician Spotlight: Catherine Fitzpatrick

medicalCatherine Fitzpatrick
Hillsboro, OR

What is your role with BioTek? 
I work as Clinical Lab Specialist doing Allergy Skin testing and creating Allergy immunotherapy.


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
I love being able to work closely with the patients and build a relationship with them.


What are your 3 goals each week?

  1. Getting as many patients tested as I can.
  2. Call as many patients as I can to come into test who have Approvals.
  3. Submitting Demos for potential patients for testing

What is your favorite success story?
One patient reported being able to play outside with her children and being to go to a rose garden with her mother and really enjoy the flowers without any of her allergy symptoms.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Give your patients as much information about Allergy testing, immunotherapy as you can and discuss the immune system and the effects allergies have on it.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I love to crochet and bake. I’m constantly looking for new things to bake and create with crocheting. I also enjoy working in my garden, playing with our dogs and tending to my chickens.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
My family, they are what keeps me going every day.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
I have no one in particular that I wish to meet. If I could see my dad again that would be awesome, unfortunately he passed away 14 years ago.

What is something that only a few people know about you? 
I worked as a nurse assistant full time when I was a sophomore in high school. I also worked in construction when I was in my early 20’s helping my husband with the business. I shoveled gravel, concrete and cook the meals for all the guys. We worked several days at a time at the coast which meant bringing along the camper so I could cook.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
I do not like flying, so I would rent a motor home and travel around the US. There are so many beautiful places to see.

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
I have 6 children, 9 grandchildren, I not only worked in construction but I also worked for 30 years in Electronics as a Supervisor and Lead tech. I’ve only been an MA for 4 years.

Technician Spotlight: Ava Edwards

medicalAva Edwards
Woodhaven, NY

What is your role with BioTek? 
LPN - CLS


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
I like the independence of working on my own but knowing I have people to reach out to if I am unsure of something.


What are your 3 goals each week?
1. To get more than 50% of patients tested to accept therapy
2. Educate patients on allergies and treatment
3. Learn something new about allergies for myself to better educate my patients

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
A smile goes a long way.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Spend time with my son and Fiancé.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
Music

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Michelle Obama. She is intelligent and seems like a genuinely nice person. I’m sure she would have some good advice on life a business.

What is something that only a few people know about you? 
I’m very emotional

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
Maldives

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
I was born in Jamaica West Indies, I model carnival costumes and I love playing paintball.

Technician Spotlight: Carol Barger

medicalCarol Barger
Pleasantville, Utah

What is your role with BioTek? 
Clinical Lab Specialist


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
It’s been a new and great experience


What are your 3 goals each week?
1. To give great customer service to our patients
2. To test and treat all patients that are referred to me.
3. To be honest and show integrity in all I do.


What has been your favorite patient success story?
When a patient mother told me that she no longer has to us her inhaler.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
To always do your best, no matter what kind of day your having, love what you do and it will show in your work.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Enjoy doing things with my family

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
My family

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet the president, so I could give him a real opinion of a working person and let him know what he says matters.

What is something that only a few people know about you? 
I am very good at drawing and painting

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
I would go to Spain and Germany that is where my ancestors are from

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
I love outdoors, fishing, hunting camping and I also love to see new attractions

Technician Spotlight: Beverly Forrest-Butts

medicalBeverly Forrest-Butts
Lexington, MS

What is your role with BioTek? 
Clinical Lab Specialist/Regional Area Manager


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
The thing I like about Biotek is management is not in and out of my office personally every day. Yes they have access to you and sometime you feel like they are there but the independence.


What are your 3 goals each week?
1. To make sure that my lab is safe for myself as well as the patients.
2. To test at least five patients and encourage and make sure the five patients convert.
3. Check on my team members whether it is by telephone or email. I try to make them feel that I am available.


What has been your favorite patient success story?
I have this patient that was having headaches, stuffy nose especially while cutting the grass and skin irritations. He states the medicine has improved his health and he frequently tell me of others that he has referred because he says he is thankful that I was able to help him. He is on year 2.

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Patient satisfaction is the best referral source. Take care of your patients, once they start the immunotherapy be there for them when they have questions and respond timely.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Love on my grandson.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
The word of God.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?

What is something that only a few people know about you? 
I have a heart of gold. Most people think that I am mean and don’t try to get to know the real Beverly. Yes I am mean when need be but I am very loving when I am not pushed.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
Hawaii

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
I love life.
I am looking forward to my retirement years so that I can travel to various places and see this beautiful world.
I am a great listener.
I am a servant. I have been nursing for 29 years and serving as an usher for 12 years.
The best part of my life is being Hunter’s GiGi.

Technician Spotlight: Heather Burke

medicalHeather Burke
Keedysville and Hagerstown, MD

What is your role with BioTek? 
Clinical Laboratory Specialist


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
I like what we do, I like helping these patients, I like watching the progress the patients make, I like that we get to spend time with them and get to know them.


What are your 3 goals each week?
1. To test at least 2 pts/wk with a personal goal of 8/wk.
2. To have a better week then the one before
3. To make difference in someone’s life, whether a patient, co-worker, friend.

What has been your favorite patient success story?
Oh my, I have so many. Probably my all time favorite was when a little boy came back and said, “I know what it’s like to breathe normal now”. He continued to thank me over and over. Before he started therapy, he was a constant noisy mouth breather, since doing the therapy, he no longer has that issue!!!

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Don’t get discouraged when you aren’t getting referrals, think outside of the box to get those referrals, stay determined to meet your goals.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Spend time with my three boys, Matthew (17), Brayden (9), and Ian (6)

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
My kids, I couldn’t live without my boys!

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Hmmmm....I’m not really sure.

What is something that only a few people know about you? 
Flamingos are my favorite animal, as a child, I would collect anything that had a flamingo on it.

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
Paris, I would love to someday go to Paris.

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
~ I am super competitive and love to play/watch sports, especially if I’m watching my boys :-)

~I’m originally from the Eastern Shore, MD, I love to be on the water, boating, jet skiing, crabbing, tubing, that’s my “happy place”. Someday, I hope to retire near the water…..and just a fyi, you haven’t experienced seafood until you have fresh Maryland Crabs!!

Technician Spotlight: Nikole Kennedy

medicalNikole Kennedy
 Knoxville, TN

What is your role with BioTek? 
Clinical Lab Tech


What do you like most about working with BioTek?
The People... I know we do not see each other or talk daily bu those I have come inot contact with have all seemed so nice ,fun and willing to learn new things..


What are your 3 goals each week?
1.Increase referrals
2. Increase testimonials
3.Help as much as possibe (be productive)

What has been your favorite patient success story?
I have a migraine patient who took 10+ migraine med/mon. He is now a fourth year patient of mine and he tells me that  it is because of his allergy treatments that he is migraine free and his wife agrees..

What piece of advice would you give to other BioTek Allergy techs/locations?
Take the time to get to know your patients that way they will "like to come see you" for follow-ups and stay more compliant.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Spending time with my family

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 
My kids

If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?
Chris Stapleton because after my mom passed away his music helped me along the way.

What is something that only a few people know about you? 
My middle name

If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?  
 Germany or Bora Bora

What are some additional fun facts about you? 
I love music, going on fun adventures, my favorite thing to do is sit around (especially a fire) and laugh and just have fun with others.