The Lynchburg Campus recently recognized Dr. Brenda Waller of PRIS, PLC, as a Distinguished Community Employer for providing hands-on learning opportunities for ANU students as an externship site. She was also recognized for hiring four graduates of ANU’s health care programs, from both the Lynchburg and Danville, Virginia Campuses.
Graduates Lekeshia Morris, Kimberly Jones, and Dessirae Taylor work as medical assistants at the practice, while administrative office professional graduate Tameka Gaines serves as the office manager. “I was hired as a front desk receptionist, and two years later I was promoted to office manager,” Tameka shared proudly. “Every day is a learning experience. Our patients live with a lot of pain, and to put a smile on their face and make a difference in people’s lives means a lot.”
“I love it here,” agreed Lekeshia. “Every day is something different; there’s never a dull moment.”
Dr. Brenda Waller is a physiatrist in Lynchburg, Virginia. At PRIS, a physical medicine and rehabilitation practice, she helps patients recuperating from injury or disease to enjoy a higher quality of life. “The students who come here to complete their externships are quick learners and are able to slide right into the job when I have openings,” stated Dr. Waller. “The graduates I’ve hired are focused, follow-through to complete the task at hand, and are able to notice things when they interact with the patients that need to be brought to my attention.”
Career center director Stephanie Anastasio (far left) and director of health care education Sue Coleman (far right) presented the Distinguished Community Employer Award to Dr. Brenda Waller (3rd from right), who has hired four ANU graduates, including Kimberly Jones (2nd from left), Tameka Gaines (3rd from left), and Lekeshia Morris (2nd from right).
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