In 1999, I graduated with my Associates in Applied Arts and Sciences in Business Management. Following graduation, I attended Western Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Business and Political Science. Following graduation, I taught high school in Kalamazoo for 4 years. After being laid off due to state budget cuts, I left to work for Spartan Stores performing merchandising and marketing duties. I entered health care in 2008 by becoming a Pharmacy Technician. With no formal training, I became a very quick study. I left CVS in 2009, and began working for an independent compounding pharmacy in Grand Rapids, MI. In 2013, I re-entered the teaching world by becoming a Pharmacy Technician Instructor at Montcalm Community College. I live in the Grand Rapids, MI area with 2 cats and my "husband" and am an avid inline skater, love camping, and travelling.
I love the marriage of politics, health care, and business. Every day, I manage all three. This unique marriage allows me to create solutions for my patients, not problems.
Our health care system is broke, nobody receives health care unless they have someone else to pay for it. This idea will bankrupt the system. Consider your car for a moment, think of all the preventative maintenance you do on it without filing a claim with your car insurance. You don't bill your car insurance for an oil change, tire replacement, or even if a part wears out. You only file a claim when something catastrophic happens. To lower the cost of health care in the US we need a new approach. Lower the cost of preventative medicine with government subsidy if necessary. Health insurance should only be used if absolutely necessary and only for really truly expensive treatment. By treating your health care like your car, we save everyone money.
I love talking about politics, government regulation, business actions, health care and international relations.
Immersing myself in new cultures quickly. When I travel, I love to live the cities I visit, I use their pubic transport (if its worth anything), eat the culture, live the culture, and learn from it.
I am a constant learner, which draws me to TED greatly. The concept ideas worth spreading interests me greatly by encouraging the world to look outside the box we live in to make a world that is truly great. I'm learning to love the future rather the fear it. I look forward to generating a few ideas worth spreading myself.
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