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At the Lung Institute, we understand that when great individuals work together, great things can happen. As part of a new series, LI Spotlight, we’re taking time to introduce you to some of the great individuals who make up our team. These are the faces you may see when you come to our clinics for treatment. They’ll be there for you to make sure your treatment goes well.
For our first LI Spotlight: Jessica Reed, our director of clinical operations based at our Tampa, Florida, clinic. We sat down with Jessica to chat about her role at the Lung Institute, her background and who she is outside of work.
So, Jessica, tell me about yourself?
I grew up in Ohio and graduated high school. From there I wanted to go somewhere warm, so I went to the University of Florida for undergrad and grad school. After college I went into family practice in Tampa. I worked in family practice for five years, and then heard about an opportunity to start with the Lung Institute.
I was excited for the change to be able to do something a little different, of not seeing patients quickly and refilling their blood pressure and cholesterol medicine or their inhalers, and sending them on their way, and seeing them in three months, and doing it all over again. So, coming to the Lung Institute was a good opportunity to see and get into a new field of medicine that’s growing.
What is your position and what does that entail?
I am the Director of Clinical Operations, so with that I train all of the new Nurse Practitioners or Physician’s Assistants in the other offices as we open. I oversee them on a continual basis in all of the clinic settings as well as work with the medical directors on any changing protocols while working to improve customer satisfaction and overall medical procedures with the clinics and the patients.
How did you find the Lung Institute?
A friend of mine with the company told me a little bit about her job, and when they were looking to recruit a nurse practitioner, she let me know that there was an opportunity there.
What have you learned since starting at the Lung Institute?
I think one thing, just being in this field of cells and regenerative medicine, is that you’re always learning more, so part of that is taking more time to do the research and pulling any possible information to help us move forward. It’s just a new way of thinking, of being more on the pioneering side of the field.
What is your favorite thing about working for the Lung Institute?
Having such a team-oriented company, and being able to work with people that have the same mentality of being excited makes you more excited to come to work.
What’s important to you?
Family and friends. Being able to enjoy life.
And what do you like to do outside of work?
I have a dog, so I enjoy spending time with her. Getting time to spend with my family. None of them live very far so it’s an easy commute to visit family and spending time outdoors.
What kind of dog is it?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COPD or some other form of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help. We offer cellular therapy treatment for lung disease patients which can improve their quality of life. Please contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about treatment options. Also, follow us on social media on Facebook and Twitter.