One of the unique aspects of the PreviMedica program is that you are paired with a patient Navigator who will introduce you to the program and provide continued guidance throughout. We have found that one of the keys to making long-lasting lifestyle changes is having a support system, and that’s precisely what your Navigator will be. Today, we would like to introduce you to one of the Navigators on our team, Tarah!
Tarah has been with PreviMedica since 2011. She was one of the very first team members and has played an important role in the growth of the company throughout the years. We love Tarah because she genuinely cares about people and wants to make a difference. Plus, she brings us delicious coffee from El Salvador!
We recently chatted with Tarah about her role as Navigator, her favorite foods (we never tire of talking about food around here), travel, and other fun facts. Check it out below:
What is your favorite part of your job as a Navigator?
To me, the absolute best part of my job is connecting with my patients. I feel strongly that building a relationship with them, in their time of need, is a true privilege and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. In the office, I have been jokingly referred to as “overprotective” of my patients. While it is said in good fun, there may be some truth to it.
One of the unique features of the program that you get to use often is the Nudge, a mobile application that we use to connect with our patients. In your experience, what is the feature of Nudge that patients like the most? And what is your favorite feature?
Based on my experience, the Nudge feature that is used most often by patients is the messaging feature. It’s such an easy way to connect with us if they have a quick question. It’s also my favorite feature because I can send them messages of encouragement and friendly reminders. I find that they are much more likely to respond to this type of message than any other type of communication. Everyone always has their phones on them!
What are the five must haves that are always in your fridge/pantry?
1. Peanut butter (For some reason, when I go to the store, I always think I’m out of peanut butter. All the while, I can have as many as 3 unopened jars in the pantry. Let’s just say I haven’t bought peanut butter in quite some time.)
3. Coffee (Salvadorian coffee, because it’s simply the BEST.)
4. Earth Balance Organic spread
5. Organic Corn Tortilla Chips (because Mexican food is always a possibility)
Favorite workout activity?
My favorite workout activity is yoga, because it integrates flexibility with strength. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the practice of Iyengar Yoga which places a strong emphasis on detail, precision, and alignment within each pose. Since starting this practice a couple years ago, I’ve noticed complete elimination of knee pain I previously struggled with, improvement in my posture, as well as many other benefits.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I LOVE to travel. I really enjoy learning about and exploring new places and cultures. Most of my international travels so far, have been to Central America for medical missionary work (I’m also currently working to learn Spanish). I hope to soon be able to expand my travels to other parts of the world like India, Europe, and Australia.
Also in my free time, I recently started working with the teen ministry in my church. I’ve found it to be an incredible experience, connecting with teen girls and using my life experiences to serve them.
Coffee or tea?
In the choice between coffee and tea…without a doubt, coffee!! To me, nothing beats a strong cup of freshly ground Salvadorian coffee. I frequently travel to El Salvador; and when I do, I always come back with a suitcase full of coffee.
Favorite food as a kid?
The truth is my favorite food as a kid was Ramen noodles (cringe). Back then, my family didn’t know much about the harms of consuming processed foods. Ramen noodles were cheap and easy for me to make on my own. My diet has changed quite a bit from when I was a child; I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve had Ramen noodles.
Current favorite food or dish?
At the moment, my absolute favorite dish is a Black-Eyed Pea Salad with organic corn tortilla chips. I literally have a bowl of this salad for lunch and dinner at least one day every week. It’s light and fresh, packed full of texture and flavor; it’s a perfect dish for this time of year!
Thanks for sharing with us, Tarah! It’s always fun to hear about your travels and the new recipes you try. I’m sure your patients will also enjoy learning a little more about you!
If you’d like more information about our PreviMedica Navigators, take a look at our post from earlier this week. And if you are interested in a membership with PreviMedica, feel free to contact us at 855-773-8463 or by email at email@example.com.