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Meet The Team: Jody Belknap

Question: Why did you want to become involved in health care?woman with dog

By default, health care has been a part of my life as my mom was a nurse for 25 years and within my family are doctors, nurses, a home-healthcare worker, an occupational therapist and a phlebotomist.  Health care has always been part of my family but not part of my career path.

Q: What is your background?

My career started behind the front desk of a 4-person law firm that led me to paralegal studies then to culinary arts with a stint as a cook at a 5-star restaurant that ended when I couldn’t pay my rent.  I got back into the legal field in an administrative position which then led me to an executive assistant position for a licensing company all while earning my bachelor’s degree at night.  When I was told I would be laid-off for the 4th occurrence in my career it was time to make a move out of Michigan.  I stepped off a plane in Washington, D.C. with ten dollars, a credit card, no job and no home.  Fast forward ten years later, I have been working in the Facilities management group for the past six years at MedImmune and have participated in many volunteer opportunities ranging from organizing the Veterans Day parade in downtown D.C. to helping out at a local food bank. 

Q: What is your specialty or niche when it comes to health care?

Being part of the front desk team is foundational to provide patients and co-workers a friendly smile when they open the door to being that upbeat voice over the phone.  The best part of my day is returning smiles.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

The idea of being part of a team that helps people young and old to get back to what they love to do whether that be high school sports or those morning walks pain-free is without a doubt the best part of joining R2P.

Q: What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?

My volunteer activities have ranged from a local animal shelter to helping my elderly neighbors pick up groceries.  My heart has always been that of a caretaker and I am hopeful to continue to make my community that much better by fulfilling needs that are brought to my attention.