Want to change careers? Need direction in life? So did Gena Winter.
“I hit a point in my life where I wanted a career change. I was focused on finding a job that would best suit my family time and yet something that I would really enjoy doing on a daily basis. I didn’t know where to turn so I made an appointment with an MPTC counselor. After reviewing my interest, she pointed me to the Medical Assistant program where I fell in love with it. With my kids being active in school and sports, I was able to take most of my classes at night or online at MPTC. The training and education itself was a short period of time.”
Professionally, I am a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) with a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration and a master’s degree in Management Information Systems. I am also a certified health data analyst and a certified healthcare technology specialist with an emphasis in implementation management. I have been teaching for over 20 years at both the associate and baccalaureate degree level. I have over 30 years of health care experience in a variety of roles and settings, which include acute, long term, ambulatory and behavioral health care. I have experience assisting individuals and organizations achieve academic and organizational goals through coaching, project management and education. My occupational experience includes gathering, analyzing and defining business and functional requirements; designing/re-engineering processes, workflows and implementing technology solutions for healthcare systems. However, my true passion is teaching.
Personally, I am a proud Wisconsinite from Milwaukee. I love to read, cook and entertain friends and family. In recent years I have attempted gardening. The results vary from year to year but I enjoy the process.
Due to the successful pilot of the Medical Assistant “cohort” model, the program will be offered again at the West Bend campus. Classes will begin for the program in June 2018 to allow the students a jump start on their education and to be able to complete the program in May of 2019.
What makes this program different?
What does a medical assistant do?
1. Could you share your “story” how did you end up at Moraine Park?
I was a stay at home mom and when my kids went back to school I didn’t want to just work at a job I hated. So, I went back to school. I had a few different program changes and then I found the Health and Wellness program.
Moraine Park’s very own Elizabeth McLean, DC, was awarded Chiropractor of the Year by the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin (CSW) on October 21, 2017. She was recognized for her work with staff continuing education (CE) in the community education division of Moraine Park Technical College and for her volunteer work with the CSW where she is a Staff Education Consultant and teaches continuing education (CE) courses.
Dr. McLean is a full-time instructor in the Health and Wellness Program at Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC). She also teaches courses for those pursuing Chiropractic Technician certification. Dr. McLean has taught at MPTC for 21 years and her dedication to the technical college mission, excellent instruction and role modeling for healthy living has been respected by staff and students.
“I advocate for technical college education throughout the state in my volunteer work with the CSW. Chiropractors require staff with a vast skill set. I enjoy blending my knowledge of wellness, chiropractic, and education for MPTC programs and for a trade group that advocates a drug-free approach to pain.”
Needlestick injuries are no laughing matter. That is why the Medical Assistant students funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) ACT 4 Healthcare Grant, have definitely made a plan to stay safe and are sticking to it!
Kim Thrane, RN, and Megan Limbach, RN, recently visited Moraine Park’s Complex Health Alterations 1 classroom in Fond du Lac.
They are recent graduates from the West Bend campus nursing program and successful NCLEX exam passers.
Faculty member, Heather Evenson, MSN, RN, reached out to past students via social media to come and speak to the class and share their “tips and tricks” for success in the rigorous nursing program.
You might be surprised to hear this, but did you realize that there are not very many men in the healthcare field? In fact, less than 25% of all Nurses, Radiologic Technologist, Medical Lab Technicians and Medical Office Specialists are male. At Moraine Park, our goal is to even out the numbers.