Congratulations to our featured traveler Kelly Sills. Our featured traveler Kelly Sills is a travel therapist with Host Healthcare and is our featured traveler of the month in May 2016.
Some words from her recruiter, Ian:
“Kelly is incredibly sharp and highly skilled OT. Kelly’s proved to be a quick learner and shown a clinical competency well above her experience level. You wouldn’t know that she’s a recent graduate based by her mature demeanor. She’s received rave reviews from every facility she’s been too and is one of the few people that can literally be dropped into any setting/situation and thrive. Kelly has grown into a tremendous and beloved therapist! This award is well overdue. Congrats Kelly!”
We asked her to answer a few questions for us…
Q: If you could have one super power what would it be and why?
A: I would choose the power to heal. I am reminded on a daily basis of how much we take our health and life for granted. I have worked with some incredible patients whose lifespans have been cut short due to an incurable illness. It would be an amazing gift to be able to heal patients who are suffering from cancer and other life threatening conditions.
Q: What has been your favorite part about traveling?
A: The best part about working as a traveling therapist has been the incredible people I have met along the way. I have gained many professional, as well as personal, friends through this journey that will be lifelong contacts. I have also loved experiencing seasons in other parts of the country. The fall leaves in the Midwest were breathtaking and the snow was mesmerizing.
Q: What has been one of your favorite places/spots you have visited while on assignment?
A: While working in Illinois, I visited Chicago for the first time. What an amazing city! The highlights of my visit definitely were the deep dish Chicago-style pizza and going to the top of Sears Tower.
Kelly explains why she started as a Travel Therapist
Q: What made you want to try travel therapy?
A: After graduating from OT school, I had no idea what type of setting I wanted to work in. Travel therapy offered the perfect opportunity to gain more experience and try out a variety of settings. I was drawn to the fact that each contract was only 13 weeks in length, so in the event that I disliked one, I knew it was only temporary and a learning experience nonetheless. Additionally, having the opportunity to live in different parts of the country made it even more enticing.
Q: What was one thing you were scared of before your first assignment and how did you combat that?
A: I was definitely anxious about moving across the country and being so far away from home. This experience has majorly pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and as a result, I have grown immensely as an individual. In this type of situation, I have learned that you can’t question yourself or look back. You have to trust your instincts and face your fears head on.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure after a long day at work?
A: Netflix and chocolate.
Q: What is one word that sums up your recruiter, Ian?