Medical Assistant Still Settling In

Jennifer Riley has just moved in.

After vacationing in the Sevier County area several times, Jennifer and family made the move from the Miami, FL area in December.

She is now a medical assistant at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. She was hired, she says, “on the first interview I went to.”

No wonder. She’s trained and experienced. Jennifer got her medical assistant’s certificate from Miami-Dade Community College and then worked for 14 years in a gynecologist-oncologist’s practice, becoming a supervisor there.

Her husband, David, is retiring from his job as a policeman in Miami.  Seymour is where the couple decided to settle with two of their daughters. Another daughter, Brooke, is 22 and lives in North Carolina.

Why Sevier County? Jennifer  likes the beauty of this area, finds people friendly and easy to communicate with, plus “we have a couple of friends who live here,” she said.

The family is still in the process of settling in. Daughter Taylor, 12, attends Sevierville Middle School and misses her old social life. Christine, 9, is at Sevierville Intermediate and has found the transition easier, her mother said.

Since their move in December, Jennifer has been busy shopping for her new house. “We’ve had to start from scratch,” she sighed. She’s also spent time getting the girls involved in new activities. In the past she’s been involved in Mary Kay cosmetics, and when she eventually gets more time, she wants to grow her business.

As a medical assistant, Jennifer takes the vital signs of patients, finds out what medical issues bring them to their appointment and makes them feel at home. She gives other members of the medical team at the Clinic any support they might need.

She’s found the staff of the Clinic friendly and organized, and likes the Clinic’s provision of health services for the uninsured. “It’s a great thing for the people of Sevierville,” she said.