Stephanie in clinic

Jun 21, 2021 / Scoliosis & Spine

Get to Know our Staff: Stephanie Rippey, Ambulatory Care

What is your job title / your role at Scottish Rite for Children? 
I am a nurse coordinator in the orthopedic department and work with Dr. Ramo, Dr. McIntosh and their teams.

What do you do on a daily basis or what sort of duties do you have at work? 
I help coordinate upcoming surgeries by obtaining clearances, making phone calls and interacting with patients in clinic. Basically, I help with a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on before a patient has surgery. 

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here or what led you to Scottish Rite? 
My first job was when I was in high school - I worked as a hostess at Joe’s Crab Shack. I learned that I was not cut out for the food industry and only lasted for about two months. I always knew that I wanted to work in the medical field, and initially I went to school to become a physician assistant. I even volunteered at Scottish Rite when I was in college! I worked at a pediatrician’s office as a medical assistant, and through my close relationship with the nurses there, I realized that nursing was for me.  

I had fond memories from my time spent volunteering at Scottish Rite and wanted to come back and work there. Both patients and employees seem happy to be here! 

What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite?
I love seeing patients after they have their surgery. Interacting with a patient who is thankful and happy with their outcome makes all of the hard work worth it. 

What energizes you outside of work?
My husband and I have a 6-month-old boxer puppy. He constantly keeps us on the go! We are either taking him for a walk, going to the dog park or playing with him and trying to tucker him out. He forces us to have energy, even when we want to be lazy. 

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
The best advice I was given was from my parents - strive for the best and make something of myself. I am a first-generation college graduate. School was always a stressor for me, but I always knew that I wanted to have a successful career and make my parents proud. 

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
Greece! Or anywhere in Europe. I have a long list of places I would like to visit! 

What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
My friends jokingly ask me to help decorate their houses. It would be such a fun thing for me to do, but I would definitely get in a lot of trouble for spending too much money at Home Goods. 

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