Elizabeth joined the FLS team in 2017 and her journey here is nothing short of extraordinary. She made her way to the states from her home in Mar de Plata, Argentina in 1999. Her first stop: New York! She arrived with only fifteen dollars in her pocket. She came to America to care for her dad, who was very ill, and she cared for him until his passing. From there, she found her way to Miami and in December 2005 moved with her family to Huntsville.
Elizabeth began her career in the language industry as a bilingual Spanish-English interpreter. Her desire to become an interpreter was sparked when caring for her dad in New York. No interpreters were provided to assist them, so her dad had to act as Elizabeth’s interpreter. This left such an impression that she committed then and there to become a medical interpreter so she could assist others in the same situation.
Deciding to stay in the States after her father’s death, she began learning English. Elizabeth acquired the tool set to be an interpreter through intense study, English classes in Miami, and her studies at Calhoun Community College in Huntsville. It did not take her long to reach her goal of passing the National Board Certification for medical interpreters, which she did in April 2017, and is now a CMI-Spanish interpreter.
FLS got to know Elizabeth first as an independent contractor in 2014. She joined FLS as a full-time staff member in January 2017 and became the Lead Medical Interpreter in October. In this role, she schedules appointments with many busy outpatient clinics and freelance interpreters; however, she would say her most significant role is interpreting for patients of all ages in many of these outpatient clinics!
Elizabeth thoroughly enjoys her role as an interpreter, which gives her the opportunity to provide a bridge between two languages. When asked what she likes about FLS, she said: “Besides interpreting for the many doctors, staff and patients, I enjoy working at FLS because of the office environment and the people I work with! We laugh a lot and we enjoy each other!” The feeling is mutual.
Elizabeth lives in Meridianville, AL, with her two sons, Brandon and Gavin, and her three dogs, Daisy, Sandy, and Hatchee! When she needs to decompress, she scrapbooks or takes the latest Coursera courses.