Employee Spotlight: Katie Hickman, Dental Assistant

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Katie HickmanName: Katie Hickman

Department: Dental

Title: Dental Assistant

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? Two years

How did you get into your field of work?

I have always been interested in teeth. It is a really rewarding job, and I get a chance to help people feel better about themselves.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

Katie HickmanI unfortunately do not, but I know one word in Spanish, chicle which means gum!

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“When you focus on the good, the good increases.”

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are kindness, patience and empathy.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

My favorite gift in the world is an ice-cold Coca-Cola.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I want to go skydiving!

What is your favorite food?

Katie HickmanMy favorite food is salt and vinegar chips, but only the Miss Vickie’s brand.

What is your favorite movie?

“She’s the Man”

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy anything that involves me being able to hang out with my fiancé!

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?  

I am one of the biggest animal lovers! I have a five-pound Chihuahua Poodle named Jet. He is my whole world!

Employee Spotlight: Susan Wallace, Executive Assistant

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Susan Wallace FeaturedName:  Susan Wallace

Department: Administration

Title: Executive Assistant

Primary work locationOlathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I have been at HPC for four months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I have had a variety of administrative responsibilities since high school when I worked in a dental office. After that, I worked in manufacturing and at a chamber of commerce.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I don’t speak any other languages very well.

What values are important to you?

I think it is important to volunteer your time and talents. I’ve enjoyed mentoring students in the Olathe School District for the past five years.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I’m a green belt in Tae Kwon Do.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I want to take my husband Kevin to the UK and show him the sights.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is Mexican food.

What is your favorite movie?

“Christmas Vacation” Chevy Chase is so funny!

Susan Wallace - Sporting KCWhat is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy watching professional soccer matches, especially Sporting KC. I am also a huge Mahomes fan, so I like to watch the Chiefs now too.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes! We are empty-nesters so my husband and I rescued two small fuzzy dogs. Bailey is about six years old and Max is about two years old.

Employee Spotlight: Mayra Bocanegra, PSR Lead

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Mayra BocanegraName:  Mayra Bocanegra

Department: Patient Services

Title: PSR Lead

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?
I have worked at HPC for one year and three months.

How did you get into your field of work?
I wanted to be a nurse when I was young, but I decided to stay in administrative health care.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?
Yes, I speak Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?
“Live life to the fullest and make a difference along the way.”

What values are important to you?
Values that are important to me are God, family, respect, kindness and gratitude.

What is something about you that would surprise people?
Nothing!

Mayra BocanegraWhat is on your “bucket” list?
I don’t have one.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is Chinese.

What is your favorite movie?
“The Notebook”

What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby is cooking. I truly enjoy it.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?
No, I am not an animal lover.

Employee Spotlight: Diana Zamora, Financial Aid Coordinator

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Diana ZamoraName: Diana Zamora

Department: Billing

Title: Financial Aid Coordinator

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?
One year.

How did you get into your field of work?
I always wanted to work in the medical field and change peoples lives in a positive way.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?
Yes, I speak Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?
“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” -Brian Tracy

What values are important to you?
Values that are important to me include family, honesty and personal growth.

Diana Zamora with her FamilyWhat is something about you that would surprise people?
I don’t know how to swim.

What is on your “bucket” list?
I would like to travel to Europe.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite foods are Mexican and Italian.

What is your favorite movie?
I don’t have a favorite movie, but I like action, romance and comedies.

What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby is spending time with my daughters.

Are you an animal lover? If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?
Yes, I am an animal lover. I have a Yorkie and four parakeets.

Employee Spotlight: Janice Santiago, Behavioral Health Resource Specialist

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Employee Spotlight: Janice SantiagoName: Janice Santiago

Department: Behavioral Health

Title: Behavioral Health Resource Specialist

Primary work locationOlathe

How long have you worked at HPC? Four months

How did you get into your field of work?

I love helping people, and this job gives me the opportunity to connect patients with resources in our community.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

Yes, Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” -Maya Angelou.

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are honesty, trustworthiness and courage.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

Janice Santiago and her family.I was born and raised in the Caribbean, five minutes away from the beach, but I don’t know how to swim.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to visit Norway and Greece.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is Italian and Puerto Rican.

What is your favorite movie?

“The Notebook”

What is your favorite hobby?

I like to read.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I am not an animal lover.

Employee Spotlight: Blair Joyce, Health Records Specialist

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Blair JoyceName: Blair Joyce

Department: Administration

Title: Health Records Specialist

Primary work locationOlathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  Two years

How did you get into your field of work?

I love taking care of people!

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

No.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

No, I don’t.

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are God, family and work.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

Blair Joyce and PeersI love to hunt and skeet and trap shoot.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to visit all 50 states.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is tacos!

What is your favorite movie?

“The Princess Bride”

What is your favorite hobby?

I like to make skin care products.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes, we have two dogs, a Miniature Aussie and a German Shepherd.

Employee Spotlight: Jessica Grate, Medical Assistant

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Jessica GrateName:  Jessica Grate

Department: Nursing

Title: Medical Assistant

Primary work locationOlathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  Two years

How did you get into your field of work?

I was very sickly as a teenager, and was I intrigued by medicine.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak a little Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Let go, and let God”

What values are important to you?

Honesty is important to me.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

My eyes are different colors!

Jessica Grate's FamilyWhat is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to travel to Greece.

What is your favorite food?

Cheeseburgers are my favorite food.

What is your favorite movie?

“Sweet Home Alabama”

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is crafting. I enjoy bow making.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes, I am an animal lover. I want a pet cow. I have two dogs, a German Shephard named Copenhagen and a Labrador Retriever named Cali.

Welcome Dr. Okahara!

Dr. OkaharaHealth Partnership Clinic is pleased to welcome Noriko Okahara, DO, MPH, Family Physician, to our team. Dr. Okahara is now accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 913-648-2266.

Dr. Okahara is licensed in the state of Kansas. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University in San Diego, Calif. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Ariz. and completed her residency at UCSF-Fresno Family and Community Medicine Program in Fresno, Calif. She is a member of the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society.

“I feel fortunate to be able to care for people in need and help the community, which were the very reasons I went into medicine,” Dr. Okahara says.

She has been practicing family medicine since 2004 and has extensive experience with the community health center model. She speaks English, Japanese and medical Spanish, and she serves adult patients at the Olathe clinic, 407 S. Clairborne Rd., Olathe, Kan.

Employee Spotlight: Amy Gray, LSCSW, Behavioral Health Clinician

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Amy GrayName:  Amy Gray

Department: Behavioral Health

Title: Behavioral Health Clinician

Primary work locationOlathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  Almost a month

How did you get into your field of work?

I am a Social Worker and have worked with marginalized and disenfranchised youth and families for over 20 years. I am passionate about and committed to making the world a better place.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

No, not fluently.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke

What values are important to you?

I value unconditional positive regard, compassion and respect for others.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I was Made in Japan and I have an identical twin.

What is on your “bucket” list?

Visit all 7 continents, learn to play the piano, take photos for National Geographic, and go watch the Olympics someday!

Employee Spotlight: Debbie Sparks, Development and Marketing Manager

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun new way.

Debbie SparksName: Debbie Sparks

Department: Development/Marketing/Outreach

Title: Development and Marketing Manager

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? Three and a half years

How did you get into your field of work?

I was working in corporate America when a good friend of mine contacted me about an open position where she was working. She thought I would be a good fit for the job and that I would find it rewarding. She was right! I started working at a local Safety Net Clinic in January of 2003 and the rest is history.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

No, unfortunately, I do not.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” -LR Knost

Debbie Sparks and her familyWhat values are important to you?

Values that are important to me include honesty, loyalty, compassion and respect.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

When I was growing up, I really wanted to be a nurse. I did not pursue that dream. But I am blessed to work in a supporting role in health care with smart, driven, kind and compassionate people that I admire, every day.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to travel and explore the world.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is my Mom’s homemade scalloped potatoes.

What is your favorite movie?

“The Breakfast Club”

What is your favorite hobby?

I enjoy reading, watching my daughter play softball, traveling with my family (which normally revolves around softball) and playing various card and board games with my kids.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I am an animal lover. I have two dogs, a Labrador Retriever named Rico Suave and a Pug named Tucker Angus.