Meet Our New Blogger

Hi! My Name is Celeste, and I am a Certified Medical Assistant. I have been in Medical assisting 6 years. As long as I can remember, I knew I have always wanted to help people, but didn’t want to do years of schooling as a doctor, so I found my calling in Medical Assisting. I am a very caring, social, and helpful person.

I love all the great things Medical Assisting can teach you like EKG’S, VITALS, BLOOD PRESSURE, ETC…and not just those things you as the medical assistant are responsible for or can do. There is also front office duties that come into play as well so much variety and so much to information you can learn and that will benefit you as well as your patients. I am fortunate I get to wake up everyday and go to a job I LOVE!!!!

My patients are very important to me I like that I can be involved in their care process until the end of their visit. A typical day usually starts for me at 8:30 am and I work until 4:30 pm Monday – Thursday with Friday, Saturday, and Sundays off, which is good for me because I have a family. I work in the suburbs at a private doctor’s office. My boss has been a doctor 20 plus years, and is in the the field of Primary Care.

So as my day starts my office manager checks in the patient. This involves asking if anything has changed with their address,phone number, or job status. Then he checks their insurance for a copay and then proceeds to let me know they are ready to be brought to a room. That is when my job begins as I take the chart and go call the patient in at his/her scheduled time. When the patient is brought in, I take them to a room and proceed to do vitals. It is also when I get to learn the reason they are here for the visit.

Now comes my favorite part of the day the BLOOD DRAW. This was my favorite thing to learn when I was in Medical Assisting School and I found out I am very good at it. After the blood is taken the patient is free to go, while I proceed to the next patient in order to keep a scheduled routine in place, so that the doctor can remain on time. This process is repeated all day except with an hour lunch break then starting up again to close.

I just want to say that there is not a day that I don’t love my job, and although it can be trying at times I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am lucky to have found my calling as I hope you do too. Whether it is Medical Assisting or something else in the healthcare field, I hope you can find yours. 🙂

Celeste Botonakis

On the Nursing Assistant Guides blog, certified medical assistant Celeste Botonakis explores the daily life of a CMA. She'll keep you up-to-date with the latest on what’s happening in the field, and provides tips for those who are interested in becoming a medical or nursing assistant. Celeste has served in the medical field for over six years, and is passionate about helping people. She currently works at CSR Primary Care in Skokie, Illinois. Click here to learn more about Celeste Botonakis and