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Staff Spotlight: Roxann Sexton

Staff Spotlight: Roxann Sexton

 

Name: Roxann Sexton

Role: Accounts Payable & Credentialing

Joined NWWC: Feb 2020

Personal Life: I grew up in Florida as part of a large family and I was the middle child, and it was the best! My husband and I moved here to WA to help care for his family, and while I miss Florida a bunch, I am really loving the PNW.

Work life before joining NWWC: I previously worked for a St Joseph/Baycare for 16yrs as a Practice Support Manager.  Then moved to Miami and worked obtaining authorizations, scheduling procedures etc. for an ENT practice.

A day in your job: My days here at NWWC start early, I am a morning person, so I take advantage of the quiet time to start balancing the books, reviewing and keeping expenses in line, tracking business and patient accounts, placing supply orders, reviewing contracts and updating the credentials for our providers. Then my day really starts once the rest of the team starts coming in, that is when the meetings and phone calls start!

What else should we know about Roxann? Well to start, there is no “e” at the end of my name… (●’◡’●)

  • I love all types of animals, and I used to own a 5-acre horse farm but, Llamas are my favorite!
  • I really love to travel and go sailing, in fact I raced to Isla Mujeres in my boat!
  • Some unknown crazy adventures include braving the Yucatan during swine flu and not getting held in Cuba (before it opened for tourists)
Staff Spotlight: Jeanette Brown

Staff Spotlight: Jeanette Brown

 

Name: Jeanette Brown

Role: Patient Care Coordinator

Joined NWWC: August 2019

Personal Life: Jeanette was born in California, but grew up in Washington State. She married her husband, Johnny, in 1997, they love going on road trips, and together they have 3 children, ages  22, 17, and 6!  For a short while, they lived in her husband’s small hometown of Oakdale, Louisiana for 4 years, and were able to help with the hurricane Katrina and Rita recovery efforts. Jeanette and her daughters worked in organizing and handing out supplies while her husband managed the set up of temporary travel travelers for those who no longer had a home.

Life before NWWC:  Jeanette has enjoyed being a medical assistant and surgery scheduler for cardiac and vascular surgery. Her focus has always been on patient care and she loves the fact that she works in a specialty that helps people get healthier.

A day in her job: Jeanette will be your go to person after you have had your surgery consult. She will walk you through what your insurance requirements are. Schedule you for appointments. And help you with any medical referrals if needed. She looks forward to meeting with you!

Easy Breezy Cheesy Eggs

Easy Breezy Cheesy Eggs

By: NWWC Registered Dietician Team

(Pictures, recipe and article courtesy of Lee Funke from fitfoodieFINDS.com – December 2020)

Whether you are still working from home or started to go back into the office, we all need and want a great quick breakfast option. Well, our Registered Dietician team has found a brilliant way to have a protein packed and delicious start to your day!

This method of cooking eggs is so easy and the ingredients are so interchangeable that it’s going to be hard for your pickiest eater to say no. A big thank you to our Registered Dietician Team for finding this amazing recipe and a bigger thank you to fit foodie FINDS for this great article, recipe, & demonstration!

 

Cheesy Sous Vide Egg Bites

Love the Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites? Make your very own recipe at home! You’re going to absolutely love these Cheesy Sous Vide Egg Bites. They’re made with 3 basic ingredients and done in under 60 minutes.

We’re back with another super simple sous vide recipe. This time, we’re ditching the meat and keeping things vegetarian with a quick and easy sous vide eggs recipe.  I’m sure you’ve had the famous Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites. Well, guess what? You can actually make these in your own kitchen and in no time at all!

What is Sous Vide Cooking?

Sous vide cooking is a method of cooking where you use a regulated water bath to precisely cook food to a certain temperature. Want to cook a steak to medium-rare? Good news! If you sous vide the steak at 130ºF, the entire steak will come out medium rare, not just the middle. The great thing about the sous vide is that whatever you are trying to cook, will come out perfectly even.

Typically meats and other food such as eggs or vegetables are vacuum-sealed in a plastic bag with the air removed and then submerged into the water bath. In this recipe’s case, we used a Mason Jar as the vessel, which works in the exact same way.

What Are Sous Vide Egg Bites?

Sous Vide Eggs are essentially like little egg soufflés made in your sous vide. If you’ve ever had any of our egg cups, they’re similar to those, but airier and cooked absolutely perfectly even.

That’s the beauty of the sous vide; whatever you are cooking is going to cook perfectly even. Let me explain…

When you cook egg bites in the oven in a muffin tin (like this baked eggs recipe) sometimes they can come out a little bit harder on the outside and more perfect in the middle. That’s because whatever touches the muffin tin is going to get hotter faster, thus making the outside more well-done.

When you cook something in the sous vide, the entire thing is submerged in water, which is the same temperature throughout the entire pot, thus cooking whatever is being sous vide perfectly even throughout. Once you make this Sous Vide Eggs Bites recipe, you will totally get what I’m saying.

ARE SOUS VIDE EGGS HEALTHY?

Sous vide eggs are a great healthy breakfast option for those looking to add protein to their diet. This recipe for egg bites is also low carb, gluten-free, and both keto and paleo-friendly!

How to Make Sous Vide Egg Bites

STEP 1 – ASSEMBLE INGREDIENTS

What you’ll need for this recipe is very simple and only requires 3 main ingredients.

  • large eggs
  • milk
  • shredded cheese

You’ll also need some salt and pepper and if you like hot sauce for serving, we recommend that too! In addition to the ingredients for this recipe, you’ll also need a large stockpot and 6-9 4 oz. Mason Jars.

Can I use just egg whites instead of a full egg?

Yes, you can use just egg whites! However, you may want to increase the number of egg whites you use so that each jar fills up about 3/4 of the way full.

here’s a tip: Make sure you buy nothing bigger than a large egg so that everything fits perfectly in your small mason jar! You don’t want your sous vide eggs overflowing!

STEP 2 – PREPARE WATER BATH + SOUS VIDE

First, attach your sous vide to the edge of your stockpot. Since all stock pots are different sizes, place your Mason Jars inside to see how many will fit on the bottom when cooking. After you’ve gotten your count, remove the Mason Jars, and then fill the stockpot up with water about halfway.

The goal here is to make sure your Mason Jars will fully submerge in the water, so you’ll want to fill it at least to that height. Set the temperature on your sous vide to 172ºF and press start.

At this point, your sous vide will begin heating the water to exactly 172ºF, the perfect temperature for these airy, delicious sous vide egg bites.

Have a small and tall stockpot? Try stacking your mason jar on top of each other so that you can cook more at once!

STEP 3 – PREPARE MASON JARS

To make sous vide eggs, you need some sort of vessel to house your egg bites and we chose to use mini 4-oz. Mason Jars. You can order these on Amazon or buy them at your local grocery store and they are very affordable.

The most important part of this recipe is making sure that each Mason Jar is well oiled. I repeat, DO NOT forget to spray/oil your jars before adding in the egg.

You do this so that the egg bites don’t stick to the edges. Use something like coconut oil cooking spray or olive oil to grease the inside of your Jars.

STEP 4 – ASSEMBLE EGG CUPS

Now it’s time to assemble your sous vide eggs!

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  2. Then, place 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese on the bottom of each Mason Jar.
  3. Fill the jar up about 3/4 of the way full with the egg mixture and then season with salt and pepper on top.

note: Do note that if you can fit 9 jars on the bottom of your stockpot, you will have the adjust the number of eggs and milk you use for this recipe. Or sous vide these in 2 batches.

Can I add other ingredients to my sous vide egg bites?

Yes, of course! If you’d like to add more variety and flavor to your eggs, feel free to do so in step 2. Here are some add-in ideas:

  1. cooked peppers and onions
  2. cooked breakfast sausage/bacon
  3. sauteed garlic
  4. fresh herbs

STEP 5 – SCREW ON LIDS

Now that you’ve prepared your Sous Vide Egg Bites, it’s time to screw the tops on. This part is also very important because you don’t want to screw the lids on too tight or you will risk them exploding in the water bath.

Screw the tops on and then unscrew them one turn. This will ensure the pressure won’t get trapped inside of the jars.

STEP 6 – TIME TO SOUS VIDE

Now it’s time to cook your eggs in sous vide! Once the water in your pot as reached 172ºF, place all of the Mason Jars on the bottom of your stockpot. They should sink right to the bottom and you should see lots of bubbles come to the top IF you unscrewed the tops properly.

How long does it take to sous vide eggs?

Set your timer to 1 hour and let your egg cups cook.

Can my eggs cook longer than an hour? Yes, they can! We don’t recommend cooking your eggs for any longer than 2 hours.

STEP 7 – REMOVE FROM WATER BATH + LET COOL

Use tongs to remove your egg bites from the water bath (they will be HOT) and let them cool for around 10 minutes. Then, carefully remove the lids and use a knife to remove your egg cups from the Mason Jars. If you sprayed them well enough, they should come right out!

Alternatively, you can throw the jars right into the fridge for an easy grab and go breakfast in the morning still in the Mason Jar.

Serving Suggestions

When you’re ready to eat, we recommend serving your perfect sous vide eggs with some hot sauce. These little egg bites are also perfect for an on-the-go meal-prep breakfast paired with some berries and a breakfast salad. However you choose to eat them, you will not be disappointed!

 

Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe

These delicious and cheesy sous vide egg bites are little bites of heaven. This sous vide eggs recipe is made with 3 main ingredients and is gluten-free, low carb, and high protein!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook:60 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk (we used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup Colby jack shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. First, fill a large stockpot halfway up with water. You’ll want to be able to submerge all of your mason jars with water, so keep that in mind.
    2. Next, screw your Sous Vide (HERE is the one we have!) to the side of your pot and turn to 172ºF. While your water bath is heating up, prepare egg bites.
    3. Spray 9 4-oz. mason jars with nonstick cooking spray. Then, spoon about a tablespoon of shredded cheese onto the bottom of each mason jar.
    4. Crack 10 eggs inside a medium bowl or pyrex. Add milk and whisk until scrambled.
    5. Fill each mason jar up about 3/4 of the way full with the egg mixture. You should get about 9 egg cups. Give each egg cup a little stir and then season the tops with salt and pepper, to taste.
    6. Now it’s time to screw on the lids of your mason jars. You want to make sure that you don’t fully tighten your mason jars so that they do not explode in the water bath. Screw on tops and then unscrew one turn.
    7. Submerge mason jars inside of the water bath. You should see lots of bubbles come to the top. This is good!
    8. Set the timer for 1 hour and let cook.
    9. Once the timer goes off, remove mason jars and unscrew. Your egg cups should feel like a souffle. If they’re still runny, you need to cook them longer. If you’re ready to eat, grab a fork!

TIPS & NOTES

  • This recipe makes 9 4-oz. egg cups. The amount of egg cups you make depends on the size of your stock pot. So, before you start cracking eggs, see how many mason jars you can fit on the bottom of your pot.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving Size: 1 egg bite Calories: 103 Sodium: 114 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 1 Protein: 8

Author: Lee Funke
Diet: Gluten Free
For the full article click on this recipe and video click on Cheesy Sous Vide Egg Bites (Better than Starbucks!) – Fit Foodie Finds
Fitting in Fitness

Fitting in Fitness

 

Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

 

 

By: Amanda Davis

Being a parent is honestly one of the hardest jobs I have ever done.  Throw in a full-time job and life gets crazy busy and very hectic.  My two kids are my whole world and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without those two kiddos of mine.

Looking back at my life 20 years ago.  I often refer to this time as my “BC life” – life before children.  I just graduated from the University of MT and I was heading out to WA state to start my fitness career in Bellingham. I took a position as the Fitness Director and Group Exercise Coordinator for all three Whatcom County YMCA’s.  My days were spend working M-F at the YMCA. On Friday and Saturday nights I took a second job as a cocktail waitress to help pay off my student loans and buy a new car. My car from high school died a week into moving to Bellingham.  Buying a new car wasn’t exactly in my budget and being kid number two out of five children. I knew had to take care of myself.

Life in Bellingham was great.  For the first time I had my very own apartment (no roommates).  I worked a lot of hours at the YMCA it was busy and demanding job.  Even though my job at the YMCA was 50 plus hours a week and my cocktailing job added another 12 hours a week to my work schedule I never struggled to get my workouts in for the day.  I often worked out in the evening to meet people.  Having an apartment by myself was great and all but it was also lonely at times.  Looking back my workouts helped my physical body, but my exercise program was an amazing way to help me shake my homesickness.

Fast forward to 2003, I’m now married and working at Columbia Athletic Clubs as the Fitness Director and Group Exercise Coordinator at the Silver Lake Location.  I still was living my BC Life and I was able to exercise after work.  Often my husband would meet me at work so we could workout together.

In 2006 my daughter Ella was born.  I took 4 months off from work to stay home with Ella.  My workouts to help me lose my “baby weight” were done at home.  My exercise program consisted of walking outside with Ella in a jogging stroller and DVD workouts I could do at home when she was sleeping.  When I went back to work, I found myself wanting to get home right at 5:00 pm to spend time with my new baby girl.  My workouts consisted of the fitness classes I was teaching and lunch time workouts on days I didn’t teach fitness classes.  On the weekends my workout was fun and social. I guess you could say my workout was non-traditional. I decided to take group tennis lessons with my older sister (Claudine) and my husband.   During the hour tennis lesson, we would put our kids (Ella and my two nieces in the club’s drop-in daycare).  We were terrible at tennis, but we had fun together while exercising. Exercising after Ella was born had two purposes for me. First, I wanted to lose my baby weight.  Second, I wanted to have good emotional and mental health for myself and my family.  Being a first-time mommy and full-time employee was hard!

In 2013 my husband and I welcomed baby number two into our lives.  With my son Jase I was able to stay at home for 12 months.  My workouts really changed with baby number two in the house.  Jase was diagnosed with sleep apnea at 6-months-old. Having an infant with sleep apnea means your child doesn’t sleep through the night.  As a matter of fact, Jase would wake up 1-4 times every night.  I was so sleep deprived I could no longer workout while he was sleeping like I did with Ella.  When Jase was sleeping, I was sleeping.  The way I fit exercise into my day was to walk while Ella was at dance class.  I always kept my jogging stroller in the back of my car.  While Ella was in dance class for 45 mins (sometimes she was in there for 90 minutes) I would walk the dance studio parking lot while pushing Jase in the stroller.  In October of 2014 I re-entered the work force.  I started working at NWWC part-time.  I now had to workout with small bits of time here and there.  Walking at work on breaks in between patients.  Walking when Ella was at dance.  Using my elliptical trainer at my house when my husband was home to help watch the kids.  My workouts were not long one-hour sessions, they were small sessions here and there.  By age 3 Jase had surgery to help with his sleep apnea.  He was finally sleeping through the night.  I just survived 3 years of a child waking up 1-4 times a night.  Mom WIN!

By 2016 I was a full-time mom to two kids (now ages 3 and 10) and working full-time at NWWC.  Ella is now dancing for a competition team and playing piano.  Jase is also dancing.  My husband is now working a full-time job and has started up a small business (machine shop) with his brother.

A typical day for me:

  • Wake up and get myself ready for work
  • Get Ella up and going
  • Get Jase up and going
  • Make the kids breakfast
  • Make lunches for Ella and myself
  • Drive Ella to school
  • Take Jase to daycare
  • Get to work and start seeing patients (work 8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Ella has an after-school nanny to get her from school and take her to dance
  • Pick-up Jase from daycare
  • Get Ella from dance (dinner break)
  • Make dinner
  • Check homework
  • Take Ella back to dance
  • Head home to give Jase a bath
  • My husband gets Ella from dance at 9 pm (he just worked 7:00 am -5:00 pm at his regular job then worked at his machine shop from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm)
  • Get Ella to bed
  • Get myself to bed

I know this is a schedule most working mom’s face daily.  My workouts were suffering. I was only getting workouts in on the weekends.  Not what I was hoping for.  I felt like my weekdays were shot.  How in the world was I going to exercise?  Well, I had to have an honest with myself.  I had to look closely look at my days.  I needed to set myself up to be successful  and not set myself up to fail.

 

 

 

 

 

These are the questions I had to ask myself:

  • Do you have the time to get to the gym?
  • How many hours a week am I willing to dedicate to my health?
  • Can you exercise after work?
  • Can you exercise on the weekends?
  • Can you exercise at home?
  • Can you exercise before work?
  • Take a good look at you time in a week. Add up the number of hours you work + commute time to work + 8 hours a night of sleep + 2-3 hours a night of family time. Take that number of hours and subtract it from 120.  How many hours a week are you left with?
  • Now look at the weekend. How many hours are you committed to (kids activities, house hold chores, grocery shopping, and family-time).  Take those hours and subtract it from 48.  How many hours on the weekend are you left with?

After I sat down and answered these questions I realized my time to exercise was early in the morning while everyone was still sleeping, late evening after everyone went to bed and weekends. I know late night workouts are not good for me.  I’m the type of person after a workout I get all hyped up and then I can’t sleep.  It was beginning to look like early mornings and weekend mornings were my days to get exercise in.

I’ve always been the person that doesn’t hit the snooze bar when the alarm goes off.  I’m a let’s get up and let’s get going type of person in the morning (yeah I know I’m that annoying morning person).  I’m used to getting up at 6:00 am.  However, 4:45 am?  OMG!  That’s early people.

My next step was how to become a successful early morning exerciser.  I started with my bed time.  In 2016 my bed time was 11:00 pm.  If I stayed with that bed time I would only be getting 5 hours and 45 minutes of sleep at night. My plan was to get to bed sooner.  I started with 15 minute increments to start to get myself to bed by 10:00 pm.  Getting to bed sooner went smoothly.  To start waking up earlier I went with the same approach (fingers crossed).

Now that I have changed my sleep schedule I needed to get myself organized.  Before I go to bed I make sure the following items are all in the right place.  I put my workout clothes and shoes in the bathroom, put a water bottle in the fridge, place a new sweat towel on the elliptical trainer, and place the TV remote next to the elliptical trainer.  Yes, I organized my workout items but really what I just did was eliminate all excuses I could use to not get up and workout in the morning.

Trust me there are those days when I hear the rain hitting the window and know it’s going to be really cold exercising in the basement and all I want to do is stay snuggled up in my cozy warm bed.  That’s when you have to have that conversation with yourself – “What’s really going to make me feel better for the rest of the day, one extra hour of sleep or one hour of exercise?“

 

 

 

.  I’m not a perfect Pinterest mom.  My house is not spotless.  Nor does it look like a house fresh off a photo shoot of Better Homes and Garden.  However, I am that mom that can keep up with a busy 13 year old dancer and a crazy 6 year old football player.  The thing is this sometimes as working parents we need to hear from another working parent “it’s okay to take care of you”.  Don’t think that one hour of exercise a day is being selfish and that you are taking time away from your kids.  Think about this way instead – you are being thoughtful.  You are going to be the active parent you want to be for your kids.  You are adding time to your life by adding in regular exercise into your life.  Taking time to care for yourself will give you more time to be with your family.  I made a promise to myself – My health (physical and mental) was worth 4-6 hours a week.  Because the thing is this…when I take time for my health not only does my personal health get better but my relationships with my kids, husband, co-workers, family, and friends all become healthier too.

Staff Spotlight: Brandi Davis

Staff Spotlight: Brandi Davis

 

Name: Brandi Davis

Role: ASC PACU RN

Joined NWWC: February 2021

Personal Life: I grew up in Southern Virginia, and I moved to Washington in January 2020. The majority of my family still lives in there. I am lucky to be a dog-mom to my sweet dachshund Charlie! I am also blessed to be a new aunt to a beautiful baby boy! I am currently back in school to get my BSN which has been a personal goal for a long time!

Work life before joining NWWC: I have been in healthcare the majority of my life. I obtained my CNA license while I was in high school, and worked in a nursing home throughout my time in RN school. I have been an RN for 10 years and have done mostly post-op and Med-Surg the entire time. I have also done preop, telemetry, palliative, outpatient, and worked in a physician office.

A day in your job: As a nurse in the ASC, I have the opportunity of working with the patients throughout their journey of surgery. We call the patients about a week prior to surgery and do an intense preop teaching session with them and their family. They come in and we get them ready, then they’re off to surgery and we get to be there with them when they wake up. It is amazing to see their progression from fresh out of surgery to being up and walking around on their own. We encourage them to walk and drink like it is their full time job. When they have progressed and are ready for discharge, we do another in-depth education session to ensure the patient and family member feels fully comfortable when they go home.

What else should we know about you?:

  • I have had both the gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass, and my bypass was done by Dr. Michaelson. This gives me an advantage when I take care of our patients. I love that I can share my knowledge both as a post op bariatrics nurse and as someone who has went through the same challenges that our patients face. I really think it makes the patients feel better to know that we truly understand on a personal level what they are going through.
  • I worked as a travel nurse for 2 years. We drove across the country 4 times during those years. I have worked as a nurse in 5 different states. My husband worked from home at that time, and he was able to travel with me along with our fur baby!