Meet Amada Santos, Office Manager
September 10, 2019
We invite you to get to know our Office Manager, Amada Santos! This team member spotlight showcases Amada on a more personal level with details on her hobbies, dreams and favorite places, as well as her amazing insight into modern medical technology. (You’ll also get a glimpse of her hatred of carbs!) Enjoy!
If you could do another job just for one day, what would it be?
I love animals! I actually have a small zoo of my own at home. I have a pug named Pearl and two Quaker parrots, Blu and Kiwi.
Working at an animal shelter or sanctuary, especially with elephants, would be awesome!
Where is your favorite place to be?
I love being at the beach. The sound of the ocean is such a calming sensation to me. One of my dreams is to have my very own beach house and be able to enjoy the beach whenever I want.
Do you have a hobby? If so, what do you enjoy?
I enjoy gardening...and have a small garden at home. I am currently growing ghost peppers, papaya, mint and chives. I also have gardenias, plumerias and hibiscus growing.
Where is the best place you have traveled to, and what makes it the best?
Hawaii! Taking a trip to the islands was always a dream of mine as I was growing up. It did not disappoint when I finally had the opportunity to go see all the beautiful beaches, mountains and waterfalls. Eating the delicious food and experiencing the culture first hand was like being in the Garden of Eden for me!
What is one thing you cannot resist?
Food! I love food, and I love to eat my mom’s home cooking. Even though any Asian style food is my all-time favorite, I enjoy trying new foods all the time. I used to be a very, very picky eater. I credit my husband and our chef friend for expanding my palate. As Andrew Zimmern always says, “If it looks good, eat it!”
What is your personal motto or mantra?
Great things happen to those who wait.
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
Start getting serious about what you really want to do with your life and career. Save money. And...carbs are the devil!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I am a shy person. Also, I went skydiving and had an AWESOME time even though I’m such a scaredy cat. I would definitely do it again.
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
Bioprinting—one of the many types of 3D printing used in the medical field. To have the technology capable of creating tissues and organoids for use in medical research is incredible! Also, having a cheaper alternative available for production of surgical tools, patient-specific surgical models, and human organ replacements for transplants is a fantastic advantage for medicine today.