...Teresa Thomsen began working as a transcriptionist when she was 14.Her
mother was an RN for a general practitioner, who was looking to replace his
transcriptionist about the same time Teresa
was taking her
first typing class."Back then if you were good at English and grammar, you could pick up (transcription) fairly easily," she
explained."After the first couple of weeks, I was off and running." She transcribed through high school, then got married and moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for two years at the AFIP (Armed Forces Institute of Pathology).
"It was an unbelievable experience," she
laughed."I encountered everything from eyeballs in plastic bags, to elephant hearts in jars, to rats without hair." Teresa
returned to Florida ten years later, continuing to work in transcription.She joined EDiX in 1996 when the company purchased the small transcription firm she was working for in West Palm Beach.
At first, Teresa
had some growing pains, moving from a small, family-owned company, but she
soon discovered the benefits of working for a larger company."The technology is phenomenal," she
said."My team holds a teleconference once a month when we spend an hour talking about what we're running into.That adds the human touch.And I'm just an e-mail away from the information I need to do the best report I can turn out." Teresa
is caregiver for her
mother-in-law, a cancer patient who lives with the family.