April’s New Grad of The Month: Toni Sinopoli
Toni Sinopoli is April’s New Grad of The Month! Toni has been an incredible addition to our New Grad Travelers here at Advanced. She’s been on three consecutive OT assignments with us and she is now at a SNF in Salem, OR. Her Advanced Recruiter, Bryan Hagg, could not speak more highly of her and we are honored to have her be such a committed member of our team.
Toni has a knack for not only being a tremendous therapist, but also for building supportive, positive, and professional relationships at the facilities where she works. She always leaves an awesome impression on her co-workers and supervisors. She’s great at her job, has a positive outlook, and is always open to new possibilities. After only three assignments, she shines like a seasoned traveler. We are proud to celebrate her during OT Month!
“We are lucky to have such a committed new grad like Toni working for Advanced! She understands how to adapt to new facilities and be open to new possibilities.” Advanced Recruiter, Bryan Hagg
Get To Know Toni
What drew you to pursuing occupational therapy as a career? I was looking to change my career from HR to one in which I could have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives. My sister and several of my friends are OTs, so I had an idea of the work, but not the full picture until my sister set up shadowing opportunities for me. I knew then it was what I wanted to do.
Why did you decide on travel therapy as a new grad? My husband and I were considering Colorado and Oregon as potential future home states. Travel therapy fit our idea of getting to know a place before making a decision. My recruiter and I were initially just looking into Colorado and when that did not pan out, we expanded our search to Oregon and within days, an assignment in southern Oregon worked out. I have been on three assignments in Oregon since.
What is one thing you hope to accomplish as a traveling new grad? I want a variety of experiences and to continue to push my comfort zone. As a new graduate, I would have never put myself into a situation where I would have to “hit the ground running.” However, since traveling made the most sense for my overall plan, I pushed my comfort zone and I am glad I did. You can’t beat the variety of experience. I have worked in three different SNF settings and they have all been so different… who knew!
What is the number one place you hope to travel to and why? Utah. I would love to explore all the national and state parks. There are so many amazing landscapes I want to experience.
What has the biggest surprise been so far? That I am more capable of “hitting the ground running” than I thought. While it has been anxiety producing at times, I am getting very good at asking for help. All good skills to cultivate.
What’s a fun fact about yourself? My travel bug started at a very young age. I took my first solo commercial flight at the ripe old age of 6! It was during those solo flights that I took as I traveled between my mom in Oklahoma and my dad in Massachusetts that I would peruse the airline magazines highlighting exotic travel destinations. I quickly started dreaming about having my own old fashioned suitcase with a variety of stickers decorating it, detailing my own “exotic” adventures.
Like Toni’s story? Check out our New Grad Program to learn more about how she got here with Advanced Travel Therapy!