July’s New Grad of The Month: Anne-Marie Rizos
Anne-Marie is July’s New Grad of The Month! In November of 2016, Anne-Marie took a school assignment with Advanced Travel Therapy in Washington when she was a bit wary of working in a school, but she has loved every minute of it. In fact, she is going to extend her assignment and work with them as an SLP after she completes her clinical fellowship!
Anne moved from one end of the country to the other within 10 days of accepting her assignment, from New Jersey to Washington. Her coworkers and students all love her upbeat attitude and how helpful she is. They are all thrilled the she will be extending her travel assignment beyond her CF.
We are lucky that to have such a dedicated, kind, and enthusiastic clinical fellow on our Advanced Team. Anne has even been a great resource for our team, talking to New Grad CF’s who are looking into travel. We hope to support her as she carves her own unique career path into SLP stardom! Here’s what her recruiter has to say:
“Anne is the epitome of a traveling new grad!” – Advanced Recruiter, Brandon Marshall
Get To Know Anne-Marie
What drew you to pursuing speech-language pathology as a career? I was drawn to this career because I was in speech therapy when I was in elementary school and I loved it! Just as my students don’t think they are in therapy and are just there to have fun, I was always excited to leave the class to play with pull-n-peel twizzlers in speech! Little did I know, I was actually learning not to say Anne-Mawie and suddenly could pronounce my name without gliding. Fast-forward to freshman year of college when I saw that Communication Disorders was offered and I jumped at the chance to study it. I haven’t looked back since!
Why did you decide on travel therapy as a CF? I decided on travel therapy for my CF because of one enticing factor: Adventure. I went to undergrad and graduate school within my home state of New Jersey and I wanted a new experience. I figured what better way to adventure than to get paid for it!
What is one thing you hope to accomplish as a traveling CF? I hope to accomplish a lot as a traveler. I am constantly learning more in my job and my personal life. I think the main lesson I need to let sink in is, “I’m not leaving a place I love, I’m traveling to a new one.” I want to be as versatile, spontaneous, and independent as possible.
What is the number one place you hope to travel to and why? I am in my #1 destination currently! I have always wanted to see the Pacific Northwest and I know it will be hard to leave because it is absolutely breathtaking.
What has the biggest surprise been so far? The biggest surprise so far is how easy it was to make this new place home. I thought that I would feel out of place for a while but from the first few days of being in Washington, I felt so at peace. I hope this happens at all my new destinations.
What’s a fun fact about yourself? ? A fun fact about me is that I am a powerlifter in the USAPL! I have competed in 5 competitions since I started competing in 2015 and I absolutely love it. I recently competed at a meet in Washington.
Like Anne-Marie’s story? Check out our New Grad Program to learn more about how she got here with Advanced Travel Therapy!