Tell us about yourself!
My name is Emilee Rojas and I am the Practice Manager at Veritas Collaborative’s Child, Adolescent, and Adult Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve worked here since March of 2018!
Describe the educational and career path that led you to Veritas.
My mother is a nurse, my sister is a speech therapist, and my brother is a firefighter/medic. I, like them, wanted to pursue a career that helped people, but my strengths are not clinical like theirs; keep me away from blood. I got a degree in healthcare management from Appalachian State University in 2014. It’s a business degree that caters to healthcare operations. It has proven to be a great fit for me because I love the medical office setting, as well as engaging with staff, patients, and their families. Before I worked at Veritas, I worked in a large pediatric office that felt so much like a family. I started as a part-time front desk worker in college and moved into their billing office once I graduated. From there, I moved to Charlotte and began working in the business office of a hospital system. Pretty quickly, I realized this was not the setting for me, as I didn’t feel I was making an impact or utilizing my professional strengths. The job opening at Veritas came at just the right time. I had a great experience with all three of my interviews and was so excited that Dr. Matkins allowed me the opportunity to work alongside her and the team she was building at the time!
What motivates you to show up for work each day?
What motivates me is the life-changing work we do every day. I love seeing the “light bulb” come on for patients as they move into recovery, as well as supporting parents and our staff.
What have our clients taught you?
They have taught me patience. I co-lead a knitting group and it is hard to teach teenagers; I respect teachers so much more now!
What one thing do you wish everyone knew about eating disorders?
Eating disorders do not fit a mold; anyone can have an eating disorder. I also wish everyone knew that it doesn’t just impact that person but their family and friends as well.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I love reading and knitting! My husband jokes that I am really 80 years old. Both of these help me take my mind off work and decompress.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I can play lots of nursery rhymes on a children’s xylophone (shout-out to my son Teddy!).