Patty Park, Administrative Assistant

What is your role at Chesapeake Holistic?

I answer phones and wait on clients; I really enjoy the interaction with our community. In addition, I order and stock products. I love repetitive tasks that focus and soothe me.

I’ve been doing office administration for 37 years, first with a company called General Business Services and later for the construction company my husband and I own.

At Chesapeake Holistic, my favorite part of the job is sharing my own experiences – when I feel there’s any way it can benefit someone (whether it encourages, comforts or makes them laugh or smile).

What was your first job? Monitoring burglar and fire alarms at ABC Security. The company belonged to my brother-in-law. I worked there for about three years, during high school, because I could do my homework while I literally sat there waiting for an alarm to go off.

If you could invite 3 people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would they be, and why? Donna, my best friend. I can never see her enough. And, I love gathering with my Chesapeake Holistic colleagues: they are soooo encouraging!

If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? Baking! There is something about sinking my hands into a large bowl of homemade roll-dough that takes me close to heaven. It helps that it’s my husband’s grandmother’s recipe.

What’s your favorite book? Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It’s about a man who falls in love with a woman who was a prostitute and believes she is unlovable. Each time he thinks he has proven his love, she runs away; he keeps pursuing her until she finally sees herself the way he sees and loves her.

She learns to love herself and trust his love. It showed me that, no matter our life path, we can all be redeemed.

What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid? Becoming a wife and mother was the only dream I ever had. My four older sisters pushed for me to go to college because of my grades, yet I had no desire. I am very grateful I’ve actually lived my dream and have a wonderful husband, Steve, of 40 years and three grown, amazing sons and two grandkids.

What’s your favorite TV show or movie? Friends, I love to laugh!

What was your favorite subject in school? Creative Writing. I have quite an imagination.

At what job would you be terrible? Anything related to Art! I leave this to my daughter-in-law, who designs and makes jewelry.

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?Sitting outside, reading a book. I love historical fiction: history revealed through the lives of real people.

Any upcoming travel plans? Heading for Nashville with my hubby. We have never been there, but enjoy trips were there is music and/or shows.

What is your most-used emoji? Anything with a smile. Although, lately, it’s been a tiny pink poodle!

Patty works with Jill (our office manager) to check clients in/out, schedule clients’ appointments with practitioners, and answer phones. She also does a lotof data entry, and handles most of our client-paperwork filing. As well, Patty co-manages our supplements inventory (ordering, receiving and organizing).