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5 Q's with Mary Ann Manabat

5 Q's with Mary Ann Manabat

Mary Ann Manabat was born and raised in the Philippines in the city of Manila. With a passion for helping others, Mary was first introduced to the healthcare industry when she studied to be a pharmacy technician at PIMA Medical. She’s is a valuable member of the Intake Team and has been helping patients at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center since its doors opened in 2013.

What is your role at the Center?

I am an Intake Supervisor. The Intake Department is a patient’s first point of contact with the Center. My team and I assist with answering any questions patients have about proton therapy or our Center. If the patient is interested in receiving proton therapy, we obtain pertinent information that will help determine whether they are a good candidate for protons. We then work with one of our physicians to move the patient forward in the treatment process.

What do you love most about your job?

I love helping patients! When I get calls from patients or their families, they can be anxious about which treatment option to choose. I listen to their stories and concerns. I make them feel comfortable and lessen their worries by assuring them that someone will be there to answer their questions and help them through each step of the process. I always let patients know that if they have any other questions or concerns they can call me directly and they are always very appreciative.   

What made you interested in proton therapy?

I was initially drawn to proton therapy when I learned of the benefits. I was excited to join the team knowing that we will make a difference with a really innovative method of treatment.

What are your hobbies?

I love traveling and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite quote?

“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” ― Maya Angelou