What do Bobby Flay, the love of grilling, smoking and barbequing have in common? Khamsay (Sai) Sasengbong – one of Casa Loma College’s newest MRI Academic Clinical Coordinators of Education (ACCE). And while he may be the first to admit he Is not a professional chef – his love of cooking and the skill set he’s acquired by watching “Bobby”, he might as well be!
Welcome to the Casa Loma family and MRI Team! We are thrilled to have you. As one of two MRI ACCE’s, Sai’s background and experience in MRI, CT and radiology will be a valuable asset to our students as he serves as a liaison between students, clinical sites, the MRI Team and the College. He will guide our students throughout clinical externship and ensure that they receive the optimal learning experiences in their clinical setting.
There is always a professional side and a home side to a person, and to get to know a little about each of Sai’s – take a look at our question and answer session below …
What led you to this career?
I would like to help inspire the next generation of healthcare workers.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
I can see some students feeling that we may be pushy at times but it’s not that, we just want to help them achieve their goals.
What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Plan your day in the morning with tasks you need done for the day
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
I don’t have one person who has influenced me, but I’ve come across plenty of people whose knowledge and work ethics I admire.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
My parents. Seeing how they faced the many challenges coming to a country where they don’t speak, read or write the English language. With some perseverance, dedication and hard work they were able to raise a family and give us things, even if it was tiring to do but they never showed it.
What’s a mistake you made early on in your career, and what did you learn from it?
Working too fast. We all want to be efficient and get work done fast but sometimes working too fast can be counterproductive.
Who inspires you?
Bruce Lee and Kobe Bryant. These two icons have showed and mastered their craft in what they do. It’s inspired me to be the best version of me.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I love sushi so Japan is on my bucket list.
What are you passionate about?
Grilling, smoking, barbecuing anything. I have 4 different types of grills at home that I use depending on what I’m making.
Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Bobby Flay for sure. His skill set in what he does is amazing.
What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I enjoy cooking, I’m not a professional chef but I like to tell myself that.
Which two individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most and why?
First, one of my best friends that passed away 3 years ago. We used to do a lot of fishing together and would have a nice simple meal after and joke around about the day we just had. Second, Warren Buffet. I would love to pick his brains on the success he’s had.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Never quit. Life in general is hard at times but you must focus on your goals and never quit no matter how many times life throws a wrench at you.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
As a young adult I came across a book written by Deepak Chopra called the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. One of the topics is the law of giving. There’s a phrase in there that says “The most powerful form of giving is non-material. The gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation, and love are some of the most precious gifts you can give, and they don’t cost you anything.”
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
I’m always open to doing things outdoors, I love fishing, grilling, or just hanging out with family and friends. It helps that my wife is a foodie like me, so we like trying out new eateries.
Casa Loma College welcomes you and we look forward to a successful journey with you! Welcome aboard!