Please join in as we welcome our new MRI Assistant Director, Simone Quinto. Simone has over 20 years of experience in MRI technical and patient care skills in the area of hospital and outpatient facilities. She has held various positions including Clinical Application Specialist, Lead MRI Technologist, MRI Administrator and Marketer, and MRI Professor. Please stop in introduce yourself to Simone – she has so much to share! We wanted to know Simone a bit better and she graciously gave us some insight into her life …

What do you do at Casa Loma College and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?
I have been hired to be the Assistant Program Director for MRI. I would love for you to come to me regarding any MR issues or guidance regarding the Program and our Students. You may also reach out just because!

What led you to a career in MRI?
I wanted to be a Medical Examiner early in life but fell in love at 15 and was with my ex for 32 years. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field somehow. I was working in the Imaging Department at a hospital and was encouraged by the Medical Doctors and Staff to enter into Imaging. I wanted to pursue Ultrasound. At the stage in my life, you either had to have a Bachelor’s in Science and a graduate from a Radiologic Technologist program. So, I applied to school and was selected amongst a very small group of over 300 candidates and only 19 spots. The goal was to graduate X-ray school and then enter Ultrasound. During clinical rotations, I found myself in front of a MR scanner and never looked back. 6 months prior to graduation from x-ray school I was already hired as a MRI Technologist and have never looked back.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
All my blessings and graces come from GOD. He has been my biggest support and structure in my life. When all the walls come crashing down, he is my biggest supporter. In saying that I attribute my passion towards a career I’ve learned to truly love. What I do and all that I have been graciously exposed to. I’ve had an amazing career and do not regret my journey.

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
This is a great question! It’s truly a 2-part response. The first is the life I have been graciously given to extend my skills and knowledge to my prior students and the relationship I have developed in their journey in embracing their MR career. The 2nd is my dream to be a Clinical Application Specialist for a globally known cooperation. It was the self-verification I needed about my years of hard work and dedication, knowing that the sacrifice was real!

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
The skill to feel other’s emotions and help them resolve the slightest struggles to the biggest accomplishments of doubt or self-infliction. We allow so many things to get in the way of accomplishments and success. I feel if I had the gift to let you see and feel what I see…endless possibilities.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Enjoy the journey because the ending results of your choices and decisions is what makes you who you are and defines those priceless moments on how you get through it all.

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
I am always at church!!! I am spending all my time with my kids and their friends.

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
If my day is really intense, I’ll drive to my favorite spot at the beach and watch the sunset. Look around and appreciate all my blessings and where I was to how far I’ve come. Pay attention to the small wonders and blessings all around me, that with the hustle and bustle we tend to forget. If it’s just unwinding then running home to my kids and preparing dinner, talking about our day and ending up with a movie or TV series we love to watch as a family.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Coffee!!!! Music!!! Beach!!!!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Medical Examiner

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose, and why?
My Pastor. To continue to grow in the word and then have the ability to help shape and mold individuals into finding all the answers in life that are right in front of them. To give back to the community in anyway – emotionally, spiritually and/or monetarily. To save lives and show compassion in the places we take for granted the most.

What is a fun fact about you?
I may always have a straight face – but I’ll always be the funniest person I the room!

What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Outgoing, Compassionate and Spiritual

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
The Bible, Maps and Facebook

What’s one totally irrational fear that you have?
My one irrational fear I have is to not be good enough

What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?
Hillsong Channel, Fixer Upper and Kardashians

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Snails, Elk, Bison, Rabbit, Tripe, Pig’s feet, gizzards, chicken feel. I don’t really feel there weird foods. Just a different choice selection

What trend do you hope makes a comeback?
Looking people in the eyes during conversation. Conversations without a cellphone in your hand. Remembering to love all people