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Barco Uniforms Ambassador Sara Tredennick, MA

Each month, we're highlighting a member of our Barco Brigade — passionate healthcare professionals who are making a difference in their Barco medical uniforms. Here, we chat with Sara Tredennick, a medical assistant from Colorado. We think Sara’s determination and down-to-earth attitude will inspire you to make the most of your career.



Where do you work?

I work at Crossroads Dermatology.


What is your work title?

I am a lead medical assistant.


How old were you when you decided you wanted to pursue your career?

I was 35.


What (or whom) inspired you to enter this field?

My mom inspired me!



I've learned so much about the medical field as an MA…I highly recommend the job to anyone needing experience in the medical field prior to advancing.



What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Insurance companies put up a big fight when an expensive drug is prescribed. It's such a victory when we finally get them approved and then see [the patient’s] skin clear after finally getting the treatment they need!


What’s the most challenging part?

It's frustrating when patients don't do their part. They come in for a follow up and haven't filled the prescription, haven't implemented any of the doctor's recommendations, etc. We can only do so much; at some point, the patient has to take responsibility for [their] own health.


Do you have any recent stories you could share?

We had a patient come in with a "new and rapidly growing dark spot" on her back. It turned out to be a TICK that had been living on this woman's back for months!


What’s your family situation?

I’m married with two kids, ages 7 and 9.



Besides healthcare, what is your passion?

I love quilting and running.


How do you recharge your batteries after a shift?

I recharge with wordle, wine, or a bath.


What are some of the things you like the most about where you live?

We have four equal seasons. Just as I tire of one, then next arrives!


What’s something interesting about yourself that few people know?

I can do a really good handstand.


What is one piece of advice you’d give someone starting out in your field?

Don't wait.


What is one thing you’d want our audience to know about your profession?

My current job is a means to an end; I'm currently applying to PA schools. I've learned so much about the medical field as an MA: medicines, health conditions, insurance companies, tools, and procedures. I highly recommend the job to anyone needing experience in the medical field prior to advancing.


What is your favorite quote?

In his book The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, author Matt McCarthy is asked if he's looking out for himself or for his patients (when he's deciding whether or not to report a mistake he's made). This is one of the most important things I've read about being a medical provider.


Is there anyone else you work with who inspires you? Why are they an inspiration?

The other MA I work with is fantastic. She makes my job easier by being an incredibly hard worker.




How would you describe your style?

My style is gym-chic.


What are your favorite Barco scrubs or sets? Why?

Grey's Anatomy Spandex-Stretch: Bree top and Eden jogger. They are so comfy, have a great fit, and the joggers have the best waistband EVER.


What are the things you always carry in your scrub pockets at work?

I always end up with a bunch of (unused) needles in my pocket by the end of the day. At least a few go in the washing machine each week.


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