This week as part of our Getting to Know You series, we introduce you to our new Director of Social Work, Christin Martinez.

1Tell us a bit about your background and where you received your education. I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when I was 10 years old. I grew  up in the Bronx with my parents and siblings. I went to Mercy College and graduated with a BA in psychology.

2. Have you always worked in healthcare? If not, what prompted you to make the change? I started my professional career at VNSNY as a Social Work Assistant doing field work for a crisis intervation program. A few years later, I decided that I wanted to work with elderly

3. Why did you choose to work in the rehabilitation and nursing home field? I have six years of experience working in nursing home/rehab facilities. I greatly enjoy my work! I’m excited and blessed to continue to work with this beautiful population.

4. What do you like about best about working in the healthcare field? I was raised by my 95 year old grandmother old and I wanted to be an advocate for the elderly. I feel accomplished when I arrange services for my residents or when I educated them about services in the community.

5.Tell us one Fun Fact about you. I feel proud to be able to assist both English speaking populations as well as Spanish speaking.