We're taking you inside the 98point6 team with our "In the Hot Seat" series. These interviews give a glimpse of the dedicated people behind our product. In this edition, we sat down with Libby Meren, one of our program managers. Read on for more about Libby.
What is your role at 98point6?
I am one of the program managers here, which means I help manage engineering projects and serve as a resource to clarify technical details. Part of that responsibility includes coming up with new features and thinking about ways to enhance existing features to improve both the patient and doctor experience.
What initially drew you to working here?
I am originally from Australia, and had been working in software development for 17 years. Before coming to 98point6, I was considering going back to school to get a PhD in clinical psychology research, so I worked on a study at the University of Washington about how children handle stress and really enjoyed it. When a 98point6 recruiter reached out to me, I was excited about the opportunity to help people have increased access to healthcare. I was also really excited by how much emphasis the company placed on diversity, inclusion and progress. I felt like 98point6 was going to have a positive impact on the world and I wanted to be a part of that change.
Moving from Australia must have been quite a change. Is there anything that you miss about Australia?
Australia's quite different. One of the things I miss the most about Melbourne is the food. There was a lot of cultural diversity, which meant you could try cuisines from almost anywhere in the world right in your local neighborhood. The architecture in Australia has more of a European influence than some of the buildings in the U.S., so at times, I miss that as well.
What is your favorite part about working here?
It's easily the people. Everyone is here because they want to help others and provide high-quality medicine. I value everyone's perspectives here in the office, and the ability to all come together to create something that we can honestly say changes the way we receive medical care is incredible.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Puppy wrangler or horse wrangler.
Why a horse wrangler?
I ride every week at a place in Bothell. I love it there, because not only do I get to learn about natural horsemanship, but I get to spend time around horses, which is always a blast. Horses are very intuitive and sensitive, and you can really tell a lot about their personalities by listening to them. I am constantly learning loads about communication from horses. Instead of just telling a horse what to do, you ask, listen and then insist.
How do you stay healthy?
I do try to meditate regularly as a way to reduce stress. I follow an anti-inflammation diet, which involves cutting out gluten, dairy and eggs. This means that I have to eat more fruit and veggies, which is usually around nine cups per day! I also like to do yoga, and try to swim when it's warm out. Swimming outside can be tough in Seattle, so I try to make the most of summers here. And of course, I try to get up on a horse whenever I can!