My name is Tyniqua Hunter—most know me as Ty! I am currently an Assistant in the Therapeutic Activities Department here at Dobie Rd. I have been working here for 8 years. Originally, although my future career goals were in the health field, I never would have seen myself working in a nursing facility. At the time, my roommates were working and suggested I apply. I started in 2012 as a Resident Assistant shortly after my grandmother passed away. It really helped me to cope with her loss by being with the residents. After being at Dobie for only a year, I wanted to do more for the residents. It’s hard wanting to help but not being able to without the proper training. I was offered to be sponsored by the facility to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. I took the course in the summer and passed the State test to become Certified. I worked special part time initially, because I also worked as a Banquet server and eventually a Catering Supervisor at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
I knew I wanted to finish my degree at MSU, so I decided to work full-time as a C.N.A. Due to a back injury, I didn’t know if I could still do the job as a C.N.A. full time. I was looking into various options. I did not want to leave my residents or my “work family” at Dobie. Miraculously, a position opened in the Therapeutic Activities Department for an Assistant. I applied and got the position in 2016. With my schedule, I was able to enroll in my elective courses to finish my degree. I also had the opportunity of using my internship credits within my own department. In May of this year, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, with a Concentration in Health and Society and a Cognate in Psychology.
My time here at Dobie has been very rewarding. I have been able to acquire three different positions with different aspects and workloads in the facility. I have been able to provide a realm of services to our residents and helping staff to embark on these services with the residents as well. I was able to finish my degree. Dobie’s mission is true when it comes to the residents and the workers. We truly are Dedicated to Improving Lives. There is always room for growth and furthering your career and academic goals while being part of Team Dobie. My most rewarding gift that keeps on giving is being able to care for our residents. They are true gifts and have made a huge impact in my life. Some of my most precious moments have been shared with them and being able to make Dobie Road their home. I am very thankful to have worked at a place for this long and it doesn’t even feel like work. I care for the residents/patients here as if they were my own family. I truly love to see them happy, and I am glad to be a part of the Dobie Road Family!
- Tyniqua (Ty) Hunter, Therapeutic Activities Assistant (C.N.A)