RTG Medical is excited to welcome Melissa Byrd! She brings an enthusiastic, positive energy to the table, and is a beam of sunshine at the office. Get to know her! She answered RTG’s new employee questionnaire- and it’s chock-full of everything that makes her tick!
If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?Ellen Degeneres because she is amazing, funny and full of positive energy. I love people like her.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?I would want to have constant positive energy and to be able to give it to others! I am a pretty happy person, so I want to share that with others.
What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why?Tiebreaker between Home Free and Garth Brooks. I just love music in general– all genres pretty much!
Name something on your “bucket list” and why?I would love to go to New York City at Christmas time to see the trees on Rockefeller Plaza all lit up.
If your house was burning and you could only save one item, what would it be and why?Besides anyone in my family, I would save my journaling bible because it is special to me.
Melissa shares about how her family is one of the most important things to her. She loves spending time with her three children AJ, Anna, and Jackson.
When she has the chance to visit, she loves to spend time with her two brothers Mitch– who lives in Chicago–and Merritt– who lives in Seattle.
Pictured above is Melissa’s mom, dad, brothers, and sisters-in-law.
Melissa is such an amazing, caring person; RTG Medical is thankful to have her on the recruiting team, helping healthcare professionals find their #adventurewithRTG.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining RTG Medical’s growing team, click here to apply!
The next destination in our “Live like a Local” blog series is taking us to Breckenridge, Colorado. RTG Medical wants to ensure if you’re heading to Colorado for an assignment, we assist you with a couple of fun to-dos if you’re near Breckenridge! With an elevation of 9,600 ft. above sea level, the town of Breckenridge is nestled in the mountains. Breckenridge is nationally recognized for its historic scenery and the wide variety of dining and nightlife hotspots. First stop… Cajun food.
Our first stop in Breckenridge is The Lost Cajun featuring seafood, Cajun and Creole, soup, and American food. Instead of chips and salsa, the restaurant serves a variety of delicious gumbo and jambalaya samples to start. Don’t forget an order of alligator bites as an appetizer; you won’t regret it. Served on the left is a house favorite, The Po Boys, and the right features a Seafood Platter. Both dishes were seasoned exceptionally, just as you’d find them in New Orleans. The owner, Raymond Griffin moved from Barataria, Louisiana to the Rockies to accomplish his and his wife’s dream of living in the mountains and opening a little gumbo shop.
The second stop in Breckenridge is Crepes a La Cart featuring sweet and savory filled crepes. While traveling through downtown stop by the hut for breakfast, lunch, or dessert with the variety of options of toppings. Stopping is a must-do while in town because of the delicious crepes, the friendly atmosphere, and the great view. The hut also offers an ultimate hot chocolate and it is to die for. The hot chocolate comes with whip crème, chocolates, and caramel drizzled to top it off.
The third stop in Breckenridge is the BreckConnect Gondola. The gondola and other transportation services are a completely free service for anyone who lives or visits the town. The gondola makes it easy to travel from downtown to the bases of Peak 7 and 8. The length of the gondola system is 7,592 feet long and takes an average of 20 minutes to take a round trip. The gondola runs from June-Mid September and then opens again during ski seasons. Plus, the views are picture perfect!
If you have ever taken an assignment in Colorado and visited Breckenridge, let us know your favorite hot spots by tweeting us. If Colorado sounds like an area you’re interested in traveling to, check out our job board to see what positions we have open, then give us a call!
Continuing on with our “Live Like a Local” blog series, we now bring you our next exciting destination to travel to… Southern California! In Southern California, there are two major cities, Los Angeles and San Diego, in addition to a large homegrown surf and skateboard culture.
Our journey in SoCal begins in Los Angeles (L.A.) the second-largest city in the United States.
Los Angeles – Griffith Observatory & Dodger Stadium
TripAdvisor rates the Griffith Observatory at one of the Top 10 places you should visit while traveling to L.A. On top of a beautiful hill overlooking the city, Griffith Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, café, bookstore and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Plus, admission is FREE!
Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, Dodger Stadium is a must-see venue in the city. Since 1962, Dodger Stadium (baseball’s third-oldest stadium) has welcomed fans from all corners of the globe and provided them with its breathtaking views and its storied past. If interested, you can sign up for a behind-the-scenes stadium tour. Additionally, some of your favorite Hollywood celebrities frequent games, so you might catch a selfie with one. Just be sure that if you go, you eat one of their delicious Dodger Dogs!
the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.
Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier offers a ton of year-round events including concerts, Popups, marathons and other races. It is also pretty cool that parts of some very famous movies were filmed on or around Santa Monica Pier such as “Forrest Gump,” “A Night at the Roxbury,” “Titanic,” and “Iron Man.” The pier has several rides for both children and adults. Santa Monica offers both a laid-back dining feel (i.e., Blue Plate Taco) and also upscale dining options such as The Lobster. The Los Angeles Times said that The Lobster offers, “A long list of quality seafood from fresh Maine Lobster to Wild Salmon varieties. For a seafood dinner in Santa Monica, it doesn’t get much better.” Plus, you can watch the beautiful sunset from both restaurants…bonus!
If you are in the mood for some sight-seeing and people-watching, you will love the area of Venice Beach. It is a lively and popular area that some people have coined the nickname “muscle beach.” You will experience a lot of cultures, beach dining and shopping up and down the famous boardwalk.
Pacific Coast Highway & Captain Jack’s
If you have time, make sure to drive down Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) for the beautiful views of the ocean, hillside, and curvy roads. There is a hidden gem in the town of Sunset Beach right off of PCH on the oceanfront, called Captain Jack’s. It’s hands-down one of the best places in the state to get top-notch surf and turf including Alaskan King Crab, Australian Lobster Tail, Prime Rib, Filet and more! Be sure to bring your appetite!
Huntington Beach & Aloha Grill & Bar
Huntington Beach (locally called “HB”) is known for its long (9.5 miles) sandy beach, mild climate and excellent surfing conditions. Not surprisingly, HB’s nickname is “Surf City.” You have a nice view of Catalina Island off the coast, and there is no shortage of beach shops and restaurants to keep you busy. The Aloha Grill & Bar, just east of the beach has both indoor and outdoor areas to drink, dine and enjoy. You must try one of their infamous Rainbows (a sugary cocktail that includes multicolored frozen goodness infused with lots of rum…and a dark rum float on top). Do not drive after trying one of these!
Just a few minutes south on PCH from Huntington is the ever-popular Newport Beach. Newport still offers a casual atmosphere with a little more glitz and glam considering some of their million dollar homes and expensive dining options. You may recall the television show, “The O.C.” based on high-school friends exploring life in Newport Beach (part of Orange County – The O.C.).
We recommend that you tour Newport Harbor and Newport bay to see some of the beautiful beach homes where many famous stars have lived (John Wayne, anyone?!). You can tour these areas on foot, by vehicle or via ferry. You can also take a day-trip ferry to Catalina Island and sport fish or whale watch.
Laguna Beach & San Diego
Continuing south to Laguna Beach, you will explore more incredible views of the ocean and homes built on a grade (very similar to an Italy feel). Laguna is nestled between seven miles of hidden coves and majestic canyons. It is a year-round retreat for art lovers, outdoor adventurers, beachgoers, families and romantics. Aliso Beach Park, located in South Laguna, is the only beach that provides fire pits within town. It is a great spot for an evening bonfire, so bring your friends and throw something on the grill while watching the sunset!
Finishing up our journey in Southern California, we land in San Diego, which has been called “the birthplace of California.” San Diego is a larger city (8th largest in the U.S.), and it’s remarkably clean and well-kept. Tucked tightly into 16.5 blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a walkable urban playground located in Downtown San Diego adjacent to the Convention Center, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza. It’s accessible via the freeway and several trolley and bus lines. Described as the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, guests and immerse themselves in the rich Victorian architecture and history, dine with world-renowned chefs and dance the night away at nationally-recognized nightlife venues.
We’ve just provided a few of the many exciting things to do and see in Southern California, and that is just a start. Other things the city has to offer are film history and culture, surfing lessons, hiking, A-list sporting events, and world-renown concerts. You will NEVER run out of things to do!
If are in the SoCal area or have traveled there before, let us know your favorite hot spots by tweeting us. If Southern California sounds like an area you’re interested in traveling to, check out our job board to see what positions we have open, then give us a call!
Following up on our previous “Live Like a Local” blog on traveling while in Dallas, we wanted to bring you our next exciting destination city to travel to… Chicago! With close to 3 million residents citywide and nearly 10 million people metropolitan-wide, there is never a shortage of activities to do or sights to see in “The Windy City!”
So our journey in Chicago begins in the ever popular “Wrigleyville,” the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field.
The Cubby Bear – Wrigleyville Located directly across from Wrigley Field stadium, The Cubby Bear is one of the most well-known sports bars in Wrigleyville. The location is HUGE, with 30,000 square feet of space on multiple levels featuring over 75 TVs. The Cubby Bear also features live music, a pool and great food, such as their Cubby Bear Burger (steakburger, pancetta, queso dip on a toasted pretzel bun), World Famous garlic fries and buffalo wings. The neighborhood feel of Wrigleyville invites you in to explore other restaurants, bars, and sight-seeing.
Millennium Park – Downtown Chicago If you are more of an outdoorsy traveler, you will enjoy heading downtown to the northwestern portion of Grant Park to walk through Millennium Park which covers over 24-acres of land right by Lake Michigan. There are many sights to see, and the park is clean and vibrant. If you have children, they will love the outdoor park equipment, ice skating (seasonal) and water splash park areas. Adults will enjoy free concerts, private events and sights and sounds of beautiful downtown Chicago…very picturesque with all the skyscrapers in view from the park.
The Gage & The Magnificent Mile Just across Michigan Avenue from Millennium Park, you will find tons of shopping and many more incredible restaurants. One award-winning gastro pub to rave about is The Gage. Entrees include fresh fish & chips, venison osso bucco, and bone-in prime ribeye. If you stop in during the day for lunch, be sure to try their Pabst Blue Ribbon beer battered fried pickles, smoked salmon BLT or the turkey club. The food isn’t the only thing to tout… their ambiance and service are top-notch!
About a mile north on Michigan Avenue, you will experience some of the best shopping of your life at The Magnificent Mile — all within walking distance through downtown Chicago. The Magnificent Mile boasts more than 460 retailers, including popular brands, major department stores, and international luxury labels and designers. Not to worry, there are more economic-friendly retailers in the area. The Magnificent Miles also has many gourmet stores for all you foodies and chocolatiers out there!
Best Time of Year: St. Patrick’s Day If you are lucky enough to live or travel to Chicago during St. Patrick’s Day, you are lucky enough to experience some of the best Chicago has to offer. One excursion recommended is the annual Green Beer & Bagels Tour. The shoreline area of the city “gets its green on” in honor of the holiday with a special Architecture River Tour featuring complimentary bagels, St. Patrick’s Day favors and a special Irish-themed guided tour on the green-for-a-day Chicago River. This is definitely a photo op you don’t want to miss!
We’ve just provided a few of the many wonderful things to do and see in the Windy City, but that isn’t all. Other things the city has to offer are beautiful museums, history, culture and world-renown concerts. If are in Chicago area or have traveled there before, let us know your favorite hot spots by tweeting us. If Chicago sounds like a city you’re interested in traveling to, check out our job board to see what positions we have open, then give us a call!
Everyone knows that one of the greatest benefits of a traveling medical professional is having the opportunity to explore new cities. We’re kicking February off by highlighting key places to visit in cities all across the country… And we’ve decided to start in the Lone Star State!
Dallas is home to many great places to eat, have a good drink, and there are countless sights to see. Here are just some (highly encouraged) recommendations from a Dallas resident of her favorite places while in the city.
Pecan Lodge Pecan Lodge is recommended as the best Texas BBQ in Dallas, and it was featured on Diners Drive-in and Dives. They only stay open until the food runs out for the day and they always have a line that forms 30 minutes before they open at 11am, but it is WORTH IT! Pecan Lodge got its start in a farmers market and became so popular they relocated to an area called “Deep Ellum” which is an awesome area to check out. It’s more up and coming, but Deep Ellum is known for their art. Tons of cool graffiti work on walls, lots of great restaurants, and cool boutiques to check out. Deep Ellum Brewery is also located nearby for a drink after eating.
Trinity Groves Trinity Groves is full of things to do for everyone. It has a phenomenal view of downtown Dallas and there are a handful of awesome restaurants to choose from. One of our travelers recommends Sushi Bayashi, LUCK, and the Cake Bar. LUCK is popularly known for promoting the local craft beer industry by serving everything fresh on tap and only beers brewed within a 75-mile radius. During your visit to Trinity Groves, take a walk across the Continental Avenue Bridge and admire the views of Downtown Dallas.
Mi Cocina Mi Cocina is located in the uptown of Dallas. Uptown is where you go to see and be seen. Be ready to see some of the fanciest cars you’ve ever seen. Mi Cocina is very well known for their Mambo Taxis’. It is their house sangria swirled with their house margarita. The drinks are strong and delicious. Texas is very well known for their chips and queso (it’s at EVERY restaurant) and Mi Cocina’s is really good. After a bite to eat, head down to McKinney Avenue to check out their vibrant bars.
If you’re in Dallas or have traveled there before, let us know your favorite stops by tweeting us. We’d love to hear from you! If this sounds like a city you’re interested in traveling to, check out our jobs board to see what positions we have open, then give us a call!