Department Spotlight: Cheryl Leystra-Lantz

What do you most enjoy about your role in the Department?

I really enjoy the collegial work atmosphere. We help each other out and there is very productive cooperation and engagement between departments.

When I was in research I met people from all over the world and its so nice that that has continued in my work in Family Medicine

What’s been your most memorable experience while working in the Department?

Keeping office plants alive during COVD!

But, truly, the massive experience of CaRMS interview weekends. This year it was a virtual event that will probably continue in this form.

What’s your greatest accomplishment?

That would be adapting to a completely new environment. Four years ago I was a research technician extracting RNA from brain and spinal cords and performing PCRs – now, I’ve learned a lot about administration and feel very comfortable here. It was a pretty steep learning curve!

And then what do you like to do outside of work, or how you enjoy spending your time, etc.

I like to curl up with a good book whenever I can. Summer has me reading less and spending time tending my flower gardens. The buzz of pollinating insects in the blooms is a great sound! My main exercise is long walks with my husband. Family dinners are great fun for all of us.