Sherri Stone, Operations Director, says, “My biggest joy in the workplace is the people I work with. That’s why I love my job. I’m blessed to work with wonderful people.”
Born in Lubbock, Sherri and her family settled in Anton when she was ten years old. She’s been there ever since. She graduated from Anton High School where she played the clarinet and was the band’s drum major. She attended Lubbock Christian College – LCC (now University). She took an aptitude test which indicated that she was best suited for the medical field. She researched the quickest way to get a degree in the medical field, and that was with an Associate’s Degree as a Medical Assistant. Afterall, she had her eye set on finding a husband rather than a career. She married Randall, an Anton man she knew from high school. They’ve been married 34 years.
As part of her internship, she worked for Dr. Frank Ryburn. As Sherri was gaining hands on experience in the medical field, Dr. Ryburn’s nurse was preparing to retire. This gave Sherri the opportunity to step into the nursing role full-time when she graduated.
When she had her first son, Adam, she chose to be a stay at home mom picking up an occasional shift for Internist Dr. Ted Pridmore whenever his regular nurse took time off. After her second son, Aaron, began kindergarten, Sherri went back to work.
In 1995, Internist Dr. Robert Johnson asked her to join his practice as his Medical Assistant. UMC Physicians recruited Dr. Johnson, to be later joined by Dr. Robert Smyer, in 2000 to open a practice in the new “HealthPoint” building, and Sherri came with him as his clinic manager. She worked as clinic manager for ten years for the practice of Dr. Johnson and Dr. Smyer and then Dr. Smyer and Dr. Mark Soriano. In 2010, UMCP started a training program for the brand-new PowerChart program with Sherri and Becki Tipton as trainers. With a desire to return to the clinic setting, Sherri spoke to, then, Chief Operating Officer Glen Frick, about getting back into the clinics. That’s where her heart is she says. In 2012, she began as a Regional Operations Supervisor overseeing multiple practice locations.
Sherri is affectionately referred to as “Queen” and the “Queen” is a woman of many talents: a skilled seamstress, although now she focuses mostly on quilting; a homemaker who enjoys cooking and especially baking; an artist; a medical professional and mentor to name a few. And, by the way, if you are one of her managers, you will be blessed with one of her delicious homemade cakes. One of her favorite things to do is to spend time with her boys and extended family and to go on Cruises (six of them to date with a bucket list Hawaiian Cruise in the planning for 2020).
After she began her medical career, she never looked back and never thought about anything else. She’s never worked outside the medical field. In the medical field, you have an opportunity to have a positive impact on the people you work with and come in contact with. Whether it’s patients or co-workers, Sherri’s found that is how she can make a difference.