Each month we will have a blog post spotlighting individuals from the ambulatory division. Spotlighting employees will be an opportunity for other individuals from different departments/areas to meet and learn about others.
For the month of August please meet Ashley Green, Jeanne Smith, and Dr. Erik Hustak
UTMB Children’s Center
About me/my family: I attended Galveston College, and I’ve been a nurse for 2 years, I am married to my wonderful husband of 4 years. I enjoy reading, and watching sports.
Five words that describe me: Loving, Caring, Open-Minded, Optimistic, Selfless
What do you like most about working at UTMB? I like the unlimited opportunities.
Best Vacation: When my husband and I went to Niagara Falls, Canada
A Favorite saying of mine is… If you don’t have anything nice to say, find something.
PCP Galveston Rehab
My pets: I have 2 dogs both are lab mixes
What do you like most about working at UTMB? I love all of the learning opportunities available to us and the support for pursing further education and specializations.
One thing most people don’t know about me: I climbed a Fourteener (Mount Columbia)
Best Vacation: I went to Ireland with my family to learn more about our heritage.
I wish I knew how to… kite surf
Dr. Erik Hustak
Anesthesiology and Pain
About me/my family: My wife, Dr. Kristi Hustak, and I moved to Galveston in 2008 to complete our residencies here at UTMB in Plastic Surgery and Anesthesiology, respectively. At the conclusion of my residency, I completed a cancer pain fellowship at MD Anderson in 2012 and have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology since July of 2013. My clinical time is divided between the Anesthesiology and Pain Departments. My interests are focused on cancer pain management and the multidisciplinary approach to the complex pain patient. I am blessed with a loving family, which has expanded over the last 3 years. My handsome and energetic 2 year old boy, Trenton Kade, and my beautiful 1 year old baby girl, Tatum Belle, puts life into perspective.
My pets: Madison is our loyal boxer-mix rescue dog from a shelter in Columbus, Ohio. We have had her since the start of medical school in 2008 and she has been an amazing companion to our family since.
What do you like most about working at UTMB? The camaraderie provides a unique environment for exceptional patient care. At the same time, it provides a wonderful atmosphere conducive to teaching our resident physicians and medical students.
One thing most people don’t know about me: If I had to choose a career other than medicine, I would probably be a high school teacher. However, secretly, I have always wanted to be a firefighter.
Best advice I can give: Life is short. Hug your kids, hug your spouse, and tell your family how much you love and appreciate them regularly.