We are excited to welcome Casey Carlson to Vibe Health as a Technical Writer on our Product Innovation team! Casey comes to us having worked at the Grand Rapids Public Library and the College of the Atlantic where he contributed extensively to the development of manuals, website content, and communication materials. Casey is a Michigan native and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI, but is preparing for a move to Chicago with his partner.
We sat down with Casey to learn more about his background and hobbies, and, in true eVideon fashion… whether he favors coffee or tea!
Q. Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a 26-year-old guy who grew up in Grand Haven, MI, moved to Maine to finish school, and then moved back to West Michigan after graduating. I read a lot and I do a lot of crosswords, but I also like to hike, camp, play tennis, play cards, bike around, travel, and cook with friends.
Q. What made you decide you wanted a career in the healthcare industry?
I've always had a drive to help others, and, as you'll see further down here, two things that I wanted to become upon growing up have been in the field of healthcare. And for what it's worth, my mother is in healthcare, too. It's probably most accurate to say that the healthcare industry has always been in my professional orbit.
Q. What excites you about joining the eVideon team?
eVideon is a really comfortable size for a new technical writer: Everyone seems to know each other fairly well, and the vibe isn't overly corporate. Everyone's been really encouraging during my onboarding, too.
Q. What can you be found doing when you’re not in the office?
Right now, the answer is either reading on my porch, playing darts with my roommates in our backyard, or riding my bike near a lake or park not too far from Grand Rapids.
Q. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that changed or stayed the same?
What I have wanted to be when I grew up has been a moving target, continuously. Early on, due to the outstanding prescience of those quizzes you take in school that match you with careers, I wanted to be a baker, then a chiropractor, then a psychiatrist. Eventually my interest in words and writing really took root, and it has proved to have staying power since then.
Q. What’s your favorite food?
If I have to choose one, it's pizza: it's tasty; it's conducive for a shared meal with friends (everyone's bound to like some sort of pizza); and there's a huge amount of variety—deep or thin crust, different sauces, healthy or decadent depending on your preference.
Q. Where is the one place you’d like to visit?
I've been saying Tokyo. I'm from a small town in the Western world. Tokyo is the biggest metroplex on Earth, and it's a cultural epicenter of Asia. It just represents this extent of difference from what is familiar to me that has led it to become a fixture on my travel bucket list. But ideally I would go only if I have at least two of three things: a connection to show me around; a lot of time to explore; and a bunch of money to spend. It's more than a dozen hours away by plane, so I'd have to make it worth it and do it right.
Q. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Do you have a favorite place to enjoy a cup?
Honestly both, but my heart is with coffee. I do a cup of coffee in the morning, religiously, and after lunch I have either another small cup or some caffeinated tea, like earl grey. My ideal cup of coffee is on a quiet morning while either reading or doing a crossword. Bonus points if I'm camping and/or sharing these experiences with friends.