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April 11, 2024

Staff Spotlight, Christine Ringo

Staff Spotlight, Christine Ringo

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Christine Ringo (she/her/hers) and I am the Talent Acquisition Team Lead for Accanto Health (the parent company of The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health). I have been with Accanto since October of 2018. I started at Veritas’ eating disorder treatment center in Atlanta, Georgia, and have worked in four roles within the organization, including Therapeutic Assistant or Behavioral Health Technician (BHT), Site Trainer, Talent Acquisition Business Partner (TABP), and Talent Acquisition Team Lead.

What does a typical day look like for you at Accanto Health?

As a Talent Acquisition Team Lead, I recruit, support the larger talent team, and work on projects. Most days, I balance between meetings, candidate interviews, projects, and calls with various talent team members and hiring leaders. Talent Acquisition also helps with organizational retention efforts—ideas and initiatives to improve the employee experience.

What’s unique about treating eating disorders as compared to other conditions? 

Something unique about treating eating disorders is the culture. It is essential that we build a culture where staff are sensitive to the needs of the eating disorder population and have strong collaboration and teamwork skills to help our clients thrive in their recovery journeys. It is also important that our nutritional philosophies are counter to the diet culture ideas that are so pervasive in American culture. In the eating disorder treatment space, being anti-diet culture is so beneficial for our clients, and our staff learn a lot too!

What motivates you to show up for work each day?

I had the pleasure of working on-site at our Atlanta eating disorder treatment center for about three and a half years before transitioning to our remote Talent Acquisition team. I met and worked with countless clients alongside our multidisciplinary treatment teams. Seeing the client’s recovery firsthand is incredibly moving and knowing that I am a part of bringing on new staff to care for our clients is incredibly motivating. It is nice knowing I am still a part of the client experience even though I am not providing direct client care in my current role.

What have our clients and your colleagues taught you?

My work on-site with clients taught me the value of each interaction. I remember working with a client who was having a difficult day, conversing with them, and providing support during a challenging meal. That day, the client was not exceptionally responsive to the support, but later, when they were discharged, they gave me a letter telling me how they would never forget the conversation we had earlier in their treatment and how impactful my support was. This experience helped me realize that even the most minor interactions can make a significant impact.

My colleagues have taught me to remain connected in the virtual space. I was new to remote work when I joined the Talent Acquisition team in 2022. My team has taught me how to stay connected and helped me find a sense of community in the virtual world. Our team works very closely together, and someone is always willing to have a video call to provide support or chat with you if you are having a tough day.

If you could do another job just for a day, what would it be? 

If I could do another job just for a day, I would be a photographer. I have always loved photography, which has been my hobby for a long time. Also, I love capturing genuine moments and seeing the beauty in others and the natural world. 

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