Staff Spotlight – Kortney Barrett

Kortney recently started as a secretary in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy and Immunology.

I live in Cedar Rapids with my husband of 4 years, we have 2 cats that are spoiled beyond belief, and 3 guinea pigs. I have owned Jelly fish in a home aquarium. We moved to Cedar Rapids 6 years ago and we love where we are at!

I love to crochet in my free time, most of the time I just make things for other people and that is fine with me! I also do a lot of pen paling and mail swaps with people around the globe. I love learning about people and where they are at! Some people I have swapped with are from New Zealand, Poland, Italy and Malaysia. I also read a lot, Stephen King is my favorite author and I read just about anything.

My dream job would be a Marine Biologist. I love the water and science and think it would be amazing to be able to combine the both of them!

The most fascinating place I’ve ever visited was Spain/Morocco. I went for a trip in high school. I got to see amazing architecture, try new foods, experience new cultures, and even see a group of gypsys perform. It was an amazing experience and walking through the street market in Morocco was like nothing I have ever seen before.

My favorite food is TACOS! So it’s fitting my favorite restaurant is the El Bajio in Cedar Rapids, they have the best Mexican food I have ever had.

I don’t really follow sports, but in my household we cheer on the Oregon Ducks, Hawkeyes (of course!) and I grew up rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. So I still root for those 3 teams when I do partake in football. And my husband and I enjoy going to Kernels Baseball games during the season.

I have so many favorite books and movies! My favorite book would have to be a tie between Shadow of Night By Deborah Harkness, the Harry Potter Series and The Shining by Stephen King. As for movie I would say between Noises Off, Paris When It Sizzles and Do not Disturb would be my top 3 all time favorite movies, I like the more classic movies.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be: 1. Be able to travel anywhere I wanted, any time I wanted 2. My house to ALWAYS be clean 3. A llama (I really would love to have a llama!).

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