Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

Jamie Fidler
ASL/English Medical Interpreter

Jamie teaches Basics of American Sign Language (ASL) for UMHS Interpreter Services, as well as continuing to provide medical interpreting and translation services throughout UMHS. 

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Jane Miller
Medical Interpreter

Jane is a CCHCP Authorized Trainer – Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training. She also continues to provide medical interpreting and translation services throughout UMHS. 

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Christa Moran
ASL/English Medical Interpreter

Christa is a nationally certified ASL/English Medical Interpreter and a CCHCP Authorized Trainer – Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training. She has trained extensively with Nigel Howard and champions accessibility and ADA compliance as a member of the UofM Disability Council.

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Rita Galin
Medical Interpreter

Rita created and teaches the Medical Terminology & Body Systems course for UMHS Interpreter Services, as well as continuing to provide medical interpreting and translation services throughout UMHS. 

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Ximena Erickson
Medical Interpreter

Ximena, a CCHI Certified Healthcare Interpreter, has worked for UMHS Interpreter Services since 2011. She co-developed the National Certification Preparation Course, a CCHI preparation in-service for staff, and is working on multiple project with the UMHS Interpreter Services Translation division. 

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Oliver Gatonez
Medical Interpreter

Oliver joined UMHS Interpreter Services over 13 years ago as a Spanish health care interpreter. Although trained as an architect and urban planner, he finds greater fulfillment by serving the local Hispanic community and having personal contact with patients from all over Latin America.

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Leslie Pertz
LMSW, NIC, UM Dept of Social Work and ASL/English Interpreter

Since 2002, Leslie Pertz has worked as an ASL/English Interpreter, and since 2011 as a clinical social worker. She currently working in three fast-paced out-patient clinics at UMHS serving patients from birth to end-of-life. 

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Paz Angélica Snyder
Medical Interpreter

Angélica has experience working for the UMHS Program for Multicultural Health and UMHS Interpreter Services and brings this knowledge base to the students in Medical Interpreting for Spanish Speakers.

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James Cech
Medical Interpreter

James is a certified interpreter specializing in medical, political, business and entertainment interpreting. He taught at Baker College of Flint’s ITP and brings this experience into the classroom at Interpreter Services at Michigan Medicine.

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