Graduate Felt at Home at National
Jun 08, 2012
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. That’s been my motto throughout life,” said Nivra Arvin Lainhart (pictured), who attended both the Richmond, Kentucky and the Roanoke Valley, Virginia campuses of National College to earn her diploma in medical billing and coding in 2002.
Nivra’s journey to a rewarding career in healthcare has led her to the Estill County Health Department in Irvine, Kentucky where she helps care for and educate her community on health and safety issues.
“I knew I would always have a job in the medical field,” she recalled citing her motivation for enrolling at the Richmond Campus. She transferred to the Roanoke Campus after her husband went there to work. She found that instructors at both campuses were available to talk with her anytime that she had a question or concern. “I was away from home…I didn’t know anyone… but I had them….they were really supportive of me,” she said of the Roanoke faculty.
After graduating and returning to Richmond, Nivra worked for a family practice for 5 years where her duties were expanded to include everything from front office work to labs.
At the Estill County Health Department she coordinates programs such as the WIC program, women’s cancer screenings, well-child exams and even car seat inspections. She was recently selected to begin working for the HANDS program where she will make home visits to pregnant women and to families with newborns to 2-year-olds to answer questions and provide support. She describes herself as a “people person” and loves interacting with the public.
Nivra is active in her community as a volunteer and was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Estill County. She was the first to be named an Estill County Captain. “The chamber gave it to me for my works in the county and for volunteering. It was an honor,” she said.
She encourages students and new graduates to volunteer in their community which she said is a great way to gain experience and to make contacts. She also suggested that they be patient as they begin their own journey to the career of their dreams. “You can’t get discouraged…it’s not instant…I look back and it’s been 10 years and I’ve had to do a couple of things that I didn’t want to do but it’s all lead me to where I want to be.”
Medical: Medical Billing and Coding - Diploma (MCD)