Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Gladys Trasorras
Gladys Trasorras was born in Queens, NY and raised in Miami, FL. She is a loving mother to her 3-year old daughter, Brianna, and seventeen-year-old son, Nathan, who is getting ready to go to college. This December, we celebrate Gladys’ one-year anniversary with Watertree Health® along with her accomplishment as MVP. She has risen to the top of the company faster than most, and is fueled with passion and determination to help grant as many wishes as possible in South Florida.
Gladys went to college in Oklahoma, where she started her career in television. From there, she worked in advertising for about eight years before joining Watertree Health. Using her natural entrepreneurial talents, she also launched her own mobile spray tanning company.
A fellow MVP and President’s Club member, Jeff Gruber, recruited Gladys. When he told her about the opportunity, she was immediately sold on the ability to make a living and impact lives by helping people afford their meds while giving back to Make-A-Wish®. The timing was perfect since there was an opening exactly where she lived in South Florida.
For over a year and a half, Trina and her husband Eric were unable to find the right person. “When we found Gladys, it was an absolute blessing,” Trina shared. “She was able to do four times as much in just 3-4 months because of her consistency and ability to relate to the community.”
“The first time I spoke to Trina, she was amazing. Her heart is so big for this cause,” Gladys said.
“It really was fate. We started talking about the spiritual side of what we do—helping people and being a blessing rather than a burden—it was an instant connection,” Trina shared.
“Meeting Trina for the first time was awesome! I’ve never had a boss that was so interested in my success. I really felt generously loved, cared for and helped. Her support has been a huge part of my ramp up and my scripts—Trina is always available to help.”
Incredibly, when Gladys started, Trina had a contest bonus for her team with a goal of 500 scripts growth. Gladys blew everyone away and ended up winning the bonus in her first couple of weeks! That’s just how passionate she is. Alongside granting wishes, witnessing what the card can do really motivates her.
One day, she was in the pharmacy and overheard a young man talking to the pharmacist about how he could not afford his $600 diabetes medication. Gladys suggested he try our card. He ended up saving $300 and everyone was incredibly thankful.
But her favorite story happened when a woman was impolitely screaming at the pharmacy technician behind the counter because her co-pay went from $0 to $100. When she used the card, it brought the prescription down to $50. Instead of walking out, she got her discounted prescription, and everyone was happy. Gladys was able to turn an ugly situation into one of gratitude by being in the right place at the right time.
“Watertree Health changed my life–now I have more free time with my kids to make money and impact lives. This job is a gift I will always treasure,” Gladys shared.
The friendship and working relationship that Trina and Gladys share is truly special. Gladys has been an amazing addition to the team, adding encouragement, advice, and leadership. When Trina had a baby two months ago, Gladys was by her side.
Thank you Gladys for all you do for your family, community, Make-A-Wish, and Watertree Health. We are beyond lucky to have you on our team!
Volunteer Your Way to Better Mental Health
By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health, and Lisa Chau, Communications Manager of Watertree Health…
“When the happiness, security and well-being of others become real to us, we come into our own… Creativity, meaning, resilience, health and even longevity can be enhanced as a surprising byproduct of contributing to the lives of others. This is perennial wisdom, and science now says it is so.” — Dr. Stephen Post, Professor of preventive medicine and bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping
As we approach Thanksgiving and other holidays, our thoughts typically turn to helping others. Interestingly, our altruism can serve another function – it can make us feel good by providing a “helper’s high” and “giver’s glow”. Scientists have found that people feel happier and healthier after they have been philanthropic. Even the thought of making a donation has been shown to affect brain scans by activating the mesolimbic pathways linked with dopamine production and happiness.
According to The Denver Post, millions of adult volunteers in America report that their altruism has lowered their stress levels as well as improved their physical and mental health. They feel a greater sense of purpose and happiness.
Harvard University researchers documented an increase in the body’s protective antibodies production among a group that had watched a film about giving; no such boost was noted in the group that had watched a neutral film. A Stanford University study found that those who frequently helped others experienced delayed mortality.
Volunteering benefits society in so many ways, individually and collectively. The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley cites Sonia Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, “Being kind and generous leads you to perceive others more positively and more charitably… [and in doing so] fosters a heightened sense of interdependence and cooperation in your social community.”
Look for ways to help others, whether in large or small acts. You can help an elderly neighbor pick up their weekly groceries, assist at a food bank or find an organization that needs volunteers. Websites like Do Something will let you choose a cause, duration and type of opportunity.
Thank you for your good work in advance, and have a happy Thanksgiving.
Co-authored with Shane Power, President of Watertree Health, where Lisa works in communication and business development.
Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Lowell Shipe
Lowell Shipe, originally from Laurel, Maryland, has one of the largest territories in our Company, spanning from Cumberland, MD to Knoxville, TN. In a month’s time, Lowell drives about 3,500-4,000 miles to visit all of his pharmacies. His dedication and commitment to Watertree Health’s mission has been unwavering over the last 2 years, and his growth is the 3rd fastest in the company. For these reasons, among many more, he has been crowned the November 2016 MVP!
Another top Rep and MVP, Anita Dameron (recently promoted to a regional Manager), referred Lowell to Watertree Health. At the time, he was a cosmetologist who had been cutting Anita’s hair for years. Based on what Anita shared, Lowell saw the business potential and decided to start working for our company part-time. He gradually worked his way towards becoming full-time as of January 1, 2016.
“I like meeting and helping people. I started with the Make-A-Wish® program right off the bat,” Lowell said.
“My first time experiencing the power & miracle of a wish was through a pharmacy technician I know—her nephew was in hospice and no one thought he would make it. Make-A-Wish granted his wish to see the ocean for the first time in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I’m happy to report that he graduated from high school last June. He still can’t walk, but he’s out of hospice. That trip did such a wonder to his attitude, that it actually changed the course of his illness.”
Lowell has calculated based on his performance that he’s personally helping to grant a wish about every 3 months.
“Sometimes you don’t know who you’ve touched, but I know I’m making a major difference.”
The Make-A-Wish program is not the first time Lowell has acted generously towards his community. He once held a 24-hour haircut-a-thon fundraiser for children in need. He also used to give free haircuts to mental hospital patients about once a month. Giving and helping other people is a part of his DNA.
When asked what his favorite part of his job is, he replied, “Helping people help people – the exponential helping factor of giving pharmacists and techs a useful tool that can help others.”
Eric, Lowell’s manager, playfully describes him as the “silent assassin” because his hard work behind the scenes has only recently come into the spotlight.
“When we first trained together, we spent about 12 hours in a car and hit 10 pharmacies. We just didn’t stop working,” Eric said.
“The best parts about Watertree Health are the relationships and life-long friendships I’ve made. Eric and I talk a little business and laugh a lot. We’ve had fun on the road together. It’s been quite something,” Lowell replied.
“Lowell’s been consistently climbing the ladder since he started, and now holds about the 15th top sales position in the company—out of 150+ people. When times get tough, Lowell keeps going and finds a way to keep growing. He’s a machine!” Eric said.
“I want to thank Eric, Shane, and Anita—if it wasn’t for them and all the help they give me, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. They know I have the drive, but it’s been an amazing ride, literally. Since I’ve been with the company, I’m on my 3rd car!” Lowell said.
Lowell, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to Watertree Health and our program with Make-A-Wish. It’s because of Reps like you that we are able to make a significant difference in the lives of people we help. Keep up the amazing work!
“Can I Use a Prescription Discount Card if I Have Insurance?”
Continuing Series: Questions From Consumers
Yes you can, but our discounts can’t be combined with those from insurance to reduce the price. Our free Prescription Discount Card can help you save money when your insurance doesn’t cover a prescription, and sometimes the discounted price is lower than your co-pay.
Here are 2 Steps to Rx Savings:
Present your Prescription Discount Card* & insurance card to the pharmacist when you’re filling a prescription.
Ask them to check the price with both cards—so you always pay the lowest amount.
If you’re a senior on Medicare and in the “donut hole”, our card can be used to get discounts on medications that are temporarily not covered. (Of course, year-round our card can help you save money on prescriptions not paid for by Medicare.) Please contact your plan administrator to check and see if the discounted prices will or will not be applied to help you get out of the “donut hole”.
Because prescription pricing changes often, use our Greatest Prescription Savings℠ (“GPS”) price-lookup-tool to see how much you’ll save on prescriptions at your favorite pharmacy.