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Alyson Dent

Alyson Dent in her office

Office Manager

Campus Health Clinic, Kramer West
At OKCU since January 2011

What do you do in your job?

Alyson is the clinic manager, so she handles bills, does scheduling, fields calls, tracks down students for immunization records, handles insurance billing for student insurance, and serves as the middleman between OKCU and private insurance billing, such as Aetna. She monitors outsourced labs to make sure prices are what they should be, and she speaks at parent orientation, to name some of her responsibilities.

In the mid-2000s, “I took a break from school and was thrown into adulthood,” she said. “Money was tight, and I really had to be strategic. I wasn’t cut out to be a nurse or doctor, but I do like medical business.” That field will always be needed, she said, and it has many types of jobs.

OKCU’s diversity and performing arts piqued her interest, and since she has been here, she has come to love working with students just as much. She enjoys seeing them grow into adults.

What do you like about your job?

“I love the people that I work with; I love the student population; I like the culture. Specific to (the health clinic), I like how it’s a resource to the students. We have a big international demographic, specifically, and they’re not really familiar with American health care. We’re here for them and educate them about how it works, which is really important because it saves them a lot of money.”

“A lot of our providers are very nurturing. … I like the way the providers take the extra time. We have a really good group of people who strive to understand the students.”

How does the clinic work?

Alyson and Rhaven Ross, LPN, work full time in the clinic, and physician assistant and nurse practitioner faculty cycle through as health care providers. The clinic is open 8 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. Monday–Friday in the fall and spring and 1–5 p.m. Monday–Thursday in the summer.

In her job, Alyson works with financial accounting, student accounts, the nursing school, and the PA program.

What do you like about OKCU?

Before she worked here, Alyson had thought of OKCU as simply a religious university. When she started her job, she realized, “they embrace all different cultures and all different religions and sexual orientations and all of that. I like that they go the extra mile to be all-inclusive. That’s important to me. They don’t leave any type of person out.”

She also loves how pervasive the arts are on campus. “You can walk around campus, and everyone is singing or dancing or playing the piano. It’s fun to see an extremely talented student preparing for their exam and practicing their instrument.”

What’s something interesting about you that people may not know?

Alyson is a student at OKCU, finishing her bachelor’s in business administration. She enjoys kayaking and describes herself as outdoorsy. She has a partner of five years, Adrian, and an 11-year-old daughter, Paizley.