GSO Provides Mothers in the Workplace Support To Succeed

Mother’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays around the world. The strength that women display in their maternal journeys is admirable for many reasons. They are the creators of life, and they love and protect their family tirelessly. These anonymous heroines not only hold the reins of their home but many stands out in the workforce with the same commitment that they care for their families.

At Georgia Spine and Orthopaedics we believe it’s essential to support women in the workplace. Women are are balancing their roles as mother’s and careers. Helping our employees is one of the many ways in which we take care of our customers; when our employees feel supported they are in a better position to pay it forward to the patients we serve. Take, for instance, Briseida Díaz; she is a young 27-year-old mother who works as a medical assistant at Georgia Spine and Orthopaedic in Atlanta, Georgia.

“For me, a mother is a special being, she takes care of you, she gives you love, she teaches you about happiness and how to love. She is the beginning of everything in a child’s life, so needless to say, it is important to honor mothers because without them life wouldn’t be the same,” says Díaz.

At age 21 Briseida Díaz decided to go to college, after becoming a mother; her daughter and her parents were her inspiration to become a medical assistant.

Unstoppable Mothers
Briseida exemplifies commitment, perseverance, and empowerment. “My day starts at 4:30 AM, I prepare food for my family, my husband takes my daughter to school, and at 6:45 AM I start working at Georgia Spine and Orthopaedics, I leave at 4:45 p.m., pick up my daughter, cook, I run other errands at home and I don’t go to bed until 10 pm at night but it’s worth it when you see that your daughter is happy.”


Women at GSO Office
Women at GSO Office

Briseida and her co-workers at Georgia Spine and Orthopaedics who are also mothers. Although today Briseida’s life is structured and quiet, it was not always like that.

“I got pregnant at 18, I had finished high school, but I had to go to college.” However, her greatest motivation to continue studying to obtain a college degree was the birth of her daughter. “I suffered, but I learned a lot, and I persevered, and I thank my mom, my dad and my husband, they all supported me. Not everything was sunshine and flowers, but I was able to reach my goal.”  It was when her daughter turned three that Briseida decided to start college. “I wanted a better life for my daughter and to give my parents a good life, to pamper them as they did with me.”

GSO's Mother Enjoying Her Day
GSO’s Mother Enjoying Her Day

“A happy family,” that’s how Briseida describes her family, who in this photo celebrates the seventh birthday of her only daughter Giselle.

Like Briseida, 70 percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 participate in the workforce, with over 75 percent employed full-time, as indicated by a report from the Department of Labor. The same report says that mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960. That is why, for these mothers, finding a company that understands the juggling a mother goes through is crucial in their economic and emotional stability. It was precisely stability what Briseida found in Georgia Spine and Orthopaedics.

“I’m happy to work at Georgia Spine and Orthopaedics. They respect me; they are my family. When you work with good doctors, it is a blessing because not everyone is like that. Moreover, if I have an emergency, they understand it and allow me to take care of my family. “

Likewise, Briseida experienced first hand the flexibility and companionship that is breathed in Georgia Spine and Orthopaedics when her brother had a car accident in which he almost lost his life. “My bosses and my coworkers kept abreast of all the details of my brother’s health and always offered to help. His accident occurred when I was at work, and they just told me to leave everything and go with my family. In the same way, if something happens with my daughter, they respect the fact that I am a mother and they let me be there for her when she needs me”.

GSO's Women Team Working
GSO’s Women Team Working

Admiration and inspiration among co-workers

Briseida is of Mexican descent, she was born in the United States, and she started working at Georgia Spine and Orthopaedics in September of last year, she has not only found job satisfaction and excellent financial stability, but she has met workmates who have become role models in her life.

 Physician assistant, Jennifer Morrison is one of them. “I admire Jennifer a lot because her job is not easy, she has two children, and she has time for everything; time to spend with her friends, with her children, she is always happy, and she is very positive.”

Briseida admires the positivity and work ethic of her co-worker, physician assistant, Jennifer Morrison.


“Yes, you can,” Briseida exclaims, to women in her life.

“To all the young girls who are mothers, I tell them to live day by day, have goals and strive for more. Leave that fear behind; you are the backbone for your child, if you want to get ahead ask for help. Some people don’t have their parents so I encourage them to find a mentor, seek support, do not give up, women are warriors. Don’t feel bad when you don’t finish something, give love and you will receive it and above all, don’t forget to smile.”

Briseida’s best advice for others is to honor the lives of their mothers and wives because they are special and deserve to be reminded of it.

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        THIS PHYSICIAN PRACTICE LIEN AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is hereby entered into by and among:
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        WHEREAS, Patient was injured in an accident or incident and is seeking medical/diagnostic care from Provider for his/her injuries; and
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