Kaci Dowell moved from Missouri to Central Oregon when she was 14 years old, and has been here ever since! She joined The Center team in September of 2017 where she currently works as a medical coder, or coding specialist.

According to the American Academy of Professional Coders, medical coding is the transformation of healthcare services into universal medical codes. Medical coding professionals help ensure that the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process. Kaci says her job specifically involves reading through medical charts and coding MRI’s, office visits, joint replacement surgeries, and PMR injections. Kaci says her job requires a lot of focus and a quiet office, but she enjoys figuring out the puzzle and is constantly learning new things.

In the past, Kaci has worked as a photographer and graphic designer, but decided to make a change when her children were born. She graduated from the Health Information Technology program at COCC last summer, which brought her to where she is today. Recently, Kaci has also served as the Public Relations Director for OrHiMA, the state chapter of the American Health Information Management Association. In this role, she successfully doubled the number of vendors at their annual meeting! Kaci also enjoyed networking and utilizing her graphic design skills as part of this opportunity.

When she’s not at work, Kaci enjoys photography, reading, and spending time with her two kids. She loves the Harry Potter series and has been watching all of the movies with her children. Kaci and her husband went on an amazing trip to Costa Rica last year where they enjoyed many adventurous activities, like waterfall repelling and white water rafting!