Practicing a profession successfully and being able to teach the principles and techniques behind it require two very different skill sets. It is rare to find an individual who can excel at both. Gloria Rivera can do both seamlessly and competently--with the added benefit that she has trained and worked as a medical doctor, so she possesses an unequaled depth of understanding of the healthcare system from multidimensional and multilingual points of view. I had the great fortune of having her as my instructor during the 2014 Medical Interpreter Training Institute in Tucson, Arizona. As an educator myself, wanting to implement courses in interpretation and translation at the institution where I teach, I was delighted to experience Dr. Rivera's high caliber of teaching. One of her many strengths was her ability to break down anatomy and physiology so that we, as lay people, could understand the physiological process and, thereby, better recall related vocabulary in both English and Spanish. She was patient, generous, funny, and kind while instructing us. I remember the MITI training with gratitude and fondness--I highly recommend it; Gloria was fantastic!
Laura Pirott, MA, PhD
Spanish Professor at Solano Community College