Meet VMA Kate: On Professionalism and Passion

Liezel Porras
December 1, 2023

The healthcare landscape is rapidly integrating remote nurses, advanced technology, and modified processes to enhance efficiency and staff retention. Their work, which primarily encompasses communication, intellectual tasks, and critical decision-making, plays a crucial role in enabling providers to deliver high-quality care. Virtual Medical Assistants (VMAs) like Kate Kho are at the forefront of this transformation, blending professionalism with passion.

Music: A Lifelong Passion

Kate's interest in music began in childhood, shaped by Disney musicals. She learned guitar and formed a band in high school. Her appreciation for musical storytelling, including her enjoyment of works like Disney's 'Encanto,' has positively influenced her patient interactions as a VMA. 

Travel Experience 

Kate has traveled to many places, with Copenhagen, Boracay, and Cebu being her favorites. Her extended stay in Denmark was particularly eye-opening, marked by the locals' friendliness and the beauty of the landscapes. She plans to visit Paris, Iceland, and Japan, fueled by her curiosity about different cultures. Her cultural understanding and international experiences contribute to a more empathetic and culturally sensitive approach in her professional duties, particularly when interacting with patients from diverse backgrounds.

Health and Fitness

Kate's day typically starts with a gym session. She believes in the connection between physical appearance and feeling good, which motivates her to maintain a regular workout routine. Alongside exercise, she focuses on a balanced diet and staying hydrated.

Day-to-Day as a Gastro VMA

As a Gastroenterology Virtual Medical Assistant (VMA) working at a digestive clinic, Kate's primary responsibilities involve functioning as a virtual receptionist. This includes scheduling appointments, answering patient inquiries, and handling insurance verification. Her workday typically begins at 4 PM, which accommodates her personal routine of gym workouts, hobbies, and social activities. As a remote nurse from the Philippines working with a U.S. client, Kate's work schedule aligns with U.S. business hours, starting in the evening and concluding in the morning local time.

Balancing Work and Life

Adjusting to an unconventional work schedule initially posed a challenge for Kate. She struck a balance by engaging in gym workouts, gaming, and spending time with her cats before her work shifts. This routine keeps her focused and effective in all aspects of her life.

Kate, a Virtual Medical Assistant, musician, and traveler, skillfully combines her professional and personal interests. Her story demonstrates how dedication and a well-organized routine contribute to a fulfilling life.


Liezel is a senior writer at Xillium, holding a degree in literature. Prior to joining the company, she spent six years mentoring foreign Asian students to improve their English communication skills in a web-based education. Her academic involvement included developing and revising instructional materials and content. Liezel's career in distance learning has honed her skills in communication, management, research, and technology.

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