HME Woman of the Year
MEDFORD, N.J. – Dr. Kirsten Davis, founder of Precision Seating Solutions, is the recipient of the inaugural HME Woman of the Year Award. HME News caught up with her recently to talk about what the award means to her and her hopes for the future.
HME News: Were you surprised when you were named a finalist?
Kirsten Davin: Yes, it was a huge surprise. I had totally convinced myself that there was no way I was going to get this award. In fact, I didn’t want my family to come to the ceremony.
HME: Your list of accomplishments is long—what sticks out to you as something you’re particularly proud of?
Davin: With Precision, our entire goal was to create a product for the consumer, not the big organizations. Our first sale was to the mother of an 8-year-old Texas boy with spina bifida who called while we were still in prototype. She knew our system wasn’t on the market, but she’d had no luck anywhere else. She gave me a credit card number over the phone, and with our first sale I knew we’d met our entire goal.
HME: What are some of the difficulties of being a woman in business and how did you overcome those difficulties?
Davin: To be honest, I don’t know that it is a disadvantage. Maybe 20 years ago it was, but with recent pushes in healthcare and in corporations, there’s more of a role for women in leadership positions.
HME: What are your biggest hopes for the HME industry?
Davin: What I would love to see is an HME world where what patients get to address their needs is determined by the clinical side, not by what insurance companies will pay for.
HME: If you could tell your 13-year-old self something that you know now, what would it be?
Davin: I would say, everything happens for a reason, so just roll with whatever happens. Everything will come together.