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About Marlene Obermeyer


Member: International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA)
IMIA Minority Languages Division Chairperson
IMIA Accreditation Task Force, Chairperson

Member: Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters (TAHIT)
Member: National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC)
Member: Kansas Association of Nursing Continuing Education Providers (KANCEP)
Approved Provider for Nurses Continuing Education: California State Board of Registered Nursing

Marlene is a cross-cultural trainer and curriculum designer for cultural competency programs and professional medical interpreter training. A registered nurse with over thirty years of hands-on bedside nursing, she originally came from the Philippines, completed her nursing education in the U.S., and has obtained additional certificates in cross-cultural training and transcultural nursing. She has designed and authored over 100 contact hours of continuing education courses for nurses. She is webmaster and website designer for websites including two continuing education websites and a professional organization. She is a certified eCollege instructor.

Marlene is an advocate for language-specific medical interpreter training and for interpreter training for medical professionals and healthcare providers. She is the director of Culture Advantage Professional Medical Interpreter Training offering Language-Specific Medical Interpreter Training for bilingual individuals from physicians to nurses to professionals in non-medical professions in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Programs in other languages are currently in development.

Developer and Presenter: IMIA Medical Terminology Boot Camps
    2012 NCTA Medical Terminology Boot Camp
    2013 BootCamp Difficult Situations and Exploring Mental Health Interpreting Duke University, Durham, NC
    2014 IMIA Conference Medical Terminology Boot Camp and Difficult Situations Boot Camp with Dr. Kelly Martinkus, Houston, TX

Cultural Training and Consulting Clients:
    Wichita School District, Wichita, KS
    Cargill Wichita
    Sprint Overland Park, KC

Medical Interpreting Clients:
    United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Washington, DC
    Rockford Healthcare Systems, Illinois
    Ohio Health Partners, Ohio
    Interpreters of the Northshore, MA
    Authorized Interpreter Services, CA

Marlene, with her Medical Mentors and CMI/CHI instructors, has personally trained and tested over 100 medical interpreters including bilingual physicians, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, medical assistants, and other bilingual professionals through her innovative Culture Advantage Professional Medical Interpreter Online and Blended Online-Onsite Training. She has also trained over 200 interpreters through IMIA Medical Interpreter Boot Camps. Marlene is the original designer and presenter of the IMIA Medical Terminology Boot Camp.

About Kelly Martinkus


Kelly Martinkus, MD, CMI, is a graduate of the Culture Advantage Medical Interpreter Training Program and is delighted to be a Culture Advantage Mentor and the Manager of Program Development-Medical Division at Culture Advantage!