From experiments and microscopes to...courts and commas?

The story of my unlikely journey

As I’m sure you know by now, my name is Allison (hi!!). I am a New York City native currently living on beautiful eastern Long Island. (Check out this photo of a pebbly beach on the North Shore!)

When I’m not busy proofreading transcripts, I like to catch a movie or perhaps a Broadway play, relax at the beach, visit farm stands and wineries, or take a class or a course on a topic I find interesting. Occasionally, I like to dabble in nature photography. Most of all, I love spending time with the important people in my life.

Up until the second half of 2015, the only kind of transcripts I was familiar with was DNA transcripts! You see, before I got into proofreading the transcripts of legal proceedings, I had a lengthy career in biomedical research. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and even spent some time in graduate school.

As much as I enjoyed and got fulfillment from working in a laboratory environment and devoting my efforts to the discovery of new knowledge about our physical world, over time I began to crave a different sort of challenge, and I had an idea that I wanted to work with words in some way.

After being laid off from my research job in 2015 due to funding constraints, I learned about proofreading with a specific focus in the transcripts of legal proceedings. As a person who is exceptionally detail-oriented and who always had a sharp eye for spotting errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation, I had a feeling this type of work could be the perfect fit for me. I was right! Several months of hard work and training later, Fine Focus Proofreading, LLC, was born! I couldn’t be happier to have a new career that I love where I can use my skills and talents to help court reporters succeed!

Why “Fine Focus,” you might wonder? It’s my way of paying homage to my deep ties to the lab. (After all, it was a big part of my life for many years!) On a microscope, there is something called a fine focus knob, which helps the researcher observe a sample of cells or tissue down to the subtlest of details. It is this level of meticulous scrutiny that I apply to each and every transcript I proofread for my clients, and I would consider it my honor and my pleasure to extend those services to you. I hope you’ll contact me today!