Testing It Up

The Team

Lena Butler

I can give you the basics. My name is Lena Butler. I live in San Diego, California. I work as a customer service representative for TestCountry.com. I enjoy spending time at home, working on my painting and playing with my two pet rabbits, Carl and Lenny. But in regards to this blog and this page that you are reading, I don’t know what to say. I was somehow convinced to write about home testing products everyday by my boss. I was pretty reluctant at first–like I don’t have a full plate as it is? But as I got into the blogging thing, I found that this is a fun way to market a business. Not only that, I’ve learned a lot about many issues regarding drug use, health and safety and even fertility. It makes me a much better customer service representative, come to think of it. Without further adieu, let’s get to it, shall we? Come back everyday–well, everyday that I’m in the office–and read about the latest in home testing.

Lena Butler on Google Plus


James Kara Murat

I have always heard others say that we people in sales are such smooth talkers. I don’t exactly know if that is true – but I’ve been a sales representative for the better part of my adult life, and I am proud to say that I have been successful at it thus far. Ok, so I may be a smooth talker – but I also am a heck of a writer (no room for false humility here!).

I’ve got a job in sales, but I can say that I have a career in writing — if you know exactly what I mean, then I’ll bet you’re having a great time doing what you do. I can take my career with me wherever I choose to go, which is a good thing as I do move around a lot – and not exactly because I have to. After all, what do you do when you have friends scattered in all four corners of the globe? That’s certainly an opportunity that I wouldn’t pass up, so every once in a while I stuff my duffel bag and fly away to who-knows-where.

Hopping around the continents like a restless jumping bean has allowed me to learn a foreign tongue or two. Ok, so I can speak five, but who’s counting? Certainly not the poor customer service reps over at my fave Test Country who have to deal with this poor caller who does not speak a word of English, tee hee! Did I just give myself away?

Tarun Gupta

Being a grad student, I don’t usually have a lot of free time in my hands – nor do I have a lot of cash to spare. Such is the challenge of grad school life, a time when you’re too old to still be asking for dole-outs, but still too inexperienced to really know a whole lot – especially when you’re into Human Genomics, the field that, once I’m done with my studies, will hopefully become my cup of tea.

In between classes and lab work at the National Center for Human Genome Studies and Research at Panjab University here in India, I do the one thing that relaxes me, given the limited free time that I already said I had — write. I am a freelance author for the Test Country blog, and also contribute to Test Country Health Information Resources as well as testcountry.org.

It’s either that, or retreating to a place where magic is not such a thing of the imagination. I tell you, no one is too old for Harry Potter. I can tell you all about Hagrid and his flying motorcycle bringing the baby Harry to Privet Drive to begin his life in hiding with the Dursleys, to how Sirius Black and Buckbeak ended up saving each other, only to have Sirius blasted away by his own cousin, the lunatic Bellatrix Lestrange, during the battle in the Ministry of Magic. I can also tell you how the story finally fell into place in the end, with Harry ending up marrying Ginny Weasley. That’s because I’ve read all the books – and not just once.

John C. Arkin

I come from the land that gave birth to Microsoft and the coffee craze, the great state of Washington, but I might as well be a resident of the city that is my home state’s namesake: Washington, D.C.

If you’re a little confused, let me just explain that one of my great interests is politics – and Washington D.C. is, of course, our country’s seat of politics. So don’t be surprised if most of the things that you read from me are posts that involve politicians and the changes that are happening to our laws.

Even if I am basically a resident of Washington state, San Diego is like a second home as I usually go down to attend corporate get-togethers or enjoy well-deserved R & R during the summer months. I am also a big baseball fan – no teams for me, it’s the beauty of the sport that interests me, and I follow through on all the games, regardless of which team is playing against what.

When I go down to San Diego there is a special someone that I do not leave home without — my dog Shadow. Everyone at Test Country just loves the little fella, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to brighten people’s day.

I have been into blogging for quite some time, and I have come to a point where I would like to share the things that I have experienced and learned by publishing a book on blogging, which I intend to do in the near future.

John C Arkin on Google Plus
Tags: Drug, fertility, health, home test