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  • Selenia Adlam 

    Selenia Adlam, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Selenia earned a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences-radiation therapy in 2017 from Southern Illinois University and an associate degree in diagnostic radiologic sciences the year prior. She began her career at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois. She currently works at Northwestern Medicine Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Selenia likes to travel and hike in her free time.

    Course

    SBRT Prostate Treatments Using Kilovoltage Triggered Seed Matching Technique


  • Leigh Ambrose 

    Leigh Ambrose, Dip.MRT

    Leigh graduated from the Institute of Technology New Zealand and has worked in multiple centers as a radiation therapist in New Zealand and Australia. She is a senior radiation therapist at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre where she has worked for nine years. Leigh was instrumental in the implementation of adaptive radiation therapy and has led the adaptive team since its introduction in 2019. She also is a content writer for the Master of Advanced Radiotherapy Practice program at Monash University. Her other professional area of specialization is breast radiation therapy. Leigh is a keen traveller and loves to collect pottery and art.

    Course

    Online adaptive radiation therapy: An Australian Perspective on Implementation, and the Training and Credentialing for Radiation Therapist-led Adaptive Treatments


  • Alex Ashley 

    Alex Ashley, B.P.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Alex is a senior radiation therapist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York, and has more than eight years of experience in the field of therapeutic radiation, and more than 10 years combined experience working in health care. Prior to moving to New York City, Alex worked in northern New York as a diagnostic radiologic technologist and radiation therapist. He is a graduate of the radiation therapy program at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

    Course

    The Advancement of Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Radiotherapy for Brain Cancers at a Large Academic Institution


  • Stephanie Bailey 

    Stephanie K. Bailey, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Stephanie is the supervisor for radiation oncology for UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from the UW – La Crosse Radiation Therapy program in 2001. She has more than 20 years of experience as a radiation therapist and has worked in her supervisory position since 2016. Stephanie works with and manages a team of 24 dedicated and compassionate radiation therapists, and enjoys the mix of administrative duties and direct patient care. She is married and has three children. She spends most of her free time with her family and friends, but also enjoys camping and going to Brewer games.

    Course

    Improving Safety and Efficiency Through Service Improvement Committees


  • Rebecca Price Barrett 

    Rebecca Price Barrett, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy in 2016 from Texas State University in San Marcos. She began her career in proton therapy in Warrenville, Illinois, where she completed advanced certification in proton therapy at the College of DuPage and led the St. Baldrick’s fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Rebecca gained further experience in conventional radiation therapy when she transferred to Northwestern Medicine Memorial Hospital in Chicago. There she became a part of the department’s gamma knife icon team during its installation in 2019. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys creating art and seeking out adventures across the city.

    Course

    Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the Gamma Knife Icon


  • Joseph Bender 

    Joseph Bender, R.T.(R)(T)

    Joe is a staff radiation therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Middletown, New Jersey. He is a student mentor and sits on the All Care Together committee, which emphasizes a collaborative approach to whole patient care. He earned certifications in diagnostic radiology in 2016 and in radiation therapy in 2017. He has nearly eight years of experience in health care. Before coming to the health care field, Joe managed a bookstore, did survey design and analytics for a market research company, and owned and operated a poker table in Montana. Joe resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

    Course

    Using Feedback and Data to Improve the Radiation Oncology Patient Experience


  • Samantha Bickerton 

    Samantha Bickerton, R.T.(T)

    Samantha received her associate degree in science, focused on radiation therapy, at NHTI. Soon after finishing the program, she started her career at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as a per diem radiation therapist; she soon transitioned to a full-time staff therapist at one of the center’s satellite locations. While in school, she worked as a personal care service provider at a local nursing/homecare agency, which helped her gain knowledge and experience in patient care that would later help her in her future career as a radiation therapist. She lives in Franconia, New Hampshire, and enjoys hiking in the White Mountains surrounding her house.

    Course

    Dose in Accordance with Various Imaging Modalities


  • Allison Bone 

    Allison Bone, R.T.(T)

    Allison is a lead radiation therapist with Baptist Health South Florida. She has been a champion of Viewray’s MRLinac since its installation at Miami Cancer Institute. Her years of working with the system make her one of the top subject matter experts in the world. When she’s not treating patients, she’s eating somewhere adventurous in Miami, where she resides.

    Course

    Reexamining the Role of the Radiation Therapist


  • Valerie Briner 

    Valerie Briner, M.H.A., R.T.(R)(T)(MR)

    Valerie is chief radiation therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has spent her 20-year career accepting many opportunities to learn new procedures and equipment. She has worked on, co-authored and presented several department projects. One of the proudest moments of her career was working with her teams during the two-year height of the pandemic.

    Course

    From Alpha to Omicron: A Tertiary Care Hospital-Based Radiation Oncology Network’s COVID-19 Response Experience


  • Adam Brown 

    Adam Brown, B.S., R.T.(T), CMD

    Adam is the director of oncology consulting for Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies. His areas of expertise include documentation and billing compliance reviews, departmental process assessments and education for oncology practices. Adam speaks often at state, regional and national conferences on topics such as radiation oncology coding, CMS payment systems, documentation requirements and other health care compliance issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology (radiation therapy) from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified radiation therapist and medical dosimetrist. Adam is an active member of the ASRT and is president of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists.

    Course

    Documentation and Coding Updates for Radiation Oncology


  • Kimberly Callahan 

    Kimberly Callahan, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Kimberly is a clinical operations manager for Varian Medical Systems, working in strategic accounts. In this role she collaborates with diverse teams to provide custom training solutions. Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband. Whether coloring in the living room with her children, hiking a long trail or cheering on her husband at an Ironman event, she’s always on an adventure. Kimberly also enjoys CrossFit, running a women’s clothing boutique and volunteering at the military base.

    Course

    Improving Workplace Satisfaction and Employee Engagement


  • Konnor Calmeyn 

    Konnor Calmeyn, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Konnor earned a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy in 2018 from University of Iowa along with a certificate degree in aging and longevity studies. She began her career at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago, as well as NorthShore University Health Systems in Evanston, Illinois. She transferred to Northwestern Medicine Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 2019 where she became part of specialized teams, such as gamma knife, and part of the Make Your Mark committee, which strives to help make pediatric oncology patients’ journey special. Konnor will complete her master’s degree in healthcare communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in November 2022. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, and spending time with family, friends and her Shih Tzu, Clover.

    Course

    Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the Gamma Knife Icon


  • Timmerie Cohen, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD 

    Timmerie Cohen, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD

    Timmerie is certified in radiography, radiation therapy and medical dosimetry. She is the director of clinical education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her doctorate in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Health Policy. Serving her professional community is an important aspect of her commitment to the ASRT.

    Course

    Improving Workplace Culture


  • Chandler Collins 

    Chandler L. Collins, M.S.R.S., R.T.(T)

    Chandler is a radiation therapist at MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center. He holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of Houston and UT MD Anderson’s School of Health Professions, where he also completed his master’s in radiological sciences. He’s currently utilizing his background in education, patient safety, and computer science to develop the SOPs and training materials for MD Anderson’s upcoming Proton Therapy Center 2. In his free time, he enjoys digital modeling and 3D printing and freelances as a digital dice artist for Dungeons & Dragons.

    Course

    LEAN Improvement Project: Proton CSI Treatments


  • Madison Cook 

    Madison Cook, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Madison is a radiation therapist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. She worked in Michigan for a year before moving to Chicago, where she has been for three years. Her favorite parts about her career are building relationships with patients and having the opportunity to work with emerging technologies in the field. When she’s not at work, Madison enjoys spending time outdoors, playing beach volleyball, and spending time with friends and family.

    Course

    SBRT Prostate Treatments Utilizing KV Triggered Seed Matching Technique


  • Joshua Cope 

    Joshua Cope, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Joshua has worked in the radiation therapy profession since 2007 while he finished his certification. After graduating as a radiologic technologist with highest distinction in 2008, he decided to pursue radiation therapy certification, and in 2010 started working as a radiation therapist. He worked in several roles until an opportunity arose to move into management. He saw the new job as a chance to push compassionate care and go beyond the expected to help the department become extraordinary. He now works for Duly Health and Care in Illinois.

    Course

    3D Printing in Radiation Oncology


  • Laura D’Alimonte 

    Laura D’Alimonte, M.H.Sc., MRT(T)

    Laura is clinical practice manager, radiation, at Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario and maintains an academic appointment with the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Toronto. She completed a joint degree/diploma in medical radiation sciences at the University of Toronto/Michener Institute and her master’s degree in health sciences at the University of Toronto. She joined Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre in 2006 and has held various positions in the organization, including clinical specialist radiation therapist with the brachytherapy program and professional leader for radiation therapy. Laura’s research and scholarly activity is focused on improving care and clinical outcomes of patients and families during their cancer journey.

    Course

    Building an Evidence-Informed Practice: Lessons Learned From the Integration of MRI Into Radiation Therapy Practice


  • Melanie Dempsey 

    Melanie Dempsey, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(T), CMD, FAAMD

    Melanie is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as the radiation therapy program director in the College of Health Professions. She worked as a radiation therapist, medical dosimetrist and manager before joining the VCU faculty in 2006, and she obtained her doctoral degree in 2015. Melanie has been active in the ASRT, serving on the Radiation Therapy Editorial Review Board, the Curriculum Review Committee and the Radiation Oncology Safety Stakeholders Initiative task group.

    Course

    Developing Student Communication Skills


  • Ron DiGiaimo 

    Ron DiGiaimo, M.B.A.

    Ron has been in the health care arena for more than 32 years, from clinical staff entry to administrative executive positions in all areas of oncology, radiology and the revenue cycle. Ron has a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma Christian University, a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Weber State University and an associate degree in radiography from MCC in Waco, Texas. He is also a former radiation therapist, trained at Allen Shivers Radiation Therapy School in Austin. Ron has been a contributing editor and author for the American College of Radiation Oncology Practice Management Guide and of numerous articles and publications. In addition, he has served on many national committees including the Association of Community Cancer Centers, American College of Radiation Oncology and American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology.

    Course

    The Effect of COVID-19 on Oncology


  • Maria Dimopoulos 

    Maria Dimopoulos, M.B.A., R.T.(T)

    Maria is associate director for the Mount Sinai Center for Radiation Sciences Education in New York City and clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University. Maria earned her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from North Carolina State University, radiation therapy education at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and M.B.A. in Healthcare from Simmons University. Maria is the inaugural president of the Radiation Therapy Association of New York State, serves on the ASRT Foundation Research and Grants Advisory Panel, is a peer-reviewer for ASRT’s Radiation Therapist journal, an ASRT mentor, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Professions Education and Leadership. Maria describes her passion as being at the crossroads of radiation therapy practice, research and education.

    Course

    Elevating Our Profession: It’s Up to Us


  • Emily Foust 

    Emily Foust, M.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Emily graduated from Point Park University in August 2021 with a master’s degree in healthcare administration and management. She’s a quality improvement specialist for UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh. Throughout her career, both as a radiation therapist and in her current role, she developed significant experience in patient care, mentoring and technology changes.

    Course

    Implementing Innovation: A Guide for Success


  • Naomi Golfeiz 

    Naomi Golfeiz, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Naomi is a licensed radiation therapist who works as a lead radiation therapist at New York Cancer and Blood Specialists. She received her bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College and went on to obtain her radiation therapy license at the Center for Allied Health Education in Brooklyn, New York. Naomi is involved in researching more advanced and efficient ways to deliver superficial radiation treatments using megavoltage treatment machines.

    Course

    Treating Superficial Skin Lesions with Megavoltage X-Rays Using 3D Printed Bolus


  • Jeannetta M. Greer 

    Jeannetta M. Greer, M.S., R.T (T)

    Jeannetta is program director for the Wayne State University Radiation Therapy Technology Program. She received a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy technology and a master’s degree in community medicine from WSU. Her passion for teaching at the university level comes from working as a radiation therapist for 30 years, training new radiation therapists and teaching students who want to become radiation therapists. She is committed to continuing education training and working with the university’s mentorship programs. Outside of work, Jeannetta enjoys attending church, helping to nurture her nephews, reading good books, watching movies and using shopping as her cardio workout.

    Course

    Meaningful Interactions with Students


  • Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T) 

    Amy Heath, M.S., R.T.(T), FASRT

    Amy is the radiation therapy education program manager at UW Health and serves as adjunct faculty for the radiation therapy program at University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse. She received her master’s degree in clinical management and leadership from George Washington University. In addition to working with radiation therapy students, Amy also enjoys writing and mentoring aspiring authors and radiation therapy professionals. She served as the chair of the for the Radiation Therapist Editorial Review Board and currently serves as a mentor for the ASRT Foundation Research Mentor Advisory Group.

    Course

    The Power of Mentoring

    Implementation of Radiation Oncology Safety Rounds


  • Alisa Kagen 

    Alisa Kagen, M.S.A., R.T.(T)

    Alisa has been a radiation therapist for more than 30 years and recently made the transition into academia. She loves teaching and mentoring the students enrolled in the Wayne State University Radiation Therapy Technology Program. As an assistant professor – clinical, Alisa works closely with the students to help them transition into a rewarding career. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, running, hiking – all activities that are out in nature. In addition, she enjoys being with family and friends and spending time with her three dogs and one cat.

    Course

    Meaningful Interactions with Students


  • John Klade 

    John Klade, B.S., R.T.(T)

    John is regional director of practice operations for SkinCure Oncology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. He has worked in traditional radiation therapy, proton therapy, the vendor section and now with superficial radiation therapy. John, who resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and two kids, enjoys spending time with his family and helping with the family farm in Oklahoma.

    Course

    Treatment Options for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer


  • Jana Koth 

    Jana Koth, M.P.H., R.T.(R)(T)

    Jana is the clinical education coordinator for the Radiation Therapy program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She enjoys student instruction in the classroom using Virtual Environment Radiation Therapy and in clinical settings. Her research interests are patient and student education, cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. Her most recent research project used VERT to develop an informational video for patients with head and neck cancer. This is the study she will discuss today.

    Course

    Road to Research


  • Para Kouhestani 

    Para Kouhestani, M.S., R.T.(T), PMP

    Para has been in the field of oncology for more than 15 years. In her current role as manager of clinical consulting with Varian, she oversees the implementation team and the development of consulting deliverables to ensure efficient business line operations. Prior to Varian, Para was a radiation therapy clinical educator and instructor, where she developed clinical programs for the school of radiation therapy in British Columbia, Canada. Para holds a bachelor’s degree in radiation sciences and a master’s degree in radiation oncology, has her project management professional designation, and is pursuing her master’s in business administration.

    Course

    Improving Workplace Satisfaction and Employee Engagement


  • Jae Lee 

    Jae Lee, B.A., R.T.(T)

    Jae is chief radiation therapist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical for the Norris Cotton Cancer Centers in Vermont and New Hampshire. He has studied at and worked for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and has experience with proton therapy. He enjoys sharing information with peers and finding ways to contribute to his profession. During his free time, he enjoys exploring different places to eat and figuring out how to get paid for it like some of those teenage Tik Tokers do.

    Course

    Pain Management With Cancer Treatment


  • Danielle McDonagh 

    Danielle Mcdonagh, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Danielle is a doctoral candidate with 13 years of clinical experience that includes managing change processes. She’s the clinical coordinator in research and therapy education, where she correlates clinical and didactic education for radiation therapy students, participates in didactic and clinical instruction, and supports the program director to ensure effective program operation and curriculum. Danielle is a prolific author who participates in radiation therapy research and assists other radiation therapists with their research initiatives. Her work has appeared in various publications, including ASRT’s. In addition, she frequently presents at the local and national levels, and volunteers in efforts related to the profession and that fulfil her passion for educating future health care professionals.

    Course

    Using Peyton’s Four-step Approach to Developing Skills-lab Training in Radiation Therapy Curriculum


  • Megan Mary Meckling 

    Megan Mary Meckling, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Megan is a 2018 graduate of Misericordia University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging while playing varsity field hockey. In August 2020, she graduated from Grady Memorial Hospital’s School of Radiation Therapy in Atlanta. Megan found her passion for proton therapy while working at the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Proton Center, and now works as a proton radiation therapist at The University of Kansas Health System's new Proton Center. She also is pursuing her master’s degree in healthcare administration at the University of Southern Indiana.

    Course

    A Day in the Life: Proton Therapy


  • Michelle Hutchins-Medina 

    Michelle Hutchings-Medina, M.A.

    Our keynote speaker is a certified professional coach, a professional speaker, a former radiation therapist, and a survivor on many fronts. She’s also on a mission... A mission to help others survive and recover from the unimaginable. From her experiences, she shares key strategies that have worked for her. When she isn’t speaking, she’s spending time with her two cats and discovering what the new normal of life has to offer.

    Course

    Managing the Unimaginable


  • Courtney T. Misher 

    Courtney T. Misher, M.P.H., R.T.(T)

    Courtney is a radiation therapist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Roberts Proton Therapy Center and a global education coordinator at OncoLink. She completed her bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy at Indiana University and her master’s degree in public health at Benedictine University, with concentrations in health management and policy, and health education and promotion. She has 16 years of experience in radiation therapy, which includes an expertise in proton therapy and pediatrics.

    Course

    Successful Transition of a Hands-on Learning Program to Virtual


  • Carl B. Normand 

    Carl B. Normand, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)(CT)

    Carl has more than 35 years of professional experience in health care; holds credentials in radiography, computed tomography and radiation therapy; and is board eligible in medical dosimetry. He has started multiple facilities from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast. Fifteen years ago, came to work at the West LA VA Medical Center and from there started several facilities in California, including a new startup company, DermaCureRT, that introduced electronic brachytherapy to the dermatology practices treating skin cancers. He has been involved with various ASRT working groups and committees and attended the 2013 ASRT Leadership Academy; he also serves on his local society’s board of directors.

    Course

    Electronic Brachytherapy in Dermatology


  • Beatrice Nunez 

    Beatrice Nunez, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Beatrice is a radiation therapist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she handles monthly quality and safety concerns in the Radiation Therapy Department and is on the SOP committee. She graduated from the institution’s school of health professions in 2017 and was hired into her position a short time later. While in school, she represented Texas in the ASRT 2016 Student Leadership Program, where she was certified as a leader. She also is a member of Lambda Nu Honor Society. Beatrice is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration.

    Course

    Obstacles Affecting Access to Cancer Care Among Marginalized Communities


  • Kira-Lee Oliver 

    Kira-Lee Oliver

    Kira-Lee Oliver is a radiation therapist who trained and worked initially in the UK, and has been with GenesisCare since 2011 when she moved to Australia. Having served as a senior R.T. through management and then service development manager in Australia, she focused on platform implementation, which included Vision RT and other new and developing platforms across the county. Kira-Lee moved to the U.S. with GenesisCare and the Service of the Future team where she now focuses on platform implementation in East Florida and nationally, and keeps a platform management portfolio.

    Course

    VisionRT Presents: Benefits of Using SGRT for Hypofractionated Treatment Plans

    VisionRT Presents: Benefits of Using SGRT for Hypofractionated Treatment Plans


  • Evan R. Osborne 

    Evan R. Osborne, M.B.A., R.T.(T), PMP

    Evan is a licensed medical professional, consultant and business executive with more than 15 years of direct patient care experience and progressive leadership in clinical, hospital, provider relations, payor, consulting and nonprofit roles. His background in quality improvement, oncology program management and business development has taken him beyond the R.T. bedside, revealing an endless horizon of opportunities relevant to other certified professionals in allied health. Evan drives a community-based 501c3 nonprofit at the executive level, is managing partner of a web-based solution focused on bettering the lives of people with diabetes and provides consulting for a Fortune 10 company. In his free time, he pursues his doctorate in business administration, works on his mid-century fixer-upper, trains for triathlons, plays golf and spars at his local Krav Maga gym.

    Course

    Career Wanderlust: Professional Diversity Options as R.T.s


  • Ann Raldow 

    Ann Raldow, M.D.

    Dr. Raldow is assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and earned her medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. After finishing her internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Raldow completed her residency at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. She specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal and hematologic malignancies and has expertise in various advanced techniques in radiation therapy. Her research focuses on therapeutic decision-making, cost-effective care, quality of life, quality of care and health outcomes assessment.

    Course

    Safety Errors: What Therapists Can Learn From RO-ILS


  • Kim Rans 

    Kim J. Rans, MAIS, R.T.(T), CMD

    Kim is a teaching professor in the BSc Radiation Therapy program at the University of Alberta where he teaches medical dosimetry and radiation therapy courses at the undergraduate level. With more than 27 years of experience in radiation therapy and medical dosimetry, he has held roles as staff radiation therapist, medical dosimetrist, consultant applications specialist and treatment preparation manager. He also is experienced in various treatment planning software programs and electronic medical record software applications. From 2004-2010, Kim served in every officer position on the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board. His passions include golf, hockey, Hawaii and promoting oncology efforts in Africa to improve cancer survival rates and patient outcomes.

    Course

    Artificial Intelligence in Radiation Therapy: To Infinity and Beyond


  • Natalie Rozanec 

    Natalie Rozanec, APRT(T), MSc.

    Natalie is an advanced practice radiation therapist at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre in Newmarket, Canada, and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. Her key responsibilities include clinical care of patients seen through the Rapid Response Program, teaching family medicine residents and community care providers about palliative radiotherapy, and conducting research aimed at improving the patient experience through the radiotherapy journey. She also is involved in several leadership initiatives locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Natalie graduated from the Medical Radiation Sciences Program at the University of Toronto/Michener Institute and later earned an MSc. Advanced Practice degree from Sheffield Hallam University. In 2012, she began working as an APRT, with a focus on palliation, and earned her APRT(T) certification with the CAMRT in 2019.

    Course

    A Canadian Perspective on Advanced Practice Roles in Radiation Therapy


  • Bill Salter 

    Bill J. Salter, Ph.D.

    Dr. Salter is a tenured professor and chief of the Division of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Utah School of Medicine, and senior director of Radiation Oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He designed and directs the radiation oncology resident training in the medical physics of imaging, treatment planning and treatment delivery. Dr. Salter received a Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and is a member of several national task groups that define standards of practice for safe delivery of radiation treatment. His research interests include stereotactic body radiation therapy, ultrasound image guidance, and 4D imaging and motion management techniques in radiation therapy.

    Course

    Safety Errors: What Therapists Can Learn From RO-ILS


  • Meegan Shepherd 

    Meegan Shepherd, R.T.(T)

    Currently employed at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Meegan is a radiation therapist with more than 13 years of clinical experience in radiation therapy and cancer care. This year, she joined Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, as an adjunct lecturer, assisting in the academic and clinical build of the Master of Adaptive Radiotherapy program. She holds a bachelor’s degree (applied science, medical radiation science, radiation therapy) and two masters’ degrees (education and health science, radiation therapy) from the University of Sydney. Meegan was published in the European journal, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, for her work on global pathways for radiation therapists advanced adapter training. Her passions include innovation, quality, research, education and football.

    Course

    Online adaptive radiation therapy: An Australian Perspective on Implementation, and the Training and Credentialing for Radiation Therapist-led Adaptive Treatments


  • Samantha Skubish 

    Samantha Skubish, M.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Samantha is the chief technical director in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, and oversees the Mount Sinai Center for Radiation Therapy Education at Stony Brook University where she is clinical assistant professor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in health policy and management from The New School in New York. She serves on the Radiation Oncology Safety Stakeholders Initiative, the ASRT Practice Standards Council and is president elect of the Radiation Therapy Association of New York State. Samantha helped establish the Advanced Practice Radiation Therapy Working Group in the U.S. and participates in the Advanced Practice Radiation Therapy International Community of Practice.

    Course

    Advanced Practice Radiation Therapy — An Introduction to Planning, Research and Implementation


  • Annette Souranis 

    Annette Souranis, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Annette is a board-certified therapist and the radiation therapy director in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she has worked since 2007. Annette has a vast amount of experience as a radiation therapist and with quality and safety in radiation oncology. Her bachelor’s degree is in healthcare management.

    Course

    From Alpha to Omicron: A Tertiary Care Hospital-Based Radiation Oncology Network’s COVID-19 Response Experience


  • Elaine Spencer 

    Elaine Spencer, M.A., R.T.(T)

    Elaine completed a bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, then went back to school to get an associate degree in radiation therapy from Pitt Community College. After a few years, she transitioned to teaching at PCC and directing its radiation therapy program. During that time, she completed a master’s degree, which led to her current roles as department chair for Radiologic Sciences and program director for Radiation Therapy and Medical Dosimetry at PCC, where she has worked for 20 years. Elaine said her love for the beach keeps her close to home.

    Course

    Frameless Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the Gamma Knife Icon


  • Clodagh Starrs 

    Clodagh Starrs, MSc, R.T.(T)

    Clodagh is the assistant chief of the radiation oncology department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Clodagh earned her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic radiography from the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Ireland, and is pursuing her master’s degree in advanced clinical practice in radiation oncology. Clodagh has more than 15 years of experience in her progressive role at Mount Sinai, and her special projects include pioneering innovative image-guided radiation therapy treatment protocols and establishing new models of patient care and education. Clodagh has been published in the Red Journal, Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapist. She also serves as a clinical preceptor for the school of radiation therapy. Clodagh represents the United States for the International Committee of Practice for Advanced clinical practice.

    Course

    Advanced Practice Radiation Therapy — An Introduction to Planning, Research and Implementation


  • Kevin Su 

    Kevin Su, B.A., R.T.(T)

    Kevin is a newly minted radiation therapist working as a teaching assistant at the Center of Allied Health Education and as a private tutor in New York State. Outside of work, Kevin is a huge fan of superheroes and comics, science and technology, and food from around the world.

    Course

    Stitched CBCT Imaging in Radiation Therapy


  • Tamara Syverson 

    Tamara Syverson, B.S., R.T.(T), CHONC

    Tamara is the executive director of Oncology Client Services for Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies. In her position, she manages oncology consultants and provides comprehensive consulting services to oncology practices nationwide, including large-scale projects involving electronic medical record conversions, as well as billing and documentation compliance. Before joining Revenue Cycle Inc., she served in operational positions as dosimetrist, lead therapist and staff therapist. Tamara earned her bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She has 26 years of experience in the radiation oncology field, actively participates in multiple organizations, and lectures at local, state and national levels.

    Course

    SRS and SBRT Team Approach: Key Players and Responsibilities


  • Kamil Szopa 

    Kamil Szopa, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Kamil is a radiation therapist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he has been working for the past three years. While there, he gained experience in a wide variety of treatment techniques and became a member of the department’s MR-Guided Linac team following its installation earlier this year. He also has a passion for teaching and recently received a JRCERT award for outstanding performance as a clinical educator in radiologic sciences. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, hiking and spending time with friends.

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    SBRT Prostate Treatments Using Kilovoltage Triggered Seed Matching Technique


  • Taleah Tatum 

    Taleah E. Tatum, M.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Taleah has more than 19 years of experience in the field of radiation oncology, serving in clinical and administrative roles, and working in photon and proton facilities. Staying current on the latest technologies to treat cancer is important to her. She had the privilege of being the only radiation therapist to serve on the Radiation Oncology Healthcare Advisory Council, which enabled her to devote time to helping develop best practices for oncology patients. In her spare time, Taleah enjoys exploring the outdoors in the beautiful Bay Area, cooking new vegan recipes, and volunteering to bring mental health resources to the BIPOC in her community.

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    Self-Care for Radiation Therapist During COVID-19 and Beyond


  • Trena Taylor 

    Trena Taylor, B.A., R.T.(R)(T), CPC

    Trena is the director of oncology e-consulting at Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies. She leads a team of clinical oncology coding and billing consultants who provides remote charge review of radiation oncology services as well as medical record assessments, education and implementation of operational improvements. Trena has worked in radiation oncology for more than 22 years in various settings and positions, including radiation therapist, lead therapist, manager and radiation oncology coding specialist. She is a certified professional coder and holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Ottawa University and an associate degree in radiation therapy from Ball State University. Trena speaks often at national conferences on topics related to radiation oncology coding, compliance and reimbursement.

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    Documentation and Coding Updates for Radiation Oncology


  • Cameron Tharp 

    Cameron Tharp, B.S., R.T.(T)

    Cameron is a radiation therapist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He holds a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy from UTMDACC and is a Master of Public Heath student studying epidemiology at the UT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health. His manuscript on methods to improve patient care starting at the student level was published in ASRT’s Radiation Therapist journal in the fall 2020 edition. Cameron’s professional interests include cancer care accessibility, cancer epidemiology and improvement of public health literacy.

    Course

    Obstacles Affecting Access to Cancer Care Among Marginalized Communities


  • Maria Thompson 

    Maria Thompson, M.S., R.T.(T)

    Maria is the assistant program director of clinical education for Oregon Health and Science University’s radiation therapy program in Portland. She earned her bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy in 2007, then transitioned to education in 2016. This year, she earned her master’s degree in educational leadership and policy. In her spare time, Maria enjoys gardening and running after her toddler.

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    Implementing IPE in Radiation Therapy Education for Successful IPECP

    Patient Education Capstone: Students Making an Impact


  • Kristi Tonning 

    Kristi Linnea Tonning, Ph.D., R.T.(T)

    Dr. Tonning is director of the Radiation Therapy Program at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy in 2001, she moved to Stavanger, Norway, and worked as a radiation therapist, dosimetrist and manager at Stavanger University Hospital. After living in Norway for 14 years, Kristi, her husband, and three children returned to Portland, and she joined the OHSU faculty. Dr. Tonning enjoys exploring with her family the beauty of the Pacific Northwest outdoors, traveling and all types of chocolate.

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    Implementing IPE in Radiation Therapy Education for Successful IPECP

    Patient Education Capstone: Students Making an Impact


  • Alexandra Turk 

    Alexandra Turk, B.M.R.S.

    Alexandra graduated with a bachelor’s degree in medical radiation science, radiation therapy, from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2012. She works as a radiation therapist (dosimetrist) at the Northern Sydney Cancer Care Centre, where she has worked clinically in planning and treatment during her nine-year tenure. Alex has a keen interest in research and has been heavily involved in the implementation of adaptive radiation therapy at NSCC.

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    Online adaptive radiation therapy: An Australian Perspective on Implementation, and the Training and Credentialing for Radiation Therapist-led Adaptive Treatments


  • Brianna Van Dyke 

    Brianna Van Dyke, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Brianna is a radiation therapist at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California. She completed a bachelor’s degree in health science at Stony Brook University and received her radiation therapy credentialing at the Mount Sinai Center for Radiation Sciences Education in New York. She is a member of the California Society of Radiologic Technologists and Radiation Therapy Association of New York State, a proud ASRT Directed Reading author, and is passionate about inspiring others as a co-leader of her local women’s motorcycle group.

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    Providing Individualized Care in Radiation Oncology for Patients on the Spectrum


  • Courtney Vinsand 

    Courtney Vinsand, M.H.A., R.T.(R)(T)

    Courtney is lead radiation therapist for Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Center in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a Safe Patient Handling Champion who provides ongoing training to department staff to foster the use of safe patient handling equipment and practices. She also is a member of the Safety, Improvement and Learning System committee, which focuses on helping to improve the safety and quality of radiation oncology. Courtney earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Briar Cliff University.

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    Safe Patient Handling in Radiation Oncology


  • Katie Voigt 

    Katie Voigt, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

    Katie is a lead radiation therapist at Mayo Clinic’s Proton Beam Center in Rochester, Minnesota. She obtained associate degrees in radiography and radiation therapy from the Mayo College of Health Sciences, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of St. Francis. Katie is responsible for training documentation, ongoing education for all employees and onboard training for new employees. She’s committed to ensuring that the radiation therapy team at Mayo Clinic receives the most current education and training on procedures, equipment, new technology and advancements within radiation therapy.

    Course

    Safe Patient Handling in Radiation Oncology


  • Amber Wolery 

    Amber Wolery, R.T.(R)(T)

    Amber has worked as a radiation therapist for 13 years. She is lead radiation therapist at Mayo Clinic Rochester and has been there for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic, she worked at six different cancer centers and continues to assist at Mayo Clinic’s five regional sites. Her experience working at many diverse centers has given her skills to help develop protocols such as the one for free breathing gated treatments. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota, with her husband, daughter, and puppy. When Amber isn’t working, you’ll find her traveling to as many places as she can.

    Course

    Clinical Application of Free-Breathing Gated Treatments


  • Cassandra Worley  

    Cassandra T. Worley, M.S.H.A., R.T.(T)

    Cassandra is the radiation therapy supervisor and radiation therapist at The Radiation Therapy Center of Morris Hospital in Morris, Illinois, where she is also the clinical student supervisor. She also is an adjunct instructor for the radiation therapy program at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She has a master’s degree in health administration from USF, a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology and radiation therapy from the University of Oklahoma, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership/organizational learning at USF. Cassandra serves on committees that focus on cancer, safety, patient service excellence, rewards and recognition, and quality and standards.

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    Narrowing the Gap: Cultural and Generational Differences Among Radiation Therapists


  • Cheryl Young 

    Cheryl Young, Ed.D., R.T.(T)

    Dr. Young is the Radiation Therapy Program Director at Gurncik Academy of Medical Arts. She has a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy from California State University Long Beach, and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate of Education with a focus in organizational leadership from City University of Seattle. Dr. Young is a licensed radiation therapist and practices whenever she can get the time in the clinic. She is president of the California Society of Radiologic Technologists, is the Radiation Therapy Chapter delegate for the ASRT, and has served on various committees for ASRT and other organizations. Cheryl loves the outdoors; when she is recharging her batteries, you can usually find her somewhere enjoying the sunshine. She loves the Denver Broncos but most of all her three fur babies who are named after some of the NFL’s greatest players.

    Course

    Clinical Supervisors: Understanding Perception to Improve Reality