Cardiac Ultrasound Instructor, Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the School of Allied Health

Courses Regularly Taught

  • DMS 115 Applied Cardiovascular I
  • DMS 117 Applied Cardiovascular II
  • DMS 215 Applied Cardiovascular III
  • DMS 225 Applied Cardiovascular IV
  • DMS 233 Cardiovascular Seminar 
  • DMS 122 Cardiovascular Lab II 
  • DMS 132 Cardiovascular Lab III 
  • DMS 208 Cardiovascular Lab IV

Year Started at Mercy College 2007

Education

  • B.A., University of Iowa (1998) 
  • Certificate in Echocardiography, Mayo School of Health Sciences (2002)

Certifications

  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
  • Registered Pediatric Echocardiographer

Advice to Students
"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."  -Helen Keller

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Cardiac Sonographer at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI for 5 years -  performed adult, pediatric, stress, AV optimization, myocardial perfusion, and transesophageal exams. 
  • Preceptor for cardiac ultrasound students for 4 years.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Echocardiography 
  • Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 
  • Iowa Society of Ultrasound 
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Community Service Involvement

  • Church Activities

Personal History

I originally entered the cardiac ultrasound field because I thought the technology was fascinating and I wanted a career where I could help people and make a difference each day. I definitely found those rewarding aspects as well as a profession full of variety and opportunities. After 5 years of scanning hearts in a busy hospital, a new opportunity presented itself in the form of a teaching career at Mercy College. As an ultrasound student, I truly loved learning about the heart and blood flow hemodynamics and I knew then that some day I would like to share it with others. So, I eagerly accepted the position in June of 2007 and I can honestly say my passion for the field continues to grow with each graduating class.