When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?
My mom was an OBGYN nurse, and she worked closely with the sonographers in her office. I knew I wanted to be in some area of healthcare, but I wasn’t quite sure what that was going to be. She introduced me to the sonographers in her office, who also happened to be professors at the University of Oklahoma Sonography program, and I was hooked. While I was in school my Dad had some heart issues and that got me interested in echo. The stars aligned at the right time, and here I am now 12 years later!
What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position?
I am currently a Cardiac Sonographer, III at Duke University Health System. Our facility is a large teaching hospital, trauma center, and advanced cardiac care center. I currently scan in both our inpatient and outpatient facilities, am Lead Sonographer for our inpatient facility, and participate in our QA team. I am also responsible for teaching fellows, new hires, and sonography students; there are never a shortage of learners in our lab.
When and how did you get involved with the ASE?
I became a member in 2008 as soon as I graduated from the sonography program at the University of Oklahoma. With influence from my mentor, David Adams, as well as many other fellow Duke sonographers and attendings, I became more and more interested in being involved at a deeper level at the ASE. In 2013 I volunteered to be a committee member and joined the PR committee. Since then I have been on faculty, speaking at the Scientific Sessions, and continuing to volunteer on committees and through the ASE Foundation.
Why do you volunteer for ASE?
I volunteer for the ASE because I have found it to be an invaluable resource for me in my career. Working closely with many of the leaders in the field, both sonographers and physicians, has been so inspiring and has pushed me to continue to grow as a sonographer and leader in my own lab. The ASE provides education to people all over the world through both in person and online opportunities, as well as community outreach programs. I think no matter what stage you are in your career, whether it be a brand-new sonographer, a physician just coming into the field, or a veteran who has been doing it for years, the ASE has something to offer.
What is your current role within ASE? In the past, on what other committees, councils or task forces have you served and what have you done with the local echo society?
I am currently a member of the Bylaws & Ethics committee, a representative to the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography, and a Rising Star representative on the Finance committee. I was also honored to be chosen as one of the inaugural class in the ASE’s Leadership Academy, which has been an amazing experience so far! As for my local echo society I have been invited to speak at many of the NCUS symposia and am happy to support my colleague, Mike Foster, who was past president and serves on the board.
What is your advice for members who want to become more involved in their profession or with the ASE?
My advice is GO FOR IT! It may seem intimidating at first to get involved in a society with such a rich history in the field and with so many echo pioneers, but just go for it! It is easy to get started by volunteering in the yearly call for volunteers for committees. Sign up, and you will be amazed at what you will get out of it! Most committees require a small-time commitment, but with that commitment you will get back ten-fold what you put in. If you are able to attend the Scientific Sessions, use your time to network with as many people as you can, ask how you can get involved, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. And don’t forget about your local echo society!
What is your vision for the future of cardiovascular sonography?
My vision for the future of cardiovascular sonography is to continue to grow with the technology. For us, it is important not to be intimidated or scared off by newer imaging techniques, AI, or changing workflows, and to continue to grow with the times. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our profession!