After working nights as an x-ray tech for numerous years (and whining about it), I was given the opportunity to transfer to radiation therapy when Baptist Medical Center opened the Radiation Therapy Department in the early 1980s. I quickly transitioned from Radiation Therapy Department Head to the burgeoning field of Medical Dosimetry. In 1988, I became one of the first Certified Medical Dosimetrists in the world. Yes that’s right…THE WORLD! I passed the first international exam given for the field.
What is your title and what do you do at CARO?
I am the Chief Medical Dosimetrist. I make sure the dosimetry department runs smoothly by having adequate staffing and education for that staff. I also participate in treatment planning and ongoing maintenance of the treatment machines.
How did you become a part of CARO?
Destiny. Actually, back in the day, it was difficult to get state of the art updates because purchases had to be processed through the hospital administration. Drs. Helvie and Patton decided that they could better serve the Montgomery community by creating an outpatient clinic for radiation therapy. This independence allowed them to spend earnings on all things radiation therapy. I was already an employee of the physicians (not the hospital) so I was incorporated into CARO.
What do you like most about working at CARO?
Rewarding work and the people I work with are all friends. The employee benefits have always been very generous.
When you’re not at work, what are some of your hobbies and interests?
I love to sail. I have a nice woodworking shop and bonsai garden. It is fun to combine the hobbies such as building projects to use in my greenhouse/garden and boats.
Additional information you want to include in your spotlight:
I have been married to my smoking hot wife, Teresa, for 41 years. We had an empty nest for seven years before we adopted an 80 year old woman (my mother). We have three children that have grown into wonderful adults. At this time we have two grandsons but hope to have more grandchildren in the future.