How long have you been a radiation therapist?

I have been a radiation therapist for 6 ½ years at MUSC.  I was a student here for 2 years, which paved the way for me.

Where did you receive your education?

I went to Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, and was undecided on what career in the healthcare field I wanted to do.  I knew I wanted to help people, just not how.  I received my bachelor’s degree in radiologic science, specializing in radiation therapy.

Why did you become a radiation therapist?

I became a radiation therapist because I love to help and interact with people.  I love building a relationship and rapport with my patients.  Some people think that my job is sad and depressing, but it’s the complete opposite.  It is very rewarding!  I treat people the way I want to be treated, with love and respect.  The patients are going through a tough time and we are here for them in more ways than one.  I mean they are not here for a dental cleaning!

Describe one of your most memorable experiences since you began working at Hollings Cancer Center.

One of my most memorable experiences was when I treated a little boy named Ashton who had brain cancer.  He was only 4 years old and had to be put under anesthesia for his radiation.  He was very nervous and scared, so I and the nurse anesthetist tried to make it fun by getting Nerf guns and having “wars” before he had to be put under.  This also brought him out of his shell and made it easier for us to getting the treatment started. It is amazing how resilient and tough little kids are!  He brought so much joy to my life and made me realize why I was here.  I know without a shadow of a doubt, that I was meant to be a Radiation Therapist.  I truly love my job and my coworkers here at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center!

How do you stay abreast of the latest medical developments in your field?

I stay abreast of the latest medical developments in radiation therapy by doing continuing education, going to chart rounds, and conferences.  We are so thankful that Alliance Oncology has come into our department because they have helped us advance our technology and paved the way for the future!

In your spare time, what are your hobbies or special interests?

When I have spare time, I like to go boating and being outdoors with my family.  I am a new mom, so trying to find spare time can be changeling!  I also love being active and working out.  I use my lunch break to go to the gym every day.  It helps with stress and gives me a boost of energy.