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Interviews with Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

We have had the honor to speak with experts and in sonography from across the country and around the world. Hear from leaders in Sonography and learn how they have reached their personal and professional goals in the field. Lean about what motivates them and the advice they have to help you succeed in the amazing career of diagnostic medical sonography.

Ultrasound Schools Info Featured Interviews

Emily Downs

Emily Downs

Emily is an experienced Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with a BS in Radiation Science. She is currently the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver in Colorado.

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Jessica Carlino

Jessica Carlino

Jessica graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA College) in 2011 and is currently pursuing her Health Sciences Bachelor Degree.

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Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE) has been a sonographer for nearly 35 years. The ARDMS-certified professional and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography has literally been a pioneer in the ultrasound field.

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Interview with Sonographer, Author and Program Director Yonella Demars, MSRS RDMS (Ab, Ob/Gyn, PS) RVT

Sonographer, Author and Program Director Yonella Demers, MSRS RDMS (Ab, Ob/Gyn, PS) RVT

Yonella Demars has been a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for over nine years. She has a BS and Master’s degree in Radiologic Sciences and is currently in the candidacy phase of a Radiation Science PhD degree. Her interest is burnout and organizational commitment among sonographers in the U.S.  She is also an author and entrepreneur of Read more

Sonographer, Educator, Pioneer and Ergonomics Expert, Joan P. Baker

It was truly an honor to interview Joan P. Baker MSR, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS. Originally from England, Baker was invited to the United States in the 1960s – due to her sonography passion and practice – and she’s been here ever since. Baker’s eclectic career as a clinical sonographer, educator, and now president of the Read more

Interview With Sonographer Dr. Traci Fox

Dr. Traci Fox EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RVT has been a sonographer for over 20 years, but she’s been intrigued by the sciences since grade school. She earned her Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from Thomas Jefferson University, and her Doctorate in Education from Drexel University. Currently she is a full time Diagnostic Medical Sonography Read more

The Beneficial Uses of Core Ultrasound

Heather Christensen is a Physician’s Assistant and graduate of Northeastern University

Heather Christensen, PA-C, CSS is a Physician’s Assistant and graduate of Northeastern University. In her practice, she uses ultrasound to teach individuals how to exercise properly in order to resolve or prevent problems in their back and other parts of their body’s core. Heather is the founder of UltrasoundCore.com and the creator of two Core Read more

A Sonographer’s Guide to Personal and Professional Success

Tatym Schneider

We headed north to Canada to speak to British Columbia-based sonographer Tatym Schneider. We first learned about Tatym upon discovering her blog, SmartSonographer.com, which seeks to share ultrasound knowledge and inspire sonographers to excel in their profession. Tatym is not only a writer and an ARDMS-certified/Canadian Registered Sonographer (CRS), but she’s also a digital artist Read more

Interview with Hawks for Health Coordinators, Abby Wagle and Andy Johnson

There are many benefits to volunteering while pursuing your degree. Just take it from Andy Johnson and Abby Wagle, the 2015-2016 Program Coordinators of Hawks for Health at the University of Kansas (KU). Hawks for Health connects KU students with volunteer opportunities on campus and in the Lawrence, KS community. It is just one of Read more

Using Simulation to Train Sonographers

Ultrasound simulation training

As technology continues to evolve and permeate the field of healthcare, health science educators are utilizing advanced simulation training to prepare students for the challenges of the clinical environment. Medical facilities are also turning to simulation tools to help health professionals improve processes in the workplace. Sonography instructors have seen tremendous value for their students Read more

Tricia Turner Shares Her Passion for Sonography

Tricia Turner Shares Her Passion for Sonography

Tricia Turner (BS, RDMS, RVT) graduated from the South Hills School of Business & Technology (SHS) Sonography program in 1999.  Today, she is the program’s Director. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at South Hills School of Business & Technology (SHS) started in the mid-90s with about five students. Now the program currently boasts approximately Read more

Time Management Tips for Sonographers

cardiology chart

In addition to the faculty highlighted in our “Advice from Ultrasound Professors” article, we also heard back from Ken Galbraith, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. The Chair of the Ultrasound Program offered this advice for aspiring medical imagers: “Take care of your patients’ needs. You Read more

Emily Downs, DMS Program Director at University of Colorado

Emily Downs is an experienced Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with a BS in Radiation Science.  She is currently the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver in Colorado, where she has served for the past three years. In 2014, she received the IFSER (International Foundation For Sonography Education and Research) International Outreach Advocate Award Read more

Interview with Ultrasound Tech and Tutor, Melessa Cizik

Melessa Cizik

Melessa Cizik has been an ultrasound tech for over 10 years with extensive experience performing general, OB/GYN, small parts and vascular ultrasound exams. Having graduated the top of her sonography class at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, Cizik now offers ultrasound tutoring services online, using video, audio and whiteboard technologies. She helps individuals Read more

How to Boost Your Resume While Still in Your Sonography Program

New job

Guest article by Emily Long. Emily is part of the communications team at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster, PA. As a diagnostic medical sonography student, you are probably starting to explore the job market in effort to secure employment upon graduation. This, of course, is not a unique circumstance. Every year thousands of Read more

Interview with Tom Whelan, Sonographer, Teacher and Pioneer (Part 2)

Tom Whelan

In Part 1 of our interview with diagnostic medical sonographer, echocardiographer and vascular technologist,  Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE), we learned how he started his sonography career over three decades ago and how he has been a pioneer in the field.  In this second part, he shares some of his professional highlights as well Read more

Interview with Tom Whelan, Sonographer, Teacher and Pioneer (Part 1)

Tom Whelan

Editor’s Note: Tom Whelan passed away in February of 2018. Our thoughts are with his family, and we remain thankful for his many contributions to the medical imaging community. Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE) has been a sonographer for nearly 35 years. The ARDMS-certified professional and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography has Read more

Interview with Sonographer & Vascular Technician, Jessica Carlino

Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT

Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT, is a diagnostic medical sonographer and registered vascular technician in Lancaster Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA College) in 2011 and is currently pursuing her Health Sciences Bachelor Degree. She anticipates completing this BSHS degree at PA College in May, 2015.  Read more

Interview Spotlight: OB/GYN Sonographer Sandra McKnight

Sandra McKnight, RDMS

Sandra McKnight has been a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) for over 23 years. She was inspired to start her ultrasound career after seeing that first sonogram while pregnant with her first child. Now a mother of two, McKnight is also the author of Womb with a View (wombwithaviewblog.com) where she provides a wealth of information on Read more

Interview with Sonographer Samantha Sawyer

There are those that are content with their position as a sonographer…and then there are individuals who emanate wholehearted enthusiasm for their ultrasound profession. Such is the case with Samantha Sawyer, MHA, RDMS, RDCS originally from New Washington, Indiana. Sawyer is a determined, career-driven woman: She currently serves as an ultrasonographer for Cindy Basinski, MD Read more

An Inside Look at the AIUM

In a recent ultrasound article, we talked about how the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) named 2013 the Year of Ultrasound, and also its launch of the Ultrasound First initiative last year. We thought it would be useful to learn more about the organization.  Fortunately, AIUM’s director of membership & marketing, Jennifer Costello Read more

Ultrasound Podcasters, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin!

Ultrasound Podcasters, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin!

Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin are the founders and co-hosts of Ultrasound Podcast, an entertaining and educational audio-visual show that has been downloaded over 500,000 times in more than 180 countries. The podcasts are hilarious, even sometimes bold, but don’t let their cheekiness fool you! Dr. Dawson (MD, RDMS, RDCS) the Director of Read more

Interview with Dr Taco Geertsma, Radiologist

Dr. Taco Geertsma, Radiologist and Founder of UltrasoundCases.info

Dr. Taco Geertsma is a radiologist and head of the Ultrasound department at Hospital Gelderse Vallei, The Netherlands. He is also the founder of Ultrasoundcases.info, a teaching website that makes case files available free of charge for educational use to hundreds of thousands of people every year.  As of May, 2013, UltrasoundCases.info has shared over Read more

Interview with Dave Felix, Traveling Sonographer and President of SonoTemps Inc.

Dave and Ellen Felix, founders of SonoTemps, Inc.

“I love talking about ultrasound,” says Dave Felix, who has been a registered sonographer (RDMS) for more than 15 years. In 1995, Felix established SonoTemps Inc. with his wife Ellen (who brought her extensive experience in health information management to the company). The Florida- based staffing agency sends out its skilled and qualified traveling sonographers Read more

Interview with Echocardiographer, Chelsey Wright

Chelsey Wright,BS-MIRS, RDCS (AE, PE), RDMS

UltrasoundSchoolsInfo.com is thrilled to have interviewed Chelsey Wright, BS-MIRS, RDCS (AE, PE), RDMS, as she provided such great insight into what it is like to go to school for, and work in, the sonography profession. As you can see by her credentials, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and has Read more

Dr. Neal Kassell, Founder of the FUSF

Neal Kassell M.D.

Recently, UltrasoundSchoolsInfo.com wrote an article on the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation. We thought it would be important to gain more insight into the FUS Foundation, whose mission is “to shorten the time from technology development to patient treatment; to foster new applications; and to accelerate the worldwide adoption of focused ultrasound surgery.” We were fortunate Read more