Allen College Class of 2016 - Nuclear Medicine Technology
I am currently employed at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and at The Iowa Clinic as a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist. I was able to move my last semester of clinicals to Des Moines to gain more experience and variety. A position opened in the Nuclear Medicine department and my preceptors and supervisor strongly encouraged me to apply. The rest is history!
What led you to pursue your education at Allen College?
I was led to pursue my education at Allen College due to the reputation of the college being a well-respected science-based learning institution. The high graduation rate and post-job placements were very appealing. Additionally, the small class sizes were a plus in order to develop personal relationships with instructors.
Accomplishments, awards, or proud moments?
My awards include the Missouri Valley Chapter Outstanding Student, Lambda Nu Radiology, and I graduated Summa Cum Laude.
One of my proudest moments will be when I graduate with my Master’s in Health Care Administration from Des Moines University this December. I hope to transition into a leadership role in the future.
What led you to your exact career path?
Originally, I wanted to go to Allen College to eventually become a Nurse Practitioner; however, I completed a CNA course and discovered that I do not have the stomach to be a nurse. I completed a job shadowing with a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and decided that I enjoyed the patient interaction and how field encompasses biology, chemistry, and physics.
Share any hobbies/ interests
I love traveling in my free time. My goal is to visit Rome, Italy and see the Colosseum. I love spending time with friends and family. I have a 2-year-old Cavachon (King Charles Cavalier and Bichon Frise) named Finn and he is very loved and very spoiled. I enjoy teaching him new tricks. I have also been involved with Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Central Iowa.
What piece of advice would you give to current Allen students?
Advice I would give to current Allen students is to take advantage of your resources. Your instructors are there to help you succeed so always ask questions and be open to different perspectives.