ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Mary Hickey is the Operations Manager for Bon Secours Radiotherapy in partnership with UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre located in Cork city in the Republic of Ireland. Mary qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 2008 with a degree in Radiation Therapy. Since then, Mary has completed Advanced Practice Radiation Therapy Imaging modules, a professional certificate in Radiation Safety, a diploma in quality management and has a Lean Six sigma green belt. Mary is currently studying to achieve her black belt in Lean six sigma process management. Mary has worked in the Mater Private Hospital Dublin, Cork University Hospital, and her current role with UPMC involves managing two cancer centres.
Ellen Herron, BSRT(T) is a team member of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute where she serves as Senior Therapist at the Alpharetta campus. She has helped transition this clinic into utilizing and embracing a completely markerless workflow. Ellen is a panelist for the SGRT Community Forum and passionate advocate for the use of SGRT on all patients.
Emmy Wells, RT(R)(T) has been a radiation therapist for almost 8 years and a team lead for a year and a half. Her work inspirations are the patient care aspect of therapy and making connections with patients. Emmy was born and raised in Montana and loves her family, rodeoing and camping. She also has two kids that keep her busy with sports and driving them around.
Swetha Oddiraju received her PhD from University of Missouri Columbia. Her team at Baylor Scott and White Health has been doing surfaced guided treatments for the past 5 years with great success and is now moving towards tattoo free treatments. They adopted SGRT for DIBH breast treatments and extended their use to all the treatment sites, including intracranial treatments like trigeminal neuralgia, AVM, and Acoustic Neuroma. SGRT also helped the team eliminate additional imaging during these treatments.
Sarah Carroll, BSRT(R)(T) is the Radiation Therapy Supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She obtained her Bachelors’ degree of Science in Radiation Therapy at The University of Texas School of Health Sciences at MD Anderson. During her career, she has been a Staff Therapist at MD Anderson and Texas Oncology and as a Supervisor helped open and expand the Banner MD Anderson Clinic in Arizona. In each of her roles she has been involved with the adoption and implementation of new techniques and technologies.
Lauren Wadella, RT(T) is the Lead Radiation Therapist at Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) in Golden, CO. She completed her BS in Radiologic Sciences from Augusta University (AU), formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, GA. In addition to being a staff radiation therapist at AU for 4 years, she served as a clinical instructor for the radiation therapy students and was awarded “Therapist of the Year” in 2017. Talents also included painting pediatric aquaplast masks. Fast forward to 2019, Lauren helped pioneer the LMC Radiation Oncology department to become one of 6 clinics in the state of Colorado to achieve tattooless set ups and treatment monitoring utilizing VisionRT.
Kira-Lee Oliver is a Radiation Therapist by background who trained and worked initially in the UK. She has been with GenesisCare (in a previous company) since 2011 when she moved to Australia. Having served as a Senior RT through management and then to Service Development Manager for Australia, she focused on Platform Implementation which included Vision RT and other new and developing platforms across the county. Kira moved to the USA with GenesisCare and the Service of the Future team where she now focuses on platform implementation in East Florida and nationally, as well as keeping a platform management portfolio.
Laura Messenger, BSRT(T) is a Radiation Therapist at High Point Medical Center in North Carolina, where she has worked for the last 5 years. High Point Medical Center is a VisionRT reference site, equipped with Elekta linear accelerators. Laura graduated from NC State University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Zoology in 2012 and graduated from Forsyth Technical Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Radiation Therapy Technology in 2017. Laura also is a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Health Staff Council and instructs for Forsyth Technical Community College as a Clinical Preceptor for the Radiation Therapy students. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs, a Border Collie and an Australian Shepherd.
Michael Tallhamer is the Chief of Radiation Physics for Centura Health based out of Denver Colorado. He has served as a guest lecturer for various academic institutions on a variety of topics including Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT), stereotactic radiosurgery, and improvements to radiation oncology quality assurance programs using methods such as statistical process control (SPC). He is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the AAPM (RMAAPM). He trained at the Cleveland Clinic where he received his MSc in Medical Physics specializing in Therapeutic Radiological Physics. He has been commissioning and utilizing SGRT systems in his clinics since 2008 and has been able to compared them to other systems such as CyberKnife, BrainLab, Varian OGP, and several frame based systems for SRS delivery. In addition to his clinical work he has a background in computer vision, mathematics and image processing and serves as a physics consultant who has worked on a variety of projects in medical physics, telecommunications and satellite imaging.