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October 2, 2012

Alumni Spotlight: Stephanie Watson, A.A.S. ('01)

This feature highlights MCCC Radiography Program graduates.  This month's spotlight is on Stephanie Watson.  Stephanie completed Radiography Program degree requirements in 2001 and a Cooper Medical Center MRI Fellowship in 2004.  She is ARRT-registered in radiography and MRI.

Stephanie currently works as an MRI technologist at the Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.  The move to Maryland in 2005 was what Stephanie characterized as a "crazy adventure," but turned out to the right choice.

She describes her work at Walter Reed as an honor, "working with the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country."  Seeing large numbers of wounded worriers, Stephanie easily places her personal concerns into perspective.

The work at Walter Reed is varied since she also works with cancer patients.  She works closely with the radiation oncologist and dosimetrist during radiation treatment planning and believes that MRI will eventually replace CT in the planning process.

In addition to her work with military personnel, Stephanie has been involved in pediatric imaging of rare pathological conditions.  As she described, since Walter Reed is considered the number one military hospital in the world, it attracts a variety and volume of challenging cases, certainly more than at any local hospital.  Despite the challenges, Stephanie adds that she has "learned alot working here and it almost does not feel like work to me."

Stephanie is married with two children and describes motherhood as "a very enjoyable, priceless journey for me."

Stephanie and husband Mario Gutierrez

Stephanie and husband Mario Gutierrez

MCCC Radiography Program graduates who are interested in being featured can contact
Prof. William Petrosky at: petroskw@mccc.edu