Amy Seavert is our technologist in the spotlight this month. She has been a Radiologic Technologist since 1998 and a Mammographer since 2000. Amy currently works at a small rural hospital in Hermiston, Oregon, an ACR Mammography Certified Facility. Amy also works closely with her lead technologist Susan Ross to get all required documentation ready for review. This includes credentials for staff, correct images, QC and much more. Although that is a lot of work, Amy says her biggest challenge is keeping up with the ever changing current exam guidelines for patients.
Amy is married with 2 children that are very active in school, sports and the community. At this stage of her life her kids’ hobbies and activities are hers! In between all those activates she travels with her family all over the western U.S. and Hawaii.
Amy has a long history of caring about others. This began when she was young. She was very active in sports and would be curious and inquisitive when a teammate got hurt. This inquisitive desire to know and help with injuries didn’t diminish. When she was in high school she asked her father’s friend, a radiologist, if she could job shadow him and the technologists. After that Amy knew what she wanted to do. So, off she went to Western Oregon University for prerequisites. She then applied and was accepted into the Portland Community College Radiography Program. In the 2 years it took to complete the program and required competencies at Portland Adventist, Amy met a variety of people that helped her succeed.
After working as an x-ray tech for a few years she got an opportunity to cross train for mammography. She jumped at the chance and is quite happy she did. It’s the place she feels that she is contributing the most and makes her feel honored and blessed. Being a Mammographer has many rewards and some unexpected benefits for Amy. She receives hugs regularly, forges connections with patients she sees every year, and gets some breast humor when she sees one of her patients in the grocery store. Amy says that it’s pretty crazy that some of her patients have been hearing about her son since he was 2 and now he’s graduating high school. Lastly, the indescribable reward: when a patient comes in and tells you that having their mammogram caught their breast cancer early and saved their life.
Amy is motivated by her family and patients. She lives by finding something to do, someone to help, having goals and staying positive. Patients motivate her by being proactive about their health. Coming in for a mammogram isn’t fun but seeing people being responsible about their health for themselves and family is rewarding.
The biggest contribution to the profession for Amy is personal. It’s important that she gives her undivided attention and her time as well as continuing to learn. This allows her to stay sharp, keeping her up to speed with current technology and answering patient questions. Amy wants to honor the people that take time and responsibility to their health and she gives her best to her patients. Her tip for you is “Always remember what brought you into this line of work.” She stills loves her work after 19 years! Her tip for students is to never give up and to keep soaking up knowledge and experience.
Lastly Amy gives a big thank you to her personal and professional families as well as her patients. There is a statement in John O’Leary’s book Catching Fire that moves Amy. He says, “To live a radically inspired life, you must choose to go All In each day with a purpose greater than yourself.”
-Written by Brenda Posterick