About Me

The serious stuff [read: Why you should trust me]

I’m a sonographer with a unique background in multi-specialty clinical practice, higher education, and the medical device industry. I hold the Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS) credential from Cardiovascular Credentialing International. I hold the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) credential in the specialty areas of adult echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, and pediatric echocardiography. I hold a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) in the specialty areas of obstetrics and abdominal sonography. Lastly, I hold the Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) credential in vascular technology.

I have taught didactic and laboratory coursework in cardiac and general sonography. I taught in an undergraduate sonography program for 8 years as both an adjunct instructor and served as a clinical coordinator and full-time instructor for 3 of those years. I have always enjoyed working with students in both didactic, laboratory, and clinical learning environments! I enjoy speaking to and mentoring young learners and that is one of the biggest reasons I wrote this book during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a dream for the e-book to be published and seeing it now as a second edition available in print and with added bonus of journal pages is something I never could have dreamt of happening! I’m so grateful to my family, friends, mentors, instructors, and fellow sonographers over the years for the inspiration and support to pull this off.

Sam posing in front of a forest landscape.
Aerial photo of a forest landscape.
Sam skiing in the winter.

I currently focus my professional time on the clinical and procedural development of transcatheter heart valve replacement therapies. I spend my time focused solely on the replacement of tricuspid valves in patients with tricuspid regurgitation for a global leader in artificial heart valve development and manufacturing. My work in this space has taken me to many places in the United States and Canada and internationally to Europe and Asia.

I hold three degrees from the University of Southern Indiana: Health Services (’11), Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (’13), and a Master of Health Administration (‘14).

The fun stuff: [read- I do have a life outside of work, I promise!]

Sam hiking on a mountain trial with her dog.

In my free time, I love to spend time outside, spoiling my dog Zoey, doing yoga, cooking, and getting on the ocean as much as possible! I love to read and listen to many podcasts and audiobooks… (how else to pass the time on planes?!) I like to consider myself a lifelong learner and can’t get enough when it comes to personal finance and economics. 🤓 I race competitively in an outrigger canoe team and enjoy paddle boarding with my friends when I’m not practicing or racing. While I love a good restful weekend at home, I travel frequently for work and pleasure. It has been my goal to explore more of the beautiful United States over the past several years and was one of the biggest perks I saw in joining the medical device industry in roles that required travel. Working in the medical device industry has allowed me to visit over 10+ states I’ve never been to before! My motto for work travel is to “always see something pretty, always eat something delicious”. So I’ve spent a lot of time exploring parks, national monuments, and the inside of many fantastic restaurants.

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