Employee Spotlight

Beth Christensen

Elizabeth (Beth) Christensen is a diagnostic medical sonographer (sometimes referred to as an ultrasound technologist,) in our Radiology and Imaging department.

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Beth joined the Ivin­son team two years ago, and has recently achieved her registry in Adult Echocar­dio­g­ra­phy from the Amer­i­can Registry for Diag­nos­tic Medical Sonog­ra­phy (ARDMS).

As a sono­g­ra­pher, Beth uses ultra­sound equip­ment to produce inter­nal images of the body, which providers can then use to moni­tor and diag­nose the medical condi­tion of the patient. Specif­i­cally, with Beth’s new registry, she is qual­i­fied to produce Echocar­dio­g­ra­phy (Echo) images of patients, though, many may not know what that entails. Echo is ultra­sound of the heart,” says Beth, which she notes is a more special­ized field of sonography.

Beth began as a general ultra­sound tech­nol­o­gist, which gave her the oppor­tu­nity to work with differ­ent types of patients, and build a greater under­stand­ing of the field. Once I started learn­ing [Echo] I thought, this is awesome, I want to do more!’”

Beth says she took a lot of time to study and prepare to take the Echo registry exam, and was partially inspired by a few of her co-work­ers who also hold these special­ized certi­fi­ca­tions. I think that Randi really inspired me – she knows Echo, Ultra­sound, CT and X-RAY… It’s really inspir­ing watch­ing her, and she’s such a great teacher too,” says Beth.

To obtain the ARDMS certi­fi­ca­tion, medical profes­sion­als must pass a rigor­ous exam­i­na­tion that tests both their knowl­edge of sonog­ra­phy and their prac­ti­cal, real-world skills in sonog­ra­phy. When a sonog­ra­phy profes­sional holds certi­fi­ca­tion from ARDMS, you know that they are dedi­cated to provid­ing high-qual­ity care and meet­ing the high­est stan­dards,” says Pamela Wick­kiser, Senior Direc­tor of Ancil­lary Services. Pam notes that the ARDMS exam takes years of train­ing and expe­ri­ence to acquire.

When asked why Beth chose to work at Ivin­son, she said, I’ve always really liked the commu­nity – I feel like we have a lot of diver­sity here.” She also noted that Ivin­son provided her some addi­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties to continue her educa­tion, saying, It was impor­tant to me to work some­where I could continue learn­ing Echo.”

Beth says she is happi­est when she is able to help others feel happy. Just know­ing that you made an impact in some­one else’s day – regard­less of how small – it’s always nice to know that some­thing you did made a differ­ence to them.” Outside of work, Beth enjoys spend­ing time outdoors in some of Laramie’s surround­ing recre­ational attrac­tions. I think a big stress reliever for me is just getting outside to go hiking or skiing. I defi­nitely make quite a few trips up to Vedau­woo just to get outside.”

We are proud to have people like Beth on the Ivin­son team, and we are grate­ful for the care she provides to patients and members of our commu­nity. Thank you, Beth, and congrat­u­la­tions on this substan­tial achievement!