NSAMRT Executive Council and Staff

Executive Director | Registrar | President | Vice President | Treasurer | Secretary | Member-at-Large | CAMRT Director | Administrative Assistant |

NSAMRT Executive Council 2020-2021

President - Jan 2020
Chrissy Gamache, BHSc, RTR

Chrissy graduated the Dalhousie University/QEII School of Health Sciences in 2009. She has been lucky enough to work as a Radiological Technologist at the children’s hospital, the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, ever since. She co-chaired the 2012 NSAMRT conference and joined the Executive Council that same year and mostly was the volunteer coordinator at the 2016 CAMRT conference.

Professional Affiliations:
NSAMRT -, Current Communication Chair
A graduate of the Leadership Development Institute
NSAMRT Registrar 2012-2016, Past member of the Credentials Committee

 

Vice President - Jan 2020
Paul Menhennett RTR

Paul graduated from the West Australian Institute of Technology (Curtin University) in 1984 having worked as an x-ray assistant at Royal Perth Hospital for 8 years. He moved to Nova Scotia in 1988 and first worked at the VGH for 6 months before moving to Truro in 1990. Paul has worked in General x-ray, CT and Ultrasound before settling in PACS.

Professional Affiliations:
NSAMRT - Board of  Directors and Registrar in 2017.

 

Treasurer
Diana Sheppard RTR

Diana is and MRT with experience in General Radiology, Breast Imaging, as well as CT. She is currently the Team leader for Diagnostic Imaging at the New Waterford Hospital. Diana earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cape Breton University (2003) and then graduated from the QEII/Dalhousie School of Health Science with a diploma in Radiological Technology (2006). She later earned a Certificate in Breast Imaging (2012). Diana has a passion for continuing education and professional development, she enjoys organizing educational opportunities during MRT week.

Professional Affiliations:
NSAMRT Treasurer (current)
CAMRT LDI Graduate (2019)
NSAMRT Finance committee (2017-Current)
NSHA Quality Improvement Committee (2017-current)
Site champion (2016-2019)

 

Secretary
Miranda Thomson BHS, RTR(R)

Miranda has been an MRT for over 10 years, graduating from UNB and Moncton Hospital School of Radiography, and subsequently moving to Fort MacMurray, AB to work at the Northern Lights Health Centre. Soon becoming the clinical coordinator, responsible for precepting students for the first time from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Moving north, to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and over nearly a decade of growth both personally and professionally Miranda became a mammographer, a CT technologist, a wife, a mother, and a supervisor. She belonged to a territorial leadership committee in policy creation to standardize Diagnostic Imaging procedures throughout the communities of the Northwest Territories. A graduate of the CAMRT Leadership Development Institute in 2018, and the Alberta School of Business Executive Leadership Certificate in 2017. Miranda has now returned to the East Coast and having witnessed some of the very same triumphs and tribulations all over this country in the profession, has a unique perspective, and years of experience in many modalities of radiography to contribute to the NSAMRT board. Standardization, patient care, and professional advocacy are Miranda’s passions. She is currently employed in general x-ray and mammography at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow.

 

Member-at-Large
Bev Barrios RTR

Bev has been an MRT for over 23 years now. Having graduated from the Victoria General Hospital School of Radiological Technology she chose to begin her career in Singapore so that she could work in her chosen field. Since then, she has worked across Canada as well as in different areas of the province to include Antigonish, New Glasgow and many locations in Central Zone. Bev believes that continuing education is essential, especially in a field with ever-changing technology. She has completed her CT certification through the British Colombia Institute of Technology and her Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Healthcare through the Michener Institute. Bev has moved into a leadership role as the Site Leader for the Cobequid Diagnostic Imaging Department. She loves the combination of working in both modalities of CT and general imaging while being in a leadership role. Best of both worlds!

Now that her two children are older, she is happy to help in more ways which include volunteering with the NSAMRT on the Fitness to Practice Committee as well as being an active member on the board.

 

Member-at-Large
Rebecca Jessome BHSc, RTMR, RTNM

Rebecca is a dual-licensed technologist who graduated from Dalhousie University's School of Health Science with a degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology and a specialty certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in 2015. She is currently employed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia as a MRI technologist, splitting her time between clinical and research rotations. Rebecca has a passion for lifelong learning and a newly sparked interest in leadership. Channelling this, she is a 2021 Master of Health Management candidate at McMaster University. Rebecca enjoys contributing to the MRT profession through volunteering, publications, and conference presentations/webinars. 

Professional Affiliations:
NSAMRT - Education Chair and Credentials Committee Member
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Dalhousie University
CAMRT Leadership Development Institute Graduate 

Awards:
CAMRT - Dr. Petrie Memorial Award
Dalhousie University - Radiologist Award
CAMRT - Award of Excellence (Nuclear Medicine Technology) 

 

CAMRT Director
Megan Brydon MSc BHSc RTNM

Megan has a real zeal for… well, a lot of things, but in particular all things MRT. She graduated from Dalhousie University School of Health Sciences with her BHSc in Nuclear Medicine Technology in 2007 and volunteered with the NSAMRT board in a variety of rolls since 2010. Currently working as a PACS administrator at the IWK, she is ecstatic about technology, healthcare and enabling others to build their professional profile.

Professional Affiliations:
NSAMRT (Finance Committee, Past Treasurer, Past Secretary, Past Member-at-large, Past Policy & Procedures Committee, Past President)
CAMRT (National Network, Professional Practice Advisory Council (PPAC), Nominations Committee, Young Professionals Advisory Council)
IWK Health Centre (Health Care Information Systems (HCIS) Operations Committee, Diagnostic Imaging Continued Quality Improvement Committee, Clinical Ethics Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Fun! Krew)
Techsploration (Role Model)
Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
Dalhousie University

Awards:
CAMRT 2019 Steward of the Profession Award
CAMRT 2019 Scientific Paper Award, MRT category
KUDOS recognition award: Peer nomination, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS
CAMRT Certificate of Merit for an essay: A Practical Evaluation of Lead Aprons: Evidence-Based Radiation Protection for Nuclear Medicine Technology.
DRAXIMAGE Award, Radiologist Award, Dr. Robert H Martin Prize in Nuclear Medicine Technology, School of Health Sciences, Dalhousie University, May 2007
Heather Mattice Memorial Award, School of Health Sciences, Dalhousie University

 

NSAMRT Staff 2020-2021

Executive Director / Registrar
Julie Avery, BSc, MHA, RTNM, CTIC

Julie has more than 25 years of MRT experience including roles as a clinical technologist, educator at Dalhousie University and her current role as NSAMRT Executive Director. She has been an active volunteer both at the provincial and national levels for more than a decade. She holds a strong belief in continuous professional development and evidence-based practice which she has demonstrated in attaining her master's in Health Administration and participating in NSHRF and Health Canada research review and evaluation.

Professional Affiliations:
NSAMRT, CAMRT, CSAE

Awards:
Phillips Award - CAMRT (2014)
The CCH - K.P. Richard Award - Dalhousie University MHA (2013)
Edward L. Roach Award - Dalhousie University MHA (2013)
Dr. Alan D. Thomson Award - Dalhousie University MHA (2013)
Dr. A. Peter Ruderman Award -- Dalhousie University MHA (2013)

 

Administrative Assistant
Joanne Jones

Joanne joined the team in April 2019 from across the pond, England. She moved to Canada in March 2017 and after spending a few years pretending she had retired early it was really time to rejoin the workforce. Joanne worked for the National Health Service in England for over 25 years in a large University Hospital. Starting as a Payroll Trainee and finishing as Pensions Manager responsible for the efficient day to day management of the pensions function within the Payroll Services Department. Joanne has connected with many different professions within the Health Care Sector and appreciates the importance of regulating practices which involve patient care. The experience she has gained in areas such as finance reconciliation, understanding regulations, communications, policy amendments….all helps in supporting the rest of the team