The CAMRT-AB Advisory Council offers expertise and support to the CAMRT Board of Directors and staff regarding issues relating to MRT practice and provincial member services in Alberta. It is a critical voice in representing MRTs, assessing member needs in areas such as continuing professional development, advocacy, social events, awards and member recognition. Please see the Terms of Reference for more information.
CAMRT-AB Advisory Council Members
Susan Fawcett, MRT(T), BSc, MA
Role: Senior Program Director, University of Alberta
Susan is the program director of the Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy Program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta where she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Oncology. Susan has a baccalaureate degree in radiography (therapeutic path) and a master’s degree in health leadership and education. Susan has held numerous radiation therapist and professional practice positions in British Columbia and Alberta. She is a passionate advocate for evidence-informed best practices, person and family focused care and advancing medical radiation sciences practice. Susan is an enthusiastic promoter of research, education, and innovation by encouraging a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning. Susan has served as the elected Alberta Director on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT). She continues to participate in a variety of roles on numerous committees for the CAMRT. In addition, she participates on various provincial government, professional association, and university committees.
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Omer Hussein, MRT(R), BHSc
Role: Medical Radiation Technologist, Northern Lights Regional Health Centre
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Omer is a Medical Radiation Technologist with nine years of experience in the industry. His passion for the field is driven by his desire to provide the best possible care to his patients. He is proud to have a strong background in computed tomography, digital radiography and various fluoroscopy procedures, including the administration of radio-opaque contrast media and bone density assessments. Omer’s interest in health policy, governance and radiation safety is reflected is his past role of President of the Alberta College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists and his current position as board member for the Health Science Association of Alberta. His educational journey began at the University of Ottawa, where he earned his Honours Bachelor’s in Health Sciences, and continued at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he was fortunate enough to receive his Medical Radiologic Technology diploma. Omer is honoured to be joining the advisory board of the CAMRT-AB and to contribute his skills and experience to the community. He hopes to make a positive difference and continue to learn and grow in his field.
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Jodie Piercey, MRT(NM)
Role: SAIT Educator and Medical Radiation Technologist, SAIT and EFW Radiology
Jodie is very excited to be joining the CAMRT-AB Advisory board. In the past she has volunteered with the CAMRT for exam question writing, exam validation, and conference planning. Locally, Calgary members may remember her as the ACMDTT Calgary Branch Chair for many years. A proud SAIT grad from the nuclear medicine program, she has worked clinically for many years and most recently as an instructor in the NMT program at SAIT for the past 6 years. In her spare time, she takes full advantage of the mountains by hiking, biking, and skiing. She even spent 2 February nights sleeping in a yurt! She has 2 teenage children, one smart aleck husband, and a cute little cockapoo named Beanie.
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Dacia Richmond, MRT(NM), BSc
Role: Executive Director and Registrar, College of Alberta Denturists
In Dacia’s clinical years as a nuclear medicine technologist, she worked mostly in Edmonton at the Cross Cancer Institute in nuclear medicine including PET, radioisotope therapy and research. In 2011, she made the move into health regulation and has worked at a couple Colleges in Alberta, most recently, in 2019, being appointed as the Executive Director, Registrar, and Complaints Director for the College of Alberta Denturists. Always wanting to maintain a connection to medical radiation technology, Dacia has volunteered in various capacities with CAMRT over the years and is really looking forward to her work on the CAMRT-AB Advisory Board.
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Breanna Sebesten, MRT(R)
Role: Clinical Educator, University of Alberta Hospital
Breanna is an MRT(R) who is employed with Alberta Health Services as a Clinical Educator for the Edmonton Zone, and also works casually for Covenant Health in general imaging. She has been working as an MRT for 14 years, with work experience in General Radiography, Interventional Radiography and CT Imaging. She has a strong passion for education and process improvement and is dedicated to continuously improving and expanding her skill set. In her current role as Clinical Educator, she has been able to bring her skills and experience to the table by participating in the creation of the AHS Provincial General Radiography Positioning Resources. Breanna is committed to staying up-to-date with health care trends and best practices for healthcare providers. She recently enrolled in a course aimed to advancing AI in healthcare, In her free time, Breanna is active in coaching and playing ringette and hockey where she has the opportunity to give back to her community and make a positive impact. More recently, she took up the hobby of outdoor long track speed skating. Breanna is looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities that she will encounter as part of her involvement in the CAMRT-AB Advisory Council. She is eager to continue her career journey as she embarks on this new role.
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Samantha Smith, MRT(NM)
Role: CT Technologist, Richmond Road Diagnostics and Treatment Centre, and Mayfair Diagnostics
Samantha Smith studied nuclear medicine technology at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. She started her career at a nuclear cardiology clinic, and has since worked for Alberta Health Services and Mayfair Diagnostics. She currently holds a permanent position in Computed tomography at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre. She is very passionate about health care and is excited to help strengthen the voice of MRTs.
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Heidi Veillette MRT(R)(MR), BSC
Role: MRI Technologist, Canada Diagnostic Centres
Heidi has been working as an MRI technologist since 2010, with experience in both the public and private sectors. She began her imaging career in 2006 in Vancouver BC as an X-ray technologist, receiving the CAMRT Award of Excellence for the top mark in Canada on that year’s radiography certification exam. Working as an X-ray tech in a large hospital allowed Heidi to gain experience in CT and interventional radiology while studying for her MRI diploma. Heidi moved to Calgary in 2014 with her family and enjoys creating colourful modern quilts in her free time. Heidi also works as a freelance medical writer, creating material for patients and healthcare providers. Her favourite projects are writing continuing education courses for technologists. She strongly believes in the importance of keeping up to date with research and trends in imaging, specifically how advances in technology can impact the profession and ultimately the patients. Heidi is excited to join the CAMRT-AB Advisory Council and be a voice for Alberta’s MRI technologists.
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Ryan Yeo MRT(T)
Role: Radiation Therapist, Cross Cancer Institute
Ryan is a radiation therapist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Having qualified in 2010, he has also worked for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service for the past decade as a Band 7 Advanced Practioner and Team Lead Radiographer. During this time, he also represented the South East of England in the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group (NRAG). Ryan is passionate about the promotion and advancement for practice, considering the limited understanding and perceptions that the general public having about diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. He is also an advocate for greater communication between the disciplines, and it is his firm believe that there is much to learn from each other’s disciplines. In his personal life, he is a long distance runner and enjoys travelling and exploring other countries. He looks forward to contributing his experience and enthusiasm to the practice.