Medical Imaging


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Beau Pontre

Dr Beau Pontré - PhD (Physics), BSc (Hons)
Senior Lecturer (Medical Imaging Physicist)

Medical Imaging Programme Head

Beau Pontré is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and has a specialist responsibility for coordinating and supporting the physics and technology courses in the Medical Imaging programmes. Aside from his teaching responsibilities, Beau is working on a number of research projects involving MRI.

Beau completed his PhD in Physics at the University of Western Australia in 2006. In that same year, he started working as an MRI Physicist with the Centre for Advanced MRI (CAMRI) at the University of Auckland, where he was responsible for managing a 4.7T research scanner and providing physics and technical support for CAMRI's clinical imaging facilities.

Since 2013, he has been in an academic role with the Medical Imaging team at the University of Auckland.

 

Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young - MHSc (Hons) (Med Rad Tech), PGDipHSc (MRI), BAppSc (Diag Rad)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Medical Imaging Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator

Adrienne is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating all of the Medical Imaging programmes at the University of Auckland. Along with Shelley Park, she also has a specialist responsibility for leading the MRI courses.   

During the early stages of her radiography career, Adrienne worked in a wide variety of settings including a large public hospital, smaller private hospital, sole-charge rural hospital in Australia and the private sector in Auckland. Adrienne commenced in MRI in the early 1990s at a large, tertiary public hospital in Brisbane and subsequently set-up and managed two MRI scanners for a private radiology company in Auckland.

Adrienne's academic career began in 2004 with the development of the first postgraduate MRI course at Unitec. In 2012, in conjunction with Shelley Park, she moved to the University of Auckland to establish the postgraduate Medical Imaging programmes. Adrienne's master's research investigated role development for MRI Technologists in New Zealand.

Adrienne has extensive experience in online teaching and always enjoys implementing innovative teaching practices to encourage student learning and engagement. She is currently researching the use of PeerWise in her courses. Adrienne also has strong interests in MRI safety, and imaging anatomy and pathology.

 

Shelley Park

Shelley Park - MHSc (Medical Radiation Technology), ACBD (Diagnostic Radiography)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Medical Imaging Postgraduate Clinical Coordinator

Shelley is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating all of the clinical aspects of the postgraduate Medical Imaging programmes at the University of Auckland. In addition to managing the Medical Imaging Clinical Liaison Team, Shelley has a specialist responsibility for leading the MRI courses along with Adrienne Young.  

Shelley began her academic career in 2005 while holding a Charge MRI Technologist role in Auckland after completing Master's research comparing the claustrophobic effects on patients using both open and closed MRI scanner designs. Over time she has increased her involvement in education while retaining her clinical skills. She has served seven years as a Board member of the Medical Radiation Technologists Board and remains a REA Assessor and is an Online Exam Committee member.

In conjunction with Adrienne Young, Shelley joined the University of Auckland in 2012, to establish all of the postgraduate Medical Imaging programmes.

 

Tracey Pieterse

Tracey Pieterse – MTech (Radiography), BTech (Diagnostic & Radiation Therapy), NDip (Diagnostic & Radiation Therapy)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Medical Imaging Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator

Tracey is a Professional Teaching Fellow and is responsible for coordinating the clinical aspects of the undergraduate Medical Imaging programme at the University of Auckland.

Tracey worked as a Diagnostic Medical Imaging Technologist for six years before training as a radiation therapist. In 2006, Tracey joined the University of Johannesburg to pursue a career in radiography education. After completing her Master’s Degree in 2013, Tracey decided to register for a Doctoral Degree which she is currently working towards completing. Her thesis is titled “A model to facilitate critical thinking of radiography students”.

Tracey joined the University of Auckland in 2019 to assist with the implementation of the undergraduate Medical Imaging programme.  Tracey has a passion for medical imaging education, and her research areas include critical thinking and problem solving in medical imaging.

 

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Dr Samantha Holdsworth - PhD (Physics), BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer (Medical Imaging Physicist)

Samantha Holdsworth is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and supports the MRI physics and technology courses in the Medical Imaging programmes. Samantha is also working on several research projects involving MRI. 

Samantha completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2006. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow and then senior scientist at Stanford University, where she worked on novel ways of imaging the brain for a number of clinical applications. 

Since 2018, she has been in an academic role with the Medical Imaging team at the University of Auckland. Her current research focus is in the application of new methods for understanding mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

 

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Rhonda-Joy Sweeney - MHSc (Medical Radiation Sciences), PGDipHSc (Mammography), DSR
Professional Teaching Fellow

Rhonda-Joy is a Professional Teaching Fellow and has a specialist responsibility for leading the mammography courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme. Her clinical background is in diagnostic radiography and mammography. Rhonda-Joy’s academic career in Medical Imaging includes New Zealand and Australia undergraduate, postgraduate certificate and diploma, and graduate entry master programmes. Her teaching focus is from an evidence-based perspective to facilitate in the student a reflective and critical approach to best practice in order to provide optimal outcomes for the patient.

Rhonda-Joy is currently a PhD Candidate in Medical Imaging Radiation Sciences with the University of Sydney, Australia. Her thesis title is Mammographic image quality criteria for the craniocaudal projection. 

To access Rhonda-Joy’s selected research outputs go to: https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/people/r-sweeney

 

Heather Gunn 2018

Heather Gunn - MHSc (Medical Radiation Sciences), Dip (Diagnostic & Therapeutic Radiography), BA (Psych)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Heather has a specialist responsibility for leading the Image Evaluation courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme.

Heather’s undergraduate education covered both Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy, but she has mainly worked in Diagnostic Radiography since qualifying. She completed her Masters in Medical Imaging in 2009 and previously developed and taught postgraduate image interpretation at another institution.

Heather’s teaching is focused on an authentic model of learning which is contextualised to clinical practice in order to have relevance for the student and to improve patient outcomes.

 

Catherine Lyman 2018

Catherine Lyman - PGCert Computed Radiography (Medical Imaging: Computed Tomography), BSc (Hons)
Professional Teaching Fellow

Catherine has a specialist responsibility for leading the CT courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme.

Catherine commenced in CT in 1999 as a new graduate in England and continued working in CT upon her move to New Zealand in 2001. On return to Northern Ireland in 2007, she took up Clinical Specialist posts, subsequently setting-up a CT service in the public sector and at a private imaging centre in Belfast.

Catherine's academic career began in early 2014 with the development of the first postgraduate CT course at the University of Auckland.

 

Adriana Mijatovic

Adriana Mijatovic – BMRSc (Ultrasonography) 
Professional Teaching Fellow

Adriana provides additional specialist expertise on the ultrasound courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging programme.

Adriana joined the Medical Imaging team at the University in September 2018. She completed her studies in general sonography in Canada, and has dedicated most of her clinical experience to working in the public setting. Adriana has a passion for ultrasound and helping guide future sonographers reach their full potential.

 

Cathy Sorensen

Cathy Sorensen
Professional Teaching Fellow

Cathy provides additional specialist expertise on the ultrasound courses within the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging programme. She is responsible for co-ordinating several of the postgraduate utrasound courses.

Cathy is currently Charge Sonographer working for a private radiology practice in Auckland. She has a long history of clinical teaching and has a special interest in this area.

 

Karen Wiki

Karen Wiki – NDMDI, Dip (Radionuclide Imaging) 
Professional Teaching Fellow

Karen provides specialist clinical expertise on the nuclear medicine courses, for the University of Auckland Postgraduate Medical Imaging Programme.

Karen has extensive experience in Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT and regained a practising certificate in Medical Imaging (CT only) in 2013, thus her clinical experience is varied. She completed a Diploma in Radionuclide Imaging in 1996 and since then has worked around New Zealand and in the UK.  

 

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