Growing up in Mansfield, Louisiana, Courtney L. Trindade, R.T. (R)(CT)(M) (ARRT), knew she would one day help others. She was interested in health care and upon earning an associate degree of applied science she set her sights on a career in diagnostic imaging. She is currently the assistant center director for Solis Mammography.
ICE magazine Editor John Wallace met Trindade at the 2022 AHRA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. He found out more about her via a question-and-answer session.
Q: Where did you receive your imaging training/education? What degrees/certifications do you have?
A: I received my imaging/training at Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana. I have an associate degree in applied science and my certifications are radiologic technologist with focuses in diagnostic imaging, computed tomography and mammography under the ARRT. I also have a certification in basic life support.
Q: How did you first decide to start working in imaging?
A: I always knew that I wanted to be in the health care field because I love to help others and I wanted to make a difference in their care. I wanted to be that person of assurance so that they would feel confident that they were receiving the best care possible.
Q: Why did you choose to get into this field?
A: My mother knew that I was interested in working in the health care field but wasn’t quite sure which area I would want to be in. She saw an article in the newspaper stating how there was a shortage in the radiology field for technologists and asked me to read it to see if it would be something that would interest me. I read the article and it went up from there. I was very interested in the things that they were explaining about what the field could offer. It gave me the opportunity that I was looking for because I would get the chance to do exactly what I was looking for – giving great care to patients and being apart of the treatment process. I started my career as a staff technologist in diagnostic imaging and from there I pursued computed tomography. After working in those areas for 13 years, I went into the mammography field as a staff technologist. I’ve always possessed leadership skills and moved quickly into the lead technologist role after 9 months and from there was promoted to assistant center director within the next 18 months.
Q: What do you like most about your position?
A: I enjoy being able to help guide my team to success. I love seeing others thrive and grow within their scope and help build them up to be able to grow further if they desire. I love the respect that is given to me from my team because they believe and know that I will always be there to help where I am needed. I also love that I get to grow and learn more so that I can continue to achieve more success.
Q: What interests you the most about the imaging field?
A: What interests me the most is that I get to see a side of the human body that can only be visualized by using special equipment. I have the opportunity to work alongside radiologists/technologists who are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do for this field.
Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?
A: My greatest accomplishment has been being recognized by my senior leadership and given the opportunity to thrive as a fellow leader within my company.
Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next 5 years?
A: My goal is to work towards my bachelor’s degree and pursue a master’s degree in health care administration.