South African Native Finds her Calling in Radiation Therapy
A couple years after working in the marketing field, Courtney Moller began to feel unfulfilled. So, she turned to Carolinas HealthCare System and the Carolinas College of Health Sciences to pursue a career change.
Following some independent research into the radiation therapy field, Moller eventually shadowed radiation therapists at Levine Cancer Institute and fell in love with the profession.
“The name Carolinas HealthCare System always has been a mainstay in my family,” says Moller. “Our family came to Charlotte all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, in the 1990s so my half-brother could get rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury. It is our hospital system of choice for a reason, and its partnership with Carolinas College of Health Sciences afforded me the opportunity to learn from the best.”
Get a world-class education
From her pathology classes to clinical, hands-on learning, Moller says her training created the strong foundation needed to build upon her career as a radiation therapist.
“The background I gained at Carolinas College of Health Sciences has been invaluable,” she says. “Providing quality healthcare within the scope of radiation therapy means balancing the compassion and care with the extremely meticulous and detailed work we do as therapists. My passion for what I do for my patients and their family day in and day out enables me to succeed.”
Moller completed the radiologic technology program at Carolinas College of Health Sciences in 2013 before earning a degree in radiation therapy from the University of North Carolina. Today, she lives in Durham, NC, and works as a radiation therapist within the Duke University Health System, where she delivers therapeutic radiation to patients with cancerous and non-cancerous lesions.
“I am proud to be working in such a prestigious cancer center, among world-class doctors – some of whom are the only oncologists ever to treat certain rare cases of cancers or skin conditions.”
There’s reason to be proud of Moller, too, however. She recently was published in the medical journal Radiation Therapist. Her article, “South Africa's Pathways in Higher Education for Radiation Therapy Practices,” was featured in the spring 2015 issue.
Words from the wise
Moller’s advice to students would be to network, explore and get involved in as many aspects of your chosen field of study.
“For something like radiologic technology, there are so many different areas of work,” she says. “The same concept can be applied for other areas, such as nursing. And networking is an important part of getting your name out there and meeting people in your industry. It sounds obvious and cliché, but it’s something some people tend to overlook.”