Wendy Woehr Terrenoire

Wendy Woehr Terrenoire

Tell us about yourself

My name is Wendy Woehr Terrenoire. I have my MS in Radiological Science from the University of Lowell, Lowell, MA and my BS in Radiological Science from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.

I work at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, NC.

When did you start working with lasers?

I started working in laser safety at Duke University, Durham, NC in 2008 under Ben Edwards.

How did you become the LSO?

In 2012 I became the Laser Safety Officer at Duke. I attended a weeklong LIA course and obtained my CLSO certification.

Do you like being the LSO? What do you feel are the LSO’s challenges today?

I love being the LSO. Coming from the health physics world, I discovered that as I learned more about lasers, my job became more interesting and challenging. When I was LSO at Duke the program was huge, with hundreds of research lasers and just under 100 medical lasers, and growing each month. I had a great laser team to help cover the safety for this program. The biggest challenge was obtaining support from management for the installation of laser safety equipment.

In 2016, I left Duke for the job as Radiation Safety Officer at the Durham VA Medical Center. At the VA, I am also the Laser Safety Officer. The laser program is smaller but still has its challenges. As the first CLSO at this VA, I have introduced many changes to the program that will improve the safety and treatment of our veterans.

How has becoming certified benefited you in your career?

Becoming certified has been a definite help. It helped me secure the LSO position at Duke, and was a bonus for securing the RSO position at the Durham VA. I highly recommend certification for anyone responsible for laser safety.

Due to health concerns, the spring CLSO/CMLSO exam is being cancelled and the 2020 DOE workshop has been postponed. The fall exam will be held be held prior to the 2020 DOE workshop on August 17th, 2020. Our office team is working remotely and ready to assist you during our regular business hours!