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.