What is your position and role at Gillette? What are some of your daily activities? I am an ultrasound technologist at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.  I scan the major organs of the body, veins and nerves.  The benefits of ultrasounds are that it does not require sedation and has no radiation, so it is a good option for children and people that need to be imaged often.  It’s also a “dynamic” modality showing real time motion like blood flow, stones moving, and muscles contracting.  It’s fun (and informative) to watch!

Meet Us Monday - Melissa Pettyjohn, Ultrasound TechnologistDo you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? Getting to know my patients brings me joy. I have been scanning the same people for the last seven years. It has been great to build relationships and watch them grow!  We catch up with their latest accomplishments, challenges, and life in general while I scan.

What do you like best about working at Gillette?  Gillette challenges employees to grow and supports us as we do. That is a rare and wonderful thing! I came to Gillette as a relatively new ultrasound tech. I was allowed to develop job duties and scan protocols that best served the patients and providers.  I have also been able to work with providers to learn and develop new scans that are not commonly offered at other facilities, such as infant shoulders, intraoperative spinal canals and peripheral nerves. 

 Do you have any children or pets? My husband and I have a son, Jack, who is 12 – almost a teenager! We also have a rescue dog and cat that keep us entertained.  I am a pushover for rescue animals, if we had more room I would have adopted a whole zoo by now.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?  That changes all the time because I want to travel everywhere.  Right now, I’d love to spend time in Costa Rica.  Beaches, jungles, volcanoes – Cost Rica has it all!

 What are some of your hobbies outside of work?  I love spending time with my family and traveling when I can.  I am a voracious reader and can read 300+ pages a night if the book is interesting.  We bought a fixer-upper that needed a few more fixes than we were aware of, so that is our main hobby.  We have definitely improved our carpentry, electrical, and plumbing skills.

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