Ben Smith, R.T. (R)(N), MBA, CEO
As a second-generation Oregonian, I was thrilled to bring my more than 25 years of experience in diagnostic imaging to Grants Pass. Living all over the United States during my seven-year service with the United States Air Force provided me with a unique perspective on the health care needs of rural communities. As an individual and father, I’ve personally struggled with the ever-increasing cost of health care and especially with diagnostic imaging. I promised myself if an opportunity ever arose to serve my community by reducing the cost of health care, I would take it. Becoming the CEO of Mid Rogue Imaging has fulfilled my lifelong dream to serve my community and make a positive difference in people’s lives.
When I’m not working with the Rotary Club of Grants Pass or the Grants Pass Kiwanis, I can be found riding my motorcycle, working on old cars, and hiking the beautiful local trails during my free time.
Caryl Story, R.T. Ultrasound, X-ray, CT, BD
Because of my love of the outdoors, I was encouraged to attend Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, where I received my Radiologic Degree. I have enjoyed enhancing my diagnostic medical ultrasound skills in the beautiful and scenic Rogue valley for over 20 years. Along with my immediate family members, I have been able to participate in various equine activities in Southern Oregon, which has allowed me to work as a past member of the Josephine County Sheriffs Mounted Posse and a current member of the Jackson County Sheriffs Mounted Posse.
Tom Jones, R.T. X-Ray, MRI, CT
After serving as a Gunners Mate in the U.S. Navy, I attended an X-ray technologist externship program in Seattle, Washington, graduating in 1993. Since then, I have amassed advanced level certifications in Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and is board eligible in Positron Emission Tomography. When not at work, I like to hike and hang out with my dogs, Clay and Jax.
Jake Peircey, R.T. X-ray, CT
I began my journey in the medical field in the rehabilitation department at St. Charles Health System where I assisted with patients that had mobility issues. The experience taught me the importance of patience and empathy for my patients and the value of strong teamwork. I was accepted into the diagnostic imaging program and moved into radiology, which shaped my desire not only to be proficient at my craft but also to strive to be an asset to my team. I built my skills in CT over the next few years, with a full-time position and advanced CT training at the Siemens facility. I then entered a position as an Imaging Supervisor and CT Coordinator and helped transition my team into a new Imaging Department and updated our CT protocols and processes so we could deliver the highest level of efficient patient care. My goal is to continue to grow in my skills technically and to bring my passion to serve to Mid Rogue Imaging.
Sherry Detwiler, Health Information Administrator
I am delighted to bring my experience to our community. Mid Rogue Imaging supports my desire to better the health of our community through providing a low cost quality alternative for diagnostic imaging. I am well versed in the legal and billing precepts of coding and medical necessity. I have a BS in Health Information Management and have been certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator by AHIMA, with ten years of experience. When not on the job, I enjoy music, working with children, rafting the Rogue, playing in snow and fulfilling my most important role as a mom.
Katelyn Bacon, Front Desk
After a successful career in the eye care field, I made the leap over to medical imaging and healthcare services to better help my community with affordable choices. I’m happy to be one of the friendly and welcoming staff who get to welcome you into our facility. I’m happily married with three active children, keeping my nonworking hours wonderfully entertaining. When I’m not welcoming patients into MRIC, you can find my husband and I taking the kids out on all the Oregon adventures we can find!
Natasha Matola, Front Desk
I’m so pleased to be joining the MRIC staff! Like Katelyn, I’m coming from 2 years spent in the world of eye care. I’m new to this field, but I am so happy to a part of an organization seeking to help our community and make life better for my neighbors. When I’m not being a friendly people-person behind the front counter, I’m a champion crocheter dreaming up new creations and projects for family and friends.
Jill Tucker, Chief Nerd
As a transplanted Oregonian, I was thrilled to join MRIC and help out with some of the things I love most. While I’m not usually haunting the office, I’m likely to be found updating and improving our website, running numbers to show others in our community the impact MRIC is having on our community, or I may be in a coffee shop working to update our strategic frameworks and goals for the coming year. In short, if there’s a marketing, numbers, website, or strategy question, I’m likely working on it! When I’m not nerding out about all the cool MRIC stuff, I’m probably wandering the Willamette Valley with my two canine sidekicks, working on my parents homestead, or curled up with a good book…probably about numbers or another nerd topic.