Faculty

Teaching faculty

The Radiation Therapy Program is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific and technical staffs of Mayo Clinic. These include radiation therapists, dosimetrists, nurses, physicians and physicists from the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as their clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in radiation oncology.

Leila Bussman-Yeakel, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(T)

Program Director

Leila Bussman-Yeakel joined the Radiation Therapy Program in 1984. She graduated from Swedish American Hospital’s Radiography and Radiation Therapy Programs in 1980 and 1981 and obtained a bachelor’s degree from University of St. Francis in 1987. Ms. Bussman-Yeakel received her master's degree in adult education in 2008 from the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Bussman-Yeakel’s teaching responsibilities include: Introduction to Radiation Therapy, Pathology, Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy, Operational Issues, Radiobiology, and Board Exam Review. She is a contributor to the Washington and Leaver textbook on Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy on GI Malignancies and Merrill’s Atlas of Radiographic Positions and Radiographic Procedures’ chapter on Radiation Oncology.

Jodi Buchholtz, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

Clinical Supervisor/Preceptor

Jodi Buchholtz joined the Radiation Therapy Program in 2001 as Clinical Supervisor. She joined Mayo Clinic after graduating from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences' Radiation Therapy Program in 1989. Ms. Buchholtz obtained her Bachelor of Science in radiologic sciences from Ohio State University in 1988. She provides clinical instruction and evaluation of students’ clinical performance and competency exams throughout the program.

Jacqueline Saltness, B.S., R.T.(R)(T)

Clinical Supervisor/Preceptor

Jacqueline Saltness joined the Radiation Therapy Program in 1991 as Clinical Supervisor. Ms. Saltness began her career at Mayo Clinic after graduating from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences' Radiation Therapy Program in 1986. She also worked in dosimetry at Mayo Clinic for two years before accepting a position with the program. Ms. Saltness completed the Marion Health Center – Sioux City, Iowa, Radiography Program in 1985 and obtained her Bachelor of Science in health arts from the University of St. Francis in 1993.

Ms. Saltness provides clinical instruction and evaluation of students’ clinical performance and competency exams throughout the program.

C. Robert Blackwell, M.S.

Physics Faculty

Mr. C. Robert Blackwell joined the Radiation Therapy Program faculty in 1986 as a physics instructor. In addition to teaching, Mr. Blackwell assists with the development and coordination of all physics instruction. Mr. Blackwell received his master’s degree in physics from the University of South Carolina in 1982, a master’s degree in public health from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1984, and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Mayo Graduate School in 1994.

Mr. Blackwell’s teaching responsibilities have included General Physics and Mathematics, Radiation Physics, Quality Assurance, and Board Exam Review sessions.

Janelle Braun, R.P.T.

Health Physics Associate, Radiation Protection Technologist

Janelle Braun joined the Radiation Therapy Program faculty in 1999 as a Radiation Protection instructor. Ms. Braun received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Hamline University in 1979 and became a registered radiation protection technologist in 1989.

Ms. Braun develops and coordinates instruction for the Radiation Protection and Safety curriculum for the Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine programs.

Visiting professors and lecturers

A hallmark of higher education excellence is the breadth and depth of information and experience provided to you by faculty and visiting experts. Each year, many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic to lecture in their areas of medical and scientific expertise.

As a student at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, you are encouraged to learn from these valuable resources by attending all relevant conferences, lectures and seminars prepared for students, interns, residents, fellows and consulting staff.

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