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Physicians Laboratory employs five Cytotechnologists. Each one is Board Certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and employs a vast range of experience. PL cytotechs are involved in a wide range of activities in addition to their screening duties. 

  


  • Shirlee DeHaan, BA CT(ASCP) Shirlee2012.jpg
    Cytology department supervisor. Shirlee has been employed at Physicians Laboratory since 1976. She is a graduate of Sioux Falls College and The Mercy Hospital School of Cytotechnology in Des Moines, Iowa.   Shirlee also serves as the credentialer for Physicans Laboratory, ensuring that all paperwork is current for pathologists and insurers. 

 

 


  • David Tolk, BS CT(ASCP)  Dave2012.jpg
    David is the senior cytotechnologist at Physicians Laboratory. He has been employed at PL since 1995.  David is a graduate of South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Cytotechnology in Rochester, SD.  He is also an active participant in laboratory inspections through The College of American Pathology (CAP).

 

 

 


  • Helen C. Birkeland, BS CT, MB(ASCP)  Helen2012.jpg
    Helen joined the staff at Physicians Laboratory in 1999. She attended the University of South Dakota in Vermilion, SD, in addition to graduating from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL and The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Related Professions. Helen is a member of the Mountain States Cytology Association.  Helen completed the Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics Program through the Michigan State University and became board certified as a Molecular Pathology Technologist in June 2009. 

 

 



  • Scott Koelewyn, BA MT CT(ASCP)  Scott2012.jpg
    Scott joined the cytology staff at Physicians Laboratory in 1999. Prior to his career in cytology, Scott was a Medical Technologist for 4 years. Scott is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, the Sioux City Medical Technology Program at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA, and the Nichols Institute Program in Cytotechnology in Sioux Falls, SD.

 

 

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Kasey Tong, CT(ASCP)  Kasey2012.jpg
Kasey is the newest member of Physicians Laboratory, joining in August, 2011.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Cytotechnology. Kasey also serves as the Safety Officer for Physicians Laboratory.