Kyle Patton, M.S.
- M.S. Medical Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mr. Patton started his medical physics career as an intern and founding member of Elekta’s Operational Physics department which was responsible for training and education as well as physics support across North America. While there, he played an instrumental role in the development of Elekta’s physics training curriculum culminating in 4 AAPM endorsed physics courses worth a total of 90.7 CE credits. After 450 hours as lead trainer and nearly 4 years providing clinical physics support across North America, Mr. Patton moved into the role of global physics foundation trainer for Elekta’s flagship treatment platform, the Unity MR-Linac. As a foundation trainer he developed physics curriculum, on-site validation, and end to end testing procedures.
Mr. Patton stayed with Elekta through both the European CE mark and United States 510k clinical approval processes before stepping away to found Advanced Physics Solutions. His vision for Advanced Physics Solutions was to start a medical physics firm combining both industrial and clinical experts to the benefit of their clients. He continues to lecture for Elekta while further developing his vision of a company that fuses the best in clinical practice with industry expertise.
Oscar Calvo, Ph.D. DABR
- Ph.D. Medical Physics, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio
Dr. Calvo received his M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at el Paso and his Ph.D in Medical Physics from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Calvo has ABR certification in Therapeutic Medical Physics and is currently meeting MOC requirements.
Dr. Calvo has over 8 years in the field of therapeutic medical physics serving in both academic and clinic positions ranging from clinical medical physicist, senior Medical Physicist at a large hospital to regional director of Medical Physics. In addition, he has served as the RSO for RAM and x-ray registration licenses in the states of Arkansas and Texas.
Dr. Calvo's clinical experience includes a wide range of equipment from Varian, Elekta, Tomotherapy and Xoft as well as support equipment such as IBA, PTW, Standard Imaging and Sun Nuclear. Dr. Calvo has had the opportunity of opening new practices and establish policies and procedures as well as workflows that help establish structure to new cancer centers. He has experience establishing new techniques such as HDR, SRS and SBRTs on cancer centers as well as create develop QA programs for linear accelerators and HDR afterloaders.
Alan Cohen, M.S. DABR
- M.S. Medical Physics, Wayne State University
Mr. Cohen has over 25 years in the field of therapeutic medical physics serving in both the clinic and industry in positions ranging from Chief Medical Physicist at a large hospital to Head of Medical Physics, Clinical Support. In addition, he serves as Chair of IEC 62C and oversees the committees responsible for writing the international safety & performance standards of medical equipment and systems for the use of ionizing radiation for the treatment of disease.
His clinical experience includes a wide range of equipment from Varian, Elekta and Siemens as well as support equipment from IBA, PTW, Standard Imaging and Sun Nuclear. In addition, his 10 years with Accuray and 7 years with CMS makes him an expert on CyberKnife and XIO. In his 25+ years, Mr. Cohen has provided on-site support to clinical physicists in over 35 countries and understands the various challenges faced in clinics around the world.
His industry experience started with leveraging his education background to develop the first in-house course for the Focus treatment planning system. It expanded over the years to include working with engineering on product design & testing, regulatory compliance, risk assessments, and marketing.
Laura Schmanke, M.S. DABR
- M.S. Nuclear Science, Louisiana State University
Ms. Schmanke received her M.S from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge Louisiana. During her education she received clinical training at Mary Bird Cancer Center. She is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics and holds a Texas therapy physics license.
Ms. Berey-Schmanke began her career at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. She has over 25 years of experience in multiple hospital and freestanding cancer centers as a site physicist and as a consulting physicist. She has extensive clinical experience with a wide range of procedures, including external beam, RapidArc, SRS, SBRT, Gamma Knife, prostate seed implants, and eye plaques. Her equipment experience includes Sun Nuclear, Standard imaging, PTW, and IBA.
George Thomas, M.S.
- M.S. Medical Physics, University of Oklahoma HSC
Mr. Thomas started his medical physics career with a consulting group in Oklahoma which exposed him to a variety of clinical settings throughout the state. From here he transitioned to a private clinical group that provides cancer treatment for the Oklahoma city metro area. All together, he has about 15 years of extensive medical physics experience which includes radiation safety. Currently, Mr. Thomas serves as the RSO and physicist for 6 cancer centers in the Oklahoma City Metro area. Mr. Thomas has proficiency with a variety of SunNuclear, IBA, and Standard Imaging QA devices for physics calibrations. He has experience with Varian, Siemens, TomoTherapy accelerators, Cyberknife, and Xoft Electronic brachytherapy.
Mr. Thomas joined with Advanced Physics Solutions in August of 2018. He has already been involved with starting a new cancer center in Oklahoma City with the commissioning of a Varian and Xoft EBT unit. Mr. Thomas looks forward to expanding his experience and knowledge base with the company to better serve the clinics that we support.