Beth Smock wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.
The 2002 Pine Valley Central High School graduate attended the WCA School of Radiologic Technology and completed her coursework in 2011.
“Everyone (at WCA) is very passionate about what they do,” Smock said. “This program is very hands on and really allowed me to discover what I was truly passionate about.”
For five and a half years, Smock worked as a radiologic technologist at what is now known as UPMC Chautauqua WCA before deciding to branch off into mammography.
“I wanted to find a specialty that gave me more one on one time with my patients,” Smock said.
In September 2016, Smock completed her mammography coursework with Herzing University and continues her career at UPMC Chautauqua WCA.
“It is important, in this line of work, that people are driven to do this,” Smock explained. “Coming in for x-rays, mammograms and other tests can be very stressful for patients. Everyone I have ever worked with here at WCA has been very caring and they all love what they do.”
In addition to her career, Smock also volunteers with Look Good, Feel Better- a free program that offers female cancer patients in active treatment techniques to restore their self-image and cope with appearance-related side effects. This program is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and UPMC Chautauqua WCA.
“I have lived in Chautauqua County my whole life,” Smock said. “The main reason I stay is for my family, and not just my immediate family, but the community members who turn into family. From our neighbors down the road to everyone who goes out of their way to help one another, I feel very lucky to live here.”
This is part of a series focusing on local residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.