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Medical Technologist Professional Experience

San Antonio, TX
March 15, 2018

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Kendra Orth, MLS(ASCP)C M

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San Antonio, TX 78256



CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Microbiology Laboratory, Houston, TX Medical Technologist (2011-present)

● Work up routine and acid fast cultures based on source and specimen type including respiratory, wound, urine/stool, surgical, cystic fibrosis, and blood cultures

● Perform Accuprobe DNA probes for M . avium complex and M . tuberculosis

● Led validation, implemented workflow, and trained lab personnel for Vitek MS mass spectrometer

● Principal liaison between the Infectious Disease group and the microbiology lab

● Set up and processed specimens for rapid tests, routine and acid fast cultures

● Utilize Truant and Calcufluor White stains to visualize AFB and fungus

● Identify parasites through coccidian, trichrome, direct and saline preparations

● Set up and interpret identifications and sensitivities using Vitek, Kirby-Bauer, E-Test, Sensititer methods

● Manage BacT/Alert blood and Mycobacteria instruments

● Organize and prepare for CAP inspections

● Aid in updating procedures and compliance among technicians

● Trained fellow technicians in culture workup and procedures

● Accession specimens and perform daily quality control protocols

● Read gram stains, Kinyoun, acridine orange, and fecal leukocyte slides Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, TX DNA Laboratory Technician (2007-2010)

● Prepare blood staincards from medico-legal blood samples for DNA analysis

● Obtain evidence and maintain chain of custody for crime scene evidence and toxicological specimens

● Submit DNA laboratory reports to respective law enforcement agencies

● Ensure compliance with quality standards set by ASCLD/LAB International/ISO 17025

● Record temperatures for equipment, manage logs for inspection documentation

● Perform bimonthly inventory, enter purchasing requisitions into IFAS Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Houston, TX

Director of Pet Nursing (2006-2007)

● Develop X-Rays and run diagnostic laboratory tests including blood work and urinalysis

● Assist doctor in surgery and maintain post-operative care

● Take medical history and perform initial exam on patient

● Hire Pet Nurses and lead them through an intensive training program

● Manage inventory and order supplies for the hospital EDUCATION

The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX ( 2010-2011)

Medical Laboratory Science Program

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX (2006-2007) School of Public Health: Public Health Certificate Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2002-2005) Bachelor of Science, Biology


ASCP Certificate Maintenance Program


36 hours every three years of ASCP certified online courses Biomerieux Vitek Mass Spectrometer training – Durham, North Carolina (2014) Agents of Bioterrorism: Sentinel Laboratory Training- City of Houston Health Department (2013) Ethics in Forensic Science - West Virginia University (2010) AWARDS AND HONORS

College of Science Distinguished Student Award (2004)

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