Tyler Fisher

Engineering Physics, Class of 2004

Tyler Fisher using a cat scan machine

Tyler Fisher (04) describes his choice to pursue physics very simply: “It just made sense.” At PLNU, he worked closely with his professors. One professor in particular, Dr. Dee Puntenney, brought his expertise in the realm of medical physics to the classroom, and Fisher immediately gravitated toward the subject matter.

Fisher is now a certified medical physicist and vice president at Therapy Physics, Inc.

Fisher graduated from PLNU with a bachelor’s in engineering physics and went on to earn his master’s in physics from San Diego State University. He worked for a year at Sharp HealthCare, where he focused on radiation therapy for cancer treatment, before moving on to his current position: consultant diagnostic medical physicist for therapy physics.

For the last seven years, Fisher has worked in this role to ensure that healthcare facilities throughout Southern California are meeting industry regulations for medical imaging equipment. He tests a variety of equipment, including MRI, CT, mammography, and X-ray machines, to verify that each is operating correctly, providing quality images, and is safe for patient and physician use.

In addition, he works alongside architects to help design imaging rooms, advising them on specifics such as how much lead should go into the walls to offer adequate protection.

While Fisher credits PLNU for preparing him technically to do the work he does now, he recognizes his career success is due to more than just his physics classes.

“My time at PLNU helped me become a well-rounded individual, someone who can communicate and write and be thrown into a social situation and know what I’m doing,” he said. “You have to know how to build trust and develop personal relationships and make people feel comfortable, and I think PLNU does a great job at preparing students for that.”

Tyler Fisher (04) describes his choice to pursue physics very simply: “It just made sense.” At PLNU, he worked closely with his professors. One professor in particular, Dr. Dee Puntenney, brought his expertise in the realm of medical physics to the classroom, and Fisher immediately gravitated toward the subject matter.

Fisher graduated from PLNU with a bachelor’s in engineering physics and went on to earn his master’s in physics from San Diego State University. He worked for a year at Sharp HealthCare, where he focused on radiation therapy for cancer treatment, before moving on to his current position: consultant diagnostic medical physicist for Therapy Physics.

For the last seven years, Fisher has worked in this role to ensure that healthcare facilities throughout Southern California are meeting industry regulations for medical imaging equipment. He tests a variety of equipment, including MRI, CT, mammography, and X-ray machines, to verify that each is operating correctly, providing quality images, and is safe for patient and physician use.

In addition, he works alongside architects to help design imaging rooms, advising them on specifics such as how much lead should go into the walls to offer adequate protection.

While Fisher credits PLNU for preparing him technically to do the work he does now, he recognizes his career success is due to more than just his physics classes.

“My time at PLNU helped me become a well-rounded individual, someone who can communicate and write and be thrown into a social situation and know what I’m doing,” he said. “You have to know how to build trust and develop personal relationships and make people feel comfortable, and I think PLNU does a great job at preparing students for that.”

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