Q & A with Pink and Teal Hero Colleen Tegeler, RT, (R) (T)

Colleen Tegeler, our 2017 Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Hero, with fellow members of the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Care Team. (Photo R to L) Colleen Tegeler, (R)(T); Director of Radiation Oncology, Violet M. Yacovelli, RN, Practice Administrator; Bonnie Miller, RN, BSN, OCN, FAAMA, Assistant Vice President of Oncology Services; and 2014 Pink and Teal Hero, Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, APN, AOCN, Oncology Advance Practice Nurse & Director Outreach Prevention and Survivorship.

Colleen Tegeler, RT, (R) (T), is the Director of Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and a 2017 Pink and Teal Hero. Find out who’s on this country music lover’s playlist right now and what she does for fun when she’s not working.

Q. How did you decide to become a radiation therapist?

A. After attending school for Radiologic Technology, I quickly decided that I wanted do more to help patients and enrolled in Cooper’s School of Radiation Therapy.

Q. Who or what inspires you?

A. My father, who died of cancer, and my sister and husband who are both cancer survivors inspire me.

Q. What books are currently on your nightstand?

A. I’m normally reading about cancer and different types of radiation treatments for cancer, but I also have The Promise of a Pencil on my nightstand right now. It’s about how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change.

Q. What do you do for fun?

A. I’m a big snow skier. I also like spending time at the Shore in the summer.

Q. Who’s on your music playlist at the moment?

A. Blake Shelton. Kenny Chesney. Usually, it’s anything country.

Q. Do you have a personal motto or philosophy?

A. I try to treat everyone how I would like my family treated. With love, compassion and respect.

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