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Amanda Grocott

Amanda Grocott

Radiology Education Manager

Amanda graduated from NDSU, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences in 2010. After graduation, she began working at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD as a computed tomography (CT) technologist. In 2016, she received her MBA in Healthcare Management and became the radiology education manager at the Sanford School of Radiography in Fargo. Amanda is responsible for multiple didactic courses and is passionate about promoting lifelong learning.

Amanda cherishes time spent with family. She and her husband Denny have one son. They live in West Fargo where they enjoy spending time outdoors with their dog. 


LaRae Close

LaRae Close

Radiology Educator

LaRae believes mentorship is key in the development of student radiographers and that all clinical staff play an essential role in the outcome of our graduates.

Starting at St. Luke’s School of Radiography in 1989, LaRae has had the privilege of experiencing many changes throughout the imaging department. She worked as a general radiographer in the hospital setting for 10 years, during which she worked with students as a part-time faculty member. In 1999, she became a full-time clinical instructor. She continues to instruct didactic courses for Positioning and Image Analysis.

LaRae’s greatest satisfaction is seeing a student develop and become a confident professional. She often gets to interact with previous graduates in the departments and loves hearing about their careers and families. 


Sabrina Bickel

Sabrina Bickel

Radiology Educator

Graduating from MeritCare School of Radiography’s first Bachelor of Science class in 2001, Sabrina is excited for the opportunity to give back to the program that instilled her passion for radiology.

She is a registered radiologic technologist and educator working with students and peers encouraging them to meet their best potential. She believes that a solid foundation is an integral piece to success.

Sabrina has worked in several imaging modalities all around the United States and has settled back home in West Fargo. You will likely find her at the hockey arena cheering for her favorite tiny hockey player and enjoying the outdoors with her two children.