When EEG Runs in the Family
Saluting Careers in Neurodiagnostics
Most 18-year-olds have never heard of EEG or considered it as a career. For Christopher Griffin, neurodiagnostics was all around him — it was the family business since he was a baby. As the son of Simon and Mary Anne Griffin, R. EEG/EP T., founders of Lifelines Neuro, Christopher says he did not expect to choose this path as a career, it crept up on him.
“Over the past few years, I was exposed to what to expect in neurodiagnostics from working with the software until it didn’t feel like a huge learning curve and I knew that I liked it,” he says. He is currently attending the Lincoln Land Community College NDT program, in partnership with St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL, the same program his mom attended. As luck would have it, he is currently on a clinical rotation at St. Louis University Hospital, where his mom was formerly the EEG Lab Director in the early 90s.
|Christopher Griffin and mom Mary Anne Griffin in the St. Louis University Neurophysiology Lab||The Neurophysiology Lab Team at St. Louis University Hospital||Christopher practices his measuring skills on Charles Ackerman, R. EEG. T.|
For Mary Anne, choosing a career in EEG was not so simple. “I knew I wanted a career in the medical field and had the course catalog in front of me,” Mary Anne recalls. “There was radiology, EKG, and EEG, and I closed my eyes, pointed my finger, and landed on EEG.” And she never looked back, remembering fondly that her tuition and books cost her a total of $400, a pretty wise investment for a career that has not only built a global business but introduced her to Simon Griffin, whom she met at St. Louis University when he was selling neurodiagnostic equipment for a previous employer.
While Christopher’s parents were surprised when he chose EEG, they could not be prouder. He had considered a career in graphic design but says he could not see himself enjoying that forever. “I’ve been around neurodiagnostics all my life, and I can see myself doing it — it seemed illogical not to pursue it.”
Encouraging career growth in EEG is an important part of Mary Anne’s passions; she just did not expect it so close to home. As an ASET Foundation board member, she participates in the annual selection of scholarship awards for educational grants to attend the national ASET conference.
Christopher is not sure just yet where his passion for EEG will take him. “There are so many different things that are appealing, from the hospital, physician’s office, or technical support," he says. “It’s really been eye-opening to experience it all.” Next year when he completes his NDT education, Christopher will continue to follow in his mother's footsteps – exactly 40 years after she graduated and began her career.