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Nicole grew up in small town Ellendale, North Dakota, later attending college in Bismarck at the University of Mary to obtain her undergraduate degree in Radiology. Nicole was accepted into the Echocardiography Program at Mayo, Rochester in the spring of 2001. While studying and working at Mayo, Nicole received extensive training and experience in Cardiac Ultrasound or Echocardiography. In 2003, she moved with her family to Rapid City and joined The Heart Doctors, working as a full time echocardiographer and vascular technologist for the next 6 years.
Black Hills Ultrasound was founded in 2009 as a mobile company primarily providing echocardiography and vascular ultrasound services to rural community hospitals throughout the Black Hills Region. Nicole stayed on part time at The Heart and Vascular Institute while providing mobile imaging for Black Hills Ultrasound. Over the next several years, General and OB/GYN services were added to our mobile ultrasound division. In 2013 Black Hills Ultrasound partnered with Black Hills Surgical Hospital to provide advanced ultrasound imaging to the local residents of Rapid City through Black Hills Imaging Center.
“It has been a dream of a lifetime to serve the communities of our region with the skill and knowledge that I was privileged to obtain while at Mayo Rochester. Increased access to high quality ultrasound imaging in the rural setting has been the goal since day one.”
In her free time, Nicole enjoys following her three kids’ sporting events and activities. She enjoys spending time in the great outdoors hiking, biking, trail running, swimming or just exploring the many beautiful areas we are lucky to have so close to home.
Shay grew up outside of Pringle and completed high school in Custer. She attended college in St. Cloud, MN at St. Cloud Technical College and graduated in 2007 with an Associates of Applied Science in Echocardiography. Upon graduating, Shay spent 2 years in Columbia, MO, became a traveling sonographer, and eventually moved to South Lake Tahoe, CA. During this time, she attended Colorado Technical University Online and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration – Healthcare Management in 2010. Shay also joined the Army National Guard when she went to college and completed 8 years of service. Shay and her husband spent 6 years in Lake Tahoe enjoying the mountain life before moving back home to the beautiful Black Hills to start a family. She has worked at Black Hills Ultrasound since 2015. Shay is a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer and a Registered Vascular Technologist. In her free time, Shay and her husband enjoy spending time with their three beautiful kids, golfing, boating, skiing during the winter, and traveling to the tropics to go scuba diving.
Emily Aughenbaugh is an experienced Abdominal and OB/GYN sonographer. Driven by her love for anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, she takes pride in providing high quality diagnostic images to the providers in our community. She graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa in 2014. Since that time she has pursued her career in sonography in her hometown at the Rapid City Medical Center, and in 2020 she joined the team at Black Hills Ultrasound. When she is not keeping busy with her work-life, you can find her enjoying the beauty of the Black Hills with her daughter, Kennedy.
20 year Air Force veteran specializing in aircraft avionics maintenance 1981-1991, Cardiopulmonary diagnostics, Respiratory Therapy and EMT 1991- 2001.
2001-2007 nationwide Cardiovascular contract sonographer.
2007-2015 Regional Heart Doctors Cardiovascular sonographer
2015-2017 Hettinger ND, West River Health Services, trained in General and OB/GYN
2017-2020 nationwide cardiovascular sonographer (10 years total as a contract sonographer)
Education: Communtiy College of the Air Force: Associates degree Cardiopulmonary Technology
California College of Health Sciences: Associates degree Respiratory Therapy
National American University: BS Business Management
Active credentials: RDCS, RVT
Inactive credentials: CPFT certified pulmonary function technician
CRT certified respiratory therapy technician
Member of SDMS
Hobbies: avid outdoorsman; enjoy hunting, fishing, scuba diving and the occasional tandem skydive. Love the rural life and DIY projects.
Andrea Maestas a native of Phoenix , Air Force veteran and mother of two has been handling patient accounts for Black Hills Ultrasound since 2013. She has a background in federal and foundation grant writing. Her consulting business for grant writing is The Grant Mother, LLC.
Andrea also owns Support Office Solutions that provides virtual assistance, administrative services, and a coworking office space on Jackson Boulevard in Rapid City.
In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her three senior rescue canine friends.