Association of Surgical Technologists

North Dakota State Assembly

Association of Surgical Technologists
Association of Surgical Technologists



My name is Nicole Gerhardt. I went to school at Bismarck State College. I work at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center and Advance Surgical Arts Center. I have been scrubbing for 7 years and scrub in all specialties. I love scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

 Vice President

My name is Dawn Harris I am Vice President of the North Dakota State Assemby. I have been a CST for 21 years
and I scrubbed before then. I went to School at Presentation College "go saint" graduated with a associate degree
in Surgical Technology as I worked in my field I was persuaded to go get my Frist Assist so I completed the course and received my certificate. As my journey and passion for surgery went on on went on and got my Bachelors Degree in Medical Assisting into my my teaching career I went full force and truly loved. As my journey took me coast to coast as a traveler I have learned and met some incredieble people. Now I live in Lemmon SD with my husband on the ranch for almost 40 yrs. And I work at St Joseph's Health in Dickinson, ND. I have two children a boy and a girl and five wonderful grandchildren, my life has been so blessed.


My name is Darcy Galt and I am currently the Secretary of the North Dakota Association for Surgical Technologist. I have been an active member of AST for 13 years and have been certified for 12. I have two adult children and two grandchildren ages 7 and 5. I currently do ortho, GU, ENT, OB/GYN and general. I work for Sanford in Bismarck. I graduated from the 1st Surgical Technology class at Bismarck State College and did my entire surgical rotation at Medcenter One in Bismarck (now known as Sanford Bismarck). I also worked at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston, Wisconsin for 5 years.



My name is Cherie Frenzel and I'm currently Treasurer of the ND State Assembly. I graduated from Mandan HS, and later Bismarck State College. I have been a CST for 6 years. I work at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, where I scrub mainly in Ortho and Cardiovascular. I have been a member of the ND National Guard for 16 years. In what free time this leaves me; I enjoy reading, movies, and relaxing with friends and family.


Board Of Directors

My name is Amanda Putala.  I graduated from the Surgical Tech Program at Northern Michigan University in 2003. I've been Certified and a member of AST since 2004. I worked in Michigan for 3 years before taking travel assignments in 6 different states across the country which brought me to North Dakota in 2009. I currently work at the Sanford Dickinson ASC and PRN at CHI St. Joseph's Health where I scrub a variety of specialties. My husband and I have 1 child, Easton and we all love to travel.


My name is Cheryl Wanner.  I graduated from Bismarck State College in 2003, right after graduation I started working at St. Josephs Hospital in Dickinson, I worked there until January 2012. As crazy as it sounds I took 2 years off and worked for 2 different oil field companies:) I enjoyed the job but missed the OR environment alot. Sanford Dickinson Clinic had just built a brand new facility with an ASC and a position came up so decided to jump on it. I started working there June 2014 and so happy I did:)

Me and my husband Jeremy were married July 2005 and we have two girls, Ashlynn (7) and Maci (3)

We enjoy camping, fishing and spending time with friends and family:)


My name is Michelle Zink.  I went to school at Northland Community and Technical College, I've been a CST for the past 5 years. I work at Carrington Health Center, both in the OR and on the hospital floor. I have two dogs with my boyfriend; their names are Elvis and Hank. I love knitting, cooking and traveling.


My name is Ryan Quick.  I graduated from Bismarck State College. I am a CST, as well as a CSFA. I work at Sanford Hospital.


My name is Leslie Ann Heitkamp, I am from Arthur, ND.
I went to school atRasmussen College. I currently work at Essentia Health, and I am studying for my CSFA. I also am a Lab Instructor at Rasmussen College. I scrub for CV/General; I am also the Robotics Coordinator

I Eloped at Treehouse Point in Issaquah, WA June 27, 2014 to Simon Heitkamp; with our first child (Boy) is due 6/16/15
My hobbies are reading, baking, kayaking, and hiking.
Fun Fact: I Love Kitchen Appliances!