Dmitriy Shlemanov, RVT, RDMS
Licensed Ultrasound Technologist
I was born in the USSR (Siberia) in September 1975, and I grew up in the small town of Sinegori (which translates to “blue mountains” and is directly across from Alaska). There, I completed school through the 8th grade, and I was a member of the Greco Roman wrestling team.
My family and I moved to the USA in 1990. I continued wrestling for Springfield Central High School and later graduated in 1993. I was very fortunate to have a great wrestling coach and teammates, as I knew very little English and it was hard for me to make friends since I struggled to understand and communicate well in English. In high school, I won the Massachusetts State Championship and took first place in New England. I received a wrestling scholarship to SCSU.
In college, I excelled in physics, math, chemistry, or any other subject where numbers played an important role. Meanwhile, I actively worked on my English language skills. I placed 6th in the Nation and received an All-American wrestling award.
I moved to California in 1998 and enrolled and later graduated from the California School of Medical Sciences Ultrasound Program. I am fascinated with ultrasound and it amazes me that I can see with sound. Growing up in Siberia, I often shadowed my mother who worked as a nurse practitioner. My passion to help people, I believe, arose from my mother. I watched her give personal attention, care, and education to her patients. It is very rewarding knowing that you helped someone. My ultrasound career is a perfect fit for me. Many sonographers, among myself, consider this field an art form -- I want to be known as the Picasso or Michaelangelo of ultrasound. I always strive to provide the best possible and most accurate images for any exam.
In 2003, I moved back to the East Coast to be closer to my family. I started working for ECHN and later transferred to Mercy Hospital in Springfield where I worked for 10 years. I joined Baystate Hospital about five years ago and continue to work there, as well.
I presently live in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts with my fiancé, four kids, and a big dog. The kids and I are huge fans of snow! We snowboard, ski, tube, or throw snowballs around as much as we can. In the summer, we enjoy going to the beach, hiking, biking, swimming, visiting family, and trying different types of food.
I would like to share a dream that I had about my dad who passed away from cancer 10 years ago. Before my dad died he was sick, swollen, and immobilized. This image of him “being sick” stayed in my mind until he visited me in my dream. He appeared better than ever-- he was fit and slim. He sat in a chair with a beautiful young girl on his lap. I quickly said “Wow, I see that you’re doing very well for yourself”. He smiled and looked at me like he always did when I didn’t get his joke or when there was something more to it than what appeared. “Don’t be silly,” he said. “I’m doing well, and this young lady is your sister” (who had passed away when she was only two weeks old. The Russian doctors could not save her then.) “She is teaching me how everything works around here.” After this dream, my dad never visited me again, but he made me a believer that there is more to our existence after death.
P.S. Dad would always say to me, “If you’re a good person in your heart, then you’re a good person anywhere in the world.” So, I try my best to be a good person here in America.