As a respiratory therapist and the newest state captain from Kansas, I hope to accomplish gaining a working understanding of community health promotion and keeping abreast of advances in management of COPD.
As a COPD advocate, I have sent a letter to my members of Congress about COPD, met with an elected official to discuss COPD, and have taught chair yoga to better breathers club. I have also participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness.
As a State Captain, I am most interested in participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure, and connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives. I would also like to work with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy and raise awareness by participating in health fairs and community events.
My proudest COPD moment has been working in Washington DC promoting my profession to better serve patients in rural areas that suffer from COPD. I also taught a group of 30 individuals with COPD a chair yoga class with emphasis on breathing exercises to reduce anxiety.
My inspiration to share is, “No one can heal you the way you can heal yourself, that is your own special magic”
More about me, “I’ve been a Respiratory Therapist for 9 years working with both pediatric and adult populations. My area of interest is the Emergency Department, and patient education. I own a yoga studio in Topeka, Kansas and teach classes 3 times per week”