Meet our respiratory therapist team. Rachael was inspired to become an RT when respiratory therapists helped her newborn son.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Kirkwood Community College in 2004 with a Associates in Applied Science, and I am a registered respiratory therapist.
What made you want to become a respiratory therapist?
The reason I chose to be a respiratory therapist was when I was pregnant with my second child. I was on the waiting list for the nursing program and taking my pre-requisites. I delivered him during Christmas break, and he was born with pneumonia and hospitalized for a week in the NICU. I did not even know what a respiratory therapist was until they cared for my son in the hospital. I then met with the director of the program at Kirkwood and decided to change majors.
What’s one of the most rewarding things about your job?
When I worked for the hospital, one of the most rewarding things for me was the feeling of saving someone’s life– it is undescribable. Here at CarePro, I love helping my patients. Treating sleep apnea can truely change someone’s life and health for the better, and I love being a part of that.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, a spend a lot of time with my family. I have three kids and one on the way, so, needless to say, we are very busy with dance, sports of all kinds, and musical concerts. On Saturdays during the fall, we attend all home Hawkeye football games, as we are avid Hawkeye fans.
If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
If I won a million dollars I would save enough money for my four kids to attend college, put some in savings, and take my family on a trip around the world.