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The Sputum Bowl Showdown Begins

Posted: November 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Baker

Sputum Bowl Pima Medical Institute Respiratory Therapy

We’re proud to introduce our four Pima Medical Institute Sputum Bowl teams! They’re headed to the finals in November to compete for the national title in Tampa, Florida, from Nov. 7-9. The competition is part of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s 2015 annual convention.

Respiratory therapy students and recent graduates from our Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas and Mesa campuses will compete. Check out our player profiles below to learn more about them!

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Daniel Kilgore

Hometown: Roswell, New Mexico

I wanted to become an RT because four people in my family are RTs – it’s a family tradition.
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Alec Howard

Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado

I became a respiratory therapist because I enjoy helping people. My mother helped with my decision because she went to Pima Medical as well and became an RT.
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Andrew Dominguez

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

I have asthma and congenital heart disease. When I was a child, I would get scared when I could not breathe, so I am hoping I can help others with their breathing problems and educate them on the proper use of their devices.
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Danell McClendon

Hometown: Port Huenene, California

I was a U.S. Navy Corpsman and a mother of three. I found myself at the end of 2012 choosing a new career path and starting from scratch. I knew I wanted to stay in the medical field, and with two boys with asthma as well as myself, I decided respiratory therapy was the career for me. I enrolled in Pima Medical Institute in 2013 and am now a new grad (as of July, 2015) and am now a registered respiratory therapist (RRT). I am just starting my new adventure into this awesome field!
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Christina Crist

Hometown: Centennial, Colorado

I chose respiratory therapy because there is nothing more rewarding than giving someone the gift of breathing and in turn, making their quality of life better. I want to work in a profession where there’s lot of variety in the job, such as perform patient assessments, therapeutic procedures, diagnostic, patient education, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, emergency and critical care. I really enjoy helping patients get well and stay well.
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Dysteny Stratton

Hometown: Livingston, Texas

I had many options when it came to working in the medical field, but respiratory therapy seemed the most interesting to me. Breathing is something we typically take for granted, while also forgetting its importance. By becoming a respiratory therapist, I hope to educate my patients on the importance of respiratory care as well as save the lives of those in need.
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Jenette Lacey

Hometown: Georgetown, Colorado

I strongly desire to be a respiratory therapist because since the age of 15, I have been the mother to a son with cystic fibrosis. I have always had a strong desire to become as knowledgeable as I can so that I may be the best caregiver to him and others with respiratory illnesses.
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Alex Galvez

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

I wanted to become an RT because of the multiple surgeries I underwent. I found the RTs to be the most helpful of those who treated me. I also have many family members who suffer from lung disease.
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Kyle Pinholster

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington

I want to become an RT because I have had multiple family members die from lung disease and I saw first-hand how important RTs are.
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Michael Gonzalez

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

I’ve wanted to become an RT since I was diagnosed with asthma as a child. I want to help others with breathing difficulties.
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Kersten Haughton

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

I wanted to become an RT for the reward of being part of a healthcare team that improves the quality of life for patients.
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Jaime Thorpe

Hometown: Casa Grande, Arizona

I chose respiratory therapy because I wanted a career that is very hands-on and allows me to have a lot of patient contact.
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Bailey Hanson

Hometown: Queen Creek, Arizona

I wanted a rewarding career in health care that would give me purpose and a sense of accomplishment.
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DeAnne Wagoner

Hometown: Queen Creek, Arizona

I wanted a career that would allow me to care for others and support my children.
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Kayla Forbis

Hometown: Queen Creek, Arizona

I want to be a respiratory therapist so I can continue in my mother’s footsteps.

We offer our respiratory therapy associate degree at eight campuses: Mesa and Tucson, Arizona, Chula Vista, California, Denver, Colorado, Las Vegas, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Houston, Texas and Renton, Washington. We also offer a bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy online for those who are already registered respiratory therapists. Find out if the career is right for you!

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