Multitasking Respiratory Therapy Prof Earns Doctoral Degree

Associate professor of respiratory therapy Janelle Gardiner recently earned a doctoral degree from A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies. What makes her achievement remarkable is that she completed the doctorate while also teaching classes at WSU and working as needed at Intermountain Healthcare.

“The online program was no easy task, but in the long run, it will pay off,” says Gardiner who’s not necessarily referring to money. “There are far more benefits than just the financial side of it,” she says. “I grew in my knowledge about health science and research.”

Gardiner may have earned a doctoral degree, but she has no intention of putting an end to learning. In fact, she’s currently working on obtaining additional credentials to complement her previously earned asthma educator certification from the National Asthma Educator Certification Board. Gardiner advises students who are considering advanced education to go for it. “It can be difficult, but it’s something worth pursuing,” she says.

Gardiner plans to stay at WSU because she loves the direction the university is headed. “For quite a while now, the nation has looked to us as leaders in health science education and training,” says Gardiner. “I love that my position here allows me to be a part of that.”

Gardiner, a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, earned a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and a master’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.