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Instructor Lisa Gustafson Receives Respiratory Therapist of the Year Award from Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care

June 3, 2015

 

Kim Zaverl (left), president of the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care, presents the Respiratory Therapist of the Year Award to MATC instructor Lisa Gustafson

Kim Zaverl (left), president of the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care,
presents the Respiratory Therapist of the Year Award to MATC instructor Lisa Gustafson.

 

Lisa Gustafson, instructor and director of clinical education for MATC's respiratory therapy associate degree program, received the Respiratory Therapist of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care. She received the award at the North Regional Respiratory Care Conference in Wisconsin Dells on May 4.

The award is presented to an exceptional respiratory therapist who has demonstrated loyalty, compassion and dedication to the field of respiratory care. Gustafson has been a respiratory therapist since 1996. She began teaching at MATC in 2004.

"We are very pleased that Lisa's achievements have been recognized by the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care," said Dr. Dessie Levy, dean of MATC's School of Health Sciences. "She is an outstanding role model for our students. Lisa's work to develop additional educational opportunities for Wisconsin Technical College System graduates enhances the respiratory therapy profession."

Gustafson and Dwayne Schlund, program director of MATC's respiratory therapy associate degree program, created and serve as co-chairs of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Completion Program at Cardinal Stritch University. The completion program enables practicing respiratory therapists, many of whom are graduates of the Wisconsin Technical College System's seven respiratory therapy programs, an opportunity to continue their education by earning a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy. It is the first and only bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy offered in Wisconsin. The program began admitting students in August 2014.

In addition to her associate degree in respiratory therapy from MATC, Gustafson holds a bachelor's degree in health care management from Ottawa University, and is working toward a master's degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction, also from Ottawa University.