Jenny DuongRespiratory Therapist
Jenny Duong is of one of a kind! She was born and raised in one of Toronto's roughest neighbourhoods. She is small in stature but her heart and will is the size of a giant. In high school, Jenny had a strong passion for sports and nothing could get between her and her beloved Toronto Raptors. As a passionate Raptors fan, she was determined to one day work for the organization's sports rehabilitation team. However, Jenny kept her options open enrolling into the kinesiology program at York University. During her final year at York, Jenny met a Professor who introduced her to the Michener Institute. At this time, she was beginning to consider different areas of health care to make a career out of. Intrigued by the significant role respiratory therapists play in the survival and well-being of patients, Jenny went on to earn an advanced diploma in respiratory therapy.
Today Jenny works as a respiratory therapist in the pulmonary function lab of a Toronto hospital and is responsible for conducting diagnostic testing on patients with suspected respiratory disorders. In addition, Jenny works in the hospital's paediatric asthma clinic where she not only conducts spirometry testing, but can also be found teaching the pathophysiology of asthma and inhaler techniques to patients.
Some advice that she would give to those thinking about pursuing a career in health care is to enjoy the journey. She says the beautiful thing about life is that each step we take is integral in creating who you are. While in her second year of the respiratory therapy program, Jenny's marks were not up to her standards and she found herself reevaluating her position in the class. In order to get through this hurdle, she took a step back to refocus and changed her study habits. Receiving great support from her mentors she was able to find a balance and achieve success.
Her passion to help others and mentor those interested in the field of science is at the core of her beliefs. If it wasn't for the mentors at York University she may not have found her career today where she finds tremendous reward on a daily basis.
Words of Wisdom:
Live with balance. Enjoy each moment but learn to make sound decisions. This can apply to every aspect of your life; your relationships with others, personal finances, studies, career etc.
"It is not about the destination. It is about the journey in getting there." You may not know exactly which path to take, but it is important to stay motivated while you continue to find your way. New interests can spark at any time as you grow and learn. Be open in considering all the options that will lead you to happiness and fulfillment in the career that you choose."