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Dr. Bonnie Hunt, EdD, MPA, RRT
Program Director, Respiratory Care
Office: Glacier Hall, 105
Phone: (209) 575-6388
I began my career in Respiratory Care after graduating from Loma Linda University in 1985. After practicing Respiratory Care for a year at a community hospital in Lodi, California, I started working at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, California where I continue to work per diem a few days a month. Over the span of 30 years, I have had opportunity to complete a Master’s in Public Administration in 2007 and an EdD in Educational Leadership in 2015, both at California State University, Stanislaus. I began teaching at Modesto Junior College in the spring of 2009 and have discovered a passion for teaching. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to both practice and teach Respiratory Care. I whole-heartedly believe that the development of skilled and knowledgeable Respiratory Care practitioners promotes a sense of professionalism and confidence within the healthcare community and for the patients we serve.
Instructor - Respiratory Care Department
Office: Glacier Hall 165
Monday, 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Tuesday, 7:30a.m. - 8:30a.m.
Thursday, 7:30a.m. - 8:30a.m.
I started my career in Respiratory Care when I was a Navy Corpsman assigned to Respiratory
Services and the Department of Anesthesia. After getting out of the Navy I earned
my Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy at American River College and became a
Registered Respiratory Therapist. I continued my education and earned BS and MBA degrees
at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. I am board certified as a Neonatal Pediatric
Specialist (NPS) and as an Asthma Educator (AE-C). I worked in virtually every area
of Respiratory Care prior to getting into Healthcare Administration. I was the Director
of Cardiopulmonary Services (Respiratory Care, Neurodiagnostics, Audiology,
Endoscopy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Wound Care, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Sleep Disorders) for over ten years at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, California. I am very involved with the Stanislaus County Medical Reserve Corps and the Stanislaus County Asthma Coalition. I have been teaching Respiratory Care full-time for the past twelve years and I strongly encourage all my students to continue their education, exemplify professionalism in all their activities and participate in their professional and community healthcare organizations.
Hello, my office is founders 160k. My office phone is 575-6266. I have been teaching for 26 years, this is my 15th year at MJC. I have a MEd in cross cultural education, and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK). My area of expertise is population health and medicine. I also study and do fieldwork in population food behavior and structural agency. I have a keen interest in wellness as a class based dynamic.
Office: Founders Hall 120K
Phone: (209) 575-6152
I am very excited to be exploring with you the terrain of medical ethics – our class will emphasize moral reasoning and ethical frameworks as applied to situations you are likely to encounter as a respiratory therapist. Here at Modesto Jr. College I’ve been teaching a range of courses since 2005 including ethics, environmental ethics, philosophy of religion, critical thinking, political philosophy, philosophy of art, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of science. I served on the board of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) and, aside from pedagogy, I am especially interested in area of “expertology”– “When the experts disagree, how do non experts decide which expert to trust?” Prior to living in Modesto, I resided in the bay area – there I earned my BA in Social Sciences and pre-medicine at U.C. Berkeley and my M.A. in philosophy at San Francisco State University. Prior to teaching I was a counselor at Clearwater Ranch Residential Treatment Facility and I also worked Mt. Zion Hospital/UCSF and the San Francisco Alzheimer’s Day Center. I love to swim, read, write, and travel. I often lecture locally on climate change issues and I have a book coming out on Zen Buddhism with Shambhala press in early 2018.
I entered the profession of Respiratory Care in the “RT” program here at Modesto Junior College student in 1987. This was one of the best decisions of my life! I have held many roles from staff therapist, supervisor, educator, assistant manager, and interim director. I love teaching patients, nurses, students, and respiratory therapists. I volunteered in the community providing asthma education and tobacco cessation programs both in Stanislaus County and Sacramento. I helped to build a COPD Readmission Prevention Program and enjoyed working in a pediatric cystic fibrosis clinic. I had the pleasure of speaking at the AARC and two of my favorite lectures included: “Making the Grade! Do You Have a Respiratory Department Clinical Educator?” and “Do We Really Want Educated Patients?” I followed my passion for teaching and now work full time at MJC as Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care program.
Janet Fantazia, MHS, RRT, AE-C
Director of Clinical Education Respiratory Program
Office: (209) 575-6381
Dr. Charles is a retired police sergeant, having served 27 years as a police officer in Colorado. Her experience in the police culture gives her a unique, boots on the ground, approach in the law enforcement world as well as other “first responder” cultures.
In 2005, Dr. Charles received her doctorate from Saybrook University in Health Psychology, focusing on Health Risk Factors in the police community, specifically in the area of health and spirituality. Ginger retired from police work in 2013 after living in the "petri dish" and relocated to Northern California to continue research, writing, and consultancy in the law enforcement culture. Dr. Charles teaches psychology courses at MJC, focusing on the applicability of the science of psychology in our daily lives.
The focus of Dr. Charles’ research, teaching, and writing is based in self-care. It is her belief that our ability to take care of ourselves directly influences our ability to care for others.
I am looking forward to working with you in the Respiratory Care Baccalaureate program. We’ll work collaboratively to construct an engaging environment, while discussing and critically analyzing prominent communication issues within healthcare. I've been teaching full time in the Communication Studies Department at Modesto Junior College since 1994. I started teaching online in 1999. Before my teaching career began, I was an organizational consultant in the Metropolitan Detroit area. I earned a Masters of Arts in Organizational Communication from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University. I also have completed two certification programs for online instruction with CSU Hayward in 1999 and @ONE in 2015. One of the highlights of my career has been teaching in Thailand for a summer. I’m sure this experience will be another.
Modesto Junior College Communication Studies Department
435 College Ave.
Modesto, CA 95350
Bachelor's Degree Program in Respiratory Care:
Phone: (209) 575-6914
Email: Respiratory Care
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