Program Coordinator – Heather Longwell
Heather is the program coordinator for the pulmonary rehabilitation center at Tri-City Medical Center and has been a registered respiratory therapist for 20 years. She also manages the Better Breathers Club in North County, encouraging and educating residents with chronic lung conditions about special breathing techniques, new medications, and environmental hazards. The Better Breathers Club of North County is the largest club of its kind, with over 540 members and repeatedly attracting 30 plus members to each meeting!
Heather holds certifications in personal training from the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and Cardiac Rehab (CCRP). She is also trained in Tobacco Treatment Cessation through the Mayo Clinic. She enjoys working in the department and having the opportunity to help someone with chronic lung disease get their life back.
A unique offering here at the rehabilitation center is what we call Harmonica Therapy. Patients in the program are given their own harmonica and music and we play 2 to 3 songs every pulmonary rehab session. This is both a great breathing exercise and we have a fun time!