Danielle Hardy, 26

Danielle HardyDanielle Hardy was raised in Hartland, Michigan located in Livingston County.  At the age of three she was diagnosed with Asthma. Danielle's youth was consumed by many doctors appointments, medications, and hospital stays, but with the support of her family she was able to take a negative circumstance and create a positive outcome. After receiving care from an inspiring respiratory therapist Danielle decided at a very young age she wanted to become a Respiratory Therapist. Danielle never lost sight of this goal and after graduating from Hartland schools in 2004 she went on to Henry Ford Community College to complete her associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy. After college Danielle moved to Royal Oak, Michigan to start her career at Beaumont Hospital. There she specialized in adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care. While working full time she continued studying at Siena Heights University and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science. Danielle's passion for helping people and dedication in the medical field has inspired her to continue her studies. In 2009 Danielle decided to make a career change and joined Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Henry Ford's mission, vision, and values reminded Danielle of the reasons why she first became a respiratory therapist. So, when the opportunity to become supervisor presented itself she knew it was the right choice. Presently Danielle holds the position of Supervisor of the respiratory therapy department at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Every day she enjoys going to work, and she feels blessed to be a part of something new and exciting in healthcare.

In October Danielle traveled with a team of Henry Ford Health Care providers to Nicaragua. As a team they were able to provide healthcare to the people of Nicaragua at four different locations. While in Nicaragua Danielle worked with special needs children, and as a team they were able to treat around 400 women and children. Danielle described it as one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

In 2008 when Danielle moved to the Oakland county area she wanted to be more involved in the community. Throughout her childhood she studied different forms of dance for fourteen years. Therefore, with her strong dance background she joined Jazzercise and in 2009 she decided to train to become a certified Jazzercise Instructor. When Danielle first joined Jazzercise she struggled with her asthma, but in one year's time Jazzercise helped Danielle tremendously with her health and overall wellness. Danielle says, "At the hospital I get to make people well, but at Jazzercise I get to keep people healthy, it's the best of both worlds. Jazzercise allows me to share my enthusiasm about the importance of health and fitness through a fun, energetic, and effective danced based program." Danielle teaches at Royal Oak Jazzercise which currently has over 650 customers from the Oakland county area. Jazzercise Royal Oak participates in many community events and fundraisers, such as Arts, Beats, and Eats, Breast Cancer Awareness, and local schools Fun Run fundraisers.  Danielle believes that the health benefits she gets from Jazzercise are amazing and the fact that she gets to share them with the community makes it even better. For the past two years Danielle has encouraged her Respiratory Therapy team to participate in The American Heart Association's Heart Walk in Metro Detroit on behalf of Henry Ford Health System. To raise money Danielle tied her two passions together and held a Jazzercise Class at Henry Ford West Bloomfield. The class benefited the American Heart walk and raised awareness about the heart healthy benefits of Jazzercise.

Danielle feels grateful for the many opportunities that she has been given throughout her life. She hopes to be able to continue to help people through her career, and in the community.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 2013.