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Eugene Demekhin, MBA, RRT, RCP, AHI (AMT) Program Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of Respiratory Therapy

Eugene Demekhin, MBA, RRT, AHI(AMT)

Program Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of Respiratory Therapy



 Career Highlights:

  • National Teacher of Honor Award, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, January 2022
  • Vice President, Utah State Society of American Medical Technologists
  • Alumni member of the Lambda Beta Society- national honor society for respiratory care, 2018
  • Young Achiever's Award in Health Sciences, 2020
  • Scientific Chair, Utah State Society of American Medical Technologist (Utah- AMT); invited speaker at the AMT National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2020
  • Excellence in Teaching award for Spring 2020, Healthcare Occupations Department.
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Respiratory Therapy Program, California College San Diego, 2017

I believe that teaching and training individuals in a health occupation field can make a positive impact into their lives so they can become competent healthcare professionals ready to serve the health needs of the community. 

Board Certifications / Licenses

  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Allied Healthcare Instructor (AHI)
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP)
  • Professional Healthcare Instructor (PHCI)

Professional Work Experience:

  •  7 years in healthcare including 4 years of teaching in respiratory therapy and clinical practice

Personal background & Interests

I was born in the city of Odessa of southern Ukraine and moved to America in San Diego, California when I was about 3 years old. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018.  I enjoy exercising at the gym, writing poetry from time to time, and bowling. I moved to Pocatello, Idaho in early 2020. I like my teaching job at ISU.  I am interested to explore this state to learn more about it and to discover what life has to offer. I also plan to make a family here in the coming years. I originally came from an area of dense population and traffic so it’s very refreshing to live in a smaller town where the roads are less congested. One of my meaningful experiences has been helping students review and pass their national board exams and helping them get employed to start their career.  I find personal and professional fulfillment in my current work at ISU.

Danny Duncan II, RRT, RCP Clinical Director of Respiratory Therapy

Danny Duncan II, RRT, RCP

Clinical Director of Respiratory Therapy

Office: Roy F. Christensen Building (RFC) | Room B1-7

(208) 282-2140

Professional Work Experience:

  • Respiratory Therapist in hospital – 7 years
  • 5 years in level 2 trauma facility
  • 2 years level 3 NICU / Surgical NICU
  • 3 years Burn unit
  • 3 years PICU

Board Certifications / Licenses:

  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • S.T.A.B.L.E (Sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work and emotional support-specifically for NICU)

I thoroughly enjoy my career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and look forward to training individuals to become certified and competent healthcare professionals. I believe working in the health care field provides job stability, great pay and benefits and gives individuals a chance to help people in need.

Personal background & Interests:

I was born and raised in sunny San Diego.  I grew up working on, riding and racing dirt bikes and ATV’s and still have a passion for the sport. Football and hockey are my favorite sports and I played both as a kid. All my family still lives in San Diego but I moved up to Idaho with my wife and kids in 2018. Living here offers a slower pace life and provides a better environment to raise my family. I love spending time outside with my wife, 3 kids, 3 cats and 2 dogs. We all enjoy watching super cross and football and spending as much time as possible together.

I have worked as a Respiratory Therapist in Sioux City, IA, San Diego, CA and now in Idaho Falls, ID. I get a lot of satisfaction from being a health care provider and am super excited for the opportunity I have to share my experience and help others become RT’s. I am extremely meticulous and thorough in my work and I look forward to teaching individuals to become competent and confident Respiratory Therapists here at ISU.