Eloisa “Ellie” Fournier graduated from Lake Superior College with honors in 2018. She now works as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Essentia Health in Duluth and is also earning her bachelor’s degree. “I attribute much of my success as a student and now as a working therapist to my LSC instructors. Every one of them, even outside of my program area, has a passion for engaging and teaching students.”

Fournier had attended a larger university for a few semesters in her early twenties but decided to pursue a professional career in sales. “After 5 years in the workforce, I woke up one night in January of 2015 in a bit of a panic. I realized that I was closer to thirty years old than twenty and if I wanted to make a career change it should be now. My husband reluctantly got up with me and we started the conversation about me returning to school. I knew that I wanted to work in healthcare after spending time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with our firstborn the year before. Watching the staff work simultaneously to care for her, while making sure our needs as parents were taken care of, amazed me, and I realized I wanted to give back to the community in the same way.”

Fournier excelled in LSC’s Respiratory Therapist program, where she was recognized as the Student of the Year. “When I started the RT program, I made a commitment to myself that I was going to make the most of it.” She headed the Respiratory Therapy Club as President which was recognized as Student Club of the Year. “Being president gave me an avenue to share skills I had already developed. My love for organization and efficiency spilled over quickly into club activities. While I did a lot of the organizing, our club members answered when they were called upon to help out. Our mission was ‘To raise awareness of the profession, educate and engage in our community and sustain a productive on-campus presence,’ and I feel all club members took this mission to heart.”

She found her clinical experience both surprising and rewarding. “One of my instructors always said, ‘Clinical is what you make of it.’ I took that to heart each time I headed into the hospitals. I would say to myself, ‘Today you are going to learn something new.’ I have found that nearly all fields of healthcare professionals enjoy sharing their knowledge, especially if you are eager to listen and learn from them.”

Originally from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Ellie Fournier now calls Duluth her home with her husband and two little girls. “I feel called to give back to this area. I am looking forward to serving the community professionally and personally.” She continues her dedication to community service through children’s ministry activities at her church and volunteering at Solvay Hospice House. “I would love to give back to LSC in the future, whether it be through assisting in clinical simulations or stepping up to teach down the road. LSC changed my life. I am proud to be a LSC alum.”

Registered Respiratory Therapist Elouisa Fournier

“LSC changed my life. I am proud to be a LSC alum.”
Eloisa Fournier
alumna, Respiratory Therapy program