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Audrey Marie Ballard

Respiratory Therapist, Registered

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As a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, specializing in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), it has been my life’s work to help build families. Many of my patients come to me with little hope and often misdiagnosis’. I have been influential in the births of more than 6000 IVF babies, and with 20 plus years of experience, many of my findings have been incorporated into treatment protocols from around the world.

In this blog I hope to educate hopeful mothers on the latest advances in reproductive medicine and infertility. I will also cover case studies. Feel free to comment on my posts and I will always do my best to answer all of your questions.
Audrey Marie Ballard
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Does a respiratory therapist use medicines to treat a patient or is it only through respiratory exercises?

To treat a patient medically, a respiratory therapist (RT) will treat their patient according to the patient's respiratory diagnosis and symptoms. Within many healthcare facilities READ MORE
To treat a patient medically, a respiratory therapist (RT) will treat their patient according to the patient's respiratory diagnosis and symptoms. Within many healthcare facilities protocols are written allowing the RT autonomy to treat the patient with certain respiratory medications and treat modalities. Outside of the protocols, the RT must follow the physician's orders. Again, there are a limited number of respiratory medications that the RT can prescribe. That will be defined in the written protocols within each medical facility.
Physical exercise can be used to help build endurance for some patients who have been diagnosed with a respiratory disease; however, it varies in each patient and the treat regimen will be overseen by the medical doctor.

My daughter breathes through her mouth due to her adenoids problem. Is this okay?

Hello! Swollen adenoids can make it tough to breathe through the nose. Because of that, the most natural response is to breathe through the mouth to get air in. When you are a READ MORE
Hello! Swollen adenoids can make it tough to breathe through the nose. Because of that, the most natural response is to breathe through the mouth to get air in. When you are a "nose breather" it can be very uncomfortable to breathe through your mouth because the body is not use to that way. Consult your daughter's medical provider for proper care. I hope she feels better soon.

Can a respiratory therapist help treat a bronchitis infection?

Hello! Typically the right antibiotic should help clear the infection. Each patient's ability and time it takes to heal is different due to other factors. Within my experience READ MORE
Hello! Typically the right antibiotic should help clear the infection. Each patient's ability and time it takes to heal is different due to other factors. Within my experience as a Respiratory Therapist, I have administrated respiratory medications and other modalities to treat specific respiratory symptoms while the patient had bronchitis. The best way to know the correct respiratory treatment regimen is for your husband to be assessed by his healthcare provider.

Hope he feels better soon.