Marquis Emerging Leaders

Paul Griffin Hunt

Title: 1) Exercise Physiologist 2) Lecturer

Company: 1) Mercy General Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation 2) California State University, Chico

Location: California

Education: Master’s in Kinesiology, California State University-Chico (2016-2017); Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, Major in Movement Studies, Fitness and Wellness, Minor in Adapted Physical Activity, California State University-Chico (2013-2016)

Career History: Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Mercy General Hospital, Dignity Health (2021-Present); Lecturer, California State University, Chico (2020-Present); Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Dignity Health (2019-Present); Physical Therapy Aide, Pillsbury Physical Therapy (2019-2020); Graduate Teaching Lab Instructor, California State University, Chico (2017-2018); Intern, Enloe Medical Center (2017); Employee, C Bar D Feeds (2016-2019); Special Topics in Horticultural Therapy – Class Development Intern, California State University, Chico (2016-2017); Semester Internship #2 – Kinesiology 207, California State University, Chico (2016); Coach, Wildcat Sports Performance (2016); Semester Internship #1 – Kinesiology 207, California State University, Chico (2015); Farm Intern, Farmelot and Riparia (2014-2018); Student Assistant – Kinesiology Equipment Management Room, California State University, Chico (2014-2016); Caregiver, Movement Tutor, Accredited Home Care (2014-2015); Student Volunteer, Personal Exercise Assistant, Santa Rosa Junior College (2010-2013)

Paul Griffin Hunt, Exercise Physiologist at Mercy General Hospital and Lecturer at California State University, Chico, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.

Attributing his success to hard work, focus, and discipline, Mr. Hunt has excelled in balancing his numerous impactful roles, serving as a clinical exercise physiologist at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital within the Dignity Health Medical Group since 2019; a lecturer at California State University, Chico since 2020; and a clinical exercise physiologist at Dignity Health’s Mercy General Hospital since 2021. Wielding dual expertise in exercise rehabilitation for cardiac and pulmonary diseases as well as kinesiology, he has built an accomplished career on a strong education and work experience background—all of which set him on the path to help others.

Mr. Hunt served as a volunteer and a personal exercise assistant at Santa Rosa Junior College before enrolling at California State University, Chico—where he majored in movement studies and fitness and wellness and minored in adapted physical activity. While focused on coursework, he was also active as a caregiver and a movement tutor at Accredited Home Care from 2014 to 2015, a student assistant in the Kinesiology Equipment Management Room at the university from 2014 to 2016, and juggling several semester internships. As a testament to his dedication and skills, he was recognized for outstanding service and leadership in kinesiology from California State University, Chico in 2016. Between earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s in kinesiology in 2016 and 2017, respectively, he interned at his alma mater, found employment at C Bar D Feeds, and gained experience at Enloe Medical Center. He then found success as a graduate teaching lab instructor at California State University, Chico from 2017 to 2018 before becoming a physical therapy aide at Pillsbury Physical Therapy from 2019 to 2020. In the midst of his subsequent duties at Dignity Health, administrators at California State University, Chico sought him out for a teaching role—one that would be strictly online as a result of the pandemic. A certified sports performance coach, clinical exercise physiologist, advanced cardiac life support professional, strength and conditioning specialist, and special population specialist, he teaches exercise testing and prescriptions, sports and physical activity epidemiology, and principles of strength and conditioning.

In addition to his myriad responsibilities, Mr. Hunt has served as an exercise assistant at Beyond Exercise: Wellness Enhancement for Life, a grant writer at Fulfilling Fields Organic Farm, a guest lecturer at Enloe Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and is a frequent blood donator. A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2015, American College of Sports Medicine since 2016, and USA Weightlifting since 2017, he strives to earn certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in order to become a certified cardiac rehabilitation professional.

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