Tom Baribeault graduated from Case Western Reserve University Nurse Anesthesia program and is currently attending the Pain Management Fellowship and Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs at University of South Florida. He is the chief CRNA at the Lexington Surgery Center in Lexington Kentucky. In his spare time, he enjoys lecturing on acute surgical pain management, ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, and point of care ultrasound. In 2017, Tom founded the Society for Opioid-free Anesthesia (SOFA) and currently serves as the President. SOFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and research on opioid-free anesthesia.
Cherie has been a practicing CRNA for 29 years. She has worked in
every practice setting except the military. Cherie has also taught at
Rutgers University Nurse Anesthesia Program and was an Assistant
Program Director at the University of New England. Her extensive
experience and years of advocating for CRNAs has afforded her the
opportunity to experience both the trials and triumphs of the
Cherie recently completed an Interprofessional Patient Safety
Fellowship with the Veteran’s Administration and is an advocate for
CRNAs leading the perioperative patient safety agenda. She was on
the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors
and served as the public relations chair, as well as the program chair
for the NCANA. As the PAC chair for the Pennsylvania Association of
Nurse Anesthetists, Cherie tripled PAC donations. She has served
the AANA on the Professional Development and Health and Wellness
Committees. Cherie was on the board of directors of Emerging
Healthcare Professionals in the Lehigh Valley, which allowed high
school seniors to shadow and experience the many healthcare
professions prior to beginning college.
Cherie received her DNP from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA,
where she developed an evidence-based teaching plan to integrate
patient safety strategies into nurse anesthesia education and is
currently a PhD student at Duquesne University. Cherie enjoys
lecturing on the national level and engaging with other CRNAs.
Dr. Gregory Collins practices obstetric anesthesia in Amarillo, Texas. He is a partner in a CRNA-only group providing service to a high-risk labor and delivery unit. Dr. Collins completed both his initial anesthesia training and subsequent Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Texas Christian University, and he continues his association with the institution in the role of adjunct faculty and clinical coordinator. He is a veteran of the US Army Reserves, having delivered down-range anesthesia in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Dr. Collins serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists representing more than 4,500 CRNAs.
Shane Garner, CRNA, MS, is a nurse anesthetist at Ripon Medical Center in Ripon, Wisconsin. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2012 and has recently graduated from the University of South Florida Advanced Pain Management Fellowship. Shane is passionate about acute and chronic pain management through the use of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and opioid-free multimodal analgesia. His passion for regional anesthesia has led him to developing and integrating cutting-edge regional anesthesia protocols that include peripheral nerve catheter techniques at his hospital. He is in the process of developing his chronic pain management skill set to start his own chronic pain practice. Shane is also adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nurse Anesthesia program and enjoys lecturing around the country.
Dr. Adriana Gonzalez spent 10 years as an adult ICU bedside nurse before pursuing her doctorate degree in nursing anesthesia. She graduated with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Baylor College of Medicine. Currently, she is a staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH). HMH is a world-renowned institution known for heart and lung transplants, as well as specializing in non-invasive interventions for high-risk cardiac patients. As a staff CRNA she specializes in the care of cardiovascular surgical patients.
Dr. Gonzalez is a preceptor to student nurse anesthetists seeking cardiovascular
clinical experience. In addition to her staff CRNA responsibilities, she has also been active
in clinical education presentations for her peers and students.
She is originally from South Texas and comes from a family of medical professionals.
She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists. In her free time she loves to work out at Orange Theory, socialize with her book club amigas, and enjoys travel.
Jon Lowrance, MSN, CRNA, works as a CRNA at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He’s taught in experiential education for over ten years as a faculty member with Landmark Learning and NOLS Wilderness Medicine. He currently produces the podcast From the Head of the Bed… a podcast for the anesthesia community.
Lieutenant Colonel Peter D. Strube is a CRNA who graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University school of anesthesia in 2006 with a master’s degree in anesthesia. His undergraduate degree is from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He was awarded the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) in June of 2017 and is currently enrolled in his executive MBA program. Lieutenant Colonel Strube is in the United States Nurse Corp. LTC Strube has mobilized and deployed four times during current military operations, which included service in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Peter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, at Rosalind Franklin University, and is a professional mentor for doctoral students. In addition, Peter is an Associate Academic Faculty at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he is the course director for the doctoral anesthesia pharmacology program.
Peter is an Associate Professor at St Mary’s University and is the director of the doctoral anesthesia pharmacology program. He has authored several professional articles and training programs and speaks professionally both nationally and internationally. He is an editor and reviewer for anesthesia articles and papers. He is an active researcher on the topic of lateral violence in healthcare. He has been elected to serve on the state association board and two AANA national committees. He has served his community as a member of the Mount Horeb Board of Education and is a Commissioner on the Dane County Ethics Board and is a court-appointed mentor for veterans in crisis.
Kimberly Westra CRNA, MS, DNP is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 13years experience. Kimberly began her career in Baltimore Maryland with experience as a critical care nurse at Johns Hopkins University. Mrs. Westra extensive clinical experience includes her role as an RNFA, CNOR, and CPAN. Kimberly specializes in Lean Initiatives in Anesthesia and Perioperative Care. Kimberly developed a comprehensive airway alert wristband and an electronic medical record airway alert system that can be customized to any size organization or retrofitted into existing documentation programs. Kimberly developed a multidisciplinary educational outreach program for critical care difficult airway management in perioperative and critical care settings. These highly effective outreach programs assist the anesthesia provider in educating the care teams on the multidisciplinary care team approach to difficult airway management. Kimberly is a dynamic and energetic speaker who engages audiences with lively discussions on numerous topics such as: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Anesthesia Practice, Interdisciplinary Difficult Airway Management, Team Building in the OR, Managing Acute Perioperative Crisis’, Anesthesia Care: A Business/Practice Paradigm.
Mrs. Westra is doctoral graduate of Chatham University and is an MBA candidate in
Healthcare Finance and Administration at Patten University. Kimberly is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society at Chatham and serves in the mentoring program for advanced practice nurses. Mrs. Westra speaks locally and nationally for Encore Symposiums, PANA, DANA, AzANA on a variety of current health care topics including clinical practice, process improvement, and the business aspects of anesthesia care.Kim is Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Manager Perioperative Education at The Reading Medical Center.
Tracy graduated with his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Texas Wesleyan University in 2000 and immediately began providing anesthesia services to several hospital facilities in and around New Iberia, Louisiana. In 2003, Tracy formed YPS Anesthesia Services, LLC, and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer for over 12 years. The group has grown to include over 50 facilities and 250+ providers in four states (Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi). In 2008, he received his Master of Business Administration-Healthcare from George Washington University and continues to focus his efforts on the growth of YPS Anesthesia. His time is divided between clinical and administrative duties as he oversees the operation, finances, and growth of YPS Anesthesia and its subsidiaries. Tracy is also on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANA). He has served 2 years as the State Reimbursement Specialist for Louisiana and is now the President of LANA.