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Sal Ciresi, Ph.D., MN, CRNA

Sal Ciresi graduated from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 1974 and attended the Army Officer Basic Course that same year. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant with his first assignment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He subsequently was accepted into the US Army School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1975 and served 22 years as a military CRNA with a total service time of 27 years.

He has held several administrative and faculty positions both in the military and civilian community to include the Program Director for Nurse Anesthesia at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.

Sal received his Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington presenting his Master's thesis findings at the American Society of Thoracic Surgery in 1980. He also earned his Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in 1991 presenting his findings at an International Nursing Conference in St Johns, Newfoundland. For his service in the Army, he earned entrance into the Order of Military Medical Merit and retired as a Colonel in the US Army.

Sal has published several articles in both Military Medicine and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He has had the opportunity to lecture on numerous anesthesia topics at the national level. Sal currently resides in Huntersville, NC and is a Staff CRNA at Novant Health Medical Center Huntersville.

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 13 years of experience. He began his career in Gainesville, Florida working for two years as a cardiac surgery recovery nurse. He currently serves as a staff CRNA at multiple clinical sites in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the University of North Florida Anesthesiology Nursing Program.

As a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in communication studies, he began teaching before his transition to the healthcare field where he taught multiple subjects as a High School Teacher. In 2002, he received is ASN from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida and after two years of RN ICU work, he attended Florida International University for which he earned his MSN in 2006. He received his DNP from the University of North Florida in 2015. He has held a faculty position at UNF for 11 years where he currently serves as the program’s associate director. He also served as interim program director for Florida State University’s program during the summer of 2016.

Dr. Shores’s DNP project focused on cost reduction utilizing low flow inhalational anesthesia. He also has co-authored a chapter on drug interactions. He has chaired and participated in over 30 student oral and poster presentations at the AANA annual congress. He has been lecturing at state, national, and international conferences for the past nine years.

Dr. Shores is a dynamic speaker who believes that conference attendees bring experience and knowledge to the event. His teaching style includes an emphasis on audience participation and input. His areas of focus include pharmacology, chemistry and physics, regional anesthesia, neuromuscular monitoring, and trauma.

Kimberly Westra, DNP, MS, MBA, CRNA

Kimberly Westra CRNA, MS, DNP, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 13 years of experience. She began her career in Baltimore Maryland with experience as a critical care nurse at Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Westra’s extensive clinical experience includes her role as an RNFA, CNOR, and CPAN. She specializes in comprehensive difficult airway program development within large care networks. Westra developed an airway alert wristband and an electronic medical record airway alert system. These comprehensive airway alert systems can be customized to any size organization or retrofitted into existing documentation programs. Westra also developed a multidisciplinary educational outreach program for critical care difficult airway management. These highly effective outreach programs assist the anesthesia provider in educating the critical care team on the multidisciplinary care team approach to difficult airway management.

Westra 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’.

Mrs. Westra is a doctoral graduate of Chatham University and is an MBA candidate in Healthcare Finance and Administration at Patten University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society at Chatham and serves in the mentoring program for advanced practice nurses. Westra speaks locally and nationally on a variety of current healthcare topics including clinical practice, process improvement, and the business aspects of care.

Westra is Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Manager Perioperative Education at The Reading Medical Center.

Terry Wicks, DNP, MHS, CRNA

Terry Wicks is currently serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and continues to work at Catawba Valley Medical Center as a clinical anesthetist on a PRN basis. He is a graduate of the DNP Program at the University of Iowa. Terry is also serving as President on the NBCRNA Board of Directors.

Prior to leaving the military in 1992, Terry served as Assistant Program Director at the clinical site for the US Army’s Course for Nurse Anesthetists at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. After graduating from the US Army Anesthesia Course for Nurse Corps Officers in 1986, Terry served as a staff anesthetist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Terry has also served as President of the Hawaii Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and for the North Carolina Associations of Nurse Anesthetists, as well as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2006-07.