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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 Master 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.

Thomas Davis, MS, CRNA

Website: http://www.procrna.com/

Tom S. Davis, CRNA, MAE, is the former Chief of the Division of Nurse Anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and former Chief CRNA at (Baylor) Scott and White, Main OR in Temple, TX. Col. Davis, USAF (Ret.), is well-known throughout the Nurse Anesthesia industry for his leadership in clinical anesthesia including developing the first distance education model while on the graduate faculty at Kansas University Medical Center.

At The Johns Hopkins, Mr. Davis spearheaded the redesign of the CRNA annual performance review and implemented a merit-based bonus system. Also at Hopkins, he developed and taught management skills to a group of selected CRNAs.

He is on the AANA Professional Practice Advisory Board, is a regular contributor to the AANA Newsletter and has participated as a faculty member of the AANA Fall Leadership Academy. Recognized for his ability to work across department lines and for team-building and value-based hiring, Tom is a sought-after speaker, an educator, writer and author, a leadership trainer for Third River Partners and an anesthesia provider. Tom Davis is the author of the newly released book, Leader Reader 1 – Authentic Lessons in Leadership, described by a chief CRNA reader as, “…one of those books that could transform your management paradigm,” and, “a clear and concise guide to becoming the best manager of people you can be.” Currently, Tom is coaching CRNA leaders through his values-based leadership webinar series. His civility in leadership technique and his ability to connect with patients, staff, and students has touched the lives of many hundreds in healthcare and elevated the Nurse Anesthesia profession.

Tom has two active websites: Procrna.com has a blog that promotes CRNAs and the profession, and prosynex.com attracts developing healthcare leaders to workshops and webinars.

Carrie Frederick, M.D.

Dr. Carrie Frederick is a board-certified anesthesiologist who has been specializing in anesthesia for outpatient and office-based surgery centers for the last 30 years. She completed her medical training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York and then moved to Portland, Maine to complete her residency in anesthesia.

In addition to practicing anesthesia, Dr. Frederick, is a retired Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in Anesthesia who was involved with the education of nurse anesthesia students at the University of New England, College of Health Professionals from 2005-2013. She also guest lectured at the University's College of Medicine and supervised UNE students, at all levels, during clinical rotations. In 2010, she served as the Interim Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program at UNE and was a member of the Advisory Board to the Maine Board of Registration in Medicine for PA Affairs. Dr. Frederick was awarded the University of New England's Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. She continues to teach and tutor students at all levels in the healthcare field.

Dr. Frederick has published several articles in Outpatient Surgery Magazine. She has a particular interest in airway management and patient safety in the out-patient setting. She served as a consultant to the State of Maine EMS Board regarding airway management in the pre-hospital setting and has also consulted for private surgery centers interested in narcotic sparing techniques and preparing for accreditation site visits.

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 11 years 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 UF Health Jacksonville, Florida.

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 10 years where he currently serves as the program’s associate program 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 coauthored a chapter on drug interactions. He has chaired and participated in over 15 student poster presentations. He has been lecturing at state, national, and international conferences for the past seven 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, and trauma.

Kimberly Westra, DNP, MS, MBA, CRNA

Kimberly Westra CRNA, MS, DNP, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 13 years experience. She began her career in Baltimore Maryland with experience as a critical care nursehttps://www.google.com/ 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.

Mary Wojnakowski, Ph.D., CRNA

Mary Wojnakowski is an actively practicing anesthesia provider as well as an educator and researcher. She provides anesthesia services at two facilities in Phoenix, Arizona: Maricopa Medical Center, a level 1 trauma hospital and regional burn center and Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Mary is also on faculty at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to this, she obtained her master of science in nursing degree, with a specialization in nurse anesthesia, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Mary actively participates in community and professional organizations at the state and national levels. She has published in the AANA Journal, OR Nursing, and the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Mary also lectures widely on the topics of pain management, malignant hyperthermia, obstructive sleep apnea, and practitioner vigilance. Research areas of interest include pain management, postoperative pulmonary complications, hypothermia and the science of teaching and learning.

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