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Shane Garner, CRNA, MS

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 develop 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.

Meri Gilman-Mays DNP, CRNA

Dr. Meri Gilman-Mays has been practicing anesthesia for almost 28 years. She was the chief CRNA at Duke University Hospital for nine years, then accepted the position of Senior Director of the anesthesia institute at the Cleveland Clinic for two years. She recently made a move to the outer banks of North Carolina where she resides with her family. She is the Chief CRNA at Vidant Medical Group Chowan and Bertie hospitals.

Mario Grasso, DNAP, CRNA

Mario P Grasso II is a nurse anesthetist who graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Nurse Anesthesia in 1993 with a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. He earned a Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice in Nurse Anesthesia from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Nurse Anesthesia in 2012.

Mario has practiced as a staff nurse anesthetist at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA since 1993. He has held an Affiliate Faculty appointment with the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Nurse Anesthesia from 1993 to the present, participating in didactic and clinical instruction, course coordination, various administrative duties, including student advising, and student research. He has co-authored several research papers. Mario has presented talks at various national professional meetings over his career, including the AANA National Meeting.

Mario served on the NBCRNA National Certification Exam Committee and Innovative Item Writing Committee from 2007-2014 and served as Chair of the National Certification Exam Committee from 2012-2014. He has reviewed several anesthesia book chapters. Perhaps his favorite professional enterprise involved co-directing a nurse anesthesia journal club with Chuck Biddle in Richmond, VA from 2008-2016.

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 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.