CRNA Wellness and Substance Use Disorder Speakers

When planning a state association meeting or anesthesia professional seminar, a health and wellness related lecture can add to continuing education content and also benefit the well-being of your meeting attendees, see the list of topic ideas below. We've also collected names of CRNA speakers-for-hire on a variety of wellness and/or substance use disorder (SUD) topics. Regardless of the topic, it's important to increase awareness of the available online resources at www.AANAWellness and for ongoing support. 
​Home State/
Health and Wellness Topic(s) for
Nurse Anesthesia Professionals​

Loretta (Ann) Bostic, CRNA, DNP, MBA

​WV/yes ​SUD, stress reduction, peer assistance
Anthony Chipas, CRNA, PhD
Stress, SUD, CRNA wellness ​
Ferne M. Cohen, CRNA, MS, MSN
​SUD and wellness
Jose Delfin D. Castillo III, CRNA, MS, ARNP
FL/yes​ CRNA burnout
​Jennifer Ferguson, CRNA, MSN
and Kat Venden Heuvel

​Teambuilding in the workplace/nurse anesthesia programs, how groups form and perform
Note: Jennifer is also a certified Zumba instructor
Rigo Garcia, CRNA, MBA

SUD, addiction and co-dependency, denial and how to overcome this barrier, SUD facts, chronic pain vs. chronic use, treatment of chronic pain in the addict, future drug abuse and treatment options, reporting and identifying obligations for employers, personal story of an addicted CRNA.
Gary Hahn, CRNA, BSN


​Adverse events and second victims, SUD and peer assistance
Adrienne Hartgerink, CRNA, DNP
​VA/yes Wellness, stress management, student stress, resiliency,
positive coping mechanisms, SRNAs and SUD

​Martha Kral, CRNA, BSN

​GA/yes ​SUD
Joshua Lea, CRNA, MBA
​MA/yes ​Wellness, presentation on research study of CRNA burnout, work engagement, job satisfaction and turnover
​Lynn Macksey, CRNA, MSN
​NC/yes ​SUD and drug diversion prevention
Meri Gilman-Mays, CRNA, DNP
​OH/yes ​Workplace incivility strategies for dealing with difficult co-workers, emotional intelligence, burnout, resilience, leadership vs. management
Alison Melle, CRNA
​WY/yes ​Understanding SUD and my personal story
Patti (Bright) Parolari    
​Va/yes CRNA Teams​

Bridget Petrillo, CRNA

​CA/yes ​SUD
​Lynn Reede, CRNA, DNP, MBA
​IL/yes ​Adverse events, critical incident stress management, addiction, recovery and return to practice.
Bernadette T. Roche, EdD, CRNA
​IL/yes ​SUD, hostile work environments, and adverse events/second victims.
Ryan Shores, DNP, CRNA
​FL/yes ​Wellness, student wellness, and physical well-being in nurse anesthesia education.
​Addiction in the anesthesia professional, stress management for SRNAs and CRNAs, relapse prevention, Suboxone for detoxification and medication assisted treatment of opioid addiction
Linda Stone, CRNA, DNP
​Substance use disorder (SUD), workplace wellness, critical incident stress management (CISM), adverse events
Major Peter Strube, CRNA,

​CRNA and leadership, dealing with difficult people, illegal drugs and the anesthesia impact, lateral violence and workplace bullying, technology and internet addiction
Jessica Switzman, CRNA , MSN
​MD/yes ​Stress to wellness, SUD, healthy coping mechanisms
Note: Jessica is also a certified Yoga instructor
​LCDR Tiffany Uranga, CRNA, DNP, NC, USN
​MD/yes ​Health and wellness, SUD, stress reduction 

Larry Van Atta, CRNA

​UT/yes ​SUD
James R. Walker, CRNA, DNP
TX/yes​ Fatigue, stress, SUD ​
LaChelle Wieme, APRN, CRNA
​MN/yes ​Addicted anesthetists
​SUD, return to work, relapse prevention, work pressures and depression, suicide, the addicted patient, drug diversion prevention

​*Please contact the speakers directly for further information; we've provided this list as a convenience only and it does not indicate endorsement or approval by AANA Health and Wellness. All information has been provided by the speakers, who are solely responsible for the content. The AANA has not investigated or examined the content of any listing or speaker presentation. ​

If you'd like to be added to this speaker list, we ask that lecture content be accurate, current and appropriately cited. It must include sharing of information on AANA resources, such as getting help for substance use disorder or finding resources for physical and mental wellbeing, bullying, adverse events, workplace wellness, student wellness, etc.  For more info and collection of short URL links to resources, email


 Wellness/SUD Topics