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 AANA Wellness and AANA Peer Assistance for ongoing support. 

Below you will find each speaker's name, email address, home state, and willingness to travel for speaking engagements.

Speakers List

Here you will find each speaker's name, email address, his or her home state, willingness to travel for speaking engagements and the Health and Wellness topic(s) for nurse anesthesia professionals.

Loretta (Ann) Bostic, DNP, MBA, CRNA,, WV, willing to travel, topics: SUD, stress reduction, peer assistance

Anthony Chipas, PhD, CRNA,, SC, willing to travel, topics: Stress, SUD, CRNA wellness

Ferne M. Cohen, MSN, MS, CRNA,, NJ, willing to travel, topics: SUD and wellness

Jose Delfin D. Castillo III, MS, CRNA, ARNP,, FL, willing to travel, topics: CRNA burnout

Jennifer Ferguson, MSN, CRNA, and Kat Venden Heuvel,, NC, willing to travel, topics: Teambuilding in the workplace/nurse anesthesia programs, how groups form and perform 
Note: Jennifer is also a certified Zumba instructor

Rigo Garcia, MBA, CRNA,, IN, willing to travel, topics: 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, BSN, CRNA,, VA, willing to travel, topics: Adverse events and second victims, SUD and peer assistance

Adrienne Hartgerink, DNP, CRNA,, VA, willing to travel, topics: Wellness, stress management, student stress, resiliency, positive coping mechanisms, SRNAs and SUD

Martha Kral, BSN, CRNA,, GA, willing to travel, topics: SUD

Joshua Lea, MBA, CRNA,, MA, willing to travel, topics: Wellness, presentation on research study of CRNA burnout, work engagement, job satisfaction and turnover

Lynn Macksey, MSN, CRNA,, NC, willing to travel, topics: SUD and drug diversion prevention

Meri Gilman-Mays, DNP, CRNA,, OH, willing to travel, topics: Workplace incivility strategies for dealing with difficult co-workers, emotional intelligence, burnout, resilience, leadership vs. management

Alison Melle, CRNA,, WY, willing to travel, topics:  Understanding SUD and my personal story

Patti (Bright) Parolari,, VA, willing to travel, topics: CRNA Teams

Bridget Petrillo, CRNA,, CA, willing to travel, topics: SUD

Lynn Reede, DNP, MBA, CRNA,, IL, willing to travel, topics: Adverse events, critical incident stress management, addiction, recovery and return to practice

Bernadette T. Roche, EdD, CRNA,, IL, willing to travel, topics: SUD, hostile work environments, and adverse events/second victims

Ryan Shores, DNP, CRNA,, FL, willing to travel, topics: Wellness, student wellness, and physical well-being in nurse anesthesia education

Jack Stem,, OH, willing to travel, topics: 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, DNP, CRNA,, NC, willing to travel, topics: Substance use disorder (SUD), workplace wellness, critical incident stress management (CISM), adverse events

Major Peter Strube, MSNA, APNP, ARNP, CRNA,, WI, willing to travel, topics: CRNA and leadership, dealing with difficult people, illegal drugs and the anesthesia impact, lateral violence and workplace bullying, technology and internet addiction

Jessica Switzman, MSN, CRNA,, MD, willing to travel, topics: Stress to wellness, SUD, healthy coping mechanisms
Note: Jessica is also a certified Yoga instructor

LCDR Tiffany Uranga, DNP, NC, USN, CRNA,, MD, willing to travel, topics: Health and wellness, SUD, stress reduction 

Larry Van Atta, CRNA,, UT, willing to travel, topics: SUD

James R. Walker, DNP, CRNA,, TX, willing to travel, topics: Fatigue, stress, SUD

LaChelle Wieme, APRN, CRNA,, MN, willing to travel, topics: Addicted anesthetists

E. Laura Wright, PhD, CRNA,, AL, willing to travel, topics: SUD, return to work, relapse prevention, work pressures and depression, suicide, the addicted patient, drug diversion prevention.

Wellness/SUD Topics

See also Wellness Education and Research 


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