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Symposium

Speakers

Provider Wellness Symposium

Nov. 4-6, 2022
Austin, TX

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

TBD

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CRNA, FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

Garry Brydges, PhD, MBA

Dr. Brydges is the Chief CRNA at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, with over 20 years in leadership. He is adjunct faculty at University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Woman’s University and former 2019 AANA President.  Dr. Brydges speaks nationally and internationally on wellness topics, including crisis incident stress management, enhancing workplace civility, resilient leadership, provider diversion, wellness, and motivation.

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PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Christine Paquin,
DNP

Dr. Paquin is a  Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in providing psychiatric evaluations, psychotropic medication management, and cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with a dual diagnosis. She is certified as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and is also a long-time member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and has a current focus on effective sleep and overall wellness.

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LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN

Tracy Traut

Tracy is Program Director for Indiana Professionals Recovery Program and the West Virginia restore Program. She has worked in the field of mental health and addiction since 2007 and has extensive experience in treating individuals with substance use disorders, trauma, and PTSD. Tracy’s work is dedicated to the  prevention, treatment, long-term monitoring, advocacy, professional reentry, and utilizing evidence-based practices to deliver cutting edge monitoring services for health care professionals in need.

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LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION CLINICIAN

Jason Kniola

Jason has worked in the mental health and addiction fields for over 25 years.  He has worked  with multiple populations in multiple settings including adolescents, adult individuals, families, and groups in community counseling, private practice, and corrections. Jason studies and practices mindfulness meditation for the past 20 years and uses these skills to augment evidence-based modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and more. 

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CRNS - STUDENT WELLNESS

LTC(ret) Peter Strube, DNP

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Strube is an Associate Professor at St Mary’s University and is the director of the doctoral anesthesia pharmacology program. He has authored several professional articles and training programs and speaks professionally both nationally and internationally. Peter has been elected to serve on the state association board and two AANA national committees.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, at Rosalind Franklin University, and is the assistant program director at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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CRNA

Julie Linton, DNP

Julie is a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a business owner in Martinsburg, WV.  She earned her MS in Nurse Anesthesia from York College and her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from the Medical University of south Carolina.  Julie brings a depth of knowledge on the issue of substance use disorder into her practice as a CRNA and her service to her state and national associations as she lectures across the country on the topic

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CRNA, Board Certified Hypnotherapist

Capt. USN(ret) Ron Eslinger

Ron is the owner and CEO of Healthy Visions Hypnosis Center. After Ron completed his Nurse Anesthesia training he obtained his Certification in Hypnotherapy. Ron is a retired United States Navy Captain, his many assignments included Senior Nurse Executive and the Director for Patient Services, Naval Hospital Beaufort, SC, 2001 – 2003. From 1996 to 2001 Ron was the Chief Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and Assistant Department Head for Administration, Anesthesia Department, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA where he founded and personally developed the Medical Center’s Complementary Care Clinic.

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WELLNESS SPEAKER

Luke DePron

Luke DePron is the CEO of The Live Great Lifestyle. It is a fitness and lifestyle coaching program for the working professional looking to level up their physique, energy, and confidence to match the success of their business and bank account.  Luke specializes in providing community, support, structure, tactics and the tools needed by his clients so they can step into the greatest versions of themselves.

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HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Jessica Zinder, PhD

Dr. Jessica Zinder has her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focused on spirituality, spiritual identity, and health. She has worked as psychotherapist at various college counseling centers and community mental health centers. For the past 15 years, she has been a founder, leader, and consultant for community gardens in schools, neighborhoods, and churches. She is a Master Gardener through University of Maryland since 2012. She founded and leads the Arnold Youth Garden Program, which integrations gardening and mindfulness meditation at an elementary and middle school in Maryland. Dr. Zinder founded and leads The Green Women of Maryland group, an environmental and wellness group that includes over 80 members.

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CRNA, YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Jessica Switzman

Jessica is a Nurse Anesthetist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a Yoga Instructor in Annapolis, Maryland. Her passion is helping others build resilience. She is faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing,  a member of the AANA Peer Assistance Advisors Committee and speaks Nationally on Stress, Resilience and Practicing Wellness.    

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US DOD CIVILIAN CRNA

Pam Brasher

Pam Brasher, MS, CRNA, is a US DoD Civilian CRNA in Honolulu, Hawaii. She earned her BSN from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond LA, her Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from King's County Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, Brooklyn NY, and her MS from Columbia University, NY NY. She completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Internship (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. She is currently pursuing a DNP at Georgetown University in Washington DC, where she is studying effects and solutions for workplace wellness.

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MUSICIAN

Carl Wockner

Carl Wockner was named the first and only Australian artist to ever win Top Honors at the International Acoustic Music Award’s 2015 (USA), along with top of the AAA category for the release of his album Crayon Days with producer Michael Flanders in Nashville TN. Wockner has skipped up the charts with his first two single releases receiving high rotation to national radio in both Australia and USA which landed the title track into the International Billboard Charts.

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PSYCHIATRIC RN

Dustin Dean

Co-CEO of BehaviorBased, Dustin Dean, a 23-year healthcare industry Professional, currently serves as a Mental Health Nursing Professor and a Mental Wellness Advisor/Consultant. Since 2016, he has focused his abilities on

helping those who struggle with mental illness. In doing so he gained the position of Consultant and Peer Review Psychiatric RN, before then joining Winona State

University and St. Catherine’s University where he today serves as an Associate Professor of Mental Health. Also working with a major Midwestern health institution, Dustin holds the roles of Behavioral Emergency Response Team RN and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric RN.

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CRNA, HYPNOTHERAPIST, WELLNESS COACH

Matthew Zinder

Matthew speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, involving topics such as stress management, wellness, business of anesthesia, and the practice of anesthesia.  He is a co-founder of The Provider Wellness Symposium and is adjunct faculty at Thomas Jefferson University, University of Wisconsin, & Georgetown University.

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CRNA, WELLNESS COACH, HYPNOTHERAPIST

Rodney Overstreet

Born of a nursing family, Rodney felt called to heal from a young age. He’s spent his career putting people to sleep - and now he wants to help them wake up. He currently works as a CRNA at Medical West in Bessemer, Alabama and is a consulting hypnotist. He has completed training in neural linguistic processing (NLP) and is pursuing his compassion fatigue certification

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PMHNP

Tatenda Rudziva

Tatenda is Co-CEO of BehaviorBased and has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. He has worked extensively as a RN on both medical and psychiatric units. Along with his role conducting workshops for BehaviorBased, he works as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient private practice providing medication management and psychotherapy to his patients. He also continues to work as a Registered Nurse on an inpatient Medical Psychiatric unit.

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WIM HOF INSTRUCTOR

Shereen Yusuff

Shereen Yusuff has been an athlete since childhood, including national level tennis, marathons, ultramarathons, triathlons, martial arts and mountain climbing. She is a certified Wim Hof Method instructor, trained by the best – including Wim Hof himself – in Spain, The Netherlands and Poland. 

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