Provider Wellness Symposium

Nov. 4-6, 2022
Austin, TX


James Nestor

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Surfer's Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. His newest book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art was an instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, Sunday London Times Top 10 bestseller.



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.



Christine Kurtz,

Dr. Kurtz 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.



Ethan Bickelhaupt, MD

Speaker Confirmed! Bio Coming Soon.



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.



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. 



Terry Harman, PhD

Dr. Harman is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He holds multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology, Theatre, Latino Studies and Theology, including two Doctorates in Pastoral Counseling. He brings nearly 40 years of experience to his work and offers a wealth of knowledge to both patients and clinicians.  He continues to work with health care providers struggling with mental health or addictions.



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.



Julie Linton, DNA

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


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.



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.



Janalea Hoffman

Janalea is a pioneer in the field of Music Therapy. She is a musician, author, speaker and owner/ founder of Rhythmic Medicine. Janalea’s work has been featured in Prevention, Arthritis Today, Breast Cancer Awareness, RN magazines, and New Choices in Natural Healing. Her book is titled Rhythmic Medicine and her fifteen CDs are filled with her message. She has a master’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas, and is certified by The Listening Centre in Toronto as a LIFT instructor for the Listening Fitness Program. 



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.    



Amy Rieschick

Amy is a neuroscience researcher, positive psychology enthusiast, Mind-Body Connector, Coach, Nurse anesthetist, composer, and speaker.  She began her coaching practice in 2019.  Amy is on a mission to impact other ambitious individuals who have a desire for personal growth and living a fully awakened and actualized life.



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.



Dustin Dean

CEO of Learnin2Live, Dustin Dean, a 20 year health 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 & Adolescent Psychiatric RN.


Diplomate American Board of Addiction Medicine

David Cummins, MD

Dr. Cummins is the Medical Director for Parkdale Center. He is board-certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine and has extensive experience in treating patients suffering from substance use disorders. Following best practice guidelines set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and using the latest evidence-based treatment modalities, Dr. Cummins has helped develop the most comprehensive and seamless program for addicted professionals in the country. Using time-tested treatments and cutting edge alternative therapies, his program succeeds by focusing on wellness, self-care, prevention, and holistic comprehensive treatment modalities.  



Pam Brasher

Pam is a 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 Doctor of Nursing Practice degree  at Georgetown University in Washington DC, where she is studying effects and solutions for workplace wellness.  



Erik Milosevich

From 1997 to 2018 Erik was a police officer with the Santa Monica Police Department.  He was a lead instructor for the department and taught classes on; Implicit bias, gender bias, body language and defensive tactics. In 2019 he created and taught “De-escalation and Mindful Breathing” a California POST Certified Course for law enforcement.  Erik is a certified Wim Hof Method Instructor and has given courses to civilians, military and law enforcement.  The Wim Hof Method is a science backed program proven to heal and strengthen the mind, body and spirit.  

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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



Matthew Zinder

Matthew, co-founder of the Provider Wellness Symposium, has worked in healthcare for 25 years, starting as an EMT. Matthew owns and operates a Maryland-based mobile anesthesia practice that has been in business since 1984.  Matthew speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, on topics including stress management, wellness, and the business of anesthesia.  He  produces and hosts The Going Viral Podcast where he discusses health, wellness, and science.  Matthew is  the District IV director for the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists and is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Nurse Anesthesia.

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Rodrigo Garcia

Rodrigo, co-founder of the Provider Wellness Symposium, has been a direct health care provider for 25 years. He has extensive experience in the field of anesthesia, addiction treatment, management, advocacy, and recovery of the highly-accountable professional. He has educated thousands of families, state employees, individuals, employers, and professional organizations on the needs and treatment of addicted professionals. He is also the recipient of the Mental Health America “Heroes” award and the National Safety Councils Green cross award for his presentations and research in mental health and addictions.



Claudia Garcia

Claudia is  the COO of Parkdale Center and the executive director of the Indiana Professional’s Recovery Program and the West Virginia Restore Program. Her focus is in research, development of programs, policies, and procedures to improve patient outcomes and maintain employer compliance. Her training as a certified addiction drug and alcohol counselor, registered nurse, licensed addiction counselor, and personal experience has made her a highly desired speaker on the topics of mental health and substance use disorders both nationally and internationally.



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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