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TRACY CASTLEMAN, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA

Tracy, an original member of Sharon’s CRNA Fab Four, graduated from the Albany Medical School of Nurse Anesthesiology in 1991 and has practiced anesthesia in private and academic settings ever since, as well as leading SRNA educational efforts in the clinical arena. Giving back to the community is an important part of her journey and she is a regular anesthesia team member of the Hospital de la Familia medical mission every 2 years to Nuevo Progresso Guatemala bringing much-needed surgical services to an impoverished community. She has served all levels of her state association, the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists, including president, and is currently the president of their charitable arm the NJANA CAREs. At the national level, Tracy has served on quite a few committees, including State Organizational Development, PR, The 75th Anniversary Committee, and Bylaws, but she is most proud of the AANA Mentorship Program offered to student leaders during the AANA MYA that she helped form and manage for many years. Creating opportunities for SRNAs and RNs to grow and succeed is how the future of nurse anesthesia will flourish. After 29 years of clinical practice, Tracy capped off her educational journey with a DNP in transformational leadership from Rush University in 2020 and is using this knowledge to help SRNAs implement their DNP projects at her hospital.

GARRY BRYDGES, PHD, DNP, MBA, CRNA, ACNP-BC, FAANA, FAAN

Garry Bridges stands out as a seasoned professional working within an academic practice at a prominent cancer facility in Texas. His experience is further highlighted by his role as a former president of the American Medical Association (AMA) and, as of his latest achievement, the incoming Vice President (soon-to-be President) of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). Sharing Terry’s passion for clinical anesthesia, Garry has a particular interest in pharmacology and physiology. His vibrant approach to education is evident in his desire to create an enjoyable and informative podcast, which aims not just to enlighten anesthesia professionals but also to provide valuable insights to a broader audience. With fun and a focus on practicality, Garry is committed to elevating the practice of anesthesia to ensure patient safety and excellent clinical outcomes.

TERRY WICKS, DNP, CRNA

Terry Wicks is a distinguished Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of North Carolina, boasting a substantial 35-year tenure in clinical practice. As a past president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and an enduring enthusiasm for research and advancements within the field of anesthesia. Alongside his partner Gary, Terry aims to keep peers informed on the latest trends and updates in the anesthesia community through their engaging podcast. His commitment to enhancing anesthesia practice shines through his dedication to patient safety and successful outcomes.

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