Our Speakers

Anne Hedger

Dr Anne Hedger has worked clinically as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in an Emergency Department setting since 2000, as a Neurosurgical ACNP prior to that, following several years of ICU RN experience. She earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree as well as the Master’s in Nursing from the University of Washington in [...]

Annette Garner

Annette Garner, MSN, RN, CNE, was a perinatal clinical nurse specialist before teaching in associate and undergraduate nursing programs. Her interest in family-center, holistic nursing has guided her practice since beginning her practice in a neonatal intensive care unit 40 years ago. She recognized the gap in nursing practice related to adverse childhood experiences and [...]

Barbara Hostetler

Barbara Hostetler is a registered nurse with over 44 years of nursing experience ranging from critical care to chief nursing officer and department administrator. Raised in Western Pennsylvania, Barbara attended the 3-year diploma nursing program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She stayed in Philadelphia working in the medical-surgical intensive [...]

Briana Rotter

Briana Rotter completed her BSN from University of Portland (UP) and is now an Assistant Professor at UP. She completed an MSN program from the University of South Alabama with a focus in primary and palliative care. She has worked as a nurse practitioner at Housecall Providers and functioned as a primary care provider for [...]

Brooks Ogelsby-Junk

Brooks is an energetic, dynamic presenter with over 30 years of experience in a variety of settings including hospital acute inpatient, outpatient case management, assertive community treatment, and community based mental health. She holds a Master’s from Medical University of South Carolina and is dual ANCC Board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [...]

Daniel Hu

Dan Hu, PharmD, BCCCP is a critical care and emergency medicine pharmacist and is board certified in critical care medicine. He was born and raised in Hawaii and following his graduation from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, he completed a fellowship with the University and the FDA Office [...]

Dawn Lantz

Dr. Dawn P. Lantz is passionate about clients with Opioid Use Disorder. Her wealth of nursing experience in a variety of settings make her ideal for insightful pearls in working with this population. Dawn has functioned as a family nurse practitioner since 1994. She received a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland concentrating in [...]

Diane Paulson

Diane joined Acute Care Education after retiring from the Army Nurse Corps in 2006 and became sole proprietor as of March 28, 2019. Her years of service have led her to a variety of clinical and management areas in healthcare. Her most notable assignments were head nurse of the emergency treatment section of 2 deployed [...]

Jenny Bevacqua

Jenny Bevacqua is a dually-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Acute and Primary Care) with over 18 years of experience in pediatrics. In the hospital setting, Jenny has worked with Pediatric General Surgery, Emergency and Hospitalist groups. For the last 3 years, she has been working in a primary care setting in addition to serving as Faculty [...]

Karen Charlton

Karen has a variety of nursing experience in her 14 years as a registered nurse – from medical surgical floors, to level one trauma intensive care unit experience, to teaching medical topics in third world countries, to flying in the friendly skies as a flight nurse. She has specialized in critical care, emergency medicine, and [...]

Kathy Wilmering

Kathy Wilmering, MSW ARNP BC, is currently in private practice; however, her other settings have included hospitals, public health, and community mental health centers, where she helped set up innovative programs for people with chronic mental illness. Most of her clients experience a complex blend of chronic illness and mental health issues that defy conventional [...]

Kimberly McCord

Kimberly has been a practicing critical care nurse for over 10 years. She first discovered acupressure and the protocols developed by Soul Lightening over 5 years ago. She enjoys providing patients relief of stress, anxiety and pain through these protocols as an adjunct to pharmaceuticals. Kimberly is a certified Soul Lightening International SEVA and Acupressure [...]

Lisa Kurtz

Lisa Kurtz is owner of Healing Hands From the Heart1, a Reiki & self-care practice. In her practice she offers clients personal, self-care Reiki appointments and monthly self-care classes. Over the past several years she has completed Reiki 1, 2 and Master certifications, Energetic Boundaries, Energy Healing Practitioner Certificate, Pranic Healing 1, and mindfulness practices.  [...]

Lyzz Stewart

Dr. Lyzz Stewart, DNP, RN-BC, is passionate about the care and respect our elders receive. She has worked with older adults her entire career. Dr. Stewart has been certified as a gerontological nurse since 2011 and understands the practical points to the certification exam . She has taught gerontological certification courses throughout Oregon. Dr. Stewart [...]

Melody Rasmor

Dr. Rasmor is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Occupational Community Health Nurse with over thirty years of experience. Currently, Melody is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Washington State University. Her recent research focuses on the use of the educational innovation of digital storytelling in advanced physical assessment courses. She lectures frequently on topics related to [...]

Nancy Zavacki

Nancy is an experienced clinical nurse educator with over 35 years of clinical experience. During her career, she has practicedin nursing homes, hospitals, and clinical settings. As a clinical nurse educator she has taught for ADN, BSN, and re-entry nursing programs. Currently, she is oversees the Oregon Nurse Re-Entry Program as the Program Director for [...]

Pamela Potter

Dr. Potter is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher certified in the lineage of Usui, Takata, and Barnett (Reiki Healing Connection) since 1999. As a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist, in practice she integrates complementary energy therapies (Reiki) with psychological counseling for people facing challenging mental and physical health diagnoses and treatment. She is [...]

Patricia Cox

Dr. Cox is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over thirty years of experience. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Portland and teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. She has been practicing for over thirty years in primary care in under-served and uninsured populations. In recent years [...]

Susan Marie

Susan Marie, Ph.D., PMHNP, CARN-AP, BC, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and certified in Addictions, brings over 30 years of clinical experience treating adults with diverse mental illnesses, specializing in serious mental illness, trauma and substance use disorders. She is noted for her “pitfalls” and “pearls” of psychopharmacology. Her passiSons are “radical respect” for [...]