ESTABLISHED LEADERSHIP.

The best predictor of future results?  Past results.  Arizona Anesthesia Solutions (AzAS) has demonstrated records of results-focused, relationship-based leadership.  That leadership has been key in working with surgeons and facilities across the state, and developing a staff of over 40 credentialed providers. AzAS currently provides anesthesia in Flagstaff, Prescott, Phoenix, Yuma, and Tucson.  


The AzAS Team


Ali J. Baghai, CRNA

Director for Phoenix and Western Arizona

Originally from the suburbs of Boston, Ali has been a resident of Arizona since 2006. During summers while attending Boston College, Ali worked at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Paul Newman’s camp for children living with terminal and chronic illnesses. His experience at The Hole in the Wall guided him to a career in healthcare, and during his sophomore year transferred his major from psychology to the school of nursing. Ali served as a registered nurse for five years in the intensive care unit and pediatric emergency department at hospitals in Massachusetts, Nevada, California, and Arizona.

Ali completed his anesthesia training at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona in 2009. Since that time he has provided anesthesia care in a broad variety of settings; from plastic surgery centers to labor and delivery suites, and from dental offices to the trauma room.

Ali is passionate about safe, accessible, high quality anesthesia care; those are integral values for AzAS. These values lead Ali, Joe, and Randy to establish AzAS to improve anesthesia services for patients, surgeons, and facilities. Mr. Baghai is past President of the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists, an organization representing over 800 CRNAs.  Ali served as the Chief CRNA leading the anesthesia department at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital for two years before joining AzAS full time.  Ali now serves as AzAS Director for Phoenix and Western Arizona with a special focus on dental and cosmetic anesthesia services. He is recognized in the community as an expert in dental anesthesia.  

Ali finds his greatest joy in time spent with his family, his wife of 13 years, Kristin, and his two young sons, Brayden and Callen.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Past President and Member, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • CRNA Representative, Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Coalition

  • Co-Founder, CRNAs of Arizona Political Action Committee

  • Board Member, Arizona Nurses Association Political Action Committee

  • Member, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Southern Medical Association

Contact Ali at Ali@AzAS.team


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Joseph A. Rodriguez, CRNA 

Director for Northern Arizona

A Pennsylvania native, Joseph has practicing anesthesia since 2012. After finishing his anesthesia training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Joseph began his practice in Phoenix, Arizona, gaining extensive experience in anesthesia care for the elderly as well as upper extremity and lower extremity regional anesthesia.   Joseph currently practices in Prescott, Arizona, and oversees anesthesia services for numerous facilities throughout Northern Arizona.  Joseph is the Medical Director at Tri-City Surgery Center.  In his various roles, Joseph has lead facility teams to implement standardized processes for preoperative screening and evaluation for outpatient surgery, and helped to establish new surgical service lines, including total joint arthroplasty.

Joseph has been involved in his local community since his youth, becoming an Eagle Scout, serving in his church, is the former President of the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and currently participates in government affairs at the state and national level.  

In his personal time, Joseph enjoys strength training, science fiction novels, and spending time with friends and wife of 10 years.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board-Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Government Relations Committee, 2017-2019, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • President 2016-17, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Federal Political Director 2012-15, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • C0-Founder, CRNAs of Arizona Political Action Committee

Contact Joseph at Joseph@AzAS.team


Randy Quinn, CRNA

Director for Eastern and Southern Arizona

Born and Raised in Thatcher Arizona, Randy Quinn has been a practicing anesthesia since 2009, when he began practicing at Maricopa Medical Center. There he’s had a broad practice including trauma and pediatrics, obstetrics and pediatric dental anesthesia. He became a managing partner in Arizona Anesthesia Solutions shortly after its incorporation and has added invaluable insight into regulation, accreditation, and certification matters.  Randy offers consulting services for ASCs on regulation and accreditation.    He currently serves as the Chief of Anesthesia at Discovery Surgery Center in Phoenix, Arizona

Randy has extensive leadership experience and currently serves as President of the Arizona State Board of Nursing, where he is responsible for a $4.9M budget and overseeing more than 130,000 licensed professionals.  His background makes him a respected voice on regulatory affairs in Arizona.  

Randy married his high school sweetheart, and they have four wonderful children.  He enjoys everything outdoors from riding ATVs, hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. He likes anything that gives him an excuse to go play in the wilderness.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board-Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • President, Arizona State Board of Nursing

  • Former Director, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Arizona Organization of Nurse Executives

  • Co-Chair, Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Coalition

Contact Randy at Randy@AzAS.team


Phoenix


Jeremy Cachola, CRNA

Senior Associate

Jeremy is known for bringing a wealth of clinical knowledge and as well as a pleasant demeanor to the clinical setting.  Prior to joining AzAS, Jeremy regularly anesthetized patients for major cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries with highly complex histories for years in both Tuscon, Arizona as well as Racine, Wisconsin.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Christopher Carr, CRNA

Senior Associate

Christopher "Handlebar" Carr is well known within the CRNA community for his high level of expertise and professionalism.  Having practiced anesthesia for over 15 years, Christopher is a valuable member of the AzAS team and brings a diversity of experience and insight.  Christopher primarily practices in Phoenix but also travels throughout the state.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Jacob Hantla, CRNA, CCDS, FHRS

Senior Associate, Director of anesthesia, heart health center

Nationally recognized for his knowledge and skill in electrophysiology, Jacob is the only anesthesia provider in the nation, from any profession, who is currently a Fellow in the Heart Rhythm Society.  Jacob has extensive experience in anesthesia and perioperative management for electrophysiology and cardiovascular surgery, and continues to be involved in research and publication focused on anesthesia in electrophysiology procedures including the "Feasibility, safety, and efficacy of a novel preshaped nitinol esophageal deviator to successfully deflect the esophagus and ablate left atrium without esophageal temperature rise during atrial fibrillation ablation: The DEFLECT GUT study".  

In his personal time, Jacob enjoys time with his wife, Kiki, and his 3 children, and also finds time to be involved in teaching and service at his local church.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Fellow, Heart Rhythm Society

  • Certified Cardiac Device Specialist, Certified by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners

  • AABAC Certified

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Ann Marie Dike, CRNA

Senior Associate

A graduate of University of Arizona and later Midwestern University's CRNA program, Ann Marie has close ties to her family and her community, as well as a reputation for being a highly-competent and professional CRNA.  Ann Marie has worked in every model of anesthesia delivery and she maintains a broad clinical practice including OB, CV and ambulatory anesthesia. 

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Shaun Ferrie, CRNA

Senior Associate

Originally hailing from Iowa, Shaun received his anesthesia training at Barnes-Jewish College in Missouri before coming to Arizona to practice in 2011.  Shaun began at Maricopa Medical Center, and subsequently began administering anesthesia throughout the area.  Like many of his colleagues at AzAS, Shaun is another CRNA who can come into virtually any OR environment and  safely administer anesthesia care to the surgical patient.  In addition to his clinical practice, Shaun has a long history of service in his professional community in various leadership capacities, and was recently elected to serve as President of the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists for the 2018-19 term.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • President, 2018-19, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Public Relations Committee Chair, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, AZANA Anesthesiologist Assistant Task Force

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Angela L. Fountain, CRNA

ASSOCIATE

Since completing her anesthesia training and board certification in 2013, Angi has maintained a diverse clinical and professional career.  She currently serves as a Major in the Air Force Reserve as a CRNA as well as the Deputy Chief Nurse at Luke Air Force Base, and also serves as a clinical instructor for the University of Arizona CRNA DNP Program.   Lastly, Angi also serves an elected board member of the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Board Member, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Brandon Howell

ASSOCIATE

Brandon is a well-regarded member of the anesthesia community and is generally known for his professional and pleasant disposition.  Brandon has been practicing anesthesia since his graduation from Midwestern University's CRNA program in 2015 and covers AzAS facilities throughout the Valley.  In his personal time, Brandon enjoys time with his friends and family and is supportive of his wife who is finalizing her FNP. 

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

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Diana Lugo

ASSOCIATE

Diana began practicing anesthesia after graduating from Midwestern University's CRNA program in 2015.  Since graduating, she's practiced at various hospitals and facilities throughout the Valley where she's gained a broad array of clinical experience.  In addition to her Phoenix-based practice she also occasionally travels to Prescott.  

In her personal time, Diana stays highly active with travel, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


 

Brandon Martin, DNAP, CRNA

Senior Associate

Originally from Mississippi, Brandon has been practicing anesthesia in Arizona since 2015. Starting at a young age, he realized he had a passion for helping others and this was solidified when he became a lifeguard at the age of 15. After completing his nursing education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2005, Brandon joined the team at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Mississippi’s only Level One Trauma Center for children. Before attending anesthesia school, Brandon has also worked at Adult Level One Trauma Centers gaining valuable experience and critical thinking skills in both adult and pediatric disease processes.

After graduating from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, MN, in 2011, he entered a high acuity, independent anesthesia practice at Elkhart General Hospital in IN, and served as Chief CRNA from 2013 to 2015. Brandon completed his Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice at Midwestern University in May 2018, focusing on providing high quality, cost effective, research driven anesthesia care. During his free time, Brandon enjoys flying around AZ as a private pilot and spending time with his supportive partner, Edward, and friends.

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Erika Percic, CRNA

AssociatE, Director of anesthesia, Northwest Urology

Born and raised in a small farm town in Wisconsin, Erika moved to Arizona for what was to be a temporary nursing assignment organized by Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. Mayo Clinic Phoenix campus was in its first few years of opening and it didn't take long for the desert beauty and sunshine to lure her away from the Midwest.

After graduating in 2007 with her Masters in Science in Anesthesia from Midwestern University Glendale  in 2007, she started her anesthesia practice at both Mayo Clinic Hospital as well as Maricopa County Hospital and continued administering anesthesia for a variety of high acuity patients for the next 7 years. In 2014 Erika transitioned and expanded her practice to include a variety of office based and outpatient surgical settings in both Colorado as well as Arizona. 

Erika joined AzAS in 2014 and currently oversees anesthesia for Northwest Urology, in Surprise Arizona.  

Erika enjoys spending free time outdoors camping, hiking and skiing with her husband and two children, as well as scuba diving whenever she can find the time. Erika also dedicates free time to Paw Placement an animal rescue shelter based out of the PetSmart pet stores.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Jamie Ortiz, CRNA

AssociatE

Jamie Ortiz is an experienced CRNA and has been administering anesthesia since finishing her anesthesia training in 2014 at the University of Wisconsin.  Practicing throughout the Valley, Jamie is comfortable in a wide variety of settings and is known for bringing a calming presence to difficult clinical situations.  Jamie practices primarily in the Phoenix area but also travels outside the Valley to various locations, and she's an active supporter of her professional community.  

In her personal time, Jamie is rehabbing a 100-year old home in Phoenix, paints abstracts, and attends Crossfit 4x a week.  In her community she participates in water delivery to the homeless, and for leisure she enjoys time with friends and family and her "fur-babies", Hank and Cookie. 

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Aaron Whitley, DNP, CRNA, CEP

Associate 

Originally from Orange County, California but raised in Arizona, Aaron has lived a life of service. Aaron is a decorated combat veteran. At 17 years old he joined the U.S. Army. In 2003 at 19 years of age he was deployed in the initial wave of Operation Iraqi freedom in Taji, Iraq for over a year and a half. Upon his return Aaron attended Grand Canyon University receiving a Bachelors in Science Nursing. Aaron gained experience in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit befpre attending the Chandler Fire Department's Fire Academy. Aaron became a Chandler Firefighter and Paramedic in 2010 where he remains a Firefighter-Paramedic. Aaron has had extensive training in the pre-hosptial setting to include Combat Lifesaver instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor, Paramedic instructor as well as conducting research in pre-hospital care.

Aaron is also the founder and president of a local non-profit organization that supports line of duty deaths of first responders and military. In 2017 Aaron graduated from the University of Arizona with his Doctorate in Nurse Practice-Nurse Anesthesia.  Aaron proudly joined the AzAS team where he enjoys the independent practice and the personal relationships he can develop in the outpatient setting.

In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife and two boys.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Prescott


Beth A. Brinkman, CRNA

SENIOR AssociatE

Since completing her anesthesia training in 2013, Beth practiced in Farmington, New Mexico, as well as Vancouver, Washington, prior to joining AzAS's Prescott practice.  Beth has accumulated a broad general practice on patients with a high-degree of co-morbidity, and now practices in outpatient facilities throughout the Prescott community.  

Before her anesthesia career, Beth gained over 10 years experience in a Level-1 Trauma Center as an ICU Nurse.  Like many CRNAs, this experience provides invaluable experience and education in managing physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.  

In her personal time, Beth stays active by hiking throughout Northern Arizona, is an amatuer photographer, and participates in adventurous international travel as well.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Pamela Court, CRNA

SENIOR AssociatE

Pamela brings a tremendous amount of anesthesia experience to AzAS, being part of anesthesiology teams serving 1200-bed hospitals to practicing in small community ASCs.  While her career has spanned many geographic areas including combat support hospitals in Germany, Pamela has strong ties to the Prescott community.  Pamela provides anesthesia services throughout the Prescott area, including M&M Eye Center and Prescott Periodontics.  In her spare time, Pamela enjoys staying active wit high-intensity obstacle races and spending time with her family.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Sharon Gray, CRNA

Senior Associate

Sharon has dedicated her professional life to caring for patients in a variety of healthcare settings. A native of Florida, Sharon gained extensive high-acuity experience as a Flight Medic and as a Cardiovascular and Intensive Care RN for the first portion of her career.  She expanded her practice by obtaining her anesthesia education and training as a CRNA, in Pittsburgh, PA and then began her anesthesia practice in New Mexico at the state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. Over the next 15 years Sharon administered anesthesia and oversaw perioperative care for numerous surgical specialties, in urban and rural settings. 

Sharon also has extensive association and private-practice leadership experience.  She served as President of the New Mexico Association of Nurse Anesthetists and presided over several legislative achievements, and also served in her national association as Regional Director and Chair of the AANA Finance Committee.   While in Santa Fe, she was the Anesthesia Department Chair in a private hospital specializing in orthopedics, and gained extensive experience in upper and lower extremity regional anesthesia.

Sharon joins AzAS’s Prescott practice after working the last 5 years in the greater Seattle area. She practices primarily at Prescott Outpatient Surgical Center.  Sharon is married to Scott Gray, a retired CRNA who served as AANA President (1991-92).

She has one daughter who resides in Colorado. Sharon enjoys international travel and hiking in the great outdoors.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Former President of New Mexico Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Former Regional Director, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Megan Larsen, CRNA

SENIOR AssociatE

Megan joins AzAS's Prescott practice after two years practicing predominately at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, where she specialized in anesthetic management for cardiovascular procedures.  A graduate of Westminster University in Salt Lake City, Utah, Megan is now based in Prescott where her practice is primarily ambulatory anesthesia.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Thomas J. Muller, CRNA

SENIOR AssociatE, director of anesthesia, yuma surgery center

Tom began administering anesthesia and perioperative care over 30 years ago after completing his anesthesiology training at Wayne State University in Michigan.  Tom arrived in Arizona in 1996 and has practiced in every type of surgical setting.  During his career, Tom has served on the Professional Executive Council at Wayne State, served in the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists as a Peer Advisor, and as a lecturer at both Wayne State and Midwestern University CRNA programs. Tom currently practices with AzAS at Yuma Surgery Center.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Butch Helig, CRNA

Senior Associate, director of anesthesia, pima heart center

Butch has a unique professional background, graduating from Embry-Riddle University with a degree Aeronautical Science and later serving as a Signals Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force.  Butch transitioned to healthcare and eventually completed his anesthesiology training at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016.  Butch currently serves as the Director of Anesthesia at Pima Heart Surgery Center

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Casey Bergenson, CRNA

AssociatE

After graduating from the highly-respected University of Pennsylvania CRNA program, Casey moved to Tucson, Arizona where he maintains his primary clinical practice.  Casey brings that experience to AzAS where he often anesthetizes patients for dental surgery procedures in an office setting.   

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


John "Johnny" Dyorich, CRNA

AssociatE

Johnny graduated from Midwestern University and completed his anesthesia training in 2012, and has been practicing in Southern Arizona since that time.  Johnny travels throughout Southern Arizona providing anesthesia and maintains his primary practice at Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Nathan A. Harvey, CRNA

AssociatE

Nathan graduated from Midwestern University’s CRNA program in 2017 and has worked in a rural independent hospital setting since that time. Shortly after graduation he started working for AzAS in multiple outpatient settings throughout Phoenix and Southern Arizona. 

In his off time Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife and children, live music, reading, and staying fit through outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and camping. 

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Charles Whitby, CRNA

AssociatE

Charles Whitby is a 2016 graduate of Midwestern University and practices in both Phoenix and Sierra Vista at Canyon Vista Medical Center.  Charles has quickly established himself as a CRNA who is capable of handling a broad array of clinical situations and surgical populations.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Amos H.  Wilkinson, CRNA, FNP

ASSOCIATE

A well-known advocate of the CRNA profession, Amos has been a practicing CRNA for nearly 15 years.  A graduate of Samuel Merritt University, Amos has practiced throughout Arizona and currently his primary practice setting is Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, and he continues to travel throughout Southern Arizona to provide anesthesia services.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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Anna Legaspi, CRNA

Associate

Passionate about helping others, Anna's decision to become a healthcare provider was a natural fit. She graduated with a Masters in Science of Nursing Anesthesia from Northeastern University in Boston, MA affiliated with the United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing. She received the U.S. Army Nurse Corp Phyllis J. Verhonick Award - which is presented to an army nurse who demonstrates excellence in research that significantly contributes to nursing and improves patient care outcomes- for her research published in the 2011 American Association of Nurse Anesthesia special research edition.

After 20+ years of service, she continues to proudly serve as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and has recently joined Arizona Anesthesia Solutions. Her experience includes all areas of surgery at every age from cardiovascular surgery to office based clinic settings. She currently practices at Cochise Eye and Laser In Sierra Vista, AZ.  Anna loves the water, specifically the ocean and spending time with her children, family, and friends. 

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Flagstaff


Jake Smith, CRNA

AssociatE

Jake Smith is a respected leader and CRNA within his professional community.  He is involved in numerous projects outside the clinical arena and additionally serves as an elected board member on the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  After completing his anesthesia training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, Jake eventually settled in Flagstaff, Arizona.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Board Member, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

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Kelly Gappa, CRNA

AssociatE

Kelly graduated in 2005 from University of Michigan-Flint, where she was selected as the Agatha Hodgkins recpient.  She went on to practice in Phoenix, Arizona and Bangor, Maine, before coming back to Flagstaff, Arizona.  Kelly practices on a part-time basis for AzAS and maintains a full-time practice at Flagstaff Medical Center.  

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Michelle Cardon, CRNA

AssociatE

Michelle is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and Mayo College of Health's CRNA program.  She has practiced in both Northern California and Northern Arizona and has during nearly a decade of anesthesia practice has gained extensive experience.  While her primary practice is elsewhere, Michelle provides anesthesia coverage to Northern Arizona Surgi-Center.

MEMBERSHIPS and highlights

  • Board Certified, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Member, Arizona and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists


Administration


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Justin Sharp, MHA

Business Administrator 

Justin was born and raised in Arizona and New Mexico.  He is passionate about service and helping others which started at a young age.  Justin is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.  He credits this accomplishment to setting a foundation for hard work and service to others throughout his life.  Justin earned an Associate of Science degree from Dixie State College of Utah and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Management degree in 2012 from the University of Phoenix.  Justin decided to take his passion for helping others to the healthcare field and went on to earn his Master of Health Administration degree from University of Phoenix in 2017.  Justin worked for the University of Phoenix as a program specialist in their College of Education helping new teachers across multiple states meet state licensure and credentialing requirements.  He also helped run projects and initiatives at the University to ensure compliance to state certification requirements.

Justin’s favorite pastime is spending valuable time with his wife of 13 years and his 8 year old son.  He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to hike, hunt, fish and camp throughout the state of Arizona.

Contact Justin at Justin@AzAS.team


Kelly McCormick, BA

Practice Manager

Born and raised in central New York, Kelly has been the AzAS Practice Manager since 2015.  Driven to serve people, Kelly earned her Bachelors of Arts in Health and Human Services from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY and began a career in Social Work with Cayuga County.  After serving as a case worker for at-risk youth for four years, she relocated to the Phoenix area and in 2009 she formed a successful private childcare business which she has owned and operated until 2015 when she began at AzAS.

As practice manager, Kelly interfaces with facilities, clinicians, and patients.  As AzAS's first administrative team member, Kelly flows between many levels of the company and is essential in day-to-day operations.   In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, live music and entertainment, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Kelly at Kelly@AzAS.team


Yolanda Crowe

Anesthesia Scheduler

Yolanda is originally from Southern California-Redondo Beach and a resident of Arizona since 2005.  She began her career in healthcare in 2000. Starting as a receptionist and eventually moving into more essential administrative roles, Yolanda has gained experience in various specialities: ophthalmology, plastic/cosmetics, urology, orthopedic and anesthesiology.

Yolanda has been scheduling physician and CRNA anesthesiologists since 2013, and in that role she interfaces with numerous facilities both large and small, and at times oversees the surgical schedules of dozens of different providers across large geographical areas.  

When not working Yolanda enjoys spending time with her three grown sons and partner of six years. They enjoy going  out on the lake and shooting, but most of all they enjoy simply spending time together over a home-cooked meal. 

Contact Yolanda at Yolanda@AzAS.team

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Liz Dennison, BA

MEDAC Billing Coordinator, AzAS Administrative Coordinator


An Arizona Native, Liz graduated from Arizona State Univeristy with a Bachelors of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics.  After her education, Liz founded and ran a private dance company for 8 years, and in addition to starting and raising a family, she continues to serve her community through the charity she founded called "Jakeys Blankies" that provide blankets to children undergoing heart surgery at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Liz loves time outdoors and spending time with her husband of 19 years and 3 children.

Contact Liz at Liz@AzAS.team