Faculty

Edward Portrait

Edward Waters, DNP, CRNA
School Director

Edward completed a clinical residence in anesthesia in 1996 at the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia. He holds degrees in nursing from St. Louis University and UCLA and is currently engaged in doctoral studies at the University of Colorado. He has been a director of the National Board on Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists since October 2010.

Michael Portrait

Michael Boytim, EdD, CRNA
Program Director

Michael has been a nurse anesthetist since 1984, and became employed full-time as an educator at Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA) 1991. He currently is an assistant director for KPSA , and program director for the Kaiser Permanente Anesthesia Technology Program (KPAT). He provides both academic and clinical instruction in the KPSA and KPAT programs.

Vicki Portrait

Vicki Reyes, Cer. ATT
Assistant Director

Vicki has been associated with anesthesia for 24 years. She began her anesthesia career to help develop an anesthesia support position that could be standardized within the health-care system. Vicki has worked with anesthesia organizations to promote the profession, eventually becoming Assistant Clinical Department Administrator at Kaiser Baldwin Park.

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Otoniel Castillo, Cer. ATT
Instructor

Otoniel has been in the anesthesia technology field since 1989. He began his career as an anesthesia technician at CHLA. He has been involved with the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians leadership to advance his profession since 2010. He has lectured at various local and national events. Otoniel has worked at various Level 1 and Level 2 trauma centers and most recently was the Anesthesia Support Supervisor at UC Irvine Medical Center. Since 2012 he has been an instructor with the Kaiser Permanente Anesthesia Technology program and currently coordinates didactic instruction.

Sandra Portrait

Sandra Bordi, DNP, CRNA
Instructor

Sandra graduated from Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia in 2003 and became full-time academic faculty in 2007. She holds a special interest in the areas of pain physiology and pain management, geriatrics, and endocrine physiology. She educates nurse anesthesia and anesthesia technology students while continuing to practice anesthesia at an urban Kaiser Permanente hospital.

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Sass Elisha, EdD, CRNA, FAAN
Instructor

Sass is an educator, anesthesia practitioner and administrator at Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA). His areas of expertise include: pharmacology, human anatomy and physiology, vascular and pediatric anesthesia. He has been educating nurse anesthesia and anesthesia technology students in all aspects of scientific and clinical anesthesia principles since 1997.

Jeremy Portrait

Jeremy Heiner, EdD, CRNA
Instructor

Jeremy graduated from Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia in 2004, and began as a full time instructor in 2008. His areas of interest include airway management, trauma, pediatrics, anatomy and physiology, and anesthesia simulation. In addition to providing anesthesia instruction, he currently practices clinical anesthesia in both an urban and rural anesthesia setting.

John Portrait

John Nagelhout, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Instructor

John Nagelhout PhD, CRNA FAAN received his anesthesia education at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond Virginia. He received a Masters and PhD in Pharmacology from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. He practiced anesthesia at Detroit Receiving Hospital for over 20 years before becoming the Director of the Kaiser School of Anesthesia.

Jennifer Portrait

Jennifer Thompson, DNP, CRNA
Instructor

Jennifer graduated from Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA) in 2004 and joined KPSA in 2009. She holds a special interest in the areas of peripheral nerve blockade for pain management, obstetrics, and bariatrics. She co-directs the anesthesia simulation lab. She educates nurse anesthesia and anesthesia technology students while continuing to practice anesthesia at Kaiser hospital.

Administrative Specialists

Sandra Portrait

Sandra Hinkson
Administrative Specialist III

Sandra has worked for the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia for the last 15 as an Administrative Specialist III. She is currently completing her MBA with a concentration in Business Information Systems at Ashford University. Sandra completed her baccalaureate in Business Information Systems in February 2014 at Ashford University.

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Janet Stephens
Administrative Specialist

Janet has worked at Kaiser since 2001. She has been employed at the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia since January 23, 2$