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Michael Stout, EdD, CAA

Michael Stout, EdD, CAA

Assistant Professor

Program Director

Lois Connolly, MD

Lois Connolly, MD

Professor

Vice Chair: Advanced Practice Professionals

Medical Director

David Howard MMSc, CAA

David Howard MMSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor

Assistant Director of Curriculum

Kyle Goham, MHSc, CAA

Kyle Goham, MHSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor

Clinical Education

Jessica Vitch, MMSc, CAA

Jessica Vitch, MMSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor

Patient Simulation

Amy Homel, MS

Amy Homel, MS

Program Manager

Tiffany Buell, AA

Tiffany Buell

Administrative Assistant Senior

Abby Haak, MA

Abby Haak, MA

Medical Education Coordinator

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Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants

Ariel Agarwal, MHSc, CAA

Ariel Agarwal, MHSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor


In Practice since 2015

Joined MCW in 2017

 

Teaching Philosophy
“I believe that student anesthesiologist assistant’s should be provided every opportunity to learn and refine their technical skill and intellect within a safe and nurturing environment. I aim to provide my students with support and advice that will carry them not just through their time as a student, but into their careers as kind, well-rounded anesthesiologist assistants.”


Interests and Background
Raised in Florida, Ariel completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Tampa. She stayed in her home state for her first few years of practice at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she served as a clinical instructor to students. She then moved to Chicago, IL with her husband and three pets, serving as a clinical instructor for the Medical College of Wisconsin. She loved calligraphy, traveling and is passionate about animal rescue.


Professional Memberships
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants


Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts (BA) – University of South Florida
Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) – Nova Southeastern University


Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Basic Life Support


Patient Care Experience
Ambulatory Anesthesia
Pediatric and Neonatal Anesthesia
Obstetric Anesthesia
Trauma Anesthesia


 

Jennifer Barker, MSA, CAA

Faculty Instructor

 

Email Address: jbarker@mcw.edu

 

Anesthesia Provider and Clinical Instructor since 2003

 

Teaching Philosophy

“A disciplined yet approachable anesthesia learning environment develops life-long learners who continue to challenge themselves throughout their careers.  By encouraging independent thinking through support and guidance, Anesthesiologist Assistant students become our profession’s future leaders and part of the team caring for the people in our communities.”

 

Education and Training

Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) – Case Western Reserve University, 2003

Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology (BS) – University of Wisconsin, 1999

 

Certifications

National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

 

Leadership Positions

President – Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, 2014-2015

Officer-elect – Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, 2013

 

Patient Care Experience

Pediatric Anesthesia

Ambulatory Anesthesia

General Surgery Anesthesia

Neuro Anesthesia

Cardiac Anesthesia

 

Publications

Barker, Jennifer L., “Wisconsin Advances: MCW to open AA program” (Third Quarter 2015).  American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants Anesthesia Record (PDF). 

 

Interests and Background

Professor Barker has spent her clinical career in both the adult and pediatric clinical practices. In her role as a pediatric anesthetist, she strives to make her time with her patients as comforting and relaxing as possible by taking her own kids’ interests and using that connection to spark fun conversations that help alleviate some anxiety that her patient’s may have prior to their procedure. She appreciates and respects the delicate balance that every child brings to even the most routine anesthetic and strives to be an efficient and proficient member of the Anesthesia Care Team. In her time away from patient care, Professor Barker enjoys sailing, gardening, and traveling to anywhere there is sand and sun. 


Matthew Barnard, MSA, CAA

Matthew Barnard, MSA, CAA
Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2012
Joined MCW in 2017


Education and Training
Master of Science in Anesthesia – Case Western University, 2012

 

Patient Care Experience

Vascular
Orthopedic Gynecological
General
Urological
ENT
GI
Pediatric


Lindsey Bowen, MMSc, CAA

Lindsey Bowen, MMSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2013

Joined MCW in 2018

 

Interests and Background
“I graduated from South University AA program in 2013 and have practiced as a CAA at DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta, GA from 2013-2018. When I’m not at work, I enjoy being outside, going for a run, hiking or enjoying any local festivals.”

 

Professional Memberships
American Society of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Georgia Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants


Education and Training
Before applying to the Anesthesiologist Assistant program in Savannah, I was a certified I-EMT in the ER at Southern Regional Medical Center.


Certifications
ACLS-American Heart Association


Patient Care Experience
Neuro
Endovascular/Vascular
OB/GYN
Urology
ENT
Thoracic
Robotics


Lee Clintsman Jr, MHSc, CAA

Lee Clintsman Jr, MHSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2010

Joined MCW in 2017

 

Teaching Philosophy
The best substrate for learning starts by providing an atmosphere that fosters critical thinking, inspires curiosity, and develops open discussion. I hope to instill the value of lifelong learning in respect to mastering one’s craft, yet the humility to know we always can learn something new.


Interests and Background
Lee Clintsman graduated from St John’s University (MN) in 2005 (BA in Biology/Pre-Medicine). After working as a clinical technician/perfusion assistant for three years, he decided to pursue a career in anesthesia by attending Nova Southeastern University. Upon completion of the MHSc Anesthesiologist Assistant program (2010), he started his professional career at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Lee Clintsman continued taking care of pediatric/neonatal patients, and after a year transitioned to the pediatric cardiac team. He did CVOR, cardiac catheterization and non-OR procedures on pediatric patients complicated by congenital cardiac defects. When the opportunity presented itself, Lee made the decision to join MCW MSA program (September 2017) for the opportunity to contribute in and out of the classroom setting.


Professional Memberships
Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society  
Society of Pediatric Anesthesia  
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
American Society of Anesthesiologists


Education and Training
Master of Health Science: Anesthesia: Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2010 Bachelor of Arts in Biology: Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, 2005


Certifications
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)


Patient Care Experience
Pediatric/Neonatal Anesthesia
Specialization in Pediatric/Adult Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia
Advanced Ultrasound Guidance Vascular Access Techniques


Matthew Coleman, MHSc, CAA

Matthew Coleman, MHSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2012

Joined MCW in 2017

 

Teaching Philosophy
“I believe that students progress quickly when they are allowed as much hands on experience as possible. I like students to create and carry out a safe anesthetic plan with guidance and help as needed.”


Interests and Background
“I like to get outdoors as often as I can. Mountain biking, skiing, and camping are some of my favorites.”
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) – University of New Mexico
Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) – Nova Southeastern, Tampa campus


Certifications
ACLS
Patient Care Experience
Trauma
OB


Jessica Davis, MMSc, CAA

Jessica Davis, MMSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor


In Practice since 2013

Joined MCW in 2016

 

Teaching Philosophy
“It is my hope as an educator to provide Anesthesiologist Assistant students with a grounded, optimistic, supportive learning structure. Focusing on interpersonal skills and obtaining a wide variety of anesthesia techniques and experiences are optimal for growth. Perfection is unattainable, yet we must strive to always continue to learn and mold ourselves into our best versions. These pupils are the future of the Anesthesia Care Team Model and I am proud to represent my expanding career!”


Interests and Background
Jessica Davis graduated in 2011 from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Avian Biology/Pre-Medicine.  Three weeks later, she started her Anesthesia Assistant program at South University in Savannah Georgia and graduated in 2013.  Ms. Davis accepted her first CAA position at Mercy Hospital in Springfield Missouri to gain valuable experiences at a level 1 trauma center.  She happily decided to join the Medical College of Wisconsin in June 2017 to further her CAA practice and be a contributing part of the new Masters of Anesthesia program.


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
American Society of Anesthesiologists


Education and Training
Master of Medical Science (MMSc) — South University, 2013  
Bachelor of Science in Avian Biology (BSAB) — University of Georgia, 2011


Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Basic Life Support
Advanced Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Patient Care Experience
Trauma Anesthesia
Pediatric and Neonatal Anesthesia
Obstetric Anesthesia
Neuro Anesthesia


Amanda Esposito, MHSc, CAA

Amanda Esposito, MHSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor

 

In Practice since

2014 Joined MCW in 2017

 

Teaching Philosophy

“I enjoy helping students identify practical applications to didactic knowledge, especially through open discussion. In the operating room, I aim to personalize the operating room learning experience to each student’s individual goals and learner style.”

 

Interests and Background

“Prior to finding my passion for anesthesia, I was an analytical chemist for transdermal pharmaceutical company and later, a sales representative for laboratory equipment and raw chemicals. I first discovered my love of teaching as an undergraduate teaching assistant and chemistry tutor. Since starting my career as a CAA at the University of New Mexico in 2014, I have been actively involved in SAA education. At UNM, I was a clinical educator and student rotation coordinator. I also served as an ambassador for our profession as Secretary of the New Mexico Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. I worked closely with CAAs and anesthesiologists to advocate for CAA practice throughout the state. Now, as a member of the MCW faculty, I participate in all phases of SAA education and development. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family (husband, 2 girls and a dog, Endor), Star Wars, Blackhawks Hockey, Milwaukee Brewers and crocheting.”

 

Professional Memberships

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants New Mexico Academy of Anesthesiologists

 

Education and Training

Master of Health Science, Anesthesiologist Assistant (MHSc) – Nova Southeastern University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Minor in Biology (BS) – Florida Atlantic University

 

Patient Care Experience

OB

Neuro ERAS


Ammar Haq, MMSc, CAA

Ammar Haq, MMSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor


In Practice since 2012

Joined MCW in 2017

 

Interests and Background
Originally from Chicago, Ammar began his career as an AA at South University in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to joining the MSA program here at MCW, he was an Anesthesia provider at Aurora St. Luke’s hospital in Milwaukee, and prior to that was part of a private anesthesia group in Houston, Texas. The opportunity to work with students and teach is what brought Ammar to his current position where he has enjoyed both his clinical practice and the opportunity to interact with students daily. In his spare time Ammar likes to read, watch basketball (Go Bucks!), and bike along the lake.


Professional Memberships
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants


Education and Training
Master of Medical Science (MMSc) – South University, 2012
Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) – Elmhurst College, 2009


Certifications
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Patient Care Experience
Regional Anesthesia including nerve blocks
Orthopedic and spine
Outpatient Anesthesia


Brooks Hawley, MMSc, CAA

Brooks Hawley, MMSc, CAA

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant


In Practice Since 2009
Joined MCW in 2017

 

Interests and Background
Brooks began his professional career working at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He had the opportunity to care for children of all ages up to 18 years old in many different surgical procedures. In 2012, the state of Wisconsin passed legislation to license anesthesiologist assistants and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin began to hire additional CAA's. This was a chance for him to return to his hometown and continue working as a pediatric CAA. Brooks has been providing anesthesia care at CHW since 2012.


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologists


Education and Training
Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiology — Emory University, 2009
Bachelor of Science in Biology — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1997


Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Basic Life Support
Advanced Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Patient Care Experience
Pediatric and Neonatal Anesthesia


Jamie Hunter, MMSc, CAA

Jamie Hunter, MMSc, CAA
Faculty Instructor


In Practice since 2005
Joined MCW in 2016

 

Interests and Background
Jamie grew up in Onalaska, Wisconsin and studied at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. After graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor in Audiology and Speech Pathology, she worked as a Study Coordinator for the Neurosurgical and Anesthesiology Departments at UW Hospital where she first learned of the Anesthesiologist Assistant profession. After completing her prerequisite coursework, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she attended and graduated from Emory Medical School’s Masters of Anesthesia Program in 2005.


Immediately after graduating she began her CAA experience at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s Level 1 trauma and burn center also treating high acuity OB patients. After returning to Wisconsin to be closer to family, Jamie worked at Gundersen Lutheran.


The move to the Medical College of Wisconsin has been an exciting one. She has found the clinical setting an excellent place to merge her love of teaching and anesthesia with both first and second year students.


Jamie and her husband Adam have two daughters, Addie and Emmie and two dogs. They enjoy spending time with family back in LaCrosse and taking advantage of all the seasons Wisconsin has to offer! Jamie’s personal hobbies include anything that involves laughing, snowboarding, playing with her kids and crocheting.


Professional Memberships
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants


Education and Training
Master of Science (MMSc) – Emory Medical School 2005
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communicative Disorders – University of WI-Madison


Certifications
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support


Patient Care Experience
Outpatient Anesthesia
OB
Neuro
Burns
Thoracic and Vascular
Ortho
Pediatrics
Out-of-OR anesthesia care


Gregory Jarvis, MMSc, CAA

Gregory Jarvis, MMSc, CAA
Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2012
Joined MCW in 2018

 

Teaching Philosophy
“The instruction and implementation of evidence-based medicine is essential in fostering the development of practitioners who can think critically, act purposefully, and provide care compassionately. My philosophy has always been to educate students to be purposeful and thoughtful practitioners, rather than simply being good students. A good student will always rise to a challenge when quality work is demanded, but a good practitioner will have the ability to see it through. An instructor of any profession is still, and always will be, a student of life. Knowledge is vastly diverse and plentiful; may there always be room for improvement in technique and administration.”


Interests and Background
“Originally from Connecticut, but I have spent most of my adult life in Atlanta, GA. When I am not deliberately putting people to “sleep,” I enjoy high energy activities, such as hiking, snowboarding, attending concerts, playing in a rock band, and spending time with family and friends. All of these activities, and more, I enjoy spending with my beautiful wife and daughter.”


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
American Society of Anesthesiologists


Education and Training
Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Anesthesiology – Emory University, 2012
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology – Georgia State University, 2010
Certifications
NCCAA board certified
BLS
PALS
ACLS


Patient Care Experience
Thoracic
Vascular
IR
Cosmetic
Neuro/spine
Orthopedic
Bariatric
Hepatopancreatic
Maxillofacial
OB
Invasive cardiology
GI


Matthew Lyles, MMSc, CAA

Matthew Lyles, MMSc, CAA
Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2016
Joined MCW in 2017

 

Teaching Philosophy
“I feel students learn best with the least amount of restraint while still ensuring the safety of the patient.”


Interests and Background
“My original degree was in theatre. I have performed several jobs from bartending and sales to EMS. I enjoy tennis, golf, just about any video game, and am somewhat of a movie buff.”


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA)


Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre – Georgia Southern University
MMSc in Anesthesia – South University


Certifications
ACLS
PALS
BLS
EMS


Patient Care Experience
Pediatrics
GI
OB
Geriatrics


Matthew Pecherski, MHSc, CAA

Matthew Pecherski, MHSc, CAA
Faculty Instructor

 
In Practice since 2013
Joined MCW in 2017

 

Teaching Philosophy
“I wish to create an environment of trust and understanding so that critical thinking and experience can become impactful.  By being a positive influence and instigating beneficial conversation, I hope to develop student’s mastery of airway management, clinical judgment, and anesthetic knowledge.”


Interests and Background
Matthew Pecherski graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville Missouri in 2009 with a bachelor in health science. He played soccer on the college club team for four years. He then entered into the Anesthesiologist Assistant program at Nova Southeastern — Fort Lauderdale Florida campus, and graduated in 2013. Mr. Pecherski accepted his first CAA job at Mercy Hospital, a level 1 trauma center in Springfield Missouri. He then joined the Medial College of Wisconsin team in June 2017 and is looking forward to teaching future CAA students.   


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
American Society of Anesthesiologists


Education and Training
Master of Health Science (MHSc) — Nova Southeastern University, 2013
Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) — Truman State University, 2009


Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Basic Life Support
Advanced Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support


Patient Care Experience
Trauma Anesthesia
Pediatric and Neonatal Anesthesia
Obstetric Anesthesia
Neuro Anesthesia


Kate Spoltman Makocy, MMSc, CAA

Kate Spoltman Makocy, MMSc, CAA
Faculty Instructor


In Practice since 2012
Joined MCW in 2017

 

Interests and Background
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University, Kate attended South University for her Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia degree. She went on to work in Houston, TX where she served as the clinical site coordinator for anesthesiologist assistant students rotating through the hospital.  Kate then moved to Milwaukee, WI to become the first Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant to be credentialed at a practice that was previously MD only, before making the move to MCW to take a more active role in the education of future anesthesiologist assistants.


Professional Memberships
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants


Education and Training
Master of Medical Science (MMSc) - South University, 2012
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS) - Georgia Southern University, 2010


Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Basic Life Support
Advance Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support


Patient Care Experiences
Trauma Anesthesia
Obstetric Anesthesia
Regional Anesthesia  
Robotics
Regional Anesthesia


Jesse Vitch, MMSc, CAA

Jesse Vitch, MMSc, CAA
Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2014
Joined MCW in 2017

 

Teaching Philosophy
“I believe the clinical setting should be an opportunity for the learner to be pushed beyond their comfort level in a variety of situations. They should strive to communicate with surgeons, nurses, patients, and preceptors with confidence and curiosity while the preceptor’s role should be to guide them from one level to the next. The process of learning in the OR environment is not linear and the sudden leaps that students make while working with certain instructors or during specific cases and rotations are what make the whole process exciting and worthwhile.”


Interests and Background
“After growing up in Arizona, I attended San Diego State University where I completed my BS in Biology. I later attended South University in Savannah, GA for graduate school. I spent two years working at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA before joining on as faculty for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s MSA program. My interests outside of healthcare include cooking, golf, and poker.”


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Wisconsin Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists


Education and Training
Master of Medical Science (MMSc) – South University, 2014
Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS) – San Diego State University, 2009


Certifications
National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants


Patient Care Experience
Vascular/Thoracic
Neuro
Kidney and liver transplants
IR and EP lab
OB
Ortho
Colorectal


Bradley Wright, MMSc, CAA

Bradley Wright, MMSc, CAA
Faculty Instructor


In Practice Since 2014
Joined MCW in 2018

 

Teaching Philosophy
“My philosophy is positive and approachable, but honest and constructive.”


Interests and Background
Bradley was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, and attended college in Rochester, New York. He played college baseball at RIT in Rochester. In his spare time, he loves playing golf and traveling. He married his wife Michelle in July of 2016.


Education and Training
Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia – South University 2014
Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences – Rochester Institute of Technology


Certifications
NCCAA Board Certified


Professional Memberships
American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants
American Society of Anesthesiologists


Patient Care Experience
General/Vascular
Neurological
OB/Gyn
Thoracic
Cystoscopy/Urological
Endoscopy
Orthopedics
Trauma
ENT

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