Faculty

John Portrait

John Nagelhout, Ph. D., FAAN, CRNA
Director

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.

Michael Portrait

Michael Boytim, Ed. D., CRNA
Assistant 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.

Sass Portrait

Sass Elisha, Ed. D., CRNA
Assistant Director

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.

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.

Jeremy Portrait

Jeremy Heiner, Ed. D., 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.

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.

Edward Portrait

Edward Waters, DNP, CRNA
Instructor

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.

Vicki Portrait

Vicki Reyes
Cer. ATT

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

Otoniel has been in the anesthesia field since 1989. He began his career as an anesthesia technician at CHLA . He has been involved with the national society of technologists and technicians to advance his profession. He has lectured at various local and national events and for the past three years was the Anesthesia Support Supervisor at UC Irvine Medical Center. Now he is a Clinical and Didactic Instructor with the KPAT program.

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.

Janet's Portrait

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, 2017. Janet provides clerical support to the faculty. In addition, she assists the students with their various needs to help them transition smoothly through their 2 years in the program.