Personal Story John 15:13 🌻
Depression and mental health are very close to my heart. My brother suffered from depression most of his life and succumbed to it when he took his own life September 2, 2015. Suicide is the most devastating aspect of depression. He tried medication and therapy which helped but could not sustain him. It is my life goal to spread mental health awareness in my brothers honor. Depression is a terrible disease to have to live with. My family and I have been actively involved in suicide prevention activities since his death. I am actively involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and I am a member of the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Bringing ketamine infusions to the Wichita area for the treatment of psychiatric conditions is a personal passion of mine. I wish these services would have been available and offered to my brother in the hope that it would have helped his condition. I promise to make your experience at AIWC be the best that it can be!
Sonia graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing in 1996. She worked in a small rural hospital while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fort Hays State University. Sonia’s Master in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner was obtained in 2000 from the University of Kansas. After working for a family practice clinic as a primary care nurse practitioner for 4 years, Sonia decided to begin pursuing her career in anesthesia. Graduating in 2006 with a Masters Degree in Nurse Anesthesia and in 2017 with a Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice both from Texas Wesleyan University. Dr. Slaba has been employed with the same anesthesia group her entire career. Dr. Slaba is double board certified in nurse anesthesia and as a family nurse practitioner. Her Nurse Anesthesia Certification is held by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and her Nurse Practitioner certification is through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. She is a member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Slaba is also fluent in Spanish and English. Her experience as a registered nurse, certified family nurse practitioner, and certified registered nurse anesthetist give her the ability to evaluate, recommend, administer and monitor ketamine treatments in a safe and effective manner.
Jason grew up and currently lives in south central Kansas with his two children. After high school, Jason attended Coffeyville Community College and graduated in 1997 with a Mobile Intensive Care Technician (Paramedic) certificate. Working as a paramedic part time for Butler County EMS, Jason also attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 2001 with his Bachelor of Science in nursing. Before attending nurse anesthesia school, he obtained critical care experience at Wesley Medical Center in the Emergency Department and Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Graduating from Texas Wesleyan University in 2006 with his master’s degree in nurse anesthesia, Jason immediately began working at a rural community hospital close to Wichita providing anesthesia and analgesia care. In 2016, Jason graduated with his Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Maryville University in St. Louis and works part time in emergency departments and urgent care centers around south-central Kansas. Jason is currently completing his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Creighton University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019. His doctoral project focuses on ketamine infusions. Jason is double board certified as a nurse anesthetist and a nurse practitioner. His nurse anesthesia certification is held through the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and his nurse practitioner certification is through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. Jason is a member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a committee chair for the Kansas Board of Advanced Practice Nurses. Jason’s experience as a paramedic, nurse, nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthetist gives him the background to accurately assess, recommend, administer and monitor ketamine infusions.
Andrea (Anne) Jack is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist that currently works full time in a rural independent practice in south west Kansas. Anne grew up locally in Andover Kansas and still has family in the area. She started her education at the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Anne lived and worked in the Kansas City area for over three years, working extensively in critical care units at large academic centers in preparation for nurse anesthesia school. Anne attended Newman University in Wichita and graduated with a Masters in Nurse Anesthesia in 2006. Prior to providing anesthesia services to at a rural community hospital, Anne practiced as a nurse anesthetist in Wichita Kansas. Anne is board certified as a nurse anesthetist through the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist, Kansas Advanced Practice Nurses, and has been actively involved at the state level serving as a director for the Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetist. With her critical care background and hands on experience as not only a registered nurse, but also a solo provider of anesthesia for a rural community, Anne is an excellent addition to AIWC. Patient can competently relax and put their trust in her care during their infusions.
Chad Janzen is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist currently working full time in a rural autonomous group in south west Kansas. Chad graduated from Hutchinson Community College with his Mobile Intensive Care Technician (paramedic) certificate in 1991. He worked as a paramedic for Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services. He was employed by LifeWatch where he provided care to critical patients as they were transferred to a higher level of care. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Chad attended Texas Wesleyan University and graduated with a Masters in Nurse Anesthesia in 2004.
Chad practiced as a nurse anesthetist in Wichita at a level one trauma center before joining his current anesthesia group. Chad is board certified as a nurse anesthetist through the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Chad has experience as a registered nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at a large academic center, and as a solo provider of anesthesia for a rural community. AIWC is pleased to have Chad as part of our team. He is ready to assist you as you receive your infusion.
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