Alicia earned two bachelors degrees from the University of Nebraska and completed her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies as well. Alicia is certified by the Texas State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Course, and the Basic Life Support Provider Course. Alicia has worked in many different areas of physician assisting with specializing in family practice.

Angela earned her Certification of Nursing from the School of Nursing of Health in Singapore and went on to earn her Advanced Diploma in Critical Care from Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. Additionally, Angela earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and then went on to earn her Masters of Science in Nursing from the UT Health Science Center. Angela is certified by the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Angela specializes as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She is also bilingual in English and Mandarin.

Armando attended the National Institute of First Assist and is certified in Endovascular Surgery specializing in Cardiothoracic and Peripheral Vascular along with Transplants and VADS, and Vein Harvesting through Open and Endoscopic approaches. Armando has experience working as a surgical technologist as well as a Surgical Assistant and a Clinical Specialist in Endovascular Therapies.

Betsy Tanner

RN, NP
Betsy is from San Antonio and has a BBA from UTSA, a BSN from UTHSCSA and MSN-FNP from UT Arlington. She recently achieved her board certification as a FNP with her advanced practice license pending. Her nursing experience has been as a circulator in the Operating Room. She enjoys learning and is looking forward to her new role as a Nurse Practitioner. Betsy is married and has a daughter that she enjoys spending as much time as possible. They have three rescued dogs. In her free time she likes to cook for her family and take trips to the beach.

Carl is certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting as a CST/CSFA, and is licensed as an LSA by the Texas Medical Board. Carl earned an AAS degree in Surgical Assisting, and has been assisting in the operating room since 1991. He has devoted his experience to Cardiothoracic assist, however he also is proficient in EVH, including Radial Artery Harvesting. Carl’s hobbies include golf and fishing, and he is married with 2 daughters.

Christi earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M International University located in Laredo, Texas and specializes in cardiothoracic and peripheral vascular surgery. Christi loves swimming, biking, kayaking, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Clark attended St. Philips College as well as Allied Health: Department of Surgical Technology and Allied Health: Allied Health Studies. Clark is certified through the National Center for Competency Testing, TS-C Technologist in Surgery Certification as well as the American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider Certification. Clark has work experience as a Surgical Technologist and a Registered Nurse.

Coby earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Coby is a Certified Surgical Technologist as well as having certifications from the NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant and Texas Licensed Physician Assistant. Coby has work experience as a Physician Assistant as well as being a Primary Physician assistant for a Craniofacial Team.

David attended OR TECH, at the US Naval School of Health Sciences and is a AST Member as well as being NBSTSA Certified. David has experience as a Surgical Technician and specializes in Cardiovascular, Peripheral Vascular, Transplants, and Plastic and GU services.

Emil earned a Surgical Technician Course Certificate from St. Philips College and went on to the Baptist School of Health Professions where he earned the title of Licensed Vocational Nurse. Emil also earned a certificate from the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting. Emil is certified through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assist, CSFA. Emil has experience as a surgical technician and a surgical assistant.

Emily earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Baguio City, Philippines. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Emily is certified in Basic Life Support, Advance Cardiac Life support, and is a registered nurse. Emily has experience as a Hospital Staff RN as well as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Fermin received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UT Arlington and assists in Peripheral Vascular, and Robotic surgeries including General, Robotic GYN, and Robotic Urology. Fermin has attained his certification in Perioperative Nursing (CNOR) along with RNFA training. Fermin enjoys hunting, fishing, playing piano, and spending time with his wife and 4 kids.

Gigi earned her Associate Degree in Surgical Technologist and became a Certified Surgical Technologist from Del Mar College. She then earned her Certificate of Surgical Assistant from Madisonville Community College Kentucky. Gigi is certified under the Texas Medical Board for her Surgical Assistant License and the American Board of Surgical Assistant for her Surgical Assistant Certification. Gigi has experience as a Certified Surgical Technologist as well as a Certified Surgical Assistant.

Gina earned two bachelors degrees from Texas A&M University and completed her graduate training in Cardiovascular Perfusion at Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. Gina is certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and the American Board of Surgical Assistants as well as maintaining current licenses in Perfusion and Surgical Assisting with the Texas Medical Board. Gina works in all areas of surgical assisting with extensive training in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery specializing in endoscopic vessel harvesting. She is married and has 3 children.

Glen was born in Austin and moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area before high school where he has been living for the last 30 years. He earned a BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Glen worked as an autotransfusionist/perfusion assistant for Specialty Care prior to becoming a perfusionist. He completed his perfusion training at the Texas Heart Institute. He has over 15 years experience as a perfusionist and has been a pediatric perfusionist for the last four years. He is married with four children. His hobbies include cheering and watching his son play basketball at Williams College in Arkansas and his daughter in high school playing basketball and soccer. He considers himself an occasional golfer.

Gume earned a Certificate in Surgical Technology from South Plains College and completed the Surgical Assist Program through Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting. Gume is CPR Certified and is certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants, CSA. Gume has experience as a Staff Surgical Assistant as well as a Certified Surgical First Assistant.

Jeff graduated from the Episcopal School of Perfusion Science located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then went on to Meridian School of Surgical First Assisting in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff is recognized as a board certified perfusionist and surgical assist through the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants. Jeff is a specially trained Cardiovascular, Thoracic, and Vascular assist and also loves fishing, gardening, cooking, and fitness in his free time.

Karen graduated from University of the Incarnate Word school of nursing in 2008 with a BSN and worked as an Emergency Room nurse since that time She. graduated from Chamberlain College of Nursing April 2018 with a MSN as a family nurse practitioner. Karen became a board certified nurse practitioner in May 2018 and has since been working in various clinics providing care to adults and pediatric patients. She has 3 children-4 year old twin girls and a 16 year old son and her hobbies include enjoying outdoor activities with her family to include camping, beach vacations, traveling, and yoga.

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University and went on to earn her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Elizabeth is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Texas Physician Assistant License, and is ACLS and BLS certified through the American Heart Association. Elizabeth has experience as a Physician Assistant specializing in Cardiology as well as a Physician Assistant Surgical First Assist.

Mark earned a degree in Biology and Psychology from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona and went on to earn a degree in Psychobiology from the University of California at Riverside. Additionally, Mark earned an Associate of Science Degree and Perfusion Technology from Grossmont College. Mark is a Certified Clinical Perfusionist through The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Certified Respiratory Care Practitioner, and through the National Board for Respiratory Care Registry is a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Mark has experience as a Clinical Perfusionist specializing in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery and as a Chief Perfusionist in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

Martin earned a degree from the University of Phoenix and went on to attend the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting. Martin is a part of the National Surgical Assistant Association, (CSA), as well as the Texas State Medical Board. Martin has experience as a First Assist specializing in open-heart surgical procedures as well as vascular surgery. In addition, Martin has experience as a Certified Scrub Technician and specializes in neuro and robotic surgical cases.

Nancy attended Baptist Health System School of Surgical Technology to earn her Surgical Technologist Diploma. Additionally, she attended Baptist Health System School of Health Professions to earn her Professional Nurse Diploma and went on to attend the American Center for Excellence in Surgical Assisting (ACESA) where she earned her Surgical Assistant Certification of Completion. Nancy is a Certified Surgical Assistant, Certified Nurse in the Operating Room, Certified Surgical Technologist, Certified Nurse Aid, as well as a Registered Nurse. Nancy has experience as a Certified Surgical Technologist, as well as a Certified Surgical Assistant.

Peter trained as a First Assist at Meridian located in Nashville, Tennessee and is a recognized CST/CSFA. Peter is proficient in Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting, Plastics, and Robotics including Urology, OB/GYN, and General Surgery. In his free time, Peter enjoys hunting.

Ray attended the Healthcare Specialist Course at Ft. Sam Houston and also earned a diploma in Surgery Technology. Ray scrubs for CV, General, GYN, and Orthopaedic cases. Ray has experience in Surgical Staffing as well as a Surgical Assistant.

Richard attended Odessa College where he completed the Surgical Technician Course. Richard is CPR/PALS Certified, completed his Surgical Technician Certification, as well as a part of the American Board of Surgical Assistants. Richard specializes in Cardiothoracic, General, Orthopedic, Obstetrics and Gynecological Surgeries. Richard has experience as a Surgical Scrub Technician as well as a Surgical Assistant.

Robert attended San Antonio College of Medical and Dental Assistants where he earned a diploma of Surgical Technology. Additionally, Robert attended the Community College of Southern Nevada where he earned a diploma in the National Institute of First Assistants. Robert is a part of the American Board of Surgical Assistants as well as being a Licensed Surgical Assistant. Robert has experience as a Surgical Technician, as well as a Supervisor in the CVOR and Autotransfusion.

Ronald attended the United States Army AMEDD Center and School at Ft. Sam Houston. Ronald is a part of the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Additionally, Ronald has been awarded the Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Ronald has experience as an Operating Room Specialist and a Certified Surgical Technician and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Ruben Mireles

CCP, RN
Ruben attended Incarnate Word College where he earned his BSN Nursing diploma. Additionally, Ruben attended the University of Texas Health Science Center where he earned his BSN in Perfusion Technology. Ruben is a part of the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas as well as the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Ruben earned his American Nurses Association Certification in Gerontological Nursing as well as in General Nursing Practice. Ruben has experience as a Staff Nurse as well as a RN/ Perfusionist.

Santos joined the USAF in 1983, trained as an airborne Russian linguist and served in Alaska and Arizona before attending the Air Force Physician Assistant Training Program in 1992. Board certified in surgery and emergency medicine, he began working in CT and vascular surgery in 2001 in San Antonio, Texas, then moved to Illinois for 6 years. He has recently returned to Texas and is a member of Surgery Professionals. He and his wife Lisa have 7 children.

Sharon earned a diploma from the School of Vocational Nursing from John’s Community Hospital. Additionally, Sharon earned a diploma from the School of Surgical Technicians from Baptist Memorial Hospital. Sharon is a part of the American Board of Surgical Assistants as well as being a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Sharon has experience as a Surgical Technician, Anesthesia Technician, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Service Line Administrator, as well as a Certified Surgical Assistant.

Sharon attended Schreiner College where she got a diploma in Biology and went on to attend the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Physician Assistant Studies Program. Sharon is ACLS/BLS certified, as well as a NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant. Sharon is licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, Ohio State Medical Board, as well as the State of Michigan PA License. Sharon has experience as a First Assist in the Operating Room as well as a Physician Assistant First Assist.

Stephanie attended Rogue Community College where she earned her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. Stephanie is certified in ACLS, PALS, and IV Therapy. Stephanie has experience as a RN Supervisor, Pediatric Private Duty RN, as well as an Operating Room Circulating RN.

Todd earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center located in San Antonio, Texas. Todd achieved his certification in Perioperative Nursing (CNOR) along with RNFA training. Todd has experience working in Cardiothoracic, Peripheral Vascular, and Orthopedic surgery. Todd is married with two daughters and enjoys hunting.

Tonitte attended Gateway Community College where she got Certified as a Medical Assistant. Additionally, Tonitte attended Career Point College where she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She then went on to attend Barry University where she earned her B.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion. Tonitte is certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion as well as being a Texas Medical Board Licensed Perfusionist. Toniette has experience as a Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse, as well as a Licensed Perfusionist.