Our Approach

What is a CRNA?

CRNAs are highly educated anesthesia professionals who provide the full range of anesthesia and pain management services. As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs have been providing anesthesia in the United States for more than 150 years, long before the CRNA credential came into existence in 1956.

CRNAs administer general, regional, and local anesthesia in addition to rendering pain management services.

  • General Anesthesia – The patient is completely unconscious after being given injected and/or inhaled drugs.
  • Regional Anesthesia – The patient remains awake, though sedated, while a portion of the body is made numb.
  • Local Anesthesia – Injection of a painkilling drug into a specific body part, which can be followed by intravenous drugs to keep the patient sedated.
  • Pain Management – Encompasses pharmacological, nonpharmacological, and other approaches to prevent, reduce, or stop pain sensations.

Our Story

Officers and Board of Directors


Lance Ogle, CRNA
2019-2020 President
Rogers, AR

Debra Varela, CRNA, DNP
2019-2020 President Elect
Fayetteville, AR

Jeremy Martin, CRNA
2019-2020 Vice President
Jonesboro, AR

Scott Saunders, CRNA
2018-2020 Secretary
Jonesboro, AR

Slade Bridwell, CRNA
2018-2020 Treasurer
Rogers, AR

Art Wolover, CRNA
Past President, 2019-2020
Jonesboro, AR

Board Members

Emily Barton, CRNA
2019-2021 Board Member
Fort Smith, AR

2019-2021 Board Member
Rogers, AR

Kasia Pabian, CRNA
2019-2021 Board Member
Little Rock, AR

Ed Weeks, CRNA
2018-2020 Board Member
Monticello, AR

Eric Wood, CRNA
2018-2020 Board Member
Dundee, MS

Bradley Pitts
2018-2020 Board Member
Bryant, AR

2019-2020 Student Representative

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