CV ( Short and Sweet) 

  • Clinical: EMS and Nursing x 28 years
  • Specialty areas: ICU, ER, NICU, PICU, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Flight Nursing
  • Teaching: How long? 19+ years

What do you teach?

  • BLS
  • ACLS 
  • PALS
  • PHTLS 
  • B-CON
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • MPIC-related courses
  • Client-centric curated courses
  • EMT
  • Acute Care Nursing Skills
  • Career Development
  • Paramedic 
  • Motivational and specialty speaking engagements

What is your favorite subject to teach?

Pediatrics, Neuro, Endocrine, Lab Values, civilian medicine to military peeps, and “Skills Hacks”

What do you like best about teaching?

Feeling the enthusiasm rise in the room when students get that, “A ha!” moment. Taking complex concepts and breaking them down into digestible bits. Making people laugh. Motivating and encouraging students to get comfortable with the uncomfortable, because that is where success likes to hide. 

What do you like best about teaching at Defib This ?

The people! The students and staff know how to get business done and still have a good time. We are lucky to have a culture here that believes in taking our jobs seriously, but never ourselves.


Fitness! I’m a self-professed Peloton addict (Bike & Tread  #Akibomb)

Cooking, baking, dancing, entertaining guests, making things, true crime podcasts, wine tasting, cemetery history, listening to comedians, listening to hip hop, and most any kind of music (My absolute favorite is 90’s hip hop!)..and hugging. I really, really like to hug people!

Favorite Dessert?

The kind you put in your face hole!  I especially crave cherry turnovers or tarts..and Meyer lemon everything!

Your Go-to Karaoke Song?

“I Wish” by Skee-Lo

Phillip D.


Aspiring entrepreneurs take on a task way beyond themselves just because they were at the top of their craft in a totally different ball game; humility and balls is all I have to say. Good for them regardless how financially well they’ve become or not. We should all take notes Santa Cruz on what bravery looks like

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Linda B.


I’m not a fan of online surveys.

I attended my ACLS recertification class and BLS Challenge yesterday, and enjoyed being in a classroom and learning.

I’m glad to see that in-classroom classes are mandatory for certifications and re-certifications. Effective teams are important in healthcare, and one of the best ways to work on team dynamics is participating in person. (ZOOM classes IMHO do not necessarily provide the best learning outcomes.)

The instructor. Alex Williams, did a great job providing realistic practicums for each individual student, knowing their backgrounds and what they would encounter in their clinical practice. He is also very knowledgable on the critical thinking skills for a successful resuscitation.

Facility bathroom needs work with the toilet paper dispenser (could not load the paper) and the soap dispensers not working. There was no stand alone (hand pump) soap dispenser or hand sanitizer.

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Martha N.


Good Afternoon Defib

I had my BLS course yesterday . Service was great. The receptionist greeted me with a smile ..

Facility was clean . One thing I would say is that it was cold and other students agreed as well . I always enjoy Bob F. his instruction makes the class enjoyable. He is easily approachable when I have questions or concerns and very knowledgeable.

See you in two years  

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Jared B.


Excellent classes and staff!

Aki is very knowledgeable, supportive, and helpful!

You will have a stronger resume when you put Defib This classes on it!

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Here’s what our students are saying…

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