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

Leila K.

Outstanding all the way around! Just took ACLS and BLS recert with Aki and was completely overjoyed to find a place to do ACLS without crying during the mega-code. Ok a slight exaggeration, but at Heart Share in San Jose, my instructor failed two providers and by the time I stepped up to bat, I was tachy, diaphoretic, and panicked.

Yes, I made it through, but why wouldn’t you want to laugh, enjoy, learn, and practice without all that stress and truly learn what you are doing. If this sounds good to you, then take your classes with ERT, they rock!!

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Kim A.

Went to Emergency Response Training for ACLS recertification on a friends recommendation.  I was not disappointed.  Alex is a great instructor.  He’s both a paramedic and ICU/ER nurse so you get the dual  benefit of his field and hospital experience.

The class size is small, great for someone like me who’s a real bonehead when it comes to ACLS.  The classroom is clean and new.  There is plenty of equipment available to practice with.  I really liked the way the megacode scenarios were run, well organized and non threatening.  Free coffee and snacks, a total bonus.

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Chelsea W.
Registered Nurse

After 17 years of being an RN and going through recerts for BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP, I can honestly say that Defib has been THE best place to LEARN.  I actually feel like I have learned more from taking classes for PALS and NRP here than all the other places combined.  

Their no-nonsense, realistic approach to these certifications along with the expertise and EXPERIENCE to back up their teaching really brought it home for me.  I will definitely return again and again and I proudly wear my “Keep Calm and Push the Epi” shirt they gave me!

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Here’s what our students are saying…

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Chelsea W.
Registered Nurse
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