Our Team

APEX is owned, operated, and created by CRNAs

Daniel Frasca CRNA, DNAP

Co-Founder

Daniel has been a practicing CRNA for 26 years. He received his MSNA from VCU in 1992 and his DNAP in 2010. As a student he was awarded the Agatha Hodgins award for academic excellence.

Daniel worked with students in the clinical area for 25 years as preceptor and student coordinator. He is the proud recipient of the Herbert T. Watson award and Outstanding Alumnus award for his continued support to the VCU school of nurse anesthesia. He continues to serve as adjunct faculty at VCU.

As co-founder of APEX, Daniel keeps busy with the administrative needs of APEX, speaking nationally, and emceeing state college bowls. He is proud APEX is making a difference in so many lives and strives to hold true to the APEX brand professionally and personally.

An avid drummer, Daniel is always looking to play in a decent band. So many drummers, so little time.

 

Kevin R. Baker CRNA, MSNA

Co-Founder

With a love of anesthesia and an unyielding enthusiasm for online learning, Kevin devotes most of his days to creating anesthesia content that is both engaging and effective. He spends the rest of his time on strategic business development with a focus on an exceptional user experience.

In 2005, Kevin earned his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated at the top of his class. Additionally, Kevin scored in the 100th percentile on the National Certification Exam. He is published in the AANA Journal and has delivered a variety of invited presentations. Before transitioning to APEX fulltime, Kevin greatly enjoyed precepting students. He was named VCU Clinical Instructor of the Year in 2013 and continues his service as adjunct faculty at VCU. Kevin enjoys spending his free time with family as well as refining his appreciation of food, wine, and music.

 

Taylor Simpson MS

Medical Illustrator & Animator

Taylor earned her B.A. in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration at Iowa State University as well as an M.S. in Medical Illustration from Augusta University. Taylor has been a practicing professional medical illustrator since 2016. Taylor finds meaning in her work by combining her passion for science and art to help others learn and understand scientific and medical concepts. Aside from work, she enjoys traveling, nature photography, volleyball, and spoiling her cat, Tonnie. She’s excited to be working for a company which places such high value on education and continued learning.

 

Allie Frasca BA

Executive Assistant

Allie recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Global Studies and Spanish. Her on-grounds involvement included the Cavalier Marching Band, her sorority, and a Latino and Migrant Aid volunteering program. Her passions include education, leadership, and helping people, and she is excited to be working with APEX Anesthesia Review.

 

Christian Falyar CRNA, DNAP

Contributing Author

Christian is an independent practitioner at Great River Medical Center, in Burlington, IA. He serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Iowa Department of Nurse Anesthesia program and the Middle Tennessee School Nurse Anesthesia Acute Pain Fellowship.

For the past five years, Christian has coordinated the open ultrasound scanning labs at the AANA Annual Congress. He lectures locally, regionally and nationally, and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the AANA Journal, the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, and the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. In August of 2018, Christian will start a new chapter in his anesthesia career as an Assistant Professor at Duke University, in Durham, NC. In his spare time, Christian likes to listen to Dylan and ride his Triumph.

 

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