2019 Conference Speakers


Prashanth anumandla, MSN, APRN, AGACNP

Mr. Anumandla has been working in the area of cardiology as a nurse practitioner for the past 15 years. He is responsible for the management of patients with primary and accelerated hypertension.   Mr. Anumandla has extensive experience in managing hypertensive patients with various comorbidities on multi-drug regimens.

Hypertension Guideline Update - Slides not currently available


Steve Branham, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, CCRN

Dr. Branham has made outstanding contributions to the Nurse Practitioner role in many ways including clinician, professor, entrepreneur, and researcher. He was one of the first nationally certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioners trained in Texas, graduating from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1996. Dr. Branham is known as an expert clinician. He used his clinical expertise to develop two nurse practitioner programs and was responsible for training over 260 ACNPs. Dr. Branham is sought after as a local/national presenter and frequently consulted on issues affecting the ACNP role.

Wound Management and Suturing Skills for the Nurse Practitioner


rita a. dellostritto, phd, aprn, cns, enp, acnp-bc, faanp

Dr. DelloStritto has 24 years of experience as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in ERs, both urban and rural settings, and Urgent Care Settings. She has become proficient in suturing techniques over the past 24 years. In addition, Dr. DelloStritto has taught suture workshops on the national, state on local levels for nurse practitioners.

Wound Management and Suturing Skills for the Nurse Practitioner


Yvonne d'arcy, ms, aprn-c, cns, faanp

Ms. Yvonne D’Arcy is a pain management and palliative care nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience.  She has been the coordinator for the acute pain service at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, and the pain service coordinator for Johns Hopkins Oncology in Baltimore, Maryland. As an independent practitioner and entrepreneur, Ms. D’Arcy serves at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she had 2,500 consults per year treating patients requiring effective pain management. Additionally, she has authored over 100 articles on various topics in pain management and is the author of 7 books on the topic, two of which are American Journal of Nursing award winners.

Pain Mangement & Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits
Pain Management & Opioids Handouts

Neuropathic Pain: Evidence-Based Pearls for Your Practice


eunice ihaza, DNP, ANP-C, BC

After graduating from nursing school at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Nigeria in 1982, she moved to Houston, Texas to pursue her bachelor's and master’s degrees in Texas Woman’s University from 2002-2004.  She is currently board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She was recognized as one of the leading providers in Diabetes care by NCQA.

Dr. Ihaza joined the Houston Methodist and Weill Cornell Medical College in the Division of Diabetes, Obesity, and Lipid Management in July 2006 as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Her special interests include general diabetes, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study to evaluate cardiovascular outcomes and endobarrier trial force on combining surgical intervention with medical management for treatment of diabetes for obese patients.

She earned her Doctorate degree in Nursing Practice at Chamberlain College of Nursing, graduating with high honors.  Her DNP project focuses on answering the question “Does preoperative education on achieving target glucose levels in the peri-operative period prevent surgical wound infection in adult patients with diabetes who have undergone cardiovascular surgery”?

Diabetes Guidelines Update - Slides not currently available


Holly jeffreys, dnp, APRN, fnp-bc

Holly Jeffreys has been a Registered Nurse since 1997 and a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2002 completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Texas in 2009. Jeffreys is a nationally certified Rural Health Clinic Professional and the owner and provider for the Family Care Clinic of Panhandle, Family Care Clinic of Boys Ranch, Family Care Clinic of Claude and Family Care Clinic of Bushland. She effectively mobilized community support for the development of these rural clinics, while also establishing clinical training sites for undergraduate and graduate nursing and health science students of multiple schools and universities. Jeffreys leads a multidisciplinary healthcare team utilizing current evidence-based research along with effective communication in patient teaching, including mobile medical visits to underserved rural communities, group education classes, telemedicine, and social media to enhance patient engagement.

In 2014 Jeffreys was appointed to serve on the Health Care Advisory Board for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick where she continues to serve today. Jeffreys also served as the Panhandle Regional Representative on the Texas Nurse Practitioners Board of Directors and is the current Chair of the TNP Policy Council. During the 85th Legislative Session, her testimony and advocacy for Senate Bill 654, a bill that would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to accept Medicaid/CHIP insurance regardless of whether the collaborating physician does, helped lead to the successful passage of the bill. She also provided expert testimony for H.B 1415/S.B. 681 by Representative Stephanie Klick and Senator Kelly Hancock, which would have removed unnecessary regulatory barriers to allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training and education.

In 2017, the U.S. Small Business Administration named Jeffreys the 2017 Texas Panhandle Small Business Person of the Year for her achievements as a successful entrepreneur and in 2018 Jeffreys received the Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award from her state association, Texas Nurse Practitioners.  

Jeffreys is the Board Chair for West Texas A&M University College of Health Sciences Advisory Board and President of Bushland ISD Board of Trustees.  She is the immediate past President and current VP co-chair for the High Plains Republican Women. Jeffreys actively volunteers in her communities as a nurse practitioner and licensed EMT for the Sports Injury Clinic and competitions in rodeo and football and serves as an ongoing youth group mission leader for her church. Jeffreys currently resides in Bushland, Texas with her husband, Kelly. They have four children and two granddaughters.

Legislative Updates - Slides not currently available

Martha Kingman, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Martha Kingman, FNP-C, DNP, is a Family Nurse Practitioner in the pulmonary hypertension clinic at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is presently serving as a sub-investigator on numerous ongoing pulmonary hypertension clinical trials and serves on several pulmonary hypertension advisory boards and steering committees. Martha is an active member of the pulmonary hypertension Professional Network and currently Vice-Chair of the symposium planning committee, and has previously served on the membership and research and publications committees. She recently served on the editorial board of Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension, the journal of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. The majority of her clinical work involves follow-up outpatient care of a large group of pulmonary hypertension patients at UTSW Medical Center. Martha has published in the area of pulmonary hypertension and has spoken at several local and national conferences. Her main area of research interest involves the safety and management of side effects of prostacyclin therapies.  

Strategies and Best Practices for Improving Outcomes in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Joseph ponce de Leon, ECGI-BC

Joseph Ponce DeLeon began his career in the field of electrocardiography in 2011 as a monitor technician at the University of Texas Medical Branch Emergency Room in Galveston, Texas. He received national certification in 2012. In 2016, under the guidelines set forth by the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine and American Nurses Credentialing Center, he achieved national board certification instructor status in the area of 12 lead arrhythmia interpretation. Mr. DeLeon currently is an instructor of electrocardiography interpretation for the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Electrocardiography Essentials


jennifer zavala, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

After growing up in Houston Texas, Ms. Zavala moved to San Antonio, where she earned a Bachelors's Degree in Nursing from the University of Incarnate Word in 1997. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing in 2011 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Upon graduation with her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. She is Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and holds a certification from the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). She has 22 years of patient care experience in Intensive Care, Emergency Room, Surgical, Radiology, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Primary Care.  She currently practices at Rheumatology Associates of South Texas, in San Antonio. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Rheumatology Nurses Association and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. 

Ms. Zavala spends most of her time on the baseball sidelines cheering her sons along. Hobbies include yoga, cross-training, and hapkido.

Non-narcotic Treatment of Pain and Inflammatory Conditions