Eugene Pester DDS, FADSA
Dr. Pester is uniquely qualified for his current role as a Dentist Anesthesiologist at Apex Anesthesia Services. Between dental school and anesthesia residency, Dr. Pester founded both a private dental practice and a publicly supported Community Dental clinic. This experience allows him to be very comfortable with a wide range of patient type as well as providing anesthesia for broad range of dental services.
After completing a hospital based anesthesia residency, Dr. Pester established and sold both an office based anesthesia (OBA) dental practice and a fully certified dental ambulatory surgical center (ASC). He maintained the mobile anesthesia practice, Apex Anesthesia Services.
Dr. Pester is proud that all the practices listed above are still actively treating patients and serving their intended missions. The knowledge that Dr. Pester acquired establishing these diverse practices has given him an expertise in the intersection of dentistry and anesthesia as well as the intersection of private and publicly funded healthcare that is rare.
Whether you are a dentist looking for a better way to treat patients or a patient looking for a better way to be treated by your dentist, Dr. Pester and Apex Anesthesia Services look forward to serving you
Michael Hay MD
Michael Hay M.D. left sunny Charleston, SC in December 2016 and moved to Spokane to be closer to family. Dr. Hay joined Apex team in 2019. He earned his Medical Doctor degree from Loma Linda University. He did his post-graduate education with the University of South Florida, McGill University, and Vanderbilt University. Dr. Hay has worked in both, small and large hospitals–in tiny bergs and in large cities. He treasures his years of experience that have led to a gentle, confident approach as he safely leads his patients through the anesthesia experience.
Josh Jackson CRNA, ARNP
Josh Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1989. His nursing career flourished in the hospital setting, where he was the charge nurse of a 24-bed ICU unit. As head of the “code team” Josh was the first responder called during crisis in the hospital where he personally delivered hundreds of life saving CPR’s. His skills in emergency and critical care were further developed as he spent the last 6 years of his nursing career as a flight nurse. Covering 4 states his team administered critical care, emergency care and pre-hospital care for patients being air-lifted to nearby hospitals, throughout the Midwest. Josh is very proud of his nursing career and the countless lives he directly impacted.
Advancing his nursing career, Josh was accepted into the University of North Dakota where he earned his Masters of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 1998. Upon completion he returned to the hospital O.R. where he provided anesthesia alongside the surgical team.
Josh joined Apex in 2014 and has been providing the same skilled anesthesia one would receive in the hospital setting. He travels throughout Washington state bringing his skills and compassion right to the patients in their own dental offices. He prides himself on offering the safest anesthesia possible. He is certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
Kent Breckenridge CRNA, ARNP
Kent Breckenridge has enjoyed being a Nurse Anesthetist for over thirty years. After completing his anesthesia training, he moved to the Spokane area. Kent has practiced at multiple settings in the area including large urban facilities to single provider rural hospitals to private clinics.
One of Kent’s passions for the past twelve years has been participating in medical missions. They include caring for kids undergoing orthopedic, eye, and cleft lip procedures. This ties into his love of working with pediatric and special needs patients.
Another one of his highlights is mentoring anesthesia students from several different programs across the country who attend medical missions and train at local hospitals.
Working with Apex Anesthesia offers Kent the opportunity to do what he enjoys most – helping patients be as comfortable as possible in what can be a stressful situation. And, being able to have the procedure with their own dentist at a known facility while tailoring the experience to their personal needs.
-UCLA Program of Nurse Anesthesia
-UCLA Clinical Faculty
-Health Science Curriculum and Respiratory Therapy Clinical Faculty Weber State University
-Published articles in Respiratory Therapy and Nurse Anesthesia journals
-Invited lecturer at Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Anesthesia programs/conferences
Certifications & Affiliations
-American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
-Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists
-BLS, NRP, PALS, ACLS certified
-Former BLS, PALS, ACLS instructor
-Former Boy Scouts of America survival trainer
-Former respiratory care home health instructor
Jackie Bates CRNA, ARNP
Jackie Bates is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who graduated from University of New England and St. Joseph School for Nurse Anesthetists in 2006 with a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. She has provided anesthesia at Sacred Heart Medical Center for 12 years which includes the administration of general anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care for general surgery, ENT, thoracic, vascular, pediatric, neuro, trauma, orthopedic, oral surgery, special procedures, plastic surgery, GU and OB cases on all ASA classifications.
She has been provided anesthesia services for Apex Anesthesia since 2017. She is certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and on the board of directors of the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WANA). She is an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University regarding the education of the doctorate nurse anesthesia graduates specifically teaching Neuro anesthesia and OB anesthesia. She provides safe and cost-effective anesthesia care for every patient.
Tobias Johnson CRNA, ARNP
Apex Anesthesia welcomes Tobias Johnson, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist to provide anesthesia services. A native of Germany, he earned his Masters of Anesthesia Education in 2015 from Gonzaga University. He moved on and provided anesthesia services for four years in Spokane prior to his employment at Apex. He is certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
Tobias continues to provide high quality, evidence-based anesthesia services to a diverse patient population. Tobias is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with over ten years of nursing experience in critical care, including: post-operative thoracic surgery, heart failure, heart transplant, interventional cardiology and trauma. He has experience in the administration of general anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care for general surgery, ENT, thoracic, cardiac, vascular, pediatric, neuro, trauma, orthopedic, oral surgery, special procedures, plastic surgery, GU and OB cases on all ASA classifications.
Irina Avakimian RN, BSN Director of Nursing
Kenia Gonzalez Office Manager
Gabriella Avakimian BHSA, MBA Chief Operations Officer
Yoselin Vega Administrative Assistant
Travis Pester, BS Logistics and Supply Manager
Renae Crittenden RDA, CDAA, DAANCE Anesthesia Assistant
Adam Cuxil RDA, CDAA, DAANCE Anesthesia Assistant
Danie Hall RDA, CDAA, DAANCE Anesthesia Assistant
Michael Avakimov Delivery Driver
Apex Anesthesia consists of highly trained personnel that ensures you are receiving the best anesthesia services available. The anesthesia providers are selected according to their experience, credentials, professionalism, attitude and willingness to work as a member of a team. We treat our patients the way we would want to be treated if we were the patient.
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