linked in pixel

Dr. Smith trained in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was born and raised, graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, then completing emergency medicine residency at MetroHealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic. He spent ten years as a faculty member there developing curricula for medical students and helping to found a simulation center.

He was recruited to Ochsner in 2015 to found the Ochsner Simulation Center. Dr. Smith has spoken and written widely about simulation up to the international level and is a past president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Simulation Academy and both the Ohio and Louisiana Chapters of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School.

He completed a MBA and Certified Physician Executive program while in Ohio, and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Physicians, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is married with twin daughters.

Misty Jenkins joined Ochsner in 2013 as an acute care nurse practitioner following her training at Duke University. She practices as an APP in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine. Misty has clinical experience with critical care procedures, rapid response and resuscitation, and clinical simulation. She worked collaboratively to develop the Critical Care APP Fellowship Program in 2021-2022 and is the program director for our APP Fellowships in partnership with our departments. Misty joined the Division of Academics as Director – Advance Practice Providers Medical Education in 2022. In this role, she supports pre-graduate, graduate, and post-graduate work for APRNs and PAs across our organization. Misty is married and has two children.

Ashlee transferred from Ochsner Westbank Emergency Department, where she started working in 2021 as a paramedic. Ashlee has over 15 years of experience in prehospital and hospital settings including home health, emergency department, and critical care. Ashlee is a Tennessee native who moved to New Orleans in 2008 and fell in love with the people and culture of this great city. She has 2 kids and an adorable 12 year old rescue mutt that keeps her busy outside of work.

Ashlee is excited to start the next chapter of her career as a simulation specialist impacting the lives of others through simulation-based training.

Marisa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and has certifications from the United States Army as an EMT-B, qualifications through the Army Leadership Development School and is a Combat Medic.

Marisa joined us from Florida State University – College of Medicine where she held the position of Program Manager of Standardized Patients with the responsibility of coordinating all functions associated with the implementation of the standardized/simulated patient program and interdisciplinary course instruction. She has also fulfilled the role of Clinical Program Coordinator at Florida State University- College of Medicine for the School of Physician Assistant Practice.

Marisa has an extensive background and experience as a patient advocate, clinical medic, case manager, and health education supervisor. She is married with three children.

Christie has over 7 years of clinical experience. She is well acquainted with Emergency Medicine holding certifications with the National Registry of Emergency Medicine Technicians and worked in EMS at West Jefferson Medical Center where she was a Field Training Officer and a Preceptor for new students. She also holds multi-level certifications in Incident Command System, which is a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response. The role of Simulation Specialist combines her passions for education, planning, organization, and healthcare.

Christie currently resides in Old Gretna and is an alumna of Mount Carmel Academy and Spring Hill College, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Outside of the office, she enjoys binge watching Golden Girls and Friends and she’s currently trying her hand at photography and cooking.