Simulation Staff

Meet the Simulation Staff

Kelly Farley Dr. Kirk Bronander

Kelly Farley is the Simulation Coordinator of the Nevada Clinical Simulation Lab and holds a Master's degree in Information Management from the University of Oregon as well as numerous technology certifications. Kelly comes to the simulation lab with 15 years of technical and teaching experience in the technology field as well as a background in law enforcement and photography. Kelly transitioned to the medical simulation field in 2011 and feels it is one of the most rewarding jobs he has ever had.

Alisha FongAlisha Fong

Alisha Fong is the Simulation Technology Specialist of the Nevada Clinical Simulation Lab. Alisha graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 and has devoted the last decade to promoting student education for the Office of Medical Education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. As a Native Nevadan, Alisha is dedicated to helping fill the state’s current need for healthcare professionals. Alisha believes that the simulation program offers students and graduates the ability to practice in a safe environment where they can hone the necessary skills to better serve our community.

Kirk BronanderKirk Bronander

Kirk Bronander is an internal medicine physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Universtiy of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Bronander graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1998 and completed his residency in internal medicine at UNSOM in 2001. Dr. Bronander has been involved in high fidelity simulation since 2006 and is currently the medical director of simulation at Universtiy of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He is also an associate editor of Simulated Internal Medicine Patient Learning Experience (SIMPLE) a group of online virtual patient cases used by most medical schools in the US. Dr. Bronander believes simulation enhances medical education by placing the learner in a safe, yet realistic environment where they can practice making difficult decisions and receive immediate feedback.

Kimberly BaxterAlisha Fong

Kimberly Baxter is a family nurse practitioner, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs with the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno. Professor Baxter received her BSN from the Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 1980 and her MSN with an FNP emphasis from the University of San Diego in 1997. She began her academic simulation experience as the first Simulation Coordinator at Oregon Health & Sciences University from 2001 through 2006. Since joining the faculty of the Orvis School of Nursing in 2006, Professor Baxter has been a champion for simulation and currently acts in the role of Nursing Simulation Coordinator. Professor Baxter has seen firsthand the important and game-changing role of simulation in nursing education. Professor Baxter believes strongly in creating supportive, evidence-based simulation experiences that both challenge and support learners and as both individuals and members of the interprofessional healthcare team.