White River Anesthesia Associates
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J. Kim Luder, M.D. Board Certified Anesthesiologist
Kim was born in Russell, Kansas and grew up in the Flint Hills. He began his medical career with Chase County EMS in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, where he spent nine years as an EMT, including several years as the Director. After returning to college at Emporia State University, he graduated a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi and cum laude with a B.S. in Biology. He then accepted early decision at University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society before finishing as the Willard J. Smith, MD Outstanding graduate.

He performed his residency in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology at Via-Christi St. Francis, Via-Christi St. Joseph, and HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas where he served as Chief Resident and was named the Fabrique Society Outstanding Senior Resident for Anesthesia. After serving in the United States Air Force, Kim was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2000. Until 2005 he worked with Ozark Anesthesia Associates as a Staff Anesthesiologist and a member of the Board of Directors. One of the original members of White River Anesthesia Associates, Dr. Luder is currently the President and CEO. A medical staff member of Cox Medical Center -Branson since 2000, he serves as the Chairman, Dept. of Anesthesia. He has been named one of 417 Magazine's Top Doctors in Anesthesia in the Branson area multiple times.

Kim spends his free time enjoying the company of his wife, their four children and twelve grandchildren.


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Robert Blackshear, M.D. Board Certified Anesthesiologist
After graduating from the University of Florida College of Medicine with honors in 1988, Dr. Blackshear completed his internship and residency at University of Florida Shands Hospital, specializing in Anesthesiology, and was elected by the faculty as Chief Resident, 1991-1992. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1993.

For seven years Dr. Blackshear served as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Worldwide Medical Director at Becton Dickinson Vascular Access in Sandy, Utah. He has twice traveled around the world lecturing on IV access techniques, regional anesthesia techniques and skin antisepsis to clinicians in China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. He has done extensive research including numerous clinical trials on IV access devices as well as skin antiseptics including chlorhexidine.

Dr. Blackshear pioneered the cardiac anesthesia program at Skaggs Regional Medical Center in 2002 and became Board-Certified in Perioperative Trans-esophageal Echocardiography (TEE) in 2005. His peers voted him a 417 Magazine Top Doctor in Anesthesia in the Southwest Missouri area in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition he served as President of the Medical Staff at Skaggs Regional Medical Center (Cox Medical Center Branson) 2011-2013.

Dr. Blackshear founded White River Anesthesia Associates, Inc. of Branson, Missouri, in 2004 and is currently semi-retired.

Lynda Laposky, M.D.

Lynda Laposky, M.D. Board Certified Anesthesiologist
Dr. Laposky was born and raised in South Dakota. After graduating from SDSU, she entered medical school at the Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA. In addition to her regular studies, she did research in Cardiac Anesthesia.

Dr. Laposky did her internship in Internal Medicine at the Boise V.A. Hospital in Boise, ID where she also conducted research in Infection Diseases. Three years of residency in Anesthesiology were completed at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. During this time, she specialized in Pediatric Anesthesia, and served as Chief Resident. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Laposky went into private practice at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, MO. During this time Lynda served as President of the St. Louis Society of Anesthesiology and was elected as a counselor of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society.

Currently a member of White River Anesthesia Associates, Dr. Laposky enjoys the beautiful local outdoor activities associated with the Ozarks. Lynda is married and has one son.



Sandy Snider, M.D. Board Certified Anesthesiologist
Sandy grew up in Blair, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska with a B.S. in Biology. She then attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center located in Omaha, Nebraska. Sandy also completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She performed her residency in Anesthesiology and completed a Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Since practicing in the Ozarks, Sandy has been named one of 417 Top Docs in Anesthesiology multiple times. Before joining White River Anesthesia Associates, she was a Staff Anesthesiologist with Ozark Anesthesia Associates and was a member of the Board of Directors. Sandy has enjoyed transitioning to the Branson area and working at Cox Branson Hospital.

Sandy and her husband have four children. She spends the majority of her free time along with her husband attending their chiildren's' activities.

John Driver, CRNA
John completed his Anesthesia training in 1974 at the Southwest Missouri School of Anesthesia. After a brief practice in southwest Texas, he returned to a clinical instructor position at the Southwest Missouri School of Anesthesia. He spent the next ten years teaching with a specialty in Neuroanesthesia. After that John worked for six years in Springfield specializing in cardiac Anesthesia.
He then practiced 15 years in Kansas before joining White River Anesthesia Associates in Branson.

In his free time John enjoys hunting, fishing, snow-skiing, traveling and several other outdoor sports. He is also married with two daughters, a granddaughter and a grandson.


Rod McFadden, CRNA
Rod was born and raised in Kennett, MO. Fortunately, after some "gentle" prodding from his older brother Roger, he moved to Springfield following high school to prepare for a career in anesthesia. Rod received his Bachelors Degree in Anesthesia from Southwest Missouri State University and completed his anesthesia training from Southwest Missouri School of Anesthesia in 1978. Following a brief stint providing anesthesia in Monroe, LA he worked for six years as a staff anesthetist and clinical instructor for PAS, Inc./Southwest Missouri School of Anesthesia. That was followed by six years employed by Ozark Anesthesia Associates at Cox Medical Center primarily providing cardio-thoracic anesthesia.

Rod became self-employed in 1990 and formed a corporation – M & M Anesthesia, together with his wife Dona, also a CRNA, to provide anesthesia services for N.E. Texas Medical Center until 1992. He next formed a locum tenens agency to provide relief services in anesthesia. The next 14 years were spent traveling from coast to coast, from Alaska to New York providing that service. The exposure to so many good people within the industry and the variety of anesthesia practice has been extremely beneficial to Rod in his anesthesia skills.

Although he enjoys his travels, Rod is exceedingly happy to have found a home within the family that is White River Anesthesia Associates.

The Ozarks are a good fit for Rod – he enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and competitive shooting.

Bob Zinn, CRNA Cary Edwards, CRNA
Cary grew up in West Plains, Missouri and moved to Springfield, Missouri for nursing school. She graduated from Lester E. Cox College of Nursing in 2001 with an Associate degree. Her passion was to work with the pediatric population and she started working at Mercy Children's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Meanwhile she continued her studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Southwest Baptist University in 2002. She dreamed of adventure and began travel nursing, meeting many wonderful people, including her husband. She was married in 2004 and relocated back to Springfield, MO. Cary began working in the adult surgical ICU at Mercy Hospital. She discovered her dream job of nurse anesthesia and was accepted into the advanced degree program in 2006. Cary graduated from Missouri State University with a Masters of Science degree in nurse anesthesia in 2008. After graduation, Cary and her family moved to Joplin where she worked in the cardiovascular operating room. Although she thoroughly enjoyed her CVOR position, her family longed to return to their Springfield roots and so she accepted a job in 2010 with Ozark Anesthesia Associates. In 2015, her old colleagues recruited her to return to Joplin for a transition into the new hospital. This allowed flexibility in her schedule and opened time for Cary to begin working in local area hospitals to assist in vacation relief. Cary came to White River Anesthesia by helping relieve other CRNAs for time off and has found a permanent home as a staff CRNA. Residing in Nixa with her husband and three children, she enjoys spending her extra time on the lake and at children's activities.

Walker Myears, CRNA
was born in Denver, Colorado but has lived in Missouri since the age of 6. An avid University of Missouri fan, he graduated with his undergraduate degree from Mizzou in 2005. He then received his nursing degree from Southwest Baptist University in 2007. He worked in the Surgical ICU at Mercy Hospital Springfield for the next 5 years while completing his Bachelor's of Nursing degree. He then obtained his Master's Degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Missouri State University in December 2014.

Walker did some of his anesthesia training at Cox Branson with the WRAA group and was fortunate enough to gain employment with WRAA in February 2015.

Walker has been married to his wife Kyli for 7 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, loves to play golf, and watch all things Mizzou!


Ricky Deville, CRNA
Ricky was born in Opelousas, Louisiana, He graduated from Vidrine High School in 1999 and then went to McNeese State University where he earned a degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry in 2003. He went to work for an oil and gas production company in the Gulf of Mexico until 2005 when he decided to change careers. Ricky returned to McNeese State University to earn a degree in Nursing. This is where he met his wife and was married just after graduation in 2007. He and his wife worked in the ICU in Opelousas, Louisiana until 2010 when he started CRNA training at Arkansas State University. He did his clinical training in Memphis, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri and graduated in 2013.

Ricky is currently living in Branson, Missouri with his wife and 3 children.


Shelli Mabe, CRNA
Shelli grew up in Nixa, Missouri. She graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Chemistry. She then attended St. John's School of Nursing and graduated in 1987. She worked in NTICU at Mercy in Springfield, Missouri. She quickly realized the anesthesia specialty was the direction she wanted for her career after talking with a family friend that was a CRNA.

Shelli was accepted into Southwest Missouri School of Anesthesia (PAS at the time). After graduation in 1992, she took a CRNA position at Cox South in Springfield, Missouri, employed by Ozark Anesthesia Associates. She worked for OAA for 21 years as a staff anesthetist specializing in cardiovascular anesthesia. She then took a position at Joplin, Missouri Mercy Hospital for 3 years before joining White River Anesthesia Associates in 2018.

Shelli and her husband, Brent, have 2 grown children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.



Lacey Vanemburg, CRNA
Lacey was born in Houston, Texas but moved to Mountain View, Arkansas at the age of 4. She grew up clogging and listening to folk music for which her hometown is known. Lacey graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in biology in 2007 and graduated from nursing school at UALR in 2009. Lacey worked as a nurse in both Louisiana and Arkansas primarily in the ICU setting before continuing her education further.

Lacey completed her anesthesia training in 2017 at Missouri State University and received awards for academic and clinical excellence. One of her clinical sites was at Cox Branson and her goal was to join the excellent group of anesthesia providers at WRAA. After a short tenure of working in Rogers, Arkansas, Lacey was able to join WRAA in February 2018.

Lacey and her husband, Aaron, have been married for 11 years and have two daughters.

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