Kelli Gabel, RN, MSNA, CRNA
I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to provide over 12 years of critical care to our community in North Dakota. In reflection, I feel that my simple local girl life has been filled with promise. I have always been eager to enrich my purpose and expand my horizons from border to border in North Dakota. I grew up in Steele, ND and was raised by two steadfast entrepreneurial parents that I am pretty sure were convinced I would grow up to be a gypsy rather than a self-proclaimed pioneer of innovative therapies.
My dreams began to be realized when in 2001, I began my journey to achieve a Bachelor in Science of Nursing and graduated in 2005 from Medcenter One College of Nursing. Post-graduation I started my professional career as a registered nurse in a local intensive care unit, was blessed with my incredibly amazing daughter and befriended the remarkable person that I now call my co-founder of this dynamic therapeutic clinic. It was during this time that myself and my extraordinary husband chose to root our family in Bismarck.
Soon after becoming an ICU RN I took notice of the high level of care, independence and education that the local CRNAs provided. It was that curiosity and pursuit of excellence that lead me to Texas Wesleyan University where in 2010 I earned my board certifications in Nurse Anesthesia and opened my next chapter as a CRNA.
Now armed with my education it became time to activate my passion and apply the tools to events taking place close to home. Having been engaged in an epic battle against mental health in my own family, I acquired a strong desire to assist in the advancement of treatment for mental health. In the past 10 years, one of my captivatingly lyrical sisters has waged a war against the internal destruction of her mental and emotional health. Being a support in her journey to health and remission, I have become familiar, educated and committed to not only her but to the many that suffer from these devastating illnesses.
It is this dedication and commitment to improving the care of those who often feel forgotten that leads me to ketamine and its profound effects on mental health. I have spent many long days and nights trying and hoping to find a way to impact this life-shattering disease. Launching Thrive Anesthesia Services will provide a way in which I can have a direct impact on those lives in our community bringing me even closer to realizing my dreams.
Lura Spears RN, MSNA, CRNA
I was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing and a Master’s Degree of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Texas Wesleyan University. I practiced as an ICU nurse and nurse anesthetist at a local hospital from 2005 until 2017 when I opened Thrive Anesthesia Services with my everyday partner-in-crime Kelli.
My dad always told me I should take business classes and true to form I rebelled and excelled in science. I should have listened… sorry dad. I am now a co-founder of two businesses, Thrive Anesthesia Services and Citizens of the World Foundation. Citizens of the World Foundation works with developing healthcare systems throughout the world to empower and educate future anesthesia providers in their communities. Both Kelli and I are deeply invested in this project which also helped us open Thrive Anesthesia Services in order to support our local community.
I am married to a northern Minnesota man who lovingly followed me to North Dakota. We have two wild, fun boys in addition to two dogs and a lizard.
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