Daniel Nieva, MD

Daniel Nieva, MD

Peds Wellness Champion

Dr. Nieva joined the division of pediatric anesthesiology as a fellow in 2007 and stayed on as faculty. “Max” is the proud father of 10.5-year-old twins, Abigail and Andrew. Working with leadership as well as front line team members, his goal is to promote the eight components of a wellness program that engages all members of the pediatric division including admin, CRNAs, NPs, faculty, and fellows.

Whitney Payne

Whitney Payne

Research Wellness Champion

Whitney joined the department right before COVID-19 hit St. Louis in the winter of 2020. With the switch to work from home, she joined the group of wellness champions to try to find creative ways to connect with co-workers virtually and to encourage them to prioritize their own self-care.

"Personally, I love a good hike to see something beautiful in the natural world," says Whitney. "I think it's important to support each other, to remind each other that wellness is more than exercising and fad diets, and to remind one another that it's not about being perfect. Just try!"

Waliah RaKhem

Waliah RaKhem

Administrative Director of Research Operations

Shawn Reynolds, MSPA PA-C

Shawn Reynolds, MSPA PA-C

Physician Assistant, Critical Care

Elizabeth Schappe, CRNA

Elizabeth Schappe, CRNA

CRNA Wellness Champion

Meet Elizabeth Schappe, one of our Wellness Champions and CRNA pod leaders in PVT. Elizabeth serves the PVT ORs and the OB anesthesia team. She recently won a grant from the Washington University Wellness Program for exercise equipment for the department and hopes to have an exercise room in PVT by the end of 2022.

Aside from work, Elizabeth spends most of her free time exploring the outdoors with her husband and three children.

Ilesha Shah, MD

Ilesha Shah, MD

Residency Wellness Champion

My name is Ilesha Shah, and I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona. I did a BA/MD program in New Jersey and then made my way to WashU for residency. My plans for after residency are to pursue a chronic pain fellowship and hopefully have my own practice one day! In my free time, I like to travel with my husband, work out, and cook.

Alex Shero, AG-ACNP-BC

Alex Shero, AG-ACNP-BC

APP Wellness Champion

I'm Alex Shero and I have been a nurse practitioner with the SICU for almost four years.

My goals as a wellness champion are:

  1. Focusing on how to make individuals in our department feel included in our group
  2. Participating in regular self-care
  3. Finding new resources to promote mental health.

I am excited to support our hard-working APPs with social and wellness opportunities

Jenny Stephan, RN, SRNA

Jenny Stephan, RN, SRNA

SRNA Wellness Champion

My name is Jenny. I am a graduate student at Goldfarb School of Nursing in the DNP- Nurse Anesthesia program as well as a former BJH 4400 Trauma/Surgical ICU nurse.

I enjoy spending my free time cooking new recipes, taking walks around Forest Park, and planning my next trip. The most unique places I’ve traveled to are Iceland and Thailand!

I am enthusiastic about wellness for healthcare workers. Specifically, I am passionate about student registered nurse anesthetist (SRNA) wellness because of the nature of the intense and stressful training. Meghan Woodham and I have championed a Wellness Committee within our program to bring awareness to this issue and improve the well-being of all future SRNAs. We plan on incorporating wellness initiatives and regular programming into the curriculum going forward at Goldfarb School of Nursing.

Deven Stepney

Deven Stepney

Program Manager

Meghan Woodham, RN, SRNA

Meghan Woodham, RN, SRNA

SRNA Wellness Champion

My name is Meghan, and I am a senior in Goldfarb’s DNP CRNA program. Prior to anesthesia school, I worked in the Trauma/Neuro ICU at Mercy St. Louis.

My husband and I live in South City with our golden retriever, Gunner. We love experiencing all the fun things the city offers (particularly the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market)!

My current goals as an SRNA wellness champion include:

1. Educating my classmates on resources available to us for mental and physical health.

2. Bringing educational wellness guest speakers to our school. (Upcoming: Imposter Syndrome with Erin Herrera)

3. Helping current students feel empowered to prioritize wellness and find their own unique routine.