Julie is the founder and CEO of SVSTI. She has successfully developed SVSTI from the ground up including but not limited to the logo, website, clinical relationships and curriculum. She is very passionate about the field and student success. She started the Sterile Processing & Surgical Technology Programs in hopes to bring the two departments together as a team. She is extremely passionate about educating students to be successful members of the medical community. She has over 2 decades in the field and almost a decade on the education side of the field. Her motto is "Stay hungry, stay humble". She enforces the standards and best practices to her students and has high expectations from them. She also ensures that her instructors are teaching the students to meet her expectations. Even with all the hats she wears she tries to find time to teach in the lab whenever she can. "Where there is a will there is a way".
In Julie's free time she enjoys traveling to other Countries as well as going on medical mission trips. She is not only the owner but the Chief Academic Director, Program Director, Clinical Coordinator as well as an instructor. SVSTI was founded in 2018.
Campus Administrator who is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all campus programming, as well as operational and administrative functions and services for the campus.
She is also the Enrollment Coordinator for Silicon Valley Surgi-Tech Institute in Milpitas, California. With over 20 years in Hospitality management and 10+ years in Medical administration, Nanette brings her passion for training and education to the enrolling students at SVSTI. Together with her background in business administration and experience managing a surgery center , private medical practice, and her own med spa for over 8 years, she maintains student records, serves as a Board member on the SVSTI Advisory Committee, and ensures an easy enrollment process for incoming students.
In her free time, she can be found swinging in a hammock in the sun with a great book … or drinking really good wine.
Davina is the General Education Coordinator and Instructor at SVSTI. She has over 13 years in Education with experience as a General Education instructor, Program Director, Student Success Center Manager, and Campus Lead at Carrington College.
Prior to this, Davina served as a Senior Contracts Compliance Analyst for Intel Corporation. Davina has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Devry University, and in Sociology from San Jose State University. She's been a wonderful addition to SVSTI.
Hi, my name is Tammy Ryan and I have been a surgical technologist for 30 years. I received my training in the USAFR and I have worked at Kaiser Permanente, David Grant Medical Center, various surgery centers, as a registry tech, but the majority of my work in the OR has been at UCSF Medical Center.
I’ve been a surgical technology educator since 2007, working at Mount Diablo Adult Education, Carrington College and now SVSTI.
I currently work at UCSF School of Nursing as the Clinical Placement Supervisor in the Office of Clinical Placement. I also have a BA in Religious Studies, I am a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Laws focusing on health care compliance.
I love teaching CST prep. It is so rewarding to help bring together all of the information given over the course of the program. I get to witness the final chapter in a student’s surgical technology education and help guide them to other academic endeavors that they will discover in their careers.
Hi, my name is Mikayla Bassett CST and I’m excited to be working with SVSTI. I started my training back home in Texas in a Sterile Processing department where I became certified and started working as an SPD traveler. I traveled to several hospitals all over the country, but fell in love with the Bay Area when I got here and decided to stay. I worked for a total of 5 years in SPD up until the day I graduated the Surgical Technology program at Mt. Diablo Adult Education. I graduated with a certification from NBSTSA, and a full-time job where I currently work as a CST at Stanford’s Outpatient Surgery Center in Redwood City, specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine, hands and podiatry. I have a Sterile Processing certification with CBSPD, and am a member of The Association of Surgical Technologists. I’ve loved teaching new coworkers and students at all my past hospitals, and I’m so excited to continue to share what I’ve learned with the students of SVSTI. I truly believe SPD is the heart of the hospital, and having great team work between SPD and the operating room gives our patients the best possible outcomes. When I’m not working, you can find me at the gym, shopping at Target, or eating good food with friends.
Sarah first earned her CST after graduating from the New England Institute of Technology. She then went on to work at Rhode Island’s only level 1 trauma center before scrubbing at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Bernie, Maryland. There, she was on the ortho-neuro team specializing in complex spinal procedures. In 2016 Sarah earned her Masters in Health Sciences from George Washington University and went on to work privately with spine specialists in Northern California, in both scrub and PA capacities. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys singing with competitive show choirs, cooking, and knitting.
She is thrilled for this opportunity to teach the next generation of CSTs here at SVSIT!
Certified Surgical Technologist, Suzanne Duran joined SVSTI with 5 years experience in the field of Surgical Technology. Having experience in many areas, Suzanne’s specialties include GYN as well as Plastic and reconstructive Surgery. Suzanne entered healthcare with a passion to provide patients with the best possible care. Suzanne has a high regard for Surgical integrity and strongly believes that being part of the peri-operative team is a privilege that’s not to be taken lightly. Suzanne is passionate about sharing her experience with our students so that they may enter the field of surgical technology equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to not only be successful but to provide patients with the best care. This means, demonstrating excellent aseptic technique. After all, patients safety beings with the Surgical Technologist.
In Suzanne’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her Two Children, and takes time for herself to practice self-care by writing and painting. This can be a physically and mentally exhausting field to work in, self care is key to maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Hello, my name is Christian. I’m a Sterile Processing Instructor at SVSTI. I am fairly new to the field but love helping students learn the essential hands on skills needed to be successful in the field. I feel every Surgery starts with the Sterile Processing Department and it is crucial to teach the parameters and the workflow as well as being a team player in this field. I first found interest in becoming a Sterile Processing Technician after multiple surgeries myself due to biking accidents. I used to ride professionally as well as building custom bikes. In my spare time I enjoy hiking and photography.
Gina Little has over 5 years of surgical experience (scrubbing most specialties not including cardio vascular) Prior to teaching, Gina worked at the Stanford 300P Main Hospital and worked closely with Julie Hamrick at Carrington College of California in San Jose. Currently she is still an employee as a Certified Surgical Technologist III at Stanford’s Outpatient Surgical center in Redwood City where she specializes in Sports Med, Orthopedics, Minimally invasive Neuro spine, as well as surgical hand and foot.
Gina is a graduate of the Carrington College of California Surgical Technology program she with a certification from NBSTSA and currently working towards her AS degree. She is certified as a CST and is a member of the Association of Surgical Technologists.
Jean Carpenter is a part time Surgical Technology lab Instructor. Her roots are in Oregon and has been a Surgical Technologist since 1997. She's seen a lot of changes.
Jean loves the beach and fishing as seen in her picture. She also enjoys camping and her 5 wonderful sons, three daughters-in-law and 10 grandchildren. Family is very important to her.
She has recently found a passion teaching students to learn about what she has spent a lifetime putting her heart into.
She has over 20 years experience in the OR. Currently working at Good Samaritan Hospital. She's been a Neuro coordinator for almost 10 years. She has been fully trained in all specialties. Marsha has taught with SVSTI previously and is back as a part time lab instructor. She also loves taking students into the OR with her whenever she gets the opportunity. We are excited to have her back on the team.
Marijane Valdez is Support Staff as well as operational and administrative functions and services for the campus. She has over 10 years of experience in managing business relations and providing executive level administrative support. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and long walks with her dogs.