Simulation Professionals of Texas

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About Us

In the January of 2015 in Fort Worth, TX, a passionate Simulation Technician at a Community College reached out to an IT Director of a University simulation center and a Simulation Specialist at a Fort Worth Hospital to share ideas on how to improve their healthcare simulation programs and operations. After some initial phone/ e-mail discussions and combining DFW simulation network contacts, a meeting was planned and held at Texas Christian University in April of 2015. Quickly after, a Fall meeting followed and then a Winter meeting. Over 2 years, the three founding members grew to five organizers and a network contact list of 100+ members in the DFW area.

In the summer of 2017, at North Central Texas College, the first SPOT mini conference took place showcasing research, strategies for debriefing, the SIMS student simulation group, and many other topics. Our conferences following in 2018 drew simulation professionals to the DFW area as far away as McAllen Texas and San Antonio. All conferences and events to date have been free of charge, thanks to our generous simulation vendor sponsors and host sites.

SPOT aims to include all major regions of Texas- North, Central, South, Southwest, East and West and all specialties of healthcare. We want our “SPOT” on the map!


To support development of healthcare simulation professionals in Texas via:

  • Lunch and Learn/ Networking/ Social events
  • Summer Mini-conferences
  • Research collaborations
  • Academic/Business Partnerships


To improve healthcare outcomes through collaboration with healthcare professional learners, pre-licensure healthcare learners, healthcare educators, and simulation specialists/educators throughout Texas to enhance education through the use of healthcare simulation


SPOT meets every quarter. Check out our exciting events!
Following list is 2022 SPOT Quarterly events:

Presentation “Teaching Medication Administration: The New Normal” by Roxanne Holthaus and Kateri Gabriele.
  • Date Friday February 11, 2022
  • Time 9:00 am-10:00 am (CST)
  • Location Zoom (Meeting ID: TBA) 
Presentation TBA
  • Date TBA
  • Time 9:00 am-10:00 am (CST)
  • Location TBA
Presentation TBA
  • Date TBA
  • Time 9:00 am-10:00 am (CST)
  • Location TBA
Presentation “Nursing Simulations: A Three-Tiered Model Approach”
  • Date 11/04/2022
  • Time 12:00 pm-2:00 pm (CST)
  • Location University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

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Board & Committees

SPOT Advisory Board and Committees/Subcommittees are to serve for the members. The following is the list of 2020-2022 Board and Committee/Subcommittees.

Jeremiah Avarana
Karen Meadows
Michele Ardigo

Erica Hinojosa (University of Texas at Arlington)
Laura Thielke (Texas Christian University)
Brian Koonce (Texas Wesleyan University)

Erica Hinojosa (University of Texas at Arlington)

Billie Paschal (Cook Children’s Hospital)
Laura Thielke (Texas Christian University)
Marlo Cooper (Medical City Dallas)

Kay Martin (Children’s Medical Center, Dallas)
Helen Moore (McLennan Community College)
Jeanne Carey (Baylor University)

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