CPR Choice Team Members

CPR Choice has been providing engaging, quality, and affordable CPR, AED, and First Aid training for over ten years. We are proud of the medical training and safety education programs we offer; but what really sets us apart? Our team members – we set the bar high! With over 100 years of combined training experience, we guarantee your CPR training experience will be top-notch. Each instructor brings unique real-world experience, combined with dedication and passion for providing the best CPR training experience. CPR Choice – Learn CPR, Save Lives.

Cheryl Smith - CPR Choice
Cheryl SmithFOUNDER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Cheryl has been helping men and women from a variety of professions learn the lifesaving techniques of CPR for over twelve years. Her participants include healthcare providers, educators, students, city officials and many others. She is a certified instructor for Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR and First Aid by the American Heart Association. Read more...

Kristy Pilant - CPR Choice
Kristy PilantTRAINING DIRECTOR

Kristy joined CPR Choice during the company's early expansion, compelled by a strong desire to help the community after stepping out of a successful career in corporate HR/medical training, and adult education. Read more...

Jake Smithson - CPR Choice
Jake SmithsonADVANCED EMT - INSTRUCTOR

Jake has been a CPR instructor with the American Red Cross for seven years and has been an instructor with the American Heart Association for several years. He has been a fire fighter at a local fire department for over 13 years and was recently promoted to lieutenant. Read more...

Alex Steele - CPR Choice
Alex SteeleFIRST RESPONDER, EMT - INSTRUCTOR

Alex is from Redondo Beach California, where he spent six years as a head lifeguard and Jr. lifeguard instructor. He is a certified First Responder and EMT. Read more...

Cari Welsh - CPR Choice
Cari WelshINSTRUCTOR - TRICITIES COORDINATOR

Cari has been with CPR Choice since early 2014. She is passionate about teaching people the skills they need to save the life of a loved one, co-worker or stranger if ever confronted with an emergency. Read more...

Heather Roberts - CPR Choice
Heather RobertsFIRE FIGHTER - INSTRUCTOR

Heather has recently become a certified fire fighter. She is currently working for the local fire department. She also recently became a certified lifeguard instructor. Read more...

Jade Long - CPR Choice
Jade LongINSTRUCTOR

Jade has been an instructor with the American Heart Association for three years, teaching Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver classes. Read more...

Reid Tatum - CPR Choice
Reid TatumCLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST - INSTRUCTOR

Reid has been a Registered Nurse & Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 25 years. Reid has been teaching AHA CPR to healthcare providers, parents, and the community for over 20 years. Read more...

Amy Setzkorn - CPR Choice
Amy SetzkornTRAINING COORDINATOR

Amy supports our training efforts and provides customer service for our CPR Choice partners and students. She coordinates the classes with the participants and instructors as well as manages most of the email activity. Read more...

Candace Taylor - CPR Choice
Candace TaylorGRAPHIC DESIGNER

Candace has an eye for design and has been creating ever since she learned to draw. She studied Art and Horticulture at Rick’s College and graduated in 2002. Read more...

Travis Smith - CPR Choice
Travis SmithCHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Travis is involved in web development and marketing for CPR Choice. He has worked on several large-scale web sites in fitness, lifestyle, and health and wellness fields for over 17 years. Read more...

Taylor Cook - CPR Choice
Taylor CookNREMT-P - INSTRUCTOR

Taylor is a Basic Life Support (BLS) & Heartsaver Instructor. He has been working as a firefighter/paramedic in Sevier County since 2007. In addition to his paramedic license, Taylor also holds certifications in ACLS, PALS, BLS, EPC, and others involving pediatric care and trauma. Read more...

Beth Cruz - CPR Choice
Beth CruzMSN, RN - INSTRUCTOR

Beth has been a Registered Nurse over 20 years, and has been teaching CPR to healthcare providers and the community for over 15 years. She is currently an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor. Read more...

Melinda Welsh - CPR Choice
Melinda WelshINSTRUCTOR - COLORADO SPRINGS COORDINATOR

Melinda wanted to join the CPR Choice team because she attended one of their CPR training classes and was inspired by the instructor. She coordinates Colorado Springs area classes. Read more...

Tracy Sise - CPR Choice
Tracy SiseINSTRUCTOR - CENTRAL CAL COORDINATOR

Tracy is a certified AHA instructor in Basic Life Support CPR and First Aid by the American Heart Association. She coordinates Central California classes for CPR Choice. Read more...

Taylor Trube - CPR Choice
Taylor TrubeSPECIAL PROJECTS / INTERN

Taylor is a recent graduate of William Blount High School and plans to study business-accounting at Pellissippi State Community College. Read more...

Bethany Short - CPR Choice
Bethaney ShortINSTRUCTOR

Bethaney has been a Southwest Virginia native her entire life. Since 2010, she has worked as a labor and delivery nurse and childbirth class instructor. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Highlands Community College. Read more...

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Jean has been a registered nurse for 47 years and been teaching CPR and First Aid for over 20 years. She is an American Heart Association and National Safety Council instructor. Read more...

Rebecca Jordan - CPR Choice
Rebecca JordanADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Rebecca joined the CPR Choice team in 2015. Her background is in business and human resource management. She received her Bachelors degree from Tusculum College in Organizational Management. Read more...

Shae Kinser, CPR Choice
Shae KinserINSTRUCTOR

Shae is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) who works for Blount County Rural/Metro and he is also a Lieutenant at Townsend Fire Department. Read more...

Kiefer Caughron, CPR Choice
Kiefer CaughronINSTRUCTOR

Kiefer is a newly certified AHA instructor who is currently enrolled at Pellissippi State taking healthcare related courses. Kiefer is passionate about health and helping others. Read more...

Coleen Peterson - CPR Choice
Coleen PetersonINSTRUCTOR - DENVER COORDINATOR

Coleen has a Masters in Education from Chapman University. She resides in Parker Colorado. She is excited to expand CPR Choice to the Denver area. Read more...

Laura LaRue - CPR Choice

Laura LaRue Cantley is a new instructor in the Tri-Cities area. CPR Choice is excited to welcome her to the team! Read more...

Brett Coppage - CPR Choice
Brett CoppageINSTRUCTOR

Brett attended Walter State Community college and is an EMT for Blount County Rural Metro/AMR. Read more...

We've trained thousands of individuals in performing life-saving skills and certify the staff of many large organizations and businesses. We make learning CPR, simple, fun, and informative. Many of our students say our class is, "the best CPR Class" they've ever taken. Saving lives is more than just a motto, it's our mission! View the training calendar for your region below:

Nashville CPR | Knoxville CPR | Maryville CPR | Tri-Cities CPR | Colorado CPR

AHA Authorized Training Center
American Red Cross certification
ASHI certification
CPR Choice Knoxville Chamber member
CPR Choice Blount Partnership Member
CPR Choice BBB A+ Rating

Why Should You Choose CPR Choice?

  • Flexible Scheduling
  • On Location Training Available
  • Casual, Fun Atmosphere
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • All instructors are AHA and ASHI certified
  • A+ BBB Rating
  • Blended Learning (Online & Skills Check) available
  • Meets OSHA & College CPR Requirements
  • Get Certified Within 3-4 Hours
  • Certification Is Good For Two Years
  • Official AHA Training Site
  • High Quality Safety Training!

CPR Choice, Real Testimonials

"Best CPR Class I've ever attended."

"This is the BEST CPR class I have ever been to. As an RN, I’ve been to lots over the years. HIGHLY recommend this one!"

"I highly recommend CPR Choice for healthcare provider certification! It was easy to schedule and Cheryl kept the class interesting and informative. This was by far my best experience taking a CPR class. Thanks Cheryl!"

"I have been taking an annual CPR class for about eight years now, and never before now have I felt like I had such a complete grasp on the material."

"Best CPR class I have taken as an RN in 10 yrs! The instructor, Kristy, was the best instructor! Systematic approach to teaching with tons of energy and obvious interest in teaching CPR. Thank you!"

"I'll be back in two years for renewal! Thanks CPR Choice!"

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