Medical Education Angels


We are Registered Nurses who began working together "back in the day," and became lifelong friends. We love to teach in a fun and non-threatening way because we believe that is where the greatest learning happens. Our goal is to inspire your growth and confidence and have fun while we do it. We are blessed with a phenomenal team of instructors and people behind the scenes who help us get our message out. We appreciate your choosing us for you class!

Kristen & Vilate


Kristen Cimental RN, BSN has been a nurse for almost 30 years. Her resume is impressive with 15+ years of ICU experience, school nursing for the severely handicapped, supervisory positions, teaching for Kaiser and Bakersfield College, and several years of cardiac cath lab experience. When you talk to Kristen, it’s obvious that teaching is her love and passion which shows in her compassion and commitment to work with people until they feel confident with their skills and knowledge. She is a mom of two handsome, playful and kind hearted boys: Garrett and Gage. She helps her husband Randy run a thriving business: Cimental's Mobile Auto & Truck Repair, Inc., and loves to ride her horse.

Vilate Bentz-Bolanos RN, CCRN has been a nurse since 1994. She spent five years in the ICU at Memorial, worked for Medtronic Pacing for a while, then found her way back to the ICU at Bakersfield Heart Hospital. During her ten years at BHH, she also worked as the Resource Nurse and as a Clinical Educator. She eventually tried several years in interventional radiology and aesthetic nursing on the side. Students say her greatest asset is being able to explain complex topics in simple, straightforward ways. She loves to write, has been published (Forks in the Dishwasher) and says she'll write more, "one day soon." She and her wonderfully helpful husband Philip are blessed with two amazing children: Anica and Lucas.

Our teaching staff includes:

Kat Kohler RN: Experience in L&D and all things babies. Kat is our NRP & BLS instructor and is the one to go to with questions about the fundus or anything OB/GYN related. She was the first nurse we hired and we pray constantly that she will never be too busy for us.

Cindy Estrada RN: Experience in ICU, Charge Nursing positions, and OR, if you are in Cindy’s class, you will remember her forever. She constantly will keep you laughing with her stories and great energy. We love her and her bright lipstick!

Mindy Hixon RN: Experience in telemetry, ICU, Interventional radiology, pre-op and recovery. We are so blessed to have her!! She is smart, well-spoken and one of the sweetest, most beautiful people you could ever meet.

Tammy Prado RN: Experience in ICU and ER. Tammy may seem quiet and shy at first, but her clinical skills are amazing and she has so much knowledge to share. She is strong, adventurous, and has a heart of gold.

Julie Atkin RN: Experience in ICU and school nursing. Julie A. is one of those people who instantly puts you at ease and makes you smile and laugh. She will get on the floor with you to help you and has a natural ability to teach in the most encouraging way ever.

JoEllen Mosher BA: Experience in teaching health education at CSUB and for BFMC, she has a BA in physical education, and certificate of Gerontology. JoEllen loves to teach and feels passionate about the world learning CPR and first aid. She is so reliable and kind, we know you will enjoy her.

Julie Holty RN: Experience in NICU, Pre-op/Recovery and quite a few things in the middle! Julie H. has that natural ability to make someone feel comfortable and has a gift to share her knowledge. It seems like she knows everyone somehow! We love her completely genuine personality and know she'll make you smile!

We are pleased to support Olivia's Heart Project. This non-profit business is devoted to getting CPR training and AED's in schools, free heart-health screening for adolecents, and building a stronger, healthier community through education. Clicking the logo will open their website in a new brower tab.

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