Kristi began her nursing career with a Bachelor's of Science in nursing in 1996. She worked as an emergency room nurse in a level 1 trauma center until she went back to school to further her nursing degree. In 2004, she earned her Master's of Science degree in nursing in anesthesia and became a board certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). 2 years ago, Kristi decided it was time to work on a solution. She designed the YankaddyTM (patent pending) which is a disposable retaining holster for the Yankauer to be placed in. The YankaddyTM fits onto its non-disposable bracket which consists of a spring clamp and adjustable arm so that it can be attached to most surfaces found in the medical environment. It not only helps prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections caused by the environmental contamination from the Yankauer, but it also gives the medical provider a one-handed method of use of the Yankauer so they can keep their free hand on their patient.