Exclusively RNs was founded by Anne Afshari and Laura Hagler in 2002. The story goes like this: It was a very busy day on the L&D unit. Every room in the OB triage was full with admissions. The offices had just closed for the day. Pagers were going off non-stop. One doctor in particular, Dr. Kevin Weary, was admitting patients, attending deliveries and consulting in the ER all while fielding phone calls from patients, which prompted the question, “why don’t you have someone to take your patient calls for you when you are on call?” That is how Exclusively RNs was born. Not only do we still work with Dr. Weary, we work with many OB/GYN providers across the country.
Anne Afshari, RN BSN
Co-Founder & Joint CEO
Anne’s career with Exclusively RNs centers around managing the clinical content and maintaining the tech stack that has brought Exclusively RNs into the forefront of emerging Telehealth markets by providing a seamless, unique experience for patients.
Anne earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Prior to and in conjunction with her nursing career, Anne has served, chaired and headed a variety of service organizations in the local community. Anne is a speaker for local schools and programs, where she enjoys community outreach and encouraging young women to pursue higher learning opportunities.
Outside of her work with Exclusively RNs, Anne enjoys supporting her husband and three daughters with their family activities and college needs. Anne enjoys hiking, finding the perfect cup of coffee and spending time exploring local establishments in the historic district of Colorado Springs.
Laura Hagler, RN BSN
Co-Founder & Joint CEO
Currently, Laura’s career with Exclusively RNs centers around managing the Human Resources and accounting sides of the business. Laura also has primary roles with supporting staff, education and in-servicing and periodic review of policy, clinical content and client files.
Over 20 years ago, Laura earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Laura is deeply involved with the public school communities of Colorado Springs as well as private club gymnastics. Laura enjoys her time outside of her nursing career and, as a board member and event organizer, believes that critical thinking and organizational skills learned as a clinical nurse have completely ingrained life skills of time management, multi-tasking and interpersonal communication.
Outside of her work with Exclusively RNs, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. On any given weekend, you might find Laura attending athletic events, traveling or enjoying time in the fresh mountain air.
Rebecca Bugala, RN MSN
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Nursing, both from St. Louis University, where she studied with an emphasis as a Perinatal Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator.
Kristin Bess, RN BSN
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.