RMI medical staff are qualified and effective employees with a passion for hard work and adventure. From professional mountaineers and firefighters to military special operations and maritime specialists, our employees add depth and expertise to our company. The RMI team has a proven track record of professionalism and exceptional customer service.
David Townes, MD, MPH, DTM&M, Medical Director
David received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine followed by a fellowship in international emergency medicine. He earned his master's degree in public health all at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dave also earned a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is board certified in emergency medicine and has worked throughout the world from Antarctica to Zambia. Dave is an active speaker and author in the areas of wilderness medicine, expedition medicine, and global health.
David L. Brown, MD, Remote Physician
Dave has practiced emergency medicine for over 25 years, developed and directed a hospital based occupational health program, and been active in medical staff administration. He has participated in the education of laypeople, paramedics, midlevels, students, residents and colleagues and been an ACLS and PALS instructor. More recently he has served as lead physician with the U.S. Antarctic Program and as student, faculty and staff physician on several global voyages onboard the MV Explorer with Semester at Sea. Whitewater rafting, cycling, skiing, hiking and travel take up his spare time or he can be found exploring new horizons in the woodshop and kitchen.
Craig Castillo, MD, Remote Physician
Craig is a remote physician board certified in both aerospace and occupational medicine. In 2013, he retired from the US Air Force after almost twenty-five years of service. Craig graduated with a bachelors in Biochemistry from Berkeley, a MD from George Washington, and a MPH from Harvard. He has traveled extensively but especially in Asia during his military career as a deployed provider, international engagement organizer, and in disaster response. Craig loves traveling, dining, and golf. He has two daughters in college in New York City.
Jan Veesart, MD, Instructor
Jan trained at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland and is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician. She served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and finished her twenty-six year Air Force career as the Medical Director for the US Pararescue School, Kirtland AFB, NM. Jan is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico, a Senior Physician on the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team, and an ATLS Instructor. A passionate and committed teacher, Jan is actively involved as a “clinical coach” in UNM School of Medicine.
Tom Ardavany, NREMT-P, RN, Instructor
Tom has applied his medical expertise on an international scale, serving on a medical team in Honduras for Hurricane Mitch and providing medical aid for refugees in northern Albania during the Kosovo War. In addition to working for RMI, Tom is also a flight nurse for Airlift Northwest and a paramedic for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. He enjoys non-competitive free-diving and has made it to thirty-six meters unassisted on one breath without fins. Tom has also worked as a medic for the Vertical Blue Freediving Academy, which hosts the World Freediving Championships in the Bahamas.
Lise Armstrong, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Lise is a NREMT-P working in our Medical Support Group. She started her remote medicine career as a WEMT/canoeing guide in northern Ontario and Quebec and has also worked as a street paramedic in a busy ALS ambulance service just north of Detroit. Lise is a certified Firefighter I and II with Hazmat Operations and Confined Space Rescue certifications. She has experience working at remote clinics in Alaska as well as remote mining sites. Elise resides in Illinois where she is an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying fishing, kayaking, hunting, and long hikes with her dog, Beowulf.
Melissa Arnot, WEMT, Instructor
Melissa started her career as a guide with Rainier Mountaineering Inc. in 2004 and has been teaching for RMI since 2006. A professional climber, Melissa combines her love of wilderness medicine and rescue with climbing. She has summited Mt. Rainier 93 times and is a record holder in completing four Everest summits. Professionally sponsored by Eddie Bauer, Melissa is also involved in the philanthropic organizations Summit on the Summit and The Juniper Fund. When she is not climbing or teaching, Melissa enjoys yoga, mountain biking, and playing with her sweet puppy, Avy, in the mountains of Idaho.
Daniel Barela, Paramedic, Instructor
Daniel began his career early as a firefighter which opened doors into various positions in EMS, FEMA Search and Rescue, and a prominent role in the aquatics division. While not instructing for RMI, Daniel also works as a US&R/Hot Zone Medical Analyst and subject matter expert for the US Department of Defense’s Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and High explosive (CBRNe) division. He is responsible for teaching and evaluating military soldiers and their respective units in full-scale exercises for disaster response with an emphasis on weapons of mass destruction. Daniel has also worked as a Flight Paramedic for PHI AirEvac where he provided critical care in both fixed and rotor wing. His hobbies include off-road racing, dirt bikes, mountain biking, and anything outdoors with a hint of adrenalin.
Philip Bohlmann, WEMT, Instructor
Philip was involved in Mountain Rescue with the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group in Boulder, CO from 2005 to 2009 before participating in the US Antarctic Program. He moved to Washington state in 2010 where he became a WEMT through RMI and now teaches WFR and WEMT classes. When he is not working for RMI, he is working part time at a local ambulance company, volunteering his services as a WEMT in Haiti, mountaineering, adventure cycling, and exploring the globe.
John Bradford, PA-C, Remote Physician Assistant
John is a graduate of the University of Utah and has been a Physician Assistant for ten years. He has recently specialized in remote and tropical medicine , infectious disease, and emergency care. His passions include travel and other cultural experiences, climbing, biking, skiing, and pretty much anything else outdoor related. John has been fortunate to live and work in a variety of amazing places such as Yellowstone National Park, Midway Island, Scotland, Malawi, Namibia, The Gambia, and the Solomon Islands. John is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and currently calls Missoula, MT home. If you run into John, ask him about the time he spent three weeks stranded on an Alaskan glacier.
Quinn Brett, WEMT-B, Instructor
Quinn is a yoga instructor and a professional rock climber with a graduate degree in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Colorado. In addition to teaching wilderness medicine courses for Remote Medical International, Quinn also runs Dovetail Mountain Adventures, a guiding company for yoga and rock climbing retreats. She also enjoys working with different non-profits, such as Paradox Sports, to help facilitate wilderness adventures for others. Quinn enjoys running and soloing the many ridges and climbs in and around Estes Park, which has been her hometown “backyard” for more than a decade. When not climbing, she also is an avid runner, regularly participating in triathlons, races, and marathon or half marathons.
Matt Byers, PA-C, Remote Physician Assistant
Matt has spent the majority of his life in the southwestern region of the US. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Colorado State University with a focus in exercise physiology and nutrition. Matt later completed his Physician Assistant studies just outside of Phoenix, AZ and currently lives in Tucson, AZ where he began his professional career as a PA working primarily in orthopedics. Matt enjoys the freedoms the vast spaces of the southwest offer and is excited to continue his PA career with RMI.
Sean Cariss, Remote EMT
Sean utilizes over ten years of EMS experience as an EMT-B for RMI’s Medical Support Group. Currently pursuing his paramedic license, Sean has worked as a firefighter and ski patrol medic. An avid traveler, Sean has traveled through Central and South America as well as New Zealand. When not on deployment, Sean is based in Bend, Oregon where he enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and river sports.
David Churchill, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Dave Churchill, a native of Great Britain, discovered his love of remote locations and harsh environments while serving in the British Army. Since emigrating to the US, Dave has continued to seek out challenges that have taken him to top level adventure races (Eco Challenge, ESPN X Games). He also participates in: high altitude mountaineering, technical rock climbing, class V whitewater rafting, multi-week solo backpacking expeditions, offshore recreational and competitive sailing (including an eighteen day crossing from Hawaii to California), ultra marathons (fifty miles), scuba diving, and competitive cross country ski racing. When not working in remote locations, Dave can be found at home in California where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and surfing.
Nick Collins-Feay, NREMT-B, Medical Coordination Specialist
Nick first became involved with emergency medicine at the age of fifteen, volunteering with his local fire department. Since then, he has worked and volunteered as an EMT in a variety of settings, from a backpacking guide for kids in the New Hampshire summer sun to stalking the mean streets of Seattle in an ambulance by night and occasionally working in a small hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti. In his spare time you are likely to find him skiing, biking, or half way up a cliff wondering how on earth he got there and why it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Christos Constantinou, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Raised and educated in Ottawa Ontario Canada, Christos joined RMI on a contract off of Newfoundland Canada in July 2012. Since then, Christos' travels with RMI have also brought him to Uruguay, Argentina, and the Gulf of Mexico. Christos lives in San Diego, California and can be found at a boxing gym, working on his surfing, or playing hockey as he awaits a part-time position with the San Diego Fire Department.
Michael Dann, Remote Area Paramedic & Instructor
Michael works as a remote-area paramedic in RMI’s Medical Support Group and as an instructor in our Training Group. He is based in the Teton Mountains and works as a critical care flight paramedic and RN. Michael has been involved in emergency medicine and public health since 2000 and has worked as an instructor since 2003. When he’s not at work, he is in the backcountry climbing, running trails, and trying to keep his hips low while telemark skiing.
Matthew Davy, NREMT-P, Instructor
Originally from the UK by way of San Diego, CA, Matt currently lives in Utah where he works for the Salt Lake City Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic. When not instructing for RMI, Matt works for the Deer Valley ski patrol and has recently put travel and hobbies aside to raise his young son and compete as a pilot for the British Bobsleigh Team.
Will Day, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic & Instructor
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Will joined the local fire department in high school and hasn’t looked back since. With over twelve years of experience, he is trained and certified in everything from structural firefighting to technical, vehicle, and rope rescue. He holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine and has worked in emergency rooms, on ambulances, and as a response paramedic providing ALS support to a multitude of local agencies. He discovered wilderness and remote medicine after working as a white water guide in Alaska where he now resides. When not deployed, he spends his free time hiking, skiing, rafting, and spending as much time as possible in the backcountry.
Jim Donovan, WEMT, Instructor
Jim is a WEMT based out of Silverton, Colorado. He serves as the Training Officer for the San Juan County Search and Rescue Team and works on the local ambulance service. Jim is trained in high angle rescue and works on rock and ice mediums; he also holds a Level III avalanche certification. Jim has extensive wilderness experience ranging from jungles to mountains. In the winter months he directs the Silverton Avalanche School, the historic and premier avalanche training program based in the heart of San Juan Mountains. He is an avid backcountry skier and enjoys climbing mountains year-round.
Phong Duong, J.D., WEMT, Instructor
Phong joined the RMI team to escape the suit and tie lifestyle of the law firm and corporate world. He now enjoys providing legal advice, facilitating government contracts, and assisting in risk management. Prior to RMI, Phong worked as a W-EMT, kayak guide in the San Juan Islands, ski and mountain bike patroller in Park City, Utah, and a corporate attorney in Seattle. In addition to his role as General Counsel, Phong also instructs WFA and WFR courses with RMI. In his free time, he still enjoys crashing on his skis, bikes, and surfboard.
Kate Earle, WEMT/ MPIC, Instructor & Medical Coordination Specialist
Kate has applied her remote medicine skills while riding a horse across Central Mongolia, guiding in remote Western China with pack camels, eradicating Guinea Worm disease in South Sudan, and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the remote Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. After working as an EMT in New Orleans, her passion for remote medicine evolved to match her passion for humanitarian work in disaster and conflict settings. Kate has a Master’s degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance with a concentration in Global Health and Disaster Psychology from the Josef Korbel School, University of Denver. Kate has been an RMI instructor since 2008 and enjoys empowering others with the skills and training to safely and responsibly experience remote environments.
Cameron Fralick, NREMT-B, REMT & Instructor
Raised on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, Cameron gained a great appreciation for the outdoors from a young age. He spends much of his time sailing, skiing, backpacking or traveling abroad every chance that he gets. When not getting lost somewhere on the planet, Cameron enjoys working as an EMT firefighter at his local department, doing high angle rope rescue, volunteering with ski patrol, and captaining whale watch vessels in the San Juan Islands. He currently works for RMI as an EMT on Medical Support missions and as course instructor.
Sandy Fraser, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic & QHSE Advisor
Sandy provides clinical and emergency medical services in a variety of civilian and military environments. His military service included time as a US Navy Search & Rescue Swimmer and a Naval Coastal Warfare Corpsman. He has worked as an independent contract medic in Bosnia, Iraq, and offshore. Sandy is equally at home in the jungle, mountains, desert, and mid-ocean. At home near the Great Lakes, he enjoys boating, diving, sailing, and restoring antique firearms and vehicles. He is an instructor for rope rescue, wilderness medicine, and advanced provider remote medical care.
Marika Geertz, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Marika has worked for Remote Medical International as a medic on various assignments such as ships, pipelines, and Air Force bases. She currently resides in Cody, WY and is enrolled in an RN program. In her free time, Marika enjoys fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and river rafting.
Christina Goodin, NREMT-P Remote Paramedic
Christina is an NREMT-P who works on call as a remote-area and offshore paramedic. Christina has spent the last eight years working as a paramedic for a busy urban/rural ambulance in Skagit County. After recently becoming a mother of twin boys she is now enjoying being a mom and taking her family on many outdoor adventures.
Pete Green, AREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Prior to working for RMI, Pete served as an integral part of an Armed Close Protection Team in Iraq. Pete's background includes twenty-two years in the British Army Infantry, eighteen of which he spent as a combat medic with his battalion, all the while dragging along (kicking and screaming) his wife of twenty-three years. He served operationally in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mersey Side with overseas exercises in Norway, Kenya, Germany, Canada, Poland, Cyprus, and Jordan. Pete now resides in Larnaca ,Cyprus and Hereford, UK where he is an avid scuba diver and a member of the Viking Divers Larnaca family as a PADI Divemaster, BSAC Dive Leader, SDI Solo Diver, and EFR Instructor. He has set up and run military diving expeditions to Belize (Blue Hole) and the Red Sea (Hurghada).
Nora Hellman, RN, Instructor
Based in Bozeman, Montana, Nora is an ER nurse with a passion for remote and relief medicine. She provided medical care in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and the subsequent cholera epidemic. When she is not teaching or nursing, Nora enjoys being outside with trail running, skiing, and biking as her favorite pastimes. Nora also enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking and she can usually be found alongside her paramedic/ski patroller husband and border collie, Diego, on these adventure.
Mandy Hengeveld, RN, Instructor
Mandy Hengeveld is an RN based out of North Vancouver, Canada with an incredible passion for remote nursing. If she is not at her home base of Lion's Gate Hospital Emergency, she is likely putting her skills to the test at a remote nursing station in Northern Canada. Her love for remote medicine started ten years ago when, as a volunteer on a coral reef conservation project on Namu Atoll in the Marshall Islands, her teammate got crushed by a coconut tree and thankfully survived to tell the tale. Since that day, Mandy has strived to continue building her knowledge and skills in the field of remote medicine to benefit her own wilderness adventures and bring healthcare to those who would otherwise have limited access.
Mark Howder, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
As a paramedic with extensive international experience, Mark has practiced in remote areas such as Iraq, Mozambique, Somalia, and Kenya. Mark has also put his paramedic skills to good use in the US as a California firefighter and a firefighter/medic for NASCAR races. Always up for an adventure, Mark caught the travel bug early while growing up on an Air Force Base in England. He attended university on a football scholarship at Midwestern Sate University in Texas. His passion for sports and travel are still strong, and he currently lives in Germany where he plays and coaches for a regional championship-winning national rugby-bundesliga team.
Jasmine Jackson-Richards, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic & Instructor
Jasmine is a paramedic, instructor, and river guide living and working in Northern California. When not teaching RMI courses, she works as a paramedic providing coverage to a large rural and urban area. Jasmine holds a strong drive for continued education and is an active instructor for ACLS, PALS, and ITLS at a local community college. Jasmine’s lifelong passion for playing in the wilderness has led her to become a whitewater river guide and instructor. Her guiding career has taken her to several countries where she worked in remote locations. When not working Jasmine spends her time on the river with her friends, family, and dog.
Tamira Jenlink, WEMT, Instructor
Tamira has worked in the outdoor industry teaching, professionally guiding, and facilitating group dynamics for the last twenty years. The last ten years have been dedicated to her own company, Vertical Ventures Inc. (V2.) Through developing V2, Tamira has focused her passions for connecting people with the outdoors. Tamira also works in search and rescue and with a local fire department in the Boulder, Colorado area. When Tamira is not sharing these brilliant spaces with others, she can be found back-country skiing, climbing, mountain biking, road-riding, or otherwise partaking in the great outdoors. You will most likely find her beautiful husky, Tikaani, along for the ride.
Thaddeus Josephson, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic, Instructor
Thaddeus has worked as an RMI instructor and remote site paramedic since 2008. His passion for high adventure and outdoor pursuits led to his current work as a full time paramedic in Bozeman, Montana where he is able to make the most of his professional and recreational interests. Thaddeus began his EMS career on ski patrol and with Gallatin County Search and Rescue. He has participated in countless rescue operations as a member of the helicopter, alpine, and hasty teams,and most recently as a paramedic for Bozeman AMR's Reach and Treat Team where he providies ALS resources to backcountry rescue. In his free time, Thaddeus enjoys skiing, climbing, mountain biking, bow hunting, and anything else that keeps him in the mountains.
Mitch Kadlec, NREMT-P, Instructor
Mitch Kadlec works as a paramedic for Skagit County Medic One in the Skagit Valley of northwest Washington. Mitch has a background in wildland firefighting with the US Forest Service where he's worked in many capacities such as Interagency Hotshot Crews, Helicopter Rappelling, and other types of fire management. Mitch has been a member of search and rescue in the North Cascades and swift water rescue teams. He enjoys the full variety of outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Andy Kimmell, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Andy Kimmell received his paramedic training at the Joint Special Operations Training Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He spent six years in the Army as a combat medic and special operations fight medic. His experiences in the military have given him a passion for austere medicine. Andy lives in Portland, Oregon and is currently working as a remote site paramedic and instructor. When not at work, he enjoys shooting, camping, and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Faith Klida, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Faith brings ten years of rescue operations experience to RMI. She has worked as an EMT and paramedic in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a mountain rescue with Teton County Search and Rescue, and she has served as a member of Durango Fire Rescue. With a background in medicine, swiftwater rescue, high-angle rope work, and structure firefighting, she thoroughly enjoys the challenges of remote settings.
Cody Knauss, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic & Instructor
Though he currently calls the Rockies home, Washington-grown Cody Knauss states that his heart will always belong to the Cascades. In 2007 Cody attended a summer-long WEMT class that opened a new world and launched his EMS career working in Denver on an ambulance, in an ER, and as a ski patroller. He is now an RMI paramedic which brings together his two greatest passions: helping others and being outdoors. When not deployed for RMI, he still spends time on an ambulance in the Denver area, but fly-fishing and all things related to it take up the majority of his free thoughts and leisure time.
Loreen Lock, Paramedic, Field Operations Manager
With over seventeen years of experience as a medical professional working in international and remote environments, Loreen has worked in Antarctica, Africa, Europe, South America, Greenland, and India. While serving as an HSE medic on seismic research vessels, Loreen conducted post-incident investigations, consulted on emergency response and medevac plans, directed pre and post-deployment briefings, and ran safety committee meetings off the coasts of India, East and West Africa, and North and South America. During one of many deployments in Antarctica, Loreen assisted in the first surgery performed at the South Pole. She currently oversees quality control and assurance for a medical staff of over 100 and serves on RMI’s Curriculum & Protocol Committee with N-REMT-P, ACLS, PALS, BOSIET, and HUET certifications.
Kristen Looper, WEMT, Instructor
After graduating with a degree in classical theatre from Chicago, Kristen moved to Alaska where she transitioned into the role of teaching rock and ice climbing. From there, her love of the outdoors turned into a career of guiding mountains for the American Alpine Institute and working ski patrol in Utah, Colorado, and Idaho. Through her years in the backcountry, she developed a passion for wilderness medicine and enjoys spreading her enthusiasm through teaching.
Lucas Martin, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Lucas is currently a United States Air Force Reserve Pararescueman (PJ) in the 304th Rescue Squadron. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Lucas has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in both Combat Search and Rescue and Civil Search and Rescue. When he is not training or deployed, he enjoys being active and staying fit in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Lucas can also often be found at one of the many local cafes where he enjoys reading.
Dan McDermott, NREMT-P, Instructor
Dan McDermott is a paramedic firefighter for Whatcom County Medic One and has been working for the Bellingham Fire Department since 2001. Dan’s interest in emergency medicine started after a WEMT course in 1999 and has continued throughout his recreational and professional life. During his free time, Dan works with ski patrol at Mt. Baker and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and biking. He is a nationally registered paramedic, ACLS instructor, and CPR instructor.
Miles Mcdonough, WEMT, Instructor
Miles grew up in Wichita, KS and went to school at Carleton College in Minnesota. After graduating in 2004, he took a road trip out to Seattle, fell in love with the Cascades, and has called them home ever since. He is the membership chair with Everett Mountain Rescue, a rescue technician with the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team, and an EMT for both teams. When not adventuring in the backcountry, Miles volunteers to help run the Seattle Mountaineers' Alpine First Aid program.
David McGaughey, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Travis McKown, NREMT-P, Instructor
Travis was born in Long Beach, California but transplanted to rural northern California at the age of eight. Growing up, Travis joined the Volunteer Fire Department as an explorer at the age of fourteen and only had a break in the fire/EMS service for his brief enlistment in the US Army and deployment to Iraq. Since then, Travis has worked for state, federal, and private organizations with his Associates in Emergency Medicine and Firefighter qualifications. When not on an ambulance in Redding, California or teaching for RMI, he spends his time backpacking, guiding white water, and traveling.
Alex Merkle, PA-C, Remote Physician Assistant
Alex is delighted to be a part of the RMI team. He has gathered almost two decades of experience throughout all facets of medical care. While not working with RMI, he is on staff at several Tahoe area hospitals in both the Emergency Department as well as the Trauma/Critical Care teams. In his free time, Alex volunteers with the local Search and Rescue team and serves in the military reserves. Prior to attending the University of California at Davis Medical School, he spent many years working in the fire service and providing backcountry care.
Brent Molsberry, WEMT, Instructor
In addition to being a professional sea kayak guide and USCG Captain, Brent has been an active WEMT since 2000 working as a ski patroller in Deer Valley, Utah and as a volunteer firefighter in Whatcom County, Washington since 1999. When not working, he may be found climbing, hiking, skiing, kayaking, sailing, or adventure racing.
Carrie Parker, NREMT-P, Instructor, Remote Paramedic
Carrie Parker has worked for RMI since 2010. She also currently works for Albuquerque Ambulance Service in Albuquerque, NM as a paramedic. She has guided mountains professionally for six years, first with Rainier Mountaineering Inc and now with Alpine Ascents International in Seattle. Carrie's passion for teaching wilderness medicine has taken her worldwide. In 2011, Carrie was part of a team of American instructors to teach the first EMT-B class to Haitian students. In 2013, Carrie acted as a climbing instructor for the Khumbu Climbing School in Phortse, Nepal, teaching safe climbing techniques to Sherpas. Carrie is involved with the Albuquerque Mountain rescue team and has worked rope access contracts for East River Rigging out of Brooklyn, NY. A 5.13 rock climber, you may find Carrie scaling the sandstone cliffs of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge in the fall.
Wendy Paton, NREMT-P, Instructor
Wendy entered the medical field right out of high school by enrolling in Bellevue College's Radiology Technology Program. On completion she worked as an RT for a few years before pursuing a twelve-year career with Bellingham Fire as the first female paramedic/firefighter in the department. She "retired" in 2000 to run a very successful alpaca farm putting her medical experience to use on four legged patients. She currently volunteers for South Lake Whatcom Fire District 18, teaches EMT classes at Skagit Valley College, and First Aid and CPR for local companies. Wendy keeps active with soccer, trail running, horseback riding, and backpacking with her dogs and family.
Kate Peters, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic, Instructor
Kate moved to the west coast from England at a young age and has lived and worked in the Central Oregon area for over seven years. She has always wanted to work and educate in the EMS field. Kate attended paramedic school at Central Oregon Community College while volunteering for the Redmond Fire Department. She has since had the opportunity to be a paramedic for two metro ambulance companies and a single resource paramedic on wildland fires. In her spare time, Kate stays busy outdoors exploring the mountains, desert, and forest that surround Bend, Oregon. She enjoys biking and spends most of her spare time figuring out where and when she can get out on two wheels. When the snow is falling, you can find her skiing the backcountry.
Janet Peterson, DrPH, WEMT, Instructor
Janet is a professor of health and human performance at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon where she teaches anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and exercise physiology. She has her doctorate in public health with an emphasis in preventive care and a master’s in exercise physiology. Janet has been involved in the medical field for many years and developed an interest in wilderness medicine while training for the Mt. Waterman Nordic Ski Patrol. She enjoys leading newbies on backpacking, climbing, and winter camping trips. You will also find Janet volunteering as a medic at cyclocross races, for the local fire department, and providing fitness testing for Fire/EMS providers. When not working or volunteering, Janet enjoys spending time climbing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing.
Nathan Quinn, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic & Instructor
After completing his service in the Army, Nathan spent four years in Asia helping out after the 2004 tsunami, teaching English, and working on dive boats. He then took fully to the seas as a freediving and sailing Instructor, diesel mechanic, and Captain. Serving as a medical officer on various ships, Nathan coordinated a number of remote evacuations while traversing the Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, and Bahamas. When not working for RMI, you'll find Nathan volunteering in Haiti and Africa or falling off his kiteboard.
Evan Rees, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Evan began his career in EMS working as an experiential educator in New Mexico where he was part of a search and rescue team. Soon after, he took an EMT-B class and began working in EMS full time. Evan has been a volunteer firefighter/EMT since 1991 and finished paramedic school in 1994. He has worked for the Department of Public Health, on a Mobile Intensive Care transport unit, for a rural 911 service, and as an aeromedical critical care paramedic. He is a member of the NM DMAT1 team for FEMA and a certified Critical Care & Tactical paramedic. In his free time, Evan enjoys whitewater paddling, camping, fishing, and motorcycling. He spends his winters skiing, and scuba diving whenever possible.
David Reynolds, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Dave grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He began his career in the late ‘70s with the Alpine Rescue Team. Thanks to his mentors, he completed his EMT course while still in high school. Days after his eighteenth birthday, Dave obtained his first EMS certification and started the paramedic program. Dave has worked for many agencies in urban, rural, and remote for over thirty years. He has been a career EMS field provider, EMS chief, and flight paramedic. When not deployed by RMI, Dave coordinates the Critical Care Paramedic Program at a college near his home. He enjoys all of the things time in the mountains of Colorado provide.
Phoebe Robinson, EMT-B/RN, Instructor
Phoebe is an instructor with the Training Group and EMT-B/RN for the Medical Support Group. She is originally from Maine but currently is living in New Hampshire and working as a nurse in an emergency room. Phoebe graduated from Prescott College in 2004 with a degree in Wilderness Leadership/Psychology and worked as a wilderness therapy guide for at-risk kids before going back to school for nursing. Since becoming an RN in 2007, she has worked in the ICU and the ER and has taken her nursing skills on humanitarian trips to the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Phoebe at times has also been a river guide, ski patroller, and horse trainer.
Adam Russell, REMT, Training Program Manager
Adam operates as Training Program Manager and holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology, a Remote EMT, Medical Care Personal in Charge, and is an instructor of Permaculture Design. He has worked as a volunteer fire fighter EMT on rural ambulances and taught part of the first EMT course in Port Au Prince Haiti. He has spent the past decade in remote areas of the North Cascades as an educator and alpinist.
Adam Shain, PA-C, Remote Physician Assistant
Adam Shain is a remote site physician assistant with a background in emergency and wilderness medicine. Adam completed PA training and received a master’s degree in medical science from Yale University School of Medicine in 2009. It was as a climbing guide that Adam initially became a WFR and subsequently a WEMT during his twenty-year experience climbing rock and ice. Also an avid skier, Adam moved to Seattle and began working with RMI in 2011.
D.J. Smith, NREMT-P, Instructor
D.J. has worked as a remote site paramedic since 2001 providing medical care in austere environments throughout the world. His diverse medical background ranges from tactical medicine to medical humanitarian assistance projects. D.J. has extensive experience providing medical support internationally, establishing remote site clinics, and conducting long-range helicopter evacuations. He is an NREMT-P, Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and Certified Flight Paramedic. D.J. is currently studying at the University of Washington’s MEDEX Physician Assistant Training program in Seattle. He is most often found drinking a cup of coffee while studying but would rather be rambling in the Cascades, cycling, or skiing.
Michael Spencer, WEMT, Region Manager, East Africa
With a BA in Architecture from Montana State University, Michael founded Studio [re] Design and Development, a design firm specializing in NGOs and for-profit companies in East Africa and the U.S., and Kenhome Construction, a sustainable housing company in Kenya. These experiences, combined with over eight years working as a WEMT-B and RMI Training instructor, positioned Michael for his role as Region Manager for East Africa where he works to expand the RMI brand across Africa. When he is not in the office or traveling for RMI, he enjoys guiding on the technical peaks of Mount Kenya and elsewhere for African Ascents Ltd., exploring the African bush in his unreliable but lovable old Land Rover Defender, and partaking in a good game of adrenaline inducing Montana mountain croquet.
Tristin Suhonen, PA-C, Remote Physician Assistant
Tristin was born in Canada and served in the USMC in two tours in the heat of Iraq as an infantry man. He gravitated towards RMI to help make the wilderness safe for adventurers of all types. Tristin cut his teeth in the medical field supporting medevacs in Iraq for fellow marines and went on to pursue his PA degree in 2010. Prior to joining RMI, he worked in cardiology and an emergency room in rural Wisconsin. Tristin keeps his fitness and travel skills sharp by participating in his passion of triathlons internationally in places like Wales and Norway.
David Svobodny, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic, Instructor
Dave began his ten-year guiding career whitewater rafting in the great state of Alaska. During this time he earned his WFR and eventually his EMT-B. After working briefly in oil policy, Dave joined the pro-patrol at Eaglecrest Ski area in Juneau. During this time he worked on the local mountain rescue team and as an EMT with the fire department. In response to a desire for more patient care, Dave went on to earn his paramedic certification. His deployments have taken him across the US, South Pacific, South America, and Haiti. Currently Dave can be found teaching one of Remote Medicals classes or deployed as a Paramedic.
Christina Thompson, WEMT, Instructor
Christina currently works as a climbing ranger in the North Cascades National Park which she regards as one of the greatest places on earth. Her work within the National Park Service over the last nine years has taken her to Rocky Mountain, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, the Tetons, and Glacier where she has primarily worked as a backcountry ranger. During winters she has ski patrolled in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and traveled extensively. Christina has a degree in environmental science and music from the University of Michigan.
Jarod Trow, NREMT-P Remote Paramedic, Instructor
When not deployed for the Medical Support division or teaching a course for the Training division, Jarod is a paramedic/firefighter with the city of Bellingham. He also works in the aid room at Mt. Baker Ski Area and has been a rope rescue instructor since 1999. Jarod is an avid photographer and also enjoys climbing, biking, and paddle boarding. Prior to his move to the Pacific Northwest, Jarod completed a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism at Colorado State University which led him to a position as head of operations for the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association.
Amber Valenti, MPAS, PA-C, Instructor
Amber joined RMI in 2008 as a WEMT instructor and now shares her contagious passion for teaching and practicing remote medicine as a physician assistant. She has been involved in rescue and remote medicine since 2003, working as a backcountry guide, remote medical provider, instructor, and ski patroller. Amber has also been guiding and exploring wild rivers the world over for nearly a decade. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, Davis in Exercise and Environmental physiology in 2006. In 2011, Amber completed her graduate education at Oregon Health and Science University to become a physician assistant.
Callie Wade, Medical Coordination Specialist
Callie grew up in Seattle and took advantage of the location to backpack, ski, ride horses, sail, and row. She discovered that she was passionate about wilderness medicine while cleaning a pig's foot during a high school WFA class. Callie attended her first RMI WEMT class in 2009. She graduated from Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2013. She has experience as a search and rescue member, a horsepacking guide, and a college outdoor trip leader. Callie worked as an EMT-B for the campus rescue squad and for a Central Maine ambulance service.
Liana Walta, Remote Paramedic
Liana has been in EMS since 2004, operating in both urban and remote settings with disaster relief work, transport care, and international humanitarian missions. The last few years she has branched out into the offshore maritime industry. In her spare time Liana enjoys fun runs, volunteering, cooking marathons, camping, and playing soccer.
Richard Wilson, NREMT-P, Remote Paramedic
Richard is a paramedic, instructor, and medical student living in Vancouver, WA. When not providing remote medical service or teaching for RMI, Richard is a full time student pursuing a broadened career as a physician assistant. Richards' passion for education and medicine led him to become certified and instruct in many disciplines of rescue and medicine over his fourteen years as a paramedic including time spent as a team leader and member of a regional technical rescue team. He is a certified rescue technician in several disciplines and has instructed classes in swift water rescue, collapsed building, trench, confined space, and high angle rope rescue. When not working or studying, Richard likes to spend his time hiking, camping, and in the water any way he can.
Travis Young, EMT-B/WEMT, Remote EMT
Travis fell in love with emergency medicine while working on merchant ships. With over ten years of experience as a commercial fisherman, crabber, and merchant mariner, he enrolled in an RMI WEMT course and never looked back. When not working for Remote Medical International, Travis tries as hard as possible to get lost in the Olympic National Park. Along with backpacking, he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, and volunteering.