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    2017 Field and Tactical Medical Training Conference

    Instructor Bio’s


    Jeff Tinsley
    Henk Iverson Tactical Systems

    During an extensive career living and working overseas in austere environments, Jeff saw the need for personal skills in the areas of medical preparedness, and personal security.  Jeff is an NREMT-B, and certified SAR Tech, as well as being an NAEMT certified TCCC instructor. Jeff is an instructor with Henk Iverson Tactical Systems (HITS), and is a PTOC instructor with Cubic/NEK. With both organizations he teaches individual combat skills, and trauma care.
    You can get hold of Jeff at


    Mike Rohan
    Dark Angel Medical

    Michael is an instructor for Dark Angel Medical.  He previously served in the US Air Force’s Special Operations as an Independent Duty Medical Technician (Advanced Medic).  Michael is excited to return to the conference as an alumni presenter.  He is passionate about passing on his know how and all of the tricks of the trade to help you provide good medicine in bad places!
    You can get hold of Mike at


    Greg Ellifritz
    Active Response Training

    Greg is a police officer in Ohio (that is like way up north) and the lead instructor for several tactical training organizations.  With a passion for adventure travel, Greg spends an average of six weeks a year exploring third-world countries.  Recognizing that his travels often take him far away from established medical care, he has taken numerous wilderness, tactical and military medical care classes.  So much so that he decided to get an instructor certification in Tactical First Aid.  Having provided medical care for both himself and his traveling companions in austere conditions on six continents; he now teaches medical courses for police officers, corporations and individuals through his company, Active Response Training
    You can get hold of the Beefcake at


    William Aprill
    Aprill Risk Consulting


    William Aprill is a licensed mental health professional with over 19 years of experience across the continuum of clinical care.  He presently maintains a private practice and consultancy specializing in post-traumatic interventions and other disciplines.  William is a former deputy sheriff (Orleans Parish, LA, Criminal Sheriff’s Office) and Special Deputy US Marshal (Eastern District of Louisiana).  He is a decorated competitive shooter and has taught civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel in various fighting skills since 1990.  Aprill has been instructor rated by several top-tier trainers and studying under many of the most influential members of the combative arts community.   

    You can get hold of the good doctor at 



    Laruen Pugliese, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
    Active Response Training


    Lauren is a veterinary surgeon in the Indianapolis area.  After graduating from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed a general internship, specialty internship, and research fellowship prior to completing her residency and Masters degree at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center.  She teaches pet emergency planning and care through Active Response Training throughout the United States.
    You can reach Dr. Pugliese at




    Andrew Anderson, MD, NREMT-P
    University of Mississippi Medical Center


    Let’s just say that doctor Anderson has a thing for emergency medicine.  He stays pretty busy with the university as an Associate Professor for the School of Medicine-Department of Emergency Medicine and a few other specialties throughout the campus; providing knowledge to eager minds.  When he’s not sharing his medical know-how with students, he dresses up like a ninja and provides medical aid/support to other ninjas.  Doctor Anderson also happens to be a Major with the Mississippi State Guard.  In his non-existent down-time, Andrew can be found drilling Paramedic students over at Hinds Community College as their Medical Director.  Andrew is as much of a training sponge as he is a teacher, so don’t be surprised if HE asks YOU questions. 

    Craig Caudill
    Nature Reliance School

    Craig Caudill is the Owner/Director off Nature Reliance School.  He is also the author of the book Extreme Wilderness Survival published by Page Street Publishing and distributed by Macmillin Publishing.  Craig has worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense as well as various federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies teaching wilderness survival, tracking and other related outdoor pursuits.  He also teaches hundreds of students each year in programs for families and individuals.  He is a regular guest on educational television and news segments on the topics of survival and preparedness.  He writes regularly for survival related magazines, has an active YouTube channel, and a syndicated newspaper column on these topics in his home state of Kentucky.
    You can reach Craig at


    Jennifer Wiese ATC, LAT

    Jennifer is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.  She has been licensed by the State of Texas and nationally certified by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers since 2006.  Jennifer advanced from being the assistant athletic trainer for several years, at Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Texas and now is a medical terminology teacher and coach of the JV Girls Soccer team at Saginaw High.  Wiese likes to offer a “get you back into the game” thought process when dealing with field injuries.  Coach Wiese loves to expand her health care knowledge across different disciplines and crosses her area of expertise with her hobbies; like being one of the original “Medicine X” students ever.  Did we mention she was the only woman in the class and showed the boys HOW IT IS DONE!


    Mike Ehlers NRP, CCP, TP-C

    Mike is currently a full time Paramedic supervisor with MEDIC EMS.  He is also a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic for a local fire department back in his home state, Iowa.  Mike is a true public safety aficionado; he is also a Reserve Deputy at the Sheriff’s Office and is one of their SWAT Medics.  While not deciding on which uniform to wear or when he’s not sleeping; he enjoys learning and training in all sorts of subjects.  Some of subjects are advanced airway techniques with sensory deprivation to explosive breaching to dealing with hazardous materials like live VX just to keep things interesting. 


    Chris Stoehner
    XSA International, LLC

    Chris ‘Doc’ Stoehner began his tour of service while in high school working On the Job Training for the local police department. Since that time he has served worldwide with the United States Navy & Marine Corps team as a Hospital Corpsman and Fleet Marine Force Warfare Expert. Since honorably ending his military service Chris has served the people and the state of New Mexico as a reserve police officer with multiple agencies for 10 years now. He currently serves at the Lake Arthur Police Department’s Special Tactics Division as the Tactical EMS Sergeant. Chris started into the training and consulting industry during college with the recognition that modern training approaches leave many students out in the cold, and many agencies displaced from effective training methods. His company XSA International, LLC recognizes that research shows a lack of training is directly related to the Post Traumatic Stress response and the goal of XSA International coursework is to mitigate that response by providing comprehensive training to personnel prior to a traumatic experience.
    You can reach Doc Stoehner at


    Kerry Davis
    Dark Angel Medical

    Kerry has spent the majority of his life providing care for the critically ill and injured patients in a variety of environments around the world.  He spent 10 years active duty and five years reserve duty in the United States Air Force as a Combat Medic, Flight Medic-Airborne, Instructor and was deployed to numerous locations worldwide with both US and foreign militaries.  Upon separation from the military, Kerry worked as a civilian paramedic while obtaining his licensure as a Registered Nurse, which he received in 2003.  Davis worked as an instructor with Magpul Dynamics from 2009-2011 and after leaving there, he formed Dark Angel Medical, LLC in 2011.  He is also currently a firearms and Tac Med instructor with SIG Sauer Academy.
    You can get hold of Kerry at    


    Morgan Atwood
    BFE Labs

    Morgan is the owner and director of “BFE Labs” based out of New Mexico.  He is a former rural EMT and Wildland Firefighter.  He has spent his entire life as an outdoorsman and resident of backcountry and austere environments.  In addition to running BFE Labs, he is currently the director of operations for a remote cattle ranch which includes being responsible for security, medical and disaster planning.  Not to mention the training and response of the ranch’s personnel.
    You can reach Morgan at


    Justin Romanello
    Dynamic Conditions Consulting

    Mr. Romanello has been involved with saving lives for nearly twenty years and has done such all over the world to include providing care to ill climbers from the clutches of Mt. Everest as well as those in harm’s way in the Middle East. He began his career working civilian emergency medical services in both rural and urban environments. Upon leaving the civilian world, he has worked in various capacities as a contracted employee for the Department of State to include domestic duties as well as positions in Afghanistan and Iraq. More recently, Mr. Romanello has served as a Senior Specialist and Training Officer in the private sector providing medical evacuation and security extraction worldwide.  Working for an internationally known provider he has successfully been involved with thousands of missions and has multiple deployments internationally and domestically.  He is a certified instructor in multiple disciplines and is recognized by FLETA as a Federal Law Enforcement Instructor. Throughout his career Mr. Romanello has taken courses through and been trained by the American Heart Association, National Association of EMT's, International Trauma Life Support, BSR Inc, Gryphon Group Security, National Outdoor Leadership School, Air and Surface Nurse Association, National Tactical Officers Association, National Fire Protection Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of State as well as other private and federal training programs.
    You can get hold of this globetrotting medic at


    Chris LaCava, M.S., L.Ac.
    LaCava’s Beat ‘Em & Treat ‘Em Seminars

    Chris is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Connecticut and has been in private practice for over 10 years.  Chris graduated from one of the oldest Accredited Acupuncture Schools in the United States, completed a two and a half year apprenticeship with the head of the Japanese Acupuncture Department; Emilie Connor, P.T., L.Ac. and travels to Asia for additional training in both Acupuncture and Martial Arts. As well as having a private Acupuncture practice, he has been a faculty member at Tri-State College of Acupuncture and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Bridgeport's Acupuncture Institute”.
    You can reach this healing ninja at


    Tom Rader

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that, he was a paramedic somewhere in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14’ers (warrior hippie talk for 14K foot-mountains) in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps, and teaches wilderness medicine.
    You don’t get hold of Doc Rader… he gets hold of you.


    Laura Ball, RN, BSN, CEN, TNCC

    “I’ve spent the past 12 years in emergency medicine and almost 20 years in healthcare.  That’s all they need to know.”  - Her words.
    Laura is a pretty down to earth woman that takes a no-nonsense approach to life and medicine.  Her sense of humor is just as sharp as her medical skills.    


    Sam Coffman
    The Human Path

    Sam began his medical education in the military as a U.S. Special Forces Medic (aka Green Beret medic) in 1989.  At around that same time, he became highly interested in plant medicine as a way to provide health care in remote regions with a minimum of medical supplies, both for acute care and trauma as well as for chronic conditions.  Sam founded and runs a survival school near San Antonio, Texas called The Human Path.  He also co-founded a non-profit called Herbal Medics; that travels to remote regions in Central America to create water filtration, run herbal clinics, and teach self-sustainability in food and medicine.
    You can reach Sam either out in the bush or at   


    Dr. Sherman A. House, DDS
    The People’s Dentist

    Dr. House has been an emergency health care provider his entire adult life. He began his service as an Emergency Medical Technician and Fireman in Western Washington State. He also worked concurrently during that time as an armored truck guard, and participated in security operations at the WTO riots in Seattle, in 1999. He graduated with dual degrees in Biology and Philosophy from Gonzaga University. While enrolled in dental school, Dr. House was a firearms instructor and Medical Program Director for Tactical Response in Camden, TN. He later graduated from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, and the Metro General Hospital Residency program, where he served as the program’s Chief Resident. Following graduation, he went to work immediately, serving the medically indigent community of Middle Tennessee, as well as working in corrections dentistry, and military dentistry for the Army National Guard. He currently works in a dental office that emphasizes emergency, same-day treatment for their diverse, medically-complex patient population. Dr. House lives and works in Nashville, TN. He has been published in multiple tactical, scientific and dental publications, and is the essayist behind, “Revolver Science.”


    Eric Soderlund
    ITS Tactical

    Detective Eric Soderlund has worked with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years and is currently assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit.  Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Eric spent 8 years as a Military Policeman in the US Army which included working on the CENTCOME CINC’s PSD Team.  During his time at the Sheriff’s Office he has help bring awareness to the need for medical training and equipment and assisted with a program to get tourniquets issued to all patrol Deputies.  Eric has continued his first responder medical training by graduating the FL SWAT Assoc. Tactical Medic School (LEO Cadre Instructor), graduate of EMT-B school from JTM Training Group, and is an Advisory Board Member on the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) and heading the Hasty Breaching working group.  Eric has also written several articles for ITS Tactical on tactical medicine, law enforcement, personal protection, and other related subjects.
    You can get hold of Eric at


    W. D. G.  (aka Whiskey Delta Gulf)
    Whiskey Delta Gulf (blog-of-awesome)

    WDG is a Canadian infantryman turned Medic, turned Physician Assistant.  He’s been to the Balkans a few times.  He’s been to the Sandbox a few times.  WDG has dropped some brass and got his gloves bloody.  He is a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor, First Aid Instructor, and Tactical Firearms Instructor for the military and a few private companies.  His blog, Whiskey Delta Gulf is full of all sorts of information on tactical medicine and tactical firearms.  Whiskey has also been extensively involved with creating solid curriculum for an online tactical medicine course for law enforcement officers.
    You can reach WDG at


    Nate Morrison
    RIKR Defense

    Nate has spent his life in the service of others by serving as a PJ in the US Air Force and now on Active Duty status with the US Army.  His passion for sharing real-world experience and his enjoyment of bucking the system when it comes to medicine is obvious to those around him.  Morrison is also a published author and has written several articles about maximizing the human body and mind for combat.  He is truly a quiet professional and a humble teacher with a talent for sharing knowledge.
    You can get hold of Nate at 


    Michael Rohan
    Dark Angel Medical

    Michael is an Instructor for Dark Angel Medical, he previously served in Air Force Special Operations as an Independent Duty Medical Technician (advanced medic). Michael is excited to pass on his know how and all of the tricks of the trade to help you provide good medicine in bad places!
    You can get hold of Mike at


    Caleb Causey
    Lone Star Medics

    Caleb has been a medic involved with field and tactical medicine for over 15 years.  Causey spent four years as a Combat Medic in the US Army; with multiple deployments to the Balkan regions.  After the military, he served six years as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT with the Benbrook Fire Department.  During that time, Caleb had the honor of being the SWAT Medic with the Benbrook Police Department’s SWAT team.  Since Lone Star Medics started in 2009; Caleb has traveled across the US teaching medical courses, presented at national and international conferences, published articles, and provided professional consulting services.  He is the owner and director of training for the field and tactical medical training company, Lone Star Medics.
    You can get hold of Caleb at