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    Instructors

    The Patriot Nurse
    The Patriot Nurse is an RN, with a BSN. In addition to her work in the United States, she has also traveled extensively for medical mission work to impoverished and isolated areas around the globe. Of her work, Patriot Nurse says, “I take a very balanced approach to prepping that is decidedly reason-based. Many people, after prepping for some time, begin to realize their preps are covered in the food and weapons arenas, but the ‘Band-Aids’ area looks lean. Select individuals realize that medical preparedness is decidedly less glitzy, but it is integral to a well-rounded plan for thriving during times of difficulty. My work fills that void for the average person, equipping him with the knowledge and the skills to thrive in times of difficulty and disaster alike.”

    Dr. Lauren Pugliese, DVM
    Lauren Pugliese is a veterinarian with a special interest in dog and cat surgery who practices at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. On a daily basis, she performs a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures. When Dr. Pugliese is not in surgery, she can be found teaching the rookies how it’s done at the university.

    Dr. Sherman A. House, DDS – The People’s Dentist
    Dr. House is a Hospital Dentist, and currently is the Clinical Director for the La Paz Clinic, in Nashville Tennessee, where he provides emergent and urgent dental treatment to the Hispanic population of Middle Tennessee. He also operates his own clinical consulting and training service. He is “THE PEOPLE’S DENTIST!”

    Kerry Davis, RN – Dark Angel Medical
    Kerry is a former USAF flight medic and paramedic who has been a Critical Care/ER RN for the last 10 years. He has spent the last 21 years of his life taking care of people and wanted to bring that knowledge and experience to others. He formed his company, Dark Angel Medical, LLC in 2011 and still contracts with Magpul Dynamics and is an instructor for SIG Sauer Academy.

    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.

    Brian Brown – Team Rubicon
    Brian has been working with some of the best teams in search and rescue (SAR) & disaster response teams for several years now. He’s been to some pretty horrific disaster events throughout the US and even overseas following the typhoon that hit the Philippines in 2013. Brian has literally, first-hand knowledge and experience in working as both layperson and as a professional rescuer in austere conditions. He’ll be sharing some of that knowledge with us at the conference.

    Justin Romanello – Dynamic Conditions Consulting
    Justin has been a Lead Operational Medical Instructor for the Department of State in the Special Skills Branch of the Diplomatic Security Training Center responsible for the instruction of emergency medical procedures used in the tactical environment. More recently, Justin has served as Deputy Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the private company providing medical services to the Department of State in the country of Iraq. He was directly responsible for the mentoring and management of over forty EMT's and paramedics, the daily operations of pre-hospital medical services, as well as training and oversight of the EMS program at multiple locations throughout the country. In addition he was the project manager for the medical oversight of all Diplomatic Security Worldwide Personal Protective Services contracted medics in Iraq. He is a certified instructor in multiple disciplines and is recognized by FLETA as a Federal Law Enforcement Instructor. Justin is the owner and founder of Dynamic Conditions Consulting. His company provides training and consulting for the tactical medical industry.

    Tim Keller
    Tim has worked for a private security company and was the supervising EMT for one of the largest amusement parks in the US. Tim also works as a volunteer on his local fire department, responding to some of the most unique and entertaining 911 calls you’ll ever hear about.

    Chris LaCava, M.S., L.Ac. – Holistic Healing & Martial Arts Center
    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"

    Dr. Karen Allen, OD
    Dr. Allen is a therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist. She has been practicing in the Dallas area for 13 years, and concentrates on primary eye care. She also does specialty contact lens fits and co-management of LASIK and other ocular surgeries. Karen is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hunting and fishing. When you see her, be sure to ask her what has been the strangest thing she’s ever had to remove from an eye.

    Jackson McWade, NRP - Dark Angel Medical
    Jackson is currently a critical care paramedic with Children’s National Medical Center Division of Transport Medicine in Washington, DC and an instructor for Dark Angel Medical. As former senior medical consultant for Executive Force Protection Tactical Medical Group, he has trained law enforcement and force protection teams across the country and the world. He is a graduate of the International School of Tactical Medicine and a certified TCCC/PHTLS instructor. Jackson is proud to have been part of a team of paramedics that implemented the PHTLS program in the country of Singapore. He is a life-long student of medicine who is always looking for opportunities to learn and improve his practice.

    PJ Packard, AKA "Mongo" – RSKTKR Consulting
    PJ is a Firefighter/Paramedic in one of Florida's largest and busiest counties with 11 years in service. He has copious amounts of experience in patient care in the field, covering everything from vehicular trauma to industrial accidents and GSW's. Being in a state frequently hit by storms and hurricanes has provided numerous opportunities for him to be first on-scene for disaster relief as well. PJ came to RSKTKR Consulting as an experienced Firefighter/Paramedic with a great combination of proficiency, teaching ability, and skillset as well as a great passion for the students and passing on that knowledge. His ability to break it down, runs with our philosophy of giving the student a simple and concise way to deal with problems presented to them in a stressful situation.

    William April – April Risk Consulting
    William is a licensed mental health professional with over 15 years of experience across the continuum of care. He presently maintains a private practice and consultancy specializing in post-traumatic interventions and other disciplines, and is the founder of the training company April Risk Consulting. April is also a former deputy sheriff with Orleans Parish, LA and as a Special Deputy US Marshal. Through his company, William has presented his material on violent criminals and their decision-making, defensive incident aftermath, mindset development and defensive preparedness at the national level. He has been a guest speaker at several conferences across the US and we’re fortunate to have him here this year.

    Mike Rohan
    Michael is an Active Duty Medic that provides healthcare as an Independent Duty Medical Technician. Mike has experience working with various units overseas & stateside which placed him in austere locations and situations. These experiences expanded his knowledge beyond basic clinical care and forced him to think outside the box with regards to medical treatment. Mike has also worked as a Volunteer Wildland Fire/EMS responder in rural Montana. Mike has been a combat medical instructor and mentor to younger medics for several years and is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to his courses.

    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 organziations. 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.

    Jason Wyman – Muzzle Front
    With four years as a medic in the military, Jason served with a ground unit in Iraq and later transferred to an aviation unit. He’s wored with all types of ground forces from around the globe until his return home in 2007. After his military service, Wyman then attended college and was the first MA in Maine General’s history to go from a clinical setting to an operating room. This allowed him to provide continuous care from point of injury to long term care. Jason is Reality Based Training certified through USKMA and is always a student of all aspects of medicine.

    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.

    Miachael “Griff” Griffith
    “Griff” is a US Army Veteran who has spent 13 years as a Combat Medical Specialist and a Flight Medic. He has worked with Light Infantry units, Air/Mechanized Cavalry units, and in an advanced Combat Support Hospital after 9/11. His clinical work includes two years at an Urgent Care in Juneau, Alaska. Currently he is the Medical Trainer and a member of the Executive Committee of the Juneau Community Emergency Response Team.

    Chris Stoehner – XSA International
    Chris Stoehner is the owner of XSA International, LLC. Leveraging his experience in tactical medicine as a Navy Hospital Corpsman (FMF) and as a Tactical EMS provider for a multi jurisdictional Emergency Response Team Chris has a goal of saving lives by providing training in the most relevant tactics, techniques, and procedures in Tactical Medicine.

    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!

    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.

    Caleb Causey – Lone Star Medics
    Caleb has been involved with field & tactical medicine for over the past 15 years as a medic. He is the owner and director of training for the field and tactical medical training company, Lone Star Medics. His true passion is drinking water and forcing others to drink water as well. Forced hydration is his life’s work.

    Subjects

    The Patriot Nurse
    Basic and Advanced Class
    People have been having babies for a while now. It is a pretty simple procedure to deliver a baby. But what do we do when there are no doctors or hospitals around? The Patriot Nurse will go over some considerations on delivery and when things get hectic.

    Dr. Lauren Pugliese, DVM
    Basic Class
    The aim of the basic emergency veterinary medicine course for the dog and cat owner is to teach pet owners to be able to recognize and handle basic emergencies their pet may encounter. This includes recognition of serious medical conditions such as vomiting and heat stroke, as well as how to manage minor injuries such as a torn toe nail. Advanced Class
    The aim of the advanced emergency veterinary medicine course is to train working dog handlers or field medics how to manage emergency situations that may be life threatening or career ending for working dogs prior to obtaining appropriate veterinary care for the dog.

    Dr. Sherman A. House, DDS – The People’s Dentist
    Basic Class… and More
    This class will teach you what you need to know and recognize in order to prevent and treat dental emergencies in the field.

    Kerry Davis, RN – Dark Angel Medical
    Basic Class with an Advanced Twist
    Kerry will discuss the importance of recognizing and treating shock and the different types of shock. Shock is often overlooked by most, even though it can complicate the most simple of injury or illness. Kerry takes this way beyond just throwing a blanket on someone or raising their feet.

    Tim Keller
    A little of both, Basic & Advanced
    Beating the dead horse – hyperthermia and the importance of hydration. Tim will explain all the details of identifying and differentiating between “heat exhaustion” and “heat stroke”. During this intensive lecture, Tim will explain pre-hospital and wilderness intervention options for professionals and the lay person when they come across this “hot topic.”

    Morgan Atwood – BFE Labs
    Basic Class
    A down & dirty approach to medical skills (preventive medicine, assessment, wound care, fractures & sprains, environmental injuries); that are specific for a short duration (96hrs) survival event.

    Brian Brown – Team Rubicon
    Basic Class
    After deploying with several local and national disaster response groups throughout the United States; Brian has gained some interesting and valuable first-hand accounts about the after-effects of natural disasters and how people deal with those disasters. He will be discussing some of his “lessons-learned” while deployed during these times of turmoil and refuge. Advanced Class
    Brian has worked with several search & rescue groups and EMS workers during natural disasters over the years. He will be discussing some of the things that worked and what didn’t work for rescue personnel while working in these disaster sites.

    Mike Rohan – US Air Force
    Basic and Advanced Skills Station
    Mike will be heading up the skills lab this year. Last year attendees requested more hands-on skills practice and we listened. Attendees will be able to come and go as they wish to this skills lab. Both basic and advanced levels will have plenty of opportunity to practice some of the skills presented throughout the conference. The idea is if you didn’t get in on the presentation you wanted or you feel that you need to bone up on your skills already learned; this is the place for you. Several cadre members will be on hand to help you out, offering different points of view on the same skill.

    Chris LaCava, M.S., L.Ac. – Holistic Healing & Martial Arts Center
    Basic Class
    “What’s with this Acupuncture Stuff?!” – Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine has been practiced for at least 2,000 years. People aren’t stupid and eventually figure out scams, but seeing how it’s been around for 2,000 years, there has to be something to it. In this class we’ll discuss some of the techniques and theories of this ancient practice and how they apply to western medicine. Advanced Class
    “Gua Sha for Musculoskeletal Conditions” – A low tech modality used around the world to treat internal and external conditions. In this workshop we will discuss: what Gua Sha is, how it works, when to use it, contraindications and how to use it for musculoskeletal problems.

    Dr. Karen Allen, OD
    Basic and Advanced Class
    Dr. Allen will cover eye emergencies in the field including; how to identify and treat penetrating injuries, proper irrigation of the eye, eye drop instillation, proper diagnosis and treatment of corneal abrasions and other related injuries. We hope to be very hands-on, and will have audience participation in all aspects of the presentation. Karen will also discuss eye infection and injury prevention techniques while in the field.

    William April – April Risk Consulting
    Basic and Advanced Class
    In this fast-paced and interactive lecture, participants will review the history and current conceptualizations of the psychological injuries that can be associated with the exercise of defensive violence. The presentation will include potential risks and stressors, warning signs, and the state of current treatment strategies. Participants will be exposed to contemporary theories of the mechanisms of injury presented by exposure to criminal violence as well as other causes of traumatic stress.

    Greg Ellifritz – Active Response Training
    Basic and Advanced Class
    “Acquiring Drugs for the Apocalypse” This class will discuss what types of prescription and Over-The-Counter (OTC) medicines might be necessary for remote travel or in the event of a health care system collapse as well as how to legally acquire those drugs without a prescription. Natural disasters like tornados and hurricanes often disable city and regional hospital systems for weeks at a time. The prudent person should stockpile emergency supplies to take care of themselves and family members in the event that medical resources are non-existent or overwhelmed. Legal methods of acquiring these drugs will also be discussed.

    Jason Wyman – Muzzle Front
    Basic Class
    During this presentation Jason will discuss the “in’s” and “out’s” of Acute Compartment Syndrome and what emergency treatment techniques can help alleviate this illness. If you don’t know what Acute Compartment Syndrome is; then this class is definitely for you. Advanced level attendees will also pick up plenty of information from this Basic level course.

    Tom Rader
    Basic Class
    “Feet 101”: Assessment, management, and prevention of common foot injuries. This presentation will have some slides with discussion of injuries, but will be primarily “hands-on.” Students will learn the common causes of soft tissue injuries, how to treat them once they have occurred, and how to prevent them. We will explore common OTC products as well as improvised ones. Additionally, we will cover structural injuries. There will be instruction of the Ottawa Ankle Exam (to determine if an unstable injury has occurred.) Appropriate splinting and wrapping techniques will be part of the hands-on portion. Each student will be bare foot for the majority of the session, so please come with good hygiene!

     

    Justin Romanello – Dynamic Conditions Consulting
    Basic Class
    The Evolving Medic: Contractor medics and medical services in Iraq. This presentation will focus on medical services in Iraq with an emphasis on the evolving role of medics in theater. After the Department of Defense withdrew, the US State Department was left to contract out medical services for US personnel. This was the first undertaking of its size and relied heavily on the versatility of paramedics and EMT’s being dynamic and thinking unconventionally. An overview of the services being provided as well as the challenges faced in a non-permissive environment will be discussed. Advanced Class
    M.A.R.C.H. Assessment Skills Review: We all know basic skills are what save lives, however they are usually the first to be overlooked when we train. During this presentation each student will first receive a brief overview of the components of the MARCH pneumonic (Massive Hemorrhage, Airway, Respirations, Circulation, Hypothermia) followed by a hands-on session on the application of MARCH with an injured patient.

     

    Michael “Griff” Griffith
    Advanced Class
    START Triage and Rapid Treatment for Mass Casualty Incidents: START is a military style triage system for mass casualty events. A mass casualty incident or MCI, is any incident where rescue personnel and equipment is overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties. The START system is designed to ensure the most good for the most people. In this class we will go over the system and perform short hands-on scenarios using your fellow classmates. Basic level attendees will gain useful knowledge from this class to use towards their own family and group’s “prep.”

    Chris Stoehner – XSA International
    Basic Class
    Impaled Objects: Chris will be working with students on how to handle impaled objects or items “stuck” in the body that shouldn’t be. Flying debris from explosions, ninjas throwing little sharp pointy things at you, or having a bad day at the construction site can all leave you with objects lodged into your body. There is a right and wrong way to handle these types of injuries and the worst part is: you can’t always see what is going on under the patient’s skin. So during this hands-on class, Chris will teach students how to identify and treat simple and extreme impaled objects using a little luck, some unconventional methods, and a lot of bulk dressing and/or material.

    Jennifer Wiese ATC, LAT
    Basic Class
    Sports Related Musculoskeletal Injuries: How to keep you out in the field. Coach Wiese will teach students how to identify and treat common soft tissue related injuries that may occur while out playing with the family in the woods, hunting terrorists on a mountain top, or while just trying to walk on cobblestone in the mall. Students will learn how to perform simple evaluation techniques which determine if the injury is just going to suck for the time being or if there is a serious problem that needs dealing with immediately. Each student will participate in these evaluations so please be considerate of your buddy and have clean socks and shoes on that day.

    PJ Packard, AKA "Mongo" – RSKTKR Consulting
    Basic Class
    Mongo will be teaching students how to perform one of the first types of assessments of a patient(s)… scene size-up. During this block of instruction, students will learn how to survey the scene of an accident or incident prior to any actual patient care. The mechanism of injury, physical environment, number of patients or potential patients at the scene, hazards or threats to the rescuers, and several other factors need to be taken into consideration in order to start saving as many lives as possible during an emergency. This also includes making sure you yourself stay safe during an incident.

    Sam Coffman – The Human Path
    Basic Class
    Plant Medicine in Post-Disaster and Remote Environments: Sam will explain the practical uses of herbalism in an environment where there may be no higher definitive medical care. He will discuss methods of using plants that can range from acute, non-surgical trauma care, to infections in the field, to long-term care for acute and chronic conditions. Students will participate in a plant walk outside the classroom to identify and discuss local medical plants in an urban environment. Advanced Class
    Plant Medicine for Wound Healing and Infection Control: Herbalism in the field offers a plethora of options for healing, both on its own as well as when used as adjunctive or integrative therapy. Join Sam as he discusses some of the plants and their constituents both in North America as well as worldwide, that can be used directly for wound infection and wound healing in the field or used as complementary, adjunctive therapy for pharmaceutical medicine in the same circumstances.

    Jackson McWade, NRP - Dark Angel Medical
    Basic Class
    Treating pediatric patients is never easy, especially when it is one of your own. The goal of this class is to identify and treat common pediatric emergencies for children between the ages of 13 months and 12 years of age. Some of the treatments that we may use on adults may not be a great idea for kids. Their physical bodies are smaller, their vital signs are different than ours, and how their bodies react to certain injuries or illnesses are different than adults as well. During this lecture, students will learn how best to handle pediatric emergencies while in the field.

    Caleb Causey – Lone Star Medics
    Basic Class
    Active killers and their unpredictability require all of us to become more familiar with tactical medicine at a very basic level. Caleb will be discussing medical considerations and how to identify and treat injuries related to active shooter scenarios.