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Remote Medical Training Instructors

We believe you can make a difference that matters. By providing the necessary education and skills to individuals, communities, and organizations, we can ensure you provide quality care in remote locations. Help us ensure people feel safe while exploring, living and or working in remote locations. 

Our Instructors & Staff

Adrienne Boland

Hi! I live in the Colorado mountains, but grew up in Idaho and started my adult life in Seattle. I love being outside and participating in all outdoor activities. The past 5 years I have been working as a ski patroller at Loveland ski area, teaching science and outdoor activities for Colorado Mountain College and teaching medicine. Currently, I am also in nursing school to further advance my medical knowledge. 

Christina Thompson

Having performed over 100 rescues throughout U.S. National Parks as a climbing and park ranger, Christina Thompson has real-world experience applying remote medical techniques. Christina holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan and has received three Positive Contribution Awards from the National Parks Service. Her specialties include trauma management, rope rescue and rigging, and wilderness survival. She enjoys continually learning new skills from her fellow instructors and students.

Jonah Manning

From the United States to Nepal, Jonah Manning has shared his knowledge of remote medicine as a full-time instructor for Remote Medical International. His background includes working as an ER and Rescue Technician, as well as sailing solo around the world and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Jonah is now also in nursing school.

Kyle Dropp

Hey!  I’m delighted to be an instructor at your course.  I grew up in Sequim, WA but currently live in Maple Valley, WA.  I spend quite a bit of time outdoors climbing, hiking, trail running, biking and performing partner acrobatics.  My medical experience ranges from providing medical aid on events (like Tough Mudder) to recovering tissue in a hospital. I’m currently in Paramedic school to further my knowledge in Medicine.

Lauren Ledford (Ren)

Lauren, a.k.a. Ren, lives in Denver, Colorado and works as a full time Paramedic for the city and county of Denver. She has worked as a backcountry field instructor for NOLS and Outward Bound, as well as coordinated international medical immersion programs for pre-med students in third world countries.

Lauren also volunteers on the DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) for Team Rubicon with experience in Nepal, Philippines, and Ecuador.

Megan McCarthy

Megan McCarthy is a full-time instructor for Remote Medical Training, and leads courses all over the world. With previous experience as a Sea Kayak Guide, and currently a professional Patroller for Mt Baker Ski Area, she brings first-hand knowledge of remote medical scenarios to the team. In addition to teaching participants how to apply remote medical techniques, Megan enjoys building a community with the knowledge and confidence to use their skills.

Michael Dann

Hello!  I am an advanced care paramedic and trauma nurse.  I have been with RMI (now RMT) for 11 years providing medical care and remote medical training all over the world. I also work on the emergency medical life flight helicopter in the mountain area of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Patrick Chu

Patrick grew up in the suburbs of the Silicon Valley and began venturing into the mountains during his college years at UC Santa Cruz. Casual weekend backpacking trips laid the groundwork for what would become a full-fledged passion for mountain climbing. Over the last 10 years, Patrick has climbed and skied in a multitude of venues throughout the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, British Columbia, Patagonia, Alaska, and Himalaya. Patrick splits his year working as a professional ski patroller, mountain guide, ski guide, and wilderness medicine instructor; he plans on one day becoming a physician assistant specializing in emergency medicine. Patrick is currently working to earn his ski guide certification through the American Mountain Guides Association. 

Philip Bohlmann

Hi everyone! My name is Philip Bohlmann. I am a Remote EMT and a medical student at Washington State University. In the past I have been involved in mountain rescue, ski patrol and International aid/disaster relief. 

Rob Shaw

Rob has been involved in emergency response and emergency/critical care medicine for nearly fifteen years. Initially employed as a career Firefighter/AEMT (Paramedic) in Upstate New York, he received extensive experience on a high-volume transporting ambulance. In 2011, in an effort to open additional career opportunities and expand his medical knowledge, Rob obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing and has been working heavily in emergency/critical care medicine ever since. He has been the regular charge nurse of a level 2 trauma center in New York which saw over 120,000 patient visits annually. Rob has also worked as a full-time helicopter medevac flight nurse. He holds professional board certification in critical care (CCRN), emergency medicine (CEN) and flight medicine (CFRN). In his free time, Rob enjoys running, climbing mountains and sharing his passion for remote medicine through his role as an instructor for RMT. 

Sam Capeloto

Sam Capeloto has worked as an outdoor educator and guide for four years, leading everything from backcountry canoeing trips in Nevada to self-sustained bike tours through the Canadian Rockies. Desiring to be better prepared for a crisis in the backcountry, he took a Wilderness First Responder course and accidentally fell in love with remote medicine. This led him to become an EMT and land his job as an RMT instructor. He spends his free time bike touring, climbing, backpacking, or making plans to do one of the above.

Sam Castillo

I recently retired after 20 years in the Army and my current certifications include being a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Certified Tactical Paramedic, and Wilderness EMT. I spent ten years as an Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant and have treated everything from the common cold to multi-system trauma all over the world from the hospital environment to combat and everywhere in between. I enjoy the outdoors, playing the guitar, and spending what free time I have with my wife and four kids.

Sean Gombasy

Hi, my name is Sean and I have a complicated relationship with gravity. Born, raised, and not planning on moving away from Washington anytime soon. After receiving my Associates, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life other than ski, climb, and be outdoors. These things lead me to Remote Medical's REMT course which I completed in 2015. I absolutely fell in love with medicine and the idea of helping others. From there I went back to school and graduated from Western Washington University in 2018 with a degree in Kinesiology; specialized in Movement Studies of the Human Body with an emphasis in exercise physiology. I am a Ski Patroller at Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington and working towards becoming certified as a Rope Rescue Rigger. I also work part-time for a private ambulance company, Cascade Ambulance Service, Inc. I recently have transitioned to a full-time position with Remote Medical Training as the self-titled Gear Tsar and customer service representative, in addition to instruction. I have broken 18 bones, torn 7 ligaments, 1 tension pneumothorax, and a minor TBI... it's no fun and motivates me everyday to make the outdoors safer for everyone. 

Zach Takasawa

I am a traveller, mountaineer, medical provider, motorcyclist, artist, and always learning more. I have served on urban ambulances in King County, performed rural and expedition medicine on dirt bike expeditions in South East Asia, worked as an alpine and glacier guide in South East Alaska and New Zealand, and worked shipboard with National Geographic. At the core I am an adventurer so the list will keep growing, and I'll never stop learning and applying and adapting.