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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.

Kate Smith

My name is Kate Smith and I have worked with RMI for almost 10 years. I’m excited to be a part of your wilderness medical class and to meet each of you in person. I live and work in Bend Oregon with my wife and 7-month old daughter Emma. I have a background in wildland fire and as a ground ambulance paramedic. I have most recently become a registered nurse and work at my local hospital in the Emergency Room.  Kate

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 International, 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 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 RMI 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.

Tim Webb

Tim is a Critical Care Paramedic working with America Medical Response for over 25 years. Serving both urban and rural populations in West Michigan, Tim has deployed with Emergency Response Teams to hurricane relief areas and serves on tactical medical teams working with local as well as federal law enforcement groups.  Tim is a 22-year veteran of the US Army and Army National Guard, serving as a medic with combat arms organizations around the world. 

Tim has over ten years of experience as a wilderness and remote medicine instructor. As member of the Wilderness Medical Society he earned his Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) in 2011.

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Caitlin Bonner

Yo! I hail from Vashon Island, WA, and have a life full of adventure and medicine. I initially went through North Seattle College's EMT program, but later took RMT's Remote Medicine Upgrade & Recertification (RMUR) course and was blown away by the opportunities to practice medicine in austere environments. I've had awesome experiences teaching basic health and CPR courses in Jamaica and hope to continue similar projects across the globe. My free time is spent playing soccer, trail running, and exploring my new home base of Bellingham, WA.