2019 EMS & Fire Conference Grand Junction, CO
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 - Saturday, Jan 19, 2019
Graham Brant - Zawadzki, MD
Dr. Brant-Zawadzki recently finished Fellowships in Wilderness and Emergency Medical Services at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Prior to that, he trained in Emergency Medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA
Barry Chamberlain, BSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, Flight Nurse
BSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, Flight Nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center, Grand Junction, CO. Barry has 20 years Critical Care experience as a CCU Nurse and 12 years as a flight nurse.. Barry is currently the Care Flight Education Coordinator.
Mike Cox, Firefighter, Grand Junction Fire Department Grand Junction, CO.
Loree Cutts, BSN, RN, CFRN, NREMT-I,
Loree has worked in a variety of healthcare roles since 2003. She spent years working with volunteer fire departments as an EMT and EMT-I before becoming a RN. She has 8 years experience in a critical care and emergency department environments and taught in the clinical simulation lab at Colorado Mesa University for 2 years. She is currently a flight nurse with CareFlight and has been flying for the past 4 years.
John “JD” Dawson, EMT-I
EMT-I, Firefighter, Clifton Fire Protection District, Clifton, CO, & Professional EMS Education. “JD” is a primary BLS, ACLS, PALS instructor as well as a Colorado EMS Primary Instructor. He has been teaching for Professional EMS Education since 2013
Garrett DeHaan, Firefighter, Grand Junction Fire Department Grand Junction, CO.
Karen Donnahie, RN
Karen S. Donnahie, RN, MHA, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Desert Springs/Henderson Hospitals.Karen Donnahie is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Desert Springs Hospital, a 293-bed progressive acute-care facility and medical center, as well as Henderson Hospital, a 142-bed facility which is the newest hospital in the Valley Health System. Karen has been an Emergency Department nurse for 30 years and has been involved with Emergency Preparedness for 18 years. She has had opportunities to provide care in a multitude of settings, from a frontier clinic in Yellowstone National Park to Level 1 Trauma Centers, as well as prehospital services on the ground and in the air. Karen has served on county, regional and state-wide coalitions in an effort to increase collaboration among diverse healthcare partners. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Southern Nevada Healthcare Preparedness Coalition. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medical Services from the American College of Prehospital Medicine and her Master of Healthcare Administration from Independence University. In her free time, you can find Karen enjoying the desert trails from the back of her horse, with her dog running alongside.
Dennis is the Director of the EMS Academy at Arapahoe Community College. He is a author, editor, and content reviewer for several EMS textbooks and is a bi monthly columnist for JEMS. Dennis presetns at EMS conferences around the country and works with several national organizations such as NREMT, and NAEMSE.
Matt is currently a Senior Electrophysiology (EP) Technical Services Specialist with Abbott, the world’s largest medical device company. His role is to provide clinical support in the EP laboratory (lab) by performing 3D mapping and electrogram interpretation during ablation procedures or technical support and device programming during cardiac rhythm management (CRM) device implants. Outside of the lab he performs device testing and troubleshooting and education for health care providers as well as mentoring new clinical specialist. Matt has been in health care and industry for over twenty years. He was an EMT and Paramedic for eighteen years, has worked on a level 1 trauma team, has over ten years in the cardiac catheterization (cath) and EP lab. He has managed one of the largest EP programs in Colorado and helped develop two other programs in Colorado. He has worked throughout Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Matt is passionate about continued education and has taught all levels of EMT. He has instructed BLS, ACLS, AMLS, PALS and ATLS for the American Heart Association. He now specializes in staff development for EP and CRM. He is a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist and Electrophysiology Specialist through the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) and a Registered Cardiac EP Specialist through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
Ray Fowler, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Dr. Fowler has played an important role in the history of EMS medical direction and provider education. He served on the initial steering committee to form the National Association of EMS Physicians, the subspecialty organization for EMS Medicine, later becoming its fourth President, and he is past-President of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians. He was a leader in the expansion and proliferation of the International Trauma Life Support program, having served as National Program Director and ITLS Medical Director for the State of Georgia. A native of Georgia, he is now in his forty first year of emergency medicine practice and EMS medical direction, having been Medical Director of Parkway Medical Center Emergency Department in Lithia Springs, Georgia for twenty years and on the state EMS council of Georgia for over thirty years. Dr. Fowler is avidly involved in international EMS research, being both a Co-Investigator for the Dallas Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and a Co-Principal Investigator for the Dallas arm of the NIH-NHLBI IMMEDIATE trial. He is a prolific author of over thirty textbook chapters on emergency medicine, and when he is not busy being a “champion of pre-hospital care forward” as an EMS Physician, he can be found watching the Masters or relocating moss from the woods to his garden in Douglasville, Georgia.
Fidel Garcia, Paramedic
Fidel is the President / Owner of Professional EMS Education. Fidel has been presenting at local, Regional, State and National EMS conferences for the past 22 years, as well as providing CE programs in CO, AK, UT, and NM. Fidel worked 20 years on an ambulance for hospital based and private agencies, Fidel was a flight Paramedic for 10 years, as well as an EMS Education Coordinator for a Level II Trauma Center and is currently a clinical educator for 410 Medical LLC. Fidel has been providing EMS Education for the last 35 years, has articles published in a State EMS journal, Chapters published in EMS textbooks, and is a frequent reviewer for ALS and BLS EMS textbooks.
David Gilmore, MD
Emergency Department Physician and chief Toxicology St. Joseph Hospital Denver Colorado, Former Oversight Director American Heart Association Experience Provider program, Denver, CO.
Chris McCoy, Paramedic, Captain, Firefighter, Grand Junction Fire Department Grand Junction, CO
Dave Ross, MD
Director of The Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track, Associate Director of The Military Medicine Track, Associate Professor, Specialty Medicine at Rocky Vista University
Chris Rowland, NREMTP
Mesa County EMS System Coordinator. 29 years in EMS, Private ambulance, hospital based ambulance, EMS education, ED experience, fire based EMS, and county oversite of EMS.
Janet Taylor, RN
Janet has been a flight nurse for 14 years and works full time for LifeFlight Eagle Air Medical Transport out of Kansas City. In addition to EMS, she has worked in ICU, ER and OB to be familiar with the different types of calls that she and her partner may encounter in EMS. Janet has her bachelor’s Degree in science and Nursing and enjoys teaching part time at various EMS Conferences throughout the year in addition to writing articles for various industry magazines and continuing education modules for Medic-CE. Her website is www. emsteacher.com where you can see where she will be headed next as well as the most current list of topics offered. You can email her at email@example.com .
Elvi Whiteford, MD
Dr Elvi Whiteford is a native to Western Colorado and returned to Grand Junction after finishing medical school, residency and a fellowship all in California. She has been back home for over 12 years. She enjoyed 10 years at St. Mary's Hospital as a faculty at the Family Medicine Residency. While there, she was the faculty director of the OB/Gyn curriculum and taught low and high risk obstetrics and c-sections to the residency and staff alike. She slowed life down a bit and joined Appleton Clinics 2 years ago and is still enjoying the joys of full spectrum primary care. Dr Whiteford loves to travel with her wonderlust high school sweet heart and husband, and keeps busy running after her two growing boys - and in many 10K and 5k's, as well gardening, cooking and hiking.