2022 EMS CONFERENCE - VIRTUAL JAN 21 & 22, 2022

Friday, Jan 21, 2022 8:30am - Monday, Jan 22, 2022 6:00pm


Danny Barela, NRP, BAS, FP-C - WRETAC Coordinator
Danny has been a paramedic since 1979. He has been committed to emergency care as a provider, an agency director, an educator and as a flight paramedic. He has worked in Coal Mines, Construction sites, in rural and urban EMS systems and in critical care transport. He directed the creation of the paramedic program at Colorado Mesa University. He worked 28 years as a flight paramedic for CareFlight. He has served on several policy boards and taskforces and is currently the Western Colorado RETAC Coordinator. Danny is the current president of CEMSEA, the Colorado EMS Educators Association. He describes himself as a proud new grandfather, a husband, a father, a caregiver, an explorer and, when needed, a leader. He has a passion for wilderness appreciation, American history, and life-long learning.

Marc Burdick, BS, Paramedic - Director of Training Rescue Inc.
Marc is the Director of Clinical Education and Technical Paramedic for Rescue Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont. He previously was the Quality and Compliance Manager with Eagle County Paramedics (CO) where he founded and managed the Wilderness Paramedic Program. He also was a paramedic with Vail Ski Patrol. His experience and interests include: wilderness medicine, ski patrolling, avalanche resuscitation, health and wellness, quality management, EMS data, systems development, safety and EMS/Public Health Integration. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Wilderness Paramedic Program at Colorado Mountain College. His black lab is Josie. He can be reached at mburdick@rescueinc.org

Ugne Cassidy, DO - Emergency Dept Community Hospital
Ugne Cassidy, DO, Emergency Department Physician at Community Hospital, Originally born in Lithuania but moved to Chicago at the age of 11. Undergraduate education was at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL in 2007 went to Midwestern University- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school graduated in 2011. Emergency Medicine at Midwestern University associated with 9 different hospitals in Chicagoland area. Graduated in 2015. Moved out to Grand Junction after residency and have been with Community Hospital for 6.5 years.

Adam Compton, MHS, NREMTP - Lower Valley Fire District
Adam Compton, MHS, NREMTP, BLS, ACLS, PALS Instructor, Primary Instructor Professional EMS Education, Grand Junction, CO. Adam has been teaching in medicine since 2011 for Professional EMS Education. Adam completed his masters’ degree in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on clinical human anatomy and physiology. Throughout school Adam taught human anatomy to undergraduate students in a dissection/prosection lab. He is also certified as a NREMT and teaches EMS as a Colorado EMS Primary Instructor. He is a full time member of Lower Valley Fire District in Fruita, Colorado

Fidel O. Garcia, EMTP - Owner Professional EMS Education
Fidel O. Garcia, Paramedic, Nationally recognized presenter, AHA training center coordinator, Owner Professional EMS Education, Grand Junction, CO. Fidel began his career in 1979 in Leadville, Colorado. He began teaching EMS education classes in 1983. Fidel has worked as a medic in prehospital EMS, a flight medic and hospital based EMS agencies. He has been presenting at local, state, regional, national EMS conferences and events for the last 24 years. Fidel is a frequent reviewer of EMS textbooks and is published in textbook and magazine for EMS

Dave Gilmore MD, Director of Toxicology, ED St Joseph's Hospital Denver
Director of Toxicology, Emergency Department, St. Joseph Hospital, Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Gilmore is a former Academic Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. American Heart Association former ECC Science Publications Editor, AHA Programs Education Committee, Regional Faculty, Course Director & International Training Officer. He is the current Medical Director for Professional EMS Education.

Quigley Peterson, MD - Alaska South East Region EMS Council Medical Director
Dr. Peterson has been actively engaged in rural and urban EMS since 1983. He is drawn to the individuals in the field, as well as the special nature of their passion. He was instrumental in having Epinephrine Without Auto-injector added to the regular curriculum for Basic EMT’s in New Mexico in 2010. He serves as South East Region EMS Council Medical Director and is a member of the statewide Alaska Medical Director Committee. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, was recipient of the 2005 Timothy Fleming New Mexico Medical Director of the Year and was awarded the Richard Fernau EMS Medical Director of the Year Award in 2006 by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Rebecca Peterson,BSN, RN, CPN - Outreach Educator & Affiliation Mngr Rocky Mtn Hospital for Children
Rebecca Peterson, BSN, RN, CPN, is the Outreach Education and Affiliation Manager at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse with 13 years of critical care pediatric experience. During this time, she has worked primarily in critical care areas such as the Pediatric ER and ICU as well as the Newborn ICU. She is in charge of running the Mobile Training Center, providing newborn and pediatric education and consulting services for hospitals and EMS crews in a four state region. Rebecca graduated from Regis University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. She has a won a Gold Star award for her hard work and dedication for implementing the Mobile Training Center- utilizing pediatric simulation education, in four states. She has also won a nurse advocacy award, and has been nominated twice for the Daisy Award, recognizing nurses who demonstrate clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care.

Kristin Powell, MD - Assoc. Professor University of Colorado Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kristin Powell, MD, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Powell joined as a full time OB/Gyn Hospitalist in 2018. Prior to joining the CU faculty, she spent one year in private practice in her hometown of Tampa, Florida and then four years as an Academic Generalist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Dr. Powell is passionate about medical education and serves as both the Fellowship Director for the OB/Gyn Hospitalist program as well as the Associate Program Director the for the Ob/Gyn Residency. She believes that education is a core component of improving quality and patient safety.

Sean Smith, Flight Nurse, Paramedic - CCRN-CMC, CFRN, RNC-NIC
U.S. Navy Veteran Self employed as a Full Time Independent Contractor / Consultant. This allows me to schedule my off duty time for medical missions. For the past decade, I have clinically contracted for various agencies, hospitals, and flight teams (currently Vector Aeromedical, RDU). My consulting clients have included Akron Children's Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, The Mayo Clinic, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Flight For Life (TX), etc. Long Term Clients include: PESI HealthCare (2012-Present): (Faculty: Emergency / Critical Care Seminars, averaging 1,000+ students / year), and CPR Consultants (2010-Present): (AHA/AAP: Training Center Faculty: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program.) Additionally, I have established ongoing Neonatal-Pediatric and Adult Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Education Programs in multiple countries. Humanitarian Medicine Experience includes 50+ Medical Missions, Hot Zone experience during the 2014-15 Ebola Outbreak, Tropical Medicine Clinical Experience with Cholera, Diphtheria, Leprosy, Tetanus, Rabies, Malaria, etc., Coordinating/ financing medical logistics/ evacuations in Haiti during 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, and providing just in time, turnkey SARS-CoV2 clinical training for Guyana’s Ministry of Health, allowing them to rapidly upscale and successfully combat their initial surge of COVID-19 patients.

Cat Steinbach-Payne, RN, MSN -Outreach Clinical Education Spec. Rocky Mtn Hospital for Children
Cat Steinbach - Payne RN, MSN, Outreach Clinical Education Specialist at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Catt is a Certified Critical Care Nurse and holds an NCC Care of Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant certification as well. Cat has been a nurse for approximately 5 years with experience in adult ICU and high acuity neonatal intensive care. As the Outreach Clinical Education Specialist, Cat is in charge of providing newborn and pediatric education for hospitals and EMS in a four state region. Cat graduated from Regis University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then from Western Governor’s University in 2021 with her Masters of Science in Nursing Education. She has been awarded Nursing Team Lead of the Year and been nominated for the Daisy Award, recognizing nurses who demonstrate clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care.

Shane Urban, RN - University of Colorado Hospital
Shane Urban, RN – Critical Intervention Screen (CIS): A Novel Tool to Determine the use of Lights and Sirens During the Transport of Trauma Patients. Over the past 4 years Shane Urban has helped build and manage the trauma research program at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). Through his efforts, UCH has participated in numerous multicenter studies around the country. In addition, Mr. Urban has helped design and coordinate a large multicenter study that included 24 sites around the US, Canada, and Israel. Currently, Shane is the principle investigator for 6 ongoing studies at UCH; two of which are EMS focused. To date, Shane has been a contributing author on 15 trauma and acute care related publications exploring topics such as the emergent transport of trauma patients, public mass shooting events, and use of capnography to predict trauma outcomes. Prior to managing the trauma research program at UCH, Shane served as a Denver Health Paramedic for 7 years. Conservatively, Shane has ran over 8,000 911 calls over his tenure. After transitioning into nursing, Shane served as an ED nurse, clinical research nurse, and interventional radiology nurse. Shane is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Data Science program at Cabrini University.

G Wagner, BSN, RN, CFRN, CEN
G started his career in 2010 as an EMT in Southern Colorado. In 2015 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Colorado Mesa University, and shortly after began working for Parkview Health System in Pueblo, CO. G spent five years at Parkview as a member of their trauma, emergency, and critical care teams, while also serving as a PALS and ACLS instructor. G is board certified in Flight and Emergency Nursing and has been a Flight nurse in Southern Colorado since 2019.