Will Smith, MD, NREMT-Paramedic (Combat and Wilderness/Rescue Medicine)
Mike Tayloe, WEMT-Paramedic, and Kristin Peterson, PA-C/WEMT (Special Environment Medical Care)
Founders and co-owners of Katabatic Consulting, a special environment consulting company, Mike and Kristin also work for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Mike is a deep field/expedition paramedic working at high altitude camps on the Antarctic continent as well as a member of the Joint Antarctic Search & Rescue Team. When not in Antarctica he works for two rural paramedic services and runs the Rock Rescue Team in Divide, CO. Kristin has worked in emergency medicine throughout the west and abroad. She was a medical provider at the McMurdo Station clinic in Antarctica for 4 seasons and designed and implemented the Field Camp Medicine Program there. Kristin also served as a medic for the Joint Antarctic Search & Rescue Team. Now Kristen works as a deep field medical provider at expedition basecamps in Antarctica and is a medical team leader for the Rock Rescue Team in Divide, CO. Mike and Kristin are both instructors for Wilderness Medical Associates.
Peter Hackett, M.D. (High Altitude, Wilderness Expedition Medicine)
Truly a legend in his field, Dr. Hackett is currently the Clinical Director of the Colorado Center for Altitude Medicine and Physiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and Director of Emergency Services for the Telluride Medical Center. He has directed numerous high-altitude research projects throughout Nepal and Alaska, and was Medical Director of the AMGA. In addition, he is the former medical director of the Himalayan Rescue Association in Kathmandu, and summited Everest in 1981. He is a Founding Member of the Wilderness Medical Society, Co-Chair of the International Hypoxia Symposia, and Past-President of the International Society for Mountain Medicine. He also serves on the board of several medical journals, and has written a book, countless articles, and book excerpts on wilderness and high-altitude medicine. His media appearances include Nightline with Ted Koppel, and two NOVA specials.
amedic (Fire & Rescue, Search & Rescue)
Leo Lloyd, R.N./Par
Leo currently is a paramedic supervisor with the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority in Durango, Colorado. Much of Leo's pre-hospital medical experience (12 years) had been in flight nursing with the Air Care Rotor-Wing Medical flight program based in Farmington, NM. Leo has been an active member of the LaPlata County Mountain Rescue in Durango since 1985. With his involvement in mountain rescue, he has had the opportunity to be involved on many difficult and challenging technical rescues in and around the mountains of Southwestern Colorado. In addition, he is a current instructor for Rigging For Rescue, based out of Ouray, CO, and travels the country leading technical rope rescue seminars for mountain rescue and fire/rescue teams. In addition to being an active technical climber (rock and ice), ultra runner, backcountry skier and mountaineer, Leo is also a husband (wife Susie) and father of three very active boys (Kendall, Andy and Kaden).
Kent O'Donnell (Law Enforcement/SWAT Medicine)
Kent O'Donnell began his medical training as a member of a ski patrol for several years. After serving in the U.S. Marines, he was a career Firefighter / EMT while attending college. As a firefighter he assisted in developing the city’s SWAT Medic program. In 2000 he left the fire service to become a career Police Officer. His assignments have included, Patrol, SWAT, Street Crimes Unit, Training Division, and Supervisor.