Speakers

New Frontier Emergency Medicine Symposium

2021 Speakers

Ed Racht

Ed Racht

More information coming soon.

Veronica Mitchell

Veronica Mitchell

Bio coming soon.
Mitch Shellman

Mitch Shellman

I grew up in Coeur d’Alene and got my undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. I will receive my MD from University of Colorado in May and begin my training in General Surgery in June at the University of Colorado. I am involved in research with Emergency Medicine and Toxicology regarding snake bite epidemiology and treatment protocols and am consulting with NASA’s Exploration Medical Capabilities project to determine medical risks in long-term space missions. I am honored to be returning to New Frontier to teach in the Anatomy Lab, but am happy to talk about anatomy, pediatric surgery, transplants, and trauma at any time!
Shelby Durler

Shelby Durler

Flight Paramedic - EagleMed
Shelby is a flight paramedic with EagleMed in Kansas. She started her career in EMS in 2011 and throughout that time has also worked for Ford County Fire & EMS as well as Sedgwick County EMS. Shelby served 2 years as the pediatric representative for her regional trauma council and has worked closely with the Kansas chapter for Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC). Shelby obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University and this July will be starting Medical School at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Erika Sallee

Dr. Erika Sallee

PT, DPT, Physical Therapist
Dr. Sallee is President and co-owner of RGI Readiness Group, LLC. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2011 following six years of service as an officer in the United States Air Force. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, Pre-Med from Baylor University in 2002. She currently practices neurological physical therapy in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with Riata Therapy Specialists. Erika served as an aircraft maintenance officer in the Air Force for six years, working on A-10s at Pope AFB in North Carolina, F-16s at Kunsan AB in Korea, and B-52s at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. During that time, she had the opportunity to serve in multiple capacities leading over 1000 people and managing personnel-driven projects to improve morale, quality of life and overall unit readiness. Erika is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She lives in Trophy Club, TX and has two daughters who attend school in Northwest ISD. Her husband is the squadron commander of the 97th Flying Training Squadron “Devil Cats” at Sheppard AFB  and a Boeing 777 pilot for Delta Airlines. When not working, they enjoy traveling and spending time on the lake. They claim Lake Powell in Utah/Arizona as their second home.
Will Krost

Will Krost

MD, Emergency Physician and Critical Care Paramedic - Mercy Health, Toledo, Ohio

Will Krost is an Emergency Physician and Critical Care Paramedic for Mercy Health in Toledo, Ohio. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University (Washington, DC). Will was the Director of Emergency Services and Health system Access for Blanchard Valley Health system (Findlay, Ohio) and a former Flight Paramedic with SVMMC Life Flight (Toledo, Ohio). He has over eighteen years of experience in emergency medical services including prehospital education, flight medicine; critical care medicine, cardio-pulmonary perfusion, clinical research, and pre-hospital administration.

Will began his EMS career in 1992 at Put-In-Bay EMS in Erie County, Ohio.  He received his paramedic training at Providence Hospital in Sandusky, Ohio, his Adult Critical Care training at the Medical College of Ohio and his Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Most recently, he was the Program Manager for the Division of Emergency Medical Services and the Emergency Medicine Special Operations Institute at the University of Cincinnati.   Will also served as the Clinical Coordinator of Prehospital Research and is an Instructor of Emergency Medicine while at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Will holds Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences degree in Allied Health Management from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Will also completed Lean Six Sigma Black belt training at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Will is the author of several articles for “Emergency Medical Services Magazine” on topics such as medical protocol development, pediatric pulmonary emergencies, pediatric cardiac physiology and congenital heart defects.  Along with Joseph Mistovich and Daniel Limmer, Will was a co-author of the monthly CE article in EMS magazine entitled “Beyond the Basics”. He is a subject matter expert and author for “Fire & Emergency Television Network” (Pulse Multimedia Video series), 24-7 EMS Publishing, and Brady, Prentice-Hall publishing on various clinical subjects.  Will has also lectured extensively at the local, national, and international level on numerous topics.  He is an advisory board member of “Emergency Medical Services Magazine” and former board member for the Ohio Chapter of ACEP EMS Division.  Most notably, Will was selected as one of eleven group leaders selected nationally to direct the development of EMS Education Standards to replace the U.S.D.O.T. Emergency Medical Services National Standard Curriculum.

Ben Westcott

Ben Westcott

Firefighter/Paramedic/Instructor
Ben began his first responder career in 2004 when he became a certified Firefighter and Paramedic with the City of Hillsboro, Texas Fire Department. He found a passion for Education and, over the next 10 years, became a Texas Certified Instructor and poured hours into training fellow responders in Texas and Mexico. Ben served 6 years as the President of IAFF Local 4676. During his tenure as President, he initiated and helped develop his Fire Department’s first comprehensive LODD procedure. Noticing that he was often a sounding board for first responders having difficulties, Ben sought out expertise and training in peer support and critical incident response. Later in Ben’s career, while serving in his current position as a FF/EMT-P with the City of Hurst Fire Department, he himself experienced almost paralyzing post trauma symptoms. Practicing what he preached, Ben reached out and got help. Recognizing the benefits of understanding trauma response, Ben developed an overwhelming passion and desire to help first responders. After becoming CISM trained and certified, he joined a multi-county Crisis Intervention Team designed to assist First Responders in need. Ben has also been instrumental in developing and implementing a curriculum to educate new firefighter recruits in recognizing and understanding the effects of post-traumatic stress and PTSD. It is Ben’s heartfelt desire that no first responder ever suffer these effects alone and without access to help needed. Ben has been married to his wife Patricia since 2006, and together they have two sons Aiden and Rylan, ages 6 and 2.
Tracy Cleary

Tracy Cleary

Outreach Education Manager/Paramedic - Global Medical Response Solution
Tracy Cleary is an Outreach Education Manager for Global Medical Response in Kansas. Tracy started her EMS career in 2002 for a rural service in South Central Kansas. Following paramedic school she worked for 8 years at Sedgwick County EMS and then five years as the Emergency Medical Services for Children coordinator for the state. Tracy completed the Certified Public Manager’s course in 2018 and will graduate in May 2020 with her undergrad in Health Studies from Fort Hays State University. Tracy serves on numerous committees and workgroups pertaining to prehospital, hospital and aeromedical care in Kansas. Along with her husband Brian, daughter Maggie and son Patrick, the family loves being outdoors, traveling and spending time with their extended families!
Chris Way

Chris Way

Fire Chief, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue
Chief Christopher Way was appointed the Fire Chief of Kootenai County Fire & Rescue in North Idaho in May 2020. Prior to his current position he served as the Chief Officer of the Kootenai County EMS System in North Idaho and as an EMS Chief for a county in Southeast Kansas before that. For over twenty-eight years Chris has served, initially, as an EMT and EMT-I and then in 1994 became a paramedic.  As an EMT he served on a rural Ambulance service while becoming a paramedic.  After becoming a paramedic he was hired in a large metropolitan EMS System and served in several roles including; paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, and Operations Supervisor/Shift Commander. In his role as Fire Chief he leads 84 career personnel out of four stations, partnering with other area fire and rescue services. He serves on many local and regional EMS, Fire, Emergency Management, and Healthcare committees.

Chief Way has been involved in EMS since January 1992. For over twenty-seven years he has served, initially, as an EMT and EMT-I and then in 1994 became a paramedic. As an EMT he served on a rural Ambulance service while becoming a paramedic. After becoming a paramedic he was hired in a large metropolitan EMS System and served in several roles including; paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, and Operations Supervisor/Shift Commander.

In late 2001 Chief Way was hired as the EMS Chief of a county EMS agency in Southeast Kansas. During his tenure there he served as the agency head, on several local response/clinical committees, Commander for the regional Incident Management Team, Chairman of the Regional Homeland Security Council, Deputy Commander for the State EMS response team, Member of the State Incident Management Team, Regional and State Trauma Councils, and the CDC/ACS National Committee on Field Triage. In addition to these assignments Chief Way has served in several Incident Command Roles at several natural disasters in Kansas and on mutual aid/EMAC assignments.

Chief Way, his wife and two daughters live in Hayden, Idaho. In his free time he enjoys traveling and many of the recreational activities/opportunities available in North Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to contact him at chris@newfrontieremergencymedicine.com.

Brenda Tillman

Brenda Tillman

PhD, Owner - Readiness Group, LLC

Dr. Brenda Tillman is  an EMDR/Solution Focused therapist and primary at Readiness Group, LLC, where they build RG Communities of Resiliency.

She offers more than 25 years of crisis intervention experience and has a private practice in Fort Worth serving first responders and military members.  Brenda taught college at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is currently developing a first responder pilot resiliency program for nine cities around the  Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Brenda is an instructor for CISM and the FAA accident investigation school and is a private pilot.  She holds an LPC-S license in Texas, a second masters in Business Management, and a Ph.D from TCU in Counseling.

Janet Taylor

Janet Taylor

BSN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT-B - Golden Valley Memorial Hospital / LifeFlight Eagle Air Medical Transport

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 https://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 janettaylor6@icloud.com.

Holly Ilg

Holly Ilg

BSN, CEN, CFRN

Holly began her career as an EMT in 1999. Her love of EMS drove her to become a Paramedic, and in 2002, she accomplished that goal. To gain experience, she worked on a busy 911 ambulance and eventually on the Trauma Team at a Level I Trauma Center.

All her hard work paid off in 2009 when Holly achieved another goal and became a Flight Paramedic. Her desire to advance her knowledge pushed Holly towards Nursing School, and in 2013, she earned her nursing degree.

With the ultimate dream of becoming a Flight Nurse, Holly began working in an ICU and ED to gain the required nursing experience. In 2016, she finally returned to the field as a Flight Nurse.

Along the way, Holly discovered a second love. With her years of varied experience, she began teaching outreach and continuing education courses for her flight service and local agencies in need. Holly continues to fly and teach and enjoys learning from all of the people she meets along the way.

L.T. Arnold

L.T. Arnold

Flight Nurse, RN, BSN, CCRN, CFRN, CNPT, EMT, Airlift Northwest

L.T. Arnold is a Flight Nurse with Airlift Northwest at the Arlington, Washington base. L.T. began his EMS career in Boulder, Colorado in 1992. His passion for outstanding patient care and prehospital medicine quickly led him to Seattle, Washington where he has held various positions along the emergency continuum – from 911 dispatcher to firefighter/EMT to emergency room technician to critical care transport nurse. L.T. has degrees from the American College of Prehospital Medicine, Shoreline Community College and the University of Phoenix. His hospital nursing background is in pediatric and neonatal critical care with the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s hospital, and he maintains several specialty critical care and transport certifications.

L.T. was born with cerebral palsy, a neurologic disorder than causes muscle spasticity and motor difficulties. He has learned to use positive thinking, dogged determination, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor to accomplish his personal and professional goals despite challenges. L.T. is a former archery World Champion, uses pilates practice/training to improve and maintain his flexibility and mobility, and has recently begun studying Kenpo Karate.

Theresa Bowden

Theresa Bowden

MSN, CCRN, CFRN, C-NPTI, Neonatal/Pediatric Educator with Washington State University College of Nursing

Theresa has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years with focus in critical care. The most recent 7 years have been as a flight nurse specializing in Neonatal/Pediatric/Maternal transports.

Stephen Rahm, NRP

Stephen Rahm, NRP

Chief of the Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair at the Center for Emergency Health Services

Stephen J. Rahm, NRP is an educator, author, and lecturer with over 35 years of experience in EMS. Chief Rahm currently oversees the Office of Clinical Direction at the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences and manages all clinical efforts within Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services.

Stephen has authored numerous textbooks, EMS certification exam preparation tools, videos, and articles, and is additionally named on multiple journal articles and scientific posters. He is the Centre’s Co-Chair and faculty member in procedural and anatomical programs, as well as Multi-Lead ECG interpretation and more.

Chief Rahm is a frequent speaker at local, regional, state, and national conferences, where he presents on a wide variety of emergency medicine related topics.

Scott Lail

Scott Lail

EMT-P, FP-C, Fire Chief, Cleburne Fire Department

Scott began his EMS career in 1992. Shortly after his arrival into pre-hospital medicine, he became a Firefighter with the City of Cleburne, Texas. With his love for education, Scott became the EMS educator for his Fire Department and other local agencies in need. He also joined Tarrant County College in Fort Worth as Adjunct EMS Faculty.

In 1999, Scott became a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite in Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas.  For over 27 years, Scott continued to work both Fire and EMS as well as Flight.

He is currently the Fire Chief, a certified Master Firefighter and an EMS Instructor with the Cleburne Fire Department as well as a Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C).  He recently “hung up his wings” after 19 years as a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite, though he still maintains his flight status just in case!

Scott has lectured at state, national, and international conferences with a reputation as a dynamic speaker. He also recently appeared in an episode of “Miracle Detectives” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Bill Justice

Bill Justice

FF, NREMT-P, TEMS, (Ret.) Capt. Oklahoma Fire

Associate Director, University of Oklahoma Department of Emergency Medicine Center for Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Special Operations Division

US Marshals Task Force

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Team

Bill is a frequent educator at regional, national and international conferences. His user-friendly approach to emergency management topics provides a relaxed and interactive atmosphere for all participants. His background started in 1978 in EMS and remains currently active with Fire-Rescue, EMS and Law enforcement.

He is currently a member of the NAEMT Board of Directors and Regional PHTLS/TCCC Coordinator, AHA Regional Faculty and multiple committee’s on Disaster Medicine.  Bill continues to assist local, state and federal law enforcement and military agencies with education and response operations.

Jess Fulkerson

Jess Fulkerson

Lieutenant/Paramedic North Mason Regional Fire Authority
Jess Fulkerson currently lives in Olympia, WA, working for the North Mason Regional Fire Authority, as a Lieutenant/Paramedic.  He also serves as a Reserve Deputy on the Mason County SWAT Team as a Tactical Medic.  He has a B.A. in Education (Minor in Biology) from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Jess has served as either a volunteer or paid EMT/Firefighter since 1998. Jess thinks of himself a teacher or educator, even before that of a Firefighter or Paramedic.  He uses his experience of over 20 years in Emergency Services to bring topics to people in areas of interpersonal communication, personal and instructor development, treating EMS patients, conflict resolution, scene management/ICS, and tactical EMS (TEMS). Jess has a dynamic speaking style, incorporating candor, humor, energy and enthusiasm, which highlight his passion for EMS and firefighting.  Jess enjoys public speaking and presenting a wide range of topics to a wide range of audiences.  In addition to teaching EMS at his home agency and at neighboring fire departments, he’s been a speaker across the country at nationally and internationally-attended EMS conferences.