Scott Kuipers, Survival Expert
Scott is an internationally renowned wilderness survival expert, tracker and guide. His clients include State and Federal land use agencies, the wilderness medicine community, schools, military, law enforcement, International NGOs and the Entertainment Industry.  Scott has a diverse background, having run mountaineering expeditions along the length of the Rockies, sea-kayaking expeditions in Alaska and Baja and stone tool survival classes throughout the World.  His current project is documenting Jaguars in the northern extent of their natural range along the sometimes-dangerous border between the U.S. and Mexico. 

(Photo: in Yellowstone National Park again- 25 years after “the Burn”)

Matt Stephens, MD, FAWM Candidate
Matt is currently the director of the Medical Student Clerkship at York Hospital.  In addition, he's always had an interest in the outdoors.   From spending time in the Boy Scouts, volunteering with ski patrol and assisting with past Wild Med conferences, there are few things he enjoys more than being outside.  He recently returned from a two-week trip to Tanzania - immersing himself in travel medicine and helping to educate others in bedside ultrasound.  He plans to finish his FAWM in the coming year.   His favorite outdoor activities are backpacking, camping, sailing, skiing and shooting. 

(Photo: Summit of Granite Mountain in Washington State.  Mount Rainier is in the background)

Christopher W. Scott, FAWM Candidate
Christopher Scott, CISSP, CHS-III, is a Search and Rescue (SAR) diver. His broad training and experience as a PADI certified professional Divemaster and an IANTD certified technical diver have yielded, over 800 dives, his deepest to 200’. In 2012 he was involved in the rescue of a pilot of a downed plane and later one of the recovery divers. Christopher enjoys diving and exploring wrecks in the Port Canaveral area. He has been involved in EMS since he was 16 and one of the original members of the first BSA Rescue Explorer post. Christopher is also a certified combat lifesaver and worked many rescues during Desert Shield and Storm. Christopher is also a veteran and former DA Investigator.

In Christopher’s free time he is a locally respected Chef, enjoys the beach, shooting his various guns, and attending church. He is an Officer in VFW Post 10148 and a member of the Cocoa Beach Elks Club. If you enjoy our Pig Roast, give Chris a pat on the back.  He is the reason we have the means and the skill to provide you this delicious meal.

(Photo: TEC diving in Florida)

Eric Bowman, MD, FACEP, FAWM, Course Organizer
Eric is the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, York, Pa.  Wilderness Medicine certifications include: Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine; Wilderness Medical Society member; certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) and Outdoor Emergency Care; active member of the National Ski Patrol.

Outdoor interests include downhill skiing, camping, backpacking, white water rafting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and survival skills.  SCUBA certifications (PADI) include Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver, Equipment Specialist, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator and Master SCUBA Diver.

 (Photo: Doing a “Shore Dive” to check out Sea Turtles with niece Danielle at Tamarindo Beach, Culebra, P.R., July 2013)

Veronica Coppersmith, DO, FAWM
Veronica is an Emergency Medicine Resident at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem PA. She loves anything and everything involving the outdoors, but her favorites are skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, ice climbing, running, and backpacking. Her love for the outdoors was deep seeded when she was a kid, and she was thrilled when she realized in medical school that the field of Wilderness Medicine was a combination of her three favorite things - Emergency Medicine, the great outdoors, and playing MacGyver. She received her Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine in 2014 and hopes in the future to work as an expedition doctor, keeping people safe on awesome adventures.

(Photo: Clinging to Crags always makes for an awesome photo)

Andrew Frei, MD, FAWM Candidate
Andrew is an emergency medicine resident physician at Wellspan York Hospital participating in his third straight PA Wild Med conference. His first exposure to wilderness medicine was on an alternate winter break trip helping to build a medical clinic for an austere Guatemalan community. Now, more than halfway complete his FAWM candidacy, after this conference he is headed to West Africa to volunteer in an accident/emergency clinic for several weeks.

(Photo: atop Birdridge Mountain outside Anchorage, Alaska)

Nicole Battaglioli, MD, FAWM
Nicole is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician and organizer of all things Wilderness Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  She spent her childhood surviving the frozen tundra of Wisconsin winters. This is most likely why she prefers warm weather hobbies such as scuba diving, hiking and cycling. Nicole also enjoys throwing her tomahawk, smashing cars and eating cupcakes. 

Wilderness Medicine topics of interest include; dive medicine and hyperbaric medicine, poisonous plants, tropical medicine and high altitude medicine. 

(Photo: Close encounters of the octopus kind on a dive in Oahu

Ryan Holt, WFR, Survivalist, Maine Guide
A Maine native with a deep appreciation and love for the natural world. Having served 8 years in the Marine Corps Infantry from 2003-2011, Ryan found the self discovery he was searching for using nature as a healing tool. It began in the Spring of 2012 with a 2,200 mile thru-hike along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Following his 6 month journey up the East coast, Ryan expanded his new found passions through many other expeditions and an education in wilderness living and guiding. In the Fall of 2013 he became a student of the "yearlong immersion program" at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School. His experiences range from all types of geographical locations & climates, from 100+ mile snowshoe treks across Minnesota in -50 temperatures, Canoeing 250 miles along the Northern Maine waterways, 9 week immersion learning & living in the North Maine woods, 3 weeks living off the land (NAKED) in Floridas Everglades and 40 days living off the land (NAKED) in the South African bush. Using his knowledge, skill & experience, Ryan has created the Human-Nature Hostel & Wilderness Guide Service on his 42 acres in the Southwestern mountains of Maine. You can follow some of his experiences on Discovery Channels #1 reality survival TV series "Naked & Afraid" & "Naked & Afraid XL". 
Learn more about Ryan here.

If you want to watch Ryan's episode before meeting him, you can find it here:

Naked in the Everglades is available for $1.99 on Amazon   
Or, you can skip all the drama and watch episode 7 ("Deadly Consequences") of South Africa

Peter Baumeister, D.O., LCDR MC (FS) USNR, FAWM Candidate

Pete is an Emergency Medicine resident at Stanford and FAWM candidate. He is a former US Navy Flight Surgeon, SAR Doc, and F-18 Naval Aviator. During that time, he received training in Wilderness, Mountain, Hot & Cold weather, Aerospace, Undersea, Tactical, Disaster, Humanitarian, and International Medicine. He has deployed around the world and practiced medicine in a variety of environments, including desert, tropical, mountain, maritime, undersea, aerospace, and tactical medicine; from an altitude of 50,000ft to -200’ below sea level. Pete has broken the speed more times than he can count, and has an unyielding Thirst for adventure.

Pete’s love for medicine and the outdoors started at a young age. He was a nature camp counselor at the age of 12, built his first ropes course at 13, and first sewed himself up at 9. He made his first snowboard at the age of 8, and has been boarding in search of the ultimate backcountry powder run in 3’ of fresh powder, laced with 8-12 foot drops ever since. He has been on over 400 dives, and is an avid spear fisherman. Pete also loves mountain biking, mountaineering, scuba diving, white water rafting and kayaking, and above all, spending time with his family in the wilderness.

John Rollhauser, EMT-B, OEC
John is a professional ski patroller at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine, the former Pro Patrol Director at Liberty Mountain Resort in Pa. and founder of Adventure Med Rescue. Adventure Med Rescue provides medical and rescue support to adventure races and other races in non-urban environments where access to standard emergency medical care is not readily available.

John is also a member of Franklin County Search and Rescue (FSAR) in Franklin County, ME. He is an active volunteer fire fighter, EMT & rescue technician and instructor for: Outdoor Emergency Care, lift evacuation, off-trail & rope rescue and climbing. He is an avid rock climber, hiker, backpacker, mountaineer, mountain biker, kayaker, skier and caver.  He believes one of the best sounds in the world is rain on his tent at night.

(Photos: Top: Standing on the summit cairns of Burn Mountain in Maine, another day at work. Burn Mountain is the centerpiece of the side country of Sugarloaf Ski Resort. Bottom: Summiting Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail after his thru hike in 2001).

Douglas Sward, MD, FAAEM, FAWM
Doug is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, currently working at the University of Maryland - Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Maryland. He also practices Hyperbaric and Dive Medicine at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center - Department of Hyperbaric Medicine. He is a DMAC Medical Examiner of Divers and the Faculty Advisor for the Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group at University of Maryland School of Medicine. Since 2010, he has been the Medical Advisor for Maryland Search and Rescue, which is a team within the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference.

Wilderness medicine interests include: dive medicine, altitude medicine, frostbite, hypothermia, hyperthermia, ultrasound and all manner of improvised wilderness care. Outdoor interests include rock and ice climbing, skiing, diving, mountain biking, kayaking, triathlons and any opportunity to get off the grid. He also has prior experience as a paramedic and firefighter at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad. 

(Photonothing beats being a “Powder Hound” skiing out West)

Carl Solomon, Search Manager, WFR, Lost Person Behavior Instructor
Carl is President of Maryland Search and Rescue (MSAR), a Howard County based wilderness SAR team. Carl is a Search Manager with the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, a certified Lost Person Behavior Instructor, and a WFR (Wilderness First Responder).  He is known for creating exciting, fun and highly educational SAR exercises. 

He enjoys mountaineering. He has climbing trips to the Harding Ice Field in Alaska, Mexico and Denali all planned for the next year with his son.  

(Photos: Top: Here is Carl rigging a technical rescue.  No, this is not in the jungle!  Bottom: Carl is waking up to a beautiful winter morning on Mt. Rainier)

​Warning: This is an archived page from 2016.  We left this info for reference purposes.

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we are bringing esteemed Faculty from New Mexico, Maine, Florida, California, Alabama, Minnesota, Wyoming, Alaska & even ANTARCTICA

(see Faculty in "Red" to figure out who is from where)

Christopher Steed, DO, FAWM Candidate
Chris is a third year emergency medicine resident physician at York Hospital and a FAWM candidate.  He has interests in many outdoor activities including backpacking, road biking, running, skiing, and international missions.  His passion for wilderness medicine stems from his background in international missions where he has assisted ministries as well as provided medical care to the underserved. 

(Photo: next to Misol-Ha in Palenque, Mexico)

Walt Schrading, MD, FACEP, FAWM
Walt is an aeromedical trained emergency physician, with over 100 flights during residency. He is a former 25-year and founding member of the faculty of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at York Hospital.  He has recently relocated to the University of Alabama, Birmingham where he is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine.  He is the Director of the Office of Wilderness Medicine and directs the Wilderness Medicine Track in the UAB EM residency training program.  He has extensive experience teaching AWLS and other wilderness medicine programs.

He was a white-water raft guide on the Youghiogheny River in southwestern PA for 7 years and is an expert in white-water rescue and safety. He is an athlete and outdoor adventurer. He is an 8-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon - a 140.6-mile single day journey including a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile marathon run. He hopes to compete in Kona, Hawaii at the world championship one day by his continued participation in this ultimate endurance event. Endurance adventure races including map navigation, mountain biking, canoeing or kayaking, and trail running are also part of his outdoor diet. He continues to compete in other triathlon, running, and adventure races; many of which he participates with his brothers or his wife.  He now is enjoying the heat training in the south! 

Bill Gibbons, DO, FAWM Candidate
Bill is the founder and president of the GOALS Adventure Racing Association. For the last 10 years, along with his wife, Anne, and a core of dedicated volunteers, GOALS-ARA has conducted 6-hour, 12-hour, and 24-hour adventure races that have gained recognition as some of the best organized and physically demanding competitions in the country. In 2012, Team GOALS-ARA was ranked #2 in the country with the US Adventure Racing Association. During this time, Bill has organized and directed over 100 events. With a background as a search and rescue instructor, Bill is proficient in all aspects of wilderness training. GOALS-ARA teaches clinics throughout the year on the various technical skills involved in adventure racing, wilderness survival, search, rope rescue, and leadership. As a racer, Bill has numerous podium finishes, as well as some great stories about the races that didn’t turn out so well. Bill is a Family Medicine resident in Philadelphia.

(Photo: Bill, on right, on a Search for a downed Paraglider)

Matt Lippy, EMT, OEC
Matt enjoys making a living outside. In the summer he is a U.S. Park Ranger for Yellowstone National Park. In the winter he works as a professional ski patroller at resorts including Killington, Stowe Mountain Resort in VT and Liberty Mountain Resort in PA. 

Matt’s training includes search and rescue, technical rescue and tactical woodland tracking. In the past Matt has worked at Voyageurs National Park as a Law Enforcement Ranger and Shenandoah National Park as a Biological Technician where he also was a member of their search & rescue and technical rescue teams. His outdoor interests include skiing, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, fishing and sailing. 

(Photo: “Tending a Litter, Cliff-side” or “Matt just Hanging Around… again”)

10th Annual Wilderness Medicine

& Survival Skills Conference

September 16-18, 2016

Eric Barr, DO, FAWM Candidate
Eric is the Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Hospital in York and in private family practice in York as well.  He is also licensed by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission as a ring-side physician for boxing and MMA. He teaches and utilizes Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine daily in his practice and when teaching residents and medical students. He has been a hunter, fisherman and outdoor person all of his life and now enjoys spending any time he can doing nearly anything outside with his family and friends. He is a candidate for the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship and looks forward to many more conferences and experiences like this. 

(Photo: taking a break on Kilimanjaro with his wife, Heather)

Rich Lippy, Mechanical Engineer  (Retired)
Rich has been an avid skier since 1960, and believes that skiing gets better when the weather gets tougher and the conditions get more challenging.  He has been working with Liberty Ski Patrol for the past 18 years.  He works as a Facilitator at Liberty and Capital Camps Ropes & Zip Line Courses.  He has been into Rock & Ice Climbing for the past 7 years.  He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for his 75th birthday, Mt. Hood for his 76th birthday and Seneca Rocks for his 78th birthday.  In the summers, he enjoys taking his friends out on his sailboat.  Rich has assisted with the construction of the famous Pig Roaster and much of the Zip Line and Low Ropes Courses you will be enjoying during the Wild Med Conference.

(Photo: Ice Climbing near Smuggler's Notch, VT at age 81)

Marko Yurachek, Adventure Guide

​Marko spends his summers in Alaska as an Adventure Guide.  Either a bear ate his cell phone on one of his Grizzly Safaris or he has spent the past several weeks without reception (which is a wonderful thing) so as the course director, I will write his bio.  I am sure Marko would be able to add tons of other super cool facts about his adventures.  We cross paths at many regional Wild Med conferences where Marko teaches primitive skills.  His skills are numerous but include climbing, SAR, any outdoor or primitive skill, navigation and leading Adventure Expeditions.  His best trait is his personality.  Friendly, personable, humble and a great story teller, I highly suggest you spend some quality campfire time with Marko.  He has also been the personal primitive skills trainer for one of the "Naked & Afraid" contestants (who kicked butt on her episode by the way).  

(Photo: Marko is known for picking up road kill on the way to a party or event as his contribution to the Dinner) 

Chris Mulholland,

Chris Mulholland is a fifth year Osteopathic Medicine Student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also a teaching assistant and Undergraduate Fellow in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at PCOM which is an additional year training in and teaching 1st-3rd year medical students anatomy, physiology, and OMT. Some of his favorite activities are snowboarding, fishing, sport climbing/bouldering, camping and hiking anywhere with a view.

(Photo: alpine meadow at roughly 9500' in the Teton mountain range.  In the background is the peak Grand Teton.) 

Archived!!!   Faculty

Martha Barrett, MD, MPH, FAWM Candidate

Martha's outdoor adventures began in the wilderness of upstate and western NY.  An environmental science fan from way back, she began her love affair with the outdoors with camping, backpacking and sport freshwater fishing with her parents in the Adirondack region.  Over the years, she has continued to backcountry camp and hike in various environments.  Recently, she's developed a new love of watersports,  and is currently exploring the worlds of ocean and whitewater kayaking, whitewater rafting, canoeing and paddleboarding.  Between adventures, she found time to become an emergency medicine physician and was thrilled to discover a place where she could dovetail her personal and professional interests!  Martha recently became certified as an Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider and is looking forward to her next explorations!  

(Photo: Rafting trip on the Nantahala River Gorge.  Martha is wearing sunglasses)

Jenna Jarriel, MD, FAWM Candidate
Jenna is an Emergency Medicine resident at York Hospital and FAWM candidate. She has been a member of the National Ski Patrol (NSP) since she was 16, which has greatly fostered her love of medicine and the outdoors. She is a NSP Trainer Evaluator, teaching at clinics at mountains including Copper (CO), Windham (NY), and Killington (VT) to help patrollers excel.  Other experiences include: providing prehospital care as an emergency medical technician, serving as trip leader for the outdoor education program at the Key School, and thru-hiking the Long Trail in Vermont. She enjoys anything involving mountains, water and/or snow, but cruising through double black glades on a snowboard is her favorite. 

(Photo: Baby moose sighting while hiking in the Tetons)

Stephanie Reighart, MA
Stephanie prefers the woods to living in a house. That's why she and Richard (below) sold their house in 2014 and have been wandering ever since. Recent adventures include: Hiking the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, working in Antarctica and biking from Seattle to Bar Harbor, Maine.

If she could only participate in one recreation for the rest of her life it would be backpacking. Stephanie likes to talk about gear, thru-hiking, scavenger hunts and winter.

Richard Trierweiler, MD, MPH, FAWM
Richard's outdoor adventures began as soon as he was big enough to reach door locks, grasp sharp and dangerous tools (Read: play toys) from the garage and make a break for the woods. He went on to do the whole Boy Scout/Eagle Scout thing, complete an Ironman, start a triathlon club at Dartmouth, join the Dartmouth Outing Club, mountaineer in Ecuador, join a search and rescue team, etc.

Next came medical school at Ohio State where he started a Wilderness Medicine Interest Group and joined the OSU mountaineering club. He then made time for a short bicycle trip from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, an MPH at Dartmouth and residency at WellSpan York Hospital.

The last Antarctic summer season he served as the base physician at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Now he's contracted to work in New Zealand. Together they hiked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, went on a 'round the world tour, biked from Seattle to Bar Harbor, Maine and nearly went over a waterfall. Next up: All the adventures they can find in New Zealand. 

(Photo: Richard & Stephanie at McMurdo Station in Antartica)

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