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Martha Barrett, MD, MPH,FACEP, FAWM Candidate, Assistant Course Organizer

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: Rappelling in the shower, trying to be like Bowman)

Sam Berry, DO, FAWM Candidate
Sam is an emergency physician practicing in the Tidewater area of Virginia. He graduated from WellSpan York Emergency Medicine Residency where he participated in the wilderness medicine track, giving several lectures on wilderness medicine topics and helping organize our annual MedWar.
He has spent his life hiking, fishing, hunting, and skiing. He was a volunteer EMT in southern Maryland prior to attending the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. There, he ran his school’s Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group, and attended the WMS’s Student Elective Rotation in Roanoke, VA where he completed the WFR course, amongst many other experiences.

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)

Brian Wexler, MD, 

Bryan is the Medical Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at WellSpan Health. In addition to being a dual board-certified Emergency Medicine and EMS Medicine physician, he also completed his fellowship in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management and holds numerous certifications in business continuity and healthcare response.

Bryan’s interests in addition to disaster medicine and psychological preparedness include system development and resource management.  He is an avid tennis player, a practitioner of martial combatives along with classical and historical fencing.

Faculty Bios

Faculty

14th Annual Wilderness Medicine & Survival Skills Conference

October 8th & 9th, 2022

John Rollhauser, WEMT-B, OEC

John has been a professional ski patroller at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine, the former Pro Patrol Director at Liberty Mountain Resort in Pa. John is a member of Franklin Search and Rescue (FSAR) in Franklin County, ME. He is a member of the FSAR board of directors, and on the FSAR Technical Rope Rescue Team. He is an fire fighter, EMT & rescue technician with the Kingfield Fire Department. John is also an 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.
(Photo: 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.)

Dan Kreider, MD

Dan is currently an emergency physician at WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Department.  He is also the Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography Fellowship Director.  He has a passion for teaching and his educational interests include point of care ultrasound, EM procedural skills, and wilderness medicine.  His love for the outdoors stems from his various experiences backpacking, fishing, and hunting.  Backcountry archery elk hunting is one of his favorite activities, recently visiting Montana this past September. Additional outdoor interests include snowboarding, kayaking, freediving, archery, and hiking National Parks.

Mike Khoury, MD

Michael is a PGY-3 Emergency medicine resident at York Hospital and will be doing toxicology fellowship. His interest in wilderness medicine started when he participated as a medical student in Dr. Bowman's Wilderness Medicine conference.  His interests include disaster response, wilderness toxinology and pre-hospital medicine.  He spends most of his time lost in the woods with his mountain bike.

Saulius Elertas, EMT-P, FP-C, FAWM Candidate

Saul is a flight paramedic with the Penn State Life Lion Critical Care Transport program. He is also a Medical Specialist with Pennsylvania US&R Task Force 1, and is certified in numerous technical rescue disciplines.

As a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, he is working towards achieving a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine, and enjoys both studying and teaching about wilderness medicine. Outdoor interests include hiking, camping, mountain biking and kayaking.
(Photo: Saulius is sporting some pretty good gear in this photo).

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Course Organizers

Thuyvi Luong, MD

Vi is an emergency medicine physician at York Hospital.  She completed an ultrasound fellowship. She is a long-time participant and lecturer at the PA Wild Med conference.  Her interests include ultrasound, hiking, and travel.

Christopher W. Scott, FAWM Candidate

Christopher Scott, CISSP, CHS-III, is an EMT and 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 doing underwater rigging to lift it to the surface. 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.
(Photo: Dressed for winter in Florida)

Kyle Wilcox, MD, 

Kyle is an emergency medicine physician currently doing an ultrasound fellowship at WellSpan York Hospital. He was an WEMT-B prior to med school. He enjoys being outdoors in remote areas and likes being ready for any disaster. Outdoor interests include backpacking, hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, and nature photography. 

Eric Bowman, MD, FACEP, FAWM, Co-course Organizer & Host
Eric is the creator and founder of the Wilderness Medicine and Survival Skills Conference, and previous Director of the Wilderness Medicine Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital's Emergency Medicine Residency, York, Pa. While Eric is stepping away from his role at WellSpan, he will continue to host and support the PA Wild Med Conference. Wilderness Medicine certifications include: Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM); Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) member; certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) and Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC); active member of the National Ski Patrol (NSP).

Outdoor interests include downhill and backcountry 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: Hiking up Tuckerman's Ravine to summit of Mount Washington, NH while on a backcountry ski trip with Ski Patrol buddies)

​​Peter Baumeister, DO, CDR MC (FS) USNR, FAWM Candidate, Course Organizer
Peter is the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital, York, Pa. Pete attended medical school at Oklahoma State University, joined the US Navy, trained as an Aerospace Medicine Physician, and served for over a decade as a US Navy Flight Surgeon, Search and Rescue Doc, and F-18 Naval Aviator. During that time, he received training in Wilderness, Mountain, Hot & Cold weather, Aerospace, Under Sea, Tactical, Disaster, Humanitarian, and International Medicine. He has deployed around the world, practiced medicine on six continents, in a variety of environments; from an altitude of +50,000’ to 200’ below sea level. Pete attended Stanford University for his Emergency Medicine Residency, was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and is a current FAWM candidate. 

Pete has been on over 400 dives, and is an avid spear fisherman. He also loves mountain biking, hiking, mountaineering, scuba diving, white water rafting, and kayaking. Pete has broken the speed of sound more times than he can count, and personally seen the curvature of the earth. His unyielding thirst for adventure, caring for those in need, love for both wilderness and tactical medicine, and above all, spending time with his family in the wilderness. Pete also serves as the Director of Tactical Medicine and founder of Tier 1 Medical Resources, a not for profit tactical medical training company. 
(Photo 1: Mont Blanc - Chamonix, France; Photo 2: Wild Med 2019 with Eric Bowman)