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In March of 2020 I decided that the best way to offer my expertise was to Jump ALL IN and offer my services to those that needed it the most. I took a travel assignment and went right into the FIRE spending 4 months at the epicenter of the Pandemic of 2020. For four months, I would devote my time and energy to those patients at New York Presentation Hospital – Columbia in Upper Manhattan.
After completing this assignment, I would head down to Georgia and join forces offering aid in ALL Intensive Care Units throughout ECCC. Over the course of the 2020 I have had the privilege to work throughout TEN (10) intensive care units and obtain License in three US States.
After hanging up my flight wings in 2007, I spent 14-years working Trauma Critical Care and Acute care surgery with the UCSF-Fresno faculty team. Here I would be trained and work with an amazing group of surgeons who entrusted me to run trauma resuscitation as they rolled in, first assist with emergent cases needing damage control resuscitation in the OR and work side by side with the acute care surgery and trauma critical care fellows to manage our 32 bed ICU. As a level-one trauma center we would care for all specialties in both pediatric and adult populations. Though I do consider myself always a student and on a mission for constant and never-ending improvement, I enjoyed my tenure assisting with medical student and resident education from clinical perspective at the bedside.
My flight days were definitely a highlight of my career. On a nice clear summer day/night, if you looked skyward, you would find me soaring through the sky, flying in and out of the Yosemite valley transporting the sick and injured to the a local valley trauma center. I was honored to have been one of the first recipients of the Certified Flight Paramedic patches. Candidates for this are expected to have mastery knowledge of current critical care transport medicine standards and the experienced paramedic skills and knowledge.
Why just fly in the valley when I could spread my wings?
Over my 7-year flight career, I had the opportunity to work with two amazing companies: First with the AirMed Team (of Doctors Medical Center, Modesto) – Armed in a BK-117, we rotated trauma call in the county and specialize in high-risk OB and Balloon Pump inter-facility transfers. As I began to spread my wings I joined the REACH family based out of Santa Rosa, CA. Here I had the opportunity to fly coastal mission in an Agusta 109, Bell 407, and a King Air fixed wing. Eventually I would be appointed the Clinical Training Coordinator over the California central valley and our base in Corvallis, Oregon
After attending the first Paramedic Training program offered through Stanislaus County and Doctors Medical Center, I would start my career in the field with American Medical Response, eventually becoming a Paramedic Preceptor, signing off on some amazing talented practitioners who I would trust with my life today. I also would return the favor and eventually become the lead instructor with Yosemite Community College and oversee the didactic and skills labs.
My tenure in medicine would start in my teens. I would spend 2-years volunteering and working through the ROP program giving me a taste of what I knew I was destined to become. I was eventually employed fulltime as a patient transporter giving me an opportunity to see all areas of the hospital. I would eventually end up in the Emergency Department where I would spend the next 4 years working with physician assistants and nurse practitioners realizing that I didn’t need to become a physician to do what I loved to do…and that is where my story began!
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