College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Health Sciences
An excellence driven educator who thrives in development of new systems to develop a pathway for the future of EMS. I began my career in Panama City Florida, as a certificate paramedic. Since that time, I have held positions through nearly all aspects in EMS including EMT, and Paramedic in both 911 and private systems. I have also held administrative positions such as Training Officer, and Operations Manager of numerous services. I hold both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee North Carolina and am currently completing a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Trident University. I transitioned from paramedic practice to education in 2016 as the lead instructor for the paramedic certificate program at Lowcountry Regional EMS Council in South Carolina. Within 12 months began overseeing the program as program director and elevated to the Director of Education where I instituted new and novel ways to train EMTs and Paramedics. I currently hold credentials for practice in both North Carolina and South Carolina as well as the National Registry. I have numerous instructor credentials including; NCOEMS Level 1 Instructor, South Carolina Advanced, Basic, and CE Instructor, as well as BLS, ACLS, PALS, and ITLS instructorships. I began at WCU in October 2018, and as of Fall 2019 have served as an Assistant Professor in the EMC Program and the Distance EMC Program Coordinator.
Teaching interest include technology integration for immersive learning in not only initial education but, for the continued development of EMS clinicians.
My research interest are focused around paramedic competency. First the measurement, and then advancement of competent and critically thinking field practitioners to adapt to the changes of EMS and its future endeavors.