Alan Christie

Alan Christie is originally from Aberdeen, Scotland and moved to Canada over 20 years ago. He has worked with youth for a number of years in the outdoor leadership and instruction field and has been a canoe/raft guide for over 10 years, leading multi-day wilderness trips in the Yukon, North West Territories, Nunavut and Alaska. He has been a full-time Primary Care Paramedic in the City of Hamilton, Ontario for over 6 years. He has also travelled extensively throughout Europe, Central and South America. When not working, Alan can usually be found somewhere outdoors whatever the season, paddling, hiking, sailing, skiing or just travelling to a new destination.

Alain Vaillancourt

 I am a Critical Care Paramedic (medevac) and Community Paramedic ( remote medical clinic) working in Northern Alberta where wilderness is everywhere. When off duty, I can be found on a lake fishing or mountain biking on an adventurous trail or trekking in the deep area of a beautiful rich forest. I have been teaching first aid for almost 3 decades now but wilderness FA since 2011 and still learning! I am pursuing my Master in Paramedic Science from an Australian University now and I have just completed a Wound Care Management advanced certificate through Grant MacEwan University.

My motto: “Sometimes, life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here, we might as well dance!”

Aimee Bills

Aimee is a New York State Forest Ranger residing North of the Catskill Mountains.  Throughout her life, she has spent the majority of her free time recreating in the great outdoors. She studied Environmental Science in college and turned her passion into a career where she can call the woods her “office”. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her young family, hiking, boating, camping and traveling. Aimee will be joining her local ambulance company as an EMT

Amy Chris

Off the beaten path is where Amy loves spending time. As a PCP in Fernie BC, Amy enjoys the challenges and opportunities of living in a rural mountain town. A PCP with the BC Ambulance service since 2000, Amy also enjoys volunteering with the Canadian Ski Patrol System as a zone VP Education, advanced first aid instructor and instructor trainer. Passionate about expanding medical knowledge and exploring the backcountry, Amy teaches and examines first aid as well as EMR and PCP programs at the local College. Amy loves hiking, ski touring, and sea kayaking and has worked as a white water raft expedition guide, a rock climbing instructor and dogsled guide. Amy is co-owner of Adventure Source Tours; a guiding company that offers dogsledding, skijoring, and snowshoeing tours.

Amy Attivissimo

Amy is an WEMT and works part-time for Pridecare EMS as an NREMT-B in Southwest Michigan. She holds a masters degree in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience. She is a Ski Patroller and teaches snowboarding and toboggan skills. When it's not snowing, Amy is the lead Advanced Freefall Program (AFP) Instructor at Skydive Chicago helping many new students learn to skydive, build skills, and earn licenses. She holds a USPA (United States Parachute Association) D license, PRO rating, Coach, AFF, and Tandem Ratings, She is an International Bodyflight Association (IBA) tunnel coach and has competed in USPA nationals for many years in formation skydiving. In her free time she goes to mountain biking, rock climbing, and plays outside. 

Andrew Bezon

Andy works year round managing outdoor programs at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset Maine.  Before making the move to the east coast Andy guided, and eventually managed, 7-week therapeutic wilderness trips in South East Alaska and British Columbia.  During this time in Alaska he also volunteered as a member of the local fire department and ambulance service.  Andy is a registered Maine guide and has a master’s degree in experiential education from Minnesota state university at Mankato.  Andy’s interests include backcountry snowboarding, paddling and fishing.  When not in the office or in the field, Andy can often be found spending time with his wife and son on their family farm in mid-coast Maine.  

Andrew Hagen

Andy has been involved with outdoor adventure for the past fifteen years.  As a guide and facilitator, has has worked in a variety of wilderness settings though he remains partial to the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota.  He has a M.S. in Educational Leadership and is a certified EMT.  Andy divides his time between working as an on-call EMT, teaching courses for WMA, and raising two kids with his wife.  

Anita Laipnieks

Anita works as a primary care paramedic for the city of Hamilton and is engaged in medical support for NGOs working in some of the world's most volatile regions. Anita's background as a college educator, medical knowledge, and growing enthusiasm for outdoor recreation and medicine in low-resource contribute to her interest and passion for wilderness medicine and training for WMA.

Ann Dunphy

Ann is a professional EMS instructor who holds a BS degree in education and professional certifications in emergency medicine. She teaches emergency medicine for Nicolet College and wilderness medicine for WMA. Between classes she works for an ambulance service and emergency room in northern Wisconsin where she responds to and treats “northwoods” injuries. Her EMS experience began in 1980, and her education career in 1979. Ann provides a high-energy and well-focused teaching style. She has taught for WMA in settings as diverse as weekend adventure clubs, summer camps, outdoor companies, military bases to an Ivy League university. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, cross-country skiing, hiking or simply relaxing in her century old Northwood’s farmhouse. Her favorite place is the northwoods shoreline of Lake Superior.

April Grisetti

April has been a nationally certified Physician Assistant since 2006, has taught with WMA since 2009 and is an actively practicing urgent care clinician in Port Townsend, WA. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine through the Wilderness Medical Society. She previously held her practice in Portland, OR, where she also volunteered with Portland Street Medicine and with Team Rubicon doing disaster and humanitarian relief, the last deployments being to Great Abaco (Bahamas), southern Texas and Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Dorian, Harvey and Maria. Prior to this she spent many years practicing primary and urgent care medicine in Santa Fe, NM where she also managed patients in the Aid Room for Santa Fe Ski Patrol and volunteered for many years with Search and Rescue before moving to the Pacific NW in 2013. Her extracurricular passions include hiking, yoga and various water and snow sports.