our cadre of instructors are wonderful folks with vast experience and the ability to translate that experience to learners in a manner to create competent compassionate and confident wilderness and rescue medicine providers.
Chris wears Christmas decorations before Halloween because he thinks outside the box. That same original thinking gives him a keen edge on innovative training, provides a fun yet professional learning environment and keeps people engaged.
He brings a decade of teaching and medical experience with 8 years military service working as a first aid instructor and medic, followed by years as trauma/emergency Registered Nurse traveling across the country.
A passion for people, traveling and teaching. You can find him exploring local hikes and local eateries all the same.
Michelle Murphy is a jack of all trades, like Larry, the spirit of Freshwater Training.
In the 80’s she began her rescue career as a wilderness search and rescue K9 trainer and handler. That led to training/teaching opportunities in rope rescue, dive rescue and swift water rescue in her New England home base. She was a founding member of the MATF1 Urban Search and Rescue team and a national instructor. In addition to amazing training opportunities she was deployed to multiple disasters to include hurricane Katrina and The World Trade Center.
Michelle retired as a full time fire fighter, EMT-C, and a wild land firefighter, WEMT, to become a full time nomad. She sold all her possessions and her farm and bought a camper and horse trailer. Michelle and her daughter Scout, 11, travel the United States with 3 horses and 2 dogs. Scout is unschooled (experiential learning) as they see America by horseback. They write books and sell their collaborative art about their travels. They traveled the world for two years, prior to this adventure, learning culture, language and religion.
Michelle’s only pre-retirement work she has kept is teaching WFR courses ( which she has been doing national and internationally since 2007). She loves the students who take these classes and teaching experientially to adults.
Nancy is an emergency nurse and former raft guide for Nantahala Outdoor Center during its heyday. She is the co-author of the Wilderness Medical Associates WFA Field guide. Nancy regularly volunteers with various NGO's around the world, Llamapak in the Sacred Valley of Peru and Tarasoka in Himalayan India to name two.
Holly Kondreska calls Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada home. Originally from Yellowknife Northwest Territories, she has lived in many parts of Canada as well as Africa and France. Holly works with a First Nations Literacy organization as well as her business, Superior Edge Rescue, a low resource and community health medicine solutions company.
Holly states “I consider myself an active and adventurous person, my pursuits include extended paddling, hiking, SCUBA diving and have been known to climb the occasional tree.
I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with many great organizations and charities including first aid and medical coverage, Red Cross Disaster Response, relief work in Honduras and have trained with Global Medics in Toronto.”
Holly worked for 15 years as a primary care paramedic in Thunder Bay and she continues to volunteer in the pre-hospital medical field.
Holly is a wonderful mom to her amazing nine year old boy and continues working on her tiny house with him helping.
From Holly - “I look forward to learning from the folks in our courses locally and around the world. Miigwech”
Paul splits his time between Maine and Vermont, working regularly with National Park Service Rangers around the country as well as Baxter State Park and Forest Rangers in Maine.