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My introduction to medicine was as a military medic in the early seventies. I was one of two medics on a small team of soldiers with expertise in other fields. We had a variety of assignments in various overseas countries during my tour of duty. This experience was responsible for my interest in learning more medicine and my respect for the EMTs and Paramedics I currently work with. I am a Montana licensed paramedic and physician. I am a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. I have a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from George Washington University. Since 1986 I have been the medical director for Big Horn County Montana which currently provides Advanced Life Support 911 response and critical care interfacility transports for a large geographic area. From 2005 to 2016 I was the medical director for the USDA Forest Service Incident Medical Specialist, Region 1 and the Missoula Smoke Jumpers.