Would it surprise you to learn that the third leading cause of death in the United States is preventable medical errors? In fact, nearly 250,000 people die each year from preventable medical mistakes, the equivalent of the population of Buffalo New York!
Excellent clinicians make bad decisions every day harming patients. The team here at Best Practice Medicine is committed to our mission;
Preparing teams for high consequence encounters
Founded by emergency medicine experts in 2015 with a collective 130 years of clinical, administrative, and program management experience in every distinct field of emergency medicine and nearly 70 years of clinical education experience.
BPM serves a broad range of clients around the globe;
Our highly specialized and unique team composition is our greatest strength. By focusing on quality clinical education, we can rapidly adjust to the dynamic filed of resuscitative and critical care medicine to consistently meet and exceed our client’s expectations.
Ben is the founder and CEO of Bozeman based Best Practice Medicine (BPM). As a leader in pre-hospital medicine for over a decade, he champions clinical excellence and best practice care as a clinician, educator and mentor.
Ben is a sought after speaker on the science and practice of resuscitative medicine. With clinical experience in fire, EMS, emergency departments and critical care Medevac medicine, Ben most enjoys connecting interdisciplinary teams of people to each other in those critical moments of medicine.
A critical care FP-C qualified Flight Paramedic, Ben provides high altitude and rural retrieval medicine in the Rocky Mountains where he also chases his skiing passion as a medical professional and regional educator on the Big Sky ski patrol, the largest in North America. He holds multiple instructor ratings in trauma, cardiac, high fidelity simulation and pediatric sub-specialties.
Ben received his degree in Paramedicine in 2006 and went on to earn a second degree in Biology in 2011. He specializes in the implementation of large scale educational projects and is leading BPM to become the dominant medical education program in the Northwestern United States.
Loren is an experienced critical care paramedic and educator with over 24 years in EMS, working in various roles during his career. His critical care expertise has been gained largely from his experience as an unlimited scope flight paramedic for several highly progressive HEMS outfits in west Texas and New Mexico. He is experienced in less common paramedic skill sets such as routine RSI, ventilator management, chest tube insertion, central line placement, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, and balloon pump operation. Has has cross-training for high acuity patient care in order to function as a true extension of the regional critical care center intensivists. Loren is also an experienced professional educator. He served as the Director of Clinical Education for a collegiate high volume accredited EMS education program and then rose to the role of Assistant Program Director responsible for curriculum development, faculty administration, and instruction of all on-campus and statewide satellite paramedic full courses, including the paramedic education portion of the USAF Pararescue training program at Kirtland Air Force Base.
Loren is currently a mining operations paramedic supervisor, providing emergency, clinical, and critical care in the remote industrial environment. His driving goal is to advance the prestige of EMS providers as a whole by encouraging providers to seek advanced-level knowledge, above and beyond convention.
Sean is a BPM's Deputy Director of Operations and a Simulation Specialist for the Central Simulation Team. Sean began his career in rescue and emergency medicine first as a lifeguard and then a full-time career as a FF/EMT. Sean earned his paramedic certification in 1995. He worked for five years in a progressive high volume fire-based EMS system in West Texas. During this time, he was an instructor for a community college EMS program. Sean also provided paramedic coverage for chemical refineries.
Moving to Montana in 1998, Sean continued to practice as a FF/paramedic. Currently Sean is the EMS Coordinator for his department. Sean is the medical team leader for the local combined City Police and Sheriffs Special Response Team.
Currently Sean is completing a bachelor’s degree in emergency health science from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
Joe has been involved in critical care medicine for three decades. His career of emergency medicine started as an EMT in the 1980s. Nursing school at Arizona State University was followed by years of critical care nursing, mostly in the emergency room. Recently, he served as a flight nurse in Bozeman with Summit/Reach Air Medical. Education has become his focus as he completes his certificate in nursing education with MSU. Currently working as clinical faculty with undergraduate nursing students allows Joe to shape the future of nursing care and education. His passion for learning is fueled by 20 years of teaching skiing at the highest levels to ski instructors in Montana. Bridger Bowl utilizes his talent to supervise the training of more than one hundred snowsports instructors each year. He thrives on creating the light bulb moment with learners and educates for AHA, NAEMT, ENA, and PSIA. Continuing to work locally in the Bozeman emergency department, Joe educates patients, family and staff on a regular basis.
Lifelong learning is the goal and interactive approaches including fun is the objective everyday. Joe brings to BPM creative instructor and curriculum development so we can deliver quality immersive education through games, activities and experiences.
Chris has been in Bozeman for 25+ years after finding his way here to attend Montana State University from Oregon. He spent the earlier part of his career in the Ski/Outdoor and fly fishing industries, coaching ski racing, guiding fly fishing and sales rep for several top brands in several states. The last decade or so Chris has been in business development for medical equipment and practice management for ED and HM physicians. With a little dabbling in the high tech start up world and telemedicine.
He is an EMT and volunteer Ski Patrol at Big Sky Resort.
In his down time he can be found with his wife, son and daughter skiing, fly fishing, whitewater trips or just about anything else outside.
Eric is an emergency medicine physician practicing in Bozeman, Montana with a strong interest in prehospital medicine. He is the medical director for EMS services in Gallatin County, MT, with responsibility for first response agencies, air and ground transport services, as well as local ski patrols and backcountry search and rescue.
He completed medical school at the University of Connecticut, graduating in 2005. He completed residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine, with one year as chief resident, graduating in 2008. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Eric has been immersed in prehospital medicine since his time as a ski patroller in college and as an EMT on an urban ground ambulance in between college and medical school. This passion for the prehostpial community is evident in his role as medical director. He is often found in the field working alongside paramedic, nurse and EMT’s on ambulances and in helicopters.
Zach Sturges is a native of Montana and an emergency physician practicing in Bozeman, Montana. He attended medical school at the University of Washington and then completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Utah. Following his residency he completed a fellowship in medical education with a focus on simulation technology. Dr. Sturges remained on the faculty at the University of Utah after his fellowship and created simulation curriculum for emergency medicine residents and multidisciplinary disaster medicine courses. He is board certified in emergency medicine. Since 2015, he has been the assistant medical director for REACH air medical services. He is committed to ongoing excellent medical education and brings experience from practice environments both urban and rural.
Brodie is the Simulation Team Leader for the western third of Montana. Born and raised in Montana, he initially forayed into EMS in 1998 to help on a local community ambulance in Seeley Lake, Montana. In 2006, he became a full time EMT/Firefighter with the Big Mountain Fire Department, where he currently is the senior paramedic on staff.
In 2010 he earned his AAS in paramedicine and through time, has earned his instructor certifications with the American Heart Association in BLS CPR, ACLS, PALS, is a PHTLS instructor, and a lead EMS instructor for the state of Montana. He is an active proponent of rural EMS education and closing the gap of training on “High Risk, Low Frequency” skills. He works with daycare centers around the Flathead Valley as well as the Kalispell Police Dept. putting on tailored classes for their employees.
Megan started her career as a volunteer first responder over 24 years ago and has worked as an EMT and paramedic. Her over 20 years as a nurse has mostly been in emergency, air medicine, and more recently as a clinical educator in both air medical and hospital settings. Teaching is and always has been a passion and is interwoven into nearly every aspect of her work. This love of teaching inspired her to further her education graduating with a Masters degree in Nursing Education in 2015.
Brea is a registered nurse and clinical nursing informatics specialist with a background primarily in pediatric patient care. Starting out in Seattle and Los Angeles then returning home to Bozeman, she has accumulated 15 years' experience from bedside to the operating room in various nursing and medical education roles. Brea has gladly served as a Nurse Team Leader, Nurse Coordinator, and Staff Preceptor as well as an AHA instructor for BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Brea is devoted to ensuring patients receive the best care possible, which has driven her passion for educating medical professionals and helping advance their skills to that effect.
Ben is an experienced critical care paramedic that joined the BPM team from the eastern seaboard. He started in pre-hospital medical care over 23 years ago with a certification as an EMT-A in northern New Jersey. He utilized that certification when he lead and reorganize the Virginia Military Institute’s Emergency Medical Response team while earning his engineering degree. After graduating VMI, Ben became a law enforcement officer in northern Virginia. While tending to his duties in law enforcement, he became a paramedic providing advanced medical care with the county police’s helicopter division. During his tenure with the helicopter division he became a paramedic field trainer, flight officer trainer and tactical paramedic. His duties and experience as a paramedic did not end on the flight line but carried over to his positions within the WMD team and Special Operations Division. Ben served as a tactical paramedic providing medical support and oversight for EOD, SWAT and other high risk operations teams. He also has held several certification in tactical medicine.
Ben hung up his flight helmet to return to school to further his education by attending MSU to gain a post bacc in Pre-medicine. During his time at MSU he fell in love with Montana and sought other opportunities to further his medical experience while maintaining his foothold in beautiful Montana. He is excited to join BPM team to bring medical simulation to Montana’s medical community to expand the educational and training opportunities within the state.
Alyssa comes to the BPM family from the desert and heat of Arizona. She has been involved in health care administration coordination for 8 years. Alyssa comes to us with many exceptional skills with student coordination, AHA courses, and everything in between. She has been a licensed AHA BLS instructor for the past 3 years. She has attended MSU in pursue of being a nurse. Alyssa has a passion for serving our students and helping them advance their knowledge and education.
After graduating paramedic school over a decade ago Amber pursued a career in clinical care and meaningful education. Working her way through instructor courses like CPR/First Aid instructor to advanced AHA courses like ACLS and PALS Amber believes in building knowledge from the ground up. Her most recent ventures include working with several grant-funded initiatives such as Emergency Pediatric Care, PHTLS, LUCAS/Cardiac Ready Communities, and Naloxone Training. In addition to these many roles, she actively serves as a paramedic for 2 local departments and frequently helps with instruction of EMT classes and refreshers across the state. Professionalism and customer service are cornerstones of excellent patient care and it is Amber's philosophy that skills acquisition through pertinent education is the foundation of such.
In her “down time”, you will find Amber with reading the latest in EMS research or hovering over a perplexing EKG or playing with a new piece of equipment. When not working, she enjoys wandering through the wilds of Montana with her family.
Jessica's background is diverse in education as well as experience ranging from teaching and program development to various degrees of patient care. Her love of patient care began on the Deschutes River in Oregon where she was almost bitten by a rattle snake. In 2007, she began her transition from being an architect to being a paramedic in 2010. In addition to her roll with Best Practice Medicine, she is also currently working on a 911 ALS transport ambulance and as a med-pro volunteer for ski patrol at Big Sky Resort. She has worked in EMS in various other capacities including being a volunteer firefighter/paramedic and critical care transport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While abroad, she gained her Critical Care Paramedic and Flight Paramedic Certifications on the island of Malta and enjoyed traveling all over Europe and the Middle East. She has also worked at a Level II ACS certified trauma hospital in the emergency department. From there she was promoted to that hospitals Trauma Department as the Injury Prevention and EMS Coordinator where she built, from the ground up, a community injury prevention program. Excellent patient care, doing what’s right for her patients, advancing herself professionally and fostering a desire in her peers and coworkers to do the same are what drives her on a daily basis - not to mention the adventure and love of living.
Jessica grew up in the Puget Sound where her love of the outdoors began - climbing trees and stomping in mud as a kid. She learned to ski at Ski Acres, taking years of lessons as a child and teenager. She moved to Oregon and lived there for 20 years while going to college and raising a daughter. From there she went abroad for a year to work; then moved to a cabin in Montana where she volunteers on ski patrol in the winter and puts on as many miles as she can hiking, camping, and boating during the summer.
Irene has been in pre-hospital medicine since she was eighteen. She started as an EMT in the Los Angeles CA later completed Paramedic school in Reno, NV where she worked at REMSA for the next four years. She accepted a job here in Montana working as a Paramedic/Firefighter with West Yellowstone Fire Department, where she fell in love with the mountains and the peaceful lifestyle Montana has to offer. During her ten years with the department, she became very active in our local EMS community. She worked with Air Idaho where she flew as a Flight/ Medic in Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and Wyoming while also working part time with the local ground ambulance AMR out of Bozeman, MT. In 2015 she decided to open a business here in Bozeman helping people live a healthier more active lifestyle based around nutrition. Since the opening of Fired-Up Nutrition she has opened two more locations and made the decision to go full time with her businesses in 2017. She has a passion for teaching and medicine so she was brought into the Best Practice family as the Med-Ed Director where she looks forward to teaching best practices to students in our EMS community.
Phil has a variety of emergency medical experience with several organizations, including Big Sky Volunteer Ski Patrol and Bridger Canyon Fire Department. He has been a volunteer firefighter with Central Valley Fire District for the past five years and has worked several full-time seasonal positions with the district, gaining valuable pre-hospital medical experience. He has been an EMT since 2009 and recently obtained his Paramedic certification in 2017.
Phil is a native New Englander, originally from Massachusetts. He received a bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology from the University of New England, where he played four years of collegiate soccer. He made the move to Montana ten years ago to pursue skiing and fell in love with what Montana has to offer. He enjoys spending his free time skiing the mountains, fly-fishing the local rivers, a good game of cribbage, and generally being outdoors whenever possible.
Katie’s passion is simply to help people. She strives to ensure that she infuses her clinical experiences and teaching with passion and pride, and believes that clinicians are lifelong learners.
Katie joined the Hyalite Fire Department (formerly the Rae Sourdough Fire Department) in 2011. Within four months, she earned her EMT certification and started responding to emergent medical calls. Katie then accepted a full-time position as an EMT at AMR, and began learning as much as she could from her paramedic partners and their 911 calls.
In 2013, Katie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Sciences from MSU. Afterwards, she quickly applied to a hybrid Paramedic Program, from which she graduated top of her didactic class in 2015.
Around Best Practice Medicine, Katie is involved in the MED-ED, CARES, and Special Projects Divisions. In MED-ED, Katie is the Lead Lab Instructor for all EMT classes, where she mobilizes a team of lab instructors to reinforce lecture material with the skills and techniques necessary for students to become well-rounded practitioners. In CARES, Katie is an AHA instructor for BLS CPR, ACLS, and PALS courses. In Special Projects, Katie is starting to teach Narcan Master Trainer courses to local agencies to help reduce and reverse the drastic and severe consequences of opioid abuse.
Katie was born in England and later grew up in southeastern Washington, then moved to Montana to attend MSU. She fell in love with the big sky and suddenly, she’s been a Bozemanite for almost 10 years. When she’s not working on the ambulance or teaching, Katie enjoys riding motorcycles, playing piano and guitar, and spending time with her second family at the fire department.
Tomie is the Simulation Team Leader for the HI-Line region of Montana. He was raised in the Bitterroot Valley. Shortly after joining the United States Navy he worked under the Special Warfare department for 10 years. The end of his Navy career landed him in Virginia Beach, VA where he started his Paramedic and Firefighter career. He started as a volunteer EMT and worked his way to a Critical Care Paramedic for Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services. Tomie attended Tidewater Community College and earned his AAS in Paramedicine and Critical Care through Oregon Institute of Technology. While volunteering he worked at the Chesapeake Fire Department as a career firefighter along with being a SWAT medic for the Chesapeake Police department and a field training officer. Tomie has instructor certifications in ACLS, PALS TCCC and TECC and continues to look to gain more teaching experience. He was fortunate enough to learn through simulation so he knows what a special opportunity it is.
Tomie continues to strive to practice high performance prehospital medicine in his home centered in the Hi-line of beautiful Montana. His goal is continuing to develop in his passion and to pass that on to his students through high fidelity low frequency simulation.
DJ comes to us from north central Montana where he is a part of the Hi-Line Simulation Team. He has been involved with EMS for over 10 years and is in his 8th year working as a career firefighter/AEMT . He is currently pursuing becoming a paramedic and looks forward to increasing his knowledge base as well as helping to teach others through the simulation trainings. He is a huge proponent of rural EMS and education and is excited to be a part of bringing it to the Hi-Line area. He is a certified CPR instructor through AHA as well as a lead EMS instructor through the state of Montana. He has taught EMT classes and is a certified car seat technician.
Teresia is an AEMT and trainer with 25 years’ experience in rural Montana. She has worked as an EMS provider and trainer, and has also worked as an EMS service manager, a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC) and Hospital Trauma Coordinator.
Teresia is an active AHA BLS instructor and Montana Lead EMS Instructor, teaching EMT classes every year. She is still actively teaching with the local EMS and hospital as well as helping in the emergency department with trauma patients. Teresia believes that keeping up with the latest information on best practices is the best way to improve our patient care and overall the patient outcomes.
Having a love for rural Montana and believing that people in rural areas deserve great emergency care, is what has kept her going for 25 years. She is always working to learn more and bringing that knowledge to EMS and hospital providers.