Philip Neuwirth, BS, FP-C
Founder & Editor-in-Chief of HEMS Critical Care, Philip began his EMS career in 1977 as an Emergency Medical Technician. Philip worked in the private sector, before attending Paramedic School in 1992 and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Philip worked as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic, before becoming a Certified Critical Care Flight Paramedic in 2009. Philip continues in that role today, working for Atlantic Health and Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey. Philip is married, has 5 children and two grandchildren.
Amy Neglia, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-CMC, CFRN, C-NPT
Amy Neglia is a Critical Care Flight Nurse, a National & Regional Speaker on Critical Care Nursing and has been published in AirRescue, a European Flight Magazine. Amy is an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, with a focus on Critical Care and Critical Care Transport. Amy holds certifications in Critical Care, Cardiac Care, Flight Nursing and Neonatal Pediatric Transport.
Amy is currently a Flight Nurse with Air St. Luke’s out of Idaho, and works PRN for the Critical Care Units in the St. Luke’s Health System.
Jessica P Valdez, RN, MSN, CFRN, EMTP, CMTE
Jessica Picanzo Valdez is a Nuse/Paramedic with expertise in flight and disaster medicine. Jessica began her career in flight medicine with Med-Trans Corporation in June 2011. In 2016, Med-Trans expanded their education department, and Jessica is now a Professional Development Manager where she focuses on new employee orientation and clinical coach development.
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN
Kristen brings 10 years of clinical and educational experience in the fields of critical care, emergency, and aviation medicine. Serving as Program Director of Flight & Critical Care Nursing Education, she has created original comprehensive educational courses as well as contributed to best-selling publications. An active member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), she has been revered as a resource and mentor to many clinicians serving in these specialties. Fulfilling roles as a registered nurse, ECMO specialist, director and clinical educator, Kristen brings a unique and original perspective to the realm of medical education.
Wesley Rogers, FP-C
Wesley brings 8 years of experience in prehospital EMS. He first began his career as a volunteer Fireman while in High School, and attended Paramedic school at the age of 19. His experience includes ground critical care in a large urban-based EMS system and has spent the last 3 years as a Flight Paramedic in Texas. Wesley has worked as a Training Officer, Critical Care Educator for U.S. Army Flight Paramedics, and providing AHA & NAEMT outreach education.Wesley is currently attending the University of Houston, majoring in Public Health.
Tom Pietrantonio, BSRT, RRT-ACCS
Tom Pietrantonio began his career as a respiratory therapist in 2011. He has successfully held positions at Carolinas Healthcare System, Venice Regional Bayfront Health, and AirTrek Air Ambulance. Tom is currently a flight therapist with MedCenter Air in Charlotte, NC. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and is also a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole and their three children.