Professional Level Wilderness Medicine

About Wilderness Medic, LLC

Wilderness Medic LLC was founded and is operated by Brad Sablosky. He provides wilderness medical training certified by Wilderness Medical Associates International, wilderness medicine and risk management consulting.

Brad Sablosky currently works as a paramedic firefighter with Durango Fire and Rescue Authority, paramedic with Silverton San Juan Ambulance, and as a ski patroller with Purgatory Mountain. In over 20 years as a medical practitioner and outdoor guide brad has worked in the following fields:

  • 12 years guiding multi-week canoe trips in Northern Canada.
  • Camp director, managing programming and logistics for canoe program in Northern Ontario.
  • Field staff for therapeutic wilderness program.
  • 10 year member of La Plata County Search and Rescue and former Vice President.
  • 17 years as a professional ski patroller
  • 10 years teaching wilderness medicine classes nationally and internationally for Wilderness Medical Associates

We specialize in providing the finest wilderness medical classes available anywhere. Brad’s experience and background means that our classes are up to date and focus on practical knowledge and skills to prepare for work or play in any environment. We typically have many classes in the Durango, CO and the greater Southwest, sign up for a course or contact us and we will put together a custom course in your location.

All classes certified by Wilderness Medical Associates International.

Brad Sablosky

Meet Our Instructors

Chelsea Gardner

Chelsea began her paramedic career in the small mountain town of Silverton, Colorado in 2011. Within her first year, she was the Assistant Director of Silverton Ambulance and an officer on San Juan County Search and Rescue. For the next five years, she was challenged with managing critical patients in a mountainous environment far from definitive medical care, and WFR skills became more valuable than she ever could have imagined. Chelsea’s current focus is on avalanche rescue and technical rope rescue. She practices with multiple agencies in Silverton and is a firefighter/paramedic in Durango, Co. On any typical day, you can find Chelsea and her four-legged friend adventuring in the San Juan Mountains or soaking up the sun while fishing the Animas River.

Chelsea Gardner

Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C

Jeff is the curriculum director for Wilderness Medical Associates and  co-author of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine and The Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook used as textbooks in WMA courses worldwide. His teaching reflects the experience of 30 years in emergency medicine, outdoor education, and wilderness rescue. He has served as an ambulance and fire/rescue crewman, professional ski patroller, emergency department practitioner and on the medical staff of three ski area trauma clinics. He currently practices with the Crested Butte Medical Center in Colorado, where he also serves as team leader and medical officer for Crested Butte Mountain Rescue.

Jeffrey is also a USCG licensed captain and an experienced blue-water sailor, having logged thousands of miles aboard his own sloop as well as serving as mate and medical officer on sail-training and research vessels. His marine resume includes twenty seasons as an instructor, course director, and vessel master with The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.

Brad Sablosky

Josh Kling

Josh is a mountain guide and outdoor educator based in Durango, Colorado. He is an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Alpine Guide, Certified Rock Guide, and assistant ski guide. He is a NR-EMT and a professional ski patroller with the Purgatory Ski resort Pro Patrol. Josh guides all types of rock and alpine climbing, backcountry skiing, and instructs AIARE avalanche courses. His climbing and trekking have taken him around the globe. In addition to teaching wilderness medical and rescue course, Josh has taught for numerous other nationally recognized organizations as well worked as a guided on Denali. He helps coordinate the Flight For Life Avalanche Deployment team in the San Juans, and is a Technical Team Member, Training Instructor, and Winter Response Team Coordinator with La Plata County Search and Rescue in Colorado.

Chelsea Gardner

David Johnson, MD

David Johnson, MD is a board-certified emergency physician and President and Medical Director of Wilderness Medical Associates, Inc. His participation in trans-Atlantic sailing expeditions and numerous treks in North and South America, coupled with 30 years in urban and rural emergency medicine, have given him a broad base of experience in patient care in difficult and demanding situations.

Dr. Johnson is a frequent conference presenter and author, and has taught all levels of EMS and wilderness medicine courses throughout the US and in some of the more far-flung corners of the world. He is co-author of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, WMA’s text used in coures worldwide. He has been recognized by Outward Bound USA with the McGory Award for outstanding contributions to experiential education. He is well known for his low-key teaching style and exceptional ability to relate complex medical issues to the elemental principles of wilderness medicine. He is also known for being firmly committed to the science behind the subject.

Brad Sablosky