about barefoot wild med

I'm Katie...educator and lover of learning new things, licensed health care provider (athletic trainer, WEMT, ski patroller), and outdoor enthusiast (primarily boating, hiking, camping, biking & skiing).  I'm originally from West Virginia, lived in Salt Lake for quite a bit, and currently reside in Hamilton, Montana with my husband Taylor and our two pups named Shiner and Kari.

My career in wilderness medicine began at Massanutten Resort outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia as a ski patroller in 2006. Since then I've applied my medical skills to other fun things like whitewater raft guiding, volunteer search and rescue, working as an athletic training for recreational to professional athletes and more. I've got a MS in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Educational Technology, both from the University of Utah.

I've been an instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMAI) since 2014 and started Barefoot Wild Med—in fall of 2020. Barefoot Wild Med is a WMAI Licensed Training Company (LTC), authorized to teach WMA's wilderness medicine curriculum and certify students under their name. That means, when you graduate from one of my courses, you are certified with WMA. You can learn more about WMAI LTCs here.

My teaching philosophy is centered around empowering students to learn how to think critically for themselves and transfer their knowledge to new situations. I'm a firm believer that the best place to screw up is during your wilderness medicine course—not after—and therefore strive to create a comfortable, low-stakes classroom environment where you can fail safely and learn from your mistakes.

I really do love teaching and learning and am proud to share the WMA wilderness medicine curriculum with my students. I am so incredibly grateful to be able to combine my multiple interests into a fulfilling career. 


I'm so glad you've found Barefoot Wild Med, please let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Also, if you have any interest in teaching wilderness medicine courses and want to know what it takes, let's chat!