Survival Med Faculty

Meet our experts in wilderness medicine, survival skills and personal safety.

Survival Med wilderness first aid, survival training and personal safety classes blend clinical training with practical, real-world insights from our instructors: experienced emergency and wilderness medicine physicians, first responders and search and rescue professionals. 

Our course creators and class leaders provide remote and austere medical support in wilderness and backcountry settings around the globe: from Antarctica and the European Alps to the African savannas, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia; from the mountains, steppes, rainforests and rivers of South America to the prairie, canyons, rolling hills, snowy ranges and glaciers of North America.

Natalie Bonthius, MD

  • Founder of Survival Med
  • Emergency Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
  • Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) Candidate
  • Certified Advanced Wilderness and Expedition Provider (AWEP)
  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support Instructor
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Board Member, International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS)

Carson Harper, MD

  • Emergency Medicine Physician, UHS-Southern California
  • Class Five Whitewater Rafting Guide
  • Mountain Bike Medic
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Wilderness First Aid instructor
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Dr. Richard Ingebretsen

Richard Ingebretsen, MD PhD

  • Clinical Instructor, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Program Director, University of Utah “Wild Med U” Program
  • Medical Director, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
  • Former Associate Dean of Students Affairs, University of Utah College of Science
  • Founder, Glen Canyon Institute, Wilderness Medicine of Utah & River Bound Adventures
  • Vice-Chair of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Firefighter/EMT Kevin Grange

Kevin Grange

  • Firefighter/Paramedic, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Grand Teton National Park
  • Award-winning author of Wild Rescues, Lights and Sirens, & Beneath Blossom Rain
  • Graduate of UCLA’S renowned Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program
Dr. Robert Scanlon

Robert Scanlon, MD

  • Board-Certified Physician in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine Physician
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)