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CPR Seattle Wilderness First Aid Instructors

Meet our Wilderness First Aid instructional team!

Matty P: Director of Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder programs at CPR Seattle

Matty P: Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder Instructor

Much of Matty’s life has been spent either in the mountains or in the classroom. He plays and learns on the glaciers and ridges of the mountains of the northwest as well as the classrooms of Seattle.  On most weekdays you’ll find Matty in the lab teaching physics, but during the weekends and in the summer, Matty is an avid alpinist and mountaineering instructor with nearly two decades of leading technical climbs in high alpine environments.  Whether ​h​igh-altitude trekking in Nepal and Patagonia or climbing local iconic peaks like Mount Rainier to lesser-known gems like Mount Triumph and Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades, Matty appreciates a good adventure. As a​n WEMT and EMT-B and with 6 seasons of ski patrol and an additional 9 years of mountain rescue work with King County SAR under his belt, Matty has put a myriad of wilderness medicine skills to good use in the field.  A passion of his is using those experiences and sharing that which he’s learned by teaching Wilderness First Aid for CPR Seattle.  Balancing precious time between family, the climbing community, and search & rescue can be challenging, however​, Matty embraces it all with enthusiasm and gratitude and still finds time to both learn and share with others.


Matt K: Lead Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Matt found his passion for the outdoors in the expansive midwest where he started ice climbing on frozen grain silos because that is what qualified as mountains back there.  The only thing Matt enjoys as much as getting outdoors is teaching people how to safely enjoy the outdoors!  He has worked for many organizations over the years who share in this mission including Outward Bound, The Student Conservation Association, The Boy Scouts, and more.  In between outdoor education pursuits Matt continued to hone his medical skills getting his Wilderness First Responder and EMT-B.  He put those skills to work running on an ambulance and volunteering for various fire departments during the off seasons.  While these work opportunities took him to all corners of the country Matt moved to the Pacific Northwest just under a decade ago and fell in love with the mix of mountains and water to continue his cross county skiing, mountaineering, sea kayaking and canoeing hobbies! He now manages an Outdoor Education Program for Explorer West Middle school and also manages the City of Seattle's own High Ropes Course through Parks and Rec.  Having taught Wilderness First Aid for over 10 years now Matt enjoys providing an engaging and fun class where he can share the knowledge he has learned over the years doing the things he loves!






Sara D: Lead Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Sara has rock climbed in Kenya, mountain biked in Uganda, scuba dived in Malawi, skied in India, trekked in Nepal, backpacked in Albania…but she loves the high alpine environment of the Pacific Northwest most of all. Sara started climbing and skiing in her backyard more than a decade ago and initially signed up for a wilderness first aid course to gain the skills to stay safer in the backcountry. She found that class so captivating that she got certified as a wilderness first aid instructor herself, quit her office job to spend a year climbing throughout the western U.S. and Canada, and went off to nursing school to take her medical skills even further. Now Sara works full time as a critical care nurse and spends her off days combining her climbing and medical skills while volunteering with Seattle Mountain Rescue. She also volunteers teaching mountaineering skills and leading teams on technical climbs throughout the Cascades. As a wilderness and remote first aid instructor of 10+ years, Sara aims for a fun, empowering class environment and cautions prospective wilderness first aid students that, like her, they might have so much fun they have to start an entirely new career!


Leah S: Lead Wilderness First Aid Instructor

From an early age, Leah loved the outdoors. Then in college, while leading trips for an adventure club she realized that she could actually have a career in the outdoor industry. After a few years facilitating kayaking, backpacking and hiking trips it seemed like a natural progression to pursue pre-hospital medicine. She became a Wilderness EMT and practiced as an EMT in a remote North Carolina community. When she moved to Alaska to guide expeditions, she became a firefighter and a member of the local search and rescue team. In 2013 she won the National Park Service Search and Rescue award for the role she played in carrying a cardiac patient for 7 miles over the Chilkoot trail then volunteering to ride with the patient in the ambulance to White Horse.

Leah brings her 18 years of experience as a wilderness guide to her Wilderness First Aid classes at CPR Seattle. If you happen to take a class from her, she loves to talk about ecology and botany with anyone interested. Outside of work she loves dive travel and will most likely be found underwater.



Phil M: Lead Wilderness First Aid Instructor, Wilderness First Responder Instructor

From altitude sickness in the Andes to a smashed foot while sailing offshore, there isn't much in terms of wilderness medicine that Phil hasn't seen in his career as an outdoor professional. He started off leading trips for his university outdoor program, then wrapped up his undergraduate education with a NOLS semester in Patagonia. After college, he worked for the Colorado Mountain School and Kent Mountain Adventure Center in Colorado, led extended canoe-based wilderness therapy expeditions for teens in Southeast Alaska, and served for six seasons as a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park providing backcountry search and rescue services to park visitors as an EMT. Ever since learning about indoor rock climbing in high school, Phil has been a passionate rock climber keen on romping up moderate alpine rock routes. Aside from thousands of cragging routes in the Rockies and desert southwest, he's climbed the Cathedral Traverse of the Tetons, aided the Nose on El Cap in less than 20 hours, rope-soloed the West Face of the Leaning Tower, and stood on the summit of the North Pillar of Fitzroy in Argentine Patagonia. He's taken a few sabbaticals from climbing over the years, once to kayak the length of the Inside Passage from Gig Harbor to Glacier Bay and more recently to sail his 30' sloop from Maryland to Panama. Lately, he's taken to hike and fly paragliding in hopes of climbing up hills but not having to walk back down! With over twenty years of experience teaching wilderness and emergency medicine, Phil's enthusiasm for sharing these lifesaving skills hasn't flagged a bit.



Lindy H: Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Lindy has worked in outdoor and traditional education for over a decade. She does field work in multi-day to multi-week expedition settings in the Rocky Mountains, the Cascades, and in Alaska. While she calls Seattle her permanent home, Lindy spends the school year teaching academics and leading backpacking trips for a study abroad program based in Chile and Idaho. Over the summers, she works as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has maintained a Wilderness First Responder certification since 2011, and teaches a tailored Wilderness First Aid curriculum to her NOLS students on every course. Lindy aims to teach engaging, practical classes that build students' confidence and competence when managing risk and accidents in the outdoors. When she isn't working, you can find Lindy on her skis year-round, on easy alpine rock, and trail "running" in the local mountain ranges.

Coming Soon:

Sean M: Lead Wilderness First Aid Instructor & Wilderness First Responder Instructor

Don C: Lead Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Cheri H: Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Shelby: Wilderness First Aid Instructor

Kent: Wilderness First Aid Instructor