Mark DeJong, NRP, AWEMT
Mark DeJong, Nationally-Registered Paramedic and founder of Off Grid Medic LLC, has over 23 years of experience in treating victims of trauma and sudden illness. Mark has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a certified Georgia Paramedic Instructor. As part of a military assignment, he spent two years providing remote medical care to the indigenous people of the Philippines, where his passions for medicine and primitive living fused together. He serves on the Advisory Council at the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, and has trained alongside elite members of the US Army and the US Marshals Service. Mark has served in several medical roles from field Paramedic, to Director of Emergency Medical Services for a rural system, to faculty at the Technical College System of Georgia. He considers himself a lifelong learner and, when not immersed in medical material, Mark continues to hone his Bushcraft and outdoor skills. An active example of living a true off-grid lifestyle, Mark can be seen traveling the country in his truck and cargo trailer conversion tiny home. His teaching style is very interactive and informal, and he frequently uses personal experiences and humor to reinforce his material.
Bill Reese, WFR
As a teenager, Bill formed an interest in medicine and training while helping his mother become a Registered Nurse. Realizing the rewards of training and education, he began a lifelong, progressive path of medical study. After learning the basics of first aid and sports injuries while serving as a football coach, Bill became a Radiology Assistant at a local hospital, where his knowledge of human anatomy and physiology were further developed. Since then he hasn’t stopped learning. He continues to use his skills to unofficially address the needs of injured and ill patients across the globe. Bill has encountered patients suffering from malaria and tuberculosis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), malaria and influenza in Ghana, routine injuries and exotic insect bites in Jamaica and Mexico, and even heat-related illness in Peru. Seeing the value of medical training when separated from definitive care, Bill earned his WFA and WFR certifications, and is a graduate of The Pathfinder School’s Advanced Survival Program. Bill’s wide range of study in other countries as well as in various parts of the United States has provided an expansive knowledge around improvised medicine in austere environments.
Eric Ragan, M.D.
Dr. Ragan specializes in emergency and family medicine, and he brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill to our organization. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Major Ragan served as Senior Medical Officer for his Forward Support Battalion, where he was tasked with stabilizing and evacuating victims of trauma and sudden illness in less than ideal circumstances. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Ragan enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family.