Sierra Nevada Conservation & Wilderness Medicine Conference 2019

Date: 31-May-2019




Outdoor Activities
The Program
The Presenters


May 31 - June 2, 2019 
Quincy, California

Join us to explore and gain understanding of the natural wonders and medical perils of wilderness settings, while heightening awareness of human impact on the environment and the human health consequences.

“This conference received rave reviews from last year’s attendees," said Jeff Kepple MD, co-founder with Zina Semenovskaya MD. “This year will certainly prove to be even better.”

The second annual Sierra Nevada Conservation & Wilderness Medicine Conference will once again be held at the West End Theatre in Quincy, California! The schedule features world-class presenters, recreational opportunities, and break-out sessions relating to wilderness medicine and patient care in remote settings. Though a broad range of topics will be presented, a particular focus will be placed on the impact of wildland fires on human health and the environment.

From this central location you can enjoy the charming “Gem of the Sierras”, with great restaurants, local breweries, unique shops and galleries, and easy access to camping. Register today and join other healthcare professionals for great didactics and practical break-out sessions, along with afternoon recreational options such as group hikes, kayaking, and mountain biking adventures!

This high-quality educational event is brought to you at an affordable price through the combined efforts of Plumas District Hospital, Plumas Health Care Foundation, and Feather River College. The conference is open to both healthcare and non-healthcare professionals, including students and residents, and CMEs and CEs will be available.



Schedule subject to change without notice. Click here to download the Preliminary Conference Schedule.


Plumas County is the true rural experience you’ve dreamed about: crystal clear lakes, trout-filled streams, fresh pine forests, star filled skies, and a natural friendliness that comes from small-town life. Located in northeastern California where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains meet, Plumas County boasts more than 100 lakes, 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, and over a million acres of national forest. With only eight people per square mile, this rural, four-season mountain retreat offers beauty, solitude, and clean air, making it the perfect location for the first annual Sierra Nevada Conservation & Wilderness Medicine Conference.



Traveling to Quincy

From Central California: Head North on I-5, merge onto State Hwy 99 N, then merge onto CA-70 N and follow signs to Quincy.

From Reno: Head North on I-395, use the exit for Hallelujah Junction and turn left at the stop sign onto CA-70 W, then follow signs to Quincy.

From the Tahoe area: Take CA-267 N to CA-89 N in Truckee. Follow CA-89 N until you must turn left to stay on CA-89 N/CA-70 W. Follow signs to Quincy.

Drive times vary to Quincy depending on weather conditions. On a clear day, it takes about 1.5 hours from Reno, 1.5 hour from Oroville/Chico and 2.5 hours from Sacramento.


NOTE: We recommend reserving your lodging as soon as possible. Local hotels are limited and tend to fill up quick!

Camping will be available at Feather River College for $30 for the weekend; Includes restrooms and showers. Limited number of RV dry camp spaces available. No RV hook-ups or power.

Click here to view local/on-your-own lodging options.

When reserving your lodging, be aware the majority of didactic sessions and activities will take place at the West End Theatre, 541 Main Street in Quincy, CA 95971, and Feather River College, 570 Golden Eagle Ave in Quincy, CA 95971.



David C Fiore MD

Dr. Fiore is a professor of Family and Community Medicine at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in Reno, Nevada,” an avid kayaker, rafter, mountain biker and back country skier. He was trip physician on multiple remote rafting and backcountry skiing trips, director of an annual backcountry winter wilderness medicine retreat/CME. Overseas teaching experience includes instructing medics in the “New Mon State” of Burma (now Myanmar) and assisting in the development of an “advanced general practice” residency in Bhutan. Dr. Fiore is also a board member of the Sierra Avalanche Center and the Reno Bike Project.

Anne Walker MD
I completed my emergency medicine residency at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD and am currently finishing my wilderness medicine fellowship at Stanford with a focus on altitude medicine. I have served as a member of Maryland Search and Rescue and had the opportunity to be a physician for ultramarathons with Racing the Planet internationally.

I enjoy backpacking, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing, diving and any outdoor time I can spend with my dog Lucky.


Stacey Rotta MD
I grew up in the beautiful mountain town of Quincy, California where I was afforded the opportunity to hike, camp, explore the outdoors, as well as learn the value of contributing to a small community.  This motivated me to pursue a service-based career and after attending Santa Clara University for undergraduate education, I ultimately enrolled in medical school at UC Davis.  In medical school, I was introduced to the small but truly amazing community of burn patients and the practitioners that care for them.  This motivated me to complete a surgery residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and then return to UC Davis for fellowship in Burn Surgery and Critical Care.  I was thrilled to attend the inaugural Wilderness Medicine conference in Quincy last year and am so excited to return now as a speaker. 

Steven Zell MD
Dr. Zell is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine full time for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He is current Program Director for the Primary Care Internal Medicine Track.  Dry Zell maintains board certification via the ABIM along with subspecialty certificates in HIV / AIDS as offered by the American Academy of HIV Medicine and CTH designation by the International Society of Travel Medicine. Dr. Zell has a long time interest in that of wilderness medicine with publications of original research relating from that of giardia lamblia acquisition raters in travelers to backcountry areas and the use of combined Diamox and dexamethasone for prevention of acute mountain sickness. Dr. Zell runs a weekly pre-travel medicine consultation service and takes interest in the analysis of itinerary and subsequent risk for those adults whom have complicated morbidities due to co-existing internal medicine problems.

Zina Semenovskaya MD
Dr. Zina Semenovskaya, MD completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at SUNY Downstate/ King’s County Hospital in NYC and fellowship in wilderness medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the environment and her professional interests combine austere and disaster medicine with global health. Most recently, she deployed to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal through the Delaware Medical Relief Team and taught emergency medicine in Bhutan through Health Volunteers Overseas. She has also worked extensively in aeromedical retrieval throughout East and Sub-Saharan Africa with the AMREF Flying Doctors, provided medical support in Jordan with Racing The Planet, and volunteered with surgical missions in Sierra Leone and Ghana with the International Surgical Health Initiative. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM), an Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) instructor, and a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine. She is currently the medical director at Remote Emergency Medicine Consulting, LLC and splits her time working clinically as an emergency medicine attending in California and Alaska.

Ben Hunt MD
Stanford University BS/MS biology, UCSF medical school, Swedish Medical Center (Seattle, WA) General Surgery residency and fellowship in minimally invasive surgery.  Trained as a Wilderness EMT. Enjoy backcountry skiing, whitewater kayaking, backpacking, and biking with my family.

Susanne Spano MD
Sue is from Fresno, CA where she is the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship program at the University of California San Francisco Fresno Medical Education Program. She received her MD at Temple University in Philadelphia before Emergency Medicine residency training and Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Training at UCSF Fresno. She is an active member of the Search and rescue team that serves Fresno County and the adjacent National Parks. For over three decades, UCSF Fresno Parkmedic Program for the National Park Service has provided Medical Direction, and the affiliated teaching hospital is closest Level 1 Trauma Center to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Pinnacles National Parks.

Tatiana Havryliuk MD
is an emergency physician in New York City. She completed her wilderness medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado and spent two seasons working with Himalayan Rescue Association in Nepal. Tatiana currently is a fellow in emergency ultrasound at  Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and looks to bridge the two fields together.  She enjoys biking, hiking, mountaineering and always looking for a new adventure in the mountains.

Dan Gragert MD
Dan is from Boise, ID and attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA. Retired from OBGYN during his chief year of residency to dedicate time to truly "austere" medicine, before going back to residency next year (in FM/Preventive Med). Currently operating an NGO in rural Tanzania, and Ecuador to train volunteer fire departments to provide emergency obstetric and neonatal care and transport to tertiary hospitals, with his wife and one year old son.  Background in search and rescue, with an emphasis on crag and winter evacuation. 

Michael Lindsey MD
Dr. Lindsey is a current Wilderness Fellow at the University of California San Diego.  He grew up in Texas where he also stayed to finish a residency in Emergency Medicine. His interest in international medicine began during medical school where he completed a 4 year Global Health Scholar program.  Most recently he worked with Stanford University teaching an emergency medicine course in Myanmar.  His interest in toxicology began during residency where he was awarded the John F. Haynes Scholarship for Toxicology.  Recently he was a presenter for the regional toxicology conference Pills and Thrills that Kill where he spoke on snakebites.  When not working he spends his time rock climbing, mountain biking, dirt biking, canyoneering, and hiking.

Avinash Patil MD
Avinash Patil MD is an emergency medicine doctor in San Jose, California and is affiliated with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He currently serves as Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Mary Bing MD MPH
Mary Bing MD MPH is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California: Davis, where she runs the Wilderness Medical course for medical students. She graduated from medical school at UC San Diego and completed residency at NewYork-Presbyterian where she developed her interest in Wilderness Medicine.

Arthur Islas MD
Arthur (Tony) Islas is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Nevada. He is dual boarded in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine and is currently the head team physician for the University of Nevada athletics program. Dr. Islas’ true love however is wilderness medicine. He’s an ex president of the Wilderness Medical Society. He was the medical director for Guadalupe Mountains National Park and is currently the medical director for Great Basin National Park. He also is the director for the new wilderness medicine fellowship program at the University of Nevada. 

Jeffrey Kepple MD
Dr Kepple practiced Family Medicine and Obstetrics (including operative) for 20 years in Quincy, California, during which time he served as the Medical Director of Plumas District Hospital‘s Rural Health Clinic. He was CEO of Plumas District Hospital (PDH) from 2014 to 2018. He is cofounder of the Sierra Nevada Conservation and Wilderness Medicine Conference. Since the year 2000, he has been the Medical Director of Frontline Medical, a mobile medical team providing frontline care to firefighters in remote settings. He is an affiliate faculty of both UNR and UCD Medical Schools, and serves as the physician liaison regarding PDH‘s new "UC Davis Rural Center of Excellence" designation. Dr. Kepple has done short term medical trips to Mexico, Kenya, Haiti and Honduras. He serves as an ongoing volunteer physician advisor to Footsteps Missions in Honduras. He enjoys mountain biking, back country split boarding, backpacking, gardening, songwriting and theater.


Tuition Fee includes all lectures, printed materials, breakout sessions, CME Credit, and three light breakfasts. Camping will be available at Feather River College for $30, payable at the time of registration. Credit or debit card transactions will be processed through PayPal. To pay by cash or check, mail to: Plumas Health Care Foundation, c/o Wilderness Conference, 1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971.

Physician or Doctoral Level ($375)
Non-Doctoral Professional ($225) 

Non-Medical Registration ($200)   
Resident Physician ($175)
Student (Full-Time Current) ($125)



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health. UNR Med is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UNR Med designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. UNR Med approves this program for 17 hour of nursing continuing education credit.




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This high-quality educational event is presented at reduced rates 
thanks to contributions and donations from these sponsors:

Plumas District Hospital
Plumas Health Care Foundation
Renown Health
REMSA Care Flight
Feather River College
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Feather River Land Trust
Department of Emergency Medicine University of California Davis
Environmental Studies Department Feather River College
Sierra Institute
Friends of Plumas Wilderness
Feather River Outdoors
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Frontline Medical
Musa Masala
Spatial Informatics Group
West End Theatre
Quintopia Brewing



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