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THE TEAM

DR LUCY OBOLENSKY

FOUNDER

  • MBChB MRCS MCEM MRCGP MSc (Sport and Exercise Medicine) DTM&H DIMC FBES FRGS
  • International Health Consultant (LSTM)
  • Associate Professor University of Plymouth Global and Remote Healthcare

Lucy is passionate about supporting and inspiring people to achieve their personal goals.

She has over twenty years experience in the field of Expedition Medicine and Global Health and established her niche working with those facing physical or mental challenges. Great privileges of hers have included being able to summit Kilimanjaro with amputees, cycle across Cambodia with 15 individuals with  Parkinson’s disease, and sail the North Sea with 24 young people all in care with disadvantaged backgrounds. She supports them in accomplishing the immense challenges they set themselves, whilst simultaneously inspiring her to set new goals in her own life.

When in the UK Lucy works clinically as an Emergency Medicine doctor and GP, and also as a volunteer doctor for the Devon Air Ambulance.

In her academic career she is Associate Professor and Programme Lead for the Global Health and Leadership Masters at Plymouth University.

She completed a post graduate qualification in International Health Consultancy at the Liverpool school of Tropical Medicine and works with governments and NGOs to achieve a holistic approach to health system strengthening, locally and globally. Having founded the charity Future health Africa in 2011 she completed a decade as chair and then trustee of the charity, subsequently leading the Community health workstream, whilst also supporting the development of Global Emergency Medicine fellowships.

She holds a range of consultancy posts; she is the senior medical advisor for British Exploring Society, medical technical advisor for Northern Rangelands Trust, and an elected member of the Royal Geographical Medical Cell. Lucy has worked with numerous production companies including BBC, Silverback and Humblebee and regularly works with Sir David Attenborough in his overseas ventures.

Lucy is married with two young kids and loves nothing more than finding new adventures with them in tow. She is a terrible cook so never take her up on a dinner invitation unless it involves a campfire!

DR NICS WETHERILL

  • MBE BM MRCGP DMM DMCC

Nics has been a doctor in the regular army for over 10 years, having been deployed to many remote locations with the military such as Kenya, Canada, Norway, Antarctica, Iraq. Since qualifying as a GP in 2019, she has served with some extreme remote teams, training the medics in advance and providing reachback service.

Since completing the diploma in mountain medicine and medical care in catastrophes, she has recently established a military expedition medicine advisory group. Nics is passionate about using medical knowledge to prevent health issues arising in remote locations, but still having the skills to treat when required; something that has proven invaluable on many mountainous expeditions.

Her unhealthy enthusiasm for cross country skiing and cold locations ultimately led her to creating the first all female team to cross Antarctica in 2018. Since then, Nics’ passions for cold survival and cold conditions has continued to grow, including research and advising other polar teams.

Dr Anna Shekhdar

  • MBChB FRCEM DipIMM DSEM

Brought up to believe in the philosophy that ” there’s no such word as can’t” Anna has always been driven to take on challenges and push herself. Through participating in one of the earliest Wilderness Medicine courses in 2002, Anna was inspired by the challenges of working in remote environments and became determined to combine work as a hospital emergency physician with working in the field as an expedition medic and pre-hospital doctor. With a strong belief that medicine provides a unique possibility to combine a rewarding career with travel, Anna has worked hard to seek and take opportunities to do something a little different along the way.

She signed up as an expedition medic in 2004 and has travelled to Peru, China, Iceland, Tanzania, Cambodia and Vietnam and Morocco with charity groups striving to push themselves to achieve a challenge. It is that which motivates her the most – seeing people achieve things they didn’t think they could-and team work to make things happen.

Anna was also chief medical officer for the jungle marathon in Brazil in 2011 and the Olympic torch doctor for the team of 350 people who were involved in the extraordinary procession leading up to the games in the summer of 2012. Looking after yourself and team members to avoid the need for a medic is the key to being a successful expedition medic!

Anna’s love of skiing, climbing and all things mountain led to her complete the diploma in mountain medicine and take on some rather large personal challenges including mountaineering expeditions to Aconcagua and in spring 2007 to the summit of Mount Everest!

Whilst completing her training in emergency medicine she maximised her opportunities to work abroad, including time working in aeromedical retrievals down under. Working for the Royal Flying Doctors gave an amazing insight into the contrast of facilities available in “the bush”, in comparison to the coastal cities of Australia and the role of a retrieval doctor really hones your clinical skills.

Back in theUK Anna kept up her interest in working in pre-hospital care, becoming the first doctor to fly regularly with the Cornwall Air Ambulance and providing training and clinical governance for the paramedic teams also.

It is Anna’s love of teaching practical skills in addition to wanting to give others the opportunities to get involved that led to her being involved in this exciting venture.

Anna is an Emergency Medicine and Trauma Consultant at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro.

RN JAMES MOORE

  • MSc FFTM RCPS (Glasg) FRGS

After a successful career as an Emergency Department Charge Nurse/Nurse Practitioner here in the UK and overseas, James left the National Health Service to combine previous training and experience and create an independent travel clinic. The Exeter Travel Clinic supports a wide range of companies, charities, individuals and educational establishments.

In conjunction with his colleague Dr Jon Dallimore, five years ago James co-wrote and launched the UKs first post-graduate Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine. This was based on the British Medical Journal award-winning Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, of which James is a co-editor. With a home in the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, this Diploma attracts Doctors, nurses and paramedics from numerous countries. James is a contributing author to Paul Auerbach’s definitive textbook ‘Wilderness Medicine’, now in its 7 th edition.

Following the successful completion of a Masters’ degree in Global Health from the University of Plymouth, James has been involved in several overseas projects delivering healthcare education in low/middle income countries. Further to this he continues to write articles, both research and educational, on areas such as high-altitude, expedition, wilderness and travel medicine. Most recently he has been a centre lead for the international BRACE trial, investigating links between the BCG vaccine and protection against Covid-19.

As well as running the clinics and Diploma, James teaches expedition medicine to medics and non-medics alike. This work is frequently updated as he continues to provide on-site healthcare on expeditions across the globe. His expeditions have taken him from the jungles of Bolivia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea, to the mountains of Nepal and the length of Africa. He has worked with production companies such as the BBC Natural History Department and National Geographic, private companies, schools and charities.

As a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine James sits on the Executive committee, where he has been involved in the writing of national standards guidelines for the practice of travel medicine. He is a Fellow and member of the medical cell of the Royal Geographical Society, former Secretary of the British Global and Travel Health Association and consults for a number of expedition companies across the UK.

When not working, James enjoys an outdoor life in Devon, where he shares his passion for surfing, wild camping, off-road driving and generally anything non-ordinary with his exhausted family.

Zoë Burton

  • FRCA MSc MBBCh Bsc DTM&H

Zoë is a consultant paediatric anaesthetist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Her expedition medical work has taken her to Antarctica, the Himalayas, Peruvian Amazon, Kenya and Arctic Svalbard. She has a longstanding interest in improving delivery of anaesthesia in low and middle-income countries which has included volunteering as a Visiting Lecturer in Ethiopia, running anaesthetic conferences in West Africa and working with Operation Smile. Her career path has encompassed extensive trauma and aeromedical work in South Africa and with AMREF’s Flying Doctor service in Kenya. Personal exploration has involved trans-Atlantic sailing, channel swimming, exploring Kyrgyzstan and ski-mountaineering in Spitsbergen.

George Wells

  • George is an explorer and mountaineer.
  • He has extensive experience in polar regions.

Some of George’s expeditions include:

1996    Ecuador and attempt on Aconcagua
1998    Inca mountains expedition – South America
2000    Silk Mountains expedition – Kyrgyzstan
2005    North Pole expedition – speed record with dogs
2015    Catco Greenland expedition – speed record with kites

Rin Passmore

  • MSc, PgCert

Rin is both a registered sports dietitian specialising in endurance and expedition nutrition and a HCPC registered paramedic. She has a love for the outdoors and over the years has undertaken her own expeditions from the polar regions to the Himalayas and the tropics of Borneo as well as being a keen runner which has taken her on many a long jaunt including the marathon des sables. This combination of sports nutrition theory, logistics and practical application in the field is what sets Rin apart and has led her to work with ultra-runners, ocean rowers and polar explorers including the Ice Maidens who were the first all female team to cross antarctica in 2018 and finished in top physical condition. Her work with the team has since been published in multiple journals and she has both written and presented on various sports nutrition topics to teams, conferences and budding future explorers. Her passion to enable athletes and explorers achieve their goals is her main drive, whilst working pre-hospitally and of course practicing what she preaches.

Dr Jon Dallimore

  • MB BS (London), MSc, MRCEM, MRCGP, FFTM RCPS (Glasg), DCH, DRCOG, Dip Mount Med (UIAA)

Jon works as a General Practitioner in Chepstow and a Specialty Doctor in the Emergency Department of Bristol Royal Infirmary. He has been on many expeditions as a doctor and or leader and has spent more than 2 years in the field on various expeditions. These expeditions have been in many different environments – from the deserts of Namibia, Sinai and Northern Kenya to the jungles of Sulawesi, Belize, Thailand and Ecuador. He loves the mountains and has undertaken many high altitude climbs and treks to Nepal, Greenland, Pakistan, Iceland, Morocco, East Africa and the Andes. Jon is an International Mountain Leader, a member of the Alpine Club and has taught on the UK Diploma in Mountain Medicine since 2004. In 2016 Jon became a Director of the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Jon is medical consultant to World Challenge Expeditions and has taught about expedition medicine since 1991. He is the lead editor of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (third edition) and a longstanding member of the Royal Geographical Society’s medical cell.

Since becoming semi-retired, Jon has become the medical officer for Severn Area Rescue Association (involving lifeboats, land searches, cliff, flood and swift water rescue).

Dr Nathan Hudson-Peacock

  • MB BChir MA (Cantab) Prof.DipTH FEWM FRSA FRGS

Dr Nathan Hudson-Peacock is an emergency medicine doctor from London, with interests in expedition medicine and sustainability. Dr Nathan is a holder of the Professional Diploma in Travel Health and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and has provided medical support to numerous expeditions, from high altitude mountaineering in the Himalayas and the Andes, to providing support as a PADI Divemaster and dive doctor to remote parts of West Papua. In January 2022, he is very excited to be providing medical support to a sustainability focused multi-national ocean research expedition to the British Indian Ocean Territory. Nathan is also the founder of Eco Medics, a non-profit startup tackling sustainability within the healthcare industry, and talks regularly on the importance of sustainable behaviours at home, at work and when on expedition.

Dr Lucy Sykes

  • BM BCh, FRCP, MA (Physiol), MA (Ed)

Lucy has been a consultant stroke physician since 2013, currently working in the departments of Stroke Medicine and Elderly Care at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  She was Clinical Lead for Stroke 2015-2018, and Clinical Director for Specialty Medicine 2017-2020 including playing a lead role in the Trust response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Lucy believes in education and empowerment to develop individuals and teams, thereby promoting the provision of excellent evidence-based healthcare.

Since 2011 Lucy has been a part of Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership, supporting the development of stroke services to improve patient care at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra.  The partnership facilitated the opening of the first dedicated stroke unit in West Africa and now focusses on disseminating skills and knowledge both nationally and internationally. WGSP is currently developing a new partnership with the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul, Gambia.

As a keen mountaineer, runner and outdoor enthusiast Lucy believes that greater potential can be achieved through connecting with nature, appreciating and redefining capability through adventure.

Dr Shona Main

  • MBChB BSc

Shona is an Emergency Medicine trainee in the South West. She’s worked on expeditions in the mountains, jungle, desert and at sea and supported sports events around Europe. She led the APEX 4 international altitude research trip and has volunteered on projects in the Philippines, India and Uganda. Now living a UK version of her NZ lifestyle she’s often micro-adventuring with spritely dips at any opportunity or planning trips to the mountains. Writer, editor and now Head of Operations at award-winning magazine Adventure Medic, she looks forward to hearing your tales.

Dr Benjamin Human

  • MBChB, BSc, PGCert

Ben is an emergency medicine doctor currently based in Chamonix, France. Hailing from a multicultural and multilingual background, Ben holds a BSc in International Health and is a member of the Global Emergency Care Collaborative (GECCO). His research interests include medical education, equitable healthcare, and evidence-based health communication.

Clinically, Ben works as a clinical fellow in Emergency Medicine, with a special interest in point-of-care ultrasonography, for which he has attained post-graduate certification. Having worked in psychiatry for a year, he is passionate about treating people with mental health illness with dignity. He is an instructor for the Advanced Life Support Group’s ‘Acute Psychiatric Emergencies (APEx)’ course.

Outside of the hospital’s walls, Ben finds joy in sport and mountains! Following a period of research in Kibera slum (Nairobi) in 2016, he co-led an expedition up Mount Kenya in aid of the #CleanHandsSaveLives campaign. Nowadays, you may find him touring the French Alps with an outrageously pink pair of skis… Ben is happily married, with a baby on the way!

Dr Alex Reid

  • MBChB BSc (Hons) PGCE

Alex is a is a winter mountaineering, ski touring and mountain bike instructor working for various organisations including Glenmore Lodge. Holds the highest UK instructional qualifications in winter climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering, the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and Mountain Ski Leader.

Currently based in the Scottish Highlands, mixing a full time role as a Clinical Fellow in Intensive Care, Inverness with freelance instructional work. Previously Alex has worked in small Scottish Rural General Hospitals.

Other clinical highlights were a ski elective on the South Island in New Zealand, based on the ski fields around Queenstown.

Led several expeditions for Outlook Expeditions and World Challenge varying from Malawi to Bolivia, with personal first ascents of mountains in Kyrgyzstan.

Dr Sophie Redlin

  • BSc (Hons) MBChB MRCGP FRGS FRSA CF

Sophie is a GP with special interests in mental health and remote and wilderness medicine. She has supported a number of expeditions as a doctor, most recently accompanying groups to Antarctica and Costa Rica onboard traditional Tall Ships. Alongside clinical work, Sophie works for the organisation 4 Mental Health Ltd. as a Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Response trainer, delivering teaching to other health and allied health professionals internationally. She also conducts her own research into differing global approaches to emotional wellbeing, most recently through a Churchill Fellowship exploring indigenous attitudes to mental health in the US. Findings from this study have informed the development of a retreat programme supporting health and social care workers suffering from pandemic-related ‘burnout’. Sophie also uses her research and field experiences to inform her teaching on mental health in remote environments, seeking to provide practical and context-specific guidance to expeditions.

When not in the office, Sophie can usually be found behind her camera, hiking a mountain, dipping in cold water or playing the ukulele!