About Emergency Medical Minute Podcast | Continuing Medical Education


Our Mission

The Emergency Medical Minute disseminates relevant medical education to clinicians and the public through various avenues, striving to be a resource for medical professionals wanting to enhance their knowledge base and practice. 

Our Vision

The Emergency Medical Minute is a non-partisan organization that provides quality open-access medical education to health professionals and public for the enhancement of knowledge. The goal of EMM is to provide an accessible media platform where professionals discuss and provide information of educational relevance that can be used as a catalyst to improve local, national, and global communities. EMM will encourage healthcare professionals to stay up to date with the most recent medical advances and best practices.

Diversity & Inclusion

Here at Emergency Medical Minute, we celebrate the differences between our team members. We welcome everyone equally regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We believe diversity and inclusion goes beyond the makeup and culture of our workplace. Therefore, our content aims to highlight the specific needs our diverse patient populations require when they are cared for in pre-hospital and emergency department settings. With this inclusive approach, we hope to raise the standards of care for all patients in our communities.

The Emergency Medical Minute Team Members

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jack spartz

founding member
Jack is currently pursuing an MD/MPH at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans with plans to apply to residency in Emergency Medicine. He helped start the EMM before serving as Vice Chair and, subsequently, Chair of the organization. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and picking up new hobbies.
don stader - chair emeritus of Emergency Medical Minute

don stader

chair emeritus
Donald Stader, MD FACEP is an ER physician who has many fancy titles and a list of semi-impressive accomplishments. He is the founder and president of Stader Opioid Consultants, an organization focused on combating the opioid epidemic. In addition to Emergency Medicine, Don likes to spend his time producing documentary films, writing books and most importantly, raising his litter of 3 young girls with his wife Andi.
erik Verzemnieks - Treasurer of the Emergency Medical Minute

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Erik Verzemnieks is a practicing emergency physician at Swedish Medical Center and long time member of the Emergency Medical Minute, where he acts as the final gauntlet for the podcasts and manages the cash. He is also a member of the Colorado ACEP Board of Directors. Before moving to Colorado, he completed residency in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins. Now, like just about every Coloradan, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking and camping, but really this is to gain a little respect so he can then hide out on the golf course.


Travis Barlock, MD

EMM chair

Travis is an emergency physician at Swedish Medical Center. He went to the University of Colorado School of Medicine and did residency training in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center where he was chief resident. He currently chairs the non-profit podcast organization Emergency Medical Minute and his academic interests include critical care, ultrasonography, and EKGs. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, hiking, painting, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family.

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Jordan Ourada

Vice chair
Jordan is a paramedic and currently serves as the EMS coordinator at Swedish Medical Center. He worked as a street medic and field trainer for seven years with the Denver Health Paramedic division after shifting gears from fine Art and product development and retiring as a bike messenger. He lives in Denver with his wife Angie, son Max and daughter Tilly. They love to explore Colorado and the American west in there 84 Volkswagen camper van with frequent stops for hikes, fishing and van repairs.

Colleen decker

Colleen Decker, MBA, BSN, CEN, has 10 years of ED nursing experience and is currently working in ED process improvement. She loves traveling, running, baking, drinking coffee, and shopping online. She lives outside of Denver with her husband, one-year-old son, and a rescued black lab.

Nate Novotny

Immediate Past Executive Director
Nate graduated from the University of Colorado Denver where he earned a BS in Biology and a BA in English with an emphasis on Film. He will be attending Tulane University School of Medicine as a member of the class of 2024 where he plans to also pursue a MPH in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to his work with EMM, he is also a project manager for Stader Opioid Consulting. In his free time, he competes in powerlifting and enjoys film, literature and discovering new music. Nate currently lives with his long-time girlfriend, Katy, and their dog, Scout.

Mason Tuttle

Executive Director

Mason graduated from University of Denver with a BS in Biochemistry with a second major in French. He is currently an Emergency Medical Technician in the Emergency Department at The Medical Center of Aurora and works a 911 service on Peterson AFB. He is currently enrolled in Masters of Biomedical Sciences at DU before applying to medical school. His professional interests include Emergency Medicine, Public Health and Global Health. In his free time, he enjoys camping, whitewater rafting, backcountry skiing, cooking, and listening to live music.


Aaron wolfe

director of education

Aaron is an emergency physician at The Medical Center of Aurora. He is from the Denver area and attended medical school in Iowa at Des Moines University and did his emergency medicine residency in Ohio at the MetroHealth/Cleveland Clinic Foundation program. After completing his residency he stayed on as faculty where he was the Co-Director of the Emergency Medicine Simulation program and was an associate professor at CaseWestern Reserve University School of Medicine. He and his wife Meghan, son Brandon, and daughter Madelyn are excited to be back in Denver and currently get to enjoy everything that Colorado has to offer. 


Tanisha Crosby-Attipoe

Director of events and grants
Tanisha received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver. She is currently pursuing a career in medicine while working as a research assistant and as a medical scribe in two emergency departments – The Medical Center of Aurora and Rose Medical Center. In her spare time, Tanisha enjoys music and films, traveling around the world, learning new languages, and spending time with family and friends.

Ashley Lyons

Director of Social Media and Marketing
Ashley graduated from Ohio State University in 2018 with a BS in Health Sciences. She recently got her Master’s in Biomedical Science at the University of Denver, and is now applying to medical school while working as a scribe in the ER. Ashley enjoys hiking, swimming, and exploring the outdoors in Colorado. As an avid brunch goer she never misses out on the opportunity to try out a new brunch spot.

Katelyn Tapia​

Director of Continuing Medical Education

Katelyn graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Biology and minors in Biomedical Science and Chemistry. She works as a medical scribe in the emergency departments at The Medical Center of Aurora and Sky Ridge Medical Center. Katelyn is currently applying to medical school. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, spending time with her dogs, and reading.

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Jorge Chalit

Director of Audio Team and Mental Health Monthly Coordinator

Jorge received his BS in Chemistry and BA in psychology at MSU Denver. After graduation, Jorge worked as a medical scribe in the ER at Swedish Medical Center. He is currently a second-year medical student at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Washington. Jorge plans to pursue a career in psychiatry and his goal is to establish an integrative clinic. When he is not smashing the spacebar to do Anki cards for school, Jorge enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, and DJing


Helen Strong

Audio Team
Helen graduated from Western State Colorado University with the intention of making a career in the medical field. She obtained her EMT certification and went on to work with Falck Rocky Mountain for about two years. Helen currently works in the emergency department at the Medical Center of Aurora where she enjoys the fast-paced environment and the opportunity to work alongside her amazing colleagues. Helen plans to apply to nursing school in the hopes of working towards a career as a nurse practitioner. Her medical interests include emergency medicine, critical care medicine, and surgery. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and three dogs, hunting, and reading.
Meg Joyce

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Meg graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with a major in Molecular Biology and a minor in Anthropology. She is currently working as an EMT in the Emergency Department at Swedish Medical Center while applying to medical school. She loves dogs and is raising a service dog in training for the next 10 months in hopes “Cucumber,” a sweet yellow lab puppy, will graduate and help someone in need. In her free time, Meg loves playing any and all sports, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.


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Jeffrey Olson

Audio Team

Jeffrey was born and raised in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with a BS in Biology with minors in Math, Physics, and Chemistry. He taught High School Math for 7 years and High School Science for 1 year before returning to school as a medical student at the Univerisity of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. He is currently involved with Student Senate, Knowledge Base (a peer teaching student org), and his research involves radiology with Dr. Carballido-Gamio’s lab. He enjoys tennis, lacrosse, and hiking with his wife, Kali, and golden retriever, Ollie. He loves to travel and has most recently done trips to Greece and Japan.


Other affiliates and past members

  • Will Dewispelaere, MD
  • Stephen Bahmani
  • Nick Tsipis, MD
  • Ryan Circh, MD
  • Aaron Wolfe, MD
  • Ilsa Hale
  • Greyson Elkins
  • Sarah Khan, PharmD
  • Kelsi Krakauer
  • Dylan Luyten, MD
  • Joe Powell
  • Colleen Decker, MBA, BSN, CEN
  • Cameron Redwine, RN
  • Rachael Waterson, PharmD
  • Lexi Johnson, NP
  • Caroline Montgomery OMS-I
  • Helen Strong
  • Katelyn Tapia​

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To Health Care Clinicians

This writing is provided only for medical education purposes. Although the editors have made every effort to provide the most up-to-date evidence-based medical information, this writing should not necessarily be considered the standard of care and may not reflect individual practices in other geographic locations.

To the General Public

This writing is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Your physician or other qualified health care provider should be contacted with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it based on information from this writing. Relying on information provided in this website and podcast is done at your own risk. In the event of a medical emergency, contact your physician or call 911 immediately.


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