Heather Drake-Bianchi

Founder/Critical Care Paramedic

A Syracuse native, Heather earned her Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology in 2014 from NYCC and her bachelors in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 from RIT.

Heather spent sixteen years working in critical care medicine both within the United States and for five years outside of the country. Heather began as an urban-based paramedic in a high-volume system. Heather has served as a paramedic for National Geographic, Remote Medical International, as well as Ocean Classroom Foundation. Heather has assisted in Search and Rescue efforts within Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy. Heather also worked extensively in the classroom. She has brought her passion for education to local EMS agencies, Upstate Medical University's Paramedic Program, and RIT's Gross Anatomy program.

When COVID-19 was beginning to cross over into the United States, Heather recognized the glaring need to keep people working. Having created a successful Set Medic business, she began looking into ways to provide rapid, on-site testing. Heather created a standard that went far-beyond anything previously used. Heather was able to provide functional on-site rapid COVID-19 screening, testing, and compliance. Despite numerous ever-changing requirements by multiple production heads, film unions, and federal agencies, Heather adapted her business model without compromising standards. This proved to protect the workers and keep production going. Hundreds of tests performed each day with no interruption to work flow has been the gold standard set by CineMedics CNY thanks to Heather’s leadership and vision.

Rich Nuzzo

RN/EMT/ Supervisor/OSHA Compliance Officer/Health and Safety Manager

A Syracuse native, Richard earned his Associates Degree in Nursing from Crouse Hospital School of nursing (now Pomeroy College of Nursing) in 2009. He is currently working on his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing with a projected graduation of 2021. He has spent the past 11 years providing criticalcare medicine in a variety of roles in Upstate New York.  

 

He has developed his leadership skills from his over five years of experience working as a Charge Nurse and managing a multifaceted team in a high-paced Emergency Department in Syracuse. In the leadership role, he had to coordinate the movements and flow of over 120 patients and staff at any given moment in time. Richard has worked in a high-pressure, chaotic, and highly dynamic environment and applied it in his role at CineMedics CNY. He strives to empower his team members to work together to balance their strengths and weakness to deliver the best solutions to any situation.

 

Currently and for the past three years, he has been working as a Traveling Nurse in Emergency Departments in Upstate New York.  Working as a Travel Nurse he has honed his skills of adapting quickly to new environments and creating rapid rapport with all levels of staff.  For the past ten years, he has also been serving his community as a prehospital care provider as a volunteer EMT with his local ambulance service and fire department. Currently, he is working on his Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine to showcase his ever-growing experiences and knowledge base in providing care.

Richard's production experience includes being a Set Medic, Set Medic Coordinator, Supply Coordinator, and COVID-19 testing and screening hundreds of workers a day. He enjoys taking his 11 years of critical care experience and skills and applying that knowledge base in providing care to the film production industry.

 

As a Set Medic Coordinator, managing a team of ten Set Medics. Rich has coordinated the onboarding and scheduling of our set medic team, as well as implemented many standards of care. Rich also coordinates medical supplies to ensure the ever-changing production needs are met.

Rich researched, sourced, and obtained the plant-based hospital-grade disinfectant that CineMedics CNY uses for their sanitation and disinfection. During the last Hulu production, he was involved in COVID-19 swabbing up to 300 people daily.

Sarah Kimmelman

RN, Paramedic,  Field Operative/Clinical Technician

Sarah began her career in medicine as a volunteer EMT at a local fire department and EMS agency. She also went on to earn her NYS Professional Firefighter Certification. Over the next several years, she studied and completed training at Upstate Medical University’s Paramedic Program while continuing to work in EMS. Sarah credits her career as a paramedic with teaching her how to handle
high-stress decision making with lives in the balance.

 

After more than five years in a high-volume EMS system, Sarah desired to explore collaborative care and further advance her knowledge of medicine. Sarah went on to become a licensed RN and began working as a cardiac nurse, monitoring and treating pre and post-surgical patients. She will graduate with her BSN in June of 2021.


COVID-19 presented a unique opportunity for Sarah. She had worked with CineMedics CNY as a set medic per diem, but recognized that COVID-19 would put many of the people she had cared for out of work. Working closely with CineMedics CNY’s CEO, she helped to implement and organize on-site COVID testing and compliance, concierge medicine, telemedicine, and mobile medical care. She has risen to the occasion on multiple projects, bringing her empathy and clinical experience to each project. 

Mike Bathen

Sanitation Coordinator/Clinical Technician

Mike Bathen has worked in demolition, construction, asbestos abatement, janitorial, and custodial services for over 13 years. He comes to us from Elmcrest Children's Center for neglected children and at-risk families, where he was the custodial department head. Before that, he traveled across most of New York for construction/demotion projects, including the remodel of the VA hospital near Syracuse University and the modernization of the Hotel Syracuse.

Mike recognized the need for versatility and  has taken the lead in becoming cross-trained. He has become proficient in testing for COVID-19, health screening, and health documentation. Mike is capable of performing  any task the situation has called for and has been multi-tasking extensively.  Day or night, regardless of weather, he has been on call and providing exemplary work in whatever capacity he is asked.

 

Mike has lived in the Syracuse area for over 20 years. He’s excited to head the disinfection/custodial services for Cinemedics and is looking forward to being able to provide for both the reemerging film industry and local institutions now and in the future.

Molly Dunegan

Forensic DNA Analyst,

Defense Forensic Science Center, Atlanta, GA

Not a native to anywhere except the “East Coast” specifically, Molly spent her childhood growing up near Washington, D.C. but has lived in 6 states since then. She got her B.S. in Forensic Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; then moved to Syracuse, NY to get her Master's degree in Biomedical Forensic Science. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA, as she has grown to prefer the warm-weather states, and works as a Forensic DNA analyst for the Department of Defense.


While in Syracuse, NY, she conducted 2 years of research in a Forensic DNA lab for phylogenetic size-based cell separation intended for use in various scientific fields, which is now patent-pending and in the publication process. She also had the opportunity to present research at the North Eastern Annual Forensic Science (NEAFS) conference, while employed at S.U.as a TA for various biology and forensic lab courses. In more recent news, through the cooperation of DoD entities, she was able to dedicate several months of her career as a COVID scientist at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, conducting lab tests of nasopharyngeal swabs to detect coronavirus presence on 3 different scientific platforms. Her team was able to personally conduct over 16,000 tests during their mission, in an effort to aid the national pandemic crisis.
Moreover, she gladly accepted the invitation and challenge to gain more knowledge of every available instrument and platform for COVID testing. Through years of scientific training, education, and research; she was able to serve as a professional consultant to CineMedics CNY with guidance as to the reliability of these new products- in order to provide the utmost insurance for the safety and well-being of all crew and cast members.

Stefanie Mitchell

Field Operative/Clinical Technician

Stefanie is a native of Syracuse, NY. Stefanie attended Cayuga Community College and received a degree in Audio Production. While enrolled, she began actively working in her field of study by becoming involved with film and commercial work. With years of experience in project management, Stefanie was trusted to coordinate with the most prominent talent members, remaining sensitive to their time constraints within the scope of production and HMU. Working directly with the AD’s on set, Stefanie has created a high standard for COVID Compliance PA’s that she hopes to spread across the industry. Her diligence and direction have resulted in trusting relationships with the crews on set. Her coordination of high volume, on-site testing has set her apart as an invaluable asset. 

Stefanie prides herself on her empathy, remaining sensitive to the varying personality types and needs of people in the film industry, while working to efficiently achieve her objectives. Her ability to adapt under pressure while remaining calm and composed has allowed her to manage the demanding needs of the film industry. She leads her teams with a firm, calm resolve by utilizing her strong interpersonal communication skills. Most importantly, Steffanie leads by example. Her strong work ethic has earned her the admiration of not only those she supervises, but her peers as well.  Stefanie is currently in school to receive a Master’s/Doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology. 

As a student ambassador for the United Way, she began her life’s mission of helping others at a young age. She received a softball scholarship to College of Central in Florida, before moving on to St. Petersburg College to receive a B.S. in Educational Studies with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her operatic vocal training led her to becoming the Children’s Coordinator of an afterschool program in Downtown St. Petersburg. This allowed her to reach out to inner city children and bring the beauty and light of music into their lives. 

Dakota Filipiak

Field Operative/Clinical Technician

A Floridian Native, Dakota relocated to New York in 2020. She is currently working on her Associates of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hillsborough Community College with an expected graduation year of 2021. With this degree, Dakota plans on pursuing her career with the United States Navy as a Masters-at-Arms. Dakota comes from a diversified background with spending the last seven years practicing Business Management in the Hospitality field. From this, she has found her way to CineMedics CNY and is currently working in the film industry as a COVID-19 Field Operative/Clinical Technician. During her time with CineMedics, she has opened windows of opportunity with expanding her knowledge to high testing capabilities on film productions with larger capacities than her previous field of Hospitality.

Dan Taylor

Paramedic/Certified Tactical Paramedic

Daniel Taylor has been a pre-hospital medical provider in New York since 2005 with remote medicine experience in British Columbia with The Discovery Channel as a safety guide/medic, on the Bering sea as a vessel medical officer for a commercial fishing vessel, in Iraq as a trauma stabilization point medic in Mosul during the fight against ISIS, in Eastern Ukraine as a remote paramedic for the ceasefire monitoring organization, in Tanzania as a hospital-based advanced practice paramedic, in Greece as a medical team leader/paramedic at a refugee camp, in the Florida Keys as medical team member for an ultramarathon, in Guyana as a remote paramedic and instructor, on the US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort as a remote paramedic, and as a professional ski patroller. 

Daniel’s production experience includes Set Paramedic, COVID Compliance Officer, Health & Safety Manager, Health & Safety Supervisor, and Risk Management Consultant. He has worked no productions for Warner Media, Apple TV, HGTV, Netflix, and Hulu. 

As an educator Daniel has taught at wilderness, tactical law enforcement, and emergency nursing conferences, instructed members of public safety in tactical medicine through work with the New York State Department of Homeland Security/National Center for Security and Preparedness, trained members of the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan in Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and delivered Remote Medical International’s full suite of wilderness and austere medicine courses with a specialization in prolonged field care for US Army Special Forces. 

Additionally, Daniel has had original work about delivery of tactical medicine training in austere conditions published in the Journal of Special Operations Medicine (Spring 2019, Volume 19, Edition 1). 

Daniel is certified as a Paramedic, Remote Paramedic, Tactical Paramedic and holds instructor certifications from the American Heart Association, National EMS Educators Association, American Safety Health Institute, and National Association of EMTs.

Eric Thepsiri

Paramedic

Eric is a New England native, a first generation American and the proud son of Laotian refugees. He joins our team with 12 years experience as a prehospital provider working all over the world starting in New England then working his way to Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Ghana, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Eastern Ukraine and most recently the Bahamas. Eric knew he had a passion for patient care early on and received his EMT certification at the age of 16. He went on to the University of Connecticut where he was integral in establishing the University of Connecticut Global Brigades (Uconn GB), which is the world's largest student run non-profit, with over 500 university partners and 25,000 students working to bring sustainable initiatives all over the world. Eric then continued to obtain his paramedic education at Goodwin University's Hartford Hospital Paramedic Program graduating in 2014. 

 

Eric's background is varied and includes working in traditional paramedic roles in both busy urban and rural settings. He also has experience in medical education, medical contracting, organ donation, austere/remote medicine, private health, executive and concierge medicine. Eric is extremely passionate about patient care and client relations. You can rest assured, Eric will always be providing you and your team with the best experience and care, while ensuring a safe work environment. 

 

When not at work, Eric enjoys participating in medical humanitarian relief efforts and providing pro-bono medical services abroad. You can also find him lifting in the gym, trying new foods, cooking, fishing, golfing, hiking or lounging near any body of water. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends."

Sally Gregory

Field Operative

Living on the Seacoast in New Hampshire, Sally can usually be found in or near the ocean! She earned her BS in Outdoor Education from Houghton College in 1987 and has been working n the field for 32 years.


Sally’s leadership style was developed when she began work at Wolfcreek Wilderness School in the north Georgia mountains, where she was an Instructor and Course Director for backcountry programs ranging in length from one to thirty days. She led students on backpacking expeditions, whitewater canoeing trips, and rock climbing programs, always with a heavy doseof building a cohesive group and strong team. From there, Sally instructed one-seven week
wilderness expeditions at the Wilderness School in Connecticut and Hurricane Outward Bound before landing at New Heights in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where she was the Adventure Coordinator for 25 years. With her course area being wild areas in New England and upstate New York, as well as the Southwest USA, she instructed students to rock climb, surf, ski and snowboard, hike, and camp.


While prevention of injuries and accidents is always on the forefront of her mind, encouraging students to take acceptable risks that are inevitably life changing follows closely behind. Sally’s strong suits are teaching students to be self-reliant, to push past their perceived limits, to develop their leadership skills, and to always look out for each other. Empathy is a top priority.


The unbelievable opportunity to work with CineMedics is very exciting to Sally, as being a part of a dynamic, hard-working team is the backbone of what she has done and thrived on her entire career.

Mark Helmer

Business Manager/EMT-P

A Syracuse native, Mark earned his AAS in Electronic Media Communications in 2006. He worked in radio and television production, including studio shows, live sports, and commercial production for several years. He also spent time as a photographer and satellite/microwave truck operator for local news. During this time period, Mark put himself through EMT training, earning his EMT-B in 2010, and began to volunteer on an ambulance. He eventually decided that his desire to help those around him was where he found his calling. Mark began working full time in EMS in 2011. Mark went on to attend Upstate Medical University’s paramedic program, graduating in 2013. He has been working full time as a Paramedic in the CNY area since. Mark prides himself on his adaptability, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. He is excited to bring both his background in media production, as well as his medical expertise, to CineMedics!

Tiffany Harmon

EMT

Tiffany was born and raised in the Syracuse area and currently resides in Rochester, NY.   In 2011, she became a certified EMT while in college earning her degree in Criminal Justice. She has simultaneously worked for several Ambulance companies in the Syracuse area earning the title of Senior-EMT. During those years she dedicated her time with Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome Medical Team providing medical support at sporting and special events to athletes and patrons. Tiffany has provided care to all walks of life including refugees from all corners of the world.

Tiffany spent time in the military and obtained valuable leadership experience and Combat Life Saver training during her contract, she volunteered in Costa Rica at a children's orphanage and has worked independently at horse shows providing first aid.  Tiffany earned her certifications as a CPR instructor, Stop-the-bleed instructor, EMT practical evaluator, and is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society.  She is previously educated in PALS and ACLS, HAZMAT/Infectious disease response, Active shooter training, Emergency Management on the Mass casualty level, Crisis Intervention and has trained in numerous capacities with state and federal entities. 

 

Currently, she works in the Emergency Room at the University of Rochester Thompson Hospital. She is a Psychology/Biology major in pursuit of applying to medical school to become a Physician.    Tiffany finds herself interested in many aspects of medicine, including wilderness medicine, public health & education, Women’s health, Mental health advocacy,  as well as conducting several current research projects regarding public health and safety. Tiffany came to the CineMedics team in 2018, when we began our first movie project.  With an assortment of nearly a decade of experience and education, Tiffany is ready to share her strong skills and passion with the Cast & Crew of American High Production Company.

Steve Watson

EMT-P/Technical Advisor

A native of Northern New York, Steve earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information technology from SUNY Canton. In 2015, he earned his EMT-Basic, and quickly went on to earn his Advanced EMT a year and a half later. He has spent the last 5 years working for various EMS agencies as an emergency medical provider, as well as honing his leadership skills as a past Deputy Director of Medical Operations at the Village of Manlius Ambulance Service. Steve also serves as a volunteer firefighter, with experience in fire prevention, fire suppression, and various rescue services.  Steve is currently earning his Paramedic certification through Upstate Medical University. Steve has also served as an EMS educator, teaching the next generation of EMS providers the tools of their trade. Steve has been working as a set medic since 2018, and loves working with the production teams here in the Syracuse area.  Steve works as a Clinical Informatics specialist for a large hospital system in Syracuse, NY helping to improve clinical workflows, and enhance performance improvement initiatives. 

 

Steve has received training in Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Fire Suppression, Rescue services (including water rescue, low angle rope rescue, elevator rescue, and motor vehicle extrication), mass casualty incident response, and multiple FEMA incident command certifications.

Chris Jacques

AEMT

A lifelong resident of Liverpool, Chris got his start with the Onondaga Community College’s Emergency Services Organization a Public access defibrillation Team which provided Immediate care to students and faculty that where in need of medical assistance. While at Onondaga Community College Earning his Associates degree in Emergency Management, Chris became an active member in both a local ambulance corps (2010) and fire department (2012).

 

Chris brings to the table more then 10 years Of EMS experience in both rural, suburban, and Urban EMS systems as well as 8 Years of experience in rural and suburban firefighting.  Chris is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician as well as a current AHA CPR instructor and a stop the bleed instructor. Chris is trained and certified in disaster response, hazardous materials, fire suppression, active shooter incidents and Mass casualty incidents.  Chris has been a set medic since 2018 and has been involved with several productions. Chris still holds a full-time job with a local high call volume ambulance company, and is still a highly active member in a local volunteer fire department.  Chris also assists with local EMT courses as lab instructor, and mentors’ new members at both Ambulance corps and fire department who are looking to become EMT’s.

Kevin Roskopf

Paramedic

Born and raised in Syracuse New York, Kevin began his career as an ambulance intern in 2006 and has been an active first responder for the last 14 years. In 2008, Kevin earned his EMT certification and continued his education by completing his Paramedic certification at SUNY Upstate in 2012. Kevin has always taken an interest in helping others. At 15 years old he completed an advanced wilderness course with first aid and CPR. He also became an Eagle Scout, a lifeguard, and a swim instructor.

 

Kevin spent 7 years with the Cicero Volunteer Fire Department where he served as an interior Firefighter/Paramedic, Director of EMS, and in an officer position as a Lieutenant. Kevin currently works as a Senior Paramedic for EAVES Ambulance where he has held positions as CME Coordinator, CQI Chairman, and Narcotics Officer. Kevin has additional training in HAZMAT, vehicle extrication, MCI incident management, firefighter survival, and OSHA. Kevin has worked as an ACLS, Emergency Pediatric Care, CPR, and paramedic lab instructor.

 

Kevin spends much of his free time playing hockey, and when he’s not on the ice himself, he’s on the road or in the rink watching his son Jake play youth hockey

Kevin Alexander

Paramedic/Critical Care Paramedic

Kevin Alexander is a 6-year veteran in EMS. He began his EMS career as a volunteer at East Area Volunteer Emergency Services (EAVES). He then trained and became NYS certified as an EMT-Basic and Paramedic through Upstate Medical University’s EMS Programs. Subsequently, he became certified as a National Registered Paramedic. Later, he became a Critical Care Transport Paramedic (CCTP) through the CCTP Program at AMR of CNY with the partnership of Crouse Hospital.

 

Kevin is currently the Clinical Education Instructor at American Medical Response (AMR) of CNY. Additionally, he holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Education and is an AHA Instructor for Adult, Child, and Infant CPR, First-Aid, ACLS, PALS, and PHTLS. Kevin has been working as a Set Medic since 2019 and has enjoyed working with the fantastic production teams, cast and crew on set.

Li DeJong

Sanitation Technician

Li de Jong is a student at Ithaca College majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications and minoring in Graphic Design from Austin Texas. She has experience in advertising and social media management through working for the Ithaca College TV media team as well as managing small businesses' social media pages and increasing engagement and following by over 120%. After college, she hopes to work at an ad agency and help companies discover their personal brand through different media.

Aaron Caza

EMT

Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Aaron has always enjoyed helping others and learning new things. Aaron was first introduced to medical care through boy scouts and became first aid/CPR trained, an eagle scout as well as lifeguard certified. Aaron loves Halloween. He currently works at Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park since 2008. He is a Director and Hayride Manager working on building sets, special effects, and helping train and manage actors. He also regularly attends trade shows for the haunted house industry. In 2010, Aaron started in the Volunteer fire service. Shortly after obtaining a job working as an EMT at NAVAC ambulance. Aaron teaches CPR and other classes for the public. In his spare time Aaron enjoys spending time with his fiancee Ashley, son Henderson and other family and friends.

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