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 thanks to Heather’s leadership and vision.

Molly Dunegan

Lead Scientist/Lab Supervisor

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 initially worked as a professional consultant to CineMedics before joining the staff. Her guidance has lead to the reliability of these new products- in order to provide the utmost assurance for the safety and well-being of all crew and cast members. 

Molly leads the scientific advances at CineMedics, bringing cutting-edge research and techniques to our clients through custom-designed mobile laboratories. 

Christian Knutsen

MD, MPH, FACEP

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Knutsen is a physician dual boarded in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Dr. Knutsen obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College, graduating magna cum laude. For medical school, he attended the Penn State College of Medicine.

 

After completing a Transitional Year Internship at Lehigh Valley Health Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Knutsen served as a Flight Surgeon with the 84 th Aeromedical Squadron in Dayton, Ohio, for three years and deployed twice to the Middle East. He returned to Pennsylvania to complete his Emergency Medicine residency and then his fellowship in Emergency Medical Services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

 

Dr. Knutsen started working at Upstate Medical University in 2009 and is now the Associate Program Director of its EMS Fellowship Program, the Medical Director of Upstate’s EMS Educational Programs, and the Medical Director for several BLS and ALS fire departments across Onondaga County. He is excited to work with Cinemedics CNY and bring event medicine and specialized testing to film productions across the country.

Bradley Williams

Health & Safety Officer/Field Operations Supervisor

Born in Skokie, Illinois and raised in Takoma Park, Maryland Bradley started his professional career working for The City of Takoma Park Recreation Department as a counselor and Sports Coordinator. This started him down the path of safety training. He became certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED.

 

Bradley has worked extensively as a Production Coordinator in television and film. Bradley has provided logistics for shoots, hiring staff, scouting locations, and much more.

 

Bradley has worked on shows such as ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’, ‘90 Day Finance’, and the ‘Apple Music: Rap Life’ series. Recognizing the industry need early on during the pandemic, Bradley became a certified COVID Compliance Officer, and has been working frequently in that role. Bradley prides himself on creating a safe work environment for crew and talent, leading the charge in testing hundreds of workers each day. Bradley’s versatility as a Production Coordinator and COVID Compliance Officer has made him an invaluable member of the CineMedics team!

 

Bradley also loves writing, having written numerous screenplays which he hopes to have produced one day.

Eric Thepsiri

Field Supervisor/Clinical Technician

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."

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.

Vicky Concepcion

COVID Compliance Officer/Clinical Technician

A Bronx native, Vicky comes to CineMedics after a successful career in Business Management. She attended John Jay College, majoring in criminal justice. Vicky showed initiative and a desire to help keep people working, training to become a COVID Compliance Officer. Vicky prides herself on her excellent customer service, and leadership skills. She has proven herself to be not only capable at handling the high-volume demands placed on her, but also in showing selflessness and reliability, helping to establish CineMedics in Los Angeles. Being raised abroad in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Vicky is fluent in Spanish both in reading and writing. Her family, travelling, and enjoying nature are Vicky’s passion when she isn’t working diligently to keep others safe from COVID.

Kathy 'Flash' Nolan

Field Supervisor/Clinical Technician

Kathy was born in Spain and grew up in a military family. She traveled for the first nineteen years of her life with her family before settling in Auburn, NY. Kathy graduated with an AAS in Criminal Justice/Police Science in 1994. She eventually obtained her EMT certification and began to volunteer in rural EMS. By 1997, Kathy was paid staff at Rural Metro Medical Services where she began a distinguished career. She became a Paramedic in 2000.

Kathy earned the nickname ‘Flash’ in 1998 on the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident. While on scene working diligently to save lives, a photograph of Kathy mid-stride running landed on the front page of the local paper. Naturally, this image earned her the nickname ‘Flash’ and it has stuck ever since. Kathy went on to become a supervisor, field training officer, preceptor, and CPR/PALS/ACLS instructor. She also cross-trained to work in the dispatch department. Kathy worked in EMS for twenty-two years before working at the hospital as an Emergency Care Tech.

Kathy’s wealth of knowledge, supervisory experience, and tenacious work ethic have led to her becoming a very valuable member of the CineMedics team.

Mark Helmer

Business Manager/EMT-P/A.A.S. Electronic Media Communications

A Syracuse native, Mark earned his AAS in Electronic Media Communications in 2006. He worked in radio and television production for several years. He also spent time as a photographer and satellite/microwave truck operator for local news. While Mark enjoyed media production, he longed to help others. Mark became an New York State EMT before studying to become a Paramedic, graduating from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He went on to become a Field Training Officer and preceptor. 

 

After serving for over ten years in Emergency Medical Services, Mark began helping in building the early foundation of CineMedics. Eventually, Mark was assigned as Business Manager where he has been working diligently to help CineMedics continue to grow and flourish. 

Whatever your needs are, Mark is here to find a way CineMedics can help!

Dan Taylor

Field Supervisor/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.

Sam Schuman

Field Operative/Clinical Technician

A transplant from Albany, NY Sam has lived in Syracuse since 2015. He has been working in EMS since 2008, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology from the University at Albany.

 

Sam has worked as a paramedic in rural, suburban, and urban EMS systems for almost 10 years and spent some time on a helicopter as Flight Paramedic. His thousands of hours of experience and training provide him a well rounded approach to any and all problems that could arise.


When the COVID-19 pandemic swung into full force, Sam was working as an Emergency Care Technician in a local Emergency Department. His extensive experience caring for patients with COVID-19 have prepared him to meet new challenges and provide the best possible care for any and all that may need it.


Sam is also and avid fan of science fiction, engineering, and innovation. He is almost constantly looking for new ways to solve problems and optimize anything he encounters.

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.

Dana Huyge

Field Operative

Dana hails from the Finger Lakes region in Central New York. A former professional violist, Dana holds degrees in music from the Universities of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Rochester (Go Yellowjackets!), and continues to lend his musical expertise to his community through his engagement on the Geneva Concerts Association Board of Directors. Highlights of his music career include performing on the Albany Symphony's recording of concertos by Christopher Theofanidis, which won the 2021 Grammy award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and partaking in the SHIFT music festival at the Kennedy Center with the same ensemble.

Dana recognized the need for people with a strong work ethic, willingness to learn, and desire to help others during the pandemic. This led to him inquiring with CineMedics. Dana has very quickly integrated with the team and become adept at performing testing and lab duties. His attention to detail and adaptability have made him an invaluable member of the team!

In addition to his work with CineMedics, Dana continues to nurture an abiding passion for history and loves discovering more about his Finger Lakes community through the study of architecture. A father of three, Dana enjoys spending his downtime playing outside with his kids, and being a bookworm.

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.

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.

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