About

KPS Medic was established in May of 2004 by Karyn Steinke. Karyn had the desire to offer high quality service in EMS and Safety. KPS was awarded their first EMS contract in 2004 with Parks Canada and continues with that contract still today at Prince Albert National Park.

Over the years it became evident that the demand for training existed, especially in the northern communities. With this KPS expanded to offer many levels, from Basic First Aid all the way to Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Psychological First Aid being the most recent of courses offered. She also offers some of the more unique training, including Wilderness First Aid and Pre-Hospital CTAS (Canadian Triage Acuity Scale) training specific to EMS courseKaryn continually adds courses as it becomes necessary or requested.

KPS Medics strive to always provide a high level of service and training in business, leading to exceptional patient care. Karyn and the staff go to great lengths to offer comfortable, affordable training specific to individual needs.

Karyn and staff travel throughout Saskatchewan to any location requiring their services, accommodating the customers needs.

KPS Medic staff has a vast variety of experience to bring to both training and Emergency Services. With collaboration amongst the staff, KPS Medic provides a solid knowledge base with field experiences to draw on.

KPS Medic also provides consulting to organizations requiring assistance or guidance in areas such as meeting OH&S Regulations, Training and Emergency Preparedness. We can provide consultations and work closely with managers in the creation of a solid safety program.

 

KARYN STEINKE – ACP/HSE

Karyn always worked well under pressure and had a desire to be involved in EMS. Karyn started her EMS career in 1995 with the EMT training in Saskatoon. Karyn worked with Parkland Ambulance in Prince Albert until 2000 when she went back to school to advance her EMS training to the Paramedic level. From there Karyn went to LaRonge where she worked with LaRonge EMS and Mamawetan Churchill River Health Authority. While in LaRonge she had the opportunity to experience the remote, isolated settings of Northern Nursing stations, along with Air Medivac. Karyn left LaRonge EMS in 2004 with the start up of KPS Medic, while continuing with MCRRHA as Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, and covering shifts in both the northern nursing stations and the outpatients department. Karyn completed the upgrade with SIAST from her then Paramedic to the Advanced Care Paramedic. In 2009 Karyn became the EMS Manager for Cypress Health Region, there she was responsible for all operations of 7 regional operated ambulance services. During Karyn’s time with Cypress Health Region she also managed the Leader Hospital and Long term care facility for 13 months.

In 2011 Karyn and her daughter moved back to Prince Albert with a goal of expanding KPS Medic. Karyn worked with Lanigan EMS at the BHP Jansen Mine site from 2011 till March 2014. Karyn now continues to focus her energy working as an Advanced Care Paramedic with KPS Medic, and believes in being as active in the work load as the employees are.

Karyn is an instructor in all of courses offered by KPS Medic. Her focus in class is to provide a comfortable environment that will allow her students to excel in training and be confident to apply such knowledge in real life situations.

Karyn completed the SCSA Health and Safety Administration certification to enhance the safety of her company. Karyn has applied her knowledge on safety to the work of KPS Medic and strives to assist other companies in creating a safe work environment for their employees.

In 2016 Karyn Organized the 1st Annual PTSD Awareness Conference, geared towards First Responders Mental Health. The conference has continued annual and growing to popularity. KPS Medic donates profit from the conference to First Responders Mental Health Initiatives in the province.

Karyn believes in obtaining a healthy work life balance, and in spare time enjoys spending time with her daughter. They love gardening and being active outdoors.

 

DEREK KELLER – Ba:BES, ICP

Derek started in the EMS field after receiving his EMT certificate in 1997 from SIAST. Derek’s EMS career began in Northern Saskatchewan in Stanley Mission working for La Ronge EMS and subsequently moving to La Ronge and remained there until 1999.

In 1999 Derek received his EMT-Advanced certificate from SIAST and then began employment with Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority as the EMS Coordinator. Derek’s first duties for Keewatin Yatthe was to create and manage four ambulance services for that Health Region.

 

Derek returned to La Ronge EMS in 2003 and worked till March of 2006 where he accepted the Director of EMS / Medical Services for Sunrise Health Region working out of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

 

In 2016 Derek accepted an Area Manager position with Alberta Health Services managing the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre as well as the Breton Long-Term Care facility.

 

August 2018 brought along another change in Derek’s career when he accepted the Executive Director of Primary Health Care position for the Athabasca Health Authority in Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan. In addition to overseeing health services in four northern communities, Derek was tasked with developing an Emergency Road Ambulance Service for the Black Lake First Nation and the Northern Hamlet of Stony Rapids. This service started on April 23, 2019.

Derek holds a number of credentials including a Degree in Applied Business in Emergency Services from Lakeland College, Red Cross First Aid Instructor, a Heart and Stroke First Aid and CPR Instructor, as well as an ITLS Basic Instructor. Derek also holds an Emergency Management certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia as well as a Lean Leader certificate from John Black and Associates. Currently Derek is working on his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Fredericton.

Derek is licensed as an Intermediate Care Paramedic in the Province of Saskatchewan and as a Primary Care Paramedic in the Province of Alberta.

Derek has been an employee of KPS Medic since its inception in 2004 and regularly works in Prince Albert National Park as well as instructing a number of courses for KPS clients.

In his spare time Derek enjoys camping and quadding as well as travelling to various areas of the world.

Derek brings over 21 years of experience to KPS Medic as both a front-line Ambulance and Industrial EMS provider and manager.

 

JEFF BOGDAN – PCP/RN

After finishing a Kinesiology degree in 2004, Jeff witnessed a family emergency and pursued an interest in first responding. In 2006 he successfully completed his Primary Care Paramedic, and has since worked in urban, rural, and remote areas.

In 2011 Jeff completed the RN program and has focused on both General Surgery and Northern Nursing. Jeff is currently working at obtaining his AAP with SRNA.

Jeff has also taken a small role as a committee member with SUN this past year.  If Jeff could move his wife and child to the bush far up North, that’s where he’d ideally be doing integrative practice for people and animals.

 

KELLY THOMPSON – ICP

Kelly began his EMS career in 2002, receiving his Primary Care Paramedic certificate from SIAST.  His first job was with Pincemin Fire Safety in Kindersley, SK.   He returned to SIAST in 2005 to complete his Intermediate Care Paramedic certificate.  He has worked in the EMS industry for 16 years, gaining experience in a variety of EMS services from oilfield, emergency response to full time ambulance services.  He worked with Karyn while she was with Cypress Health Region and was re-acquainted with her when he joined KPS Medic service in 2016

Kelly currently works  as a Continuing Improvement Specialist at 3sHealth and casual Intermediate Care Paramedic registration for KPS Medic.  He is an experienced advanced open water diver, has his own handyman/home renovation company and is currently working on achieving his class 1 license.  He is a busy father of two boys, spending his time being a Cubs Leader, and enjoying the outdoors during all seasons.