About UsKPS 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. Wilderness Survival being the most recent of courses offered. She now also offers Pre-Hospital CTAS (Canadian Triage Acuity Scale) training, which is a new specific to EMS course, that is soon to be used by EMS providers in Sask. Karyn 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.
The demand for KPS Medic has sparked the need to open a training facility in Prince Albert. There will be regular scheduled training opportunities at the new location as well as serving the regular customers in rural Saskatchewan.
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.
Meet The Staff!!
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. 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 the majority 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's most recent accomplishment was the completion of the SCSA Health and Safety Administration certification. 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 employees.
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 - 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 and subsequently moved 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 in that Health Region. Derek returned to La Ronge EMS in 2003 and worked till March of 2006 where he accepted and still remains as the Director of EMS for Sunrise Health Region working out of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Derek was also employed part time as a site medic at the BHP Billiton Jansen Mine Site till fall of 2013.
Derek holds a Degree in Applied Business in Emergency Services from Lakeland College. Derek is also a Red Cross EMR / First Responder Instructor as well as a Heart and Stroke First Aid and CPR Instructor and an ITLS Basic Instructor. Currently Derek is working on his Emergency Management and Exercise Design Certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
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 15 years of experience to KPS Medic as both a front line Ambulance and Industrial EMS provider and manager.
JESSE WLOCK - ICP
In the spring of 2000, Jesse graduated from the SIAST Wascana Campus as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and shortly after, accepted a position with WPD Ambulance in North Battleford. During his time there, he was a First Aid Instructor, as well as a First Responder Instructor. Jesse chose to advance his skills and training, and in 2002, graduated from the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-A) program through the SIAST Kelsey Campus. In 2003, Jesse took a position with North East EMS in Nipawin. While with North East EMS, he again had the opportunity to advance his training, and in 2004 upgraded his level to that of an Intermediate Care Paramedic (ICP). Jesse was employed with North East EMS until 2007, when he took a year off working EMS to go traveling. Upon his return, he accepted a temporary position with Humboldt and District Ambulance, as well as continued to work casually with North East EMS.
In 2008, Jesse accepted a position with the Athabasca Health Authority in remote Northern Saskatchewan, and ventured into Facility-based EMS and Air Medevac EMS. He has since taken the Canadian Aerospace Medicine and Aero-medical Transport Association (CAMATA) Aero-medical Training program, to ensure that he can provide the necessary care to his patients in the flight environment.
Jesse is currently working as an ICP with North East EMS. Jesse has been employed with KPS Medic since the summer of 2009. Jesse's plans for the future is to once again instruct First Responder/EMR programs. Jesse currently holds his instructor with Red Cross first Aid programs.
When not working, you can be sure to find Jesse researching and booking his next travel destination, or enjoying the outdoors.
Jesse brings 13 years of Ambulance-based EMS, Industrial EMS, Facility-based and Air Medevac EMS experience to KPS Medic.
JEFF BOGDAN - RN/PCP
CLIFF FITZPATRICK - ICP
CHRIS GARLAND - ICP
MIKE BEATTY - ICP
PATRICK HASSLER – ACP
TREVOR KING - ACP
GREG MERRIMAN - EMT