About Us

At Emergency Medicine Academy, you’ll be instructed by a caring and experienced staff. With over 60 years of combined EMS experience and two decades of teaching experience, you’ll benefit from a wide range of field knowledge, current field standards, and realistic simulated training. Our skills lab is unique to the Treasure Valley giving students a dynamic educational experience.

Our Instructors

Justin Raney

My name is Justin Raney, co-founder of emergency Medicine Academy. I was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. After graduating from Nampa High School I attended Boise State University. During college I knew that I wanted to help people and make a difference. The idea of a career based upon budgets, meetings, and deadlines did not resonate with me, so I sought an unconventional path and became a volunteer firefighter in Star, Idaho.

Four years at the Star Fire Department helped me discover purpose in my life. I loved helping others, and couldn’t see myself doing anything different. In 2003, I obtained my EMT-B certification in Bend, Oregon and continued my education at Idaho State University, graduating with an AAS in Paramedic Science in 2005.

After school I got hired with Ada County Paramedics in 2007 and have been serving multiple roles at the department since. I serve as a field training officer, tactical paramedic for the SWAT teams in Ada County and spent 3 years on the Special Operation team doing high angle rescues and backcountry rescues. I am also part of the Hazard Material Medical Team. I am passionate about education and have taught lectures on Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support. I’ve been teaching EMT, Advance EMT, and Paramedic classes for the past 4 years. I live in the Treasure Valley and enjoy what nature has to offer here. Some of my passions include fly fishing, camping, walking my two golden retrievers, skiing and playing the guitar. I love what I do and I’m looking forward to sharing my passion with you.

Zach Brown

My name is Zach Brown, co-founder of Emergency Medicine Academy. I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, moved to CA where I joined the USMC infantry where I was trained as a combat lifesaver before applying my training in two combat tours in Iraq. Upon returning to the United States I trained and got my EMT-B certification in VA where I worked as an EMT of a 911 EMS service for one year before returning to Boise to raise a family and work as a 911 Paramedic in Ada county.

For the last three years I, have worked as an EMS instructor for CWI. I am raising two little girls, I enjoy kayaking, camping, and being outdoors in the summer and snowboarding whenever there is snow on the mountain. I love working and living in the valley. EMT-P with 5 years of 911 experience in the Ada County. With certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital advanced trauma life support, pediatric advanced life support, neonate resuscitation program, and CPR.

Colt Whitman

Colt Whitman EMTP in ID & OR NRP FP-C CCP-C AOLS, Lead Instructor, NAEMT faculty for ID, AHA BLS/ACLS/PALS Instructor, GEMS Instructor, PHTLS affiliate faculty, AMLS affiliate faculty, EPC affiliate faculty

My name is Colt Whitman, I am one of the lead instructors at Emergency Medicine Academy. I was born and raised in Bishop, California. I went to the University of Southern California on a wrestling scholarship but left after my freshman year to chase my goals of becoming a Paramedic.

After completing my Associates Degree in Paramedicine in Idaho, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. I worked as a Paramedic and Field Training Officer for Grady EMS for 10 years before leaving to become a Flight Paramedic for AirEvac Lifeteam, stationed in Georgia. I was offered a position with Life Flight Network in July of 2016. My family and I relocated to Boise and I am working full time as a Flight Paramedic.

I have taught EMT and Paramedic courses for the past 8 years and have certifications as a Flight Paramedic-Certified and Critical Care Paramedic-Certified. I hold instructor certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, pre-hospital trauma life support, advanced medical life support, neonatal resuscitation program, and advanced obstetric life support.

I love teaching and getting to know my students as they grow into healthcare providers. I try to make learning fun and use my years of experience to guide my students; giving them the tools they will need to be successful in school and in their new careers.
I am so glad to call the Treasure Valley my home. I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and white water rafting with my wife and our two year old son in my free time.

JOHN MRAS

Hello my name is John Mras. I spent 14 years in the U.S. Army with combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, first as a Military Police Patrol, then as a Military Working Dog Handler. I ended that chapter of my career as a Special Operations Combat Medic, with a scope of practice that included trauma management, extended field care, trauma surgical skills, emergency veterinary medicine, emergency dental medicine, and clinical medicine. I have been an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor for three years, teaching while in the Army and then at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. I call Boise home and travel around the country teaching Canine Trauma Management to military and police dog handlers, EMS and veterinarians that require training in life-saving interventions needed for point of injury care. I have true passion for teaching and my students would say I am a dedicated instructor with a unique style.

Liza Whitman

My name is Liza Whitman, one of the lead instructors at Emergency Medicine Academy. I was born in Colorado but, spent most of my life in the South; living first in North Carolina and then Georgia. I moved to Boise in July of 2016 with my husband and baby boy. I love the proximity to the outdoors where I can white water raft, snowboard, hike, and camp in this state’s beautiful wilderness.

I attended the University of Georgia completing a Bachelors of Arts in French/Spanish. Upon graduation, I realized that my true passion lay in healthcare and I changed paths, becoming an EMT. I loved EMS so much that I became a Paramedic two years later. I spent my career as a Paramedic working for Grady EMS in Atlanta, GA. After several years, I transitioned into nursing and went on to receive my Bachelors of Nursing from University of West Georgia. I am currently an RN for Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center working in the Emergency Department. I am also enrolled in Georgetown University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.

I have always had a passion for teaching and have taught EMT and Paramedic classes for the last 3 years. I have instructor certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital trauma life support, advanced medical life support, and pediatric advanced life support. I bring my years of higher education and field experience into the classroom to integrate knowledge with real world application.

Pam Stevens

Hello my name is Pam, I started my EMS career in Alaska in 1986. During that time I trained and was involved in technical rescue, extrication, search and rescue, wild land fires and was certified in structural fire-fighting. In 1989 I moved to Boise and got hired with ACEMS as an EMT-A. In 1991 became a part of Special Operations Team, the first time women became part of that unit. In 1995 I completed paramedic school. In 2000 I served as an ACEMS education coordinator. Paramedic program and clinical coordinator. In 2001 I said goodbye to ACEMS to start an EMT program for the Nampa School District and I continue to enjoy teaching for that program. In 2007 I returned to the field part time with Kuna Fire. I started teaching for EMA in 2016.