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Medicine in Bad Places was started in 2006 by Shawn Soler, with the help of friends who wanted to help others train for scenarios that are not the normal everyday jobs we responded to. Over the last 17 years, Medicine in Bad Places has networked and collaborated with like minded instructors from Law enforcement EMS & Fire departments from around the country.  Our goal has always remained the same- offer quality training and consulting to anyone that holds the line of safety for others.  In 2018, we as a company expanded and hosted one of the largest Tactical Medicine and First Responder conferences in the NY downstate area, which brought together all first responders to train together for today’s ever changing world. In 2019, Medicine In Bad Places starting outfitting schools and corporations with Bleeding Control Kits and "Stop the Bleed Training". We will continue to train and help everyone we meet along the way.

“No one trains to lose “

WE AT MEDICINE IN BAD PLACES represent a cross section of the largest and busiest municipal public safety agencies in the country. Our members bring years of specialized training and extensive experience in responding to some of the largest and most complex tactical, mass casualty/fatality, counter-terrorism & rescue related incidents that our nation has experienced

Shawn Soler, Principal Owner - Shawn Soler has been  a first responder for the past 27 years.   He has served as a Paramedic as well as a Detective in the NYPD.  He is qualified as a rescue specialist as well as a medical specialist for FEMA.  Shawn recently retired from the NYPD where he was assigned to the Emergency Service Unit.  He was a Tactical Paramedic assigned to the Apprehension Team within ESU for his last 10 years of service.  He founded Medicine in Bad Places in 2006.  Shawn has deployed all over the country to help others develop programs that can save lives in today’s every changing world.  Shawn is a national certified instructor for NAEMT and also holds numerous instructor certifications.










Amado Alejandro Baez



EMS/ Emergency Medicine/ Trauma Critical Care/ Operational Medicine


For more than two decades Dr. Amado Alejandro Báez has been involved in emergency care, starting as a volunteer with the Dominican Red Cross and graduate (valedictorian) of the first paramedic class in Dominican Republic, later serving as National Chief of Disaster Operations for the Red Cross during the aftermath of Hurricane Georges (1998). In 1999 after graduating with honors from medical school, traveled to the US where he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and a Fellowships in Trauma Critical Care at Harvard University/Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, holding masters degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Health Care Management and Policy (MSc) from the New York Medical College.

An International Public Health and Healthcare Systems expert, Born and raised in the Dominican Republic (DR), Dr Baez is a dual citizen of the DR and United States Citizen with faculty appointments with the Harvard School of Public Health ICRC (Affiliate), the University of Barcelona Spain and the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he is the Emergency Medicine Program Director at Jackson Memorial Hospital.


Considered an influential emergency Care leader, Dr Baez holds Fellow status with the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (FAAEM), The American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP) the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), his academic work has led to important accolades, including the American Medical Association Paul Ambrose Award (inaugural recipient), the Emergency Medicine Residents Association Jean Hollister Award, Harvard Medical School Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship, Mayo Clinic International Health Scholarship, Youngest Inductee and Board Member of the Dominican Academy of Medicine, Hero of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) in 2008, the Society for Critical Care Medicine Presidential Recognition in 2011, the Junior Chamber International Outstanding Youth Award in 2010. As an academician Dr. Baez has lectured in over a dozen countries and authored more than 100 publications and developed sustainable programs in three continents, collaborating with NGOs, Academic Institutions and US, Dominican, Argentine and Panamanian governments in Prehospital and disaster systems.


Dr. Báez has over 20 years’ experience in the planning, training and support of Operational Medicine endeavours, working with numerous local, federal and international agencies supporting and developing operational capacity. As an agent and officer with the Dominican National Security Dr Baez's work primarily focused on dignitary protection services and special event security, graduating from multiple tactical, antiterrorism and security training programs. His deployments include multiple international presidential summits, security for the 2003 Pan-American Games as well as the 2004 and 2008 and 2012 Dominican Presidential Inaugurations, as well as detail support for presidents Bush, Clinton, Carter and Vice President Biden, while at Harvard founding the Operational Medicine (OMI) Institute having direct oversight of the Boston FBI SWAT program and the State Police Tactical Team (STOP) Faculty for the Harvard Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Director of the Operational Medicine Institute at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, Dr Baez was instrumental in leading efforts that resulted in a transborder (Haiti- Dom Rep) system that cared for close to 5,000 victims and family of the 2010 earthquake. And serving as Consultant to the Pan American Health Organization in several response and capacity building efforts. Currently Serves as Immediate past Chair of the ACEP Tactical EM Section. Worked as  the Academic Affairs and EM Program Director at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and Medical Director for American Medical Response. Currently is a Professor and Vice-Chair for Operational Medicine and Director for the Center of Operational Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, providing training and medical support to various law enforcement agencies.


Form an academic standpoint has authored more than 100 articles, abstracts and book chapters and edited three textbooks and served as expert lecturer in more than one dozen countries. 


Operational Medicine Focused Bio and Experience


Founding President. Dominican Society of Prehospital Medicine

Basic Trauma Life Support/ ITLS- Dominican Republic Chapter Coordinator. Latin American Task Force Chair and Military Committee (Now High Threat)  Member

Agent and Officer. Dominican National Presidential Security. Academy and Dignitary Protection Unit. Close Protection Detail work with: Princess Margaret of Holland, President Fidel Castro of Cuba. President Karam French Guyana. Cari Com, ACP and Cariforum summits

National Chief of Disaster Operations. Dominican Red Cross. incident Commander Recovery Post Hurricane Georges 

Instructor/Advisor. Dominican Presidential Medical Unit (2000-2004)

Advisor Security Directorate/ Team Leader WMD Unit. 2003 Pan American Games

Founding Director. Harvard Operational Medicine institute. Operational Physician. MA State Police Tactical Team (STOP) and Boston FBI Field Office SWAT

Associate Director EMS. Brigham and Women's Hospital/ Harvard Medical School.

Field Physician. Gillette Stadium

Operational Physician/ Tactical Medical Advisor. Dominican Presidential Transfer of power ceremonies. 2004, 2008, 2012

Scene Commander/ Presidential Envoy. Haiti Earthquake Response. OMI/ Dominican Ministry of Health/ PAHO

Disaster and Emergency Care Consultant. Pan American Health Organization. PI. Bed Augmentation in Critical Care

US Embassy Post Medical Advisor. Tasked wit EM/CCM POC and operational support to Diplomatic Security and US Secret Service (PR, field office operations. Supported President Carter and Clinton, Janet Napolitano, VP Biden and GW Bush (POTUS 43).

Civilian Vice President. the IberoAmerican Committee on tactical and Operational Medicine

2010 Future of Haiti Summit. Fixed Point coordinator

City of Miami EMS. TEMS Advisor 

Dept of State Lead.  DOS EM capacity building project.

American Medical Response (Air/Ground). EMS Medical Director. 

Chase Vehicle (99MD) 2017 Daytona 500

NFPA 3000, Active Shooter/ (ASHER) Technical Committee Member 

NY State Police. Police Surgeon

NY TACTICAL EM conference. MEDICAL Director.  

Protective Medicine-Course Director. DR, Mexico, Argentina.

Advisor and Operational Support (President Trump POTUS 45). G20 Summit Buenos Aires Argentina.


Team Rubicon. TERRITORIAL Medical Director.

Harvard Disaster Medicine Fellowship/ Dignitary Protective Medicine (DPM). CORE Faculty 



Operational Focused Courses Completed


Paramedic Program Highest honors (1st in DR). Hospital Darío Contreras/ UASD

Basic Search and Rescue Operations. Dominican Red Cross

Dominican Presidential Security Dignitary Protection Academy

Incident Command System. Puerto Rico Civil Defense

Basic SWAT- Tampa Sheriffs

Police Security Operative Planning

Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis- FIAT (NE Fusion Center)

CONTOMS Med director (1996 and 2016)

Tac Med Specialist.

Tactical Emergency Medicine- HK

Anti Terrorism Officer- S2 Institute

Terrorism Intelligence- S2 Institute


Fundamental Disaster Medicine (FDM). - Instructor and Consultant (Programs developed in Dom. Rep. Haiti and Barcelona)

Patrick Gugliotta


Patrick is a highly qualified Emergency Medical Services instructor as well as an active Paramedic. He was first certified in the United States Marine Corps in 1993 through the National Registry and became New York State certified in 2010 when he joined The Ronkonkoma Fire Department. He began teaching the EMT-Critical Care classes for Suffolk County EMS in 2012 where his focus was on developing Advanced Life Support Providers and preparing them for the high paced environment of Emergency Medical Services. Not only did he focus on the didactic and skills portions of the curriculum he also focused on critical thinking. He currently teaches multiple classes for Suffolk County EMS, Nassau County Veeb as well as the American Heart Association and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

Pat is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably and now serves his community as a volunteer of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department where he provides Emergency Medical Care to people who are in need. He is also a member of the Board of Fire Commissioners for the Lake Ronkonkoma Fire District.



Hani Kutteh

Hani Has been with our team for the last 12 years and currently oversees our CPR and Basic First Responder classes. Hani is retired from the NYPD, He was a member of the Emergency Service Unit where he was the lead Instructor for the NYS EMT program based out of the Specialized Training School. His background in the fire service spans over 30 years and he is still active in his local volunteer agency. He is a certified instructor for NYS (IC) ,AHA, NSC, RED CROSS, NAEMT, & DOJ, to name a few.

Hani is still active in Law Enforcement and Public Safety.



Scott Thompson


 Scott is a retired New York City Dept. Of Corrections Gang Intelligence Unit / Fugitive Apprehension team member, an NYS EMT-B and NAEMT TCCC Instructor. Additionally, Scott is a  firearms academy and NRA Instructor and he is a trainer and Instructor to dozens of agencies as an expert in both National and International Gangs, Hate Groups, and White Supremacists. Scott has over  20 years law of enforcement experience and currently works part-time at several agencies.

Robert Huebner

Bob is an army veteran and well respected first responder with over 20 years in the industry.  He has worked extensively on research & development creating lifesaving products for over 16 years. You may know him from his former position as a lead sales manager with a medical company based out of Connecticut. He developed and worked on some products used by todays first responders.  Bob is still an active first responder and is yet another asset to our ever growing family.

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IN ADDITION TO OUR COURSES, We also offer full consulting services as well as an array of basic and advanced medical services specifically tailored for theatrical standbys, remote medical services, and personal basic and advanced medical details for individuals or private functions.  All of these services are provided by highly trained professionals who are on the cutting edge of industry standards in all disciplines of pre-hospital emergency care.

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