• Ari Rasori-Allred, RN, FNP Director

    Ari is passionate about holistic and international health. Ari is dedicated to creating programs and courses that integrate health education and personal empowerment while sharing her love for adventure and travel. She has traveled extensively on six continents over the past 32 years, participated in several international health projects and guided on various international medical trips.

    She enjoys creating global health curriculum and courses for MedTreks and is constantly seeking new ways to provide medical training and skills to nurses, students, and community health workers. Ari is the director of Nursing Program Development at HopeCore and has founded the MedTreks Kenya program as a way to strengthen the training and collaboration for medical professionals interested in improving global health. She enjoys running annual trips to Kenya, bringing medical professionals from the US to do direct training and hands-on skills with the HopeCore medical staff. Ari Rasori is currently a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department in Southern Oregon. She loves her job working with a wide spectrum of patients, but when she is not working or traveling, she enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, yoga, rafting, biking and spending time with her husband and friends in the outdoors.

  • Phil Rasori, MD Director

    Dr. Rasori teaches and consults in the fields of international health and travel medicine. For the last twenty years, he has led accredited, wilderness medicine and travel medicine field seminars for physicians to all the continents including programs to Kenya, Tanzania, New Guinea, Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, Vietnam, and Antarctica.  He is a long time member of the Wilderness Medical Society and has lectured frequently at their national conferences since 1990.

    For 18 years, Dr. Rasori taught travel medicine and international health as part of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

    He is the current director of Global Survival International and the medical director of Village HopeCore International. He has been the medical director since l987.

  • Anne Gildea-Ritho, Global Health Consultant & MedTreks Faculty Director

    Anne is deeply committed to supporting vulnerable populations and has a decade of experience living and working in Kenya. Anne was awarded her Master’s degree in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics, where she presented a thesis on factors that facilitate men’s use of HIV testing and treatment services in Nairobi, Kenya. Anne has previous experience working in the developing world with grassroots NGOs, in Boston working for an international public health consulting organization, and still actively supports a Kenyan children’s home. She enjoys working with people to improve the health in their communities, as well as developing systems within organizations to improve program implementation. Anne joined Village HopeCore International as a Global Public Health Fellow in 2014 and worked in this role until taking on the role of Managing Director in 2016. In 2017, Anne transitioned to the Director of Program Development for HopeCore. Anne is passionate about sharing her love of travel and Kenya with others and currently resides in Nairobi.

  • Jennifer Dengler PA-C, MedTreks Clinical Education Advisor Director

    Currently a physician assistant in Southern Oregon working in Urgent Care with a background in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Jennifer is an officer in the United States Army Reserve where she is commissioned as a physician assistant. Jennifer is currently working on her Doctorate in Global Health Sciences through Nova Southeastern in Florida, has a Masters of Science in Cellular Molecular Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and completed her Physician Assistant Studies from Pennsylvania College of Technology. Jennifer has a passion for wilderness travel, improving health care in developing nations while creating a sustainable infrastructure, and disaster medicine. When she has time she volunteers with Team Rubicon and enjoys travel with her family to explore nature and cultures of the world.

  • Lynn Sullivan, RN, FNP
    Lynn Sullivan, RN, FNP MedTreks Faculty

    Lynn has been an adventurer all of her life.  Always looking to visit and experience the next “special place on this planet”.  She has traveled to more than 28 countries and still considers herself addicted to travel and adventure.  She had 11 years of emergency nursing experience that began in Compton, Los Angeles before she packed up all her worldly possessions and traveled around the world for a year.  She returned to the US and studied for her MS in nursing to become an FNP and has practiced in emergency medicine since graduating in 2005.  She has a passion for teaching and enjoys combining her love of travel with her emergency medicine skills.  She has a 15-year-old son and a life partner that she hopes to continue to travel the world with.

  • Erin O’Brien, MedTreks Faculty, Yoga Instructor & Wellness Coach Director

    Erin brings over a decade of experience teaching and leading experiential education. She completed a Masters degree in Education and has received over 500 hours of advanced training in yoga. When she is not leading retreats, you can find Erin snuggling her sweet baby boy Leo, teaching yoga, writing, designing websites, enjoying outdoor adventures & tending to her thriving garden.

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