The team you want by your side

GOES’ wilderness medical team are the best in the field and are also avid adventurers too. Get to know your wilderness medical doctors and learn about their pursuit of excellence in saving lives and passion for the outdoors.

Dr. Grant Lipman

GOES Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Isabel Algaze-Gonzalez

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Annaleigh Boggess

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Amy L Briggs

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Mack Brickley

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William Chiang

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Desiree Crane

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Kurt Eifling

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Mark Ellis

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Arun Ganti

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Astrid Haaland

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Alexandra Herndon

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Nicholas Kanaan

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Elizabeth Hamilton

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John Lissoway

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Nicky Mansfield

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Brendan Milliner

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Ryan Paterson

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Jennifer Starling

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Emily Sagalyn

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Jay Sharp

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Samantha Siegel

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David Young

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Grant Lipman

GOES Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Meet Grant, a skilled doctor and adventurer who has journeyed from the East Coast to the West Coast.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Grant got his start at Connecticut College before heading to St. George’s for medical school. After completing his residency at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital, he went on to complete a fellowship in wilderness medicine at Stanford.

When he’s not healing others, Grant can be found exploring the great outdoors, with a particular passion for backcountry skiing and trail running. He shares his adventures with his wife, two kids, and trusty whippet by his side.

Isabel Algaze-Gonzalez

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Isabel is a Long Beach native who graduated from the University of Puerto Rico before earning her medical degree at Harvard. She completed her residency at the hospital where she was born, serving her community with dedication.

Her passion for the outdoors led her to join the GOES team and make wilderness medicine accessible. When she’s not practicing medicine or swimming, you can find Isabel on a waterfall trek with her amazing partners Kristina and Nova, her goofy rescue dog.

Annaleigh Boggess

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Annaleigh hails from the beautiful town of Eugene, Oregon where she discovered her passion for exploring the outdoors. After completing her medical education at Oregon Health and Science University, she completed her residency and fellowship at the University of New Mexico. Now, as part of the GOES team, she’s able to combine her love for adventure and emergency medicine to help people safely explore the great outdoors. When she’s not saving lives, you can find Annaleigh playing music, gardening, and exploring Oregon’s forests with her husband and trusty dog Nehla.

Amy L Briggs

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Amy, a Pomona College and Keck School of Medicine grad, joins the GOES team from LA General Medical Center and UC Irvine.

Amy’s passion for finding solutions in the emergency department extends to the outdoors, and she’s stoked to be part of a community that encourages safe exploration. When not in the hospital or on the trails, Amy can be found rock climbing, trail running, surfing, and scuba diving with her fiancé and pups Copper and Izzie.

Mack Brickley

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Introducing Mack! Hailing from the outdoor haven of Salt Lake City, UT, he embarked on an academic journey at Williams College, where his love for medicine took root.

Armed with a degree and boundless enthusiasm, he joined the ranks of Columbia University’s esteemed med school. Seeking thrills beyond the hospital walls, Mack found solace in splitboarding down snowy slopes, conquering trails on his mountain bike, scaling vertical cliffs, and creating unforgettable camping memories with his loved ones.

Ready for any challenge, Mack brings a contagious energy to both medicine and the great outdoors.

William Chiang

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Desiree Crane

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Desiree was born and raised in Idaho, where she developed her love for the outdoors through adventuring with Outward Bound and working at an outdoor sporting goods store.

Now splitting her time between Idaho and Salt Lake City, she enjoys honing her backcountry skills, gardening, and spending time with her husband and dog Roux.

She’s pursuing a Diploma in Mountain Medicine and her 2021 goal is to start the Master Fellow program with the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Desiree is also an expert list-maker, budding private pilot, and true Idahoan who loves potatoes.

Her interests include trauma, improvised medicine, and building better first aid kits.

Kurt Eifling

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Kurt’s medical journey has taken him from Tulane University to Northwestern University for med school, then to Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency and finally to the University of Colorado Denver for fellowship.

Now, as a non-academic medical practitioner, he’s found a home with the GOES team to stay connected to the wilderness medicine community.

Kurt’s passions include trail running, ultramarathon races up to 50k, rock climbing, mountain biking, sailing, and playing disc golf on his family’s hobby farm in the hills outside of Fayetteville, AR. His wife, Carla, and their kids Felix and Otto join their furry friends Cleopatra and Mabel in all of their outdoor adventures.

Mark Ellis

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Mark graduated from Texas A & M University for his undergrad and went on to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Houston for med-school.

After his residency at Orlando Regional, he completed his fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. Mark is here with GOES to share his knowledge and promote safe excursions to the wilderness.

When he’s not practicing medicine, Mark loves to spend time outdoors with his wife Sarah, their four kids, and two rambunctious Vizslas named Cali and Lucy. Whether it’s hiking, backpacking, camping, or canoe adventures, Mark and his family are always up for an adventure!

Arun Ganti

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Arun, a graduate of UC San Diego and Washington University in St. Louis, is excited to provide real-time medical care for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels with GOES.

He completed his residency at the University of Michigan and his fellowship at UCSF Fresno.

Arun and his partner Beejal love to hike and bike together with their two daughters. When he’s not working, he can be found cycling, hiking, backpacking, or ice climbing, pursuing his passions for outdoor adventure.

Astrid Haaland

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Born and raised on the west coast of Norway, Astrid grew up skiing and scrambling in the mountains.

After working in rural primary care in the Lofoten archipelago, she completed her emergency medicine residency in New York City.

Astrid considers the mountains home and settled in Salt Lake City after her Wilderness Medicine fellowship at the University of Utah.

Now, she enjoys the plethora of outdoor activities available and works as an emergency medicine physician for the University of Utah.

Alexandra Herndon

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Alex is an avid explorer with a love for the great outdoors.

After completing her medical studies at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, she pursued a residency at Northwestern and further training in wilderness medicine.

Her primary goal has always been to combine her love for nature with her expertise in medicine.

As a member of GOES, she’s excited to help fellow outdoor enthusiasts stay safe and healthy while exploring the wilderness.

When she’s not working, Alexandra can be found hiking, backpacking, or scuba diving.

Nicholas Kanaan

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Nick is an outdoor enthusiast who earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, followed by his medical education at UC San Diego.

He completed his residency at Stanford University and fellowship training at the University of Utah.

Nick is excited to be a part of a unique platform that offers medical care to people in remote areas where traditional healthcare may not be readily available. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, canyoneering, climbing, skiing, kiteboarding, and any other outdoor activity that allows him to explore nature. Nick’s companion in his adventures is his Goldendoodle, Jabu, who has an impressive mohawk.

Elizabeth Hamilton

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Introducing Elizabeth, a true nature lover and big outdoor enthusiast.

After completing her emergency medicine residency at Maine Medical Center, Elizabeth attended Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to complete the Wilderness and Austere Medicine Fellowship program. She now works in Palmer, Alaska as an emergency doctor and serves as a medical director to the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

When she’s not working, Elizabeth spends her time backcountry skiing, riding bikes, climbing, and exploring Alaska.

John Lissoway

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John, a passionate wilderness medicine expert and outdoor enthusiast, earned his undergrad degree from the University of Texas and completed his medical education at the University of New Mexico.

He finished his residency at the University of Florida and his fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Thrilled to share his medical expertise, John loves helping others experience the joys of outdoor recreation and adventure.

He enjoys spending time outside with his family, furry and scaly friends, backpacking, fly fishing, paddleboarding, and exploring the outdoors in his Euro van.

Nicky Mansfield

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Brendan Milliner

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Meet Brendan, an emergency medicine physician and wilderness medicine specialist based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He has worked in high altitude medicine, global health and disaster response, and is active in refugee and asylum healthcare in Utah.

He is an avid skier and climber and a mediocre, but enthusiastic mountain biker.

Ryan Paterson

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Meet Ryan, a fearless doctor with a heart for wilderness medicine.

After completing his undergraduate degree at Denison, Ryan earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

He completed his residency at Denver Health and his fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver, where he honed his skills in providing medical care in austere environments. When he’s not working, you can find him mountain biking, skiing, or exploring the backcountry.

Jennifer Starling

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Jennifer is an active adventurer and lover of nature! She attended St. Lawrence University for undergrad and McGill University for med-school.

She completed her residency at Alameda County Medical Center – Highland Hospital and her fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver. From beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Jennifer lives with her partner Louis, a stand-up comedian, and their two sons Alton and Theodore.

As a proud GOES doctor, Jennifer is thrilled to provide medical advice to those who venture into remote and austere environments. If not climbing mountains or skiing down slopes, Jennifer enjoys traveling, volunteering, and gardening.

Emily Sagalyn

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Meet Emily, a lover of all things outdoors! With an undergrad from Columbia University, med-school from the University of Massachusetts, residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and a fellowship at the University of Utah, she’s now ready to take on the world of wilderness medicine.

Hailing from Reno, NV, Emily’s family includes her husband JB, their daughter Susannah, and two adorable labs Echo and Facet. When she’s not saving lives, you can find Emily skiing down slopes, climbing mountains, or mountain biking through the wilderness.

Jay Sharp

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Say hello to Jay – an adventurer at heart! After completing his undergrad at the University of Notre Dame, med-school at the University of Illinois, and residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Jay went on to pursue his fellowship at the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine.

Jay calls Chicago home, where he lives with his wife Anna and their three children – Louis, Ellen, and Jack.

Jay is thrilled to share his passion for the great outdoors and provide health advice for fellow adventure seekers. When he’s not hiking, biking, or boating, Jay loves to unwind with his family.

Samantha Siegel

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Meet Samantha, a vivacious adventurer hailing from Boston, MA. She kick-started her academic journey at Bowdoin College, where she discovered her passion for medicine.

Armed with ambition, she conquered the halls of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

The bright lights of Yale New Haven Hospital then beckoned her for residency, nurturing her skills.

Seeking further knowledge, Samantha pursued a fellowship at Yale University. When not saving lives, you’ll find her gracefully gliding down slopes, conquering hiking trails, paddling through tranquil waters, or blissfully soaking up the sun on sandy beaches.

David Young

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Introducing David, a true outdoor enthusiast with a passion for adventure! After graduating from the University of Redlands, he continued his medical education at Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Now, as a member of the wilderness medicine team, David is thrilled to be able to apply his skills to help people in remote locations during emergencies.

When he’s not working, you can find this Denver native tackling endurance sports, from running to cycling.

You might catch him on a long run or a scenic bike ride on the weekends!