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Cheryl A. Finn, NREMT-P, BA

Program Coordinator
cfinn [at]
(508) 854-4303

As the Program Coordinator, I am privileged to encourage EMS personnel to continue their education in pre-hospital advanced life support.
My love for EMS began in 1978 in the time when Cadillacs were still the mode of transport and demand valves were the “ambulance driver’s ” best friends!  I started by taking first aid and CPR classes and then instructor classes in both as well, then on to EMT.  I completed my Paramedic training in 1985, I worked in a private service, as a volunteer for a town service, for a private service assigned to a municipal service, and for a non-transporting hospital-based service. I became an instructor here at Quinsigamond in 1994.
I have always believed that true instructors must “do” in order to be accurate in their instruction.  To enable me to bring the most current information and experiences to our students, I continue to function on a per diem basis as a paramedic in the highest volume non-transport system in Massachusetts at one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals.
My passion in EMS is excellent pre-hospital patient care.  I would be pleased to share that love with you here in our programs!  Welcome!
Educational Background:
• Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Annhurst College, 1978
• Emergency Medical Technician, Dean College, 1978
• Paramedic Certificate, Northeastern University, 1985
• Certified Childbirth Instructor/Certified Labor Assistant, The Bradley Method, 1994
• American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor
• American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor
• American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider
• Assistant Director for Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Quinsigamond Community College
• American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider

Marc C. Restuccia, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Medical Director
RestuccM [at]
Dr. Restuccia is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director for UMass Life Flight. He trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Rich Nydam, EMT-P

Adjunct Instructor; Clinical & Field Coordinator, EMT-P program
rnydam [at]

Bob Palmer, PA-C, NREMT-P

Adjunct Instructor
rpalmer [at]
Specialty:  Acute Care/Critical Care Medicine
Instructor Certifications:  ACLS, PALS, ATLS
Employment:  Boston MedFlight/Critical Care Transport

Karen Plant, EMT-B

Instructor Coordinator, EMT 101