About Us

Mission Statement

Leomedicus, Inc. is a consulting and training company with a simple but powerful mission: "Empower to survive, train to prevail." We are dedicated to teaching individuals lifesaving medical skills necessary to respond to traumatic injury. Our customized courses and Trauma Rapid Intervention Kits (TRIK's) are designed specifically for those who have little or no prior medical training.

Leomedicus's founder and developer Dr. Andrew Dennis is a board certified trauma surgeon at the world famous Cook County Trauma Unit. He is also a police officer and SWAT surgeon with years of training in both law enforcement and tactical medicine. The company began with Dr. Dennis's passion to give law enforcement the tools necessary to prevail when faced with life threatening injury. Our continued purpose is to improve officer safety and to bring them home to their families at the end of each day.

Our clinically based training is field tested and seeks to separate medical fact from fiction. Effective response to traumatic injury is both mental and physical. As a result, we teach mindset and skills that will improve reactions to trauma and provide simple, proven techniques to prevent shock, stop bleeding, and extract to safety. For more information on our courses, consulting, or the Trauma Rapid Intervention Kit, please browse our website, or call (800) 272-0432.

Our Instructors:

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Shawn Howd, Senior Lead Instructor, NREMT-P

Shawn currently works as an emergency department/trauma paramedic at the level one trauma center of Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, IL. She received her trauma and EMS training at the Cook County Trauma Unit and with the Chicago Fire Department. In addition to her extensive EMS experience she brings to the table a comprehensive understanding of body mechanics from her ten years as a physical therapist / athletic trainer. Shawn has been a Medical Tactics Instructor for two years and has received multiple teaching accolades during her tenure. She recently graduated from the ILEAS/NIPAS DHS accredited Basic SWAT school, and is an operational member of the Cook County Law Enforcement Medical Asset Team.

Andrew Dennis, D.O., FACOS

Dr. Dennis is an attending surgeon at the Cook County Trauma and Burn Units in Chicago, IL. He is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds a faculty position at Rush University as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. He is board certified in general surgery and critical care. Dr. Dennis actively engages in both clinical and laboratory research, most recently publishing several studies on electronic control devices, including the TASER.

Dr. Dennis has been a part of law enforcement and EMS for more than twenty years. In addition to his clinical and academic roles, he is a sworn law enforcement officer and the team surgeon and TEMS provider for the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team (NIPAS EST). Dr. Dennis remains extremely active as both a law enforcement officer and trauma surgeon and is a veteran in dealing with life threatening circumstances both in the hospital and in the field. Most recently, Dr. Dennis and colleagues have developed the Medical Tactics course series, which brings critical life saving education to all levels of law enforcement.

HBT Team 2010

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Andrew Hamilton, MICP

Mr. Hamilton is a twenty-year veteran of the fire service. Currently he works as a full time Firefighter/Paramedic/Arson Investigator for the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District. Andrew is a Patrolman (part time) for the Berwyn, Illinois Police Department. He serves as the TEMS/Tactical trainer for BPD/TRT as well as TEMS team member for NIPAS (Northern Illinois Police Alarm System). Past SWAT assignments included SSERT (TEMS/ENTRY) and US Marshals/Northern District, Illinois SRT.

He served as a member of the first United Nations Fire/Rescue (GOFRS). In Sarajevo, Bosnia during the Bosnian war. Worked during active combat to aid civillians on all sides of the conflict lines. He has worked of the Thai-Burma border training members of the Shan State Army as field medics, and in Preah Kah Malet Military Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 1995 he fostered an exchange program with Magen David Adom (the national ambulance service of Israel), spending several weeks training with various agencies in country. Andrew currently holds the position of Adjunct Instructor for Chicago/ FBI basic SWAT school (CQB). Co-developed the training program for Asst. US Atty Generals being deployed to Iraq for the US Dept. of Justice.

Riley Cooper, WEMT

Mr. Cooper recieved his training from the SOLO School of Wilderness Rescue. He has served as a Field Training Officer with Med Ex Ambulance, and as an EMT-B with the Children's Hospital Critical Care Team. Currently he functions as the research fellow for the Cook County Trauma Unit, and is a medical student at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Scott Waddle, NREMT-P

Scott Waddle is a 5 year veteran of the fire service. He is currently employed by the Village of Glenview as a Firefighter/Paramedic and is tasked to the NIPAS (Northern Illinois Police Alarm System) TEMS (Tactical Emergency Medical Support) program where he serves as a tactical medic. Prior experience includes working as a Technical Trainer for Department of Defense Humanitarian De-mining Program and a Land mine Program Expert for Physicians for Human Rights/Center for International Rehabilitation. Mr. Waddle has received the Illinois Firefighter Excellence award and has been highlighted by the Chicago Tribune and NPR All Things Considered for his international humanitarian work.

Robert Militello CCEMT-P/Remote Duty Paramedic

Rob has over 15 years of Tactical Medical experience. Currently Rob is a Diplomatic High Threat Protective Security Specialist/ Medic working at the US Embassy, Kabul Afghanistan. Prior to that Rob has 20 years as a Military Special Operations and 15 years as a Combat Medic with deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. Starting out in Explosive Ordnance Disposal/ Scuba Diver Rob made the switch to Combat Medicine in 1995. He has worked as a Military Advisor to the Ukrainian Army in Iraq and Afghan Border Police. Rob has spent the last 8 years working in a war zone. Robert has been teaching EMS at all levels for the last 13 years. He is a Lead EMS Instructor in the State of Illinois, State of Illinois Paramedic, National Registry Paramedic, Remote Duty and Critical Care Paramedic. Rob has been a Tactical Combat Causality Care Instructor for 8 years.

Larry Martin, P.O.

Larry is a former Communications Operator and is now a patrol Lieutenant with the Village of Lincolnwood. He has served on a multi-jurisdictional task force since 1994 and currently enjoys the title of Assistant Executive Officer. Larry currently works for Leomedicus both as an instructor and promotions director. Larry is married with two children, and lives in the Northern suburbs.