After a several starter careers as a steelworker, Army officer, Naval engineer and EMT, Mike earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine training at the University of Chicago

He is the Chief Flight Physician with the University of Wisconsins Med Flight program as well as an associate professor and faculty with UWs Department of Emergency Medicine. He is a well-known lecturer at many regional, national and international EM/EMS conferences. With a HEMS career spanning over 25 years and several thousand patient transports, Mike remains an ardent supporter yet one of the most vocal critics of the American HEMS industry