Meet Our Staff

Richard O. Shields, Jr., M.D., FACEP
Medical Director

In 1984, Dr. Shields moved to Savannah to join Emergency Medical Group at Memorial Medical Center. While at MMC he served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and served on many hospital committees including Medical Executive, Occurrence Screening, Utilization Review, Critical Care, and Trauma.

 At the end of 1997, Dr. Shields left MMC to help establish SouthCoast UrgentCare. In early 1999 he was recruited to join the expanding group of physicians at GEA. He currently staffs four of the GEA hospital ED's and currently serves as Medical Director of the Candler ED. He also is the web master for GEA Online. Dr. Shields was Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) in 1984, and re-certified in 1994. He also serves as an Oral Board Examiner for ABEM. He is a member and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has held numerous offices with the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians including a two-year term as President. He currently serves on the GCEP Board of Directors.


Carol Crockett, NREMT-P
Director of Education

As Director of Education, Carol is RTI's Lead Paramedic Instructor with nearly 20 years of paramedic experience - Her instructor qualifications include: ACLS, AMLS, BTLS, CPR Instructor Trainer, PALS and many other EMS related programs. In addition to heading up all EMS courses at Rescue Training she continues working as an active paramedic.

Carol also serves as our V.A. (Veterans Administration) liaison for student affairs and the RTI Clinical Coordinator. Carol is a member of the State of Georgia BTLS (Basic Trauma Life Support) Committee. She is a very active National Registry Exam Coordinator, conducting approximately ten National Registry exams each year. She is an associate member of the Chatham County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee). Carol is certified in Confined Space Rescue.






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