Mr. Stewart began his healthcare career with the US Army as a Combat Medic serving both Stateside and throughout Central America. Once he completed his military service, he continued his career in Emergency Medical Services serving as a provider, educator, and leader. He started his emergence into the substance use disorder field unexpectedly in 1998 when his Medical Director and Mentor, Dr. David Connor, asked him to put together a continuing education session on the topic of street and designer drugs. At the time most of the programs available to the healthcare community were focused on the legalities of the substances.
His programs focused on fettering out fact from fiction and discussing the medical impact of utilizing the substances discussed. These programs over the years have evolved into various levels and focuses – see educational programs. He has presented to all audiences including students, parents, teachers, healthcare practitioners, public safety staff, and the public at large.
He began his formal education in intervention methodologies through the Linking Human Systems, LLC where he received training in intervention strategies and processes focusing on the ARISE® Invitational Intervention Model. He is a certified ARISE® Interventionist.
Mr. Stewart is a Nationally Registered Paramedic licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He holds instructor credentials in Basic and Advanced Life Support from the American Heart Association. He is an EMS Instructor/Coordinator in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As a former Army Combat Medic and a current civilian Paramedic, Mr. Stewart has treated many patients in the prehospital & hospital emergency setting suffering from overdose and substance misuse issues. His initial and continuing education includes various programs on treating overdoses, suicidal, behavioral & psychiatric emergencies, trauma informed care in both the out-patient and in-patient environments.
What started as a continuing education session has blossomed a passion for working with individuals, families, and business who are dealing with substance misuse, substance use disorder, compassion fatigue, and post traumatic stress disorder.