Wellness & Medical Team

Open Sky's wellness & medical team is dedicated to the care and safety of our students. We are  the only holistic wilderness therapy program in the industry devoting an entire department to both day-to-day medical care and overall health and wellness.  A member of our medical team is on duty 24 hours a day and a board certified Family Medicine Doctor supervises our entire medical department. 

Sarah Smith, RN

Health Director

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Maine. She spent the first 5 years of her nursing career working in the hospital where she specialized in Intensive Care Nursing. Sarah decided to leave the hospital setting in 2014 and pursue an interest in wilderness medicine.

Sterling Shaw, BA

Pharmaceutical Coordinator

Sterling, a native Minnesotan, throughout her years growing up cultivated a strong respect and love of place for the out of doors. She spent much of her time racing scows on Lake Minnetonka and navigating the bays of many other northern lakes.

Coulter Stone, BS

Field Medic

Coulter comes to Open Sky with the intention to integrate his two passions: education and wilderness medicine. Coulter received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Redlands. Soon after, Coulter became a Wilderness First Responder and field instructor educating students in Grand Teton National Park. It was during this time he began to foster a love for medicine.

Patrick Kearney, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Patrick Kearney joined Open Sky in 2011 as its Medical Director. He studied at the University of Michigan, where he received his undergraduate, Medical School and residency training. Dr. Kearney has been in Durango since 1986 where he was initially in solo practice, is a founding partner of Durango Family Medicine, and is a member and Past President of the medical staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Mark Braunstein, DO, ABPN


Dr. Braunstein is board certified in general psychiatry and board eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry. He completed residency in general psychiatry at The University of New Mexico and finished a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He specializes in the treatment of ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and substance abuse in children, adolescents and adults. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding and mostly being with his family.