· Who are you?
My name is Mikaela and I am a paramedic in Vermont. I started my career in EMS in the summer of 2015 as an EMT and enrolled in a paramedic program in the fall of 2017. I live in the middle of nowhere with my family and an abundance of adorable animals. My other main passion is music- I actually have a degree in Interdisciplinary Music Studies from Berklee College of Music!
· What do you sell?
When I starting working as a first responder, I found myself wanting customized, specialized materials that I couldn’t find anywhere. So, I decided to make them myself! The first of these inventions was the Run Card, and it grew from there. I also created some educational materials for myself, such as the Cardiac Cheat Sheet, when I was in my paramedic program. I wanted to organize the information in a straightforward, condensed way and was pleasantly surprised when my fellow classmates all wanted copies!
· Why is your store called The Nerdy Medic?
I feel like this one is pretty self-explanatory: I am proud to be both a nerd and a medic! I got a reputation in my paramedic program as being a pretty big nerd and decided to embrace it!
· Why did you start this business?
I decided to start this business when I noticed that my fellow first responders were having the same problems as I was. As I did some initial research, I found that there were almost no specialized products available to us like the ones I was making, and I realized that my solutions could probably help others, as well. And who better to help first responders than an actual first responder?