WHO WE ARE
Law Enforcement Officers
– Biomedical Equipment Technicians, Electricians, Plumbers and Heavy Equipment Operators
Our organization began as a response team to the devastating Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit the Phillipines in 2013. We supported local medical relief efforts during one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. We quickly realized the need for significant emergency medical care during times of catastrophic disaster and the need for everyday emergency response systems. In 2017 we began deploying aircraft and cross-trained responders to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This event proved aviation to be one of our key assets. In March 2018 we began a partnership with BRTTH (BICOL Regional Training & Teaching Hospital) along with the regional government. This ongoing project began work to develop the Phillipines first advanced 911 system and emergency trauma center modeled after the United States. Our goal is for this to be a pilot program to be duplicated throughout developing countries around the world. We are now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit based in Northwest Arkansas. Since our initial trip MEDIC Corps has grown from a small group of U.S. first responders to a worldwide team of specialists.
Dr. E. Elias Gollapalli, DO
Medical Director for Medic Corps
Dr. Esli Elias Gollapalli D.O. is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Oakwood/Beaumont Health Systems in Trenton/Dearborn in Michigan.
Dr. Gollapalli has been practicing since 2011 in the Lansing, Michigan area. He is on staff at Sparrow Hospital which is a Level 1 Trauma Center. He is also part of the Michigan State University Emergency Residency Program. He works at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he participates in training residents in the Western Michigan Emergency Residency Program. He is also on staff at Eaton Rapids Medical Center in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Gollapalli is licensed in 9 states which has allowed him to work in many health systems across the US. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and passionate about medical missions.
Dr. Gollapalli resides in Holt, Michigan with his wife Rosie and their 3 children. During his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, sports and cheers on his Michigan State University Spartans.
Director of Operations
Nathan is the Medic Corps Chief of Operations. He is a commercial fixed wing and helicopter pilot, a certified flight instructor, SCUBA Diver and a rescue specialist. Nathan has served in emergency services as a first responder, firefighter and a law enforcement officer. He currently resides in Tennessee where he enjoys water sports and recruiting more heroes to join the team.
Director of Business
John began serving in emergency service as a Fireman and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) with the Fire Department. After responding to international crisis has since furthered his training as a rescue specialist, commercial pilot, certified flight instructor and Law Enforcement Officer. He is also the CEO of Natural State Environmental Services. John resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife Abbie and their amazing little girl Gracie.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Crystal Hlaing, M.D., graduated from Texas A&M College of Medicine in 2011. She completed residency in Internal Medicine in Dallas, Texas, and is board certified. She works as a hospitalist at Baylor University Medical Center, a large tertiary care hospital. She is also an adjunct clinical professor with Texas A&M COM and enjoys teaching and training medical students and internal medicine residents.
Crystal came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at age 7. She felt called to medical missions while in college. Crystal’s passions now include: cross-cultural ministry, serving those around her, continued learning of medicine, exercise, and uplifting music.
Response Teams Training Officer
Drew has a 10 year career in the fire department industry. He attended Oklahoma State University and Southern Arkansas State University. His training includes Level 2 fire, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Rescue and Extrication Technician, Terrorism Awareness, Hazmat Operations and Wildland Fire. Drew is a firm believer in the Lord our Savior and strives to lead and grow his family in His footsteps. Drew is married to the love of his life and has two beautiful children. He resides with his family in Northwest Arkansas.
Dr. Olga Dewald, MD
Emergency Department Director of Training and Ultrasound
Dr. Olga Dewald, MD, graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014. In 2017 she completed her three-year residency training in emergency medicine at Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital, a busy urban Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Dewald received her American Board of Emergency Medicine certification in 2018. Currently, she is practicing medicine at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. She is an associate ultrasound program director and is involved in ultrasound training and education for hospital staff, residents, and medical students. Dr. Dewald lives in Brighton, Michigan, with her husband, Mark Fishwick. They have four young adult children: three of whom are pursuing their interest in medicine and one is studying computer engineering. Dr. Dewald and her family are interested in global health, medical missions, and community-based outreach programs.
Rev. Ulysses Fundano
Philippines Coordinator / Chaplaincy Director
Rev. Fundano began his career as a licensed engineer and an instructor at the BICOL University. About 12 years ago he recieved the call into pastoral ministry and has been passionately serving with MEDIC Corps since 2018. He is our national coordinator and leader of our Chaplaincy program in the BICOL region of the Philippines. His vision is to give people the love and hope of Jesus, especially during times of crisis. He is a crutial support to families helping them from the point of emergency through the recovery process connecting them with churches in their local area.
Chief Financial Officer
Jimmy is a licensed CPA, former controller for Tyson Foods and former CFO for Cobb-Vantress, Inc, he has been serving with MEDIC since 2018. As a graduate of the University of Arkansas he has been serving businesses and organizations with financial services for over 30 years.