About Our Instructor

Max Goelling, MHA, MBB, CCMA

As our Chief Instructor, Max is perfectly suited to the world of emergency medical care and safety education. Beginning with his initial First Aid class at the age of 12, Max has been involved with the medical field throughout his life. From those early days of dressing simple wounds through his trauma training as a military Physician Assistant, a Nuclear, Chemical, Biological Warfare Officer, and a Combat Medic Instructor, Max has helped hundreds of Soldiers (and medical teams), learn how to save lives. As a specialist in the military medical evacuation system, Max has functioned in nearly every medical role from the battlefield to the operating room. He was also instrumental in revising the Army Regulation that serves as the guide to medical evacuation in combat. 

Max has held numerous certifications and licenses including:

  • Basic and Advanced First Aid
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic and Advanced Trauma Life Support (BTLS and ALS)
  • Lifeguard (Red Cross)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician 
  • North Carolina Certified Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Certified Medical Investigator 
  • Flight Medic (Army - Aeromedical Crew Member)

Max currently holds the following certifications:

  • Instructor - First Aid, CPR/AED for Adults, Children, and Infants (ARC)
  • Instructor - Wilderness and Remote First Aid
  • Instructor - Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (ARC)
  • Instructor - Bloodborne Pathogens (ARC)
  • Provider - BLS for Healthcare Providers (AHA)
  • Provider - BLS for Healthcare Providers (ARC)

Additionally, Max has four-plus years of experience as a member of a heavy rescue-ambulance team and also worked as an EMT in the Emergency Department of a busy medical center. He has also served as a mountain rescue advisor and First Aid Instructor for the Boy Scouts of America. 

Throughout his many years of commitment to the field of emergency medicine, he has always been a tremendous advocate of the benefits of quality education. As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he is a tireless advocate of process improvement, quality control, and system analysis. During his last military assignment, he integrated many of the skills that he acquired across a 35-year military career to design and implement a comprehensive medical information processing system. This project not only saved the Army millions of dollars, but more importantly, helped ensure that injured Reserve Component Soldiers were able to continue to receive the care they needed once they returned home. 

Holding several advanced degrees, he has taught healthcare administration, anatomy & physiology, medical ethics, and hospital finance in the college setting. With well over 20 years of teaching experience, Max brings a high level of passion to every classroom he occupies. 

Today, he continues to pursue this passion by sharing his wealth of specialized knowledge to every class he teaches. His sees every class as an opportunity to help others “learn so as to serve. Max has chosen this path as it allows him to spend his time with those dedicated individuals who want to learn how to save lives.