A native New Orleanian, Robyn was trained by the City of New Orleans Paramedic Program and served as an EMT, Paramedic, and Paramedic Preceptor at New Orleans Health Department EMS from 1988 - 1998. When she left N.O.H.D EMS, she vowed to return one day after experiencing a little more of the world.
While serving as a civilian Flight Paramedic at a remote U.S. military base on Johnston Atoll, she became a PADI-certified Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver & Rescue Diver. As part of her training at what was then the world’s only Chemical Weapons disassembly facility, she was certified in Medical Management of Chemical & Biological Casualties and Hot Line Decontamination Management via the U.S Army. She is one of the few in New Orleans with real-world experience rescuing and treating people exposed to the chemical agents Sarin, VX, & Mustard gas.
After living in the Hawaiian Islands & missing her family and hometown, she moved back to New Orleans with renewed passion to help rebuild and improve healthcare in post-Katrina New Orleans. Now a Registered Nurse & Charity School of Nursing grad, as well as a cancer survivor, Robyn feels blessed to be able to keep her vow, having returned to New Orleans EMS in 2011 to advocate for our patients amidst a fractured healthcare system. By collaborating with hospitals & social service agencies, she ensures our EMS patients receive continuity of care & services, especially for our chronically ill, frail elders, children, and our vulnerable citizens & visitors who are homeless, struggling with mental illness, and/or addiction to alcohol or drugs.
Robyn is helping lead our innovative efforts to create Community Paramedicine, where we identify our patients who frequently call EMS & go to Emergency Rooms, and provide them with care coordination, readmission prevention, & access to an array of social services with our many community partners, as well as teaching on disease prevention & self-manangment. New Orleans EMS’ motto, “So that others may live”, is based on our expertise at providing advanced life-saving emergency care. With Robyn’s collaborative work in EMS Community Health, our motto becomes “So that others may live and thrive!”.