About Us

EMS Academy staff has been educating EMT and Paramedic students since 1993. We have taken the best components of all our teaching experience and combined them to be the best all-inclusive EMS Educational experience available. We go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a superior learning experience, giving you the confidence and superb training you need to achieve your goal in being an Emergency Medical Technician and becoming a Paramedic.

Who We Are (Our Educators)

Lori Joyce has 20 years of Pre-hospital EMS experience, and has been an EMS educator since 1993.  Field Experience includes Firefighter I/II, Fire Service EMS EMT-Paramedic, Private Ambulance EMS, and Hospital-based EMS. She also has 18 years experience in Disaster Medicine and is an OEMS State EMT Basic and ALS Examiner.  Instructor credentials include being an approved Instructor Coordinator by the Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services, American Heart Association ACLS, PALS, CPR, and First Aid Instructor.   Director Lori Joyce is committed to helping you excel in EMS.

Kevin O’Connor has 43 years’ experience working in both the private sector and municipal EMS. In 2012 he retired at the rank of Captain after 32 years’ service with Boston EMS, where he was assigned to their Academy, coordinating Recruit Training.  He is certified as an Instructor Coordinator by the Massachusetts DPH OEMS, and as an AHA CPR & ACLS Instructor. He also serves as a DPH/OEMS Advanced EMT Chief Examiner, coordinating state paramedic, and basic level certification practical examinations. Kevin is EMS Academy's ALS Director.

EMS Academy Instructor Coordinators

Lori Joyce, Brian Snow, Robert Gemma, Tony Gemma, Courtney Ford, Dennis Sullivan, Samuel Palagi, Joseph Welby, Thomas Bellini, Alexander Coverdill, Patrick Calter.  IC Interns John Kane and Jeffrey Spratt.

Teaching Assistants

Paul Flynn, Jeffrey Spratt, Jennifer Abbelan, Donna Lymneos, Brenda Tierney.


We are proud to have Dr.  Robert G. Dart as EMS Academy’s Medical Director. Dr. Dart is actively involved with our EMT and Paramedic Programs and is passionate about helping you be competent and successful in your EMS career.