Kisty is the Founder and Owner of the Utila Hyperbaric Chamber. She came to the island of Utila in 1993 with her Husband Jim Engel, daughter Rebecca and son Shawn. After knowing the obvious need for a Chamber and medical center on the island, Kisty began her search in 1994 for a Hyperbaric Chamber. Kisty and her family have been an asset to Utila and are constantly striving to make their community better.
I moved back to Tegucigalpa, where I attended Med-School from 2007-2014. On one of my holidays from school in 2012, I visited Utila for the first time. While here I signed up for my open water certification, became a diver and fell in love with the island.
In October 2014 I was fortunate enough to be sent to Utila to work in Centro de Salud (public clinic). I’m currently doing my social service obligatory year of medical practice demanded by the government before getting our official license as a general physician.
Nine days after arriving on Utila, I got a late night call from the staff of the Utila Hyperbaric Chamber. There was a patient who needed medical evaluation for possible Decompression Sickness. Med-School did not prepare me for this type of condition. With the help of highly trained people at DAN, myself and the Utila Chamber staff as a team were able to administer the proper treatment. The patient/diver made an excellent recovery. Since then I’ve become the on-call physician of the Utila Hyperbaric Chamber. As the days have passed, I’ve submerged into a new medical field, learning something new every day about diving medicine. It is a mission that I happily accept.