Speakers

Our two most important program contributors are Geoffrey Baer MD of the University of Wisconsin  and Jeffrey Kutcher MD, Sports Neurologist, Director of the Sports Neurology Clinics. These two are coordinating collaborators in Sports Medicine to bring us the latest in research and practice updates in the fields of Orthopedics and Sports Neurology.

Geoffrey Baer MD, PhD

Dr. Baer is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is an Associate Professor and team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and provides orthopedic medical coverage for Badger Football, Badger Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Badger Men’s Soccer, Badger Wrestling and the Badger Spirit Squad. His special interests include sports medicine surgical procedures involving the knee and shoulder.

Jeffrey Kutcher MD

In 2006, Dr. Kutcher founded Michigan NeuroSport, an academic and clinical program dedicated to the neurologic care of the athlete. He is a Team Physician for the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and the USA Hockey Developmental Program. He is also the Medical Director for the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Kutcher has research interests in the diagnosis and management of sports concussion, as well as the short and long-term consequences of the injury, with a particular focus on how other neurologic diagnoses can improve our understanding.

He is working within the neurologic community to help build and promote the field of Sports Neurology. Under his leadership, the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology was founded in 2009. He is currently co-lead author, with Dr. Chris Giza, on the AAN’s committee to establish new practice parameters on sports concussion.   He is currently employed at the Sport Neurology Clinic in Brighton, MI.

 




The rest of our faculty:

Kathryn (Kate) Ackerman MD, MPH, FACSM

Kathryn (Kate) Ackerman, MD, MPH, FACSM is the Founder and Director of the Female Athlete Program and Biennial International Female Athlete Conference at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is triple board certified in internal medicine, sports medicine, and endocrinology. 

She is currently the chair of the US Rowing medical committee and a member of the World Rowing medical commission. Her research focuses on various aspects Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). She has authored/co-authored over 100 articles and book chapters related to sports medicine, endocrinology, rowing, bone health, and female athletes, including position statements with the International Olympic Committee.

Athletically, Dr. Ackerman represented the US as a lightweight rower at the World Championships and still competes with her teammates for life as a masters athlete. Most recently, she has become a member of the national leadership counsel for the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, a $220mill initiative to improve health and performance globally. Dr. Ackerman is leading the Alliance’s focus on scientific advancements for women.

Robert Anderson MD 

Dr. Robert Anderson is an orthopedic surgeon in Green Bay, WI. He diagnoses and treats conditions or injuries to the musculoskeletal  system. Dr. Robert Anderson graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983.  He is the founding orthopaedic surgeon of the O.L. Miller Foot and Ankle Institute of OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, practicing there since 1989. Recently he joined the Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinic in Green Bay. Fellowship trained in foot and ankle disorders (Dr John Gould, Milwaukee WI ’88) with a large experience in sport related injuries.

Served as a team orthopaedist to the Carolina Panthers from 2000-2017 and now an associate team physician to the Green Bay Packers. Has served as the chairman of the Foot and Ankle Subcommittee for the NFL since 2003. Recently named the co-chair of the NFL’s Musculoskeletal Committee, overseeing all orthopaedic injuries and research in professional football. Is an active consultant to a number of NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams and colleges.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Mississippi where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.

David Bernhardt MD

Dr. David Bernhardt specializes in primary care sports medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is a team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department. In this role, he provides medical coverage for Badger men’s basketball, cross country and track, as well as women’s volleyball, crew, cross country and track. His special interests include pediatric and adolescent athlete concerns, medical problems including concussions, along with other routine musculoskeletal injuries commonly seen in distance runners and triathletes.

His Professional Activities include: Team Physician, University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and Former Medical Director, Madison Marathon

Abigail Bretzin PhD, AT

Dr. Bretzin is an athletic trainer and postdoctoral research fellow in the Penn Injury Science Center studying sport-related concussion in various athletic settings. Her work primarily focuses on epidemiology of sport-related concussion, outcomes of the injury, and the culture surrounding sport-related concussions including knowledge, attitudes, and reporting behaviors.

Dr. Bretzin is an athletic trainer, B.S.  at SUNY Cortland, NY, M.S. at Temple University, and a PhD at Michigan State University.

Stephen F Brockmeier MD

Dr. Stephen Brockmeier is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Reconstruction. He is the fellowship director for the UVA Sports Medicine Fellowship and serves as team physician for the University of Virginia as well as an associate team physician for James Madison University. Dr. Brockmeier joined the faculty at UVa in 2010 after spending three years in practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and shoulder surgery. While in Charlotte, he served as team physician for the NBA Charlotte Bobcats.

President. He is the principle investigator currently on a multi-center clinical trial evaluating shoulder instability in NCAA football players and a prospective clinical trial evaluating outcomes and healing after biceps tenodesis. In addition, he has authored numerous textbook chapters, review articles, and peer-reviewed studies and has given local, regional, and national talks and presentations in the areas of sports medicine and knee/shoulder surgery

John C Bruno AT

John C. Bruno, AT is a certified athletic trainer. He is Clinical Director for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation for Multi Radiance Medical.  He also lectures and in-services rehab professionals on the science and clinical application of super pulsed laser technology to rehab professionals in professional and college sports and the military .

John’s professional experience includes working as an athletic trainer at the college, professional and clinic levels.  He worked with the New Jersey Nets, NY Cosmos, NY Giants, Fitness Institute, and Ramapo College. In 1982, he was named to the sports medicine staff for the NBA all-star game. John has worked in sales for capital equipment and medical device companies in the rehab industry for over 34 years.

Paige Buddenhagen, MS LAT, ATC

Paige Buddenhagen is a licensed athletic trainer with AAH. She serves as the AAH CMN triage specialist and liaison. She also is the program’s lead of concussion research. A native of West Bend, WI she received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Ripon College and master’s in Athletic Training from University of Indianapolis. She has worked with many types of athletes and has a special passion for collegiate athlete brain health

Michael Chapman EdD AT

Michael (Mike) Chapman is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager at a fortune 100 company specializing in injury prevention and human factors engineering. He also serves as adjunct professor at the University of Louisville focusing on the care and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. His doctoral concentration surrounded organizational change management and how to effectively implement an injury prevention program and its impact on performance.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Mike continued on to obtain his master’s degree from Wingate University and Doctorate at Gardner-Webb University, both based out of the Charlotte, NC area.

Meeryo Choe MD

Meeryo Choe, MD grew up in the Los Angeles area, traveled east to attend Amherst College, where she majored in Fine Arts completing a senior thesis in Printmaking. She then returned to L.A. to attend medical school at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She started at UCLA in 2004 for a child neurology residency. After completing training, she combined her personal interest in sports with her professional interest in the developing brain by serving as a Neurotrauma/Sports Neurology Fellow at UCLA with Dr. Christopher Giza. During this time, she began working with the Operation Mend Program doing evaluations for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

James Cook DVM

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and competing for 5 years as a professional waterskier, Dr. James (Jimi) Cook completed his DVM in 1994 and PhD in 1998.  In 1999, he founded the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications, over $25 million in research funding, received numerous awards including America’s Best Veterinarian (2007) and a member of the inaugural CoMO 100 class recognizing those who shaped the city of Columbia, Missouri.  He is currently Director of the Mizzou BioJoint® Center, Director of The Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics, Director of Mizzou Sports Science, and the William and Kathryn Allen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, and serves as Chief of the Division of Research for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University Hospital’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.

Bud Cooper PhD AT

Bud is a Clinical Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator at the University of Georgia.  For the last 17 years, Dr. Cooper has been active in research concerning the effects of stressful environmental conditions on the health of American football participants.  With over 30 publications in referred journals and over 40 citations on his research on exertional heat illness prevention.  His research has been funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation and the National Federation of High Schools.  This research has generated the single largest data-base of EHI occurrences in the country and has been instrumental in the practice policy revision for the Georgia High School Association’s football practice guidelines.   Dr. Cooper has lectured internationally, nationally, regionally and to state audiences concerning his research efforts.

 Chase Curtiss

Chase Curtiss, Founder & CEO of Sway, is an innovative digital health expert and clinical exercise physiologist with a strong expertise in developing mobile software solutions within the medical, sports and fitness markets. Chase has an academic and research background in biomechanics, exercise physiology and neuroscience with published research in each field. Chase has been recognized as a pioneer in the mobile health space with the first ever FDA clearance for a software only mobile medical device. He has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, Pando Daily, Mobihealthnews, the Grey Sheet and many other mainstream and medically focused publications. YouTube has also named Chase NextUP for his work in video instruction content reaching 30 million viewers. 

Randall Dick PhD

Randy Dick is a Fellow and former Board of Trustees member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He worked for twenty years with the NCAA managing its sports medicine and injury prevention programs, including the development and application of two generations of the NCAA Injury Surveillance System. He serves on the US Lacrosse Sports Science Committee and has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters on a variety of sports medicine issues.

 Randy was an invited speaker at the 2008 Third International Conference on Concussion in Sport. He organized Health and Safety Sports Consultants, LLC as a consulting business.  Randy leads Athletes and the Arts, an initiative that works to integrate sports medicine principles and wellness into the performing arts, as a current project.  He serves as a consultant for Major League Baseball developing a league-wide injury surveillance system and associated research projects. In 2008, he joined Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, where he worked in a Real World Evidence Center of Excellence developing research applications for large electronic health records.  In 2018, he joined IBM Watson Health as Director of Client Services for Treatment Pathways, a tool allowing researchers to quickly analyze millions of claims and medical record data.

David R Diduch MD

Dr. David Diduch is the Allen F. Voshell Professor of Sports Medicine and Chief of Sports Medicine in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Virginia.  He has been on faculty for 25 years at UVA. He serves as the head orthopedic team physician for UVA, providing primary coverage for men’s basketball, football and women’s soccer.  His practice focuses on knee and shoulder problems as well as general sports medicine, with a subspecialty interest in complex patella instability.  His research interests include patella instability, meniscal, ligament, and cartilage problems, and he has over 100 peer reviewed publications.  

Michael Diede PhD

Dr. Mike Diede is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) with a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and a Master Degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University.  Mike received a PhD from the University of Arizona in Higher Education.  Mike’s research interests are in qualitative research related to sports medicine.  Mike started the Master’s program a MSU-Billings.  Dr. Diede has been the BYU program director for the undergraduate athletic training program for 14 years. Mike has been involved in various athletic training committees and organizations at the national, regional and state levels.  Mike loves the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Kate Essad MD

Dr. Essad is a board-certified neurologist and the System Director of Concussion Management and Lead of Sports Neurology at Advocate Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. She completed her sports neurology fellowship at The Sports Neurology Clinic in Brighton, MI, during which she served as consulting neurologist for the Western Michigan University Broncos. She completed residency in adult neurology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH where she served as consulting neurologist for the athletic departments of Dartmouth College and Colby-Sawyer College.

Chris Giza MD

Christopher Giza graduated from Dartmouth College, received his M.D. from West Virginia University and completed his training in Neurology at UCLA. He then worked on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team before joining the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center in 1998. He served on the California State Athletic Commission from 2005-2015, and traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 as a civilian advisor to the Department of Defense. He directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program and serves as Medical Director for the Operation MEND mild TBI program.  Dr. Giza co-authored concussion / mild TBI guidelines for the AAN, CDC and the Concussion in Sport Group (Berlin guidelines), and has been a clinical consultant for the NFL, NHL/NHLPA, NBA, MLB and Major League Soccer.  He is a Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery at UCLA

Leslie Goodavish MS, PA, AT

Leslie Goodavish is a certified physician assistant and athletic trainer working in the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Department. Leslie has been there over 16 years but spent one of those years living in Montana and working part-time at Missoula Bone and Joint. She has received masters degrees at both Midwestern University and Cal State University, Chico. She will always be a Badger after completing her undergrad at UW-Madison

Grant Jones MD

Grant Jones, MD is a Professor in The Ohio State University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and is in his 21st year as a Team Physician for the Ohio State University Department of Athletics. He serves as the Head Team Physician for OSU’s basketball team and an orthopaedic consultant for OSU’s other varsity teams.  He has also been the Head Team Physician for the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) since 2009 and Team Physician for the Columbus Destroyers (Arena League Football) since 2019.  Furthermore, he is the Head Team Physician for the Upper Arlington Public School System.

In 2007, Jones was awarded the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association Team Physician of the Year Award.  In 2008, Jones participated in the AOSSM Traveling Fellowship to South America (one of four American orthopedic surgeons selected to travel and give lectures). Finally, he is a member of the exclusive Magellen Society, an international group consisting of the top sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons in the world and was chosen as the North American (AOSSM) representative to the Board of Directors of the Society and President Elect. He was recently selected for the Herodicus Society, another prestigious international group of orthopaedic sports medicine physicians.

 Joshua Kamins MD

Josh Kamins grew up near San Francisco. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate, but fled back to sunny California where he received his M.D. from UC San Diego and completed his residency in Neurology at UCLA. Dr. Kamins then found a way to unite his interests in sports medicine and pain management by completing fellowships in both Headache Medicine and Sports Neurology. He is currently an Associate Director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program as well as a headache and facial pain neurologist for the Goldberg Migraine Program.  

Jessica R. Keller, DAT, LAT, ATC

Dr. Jessica Keller an assistant professor of Athletic Training and Director of Athletic Training Education in the Division of Health and Human performance at Indiana Wesleyan University. She received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Indiana Wesleyan University and completed her Doctorate in Athletic Training from University of Idaho.

Jessica is involved in patient care at IWU, providing care of the Competitive Cheerleading team. Research interests include the Autonomic Nervous System and its effects on pain perception, and various manual therapies. Jessica enjoys watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her nephew and nieces!

Carrie Landa PhD 

Dr. Carrie Landa is the Executive Director of Student Wellbeing and the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Boston University. She provides campus wide and national trainings on the shared campus responsibility to support student mental health and wellbeing. At Boston University, she provides institutional training for staff and faculty about how to identify and support students in distress and how to manage emergencies when they arise. She oversees a multidisciplinary staff that provides clinical services, outreach and prevention to the 33,000 students at the University.

She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and family studies from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology at Suffolk University, where she trained as a child and adult psychologist.

George K Lewis PhD

Dr. Lewis has spent his career in leadership and growth positions in medical technology, translational science and education.  Dr. Lewis was Presidential Life Science Fellow, a National Science Foundation Fellow and United States Senate Page for the Secretary of State.

He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, and has filed overt 60 global patents. Dr. Lewis graduated Summa Cum Laude in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami, FL and received his doctorate from Cornell University.

 

Brian Lund MS AT

Brian Lund is his eighth year as part of the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine staff, and his third as the Badgers’ head football athletic trainer, in 2019. Lund was promoted to head athletic trainer in 2017 after spending five seasons with the Wisconsin football program as an assistant athletic trainer. Prior to joining the Badgers, Lund served eight seasons as a football athletic trainer at Indiana. Lund began his professional career by spending five years as head athletic trainer at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. A native of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, Lund received his master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in 1999 and his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from UW-La Crosse in 1998.

Jason Lunden DPT, SCS

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS  is the co-owner of Excel Physical Therapy in Bozeman, MT.  He specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in the biomechanics of sporting activities.  He also volunteers as a physical therapist with US Ski & Snowboard and US Paralympic Nordic Skiing.  

Jason received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota, and did his residency in sports physical therapy through Minnesota Sports Medicine.  He has received numerous awards including the APTA Emerging Leader Award, Sports Physical Therapy Section New Horizon Award, the Gary L. Soderberg DPT Visionary Award, and the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership.

Jason serves as lead faculty with the Institute of Clinical Excellence, where he developed and teaches continuing education courses on the management of injuries in endurance sports. 

Andrew Massey MS AT

Andy Massey enjoyed a 32-year career as a clinical athletic trainer, with one year in the high school setting and the remainder in the collegiate setting serving at Wofford College, Appalachian State University and Tulane University. His 16 years as a lecturer in the athletic training education program at Appalachian, coupled with his Master of Arts in Teaching degree, reinforced his commitment to life-long learning, especially as it relates to one’s vocation. His main interests lie in organization and administration, insurance and risk management, baseball injuries and concussions. He is currently employed as a product manager with blinktbi, Inc. and is a co-owner and Vice President of Syn-Mass, LLC providing consultant services in sports medicine and athletic training.

Ian McKeag MD

Originally from East Lansing, MI and later Indianapolis, IN, Ian McKeag found his way into the Deep South of Birmingham, AL in 2019. Dr. McKeag is an Assistant Professor at UAB and functions as the Program Director for the UAB Sports & Exercise Medicine Fellowship — a two-year fellowship which focuses on the utility of exercise and nutrition counseling across all populations. He also serves as team physician for UAB Athletics, Birmingham Legion FC, Birmingham Bulls Hockey, and the USA Wheelchair Rugby Team. His interests include medical education at all levels, exercise as medicine, diagnostic ultrasound, hypermobility syndromes, and Global Health.

Dr. McKeag underwent medical school at Michigan State University, and completed both his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at Cone Health in Greensboro, NC under the direction of Dr. Bert Fields.

Kelly McKeag Esq

Kelly McKeag is the Executive Director of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC).  She completed her BA at the University of Colorado and her MBA at the University of Oregon.  In 2003, Kelly joined forces with fitness guru Jake Steinfeld and ACSM to help create an NGO that battled childhood obesity by gifting fitness centers to low-income schools across the country.  The NFGFC was born with the mission “to give schools the tools they need to succeed.”  Through public-private partnerships, the NFGFC has built a multimillion-dollar campaign that has reached 42 states to date. 

Kelly is an avid skier.  In her twenties, she was a ski instructor in Vail.  She currently splits her time between Portland and southwestern Colorado.  Big Sky is her favorite ski resort and she is deeply grateful to have attended this conference for nearly 10 years.  She is passionate about the connection between physical activity and mental/physical health.  Kelly is the proud daughter of Dr. McKeag and sister to two other Dr. McKeag’s.  Born and raised in East Lansing, she still bleeds green – Go Spartans! 

Kyle McKinney MS, AT

Kylie McKinney is a Sports Medicine Associate for the Billings clinic specializing in sport related concussion management and an adjunct facility member at Montana State University- Billings ATEP program. Prior to specializing in concussion management, she spent over a decade primarily in the secondary school setting, in dual roles of sports performance  and athletic training.  She has presented on concussion rehabilitation at the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association District 10 regional conference, along with the Montana Athletic Training Association state conference on multiple occasions.  Kylie has a history of dedication to the Montana state athletic trainers association having served as the secondary schools committee chair. In 2018 she received the MTATA outstanding service award, and in 2020 received the young professional MTATA award. Kylie has termed our of her position on the MT state licensing board and is currently in her second term as the state director for the NSCA. Kylie currently spends most of her time corralling a blond haired, blue eyed bossy toddler around

Claude Moorman III MD

Claude T. (T) Moorman, III, MD is Professor and Edward N. Hanley, Jr. Endowed Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and President of the Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute.

After graduating from Duke University and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he did his residency at Duke University and a year-long Sports Medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY.  His initial academic appointment was at the University of Maryland where he started the Sports Medicine Program, and served as Head Team Physician for the Baltimore Ravens through their first Super Bowl. He was subsequently recruited back to Duke University where he served as the Vice Chairman, Chief of Sports Medicine, and Head Team Physician at Duke University through eight National Championships and five Bowl games!  He ultimately formed the Urbaniak Sports Sciences Institute and served as the Executive Director for the remainder of his 20-year term in Durham. He was recruited to Atrium Health where he took up his current duties on January 1, 2018.

Dr. Moorman is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and has also been separately board certified in orthopaedic sports medicine.  His orthopaedic clinical practice has an emphasis on complex shoulder instability and multiple ligament knee injuries.  As President of the Musculoskeletal Institute, Dr. Moorman manages over 100 clinical faculty, 12 PhD faculty, 31 residents and fellows, and the ancillary services supporting the musculoskeletal service line.  Dr. Moorman has devoted a significant portion of his career to education of undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, residents, and fellows.  Dr. Moorman was a Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology where he taught an undergraduate course Anatomy 151, which was a cadaveric study of the lower extremities for 20 years.  He has served as Residency Program Director, Fellowship Program Director and on the Education Committee at three different institutions and has been responsible for the education of 168 residents and 75 fellows.  He has received the Resident Teaching Award on two separate occasions. 

At Atrium Health, Dr. Moorman has overseen a program for physician scientists described as the Early Career Development Award, which marries clinical and translational science and there are currently four recipients of this award.  Dr. Moorman has been an international leader in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine.  He has been both an international European traveling fellow with the Sports Medicine Society and the Godfather, chosen to lead the exchange fellowship in the Far East!  He has been the past president of the Magellan Society, which oversees international exchange in sports medicine.  In these roles, he has lectured in twenty different countries on five different continents.  He has been the president or a member of the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Magellan Society, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society, the Atlantic Coast Conference Team Physician Society, the Duke Medical Alumni Association, and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.  Dr. Moorman serves on the Editorial Board for five scientific journals.

Ryan N. Moran, PhD, ATC

Dr. Moran is an Assistant Professor in the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program at The University of Alabama. He is currently the Director of the Athletic Training Research Laboratory and a research member of the Integrative Center for Athletic and Sport Technology (I-CAST). Dr. Moran’s research interests include epidemiology and clinical evaluation of sport-related concussion and traumatic brain injury. His primary work centers on sensorimotor integration, neurocognition, and vestibular/ocular motor outcomes in collegiate athletes.

Dr. Moran, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University, later earning his doctorate in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. Prior to UA, Dr. Moran served as an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University. 

Michael J. Mulroy, PT, DPT

Michael is a senior physical therapist at Aurora Sports Health in Pleasant Prairie, WI. He specializes in muscle pathologies, post-concussion rehabilitation, and high-functioning neurological conditions in the orthopedic setting. He is a member of Aurora Health Care’s concussion management network, leads training for colleagues who want to specialize in concussion, and guest lectures at local universities on concussion-related topics in the therapy realm. Michael completed his degrees in Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

John Orwin MD

Dr. John Orwin is an orthopedic surgeon in Madison, WI and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Madison Wisconsin area, including  University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He received his medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School and has been in practice 33 years. He specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and is experienced in sports medicine, shoulder and elbow surgery, shoulder and elbow sports medicine, foot and ankle sports medicine, and hip and knee sports medicine.

Francis X Palermo MPH, MBA, MD

Francis X. Palermo MD, MPH, MBA – Chief Medical Officer – is a highly respected businessman, physiatrist, inventor. He founded the neuro-rehabilitation program, at the Department of Neurology at the Yale school of Medicine, the founder and medical director of the Gaylord – Yale New Haven Rehabilitation Center. He was the Medical Director of ACP, a division of Hangar Inc. and WAVi Inc. Won the American Academy PM&R Central Nervous System Contribution Award (Inaugural). He has twelve Issued US patents for neuromuscular and cranial stimulation. A graduate of the US Airforce Academy, he continues to work as a consultant for brain injury at the Denver VA. Also, a neurological consultant for motor control in microgravity for NASA.

Ellen Payne PhD AT

Dr. Ellen K. Payne is an assistant professor at Moravian University, teaching in the Doctor of Athletic Training Program, the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program, undergraduate Rehabilitation Sciences. Her previous experience includes teaching Athletic Training at Radford University and teaching and serving as the Clinical Education Coordinator at Marywood University. Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Payne spent 6 years teaching high school and practicing as an athletic trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Clinically, she has worked with all levels of athletes from youth sports to professional soccer. In the winter of 2019 she traveled to Spain with the US Paralympic Alpine Ski Team to serve as their athletic trainer during World Cup racing. Dr. Payne is also an EMT with Bethlehem Township EMS and member of the National Ski Patrol. Ellen’s research interests include pre-hospital emergency care, athletic training education, concussion education. She has authored more than 50 articles and presentations. Currently, she serves as an assistant editor for the Athletic Training Education Journal and is a the EATA secretary.

Megan Peach DPT

Megan Peach is a board certified orthopaedic physical therapist in Bozeman, MT. She earned her DPT degree from Duke University and completed a manual therapy residency at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. Megan specializes in treating runners as well as orthopaedic conditions of the knee, foot, and ankle. Currently, Megan is pursuing a PhD in Biomechanics at Montana State University with a primary focus on running mechanics and teaches continuing education courses for Rehabilitation of the Injured Runner for the Institute of Clinical Excellence.

Kimberly S. Peer, Ed.D, ATC, FNATA

Dr. Peer is a Full Professor at Kent State University and holds an adjunct appointment at Northeast Ohio College of Medicine and KSU College of Podiatric Medicine.  She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a Cognate in Health Care Management.  Kimberly served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Athletic Training Education Journal and serves on the commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Ethics Committee, NATA Committee on Professional Ethics as well as the Governor appointed Ohio licensure board.

As a Fellow of the NATA, Dr. Peer has published and presented extensively on the international and national levels on professional ethics and has co-authored textbooks on professional ethics.  Kimberly has been lauded with national, regional, and state level awards for her contributions to the profession and athletic training education.

Ryan Pelo DPT

Ryan Pelo, PT, DPT, NCS is the lead physical therapist within the Urgent Concussion Therapy program at the University of Utah Sugar House Health Center. He specializes in early concussion intervention and treatment. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in 2010, received his Neurologic Clinical Specialist designation in 2014, and a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2017. Before joining the University of Utah in 2015, Ryan was a therapist at what is now known as the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Outside of clinical practice, Ryan is working towards his PhD in Rehabilitation Science with a focus on autonomic dysfunction post-concussion injury.

Michael Philips PhD

Michael A. Philips is the Senior Science and Research Manager at Therabody. Michael earned his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California with a focus on protein biochemistry and the implications in human leukemia. He then moved from the lab into a faculty position, instructing undergraduate and graduate courses related to biological sciences and nutrition.  Following his time as a professor, Michael entered the corporate world with Red Bull North America, pioneering their scientific communications program, before leaving to pursue his passion of sport science research and development at Therabody.

Bill  Pommerening BS MBA

William Pommerening is President of airPHX.  He has spent his career advising a variety of commercial businesses in process improvement, strategic planning, market positioning, corporate valuations and, most recently, in technology start-ups in environmental management and infection control.

Previous positions are managing director of RP Financial, LC and President of TransHawk Systems, LLC.  His current position is President of airPHX | COMPANIES where, since 2015, he has overseen the development and distribution of airPHX surface and air decontamination technology in athletic facilities, commercial gyms, hospitals/health care facilities and to the U.S. Air Force.

Bill has a B.S. degree in mathematics and computer science from the College of William & Mary and an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Nicholas Port PhD

Dr. Port’s research training began at New York University as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Dr. Tony Movshon, where he completed an honors thesis in 1991 on visual motion processing.  In 1992, Dr. Port attended Oxford, he studied the neurophysiology of blindsight. He received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota, after receiving his PhD in 1997, Since 2005, Dr. Port has been a professor at Indiana University in the IU School of Optometry, including joint appointments with the Program in Neuroscience, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Nicole Reams, MD

Nicole Reams is a fellowship-trained Sports Neurologist at NorthShore University Health System in Chicago, IL and serves there as the Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Clinic. She is the medical director for United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association and serves as a independent neurologic consultant for Northwestern University Athletics. She previously served as team physician for the Eastern Michigan University Eagles.

Dr. Reams has several on-going research projects including assessing complex reaction time in concussed athletes, examining athletic performance following return to play in NFL players, examining the risk of Parkinson’s disease in those with history of mTBI, and proposing clinical diagnostic criteria for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Her educational background includes an undergraduate career at the University of Notre Dame, medical school at Saint Louis University, internship and neurology residency at the University of Michigan, and a Sports Neurology fellowship under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher.

Ryan Robinson  DrPH, ATC

Robinson is a Global Health Solutions Program Manager at a Fortune 100 company specializing in care team development, occupational health and health outcomes (injury prevention). Currently, Robinson oversees clinical immersion programs aimed at introducing occupational health concepts to graduate students. Robinson’s research interests include: Musculoskeletal disorders and the impact of performance in industrial/occupational settings.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, his educational concentration surrounds Public Health and Health Management.

Brad Siff

Brad Siff is the Founder and President of BioWave and a member of the Board of Directors. He is a skilled business leader and has provided the guiding vision and strategic direction for the company for 21 years. Brad manages R&D, product development, clinical studies, quality, regulatory, contract manufacturing and corporate finance. His original concept for BioWave’s signal technology came from an inspiration he had while working as the Chief Operating Officer at a prior medical device company. Brad also worked for 7 years as Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions for Daiwa Securities with a focus on the Medical Device Industry. Brad received undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Cornell Engineering and an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. In his spare time, Brad is a fitness junkie and has been known to rip tremendous topspin on a tennis or paddle ball. He is an artist, photographer, and fond of traveling, skiing, food and wine.

Gavin Sontag

Gavin leads the Marketing organization for OsteoCentric Technologies where he oversees the planning, development and execution of all marketing initiatives. Gavin comes to OsteoCentric from Zimmer Biomet where he was responsible for market development, product strategy as well as sales in their Surgical Division. Prior to Zimmer Biomet, he was the Director of Business Development for IMDS (now CoorsTEK Medical), a private medical design and innovation provider that specializes in helping companies and entrepreneurs bring product ideas and concepts to market. Before joining IMDS, Gavin worked for nearly a decade in sales, marketing, and sales management in the Sports Medicine segment of orthopedics. Gavin graduated with a Bachelors of Finance from the University of Illinois.

Matthew Shimshock

Matt Shimshock is the Business Manager for Riddell’s Smart Helmet Technologies team. During his time with Riddell, he’s gotten hundreds of football programs at the college, high school and youth level to embrace head impact monitoring and understand how they can use it to get better as coaches.

He has given numerous presentations on the impact of analytics in football and featured in dozens of articles noting the effectiveness of impact sensing technology. Matt is a graduate of Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He was also a three-year letter winner on the school’s football team.

Adam J. Thompson, PhD, LAT, ATC

Dr. Adam Thompson serves as the Chair of the Division of Health and Human Performance at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he is a Professor of Athletic Training. Prior to his current position, Dr. Thompson served as the Director of the Athletic Training Program from 2004-2019. He received his undergraduate athletic training degree from Anderson University in Anderson, IN, and his Masters of Science degree in physical education from Ohio University in Athens, OH. He earned his doctorate degree from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in Health Care Administration.

Adam is active with patients providing clinical care to IWU’s men’s and women’s cross country and golf  teams as well as volunteering as an orthopedic healthcare provider at Bridges to Health, a free healthcare clinic in Marion, IN. He has served in multiple roles within the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association. In addition, he is part of the sports medicine team for the Olympic fencing teams of Team USA. Dr. Thompson’s research interests involve chronic stress and burnout in health care as well as manual therapy clinical interventions.  

John Tueting MD

Jonathan Tueting, MD is an Associate Professor and Chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  His clinical interests include the management of shoulder arthritis and well as complex reconstruction of hand, wrist and elbow trauma and degenerative conditions.  He also assists the University of Wisconsin Head Team Physicians in managing hand, wrist and elbow injuries in Badger athletes.  He also serves as the Vice Chair for Quality and Peer Review and oversees the quality and peer review initiatives for the faculty and residents in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, kite-boarding, guitar, and cooking.

Brian Walczak MD

Dr. Walczak is a orthopedic surgeon and clinician-scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specializes in sports medicine and musculoskeletal disease. He is fellowship trained in sports medicine and musculoskeletal oncology. He serves as the team physician for Badger Men’s Hockey. His clinical research interests include functional outcomes following arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. He is also a member of the Musculoskeletal Biology and Regenerative Medicine laboratory where he is working on optimizing stem cells for orthopedic regenerative applications.

Andrew Watson MD

Dr. Watson is board certified in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine.  He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the Departments of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, with affiliate appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Kinesiology.  He is a team physician for University of Wisconsin Athletic Department, providing coverage for Men’s Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Golf, and the spirit squad.

Utilizing a combination of physiologic testing and advanced cardiovascular imaging, his research primarily focuses on evaluating the effects of exercise training on cardiac function, and the cardiovascular limitations to exercise capacity in youth and adult athletes.  He also conducts research among collegiate and youth athletes to identify modifiable risk factors for injury and utilize real-time predictive modeling to intervene and reduce injury risk.  He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Doug West PhD, AT

Doug West is in his 17th year at Iowa, during this time he has worked directly with track and field and football, and supervised and worked with several other teams.

West earned his BA from Coe College in 1992, MA from Western Michigan in 1994, and PhD from University of Iowa in 2001.  West has served as president of the IATS, on the board of directors and chairperson the annual meeting of the Mid-American Athletic Trainers’ Association.  West has received the assistant athletic trainer of the year and service awards from the NATA and is in the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Honor.

West has credentials as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists, full body ART®, Graston Technique®, Kinesiotaping Credential 1 & 2, Lower Quarter Mulligan Concept, Manipulation, Fascial Abrasion Tool, and Intergrative Dry Needling.

John Wilson MD

John J. Wilson, MD, specializes in primary care sports Medicine. Dr. Wilson is board certified in family medicine completed his sports medicine fellowship and clinical research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department. In this role, he provides medical coverage for the Badger men’s football and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. His special interests include treatment of sports related injuries, tendonitis and arthritis in active individuals. 

His research lab focuses on clinical trials investigating the use of biologic enhancement of soft-tissue and tendon healing using platelet-rich plasma.  He has authored numerous textbook chapters, review articles, and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles on various sports medicine topics.  He is also an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and served as an AMSSM international traveling fellow to Italy in 2016.

Garret Wood MS ATC

Garret Wood has served as a High School Athletic Trainer in East Idaho for six years. While working as an AT he simultaneously works as an instructor at Idaho State University where he teaches Anatomical Foundations, Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers, and Clinical Education in Athletic Training. He obtained his bachelors’ in Exercise Physiology and a Masters of Athletic Training at Idaho State University. While attending Idaho State Garret competed on the Track and Field team as a decathlete.

Anthony Zacharias MD

Dr. Zacharias is a current orthopaedic sports medicine fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He recently completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Kentucky, and as a Green Bay native, he was excited to return to his home state for fellowship. He has published multiple studies focusing on ACL reconstruction, shoulder instability, hip preservation, and pitching injuries. He currently assists in the care of Wisconsin Badger Athletes during his fellowship year.