2019 BSATSMC Speakers:
Anthony G. Alessi MD
Dr. Alessi is a board-certified neurologist in private practice since 1986. Prior to that he completed his neurology residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan. He is currently a clinical professor of neurology and orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut where he serves as medical director of the UConn NeuroSport program.
Dr. Alessi first became involved in sports medicine when he worked as an athletic trainer while attending Manhattan College. In 1995 he began an affiliation with the New York Yankees which continues to the present. He has been a neurologic consultant to the Connecticut Defenders, the San Francisco Giants double A affiliate. In 1997 he was named to the consulting staff for the University of Connecticut Athletic Department. He is currently neurologic consultant to the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. He chaired the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology and consults for the NFL Players Association.
Dr. Alessi became involved in the sport of boxing in 1997 when he was appointed as ringside physician for the Connecticut State Boxing Commission by Commissioner John Burns. He was also appointed to the athletic commissions of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe. Since his appointments, he has worked tirelessly for the improvement of safety in the sport of boxing. Dr. Alessi was instrumental in the revision of the state guidelines requiring more stringent neurologic evaluation before anyone is allowed to participate in a boxing event in the state of Connecticut. He was named “Ringside Physician of the Year 2009” by the American Association of Ringside Physicians in recognition of his efforts. Dr. Alessi also publishes and lectures on various topics related to sports neurology. He writes a bi-weekly column, “Healthy Sports,” which appears in the Norwich Bulletin and is syndicated to GateHouse Media affiliates. His book, “Healthy Sports: A Doctors Lessons for a Winning Lifestyle,” is a compilation of many instructive columns. He can often be found at ringside where he has become a resource to referees when decisions regarding the continuation of boxing contests must be made.
Geoffrey Baer MD
Dr. Baer is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is a 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.
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: Board of Directors, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; Team Physician, University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and Medical Director, Madison Marathon
Theodore T Brown MD
Ted Brown, MD, is a forensic pathologist. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame. He was a member of the University of Notre Dame Men’s Swim Team where he served as a team captain his senior year and received multiple awards, which included Big East Conference Academic All-Star, Honorable Mention Academic All-American by the college Swim Coaches Association, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (Third Team), Most Valuable Player, and the Byron V. Kanaley Award, which is “the most prestigious honor awarded to a Notre Dame student-athlete.”
He completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Michigan and his forensic pathology fellowship at the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Office. From 2016-2017, he was an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Michigan. He is currently an assistant professor of pathology at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and deputy medical examiner for multiple counties in Michigan.
John C Bruno AT
John C. Bruno, ATC is a certified athletic trainer credentialed by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. He possesses extensive clinical and practical experience rehabilitating many orthopedic and sports medicine conditions and injuries.
John’s professional experience includes working as an athletic trainer at the college, professional and clinic levels. He worked as an assistant athletic trainer with the New Jersey Nets, in addition to his full time duties at the Fitness Institute. I also was head athletic trainer for the NY Cosmos, and provided rehabilitation to the NY Giants during NFL lockout in 1982. John served as interim head athletic trainer at Ramapo College. In 1982, he was named to the athletic training 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 32 years.
He is the Clinical Director, Sports Medicine & Rehab, for Multi Radiance Medical. John’s responsibilities include training and lecturing on the science, and clinical application of Super Pulsed Laser technology to rehabilitation professionals. His experiences and education make him uniquely qualified to speak about integrating therapeutic laser into a comprehensive rehabilitation program.
Angela Cavanna DO
Dr. Cavanna is a 1990 graduate of the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown NY. She is the team and college physician for Bard College and is a past president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.
She has been a consulting physician for the Seattle Mariners Baseball club since 1994 and recently served as a deck physician for USA Water Polo at the women’s youth world championships in Belegrade, Serbia.
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). She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Child Neurology in the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital/David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. She has been the Child Neurology Residency Program Director since 2015. Her clinical and research interests include post-traumatic headache/migraine, gender differences in outcome after TBI, and autonomic dysfunction.
Michael W. Collins, PhD
Michael (Micky) Collins, Ph.D., a nationally renowned sports concussion clinician and researcher, joined the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program as assistant director when the program was established in September, 2000, under the direction of Dr. Mark Lovell. In 1999, Dr. Collins was the author of two major multi-site studies involving the effects of concussion and return-to-play evaluation methods. These studies were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Dr. Collins continues to administer and oversee clinical programs for concussion management for sports teams at several major colleges, universities, and high schools throughout the country. He is a clinical consultant to Major League Baseball, the New Zealand Rugby Union, and to several amateur and professional sports organizations both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Collins is a co-developer of ImPACT, a computerized neuropsychological testing system that evaluates the severity of concussion in athletes and provides a more accurate determination of when an athlete can safely return to sports following a concussion. Dr. Collins received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology at the University of Southern Maine in 1991, his master’s degree in psychology at Michigan State University in 1995, and his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Michigan State in 1998. He subsequently completed a clinical neuropsychology internship at the University of Florida and a neuropsychology residency at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.
He has published numerous articles in sports medicine and other medical journals and is a frequently invited presenter on the topic of sports concussions at national and international meetings. He has co-authored a sports concussion textbook and is a reviewer for JAMA. A two-year winner of the New England Pepsi-Cola Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award, Dr. Collins played for the University of Southern Maine in the 1989 NCAA Baseball College World Series.
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, both at the University of Missouri. In 1999, he founded the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri, a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, veterinarians, engineers, and basic scientists dedicated to translational orthopaedic research, which has now been endowed and moved into its own 12,000 sq ft facility as the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics.
He has over 230 peer-reviewed publications, over $25 million in research funding, received numerous awards including America’s Best Veterinarian (2007), an inaugural University of Missouri Presidential Engagement Fellow, and a member of the inaugural CoMO 100 class recognizing those who shaped the city of Columbia, Missouri. He holds 18 patents including the MOPSSM technology, and has seen 4 biomedical devices through FDA approval to human clinical trials.
He is currently Director of the Mizzou BioJoint® Center, Director of The Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics 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. He is also co-founder of Be The Change Volunteers a NGO dedicated to building schools in remote villages in the developing world whose teams have built 45 educational facilities in 17 countries, providing educational opportunities to more than 7,400 students.
Michael Diduch MD
David R. Diduch, MS, MD, is the Alfred R. Shands, Professor and Vice Chairman in Orthopaedics at the University of Virginia. He specializes in sports medicine and has been the Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for UVA athletics since 2003, providing primary coverage for football, men’s basketball, and women’s soccer. In addition, he serves as medical director of the UVA Sports Medicine Clinic and has served as medical director of the UVA Outpatient Surgery Center and fellowship director for Sports Medicine.
He is active in the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine as chair of the Fellowship committee and the Instructional Course Lecture committee.
Dr. Diduch did his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at UVA, a sports medicine and knee reconstruction fellowship at the Insall-Scott-Kelly Institute in New York, his medical school at Harvard, and college at the University of North Carolina. He has been married to Lynn for 29 years and has 3 sons who all attended the University of Virginia.
RJ Elbin PhD
Dr. R.J. Elbin is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas and is director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research. Dr. Elbin received a doctorate in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2010 and completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Elbin’s research focuses on developing best practice for concussion education; identifying factors that contribute to concussion risk and prolonged recovery; and documenting the persistent effects of concussion on neurocognitive, psychosocial, and vestibular/oculomotor functioning in youth and adolescent athletes. Dr. Elbin has authored/co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and 100 professional presentations on sport-related concussion.
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 PA-C
Leslie Goodavish PA-C, ATC, completed her education at Midwestern University and California State University. She is certifed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Grant Jones MD
Grant Jones, MD is a Professor in The Ohio State University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and is in his 20th 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.
Jones, a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988. He was class valedictorian at Denison and was a team captain for the Denison football squad and team MVP in 1987. He was the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1987 and the GTE NCAA Academic All-American Player- of- the- Year-Football/College Division in 1987. He was an All-North Coast Athletic Conference performer in 1986 and ’87. Time Magazine selected him for its Achievement Award as one of the Top 20 College students in the nation in 1987. In 2014, he was inducted into the Denison University Athletic Hall-of-Fame. And, in 2015, he was inducted into the Capitol One/ CoSida NCAA Academic All-American Hall-of-Fame for all sports.
He earned his medical doctorate from The Ohio State College of Medicine in 1992, graduating with Honors and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at The Ohio State University. He then completed his Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Georgia.
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). He also has been awarded two Neer Awards (2011 and 2013) which are given to the authors of the top international research papers in shoulder and elbow surgery each year. He has served on multiple AOSSM committees, including two stints on both the Traveling Fellowship and Publications Committees. He is also a reviewer for multiple journals including AJSM, JBJS, JSES, and OJSM. Finally, he has been a guest international lecturer in Europe, Japan, and South America.
Kirt Kimball MD
A native of Southern California, Dr. Kimball obtained his undergraduate training at BYU and USC and then received a medical degree at UCLA. Dr. Kimball established himself as an orthopedic surgeon in Santa Barbara, California where he was team physician to UCSB, traveled for many years with the USC Ski team, and was a medical officer for the LA summer Olympics. He developed extensive experience treating high-demand athletes.
In 1996, Dr. Kimball moved to Utah and became Team Physician to BYU and limited his practice to knee and shoulder conditions. He recognized the value of applied focused nutrition in the accelerated recovery of athletes. He expanded this knowledge to help patients apply focused nutrition to a variety of health conditions by creating Forté Elements, a condition-specific nutrition company where he functions as Chief Medical Officer. In addition, Dr. Kimball maintains a busy surgical practice in Provo, Utah.
Anthony Kontos PhD
Dr. Kontos is Director of Research for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his doctoral degree in kinesiology/sport psychology from Michigan State University where he received master’s degrees in counseling psychology and exercise science and completed an internship in counseling psychology. He completed his B.A. in psychology at Adrian College, where he was a four-year starter on the men’s soccer team. Dr. Kontos has specialized in concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) research for the past 12 years, has 175 professional publications and 266 professional presentations, and has received research funding as a PI from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), US Special Operations Command, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Football League (NFL)/GE Head Health Challenge, National Operating Committee of Standards for Athletic Equipment, and the NFL Charities. His research focuses on concussion including risk factors; neurocognitive and neuromotor effects; psychological issues; treatment; and concussion in military, pediatric, and sport populations.
Jeffrey Kutcher MD
After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 1989, Dr. Kutcher worked as a consultant in epidemiology in Washington, DC until 2003. He then attended the Tulane University School of Medicine, where he remained to complete his internship in Internal Medicine. Dr. Kutcher returned to the University of Michigan in 1999 where he completed his residency in neurology, as well as his fellowship training in stroke. After fellowship, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan and has served as an Assistant Professor and Service Chief for Inpatient Neurological Services since 2004.
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.
David M Lintner MD
In June 2005, Dr. Lintner was named Chief of Sports Medicine at The Methodist Hospital in Houston after serving in a similar capacity at Baylor College of Medicine for four years. In 2011 he was named to the US News and World Report list of The Best Doctors in America, and once again listed as a Texas Super Doc by Texas Monthly magazine.. He is the past President of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association, and a member of the Baseball Commissioner’s Medical Advisory Committee. He served as the physician for the World Baseball Classic in 2009, and continues in the capacity as the Head Team Physician for the Houston Astros, as well as Team Physician for the Houston Texans. He served as the original Head Team Physician for the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer Team, and is also the Head Team Physician for Lee College, in addition to caring for many high schools in the Greater Houston area.
Dr. Lintner specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder and elbow and is active in teaching orthopedic surgeons the latest techniques. He also specializes in injuries to throwers’ shoulders and elbows including labral repair and “Tommy John” reconstructions, having written more than thirty scientific articles about ACL injuries, thrower’s injuries, and other sports medicine issues.
He is the founder and Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship training program at The Houston Methodist Hospital. A member of multiple national and international sports medicine societies, he has served for three years as a member of the Upper Extremity Committee of the International Association of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Sport Traumatology (ISAKOS). In the last few years, he has been invited to lecture at international sports medicine meetings in Copenhagen, Oslo, Cancun, Osaka, Japan and Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2005, Dr. Lintner was the Keynote Speaker at the Congress of Futbol Injuries in Madrid, Spain. In 2000, he was selected Traveling Fellow for the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and went on a three week tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Japan where he was a Visiting Professor at multiple universities as well as the National Sports Councils in Malaysia and Hong Kong. He was named “Mr. Sports Medicine” by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2014. Dr. Lintner has been published extensively in orthopedic literature and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also board certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine (CAQ).
Brian Lund MS AT
Brian Lund joined UW Sports Medicine Staff in the summer of 2012 and provides athletic training coverage for the UW football team. Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Brian served as an athletic trainer at Indiana University for 8 years working with football and at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa for 5 years. Brian received his master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in 1999 and his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse in 1998. Lund is a State of Wisconsin Licensed Athletic Trainer and a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Shelly Massingale PT
Shelly Massingale is the Senior Director of Banner Concussion Services in Arizona and Colorado. She is a Physical Therapist and is a specialist in vestibular and balance therapy. Shelly has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient neurological setting for 22 years and has specialized primarily in mild traumatic brain injury since 2013.
She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has completed the Emory University Vestibular competency and advanced competency courses and has been treating vestibular and balance disorders since the beginning of her career. Since opening the Banner Sports Medicine and Concussion Center in 2013, she has focused her treatment and research solely on concussion. She is a co-developer of the Concussion Balance Test (COBALT) and has published articles that explored the utility of COBALT as an objective measurement of balance for the healthy and injured athletic population.
She has authored two book chapters, three additional peer reviewed journal articles focusing on Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and vestibular therapy for vestibular disorders, and has lectured nationally and internationally on evaluation and treatment of vestibular and balance deficits related to mild traumatic brain injury.
Doug McKeag MD
As the One America Professor Emeritus of Sports Preventive Medicine and a former chair for the Department of Family Medicine at the IU School of Medicine, McKeag has turned what once was a health-care afterthought – sports medicine – into a major wing of the industry’s growing focus on health and wellness. The lessons McKeag and his fellow physicians and researchers in the field learn are changing attitudes – and lives – for millions of people worldwide, from professional athletes to “weekend warriors” to those who walk or run for a healthier life. The Michigan State graduate comes by his passions naturally.
As a former college athlete who now consults with the Indianapolis Colts and is the trainer for IUPUI Jaguars’ teams, he knows the importance proper training, nutrition and a physician’s care and support have for world-class athletes.
Michael Moll MS AT
Michael Moll has been in his role as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine since May of 2017. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and administering the overall sports medicine program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Moll received his BS in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1996 and his MEd in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University in 1999.
After serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Auburn, Moll worked as the head athletic trainer at Lakeland College from 1999 – 2000. He joined the UW Sports Medicine staff in 2000 as an assistant athletic trainer. In 2012, Moll was promoted to become the Head Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Moll is currently the vice president of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association and currently serves as the Wisconsin State Representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association. A native of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, Moll and his wife Jodi reside in Madison with their two daughters Morgan and Madeline.
Jamie Pardini PhD
Dr. Jamie Pardini is a Neuropsychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at the Sports Medicine and Concussion Specialists division of Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix. Prior to arriving at Banner, Dr. Pardini was Assistant Professor and Neuropsychologist for the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
She began her post-doctoral fellowship and academic career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, where she spent more than 9 years working solely with sport-related concussion and mild traumatic brain injury, managing the care and return-to-play of thousands of athletes. During her career, Dr. Pardini has continued to publish research in peer-reviewed journals, provide education to medical professionals on national and international levels, participate in community education and awareness efforts, supervise students, residents and fellows, as well as serve as a team member in patients’ interdisciplinary care.
She has served as a consultant to numerous youth, collegiate, and professional organizations. Dr. Pardini is a charter member of the Sports Neuropsychological Society, and in 2018 was named to its inaugural class of Fellows. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from East Tennessee State University, and received her undergraduate education in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mihir Patel MD
Dr. Patel graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1993. He attended Washington University School of Medicine and graduated in the top third of his class in 1998. Dr. Patel completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University in 2003.
He completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University in New York in 2004.
Dr. Patel has authored articles published in medical journals and has presented at numerous national meetings of orthopedic surgeons. He was also a team physician for the Indianapolis Indians.
Doug Polster PhD
Dr. Doug Polster earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he played on and captained the men’s varsity basketball team. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in sports and health psychology, at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. While in graduate school, he worked as a sports psychologist for the NSU woman’s basketball team and was an adjunct professor at Broward College.
He completed his clinical internship at the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he focused on successful recovery from illness and injury. Following graduation, Dr. Polster completed a post-doctoral fellowship in sports neuropsychology at the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. He recently received a faculty appointment at UCLA where he has continued his work in concussion management, including establishing a treatment for post-concussion syndrome utilizing a combination of exercise therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Jeremiah Randall PT AT
Jeremiah Randall was named the Houston Astros Major League Head Athletic Trainer on November 9th, 2015. Prior to joining the Astros, he spent the previous three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates serving as the club’s Major League Rehab Coordinator and Physical Therapist/Assistant Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining the Pirates, Randall worked two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, serving as their Minor League Rehab Coordinator in 2010 and as their Major League Physical Therapist for the 2011 season. In addition to his time in Major League Baseball, Randall spent time as an intern in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. He has also presented at several national sports medicine conferences and has contributed as an author to various sports medicine and rehabilitation textbooks. Currently, he is the principal investigator for the testing of several functional upper extremity assessment tools for use in the overhead throwing athlete.
Jeremiah received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2009 from the University of Miami (FL). He conducted research while at the University of Miami involving active military members and aided in the development of the Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP). He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS, and went on to the University of Kansas to obtain his athletic training degree. During his time at Tabor College, he was a 3 year letterman in basketball and track as well as receiving all-conference honors in both sports. The 35-year-old Randall was born in Mound City, KS. He resides in The Woodlands, TX, with his wife Kelly and daughter Aliann (5) and son Declan (3).
Alan Reid MS ATC
MS – California University of Pennsylvania, Post Professional Athletic Training, 2004, BS – Texas Christian University, Health and Fitness Promotion, 2003. Alan Reid is entering his eighth year as the Head Athletic Trainer for Trinity Valley School, an Independent K-12 school in Fort Worth, TX. While at TVS, Alan has also worked as a Preceptor and Adjunct Professor for Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan Athletic Training Programs.
Prior to joining TVS, Alan worked in professional sports for seven years, covering a variety of settings from minor league hockey and baseball to Major League Soccer. Alan has had the opportunity to present at multiple regional conferences with a concentration of topics on bringing research into clinical practice. Professionally, he served on the NATA-PEC committee, working on projects including students transitioning to practice and webinars to improving preceptor training.
Matthew Sardelli MD
A native of Michigan, Dr. Sardelli specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree in physiology from Michigan State University where he was also a student athletic trainer under the tutelage of Jeff Monroe and the fine athletic training staff of Spartan Athletics!
He received his medical degree from Wayne State University. Dr. Sardelli completed post-education with a residency at Detroit Medical Center and later the University of Utah, as well as a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at TRIA Orthopedic Center in Minnesota. Dr. Sardelli is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and instructs at their center in Chicago. He currently is the Head Team Physician for the Flint Firebirds OHL hockey team and is honored to speak at Big Sky!
Tad Seifert MD
Tad Seifert, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. He completed his internal medicine internship at the University of Louisville and his residency in neurology at the University of Texas at Houston. He then completed a fellowship in headache and facial pain at the renowned Houston Headache Clinic. Dr. Seifert currently serves as director of the Norton Sports Health Concussion Program. His clinical practice involves interpreting preseason baseline and follow-up testing, diagnosing and managing concussions, and following patients after injury. The comprehensive sports concussion program is comprised of multidisciplinary services, including neurology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, emergency medicine, neuroradiology, sports medicine and physical therapy.
Dr. Seifert cares for athletes of all ages and levels – from youth sports to professional leagues. To date, he is the only fellowship-trained headache neurologist in Kentucky. Dr. Seifert is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society and the Indiana Sports Concussion Network. Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, Dr. Seifert served with St. Matthews Neurology for nearly four years. He concurrently worked as a neurology hospitalist, caring for many patients at Norton Suburban Hospital during that time.
Larry Starr Ed.D AT
Larry Starr began his athletic training career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor at Ohio University from 1968-1971. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree in education from Ohio University. Starr was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Reds for 21 years from 1972-1992. His knowledge and expertise were paramount in helping the “Big Red Machine” win back-to-back World Series Championships in 1975 & 1976. Under Starr’s athletic training direction, the Reds also won the 1990 World Championship by sweeping the Oakland Athletics in four straight games.
Larry then spent nine years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Florida Marlins baseball club. He was instrumental in preparing, monitoring and managing the fitness progress and overall well-being of the Marlins players. Starr’s efforts contributed greatly to the immediate success of the expansion franchise, which captured the 1997 World Series Championship in just their fifth MLB season.
Starr was named Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Medicine at Nova Southeastern (NSU) in August 2002. While at NSU, Starr established the NSU Sports Medicine Interdisciplinary Team that gives quality healthcare to the 350 student-athletes at the NCAA Division II Institution.
He is presently President of Starr Athletic Solutions, LLC, a injury prevention/rehabilitation and fitness consulting firm, while completing a doctorate in educational leadership with a healthcare concentration. Starr’s honors include induction into the OATA Hall of Fame, ATAF Hall of Fame, Carrollton H.S. HOF, Tennis Fantasy with the Legends HOF, NATA HOF, NSU Sports HOF and OU Medal of Merit Award for his contributions to the athletic training profession. Starr is presently the NFL Injury Spotter and ACC Medical Observer for Hard Rock Stadium games in Miami, FL. He is married to Linda with two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
Erik Swartz PhD AT
Erik Swartz is a Professor and Chair of The Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Dr Swartz’s research interest focuses on the prevention and acute care of head and neck injuries in football. He has received grants from The NATA Foundation, NOCSAE, NFL Charities and was a winner of the NineSigma Head Health Challenge. He has published in journals such as The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, Spine, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine. He served on the NFL Head Neck and Spine Committee’s Subcommittee on Safety Equipment and Rules and as chair of the NATA Position Statement on the Acute Management of the Cervical Spine Injured Athlete. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training and Sports Health Care Journal. In 2011 he was honored with a Fellows designation in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and in 2015 received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, also from the NATA. He received his PhD in Applied Biomechanics at the University of Toledo.
Adam Thompson PhD
Dr. Adam Thompson is the Director of Athletic Training Education at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been at IWU since 1999. He received his undergraduate athletic training degree from Anderson University in Anderson, IN, and his Masters of Science degree in athletic training 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 in patient care and provides clinical care to IWU’s men’s and women’s tennis teams as well as volunteering as an orthopedic healthcare provider at Bridges to Health, a free healthcare clinic in Marion, IN. In addition, he is part of the international travel sports medicine team for the USA Olympic fencing teams. Dr. Thompson’s research interests involve chronic stress and burnout in health care as well as sports medicine clinical applications.
Ben Timson PhD AT
PhD – University of Kansas – Health Education, 2014 MS – University of Kansas – Sports Management, 2007 BS – Oklahoma State University – Athletic Training, 2005. Ben Timson is in his fourth year as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program at Texas Christian University. Ben’s primary professional interests are in the areas of student communication and preceptor feedback in the clinical setting.
Prior to TCU, Ben worked as an athletic trainer in several professional settings including outpatient physical therapy, collegiate athletics, high school athletics, and the industrial setting. Ben also served as a casting technician and DME coordinator for an orthopedic surgeons group prior to pursuing his doctorate degree. Ben currently serves as an instructor for several athletic training courses including Therapeutic Exercise, Orthopedic Assessment II, Clinical Education III-VI, and Anatomical Kinesiology.
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.
Rod Walters PhD, ATC
An innovative professional, Dr. Rod Walters has enjoyed a storied career as a collegiate athletic trainer. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Walters has long been active in the field of athletic training since his graduation from Appalachian State University in 1980, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees. In 1988, Walters received his Doctor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Walters was Head Athletic Trainer at Lenoir-Rhyne College (N.C.) for five years before joining the staff at Appalachian State. Following his work as Head Athletic Trainer at Appalachian State, Dr. Walters moved to the Uni¬versity of South Carolina, a member of the nation’s top athletic league in the Southeastern Confer¬ence, to take a similar position in 1990.
While at the University of South Carolina Dr. Walters was elevated to the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine where he oversaw the health care and wellness for the university’s athletes. A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Dr. Walters served on their Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003. He received the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2003 and was inducted into the NATA’s Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Walters has brought his expertise across the country with his athletic training seminars.
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.
Joseph Weistroffer MD
Dr. Weistroffer is the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Dr. Weistroffer received his MD from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
Residency Program Director, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Fellowship 2002, Spine Surgery, Twin Cities Spine Center – Minneapolis, MN; Residency 2001, Orthopaedic Surgery, San Diego, CA, United States Naval Academy; Internship 1994, Categorical Medicine, National Naval Medical Center – Bethesda, MD; MD 1993, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; BS 1984, English Literature with Merit, United States Naval Academy