Speakers

Elizabeth Batterton MD

Elizabeth Batterton, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine physician.  As the former captain of her college varsity and lacrosse teams, Dr. Batterton understands the desire of athletes and active individuals to maintain their musculoskeletal health with little downtime.

Dr. Batterton attended the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.  She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, Louisiana as well as a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine from John Peter Smith Health System in Fort Worth, Texas.

With her foundation in family medicine and specialization in sports medicine, Dr. Batterton is passionate about the health and wellness of active adults.  Her special interests include administering minimally invasive joint injections and nerve blocks and addressing all facets of general musculoskeletal health.  Dr. Batterton also sees concussions, non-operative fracture management, and orthobiologics for complex musculoskeletal conditions.  She also provides in-office fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided injections.

Dr. Batterton is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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: Team Physician, University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and Former Medical Director, Madison Marathon

Doug Boersma MS AT

Doug Boersma oversees the medical treatment, rehabilitation and pre-hab for all 18 Purdue Athletics sports programs as well as the areas of strength & conditioning, nutrition and sports psychology. He was named director of sports medicine in 2012 and promoted to assistant athletics director in 2013 and associate athletics director in 2016.

A 1997 Purdue graduate, Boersma returned to his alma mater from Bowling Green State, following stints at Kentucky and Notre Dame.

Tyler Bosch PhD

Tyler Bosch, PhD earned his Master’s and Doctoral degree from the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. Following his doctorate, he completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School studying the effect of exercise on glucose and lipid metabolism using isotopic tracer techniques. His research has focused on body composition and substrate metabolism in several populations and he has collaborated with researchers across the United States. He has been using DXA in research since 2005 and has developed a novel method for measuring the anterior and posterior compartments of the upper leg using DXA.

In between his Master’s and PhD work he served as the Director of Sports Performance for Fitness Revolution in Chicago, IL. Tyler has been involved in sports and performance training for most of his life as both an athlete and coach. He has over ten years’ experience training athletes of all levels as well as coaching soccer across all levels. During his PhD he served as the Director of Coaching and Curriculum at Leftfoot Coaching Academy, a dedicated soccer training facility in Minneapolis, MN.  In addition to Dexalytics, Tyler serves as a Research Scientist in the College of Education and Human Development. He works with a number of collegiate and professional sports teams to improve how they collect, analyze, and interpret the data they collect on their athletes.

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.

Dr. Brockmeier is actively involved on the national level in a number of societies including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), where he currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. He is the Course Director for the AOSSM Fellows Course, a course which he helped to develop in 2016. He was the AOSSM representative for the Advanced Team Physician Course from 2015 – 2017. He participated in the prestigious AOSSM/ESKKA Traveling Fellowship to Europe in 2014.

Dr. Brockmeier is an Active Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) and the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS), where he currently serves as the Vice 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

Alison Brooks MD

Dr. Brooks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics, Division of Sports Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in Madison, WI.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine and serves as a team physician for Badger Men’s soccer and Women’s ice hockey and the Forward Madison FC in the USL League One.

Dr. Brooks serves as the site-PI for the NCAA-DOD CARE Consortium Concussion study at UW-Madison. Dr. Brooks currently is chair-elect of the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine & Fitness. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Her interests in sports medicine and research include healthy youth athlete development and the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and optimal bone health in youth and collegiate athletes.

John Bruno AT

John C. Bruno, ATC is a certified athletic trainer. He is Clinical Director for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation for Multi Radiance Medical.  Responsibilities include training athletic trainers and physical therapists on integrating laser therapy into their continuum of care. 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.

Rudy Castellani MD

Dr. Rudy J. Castellani is board certified in anatomic pathology and neuropathology. He is currently a professor of pathology and neuroscience, vice chair for pathology research, and section chief of neuropathology at West Virginia University. Dr. Castellani has research interests and numerous publications in neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injury, with an H Factor of 68. He was an invited panelists and only neuropathologist at the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in sport in 2016, and serves on the scientific committee for the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation.  He is the recipient of the 2010 Alzheimer medal from the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease.

Roger Chams MD

Dr. Chams is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine, knee and shoulder disorders. He was fellowship trained at the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute where he received specialized training in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of complex knee and shoulder disorders and sports injuries. After his fellowship, he introduced many of these innovative procedures that had not previously been performed to the area, including cartilage restoration.

Dr. Chams has been in practice with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute for over 20 years where he currently serves as a board member. His extensive Sports Medicine experience includes treating thousands of professional, NCAA, amateur athletes, as well as work-related injuries. He is the team physician for the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team of the NWSL. He is a longstanding team physician for Lake Forest College, as well as multiple high schools and club sports teams. Dr. Chams has been chosen as a team physician for the US Soccer Federation Men and Women National Teams.

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. Diving into industrial medicine, Mike completed the requirements for the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Selective Function Movement Systems (SFMA) and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEASII) certifications that helped guide numerous programs that saw 50-70% reduction in injury focusing on education, behavior modification and engineering based solutions.

Outside of work, Mike takes full advance of the Louisville Kentucky Bourbon Craze and enjoys hiking through the countries National Park Systems.

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.

Randy Cohen AT, DPT

Randy has been Associate AD for Medical Services and Football AT at University of Arizona since 2001. He serves on the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Sports Medicine Advisory Board that is developing recommendations to Arizona HS’s that cannot change practice times when a heat advisor is in effect.

 

 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, 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 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 holds 28 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, 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.

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 50 educational facilities in 17 countries, providing educational opportunities to more than 7,000 students.

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.   He has been married to Lynn for over 30 years and has three grown boys who all enjoy coming to the family vacation home in Big Sky, MT, “Hoos Views”.

Zac Dunkle BS PT

Zac is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, who took a unique path to becoming at physical therapist. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Zac served in the United States Marine Corps as a Scout Sniper and Reconnaissance Marine. After leaving the Marine Corps, he attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

While at Penn State, Zac assisted lead researchers in the Neuromotion laboratory investigating gait changes following ACL ruptures. He then moved to Atlanta, GA where he attended physical therapy school at Emory University. After graduating from Emory University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, he completed an orthopedic residency at Emory University. Along with being a practicing physical therapist at PhysioEdge in Marietta, GA, Zac currently teaches Blood Flow Restriction certification courses with Owens Recovery Science.

Peter Eggert MD

Dr. Eggert is an orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He recently completed his orthopedic residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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 1) examining the neurocognitive, physical, and psychosocial effects of sport-related concussion in youth and adolescent populations; 2) identifying factors that influence risk and recovery from sport-related concussion; and 3) documenting best practices for the clinical assessment, management, and treatment of concussion. Dr. Elbin has authored/co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and 150 professional presentations on sport-related concussion. Dr. Elbin was a 2018 recipient of an Early Career Award from the Sport Neuropsychological Society for his work in concussion research.

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.

In her daily practice, she works with student and professional athletes as well as veterans and first responders. Her practice interests include procedural headache management and quality improvement.

Jonathan French

Dr. Jonathan French (Frenchie) is a clinical neuropsychologist with the UPMC Sports Concussion Program and an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Widener University in 2010 with his doctorate in clinical psychology and concentrations in forensic and neuropsychology. Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. French completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and then went on to become faculty in 2012. He is a co-consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In addition, he serves as a consultant to several colleges and high schools in the Pittsburgh area. His current research interests involve clinical outcomes of concussions.

Kory L. Gill DO

Dr. Kory L. Gill is a specialist in primary care sports medicine.   He is also an educator in the field of sports medicine.   He serves at Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine and is the Director of the Sports Medicine Program for Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency.    Dr. Gill also serves on the medical staff for Texas A&M University Athletics and is medical team manager for Texas Task Force 1 Search and Rescue.

Dr. Gill is currently an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Gill currently resides in College Station, Texas but is a native of Franklinton, Louisiana, where he learned to cook gumbo and jambalaya with the best.  He and his lovely wife, April, enjoy spending time together outdoors with their two active children, Hannah and Andrew.

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

Justin Greiner MD

Justin Greiner received his M.D from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  He is currently a fourth year orthopedic surgery resident at the University of Wisconsin.  He will be applying for an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship following residency.

Brian Grogan MD

Dr. Grogan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. A native of Janesville, WI, he obtained his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Grogan completed orthopedic surgery residency on active duty with the United States Army at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Consortium, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. After graduating, he deployed to Afghanistan and fulfilled his service obligation at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, TX.

Dr. Grogan completed fellowship training in Shoulder, Elbow, and Sports Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY and served as a Fellow Team Physician for the New York Yankees (MLB), New York City FC (MLS), Rockland Boulders (CANAM) and Columbia University football (NCAA Division I). His clinical interests include the operative and non-operative treatment of shoulder, elbow, and sports injuries with additional expertise in upper extremity arthroscopy and joint replacement. Dr. Grogan is a team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and provides orthopedic medical coverage for Badger Volleyball, Badger Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, and Badger Men’s and Women’s Tennis.

Michael Hutchison PhD

Michael Hutchison  an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Michael Hutchison holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and is a Registered Kinesiologist, who specializes in sport-related concussion research in various populations ranging from adolescent students, university level students, and professional
athletes and had published presented internationally in the area of sportconcussion.

He also holds appointments as a Research Scientist and amember of the NHL/NHLPA Concussion Subcommittee, as all as a Scientist position with the Neuroscience Program, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science of St. Michael’s Hospital. Finally, Dr. Hutchison is also the Director of Concussion Program within the David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine, University of Toronto, where he oversees a multidisciplinary team of health professionals for sport or physical activity related concussion.

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.

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.  And, he has been a guest international lecturer in Europe, Japan, and South America.  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.

In 2019, Jones was selected as Chairman of the Publications Committee for AOSSM and as member of the Board of Directors for AOSSM.  Furthermore, he was elected to the AOSSM Council of Delegates.  And, he was selected as an Elite Reviewer for JBJS and as a member of the AJSM Editorial Board.  He regularly speaks internationally, including multiple trips to South America, and frequently hosts orthopaedic sports medicine physicians from South America at The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Institute

Patrick Karns BS AT

Pat is a Certified Athletic Trainer. He has worked extensively with Olympic and Professional athletes for over 35 years, including time as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Colorado Avalanche during their two Stanley Cup wins; the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA;  and Olympic sports, including soccer, luge, tennis and ice hockey.

Pat currently is the NATA District 7 representative for AT’s Care, providing peer-to-peer support for Athletic Trainers after critical incidents. As a former instructor at the University level, Pat’s research has been published in numerous countries.  Pat is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Currently Pat is the sales manager for Sports and Performance at Indiba, a radio frequency device designed to promote tissue repair and pain relief.

Keith Kenter, MD

Dr. Kenter is Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and acting Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He also serves as faculty for the Master of Science program in Biomedical Engineering.  He completed his medical school education at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  His Internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency was at Duke University Medical Center and then he completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Reconstruction at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

His clinical interests are shoulder reconstruction, which includes arthroscopic surgery, fracture management, rotator cuff surgery, shoulder instability, muscle transfers and shoulder replacements.  He also is actively involved with the treatment of all musculoskeletal injuries and cares for professionals, collegiate, high school and recreational athletes.

His research interests are the basic science of soft tissue healing and the incorporation of tendon healing to bone and completed a part of ongoing NIH funded research.  He sits on several national committees for the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the American Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Mid-American Orthopaedic Association, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He recently has been recognized by his peers as one of the top 28 shoulder surgeons in North America.  He has been team orthopaedic surgeon for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, AHL affiliate with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the University of Cincinnati scholarship athletes, University of Missouri scholarship athletes, The New Giants Football Club of the NFL during his fellowship, and has been the head team physician with many Cincinnati high school athletic teams.

He is an international and national speaker on shoulder topics and basic science of soft tissue and has been a lecturer for USA Hockey coaches.  He is married to Patricia (Patty) Kenter and has three children, Madeline, Charlotte, and Mitchell.  He enjoys traveling, international cooking, and playing ice hockey.

Gerhard Kinas, BioMedical Engineering

Gerhard Kinas is the founder and CEO of Advanced  Musculoskeletal Therapies. With a degree in biomedical engineering, he worked at Storz Medical AG, a leading manufacturer of shock wave technology and has over 30 years of experience in shock wave therapy and its technology.

He supported the German Sports Medicine team during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been bringing shock wave technology to the United States since 2000 and is currently serving over 1000 practitioners across 48 states.

Anthony Kontos PhD

Dr. Anthony P. Kontos is Research Director for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. He has specialized in concussion research for 15 years and has 237 professional publications and 312 professional presentations. His research is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and National Football League and focuses on risk factors; neurocognitive/neuromotor effects; psychological issues; active, precision treatments; and concussion in military, pediatric, and sport populations.

Dr. Kontos is a fellow and past-president of the Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology, and a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Eastern Psychological Association. He is also the lead co-author (with Dr. Collins) of Concussion: A Clinical Profile Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment.

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).

physical therapy in the outpatient neurological setting for 22 years and has specialized primarily in mild traumatic brain injury since 2013.

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.

Lund is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association and Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association.

Lund and his wife, Melissa, reside in Waunakee with their twin daughters, Anna and Madelyn.

Jill Manners, ScD, LAT, ATC, PT, COMT

Dr. Jill Manners completed her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Athletic Training / Exercise Science from Ithaca College, Master of Science (MS) in Athletic Training from West Virginia University, Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from Western Carolina University, and Doctor of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  In addition to her athletic training and physical therapy credentials, Jill is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Manners is the Director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Georgia and an adjunct professor for the Master of Science in Athletic Training and Doctor of Athletic Training programs at Moravian College. Prior to her current appointments she has held positions at Western Carolina University, Salisbury University, and West Virginia University. She has over 25 years of clinical experience at the professional, collegiate, secondary school, and clinical settings. Jill was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and has been honored by the NATA with the Gail Weldon Award of Excellence, NATA Service Award, and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer.

 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 an athletics risk consultant with Relation Insurance Services and co-owner and Vice President of Syn-Mass, LLC providing consultant services in sports medicine and athletic training. He is a Medical Observer for the NFL and the SEC and is an advisory board member with blinktbi Inc, a medical device start-up in Charleston, SC.

 Sara Massey BS, HR

Sara Massey is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of growing for-profit and nonprofit companies in complex business environments. A graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College (University), Sara spent 11 years as a corporate banker for Wachovia Bank, then eight years as the executive vice president- finance of a privately-owned conglomerate operating long-term care facilities, restaurants and real estate. Subsequently, she served as the executive director of a grantmaking education foundation supporting experiential learning opportunities for public school students and provided business and fundraising counsel to numerous nonprofits. This breadth of experience positioned Sara for her role as the President of Communities In Schools in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. For 11 years she successfully navigated both the complex educational reform underway in New Orleans as well as the challenges of community recovery and rebuilding as the business, government, social service and faith- based sectors worked together to stabilize the community. She draws upon this broad background to facilitate projects for the clients of Syn-Mass LLC, advocating for increased focus on risk analysis to ensure objectives are met. Sara will earn a Master of Science in Project Management from The Citadel Graduate College in May 2020.

 Jane McDevitt PhD AT

Dr. Jane McDevitt completed her PhD in Kinesiology at Temple University, where she also completed a Master of Science in Kinesiology. She earned a BS in Athletic Training at East Stroudsburg University. Dr. McDevitt has published numerous articles and has presented at regional, national and international conferences.

Since 2015, Dr. McDevitt has been an assistant professor at East Stroudsburg University and is currently holding a an assistant professor position at Temple University in the College of Public Health’s athletic training programs. In addition to teaching she continues to pursue her research investigating genetic markers and their association to concussions. As well as moving forward with designing a concussion specific outcome measure to identify the patient’s prospective as they recover from his/her concussion.

Michael McGee RPT

Michael is a Physical Therapist and a 1987 graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He was rewarded the excellence in research award by the NYS APTA in 1987 for the numerous research projects he performed while in school. During the past 32 years he has worked with numerous athletes from both the professional and collegiate level. As a member of the St. Margaret Memorial Sports Medicine team helped provide pre-season evaluations for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penquins from 1987-1992.

Following his stint in Pittsburgh he went on to successfully manage clinics in Seattle and back in Syracuse before opening his own practice in 1997 which eventually grew to 3 clinics. From 1999-2018 he was one of 4 therapists to provide services at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM to both PGA professionals and celebrities and has also provided services at the annual TaylorMade Tournament in Pebble Beach as well.

Michael has lectured throughout the US for BACK to GOLF teaching the biomechanics of golf as well as the RAPS (Reaction Agility Power Strength) performance system developed by former NFL/CFL running back Robert Drummond. In 2018 Michael sold his private practices to become the Head Clinical Trainer for Indiba USA. Indiba is a medical device company located in Barcelona Spain and are the founders of RF technology.

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.

Laura Opstedal, DPT, OCS, SCS

Laura graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Doctorate in physical therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a Minor in mathematics. She has 19 years of experience in sports medicine and owns a sports physical therapy practice in Bozeman, MT. Laura’s clinical interests are ACL rehabilitation & return to play decision making

Joseph Park MD

Joseph Park, MD is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, where he is the Foot and Ankle Division Head.  Dr. Park graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Park completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in 2009. He then completed a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He joined the faculty at UVA as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2010, and he is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Park is part of the teaching faculty for the Foot and Ankle and Sports Medicine Fellowships, and is a Team Physician for UVA Athletics. His clinical expertise includes treatment of sports related injuries to the foot and ankle, complex reconstruction for posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction, operative management of forefoot deformities, Achilles tendon reconstruction, ankle arthroplasty, and hindfoot arthrodesis.

His research interests include biomechanical testing of orthopaedic devices including ankle arthroplasty and foot and ankle arthrodesis constructs.  Dr. Park is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and the Virginia Orthopaedic Society (VOS).

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.

 

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 was awarded a McDonald-Pew Pre-doctoral Fellowship from Oxford University. At Oxford, he studied the neurophysiology of blindsight with Drs. Colin Blakemore and Alan Cowey, and the neuroscience of albinism with Drs. Andrew Parker and Ian Thompson.  He received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota, working primarily under Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos, with whom he focused on the visual control of arm movements. After receiving his PhD in 1997, he undertook post-doctoral training with Dr. Bob Wurtz at the National Institutes of Health, studying neurophysiology and the ocular-motor system. 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.

Since 2008, Dr. Port has managed the vision care of all IU student athletes, a Division I school with 725 athletes.  He began his concussion research in 2008 and has received research grants from the NIH, DoD, NCAA, and the State of Indiana Brain Injury Research Fund.  He is currently the IU Bloomington site-PI for the 64 million dollar, 30-site, NCAA-DoD CARE concussion study.  On the sidelines of many games (including all IU football games), he helps lead the IU concussion management team.  Dr. Port’s research studies regularly involve the entire IU athletics department and several local high schools with full support from the Athletic Director and head coaches of each sport.  He is also a member of the international Concussion in Sport Group, which sets worldwide concussion diagnostic and management standards.  Dr. Port’s current on-going research includes 1) diffusion and quantitative T1 structural imaging of acute concussions, 2) pupillary light response, retinal OCT imaging, photophobia research of acute concussions, 3) placebo controlled sports vision training of Div. 1 baseball batters, 4) multi-center multi-database diffusion imaging studies of concussion, and 5) co-leading the VOMS analysis of the NCAA/DOD CARE dataset”

 Jeremiah Randall PT AT

Jeremiah Randall was named the Astros Major League Head Athletic Trainer on Nov. 9, 2015. The 2019 season will be his fourth atop the Astros athletic training staff. He and his staff are recognized as one of the best in baseball, as the group was named the Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year in 2017, an award that’s given out by PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society) and voted on by training staffs from throughout the league.

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. In addition to his clinical research, he has co-authored several case studies that are under peer review for publication in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

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, Kan., and went on to the University of Kansas to obtain his athletic training degree. During his time at Tabor College, he was a three-year letterman in basketball and track and received all-conference honors in both sports. Randall was born in Mound City, Kan. He resides in The Woodlands, Texas, with his wife, Kelly, daughter Aliann and son Declan.

Kirk Schultz PT, OCS, TPI-M3

Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and is a board certified orthopedic physical therapy specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association.  He is a Titleist Performance Institute Medical 3 Certified and a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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.

Matt’s connection to football began at a very young age, creating a passion for coaching and the game. That passion has led Matt to be very successful in his current role. Since joining Riddell, Matt has driven wide-spread adoption of Riddell’s InSite technology while promoting Smarter Football amongst the greater football community via improving protection and smart helmet technology. His work is vital in continuing to evolve and improve the game for young athletes across the U.S.

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.

Meeta Singh MD

Dr Meeta Singh is a sleep doctor whose work and research focuses on “Coaching the Sleep Muscle” to help maximize performance in both individual athletes and sports teams. She also works with C suite executives to help with jetlag management and enhancing sleep with the goal to maximize performance and wellbeing.

She is the Service chief of the sleep medicine, and section head and medical director at the Henry Ford sleep laboratory in Michigan. She did her training in psychiatry at the Mayo clinic and a sleep fellowship at the Henry Ford hospital. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (under the American Board of Medical Specialties) as a psychiatrist and sleep medicine subspecialist.
She is a member in good standing of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine the Sleep Research Society

She has served as a consultant for multiple NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA teams and most recently she worked with the Washington Nationals, contributing to their season success. She has also worked withcollege sports teams. As part of this service, Dr. Singh performs athletic sleep assessments with personalized prescriptions for better sleep.

She also helps sports  teams and athletes with their travel management with a focus on addressing sleep deprivation and jet lag and maximizing athletic
performance. Her passion is lecturing and educating athletic teams and organizations about the benefits of sleep on performance and wellbeing. She is also a speaker at several national and international conferences aimed at educating sports leaders and business organizations about this subject.

Andrea M Spiker MD

Andrea M. Spiker, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and a dual fellowship trained, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specializes in Sports Medicine and Hip Preservation. She is team physician for UW Badger Athletics and provides orthopedic coverage for the UW Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams. Her clinical interests are in the non-operative and operative treatment of all sports and athletic injuries of the hip and knee, with additional expertise in hip arthroscopy, surgical hip dislocation and periacetabular osteotomy. She 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 hip preservation.  She is an active member in American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA), Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Forum and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS).

Dr. Spiker received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and prior to entering medical school worked as a speech writer for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany. She then received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She then completed two fellowships at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY, the #1 orthopaedic hospital in the Nation – the first in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and the second in Hip Preservation, during which time she was a Fellow Team Physician for the New York Mets (MLB), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA) and St. Johns University Women’s Soccer (Division 1). After many years on the East Coast, she and her family have returned to the Midwest, and to her birthplace of Madison, Wisconsin.

Valerie Tinklepaugh-Hairston 

Valerie Tinklepaugh-Hairston is the Clinical Product Manager for Kelvi. Her role emcompasses education, training, research and clinical feedback. She came to Kelvi after 11 years as the
Associate Director of Sports Medicine at TCU. While providing care for the Women’s Basketball and Men’s golf teams, she also served as a preceptor for the athletic training program and still
serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She came to Fort Worth after spending the previous four years at Villanova working with the women’s basketball and swimming and diving teams.

She obtained a Master’s in Public Administration at Villanova and
served as an adjunct professor at Eastern University. Prior to her time Philadelphia, she attended Bloomsburg University to obtain a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology while working as a graduate assistant. Hairston received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech and majored in exercise and sport science with a minor in biology and did her internship at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

Her interests include injury prevention, soft tissue response, and general recovery and she is passionate about athletes learning how to care for their bodies for lifetime wellness. She has served on the District VI Executive board and continues to be an active member of state, district and national initiatives. Her husband, EJ, is also an athletic trainer and serves as the Director of Sports Medicine for Waxahachie ISD.

Justin Stanek Ed.D AT

Justin Stanek, Ed.D, ATC is a certified athletic trainer, athletic training professor and program director at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. He teaches in both of the CAATE accredited undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs. Throughout his career, he has worked clinically in the high school, collegiate, and clinical settings with patients of all ages.

His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of lower extremity pathologies and he has authored or co-authored numerous articles appearing in the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, and the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training

Matthew Toth MS AT

Matt Toth is in his eighth season in the Majors, but his 14th in the Mariners organization. He began the big league portion of his Mariners career focusing on assisting players who were rehabilitating injuries. Following the 2013 season the Mariners Athletic Training Staff was honored with the Martin-Monahan Award as the best medical staff in MLB.

Matt is a graduate of John Carroll (OH) University and has an M.S. in Health and Human Performance from Oregon State. Matt spent the 2009-2011 seasons as the athletic trainer for (AA) Jackson. He was with (A) Wisconsin in 2008, after spending 2006 (Inland Empire) and 2007 (High Desert) in the California League. Matt was an athletic trainer with the OSU football and baseball teams in 2004. He worked as an athletic trainer in the Milwaukee organization in 2002-03 after beginning his career in the Cubs organization in 2001. Matt resides in Auburn, Wash., with his wife, Annie, son Alex and daughter Ellie

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.

Bert Vargas MD

Bert Vargas, MD completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Arizona in Tucson and his internal medicine internship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.  He then served as a United States Air Force flight surgeon after which he completed a residency in neurology at New York University.  He returned to Arizona for his headache medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and was the director of the UT Southwestern Sports Neuroscience and Concussion Program. He has recently taken a position with Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.

He has been a sideline neurotrauma consultant for Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University football, and Arizona State University women’s soccer.  He is currently working as an unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant for the NFL and NASCAR and is a member of the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee.

He has served on the board of directors for the American Headache Society (AHS) and the headache Cooperative of the Pacific. He is also the immediate past-president of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. His practice has been focused on headache including post-traumatic headache from sports-related concussion and sports neuroscience.

Mary Vander Heiden MS AT

Mary Vander Heiden serves as University of Central Florida’s Director of Sports Medicine/Head Football Athletic Trainer. Prior to her current post, she proudly served the department as Head Football Athletic Trainer since 2007. She has been a full time part of the UCF Sports Medicine staff since 2001.

Vander Heiden completed her MA degree in Exercise Physiology in 2001 from UCF while serving as a Graduate Assistant athletic trainer for the football team.

A 1998 Graduate from Wisconsin Eau-Claire, Vander Heiden earned a BS in Kinesiology with a minor in exercise management and a concentration in sports medicine.

Vander Heiden served as the associate heat athletic trainer for the annual Gridiron Classic from 1999-2004. She was an instructor in the NATABOC  Accredited Athletic Training Program at UCF from 2001-2004, teaching Intro to Pharmacy and assisting with Bio-mechanics and Modalities as a lab instructor.  Vander Heiden remains a Clinical Instructor.

Michael Voight DPT

Dr. Michael Voight has had a distinguished career as both an educator and clinical physical therapist for over 30 years.  Throughout his career he has not only become one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries, he has worked tirelessly to advance the knowledge of others as a clinician and educator by making significant contributions to the literature.

Presently, Dr. Voight the Director of Sportsmedicine at the Nashville Hip Institute and is also a tenured professor with Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy in Nashville TN. He also holds a position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine – Department of Orthopedics where he is the Co-Director of the Vanderbilt/Belmont Sports Physical Therapy Residency program.   Dr. Voight is recognized as a clinician of the highest caliber, and has worked with a number of high-profile athletic organizations.  Throughout his career, Dr. Voight has served as a Team Physical Therapist for teams in both the NFL and NBA.  In addition, Dr. Voight has consulted with various teams in MLB, NHL and the MLS.  Early in his career he became active within the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Division. He has worked at the Olympic Training Center, Olympic Festivals, Pan Am Games, Olympic Games, and has had the opportunity to travel to almost all of the different continents with various Olympic and national teams.

Presently, Dr. Voight still maintains a clinical practice at the Nashville Hip Institute, specializing in orthopedic and sports related injuries particularly with PGA tour players.  His role with the advisory board of the Titleist Performance Institute allows him to consult on the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of golf injuries with many noted golf professionals.

Dr. Voight has lectured extensively at various conferences, symposiums, and congresses both nationally and internationally having given over 850 professional presentations on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics. Dr. Voight actively resides on the editorial boards of several different journals and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.  He has authored over 80 papers, textbook chapters on various topics, and has written three textbooks on functional exercise.

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.

Katie Walsh Flanagan PhD AT

Dr. Katie Walsh Flanagan is a professor and program director of athletic training at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She earned her BS at Oregon State, MS at Illinois State and EdD at the University of Southern California.  For the past 24 years, she has been the Director of Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Program at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina.

She is a practicing athletic trainer, researcher and educator and has held leadership roles thorough her career. Dr. Flanagan is considered an expert in policy; especially with lightning safety. In that area, she is internationally known for her lightning safety policies that govern recreation and sport.  Katie is currently the District 3, Mid-Athletic Athletic Trainer’s Association Director and sits on the NATA Board of Directors. She is married to Sean Flanagan and they reside in Greenville, NC.

JoHan Wang MS AT, Sports Science Advisor

JoHan Wang is a graduate of the University of California/Davis, where he achieved his BS in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.  His Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Studies (MSESS) with an emphasis in Biomechanics was completed at Boise State University where he was awarded the Most Outstanding Graduate Student as well as the Tinactin Tough Cases National Award Recipient.

JoHan worked as Performance Director for the Golden State Warriors and Associate Director of Sports Medicine for Texas Christian University.  He adds his expertise to RP Sports’ emphasis on providing innovative sports technologies to the marketplace

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 16 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.