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EATA Annual Meeting Compendium-2017





Ciaran Dalton, Psy. D:
Ciarán Dalton is a licensed clinical and sport psychologist who works with athletes at all levels to maximize their performance through a variety of psychological treatments, techniques, and strategies.  Dr. Dalton earned his Psy.D. from Immaculata University in 2011, his M.Ed. from Temple University 2004, and his B.A. in special education from Millersville University in 2000.  Dr. Dalton was an All-Delco soccer player at Strath Haven High School, All-PSAC his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons at Millersville University where he amassed 43 goals and 19 assists, and he played professionally in Ireland where earned a starting spot for the Cobh Ramblers.  Dr. Dalton is currently the assistant men's soccer coach at Swarthmore College and has been since 2003.  During his time with Swarthmore the team has won two Centennial Conference championships, three ECAC championships, earned four NCAA tournament bids, and advanced to the round of 16 three times. In addition to typical coaching responsibilities, Dr. Dalton manages the team's psychological approach to the game.   Dr. Dalton is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Media, PA. He owns Ciarán Dalton Psychology, LLC which offers sport-related psychological services to individuals, teams, and coaches, as well as other mental health services.  For further information please visit his web page at or call at 610-500-4656 

Charles Gatt, Jr., MD:
Dr. Charles Gatt is the Chairman, and Associate Professor of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  He is currently involved with research through the Rutgers school of Biomedical Engineering as well as numerous clinical ACL studies.  He obtained his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School after earning his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College. He completed an internship and his residency at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Following his residency, he did a fellowship specializing in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Michael Higgins PhD, ATC, LAT, PT, CSCS:
Michael is the Director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Virginia.  He has received a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training form the University of Virginia and a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware.  His clinical work focuses on manual therapy and athletic specific training.  He has worked at the Union Memorial Sports Medicine Center in Baltimore, MD.  He was an assistant professor and Associate athletic trainer at Duquesne University and University of Delaware where he worked primarily with women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse.  He also worked at Sports Performance Training Systems providing sport specific training for athletes of all ages.  He has presented at local, state, regional, national and conferences on head impact biomechanics in soccer and lacrosse, manual therapy for the extremities and spine, and athlete specific rehabilitation/training.  He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and is the author of the textbook Therapeutic Exercise from Theory to Clinical Practice.  He was awarded the NATA Service Award and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for his contribution to the Athletic Training profession. 

Mary Mundrane-Zweiacher PT, ATC,CHT:
Mary Mundrane-Zweiacher, is a PT, ATC, CHT, at Bayhealth Rehabilitative Services. Ms.Mundrane-Zweiacher received her B.S. degree from Ursinus College in 1986, and has practiced as a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1987. She then received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 1989. She was the first athletic trainer in Clayton County, Georgia and also practiced as a physical therapist in a sports medicine practice. After moving to Dover, Delaware, she began to specialize in hand trauma and received her Hand Therapy Certification in 2001. She has lectured on a variety of topics including medical ethics, dysfunction/treatment of the knee, sacro-illiac/back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. She has lectured and worked as an athletic trainer at the community, collegiate, and Olympic levels. She has also been published on shoulder, knee and wrist/hand rehabilitation. Ms. Mundrane-Zweiacher was the District 2 PR Chair for 7 years and currently serves on the NATA Committee for Professional Ethics since 2012. She received the EATA Presidential Award in 2014, the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2012, and the NATA Service Award in 2009. Mary was inducted into the DATA Hall of Fame in 2011. Ms. Mundrane-Zweiacher is also the Chair for the EATA Student Delegation.

Kathleen Nachazel, LAT, ATC:
Kathleen Nachazel, Director of Athletic Training for UPMC Sports Medicine. An outreach athletic training program that employees over 88 full time athletic trainers at 39 high schools, 7 colleges, and numerous professional organizations. Kathleen is the athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She also provides on-site medical care to numerous dance companies and Broadway shows as they tour thru Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Nachazel has presented on dancer health issues as well as management of large and small-scale sporting events nationally over the past two decades.  Kathleen is an active and contributing member of the Dance/USA medical task force.  She has authored journal articles on dance injuries and spoken several times at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium. During her time with UPMC Sports Medicine, she served as the medical operations director for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Mario Lemieux Foundation 6.6k event, and EQT 10 mile where she oversees recruitment, orientation, and placement of over 300 medical volunteers on race day.  Previously she enjoyed serving as the medical operations director for the 2005 Senior Olympics the Summer National Senior Games, which were held in Pittsburgh.  With the assistance of her exceptional athletic training staff, Kathleen oversaw the management of medical care and treatment of over 12,000 athletes as they participated in 12 sport venues throughout Pittsburgh.  Kathleen hails from Ohio where she attended Ohio University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. 

Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, LAT, ATC:
Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, LAT, ATC is the Interim Dean of the John G. Rangos, Sr.
School of Health Sciences and Director of Duquesne University’s Pre-Medical and Health Professions Programs. As one of the three founding faculty of the athletic training education program, she served as that program’s first Program Director and first Department Chair, stepping down in 2013 after 21 years of service. Dr. Turocy received her doctorate in education with an emphasis in medical curriculum from the University of Virginia.  Prior to her work at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turocy received her master’s degree from Michigan State University where she also served as a graduate assistant, and her Bachelor of Science degree and Athletic Training education from West Chester State college.  In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Turocy has done over one hundred and fifty professional presentations and has a number of professional publications, including serving as the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on Safe Weight Loss and Maintenance Practices in Sport and Exercise. Clinically, Dr. Turocy was an Athletic Trainer and Instructor at the University of
Pittsburgh; Head Women’s Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor at Eastern Kentucky University; and Head Athletic Trainer at East Lansing High School in Michigan. She also worked as a member of the US Olympic Medical Staff for the World University Games, US Olympic Festival, and was a member of the US Olympic Committee’s Elite Athletic Sports Medicine Network.  Dr. Turocy, both an NATA and Pennsylvania Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer, was the inaugural President of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE. She was a former President of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS), and has been recognized with the EATA’s Cramer Award, presented the EATA Pinky Newell Address in 2015, and will be recognized with the Jeff Stone Service Award this weekend.

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