Jeffrey Basilicato, ATC is currently in his second year as the head athletic trainer at Waldwick High School in Waldwick, NJ. This is his second year holding this position. A recent graduate of Montclair State University, he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Athletic Training. In addition, Jeff was a contributing author to the article Incorporating gaming Technology into Athletic Injury Rehabilitation, published in Athletic Training & Sports Health Care in 2009. Jeff is also a clinical instructor for Athletic Training students from Montclair State University.
Dr. David Berkson, MD, FAAFP is the Program Director of the Drexel University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency and an assistant director of the DUCOM Sports Medicine Fellowship. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1995. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Abington Family Medicine in 1998, and his Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of South Carolina/Palmetto-Richland Memorial Hospital in 1999.
Dr. Berkson is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Sub-Specialty Certificate in Primary Care Sports Medicine. He serves as the team physician for a local high school, the Chief Medical Officer for the Pennsylvania Senior Games and an Assistant Chief Medical Officer for the Keystone State Games.
Michael Boyle, MS, ATC is one of the most sought after speakers in the area of performance training and athletic rehabilitation. Mike’s client list reads like a Who’s Who of athletic success in New England and across the country. Mr. Boyle has been involved in training and rehabilitation with a wide range of athletes, from stars in every major professional sport, to the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey. Mike brings a depth and breadth of knowledge that is unmatched in the industry, with ten years of experience at the professional level and twenty five years at the collegiate level. Mike’s work has been featured in the media on HBO RealSports, ESPN, CNNSI, as well as in Sports Illustrated and USA today. In both 2004 and 2005 Men’s Journal named Boyle one of the top 100 trainers in the United States. In 2007 Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Winchester, MA was named one of the top 30 gyms in the United States and in 2009 was put on Men’s Health Top 10 in the US list.
In addition, Mike is the author of Functional Training for Sports from Human Kinetics, which has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and German. Mike has also authored Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities available from Perform Better. Mike is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced over twenty instructional videos and DVD’s in the area of strength and conditioning, all available through Perform Better. Mike’s new website StrengthCoach.com is helping him to reach professionals all over the world.
Dr. Robert Cantu, MD currently serves as the Chief of Neurosurgery Service, Chairman for the Department of Surgery, and Director of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, adjunct professor Exercise and Sport Science, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Co-Director, Neurological Sports Injury Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Neurosurgical Consultant to the Boston Eagles football team, and Neurosurgical Consultant to the Boston Cannons professional lacrosse team.
He has authored over 300 scientific publications, including 21 books on neurosurgery and sports medicine, in addition to numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and free communications, and educational videos. He has served as associate editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise and Sports Science Review, and on the editorial board of The Physician and Sports Medicine, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, and Journal of Athletic Training. In 2003 Dr. Cantu became the section head for the Sports Medicine Section of Neurosurgery.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Cantu is medical director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, an ongoing registry instituted in 1982 for data collection and analysis of spine and head injuries. From this data important contributions have been made in sport safety and accident reduction; most notably football rule changes concerning tackling and blocking with the head, the establishment of football helmet standards, improved on-the-field medical care, and coaching techniques. He also serves on the Board of Trustees as Vice President of NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment).
Dr. Cantu published the first ever return-to-play guidelines for sports concussions in 1986. Slightly revised in 2001 and still the most widely recognized guidelines by athletic trainers, he devised the first grading system for concussions based on symptoms at the time of injury (Grades 1, 2, 3) and provided medical professionals with concussion management guidelines where there existed none before.
Dr. Cantu served as President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the oldest and largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, from 1992 to 1993 and as treasurer from 1996 to 1999. He received their Citation Award in 1996. At the 2007 ACSM’s annual meeting, Dr. Cantu was asked to give the prestigious J.B. Dill Lecture, and presented "The History of Concussions."
Dr. Cantu has participated in nationally televised sports programs speaking on diverse sports issues, sometimes as a spokesperson for the ACSM, and often as an independent expert; he has appeared on NFL Today with Bryant Gumbel and Terry Bradshaw discussing the effect of artificial turf on cervical spine injuries, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings regarding NASCAR safety issues and the death of driver Dale Earnhardt, and on ABC World News Tonight with Bob Jamison and ESPN’s Outside the Lines to speak about heat stroke and NFL player Korey Stringer’s tragic death. In 2007, he was interviewed on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, and is frequently quoted in the New York Times.
Dr. Cantu is frequently invited to participate in symposia addressing sports medicine topics ranging from anabolic steroid use, eating disorders in female athletes, and the special health and exercise concerns of senior citizens to acute and chronic brain injury in boxing, and on-the-field evaluation, medical management, and return to play guidelines following head and spine sports injuries. In June, 2007, he was one of only four non-NFL experts asked by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to participate in the NFL’s historic concussion summit in Chicago, where he gave two presentations.
Dr. Cantu grew up in the northern California community of Santa Rosa. In 1960, he received his B.A. degree from the University of California Berkley where he pitched on the varsity baseball team. Jointly, in medical school and graduate school, he received his M.A. degree in endocrinology in 1962, and in 1963, his M.D. from the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Following a surgical internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in 1963-1964, he began a neurosurgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and simultaneous position of research fellow in physiology at Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of his residency in 1968, he joined the neurosurgery staff at MGH, where his practice and laboratory were located, while assuming the position of acting assistant director of neurosurgery and director of pediatric neurosurgery at Boston City Hospital. After five years of academic neurosurgery with Harvard Hospitals, Dr. Cantu entered private neurosurgery practice at the suburban Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts where he currently practices.
Practicing what he preaches, Dr. Cantu has enjoyed long-distance running since 1967. An official entrant in many Boston Marathons, he has also enjoyed the “long runs” at Newport and New York City. Besides running, Dr. Cantu is an avid tennis player, and for many years was ranked in the New England men’s senior singles (NELTA) region. Dr. Cantu has two children, Rob and Elizabeth, and lives with his wife Tina in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
David Csillan, MS, ATC, LAT earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Trenton State College in 1983. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science, David attended Old Dominion University serving the student-athletes of the university while earning his Master of Science, specializing in Athletic Training.
David currently serves as the athletic trainer at Ewing High School, where he has held that position since 1991. He is co-chair of the NATA Task Force for Pre-Season Practice Guidelines and Heat Acclimatization for Secondary School Athletics. Also, he serves as the ATSNJ Secondary School Committee Chair, member of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee, the NJSIAA Pre-Season Guidelines Committee, NJSIAA Drug Testing Appeals Committee, medical staff of the ING New York Marathon and New Jersey Special Olympics. David has presented multiple topics at the state, district and national levels and has particular interest in the ADHD athlete.
In 2004, Mr. Csillan was inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association/New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2008 was inducted into the ATSNJ Hall of Fame.
Kate Newman Decker, NCTMB, ATC is in her 5th year as a medical Massage Therapist for the Philadelphia Eagles. She is also an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Temple Owls. Kate holds her own private practice and has worked with many professional football players to include 5 pro-bowlers in the last 2 years. She specializes in Active Release Techniques (ART), developed, refined, and patented by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. Kate has also worked with the United States Track and Field team. Kate as had much success combining her knowledge in ART with Myofascial Stretch Therapy, Trigger Point and a background in biomechanics to reduce injuries.
Tony Decker, Med, ATC, CSCS was the winner of the prestigious Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1998. Tony is in his fourth year as strength and conditioning coach at Temple University. Mr. Decker oversees the strength and conditioning programs for all of the Owls' 24 intercollegiate athletic teams and works extensively with the football program. Mr. Decker has over 25 years of experience in strength and conditioning and athletic training. He has worked as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Virginia (1998-2002) and Head Strength Coach at the University of Delaware (1988-98). Certified by the NSCA, the United States Weightlifting Federation, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Red Cross, he has published multiple studies in medical journals and is a noted national speaker on both peak performance training and athletic training. Mr. Decker, a level I track and field coach, has worked with numerous professional, collegiate, and elite athletes, including players from the NFL, MLB, MLS, NBA and Olympic athletes. Most recently, Tony served as Sports Performance Director and Director of NFL Combine & Pro Day Training at Velocity Sports Performance in Cherry Hill, N.J. In the position, he trained both professional and collegiate athletes from all sports. In addition to training several Philadelphia Eagles in support of their in-season strength programs, he prepared over 50 college athletes for the NFL combine. Mr. Decker arrived at Velocity in June 2003 after serving as a professor in the Department of Movement Studies and Exercise Sciences at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University. Tony began his career at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School in 1983 as head athletic trainer before serving as a graduate assistant trainer and student strength coach at Virginia. He then accepted the position of head athletic trainer at Cherry Hill (N.J.) High School in 1986 before being named Director of Strength and Conditioning and Assistant Athletic Trainer at Delaware in July 1988. Decker was responsible for strength and conditioning for all of the Blue Hens' 22 intercollegiate varsity sports. During his tenure in Newark, he twice earned conference strength and conditioning professional of the year awards (1996, 1998) and helped prepare the football teams that made six playoff appearances and two trips to the Division I-AA semifinals. Tony was named Director of Strength and Conditioning at Virginia in June 1998 and served in the position until August 2002. During his stay in Charlottesville, the football team made four postseason bowl appearances utilizing Decker's performance programs. Among the more notable student-athletes he helped prepare were current NFL players Elton Brown, Angelo Crowell, Thomas Jones, Patrick Kerney, and Billy McMullen. A native of Wilkes Barre, PA, Tony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg in 1983 before receiving a Master of Education degree in athletic training and sports medicine at Virginia in 1986.
Craig Denegar, PT, Ph.D, ATC is a professor and the department head in Physical Therapy at the University of Connecticut. He teaches and has research interests in the areas of clinical epidemiology, therapeutic modalities and musculoskeletal physical therapy. Prior to moving to Connecticut he served as an associate professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Kinesiology at Penn State. At Penn State his clinical practice was devoted to outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy with special interests in persistent and chronic musculoskeletal pain and disorders of the spine. Craig also taught human anatomy, therapeutic modalities and a graduate course in clinical epidemiology in the Department of Kinesiology. Prior to moving to Penn State in 1995 has spent 6 years on the faculty in the School of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University where also completed a masters degree in Physical Therapy. Craig completed his Ph.D. in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia. Craig is the senior associate editor of the Journal of Athletic Training and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. He is the lead author of the text Therapeutic Modalities for Musculoskeletal Injuries and has written and presented numerous papers related to musculoskeletal rehabilitation and athletic health care.
Vincent R. Ferrara, MD, MBA is Founder, President and CEO of Xenith, LLC. Vin is a 1996 graduate of Harvard University where he was the starting quarterback on the varsity football team, and he is a 2004 graduate of Columbia University’s Medical and Business Schools. Mr. Ferrara founded Xenith in May 2004, developed its primary concepts, and recruited Xenith’s management team, advisors and Board of Directors.
Sandra Fowkes Godek, Ph.D, ATC is a Full Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine at West Chester University. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training from Penn State University, a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Colorado and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology from Temple University. Dr. Fowkes Godek currently teaches courses in athletic training, serves as the Medical Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Department and is the director of the HEAT Institute at West Chester University. In December of 2006, she received the Council of Trustees’ Distinguished Faculty Award at West Chester University. Dr. Fowkes Godek is active in the National Athletic Trainer’s Association previously serving on the College/University Student Athletic Trainer’s Committee and the Research and Education Foundation Free Communications Committee. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Athletic Training, is a grant reviewer for the NATA Research and Education Foundation and a guest reviewer for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. In 2004 she received the Kenneth Knight Journal of Athletic Training award for Outstanding Original Research Manuscript.
Dr. Sandra Fowkes Godek’s research on thermoregulation, hydration, and electrolyte replacement in football players has attracted national attention as she has appeared on MSNBC as an expert on heat illness in football, on the CBS Evening News and the web show NASA 360. For the past 7 years during preseason training camps, she has completed extensive data collections with both the West Chester University and Philadelphia Eagles football teams. Additionally, Dr. Fowkes Godek continues for the 5th year to do research with the Philadelphia Flyers and Phantoms professional ice hockey teams. Her goal as Director of the HEAT Institute is to provide athletes and certified athletic trainers with independent and unbiased information about thermoregulation, and fluid and electrolyte balance.
Michaela J. Gagne, BFA, MS is a resident of Fall River, Massachusetts. She received her B.F.A. in Art with a minor in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2006 she completed her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University.
Michaela was crowned Miss Massachusetts in June of 2006. Her passion lies in educating the public about heart disease and preventive measures that can be taken as a result of her personal experience. She is currently a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and chairs the AHA’s Massachusetts Advocacy Advisory Board. She is a certified CPR/AED instructor and has traveled to Capitol Hill numerous times to speak on heart disease.
Michaela is also a national spokesperson for the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation, Parent Heart Watch, and Heartbeat International. Michaela has been featured in USA Today and interviewed on CNN, Fox News, E!, and Inside Edition, and she has written for Newsweek.com, Lola Magazine, EP Lab Digest, and EmpowHer.com.
Despite her heart condition, Michaela is an accomplished athlete, competing regularly in soccer and basketball, and she is a certified high school athletic coach. She is the art teacher at St. Vincent’s Home, a residential/educational facility for children in need, as well as a provider of crisis/adjustment counseling to youth. Her volunteer work ranges from traveling to Africa to set up a medical clinic in the Bukoba region of Tanzania, to being a mentor for the Peaceful Coalition, a student group consisting of gang-involved and/or at-risk males.
Dr. Brett Godbout, MD is a graduate of the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center. He did his residency and surgical residency at Brown University. Dr. Godbout completed a sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama where he was the team physician for the University of North Alabama. Dr. Godbout has been the team physician for Moravian College since 1990. He also works with a number of local high schools in the Bethlehem area.
Sheryl Goodridge, PT, DPT, CKTI received her undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University Sargent College and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. She is experienced in general orthopedics for adults and children and is NDT and SI trained. She has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Southern California and Fisher College, and is a certified clinical instructor through the APTA. She has been a certified Kinesio Taping Instructor since 2003, and was a speaker at the US symposium of Kinesio Taping and at the Annual International Academic Symposium in Tokyo, Japan, 2004 and 2005. In addition to domestic venues for her seminars, she has taught in Italy. She heads the Physical Therapy committee for the Board of Education of the Kinesio Taping Association. Dr. Goodridge is employed by Harvard University Health Services in Cambridge, MA where she works with orthopaedic and sports related conditions.
John Hauth, Ed. D, ATC is currently the Chairperson of the Athletic Training Department at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where he also serves as the Program Director for the CAATE-accredited Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program. He served as the University’s Head Athletic Trainer from 1985-1999. Dr. Hauth is certified to practice as an athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC®) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. He also holds certifications in orthopedic technology and ergonomics.
Ted Johnson - A three-time Superbowl Champion, Ted Johnson played ten seasons at linebacker for the New England Patriots. He retired in 2005 due to post-concussion syndrome, most likely stemming from back-to-back concussions in just four days in 2002. He was the first athlete to go public with his ongoing struggles with PCS in February, 2007, after the Andre Waters tragedy in an attempt to raise awareness of concussion-related neurological disorders and change the culture of concussions in sports. The former University of Colorado All-American continues to support sports-related head injury awareness through advocacy and speaking to youth sports programs. Ted is a member of the board of directors for the Penikese Island School for Boys and serves on the advisory committee for the Real Institute at the Family Institute of Cambridge, MA.
Isaiah Kacyvenski is a veteran of eight NFL seasons, the first seven for the Seattle Seahawks as a linebacker and special teams standout. He was the special teams captain for the Seahawks at Superbowl XL. He suffered two concussions in 2006 while playing for the St. Louis Rams. The Oakland Raiders put him on the injured reserve after a knee injury during the 2007 preseason, but he is expected to come back strong in 2008. At Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude pre-med in 2000, he was a four-year starter, becoming the first player in Harvard history to start every game of his career. Isaiah earned All-Ivy League first team honors three times, and finished his Crimson career with a school record 395 tackles, and adding 11 interceptions, 8 fumble recoveries and 4.5 sacks. Isaiah finished his sophomore season with 80 tackles and his freshman season with 72 while earning Ivy League Rookie of the year.
James Leone, Ph. D., ATC, LAT, CSCS, *D, CHES teaches in the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA. Prior to teaching at BSC, Dr. Leone held faculty positions at The George Washington University, Northeastern University, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Leone holds degrees in health education (Ph.D.), athletic training (M.S.), and physical education/exercise science (B.S.). Dr. Leone’s research interests include body image, body image drug use, adolescent health, performance-enhancement, anabolic steroids and celiac disease. He has presented over 70 times at a variety of levels. Dr. Leone also has numerous publications in the fields of athletic training, strength and conditioning, and health education.
Suanne Maurer-Starks, Ed. D, ATC, LAT is the Director and Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State College in the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program. She received her baccalaureate degree in physical education and athletic training from the Canisius College, her master of science degree in deaf education from Canisius College, her CAS in Educational Administration from Hofstra University and doctorate of education degree in Health from Columbia University, Teachers College. Prior to joining the faculty at Bridgewater, Dr. Maurer-Starks was an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University. Dr. Maurer-Starks was also the program coordinator of Hofstra University's Athletic Training Program. She has been a practicing athletic trainer and has worked with Division I Intercollegiate athletic teams. The courses she is responsible for teaching are predominately in the field of athletic training and exercise science. Suanne has been involved in the World Games for the Deaf and has traveled to two International Games, including Sofia, Bulgaria, and Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition, Suanne has spoken at district and national conferences, including the Eastern Athletic Trainer's Association Annual Meeting; the National Athletic Trainer's Annual Meeting and the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance’s Annual Meeting. She is active in the Athletic Training profession and serves on the Thomas Sheehan Scholarship Selection Committee. Her current research efforts are focused on diversity as it relates to the athletic training profession including the recruitment and retention of a diverse student and professional population; and designing athletic training curricula that integrates multicultural and diversity education.
Stephanie Mazerolle, Ph.D, ATC currently serves as the program director for the undergraduate athletic training program at the University of Connecticut. In addition to maintaining CAATE accreditation for the program, she teaches courses related to anatomy, athletic injury assessment, rehabilitation of athletic injuries, and prevention and care of athletic injuries. Dr. Mazerolle's primary research interest focuses on work-family balance for athletic trainers. She is interested in examining potential barriers to finding a balance between professional and personal lives for athletic trainers, ways athletic trainers are finding a balance, and avenues to promote a balance lifestyle for athletic trainers. She is also interested in job burnout, retention, and job satisfaction for athletic trainers. Dr. Mazerolle is also involved with a variety of committees at the national and state level. She serves as a site visitor for CAATE, an exam writer for the BOC, and was recently appointed the Chair of the Research and Education Committee for the Connecticut Athletic Trainer's Association. Dr. Mazerolle has worked clinically at both the collegiate and high school levels. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 from the University of Connecticut and then went on to receive her Masters degree from Old Dominion University in 2002. Dr. Mazerolle came back to UCONN in 2005 to complete her doctorate.
Dr. Neal McGrath, Ph.D. is a well-known neuropsychologist in the Boston area and has more than 25 years of clinical experience. He specializes in the evaluation and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries. Dr. McGrath is New England’s first Credentialed ImPACT© Consultant. His work has been featured on WCVB-TV’s Chronicle and WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston. He is the Clinical Director and founder of Sports Concussion New England, now serving over a dozen schools and individual student athletes from many high schools, colleges, and elementary schools in New England.
Dr. McGrath is also a Consulting Neuropsychologist for the MENTOR Acquired Brain Injury Program/Center for Comprehensive Services-New England, the Massachusetts Statewide Head Injury Program, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. He developed and consulted for many years to New England Rehabilitation Hospital’s Head Injury Community Services program. He has also collaborated on clinical research for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Grant at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Dr. McGrath maintains a private practice in neuropsychological assessment of adolescents and adults in Brookline, MA. He sees patients with a variety of acquired brain injuries as well as for evaluation of learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), and the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society.
Dr. McGrath has given numerous presentations on sports concussion management at professional meetings and conferences.
Dr. Ann McKee, MD is an Associate Professor of Neurology & Pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director, Neuropathology Core, Alzheimer's Disease Center at Boston University.
Dr. McKee is the chief neuropathologist for the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), where ongoing surveillance of the FHS participants will determine the incidence and type of dementia in persons in the 9th through the 11th decades of life, the oldest old. Dr. McKee directs the Neuropathology Core of the Center, where she is responsible for conducting neuropathological analyses of brain tissue and maintaining the Center’s Brain Bank. Dr. McKee also leads clinical-pathological case conferences as part of the Center’s Research Seminar series.
Dr. McKee is a past recipient of the Moore Award and a recent recipient of the 2006 Moore Award Honorable Mention from the American Association of Neuropathologists. She is also a recipient of a Merit Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. McKee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. She completed residency training in neurology at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and fellowship training in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was Assistant Professor of Neuropathology at Harvard Medical School from 1991-94, when she became Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. McKee has served as Director of the Neuropathology Core of the BU ADCC since its inception in 1996.
Dr. Marshall Mintz, Psy.D is Managing Partner of Springfield Psychological Associates. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with specializations in Health and Sport Psychology, Anxiety and Depression Disorders, and the treatment of Trauma. In addition to his clinical practice and consulting, Dr. Mintz is a Contributing Faculty member and Clinical Supervisor at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.
Dr. Mintz’ work in Sport Psychology includes consultant certification by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and as a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. He is Chair of the Sport Psychology Committee of the New Jersey Psychological Association and creator of MIND YOUR GAME performance seminars. Dr. Mintz has been an invited lecturer at the United States Gymnastics Science Symposium at the Gymnastics World Championships and member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology planning for the Beijing games. He was an invited author for a chapter in the recently published book, “School Sport Psychology”. Dr. Mintz is the Sport Psychologist to the United States Rowing Team and was a member of the US Team at the Beijing Games. His consulting practice includes sport and performance psychology programming to numerous universities, organizations and businesses seeking improvement in qualitative and quantitative performance measures.
Dr. Mintz’ personal athletic career includes competing as a finalist at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships in the Men’s Heavyweight Eight, and a qualifier and competitor in the New Jersey State Open and Amateur Golf Championships, and winner of his Club Championship.
Chris Nowinski President and CEO Consultant of Trinity Partners LLC, Co-Director of the Boston University School of Medicine Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and author of Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, is best known as a former professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment. He debuted on WWE's flagship program Monday Night RAW in 2002, when he was named "Newcomer of the Year" by RAW Magazine, and was the youngest male Hardcore Champion in WWE history before his career was ended in 2003 by a concussion.
Diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, Chris began a quest to better understand this condition. It wasn’t until he visited his 8th doctor, the renowned neurosurgeon Robert Cantu, that Chris first learned the reason he wasn’t bouncing back from his concussion was that he had been suffering undiagnosed concussions regularly throughout his football and wrestling careers, and the cumulative damage seemed to have finally caught up with him. Through his own efforts he also discovered research linking multiple concussions with serious long-term neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease, memory impairment, and depression – information that had not been made available to athletes. He found that throughout sports, there is a startling lack of awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of these injuries that threatens the health and well-being of athletes of all ages. This led Chris to write the book, Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, published in 2006, in an effort to educate parents, coaches, and children about this serious public health issue.
Through his continued advocacy and investigative work, Chris has raised this issue into the national consciousness. The increased awareness forced the NFL and WWE to upgrade their concussion management protocol. In January of 2007, he led the investigation that found the suicide of 44-year-old former NFL star Andre Waters was linked to his depression caused by multiple concussions by obtaining permission from Waters’ family to study his brain tissue.
To continue this groundbreaking neuropathological research, Chris co-founded the non-profit Sports Legacy Institute, which partnered with Boston University School of Medicine to found the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, where he serves as a Co-Director. Since 2004 he has spoken over 50 times at medical conferences, school, and sports organizations around the world on the issue of concussions in sports.
Chris’ work in the field of concussion research and advocacy has made him a sought-after voice for awareness. He is frequently quoted in publications like the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, ESPN the Magazine, and has appeared on CNN, HBO, ESPN, ABC Nightline, Fox, CSTV, TSN, NPR, and more. His journey was profiled in a May 2007 episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that won the Emmy for Sports Journalism.
Chris was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at defensive tackle for the Harvard University football team, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in sociology in 2000. A member of the 1997 Ivy League Championship team, he was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy after his junior season, and 2nd Team All-Ivy as a senior. He played four sports in high school, and captained the football and basketball teams his senior year.
A consultant with Trinity Partners in Waltham, MA, Chris specializes in commercial strategy and licensing and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Dennis O’Sullivan is currently the Vice-President for professional and college development at the American Athletic Institute. Before joining the American Athletic Institute, Dennis played in the NFL from 1999-2004, spending the majority of his time with the New York Jets and Houston Texans. Most recently Dennis was the Director of New York City Government Affairs for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. It is this combination of athletic experience at the highest levels and his substance abuse background that makes Dennis a perfect fit at the American Athletic Institute. Dennis graduated from Tulane University where he captained the 1998 team to an undefeated season and a final national ranking of 7th. Along with being Tulane’s Defensive MVP in 1998, Dennis was also the 1998 Liberty Bowl Scholar Athlete, 1998 Nokia Sugar Bowl Quarterback Club Outstanding Student Athlete and 1998-99 Tulane University Male Student Athlete of the Year. Dennis also is President and Founder of Two Town’s Charity, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children.
Ellen Perrella, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS is a Senior Faculty member in the Physical Education and Athletics Department of Mount Holyoke College, where she has served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the past 25 years. She oversees the health care of all intercollegiate athletes; her main responsibilities include the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Ellen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the department as well.
Ellen is a member of the “5 College Eating Disorder Task Force”, and is active on the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Council on campus. She is a graduate of the University of Utah and received her Masters from University of Colorado in exercise physiology.
Ellen’s interests include traveling, reading, strength training, biking and hiking.
Jason Price, MS, CSCS, ATC, LAT, CPT is currently the Founder and CEO of Athletes Equation in Cumberland, RI. Prior to this new opportunity, Jason worked for Ullucci Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy for a number of years. Jason has held various positions at the Division I and III levels of College Athletics as well as working for several other organizations and events. Jason served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer within the athletics department at Bridgewater State College working primarily with the Bears Football, Wrestling, and Women’s Lacrosse teams. Jason also coordinated a reconditioning program for athletes recovering from injury or who needed help improving upon their performance. In the Fall of 2006, Jason became an Assistant Coach with the College’s Olympic Style Weightlifting Team. While coaching for Team Bridgewater Weightlifting, Jason assisted in having 10 athletes qualify for the Collegiate National Championships. He has served as an Athletic Trainer at Boston College with the Football and Baseball programs, Tufts University with the Football, Men’s Basketball, Sailing, and Tennis programs. Jason has also served as an Athletic Trainer for the Brewster Whitecaps of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League and as an Athletic Trainer at the 2006 World Curling Championships in Lowell.
Jason is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association, a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Council on Strength and Fitness, and a Level 2 Club Coach by USA weightlifting.
Dr. Mark Price, MD, Ph. D is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. His areas of specialty include sports medicine and athletic injuries, shoulder and knee arthroscopy, and total shoulder replacement. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and residency in orthopedics at the Harvard Combined Orthopedics Program. He holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Donna Rimbey, DC, CSCS, CES, DACRB is a Doctor of Chiropractic Rehabilitation and has been in practice in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania for 12 years. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1997 and continued her education to earn the status of Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. She has been published in the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association for a case study on the differentiation between cervical disc herniation and pectoralis minor entrapment and maintains certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and a Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM. Recognizing the importance for more advanced soft tissue release to enhance the functional joint range of motion, Dr. Rimbey discovered Dr. Laehy’s Active Release Technique and spent the next 12 months getting certified in Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Spine, Nerve Entrapments and has completed a Master’s course with Dr. Laehy. Throughout her career she has continued to search for ways of improving her ability to diagnose the pathomechanics of human movement and construct a corrective exercise program for her patients. This determination for success has made her a well respected Doctor in her profession as well as with other disciplines of medicine.
Jim Rowe, ATC has been an athletic training professional for more than 22 years. Rowe's first internship was with the Milwaukee Brewers single A club in Beloit, WI. After graduating from Springfield College, he began his second job in El Paso, TX as an athletic trainer with the Brewers double A team. From there he moved back to Beverly, MA and worked at the Beverly Sports Medicine Clinic for five years. In 1994 he joined the Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate, Pawtucket Red Sox, and in 1995 joined the Red Sox staff as the head athletic trainer before being elevated to his current position.
Gerard D. Rozea, PhD, ATC is in his fourth year as assistant athletic trainer in the Department of Athletic Training at East Stroudsburg University. He currently serves as the Graduate Coordinator and Program Director for the Advanced Masters in Athletic Training. Previously, Dr. Rozea was the Clinical Coordinator at Lock Haven University. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree at East Stroudsburg University and his doctorate at the University of Florida.
Joseph Savoia, MS, ATC is currently in his fifth year as an assistant athletic trainer at Montclair State University. Prior to Montclair, he attended Kean University where he received a graduate degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology, and an undergraduate degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. At Montclair, Joseph served as an adjunct professor in the Athletic Training Education Program teaching various classes throughout the semester, as well as an approved clinical instructor to the athletic training students.
Dr. Stephen T. Sweriduk, Jr., M.D. is the Medical Director of Shields MRI and has been a member of Shields since 1988. Dr. Sweriduk received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1978 and medical degree from Harvard University in 1982. He completed his Internship in Medicine, Residency in Diagnostic Radiology, followed by a fellowship in Neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and is a Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Dr. Sweriduk is certified by the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Sweriduk presents many lectures and conferences to the Medical Community and is the group leader for monthly case study groups in neurology, oncology, and orthopedics. In 1990 to 1998 Dr. Sweriduk served as Manuscript Review for AJNR. In 1979 and 1980 he was involved in Neuroanatomy research at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Dr. Sweriduk has numerous peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Ramin R. Tabaddor, MD joined South County Orthopedics in August 2009. Dr. Tabaddor graduated Cum Laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and received his Doctorate of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a General Surgery Internship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and received his Orthopaedic surgical training at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. He served as Chief Administrative Resident during the final year of his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. He completed a Sports Fellowship at the Minnesota Sports Medicine Program affiliated with the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. His special interests include athletic injuries, articular cartilage injuries, arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder, and ankle instability. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Tabaddor has provided physician coverage for many organizations, including the Boston Ballet, the USA Indoor Track and Field National Championships, NCAA basketball tournament, Junior US Cup Soccer, the University of Minnesota football team and various other high school and collegiate level sports. He is an avid athlete himself, completing five Boston Marathons as well as numerous triathlons.
Keith Vanic, PhD, ATC is an Assistant Professor at East Stroudsburg University and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Athletic Training Education programs. Dr. Vanic received his PhD from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1998. He served as the Head Athletic Trainer at ESU for 7 years before moving into the academic department in 2004. He is also credentialed as an orthopedic technologist and certified ergonomic assessment specialist.
Shannon Whalen, BS, MA, Ed. D is a Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Springfield College. She received her baccalaureate degree in health and physical education from the University of Delaware, her first Masters degree in health education from New York University, and her second Master’s and Doctorate of Education degrees in health education from Columbia University, Teachers College. Prior to joining the faculty at Springfield College, Dr. Whalen taught health, physical education, and athletic training courses at Adelphi University, The College of Mount Saint Vincent and John Jay College, CUNY. Dr. Whalen has also worked as a health teacher in the Clarkstown Central School District and the Yonkers Public School System and has served as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Columbia University, Teachers College. She serves as a consultant for many private and public health organizations and is currently working as an advocate for health education on state and national committees. She served on the New York State Goals 2000 Higher Education committee and she was a member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Health Standards Committee. She presents health education workshops at many conferences each year and has been publishing her writing and research efforts in health education journals and textbooks. Her most recent publication efforts include a high school health education textbook, a health education and physical education technology integration textbook and a book of secondary teaching techniques. Dr. Whalen’s areas of expertise are school health, technology integration, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and human sexuality education. Her current research efforts are focused on technology and health, health education pedagogy and advocacy for health education, both on collegiate campuses and in the public schools.
Kimberly A. Wise, MS, ATC, LAT college-level teaching experience spans nearly 10 years, and she holds current professional credentials as a board certified substitute teacher from the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and licensure as a National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) certified athletic trainer. In addition, she has experience with academic and clinical teaching experience at the collegiate level and has worked with Division I, and II intercollegiate athletics. Her academic and clinical experience has been an asset in the classroom when teaching didactic and laboratory courses, as well as addressing medical related interdisciplinary issues faced by today’s health care providers and movement practitioners. Her clinical expertise has allowed her to present abstract concepts and theoretical perspectives from motor behavior to nutritional philosophies with practical examples related to athletic training, exercise science, physical education, nursing and physical therapy. Throughout Kimberly’s career, her primarily focus has been on pedagogic techniques; most recently however, she has begun to broaden her research capabilities and has initiated work on her doctorate degree in education.