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Amanda May

Education: 
Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from Kent State University

I Have Been An Athletic Trainer since: 2010 

I Have Been With Summa Health System since: 2012

Other experiences in athletic training?
Graduate assistant athletic trainer for women’s softball – Wright State University 2010-2011
Assistant athletic trainer for United States Tennis Association Tournament – 2011
Assistant athletic trainer for OSHAA high school basketball tournament – 2011
Volunteer Athletic Trainer – Winter Special Olympics -2010

At Committees/Organizations Involved In (Who, When, Etc.)? 
I am a member of NATA and OATA since 2008

Why did you choose this as your career path?
I was involved with competitive sports through junior high and high school. Through experiencing my own injuries and having many frequent visits with Dave Rauch, my high school athletic trainer he made me realize that with my love of sports, medicine, and helping others I should do what he does! He spoke highly of the KSU ATEP program, and the rest is history.

Your most memorable experience as an athletic trainer? 
From my undergraduate experiences before becoming an athletic trainer, to becoming certified, there have been so many memorable moments. The one that stands out in my mind was not during a game, practice, or any athletic event but instead during one of my work outs at a gym! I was running on the treadmill when I observed a young woman who appeared distressed begin to what looked like faint. I ran to her and found that she was having a seizure. She was thrashing about hitting her head into the ground, turning blue, and even bit through her tongue. I was able to put her into the recovery position and protect her head with a rolled up towel while I instructed the staff members on calling EMS. When she came to, she did not have a clue with what happened and they were already carting her off to the hospital. This just goes to show you, that you never know when you will be called upon to act and how vital it is to stay current with your skills. 

Anita Bzdok

Education:

Associates degree in Allied Health

Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies

Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training

Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Sport Science

I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2007

I have been with Summa Health System since: 2009

Other Experiences:
I was the head of first aid for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics
I was a volunteer medical staff for Clarion University Campus Fest
I was the head of the medical staff for Lebron James King’s Academy and Nike Basketball Camp, Boys All Star and Elite Camp.

Athletic Training Awards/Honors Received:
Member of Kappa Omicron Nu since September 2006

Why did you choose this as your career path? 
I love the fact that as Athletic Trainers, you are there to take care of athletes in their moments of need. I love the challenge of figuring out what is wrong with an athlete and helping them to over come the injury.

Your most memorable experience as an ATC?
My most memorable moment as an ATC was when I was covering my first home softball game at The University of Akron. I had just received my certification and was a little nervous about being responsible for the event by myself. In the first inning, my center fielder and left fielder went running full speed towards each other, then dove and collided. They both went limp and did not move. When I reached them, the center fielder was up and walking around. The left fielder, however, was still not moving. She ended up with a gaping cut in her eyebrow and had to have surgery. She had fractured her orbital bone and now has a metal plate holding everything together.

Chad Wolfe

Education: 
East Carolina University
Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training
Master’s in Health Education

I Have Been An Athletic Trainer since: 2002 

I Have Been With Summa Health System since: 2010

Other experiences in athletic training?
8 years – Professional Baseball ATC (Cleveland Indians)
2009 MLB Arizona Fall Trainer

Athletic training awards/honors received?
2009 Carolina League Trainer of the year. 

At Committees/Organizations Involved In (Who, When, Etc.)? 
PBATS
OATA
NATA

Why did you choose this as your career path?
Enjoyed medicine and sports and felt this was the best way to combine both my passions.    

Your most memorable experience as an athletic trainer?
Winning the New York Penn league championship in 2004, my first year in professional baseball. 

Emily Engelhart

Education:
Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from The University of Akron 

I have been an Athletic Trainer since: July 2013

I have been with Summa Health System Since: July 2013

Other Experiences
Baseball, men’s and women’s track and field, football, and women’s soccer Division I teams at the University of Akron
St. Vincent St. Mary High School
Akron General Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy  
Provided medical coverage for the University of Akron men’s soccer and men’s basketball camps and the Shooting Stars Tournament

Awards and Recognition
Scholarship from The Raymond W. Acus III M.D. and Timothy J. Myer, M.D. Endowed Fund 

AT Committees/Organizations Involved:
Greater Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association 

Why did you choose this as your career path:
I choose Athletic Training as my career path because I always loved playing sports in high school and knew I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Athletic Training is a great mix of sports and being able to help athletes stay healthy.

Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer:
My most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer was when I was undergrad working with the University of Akron’s football team. I enjoyed the experience of preseason camp and getting to travel. I was able to gain such knowledge from the athletic trainers, graduate assistants, and team physicians.

Hollie Kozak

Education:

Bachelor of Science from Baldwin-Wallace College (1989)

Master of Education from the University of Akron (1991)

I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 1991 

I have been with Summa Health System since: 2005

Other Experiences:
Planning Committee and Medical Administrator, LeBron James King for Kids Bike-a-thon 2005-2006
Medical Administrator, LeBron James King of the Courts 2005
Medical Administrator, Akron Roadrunner Marathon 2006
AT for Gilmour Academy, Aurora High School and Lakeland Community College
Cleveland Crunch exhibition game AT
Keycorp Track Classic AT
Frappier Acceleration Sports Training Program Administrator
OATA Annual Meeting Student Workshop Presenter 2003
OATA Annual Meeting Presenter 2004
GLATA Annual Meeting Presenter 2005
Presenter for various community outreach and injury prevention seminars 1991-present
"Sports Medicine Column" writer for Warren Tribune 1999-2005

Committees/Organizations: 
OATA President Elect 2008-present
OATA External Vice President 2003-2008
GLATA Ohio Representative 2003-2008
OATA CIC sub-committee chairperson 2001-2003
OATA CIC sub-committee member 1999-2001
Board of Certification Home Study Reviewer
Summa Center for Sports Health Symposium Committee
Summa Center for Sports Health Network Committee
Summa Center for Sports Health AT Month Committee

Awards/Honors Received:
OATA Clinical/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year 2003
Baldwin-Wallace Athletic Hall of Fame

Why did you choose this as a career path?
A severe ankle injury in volleyball while in high school caused me to cross paths with an athletic trainer. I wanted to get back in time for tournaments, so my coach sought out a friend for me to rehabilitate my ankle with. Realizing that I will not play sports forever, I wanted a profession allowing me to stay involved with sports, help people and have fun…athletic training was a perfect fit.

Jennifer Smith

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from The University of Akron

I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2014 

I have been with Summa Health System Since: 2014

Other Experiences in Athletic Training:
I have been involved in sports medicine programs since I was in high school, which is where I found my passion for this field.

    AT Committees/Organizations Involved: 
    Student Athletic Training Organization, Social Chair, The University of Akron

    Why did you choose this as your career path:
    Growing up, I was a competitive figure skater. My Freshman year of high school, I took a bad fall and injured my knee. I was incorrectly diagnosed for about 2 years. It was an athletic trainer that finally correctly diagnosed me and helped me return to skating.

    Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer:
    During a football game, one of the student athletes fractured his leg. I was touched by how much the athletic trainer was able to calm him down and even had him joking and laughing by the time the ambulance was on the field. It is always inspiring to see the trust and influence athletic trainers establish with their athletes.

    Jeremy Ford

    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Physical Education w/ concentration in Athletic Training from Kent State University

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2001
    I have been with Summa Health System since: 2002

    Other Experiences:
    Athletic Trainer for Springfield High School
    Assisted in providing medical coverage for the LeBron James King for Kids Bike-a-thon 2005
    Assisted in providing medical coverage for the LeBron James King of the Courts 2005
    Helped to develop the Summa Center for Sports Health ACL/Knee Injury Prevention Program

    Athletic Training Awards/Honors:
    Kent State University Alumni Scholarship Spring 2001

    Committees/Organizations:
    Summa Center for Sports Health Symposium Committee
    Summa Center for Sports Health Network Committee
    Summa Center for Sports Health Newsletter Committee Chair

    Why did you choose this as your career path?
    I enjoy rehabilitation and sports, so I found something that had both.

    Jessica James

    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Allied Health Professions - Athletic Training from Ohio State University

    I Have Been An Athletic Trainer since: 2010

    I Have Been With Summa Health System since: 2010

    AT Committees/Organizations Involved:
    NATA 2006
    OATA 2006
    GLATA 2006

    Why did you choose this as your career path?
    I chose to go into athletic training because not many other healthcare professions allow you to see your patients day in and day out and have such a profound impact on their lives. I also got into it because there are so many different aspects to this profession that it is difficult to say that you do the same thing every day. 

    Your most memorable experience as an athletic trainer?
    Thus far my most memorable experience has been as an athletic training student during a rotation at an area high school, I was thanked on senior night by one of my patients and he and his parents who both told me that they didn't  know how they would have gotten through this season without me and my CI's efforts with him that year. 

    Jordan Viebranz

    Jordan ViebranzEducation:
    Master of Arts in Education from Walsh University
    Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Kent State University

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2010

    I have been with Summa Health System Since: September 2014

    Other Experiences
    Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Instructor, R.G. Drage CTC - 2013-Present
    Athletic Trainer, Mercy Medical Center - 2011-2013 
    Sports Medicine Graduate Assistant, Walsh University - 2010-2011 

    Awards and Recognition
    Stark County Joint Vocational School District Teacher of the Year - 2014

    AT Committees/Organizations Involved:
    NATA
    OATA
    GLATA

    Why did you choose this as your career path:
    I suffered a knee injury in 2004 and was not prescribed formal therapy. I began to research methods to decrease pain and improve strength post-surgery. After learning about this subject matter, I became passionate about helping others that may be in the same situation I was in. It was through this experience that I chose to pursue a career in athletic training.

    Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer:
    I'm not sure there is one moment that sticks out in my mind as being the most memorable. Anytime a parent says that you've helped their child, or anytime a patient says that you've helped them is a memorable experience for me.

    Justine Carlson

    Education: 

    Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Training

    Certifications include power cycling, yoga, aerobics and personal training

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 1998

    I have been with Summa Health System since: 2003

    Other Experiences:
    Fitness Director at Lake Anna YMCA
    Athletic Trainer at Manchester High School
    Bariatric pre- and post-op assessments
    Implemented weight loss program
    Created fitness programs for hospital employees

    Why did you choose this as your career path? 
    I can’t play sports worth a hoot. If you can’t join 'em, tape their ankles. Seriously, I enjoy the high school athletic population. I care for them like they are my own kids. I’m motherly, but unlike your typical teen, they listen to me.

    Kara Pritchard

    Education:
    University of Louisville
    Masters of Education, December 2000
    Sports Administration

    University of Cincinnati 
    Bachelors of Science, June 1998 
    Health Promotion with an emphasis in Athletic Training

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 1998

    I have been with Summa Health System Since: 2013

    Other Experiences
    Athletic Trainer, OhioHealth Outreach at Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington, OH 
    Athletic Trainer, Atrium Medical Center Outreach in Mason High School, Mason, OH 
    Athletic Trainer, Pinnacle Therapy Services Outreach at Oak Park High School, Kansas City, MO 
    Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Missouri 
    Interim Director of Sports Medicine, University of North Carolina at Wilmington 
    Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    Intern Athletic Trainer, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Louisville 

    Why did you choose this as your career path:
    I played sports in high school and got injured and went to physical therapy.  I knew from that time that athletic training was for me.  I didn’t have the skills to play sports at the college level so athletic training was my way of being involved.  I love sports and I have a caring nature so athletic training was a perfect combination for me.

    Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer:
    Being able to see an athlete get injured, be at the surgery, take them through their entire rehab and see them perform at their sport.  It is the complete cycle from beginning to end.  And to know that I had a part in that cycle is awesome.

    Having an athlete tell you that you made a difference in their life whether it is on or off the field.

    Also being able to go to the Softball College World Series with my team at Mizzou!

    Kassie Corsi

    Education:
    Undergraduate at Alfred University in Alfred, NY
    Currently working on a MS in Exercise Physiology at the University of Akron

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: February 2013

    I have been with Summa Health System Since: September 2013

    AT Committees/Organizations Involved:
    Iota Tau Alpha Alfred University Chapter Spring 2013

    Why did you choose this as your career path:
    I wanted a rewarding career focused around people and athletics.  Helping people and being a part of a team is something I’ve always enjoyed.

    Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer:
    The most memorable experience I have had so far as and athletic trainer would have to be when one of my athletes returned to play for the first time after a season ending injury and scored the game winning goal. It was really special to be part of someone else’s big moment.

    Kristin Clites

    Education: 
    University of Akron with an Athletic Training degree
    Certification in Medical Selling

    I Have Been An Athletic Trainer since: 2011

    I Have Been With Summa Health System since: 2011

    Other Experiences:
    Division I sports teams and dance department at the University of Akron
    Walsh Jesuit High School
    PT Center
    Medical coverage at the University of Akron Men’s soccer camps.

    Athletic training awards/honors received?
    National Athletic Trainers’ Scholarship

    Other awards/honors? 
    Oscher Foundation Scholarship for non-traditional students
    Graduated summa cum laude

    At committees/organizations involved in (who, when, etc.)? 
    National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2008
    Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association 2008

    Why did you choose this as your career path?
    I was a professional ballet dancer with the Ohio Ballet, but unfortunately I experienced my fair share of injuries. During one of my many rehabs I began inquiring about a career as an athletic trainer. After doing some research I realized that athletic training seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. I immediately applied for and was accepted in to the athletic training program at the University of Akron. I haven’t looked back since!

    Your most memorable experience as an athletic trainer?
    My most memorable moment occurred while I was still a student. I was the student athletic trainer for the 2009-2010 Men’s soccer team and was given the opportunity to travel with them to the college cup in Cary, North Carolina. Even though we did not win it was still an amazing experience. 

     

    Kyle S. Rutledge

    Education:
    Bachelor’s in Science in Athletic Training from Kent State University in 2006
    Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology with a Concentration in Athletic Training at Kent State University.

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: August 2006

    I have been with Summa Health System Since: 2011

    Other Experiences in Athletic Training:
    Kent State University- Football and Baseball
    Physical Therapy Institute and Aquatic Rehabilitation (West Palm Beach, FL)
    Royal Palm Beach High School (Royal Palm Beach, FL)
    Boynton Beach Community High School (Boynton Beach, FL)
    Midtown Rehabilitation and Aquatic Therapy/ Palm Beach Brain and Spine (Wellington, FL). Performing Aquatic rehabilitation for patients of a neurosurgeon

    At Committees/Organizations Involved:
    NATA member 2004

    Why did you choose this as your career path:
    My love of sports combined with my fascination of the human body me helped get me interested in the field of athletic training. After taking a sports medicine class my senior year of high school, I became very interested in the profession. I enjoy learning how the body heals itself and am fascinated how each injury is so uniquely different.

    Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer:
    While working with the Kent State University baseball team, they won the Mid-American Conference tournament and went to the NCAA regionals. There was numerous draft picks on this team and one is currently pitching for the Chicago Cubs, which I helped rehabilitate an elbow injury he suffered while pitching.

    Nichole Vazquez

    Education: 

    Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from University of Toledo

    I Have Been An Athletic Trainer since: 2011 

    I Have Been With Summa Health System since: 2012

    Other experiences in athletic training? 
    Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Northern Illinois University (2011-2012)

    At Committees/Organizations Involved In (Who, When, Etc.)? 
    Alumni, University of Toledo Athletic Training Student Club 

    Why did you choose this as your career path?
    I grew up around sports and was always involved in them somehow.  When going to college I knew I wanted to work within the medical field but still wanted to stay involved with sports somehow.  I enrolled into an intro course for athletic training and just knew it was right for me and from there, there was no turning back.  I have a passion for helping others and being involved in sports, and athletic training fulfills both of those passions.   

    Your most memorable experience as an athletic trainer?
    Working with the University of Toledo’s Women’s Basketball Team as a student when they won the WNIT championship in 2011.

    Rachel Cummings

    Education:
    Bachelor of Science from Mount Union College in Athletic Training with Minors in Health and Exercise Science-2009

    Master of Art from Kent State University in Exercise, Leisure, and Sport with Concentration in Athletic Training-2011

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2012

    I have been with Summa Health System since: 2012

    AT committees/organizations involved:
    NATA
    GLATA 
    OATA - August 2005 - present
      
    Why did you choose this as your career path?
    I have played sports off of my life and wanted to be around them as well as help people so I figured that it was a perfect career to be involved in both. It is rewarding when you are able to help an injured athlete back to play and see them play the game that they love so much. 
      
    Your most memorable experience as an athletic trainer?
    Working alongside the sports medicine staff with the 2008 National Champion Mount Union Raider football team as well as the NCAA 2011 National Gymnastics Regional meets in Cleveland. 
     

    Ron Burdette

    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2002

    I have been with Summa Health System since: 2006

    Other Experiences:
    Student AT with The University of Akron football and track and field teams.

    AT Committees/Organizations Involved:
    Member of NATA and OATA

    Why did you choose this as your career path?
    I’ve always enjoyed athletics, and the medical field has always intrigued me. Working with student athletes is a challenging but highly rewarding career.

    Scott Barbone

    Education:

    Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University

    Master of Science from University of Florida

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2010

    I have been at Summa Health System since: 2014

    Other Experiences:
    Head ATC, University of Florida softball team 2010-2012
    Women's College World Series Runner-Up, University of Florida, 2011

    Awards/Honors Received:
    Mid-American Conference Athletic Training Student Scholarship Recipient, 2008-2009
    Michigan Athletic Trainers Society College/University Scholarship Recipient, 2008-2009
    Eastern Michigan University Athletic Training Major of the Year, 2009
    Eastern Michigan University Sports Medicine: Dr. Del Pearson Award, 2009
    Athletic Health Care & Fitness tech-prep program Student of the Year, 2006

    Committees/Organizations: 
    Eastern Michigan University Athletic Training Student Organization President, 2009-2010

    Why did you choose this as your career path? 
    Athletic training is a profession that allows me to be in a position to help people, which I enjoy doing. It also serves as a way to stay near sports/fitness as well as the individuals brought about by that area.

    Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer: 
    Getting the distress call from one of my student athletes in a situation when they didn't know who to call. It was such a great feeling to know that in that time of unknowing, I was the person they relied on and trusted to help handle the problem at hand.

    Sonja Wehrlin

    Education: 
    Bachelor's in Human Movement Studies w/ minor in Athletic Training from Kent State University
    Master's in Athletic Training from Kent State University
    Master's in Physical Education Teacher Education from Kent State University

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 2000

    I have been with Summa Health System since: 2010

    Other Experiences: 
    Athletic Training Student Aide Camp for high school students in Portage County 

    Committees/Organizations:
    NATA and OATA 1999
    NSCA 2010

    Why did you choose this as your career path? 
    I liked sports and medicine, therefore athletic training fit both of my interests, and I have not looked back since.

    Your most memorable experience as an ATC? 
    When I left my previous position, the high school that I was contracted with surprised me at the last basketball game that I covered for them with a plaque and a speech by the high school principal in front of the entire audience, saying thank you for my ten years of service to their school. This was unexpected but very much appreciated as an ATC.

    Terri Angelo

    Education:

    Bachelor of Science in Education from Ashland University

    Master of Arts in Physical Education w/ specialty in Athletic Training from Ashland University

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: 1979

    I have been at Summa Health System since: 1982

    Other Experiences:
    Assisted in providing medical coverage for the LeBron James King of the Courts 2005
    Volunteer ATC, Walsh HS 1982-1992
    Speaker for CYO coaches 1984-present
    Volunteer ATC, Hoban HS 1992
    Member CYO strategic planning committee
    Volunteer ATC, Garfield HS 1993-present
    Speaker Career Days, Akron schools
    ATC for Ohio Ballet Company 1984-present
    Sports Nutrition Speaker, area schools
    Volunteer ATC for Cleveland Marathon 1995-1996
    ATC for Alvin-Ailey Dancers when in Cleveland 1997
    ATC for Carousel Dinner Theatre Cast and Crew 1993-2011
    Volunteer ATC for Akron Marathons 2003-present
    Volunteer ATC for Slam Dunk Contest, Warren, Ohio 1990
    Back-up coverage for Green HS, Springfield HS, and Revere HS sports
    Special Olympics Preliminaries Coverage, Ashland, Ohio 1977
    Volunteer ATC, Nordonia PeeWee Football 1990-1991
    ATC for many Akron area HS and recreational sports tournaments for Wrestling and Gymnastics 1982-1998
    Head ATC for Women’s National Lacrosse tournament 1982
    ATC for State of Ohio Police Olympics 1984-present
    Speaker at several state, district, and national ATC symposiums on reimbursement issues for ATs, gait analysis/orthotics and knee injuries.
    Speaker for Journeyman Electricians, "Care and Prevention of Injuries for Backs and Knees" 2003-2004
    Speaker for Akron Bicycle Club, "Common Injuries-Care/Prevention" 1985-1988
    Speaker for Dayton Hospitals/Sports Medicine Centers "Reimbursement Issues" 2001, 2004

    Awards/Honors Received:
    OATA Clinical/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year 1997
    OATA Hall of Fame 2004

    Committees/Organizations: 
    OATA Sub-chair for CIC Committee
    Member and current Ohio rep of RAG (reimbursement advisory group) for NATA
    NATA Liaison to the American Senior Fitness Association
    CYO Akron, member of the Strategic Planning Committee
    Summa/Akron Marathon Committee
    Ashland University Alumni Mentorship Committee

    Why did you choose this as your career path?
    I loved sports and was interested in medicine, and liked what this profession had to offer. It was also a young profession that I could be a part of developing.


    Tiffany Kintz

    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training from The University of Akron

    I have been an Athletic Trainer since: July 2013

    I have been with Summa Health System Since: September 2013

    Other Experiences
    Men’s soccer (in-season), Women’s softball (in-season), and Women’s basketball (year round) Division I sports teams
    Kent Roosevelt High School football team and other fall sports
    Akron General Medical Center 

    Awards and Recognition
    Graduated Cum Laude from The University of Akron

    AT Committees/Organizations Involved:
    National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2010
    Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association 2010

    Why did you choose this as your career path:
    When I was in high school, we did not have an athletic trainer onsite. She did injury checks once a week and went to most of the football games. While playing three sports, I kept getting injured. My parents would take me to the emergency room to make sure nothing was severely wrong and I always wondered if an athletic trainer was at our games, would it have saved my family the time and money? I looked into athletic training and decided I wanted to pursue it. I want to be there for patients, to give them the opportunity to have help and someone they can trust and rely on.

    Your most memorable experience as an Athletic Trainer:
    At the end of football season at Kent Roosevelt High School, the coaches and the players thanked us during their awards ceremony. The coaches prepared a little speech and thanked all of us for all of our help and time. The head coach would also thank us after every game. It was extremely nice to be recognized for all of our hard work.