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Graduating Class of 2014

June 5, 2014
Posted In: Athletic Training

Art 31_2ndYearProfile_SuzieSuzie Aparicio

Age: 26

Hometown: Superior, AZ

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Arizona State University B.S. Exercise and Wellness, Grand Canyon University B.S. Athletic Training

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? South Mountain Community College

Thesis topic: Appropriate Medical Coverage for Intercollegiate Athletes: Staffing levels at NCAA FBS Institutions

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences?

I loved teaching students during the high school anatomy workshops and seeing their fascination with the cadavers.

What are your immediate future plans? Get a job in Arizona!

What are your long-term professional goals? Continue to be involved with the AzATA, become more involved with the NATA, and continue research on appropriate medical coverage and AT burnout.

What will you miss most about ATSU? Having such easy access to our expert faculty. It has been amazing being able to walk down the hallway and spark conversation with ATs that are so influential within the field of athletic training.

Art 32_2ndYearProfile_ReginaRegina Baker

Age: 24

Hometown: Sidney, NY

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Xavier College Preparatory

Thesis topic:Critically appraising current evidence about cognitive rehabilitation for pediatric patients who suffered from TBI (not to be confused with concussion)

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences?

My most rewarding experience came from treating my first patient at XCP. At the end of her volleyball season, I received a thank you card and gift from her and her parents, appreciating that I had helped her get back to play. It was the first time I’d ever received such gratitude, and it means a lot to me even to this day.

What are your immediate future plans? My immediate future plans would be to get a job somewhere in the Valley that I can put my graduate school education to use.

What are your long-term professional goals? Ultimately, I really want to go back to school and get my PA license. I want to work in an ER setting. If I don’t become a millionaire before that point.

What will you miss most about ATSU? What will I miss most about ATSU? The amazing abundance of homework to be completed at the exact same time… just kidding.

Art 33_2ndYearProfile_EricEric Bealer

Age: 28

Hometown: Cedar City, UT

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Southern Utah University

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Desert Mountain High School, Cactus Shadows High School

Thesis topic: Core Activation, Stability, and Function

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? Being able to work as an independent clinician for the first time.

What are your immediate future plans? Moving to Tolleson, AZ to take on role as Head AT/Sports Medicine Instructor at Tolleson Union High School.

What are your long-term professional goals? Continue to work as Head AT in local High Schools

What will you miss most about ATSU? The relationships I have created with my classmates and being able to learn from them.

Art 34_2ndYearProfile_BradBrad Eppelheimer

Age: 25

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Indiana University

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Phoenix Christian Preparatory School

Thesis topic: Documentation Behaviors of Athletic Trainers

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? Providing medical care to a school that had previously never had an Athletic Trainer, and leaving the site in a position to have one for years to come.

What are your immediate future plans? Getting a job and paying off student loans

What are your long-term professional goals? Div. 1 collegiate AT

What will you miss most about ATSU? The people (classmates, faculty, friends)

Art 35_2ndYearProfile_NicoleNicole Harshbarger

Age: 24

Hometown: Los Alamos, NM

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Grand Canyon University

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Phoenix College

Thesis topic: Is there a correlational relationship between the Functional Movement Screen, the Star Excursion Balance Test and the Balance Error Scoring System?

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? One of my most rewarding experiences was working with the athletes at PC. I have many athletes thank me this year for the hard work I put in with them and getting them back to play and many of them have been begging me to come back next year.

What are your immediate future plans? Honestly, find a job anywhere for the time being.

What are your long-term professional goals? Long-term professional goals include working with baseball at the collegiate level, tennis at the professional level and be involved with the Olympics.

What will you miss most about ATSU? I will miss the friendships and resources of both classmates and professors.

Art 36_2ndYearProfile_NickNicholas Kostishak

Age: 24

Hometown: Middlebury, CT

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Ithaca College

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Sierra Linda HS
Thesis topic: Patient, Injury, and Assessment characteristics of Sport-Related Concussions at Initial Evaluation: A Report from The Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? Being invited to work training camp and regular season home games for the AZ Cardinals after impressing the Athletic Training staff during off-season OTA’s.

What are your immediate future plans? Begin to pursue my DAT while assisting in injury data collection for Dr. Victor Lopez out of Manhattan in conjunction with the International Rugby Board. Possible NFL internship or working in a clinic while assisting the Cardinals.

What are your long-term professional goals? Work professionally with elite athletes or in the military setting

What will you miss most about ATSU? Working and learning from the professors and experts that visited ATSU.

Art 37_2ndYearProfile_KelseyKelsey Picha

Age: 23

Hometown: Anoka, MN

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Minnesota State University, Mankato

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Head Athletic Trainer at Canyon State Academy

Thesis topic: Glenohumeral and Hip Range of Motion and Strength Differences in Youth Baseball Athletes

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? Interacting with other students and faculty at A.T. Still, as well as my graduate assistant position at Canyon State Academy

What are your immediate future plans? Pursue a PhD program

What are your long-term professional goals? Professor and researcher in an athletic training program

What will you miss most about ATSU? Classmates and faculty

Art 38_2ndYearProfile_ClarkClark Shirley

Age: 25

Hometown: West Springfield, MA

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Boston University

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Brophy College Preparatory

Thesis topic: Normative Data Properties of the Functional Arm Scale for Throwers (FAST)

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? Being able to participate in community outreach activities such as Relay for Life and Free Community Health and Wellness Day.

What are your immediate future plans? To work as an AT in the collegiate or high school setting.

What are your long-term professional goals? To become an AT/instructor at collegiate setting or working with a professional sports team.

What will you miss most about ATSU? The friends I’ve made and the patients I get to work with every day.

Art 39_2ndYearProfile_MichelleMichelle Weber

Age: 25

Hometown: Albany, Oregon

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Linfield College

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? STI Physical Therapy

Thesis topic: School Nurse’s Familiarity and Perceptions of Academic Accommodations for Student-Athletes Following Sport-Related Concussion

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? The most rewarding experience here at ATSU has probably been the high school workshop. It was great to see the high school students get excited about the content being taught.

What are your immediate future plans? I’ll be working at Desert Edge High School as an athletic trainer and teaching sports medicine.

What are your long-term professional goals? Long-term professional goals are to complete a PhD program and perform concussion research.

What will you miss most about ATSU? Seeing my classmates daily.

Art 40_2ndYearProfile_KyleKyle Winters

Age: 27

Hometown: Greenfield, IN

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree? Indiana University

Where was your graduate assistant position while at ATSU? Central Arizona College and FITLIFE Scottsdale

Thesis topic: How Do Functional Movement Screen™ Scores Change Over the Duration of One Season in High School Baseball Athletes?

In your time at ATSU, what was one of your most rewarding experiences? Being involved in the cadaver dissection lab.

What are your immediate future plans? Stay around Phoenix for a year

What are your long-term professional goals? Head Athletic Trainer for a NCAA Division I Basketball Team

What will you miss most about ATSU? The variety guest speakers we were fortunate enough to have.

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