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Sports Medicine Staff

Jason McVeigh, MS, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT
Director of Sports Medicine (Football)
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  • 8th season as Director of Sports Medicine at Tennessee
  • 15th season with UT Athletics
  • B.S. from UT in 1996; M.S. from Duke in 1999

Jason McVeigh enters his 8th season as Director of Sports Medicine at Tennessee, and his 15th overall with the UT athletics department.

McVeigh has been a member of the UT Sports Medicine staff since 1999, when he joined the Vols as the Director of Rehabilitation for menís athletics. He was appointed as the Director of Sports Medicine for both menís and womenís sports medicine in 2012 by Dave Hart.

Under McVeighís supervision, the UT Sports Medicine department has added several key features to assist in the care of UT student-athletes. These include addition of a Team Physicianís Clinic, on-site X-ray and EKG, baseline echocardiograms and concussion testing for all student-athletes, a revised substance abuse testing policy, an expanded state-of-the-art physical therapy clinic, as well as Team EXCEL/ENHANCE, a multi-disciplined program aimed at addressing the complex behavioral health needs of the UT student-athlete.

McVeigh graduated Summa Cum Laude from UT with a B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. He then went on to receive his Masterís degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer as well as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, and is an active member of both the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

McVeigh has been an invited speaker at both local and national sports medicine conferences on sports medicine topics such as meniscus pathology in football players, sudden cardiac death in athletes, and return to play after complicated foot and ankle injuries.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., McVeigh graduated from Jonesboroughís David Crockett High. He is married to the former Jennifer Bruorton of Marietta, Ga., and they have three children, Caitlin, Carson, and Kennedy.

Ashley Wilson
Ashley Bonck Wilson, MHP, ATC, LAT
Associate Director of Sports Medicine (Basketball)
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  • 1st season at Tennessee
  • B.S. from LSU; M.S. from University of Oklahoma

Ashley Bonck Wilson, MHR, ATC, joined the staff as Associate Director of Sports Medicine in October, 2013. Prior to coming to Knoxville, Wilson spent two seasons at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS where she worked directly with the women's basketball team and supervised the Womenís Golf team. From 2008-2011, Wilson served a similar capacity at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX .

Before arriving at Lamar, Wilson spent two years at the University of Oklahoma as a graduate assistant working with the Sooners' nationally-ranked women's volleyball team. She was awarded her master's degree in human relations from OU in May, 2008.

From 2002 to 2006, Wilson served as an athletic training student at LSU. She worked with the football, women's basketball and women's tennis programs during her four years. Wilson also worked on the athletic training staff for the 2004 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds, hosted by LSU. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training from LSU in May 2006.

A native of New Orleans, Wilson is a board certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and has certification in CPR/AED and first aid.

Wilson married Dwight Wilson in June of 2009. They reside in Knoxville with their son Cannon and their dogs - Beaux, Colston, and Hartley.

Chad Newman, MS, ATC, LAT
Associate Director of Sports Medicine (Men's Basketball)
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  • 16th season at Tennessee
  • 2010 TATS Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year
  • B.S. from UT in 1994; Master's from UT in 1997

Chattanooga native Chad Newman is a senior associate athletic trainer on the men's sports medicine staff. Newman currently directs the training efforts on behalf of the Vols basketball squad in addition to working with Tennessee's cheerleading, dance and men's golf teams.

In January 2010, the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society (TATS) named Newman the Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Newman is in his 16th year with the UT training staff and his 15th with the men's basketball program. During his tenure with the basketball team, the Vols have advanced to postseason play 11 times-including nine NCAA Tournaments and a pair of NIT berths. Newman has been a part of four NCAA Sweet Sixteen teams, one Elite Eight team and two SEC Championship squads. Under his care, the Volunteers men's tennis team also advanced to three consecutive NCAA semifinals from 2000-03.

Newman has helped numerous Vols overcome adversity and challenges in recent years. He oversaw the management of Chris Lofton's successful battle with testicular cancer following Lofton's junior season. And in September 2009, Newman was instrumental in reviving Tennessee sophomore Emmanuel Negedu after Negedu collapsed following a sudden cardiac arrest. Newman successfully administered the use of an AED and CPR until emergency medical services arrived on-site. For his efforts, he received a "Certificate of Heroism" from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.

When Newman first joined the Tennessee training staff in a full-time role in 1997, he was no stranger to the UT training room, having served as a volunteer student trainer and a graduate assistant before his full-time appointment. During that time, he worked with UT's football, men's tennis and men's track & field teams.

He earned his B.S. in Exercise science from UT in 1994 and completed his master's in Kinesiology in May 1997. Newman is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

In the fall of 2009, Newman authored an article about Lofton's successful return from cancer entitled "The Toughest Opponent," that was published in Training & Conditioning Magazine.

Newman is married to the former Stacey Perry. The couple has two daughters, Katherine (7) and Natalie (3).

Greg Mytyk, MA, ATC
Assistant Director of Sports Medicine (Soccer)
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  • 1st season at Tennessee
  • B.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State in 2004; M.A. in Physical Education from the University of Central Florida in 2007

Greg Mytyk joined the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine staff in May of 2013 as the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine for soccer. Mytyk comes to Knoxville from Birmingham, Alabama where he worked with the Men's Soccer team at the University of Alabama - Birmingham (UAB) from 2009-2013. Prior to UAB, he served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in charge of the men's soccer and baseball teams from 2007-2009 at Birmingham-Southern College.

Mytyk was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Central Florida in which he worked with the men's soccer program. Mytyk began his career as an undergraduate student at Florida State University working as an Athletic Training Student with the Seminoles athletic programs. During his time at Florida State Mytyk had the opportunity to complete a summer internship with the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. Mytyk received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State in 2004 and his M.A. in Physical Education from the University of Central Florida in 2007. A native of Hobart, IN. Mytyk is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association.

He and his wife, Arielle, were married December 21, 2008. The couple resides in Knoxville with their son Jonah.

Robb Duncanson, MEd, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Assistant Director of Sports Medicine (Football/Golf)
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  • 7th season at Tennessee
  • B.S. from Elmira College in New York in 1999; Master's from the University of Louisville in 2001

Robb Duncanson is entering his seventh season as UT's Assistant Director of Sports Medicine for football and women's golf. In addition to being a Certified Athletic Trainer, he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association College/University Committee, the Chair of the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association College/University Committee, and the East Regional Representative to the Executive Board of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Association. Duncanson came to the Vols in 2006 after four years at the University of South Florida. Prior to his tenure at USF, Duncanson served as co-head athletic trainer with the Louisville Fire of the Arena2 Football League, was a seasonal assistant athletic trainer for the New York Jets in 2001 and a summer intern for the New York Giants in 1997.

A 1999 sports science graduate of Elmira College, Duncanson earned his master's degree in sports administration at the University of Louisville in 2001. He was named '2005 Athletic Trainer of the Year' and received the '2004 President's Backbone Award' by the Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida.

A Middletown, N.Y., native, Duncanson is married to the former Carrie Clark, a UT letterwinner. The Duncansons have a daughter, Avery, and a son, Cade.

Logan Merritt, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Director of Sports Medicine (Football/Golf)
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  • 5th overall season at Tennessee
  • Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training, from West Virginia University (2004); Master's of Science in Sport Studies, Concentration in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee (2007)

Logan Merritt returned to Knoxville in the spring of 2011 to join the VOLS as an associate athletic trainer for football with the men's sports medicine department at Tennessee, marking his 5th season overall working with UT Athletics. In between his UT stops, Merritt served as an assistant athletic trainer for both the University of Louisville (2009-10) and University of Miami (2007-08) football programs. He previously worked for the UT Sports Medicine staff as an intern and graduate assistant athletic trainer for football from 2005-07. Merritt also previously worked as a season-long intern athletic trainer with the NFL's Houston Texans in 2004-05.

A native of Elkins, W.Va., Merritt graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training, from West Virginia University in May 2004. Merritt went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Master's of Science in Sport Studies, Concentration in Sport Management, in May 2007. Merritt is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA), and the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society (TATS).

Logan resides in Knoxville, with his wife, the former Catherine Scholfield and their dog, Oskie.

Jeff Wood, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Director of Sports Medicine (Baseball)
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  • 11th season at Tennessee
  • 1987 Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs Athletic Trainer of the Year
  • B.S. from Marshall in 1984; Master's from UT in 2002

Certified athletic trainer Jeff Wood begins his eleventh season with the Tennessee baseball team. Wood's thorough knowledge of kinesiology and sports medicine has routinely earned him the praise of the coaches and players -- who tout him as being one of the best trainers at any level of baseball.

"Woody," as he is known in the clubhouse, arrived at Tennessee boasting numerous years of professional experience as a baseball trainer, including a 10-year stint as a certified trainer in the Baltimore Orioles organization (which included a four-year stint as head trainer for the class-AAA Rochester Red Wings). In addition, he has worked with the Bluefield Orioles rookie-league team, the Charlotte O's class-AA club, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), NASCAR and PRCA professional rodeos.

In 1987, Wood was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs. He also has been invited to give numerous professional presentations on topics ranging from "Care and Prevention of the Potentially Cervical Spine Injured Athlete" to "Shoulder Injuries Associated with The Overhand Throwing. The Winfield, W.Va., native has earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Marshall (1984) and a master's in Exercise science from Tennessee (2002). He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification and the State of Tennessee and also holds membership in the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society. Wood and his wife, the former Malinda Gray, reside in Clinton, Tenn., with their sons, Jordan, Lucas and Zachary.

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Abe Kiggins, MS, ATC, LAT - Assistant Athletic Trainer (Track & Cross Country)
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  • 9th season at Tennessee
  • B.S. from West Florida; M.S. from UT in 2007

Abe Kiggins is entering his eighth year at the University of Tennessee and will continue working with the men's and women's cross country, track & field, and cheer and dance programs. In his spare time, Kiggins treats elite level runners, and has had the opportunity to travel around the world with members of U.S.A Track & Field to some of the biggest stages including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Kiggins is proficient and well respected in the community for his manual medicine techniques and track specific rehabilitation programs.

Kiggins graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from the University of West Florida in May of 2005 and went on to earn his Masters of Science in Sport Studies, Concentration in Sport Psychology, from the University of Tennessee in May 2007. Abe resides in Knoxville, with his wife, the former Jennifer Fox.

Shannen Robinson
Shannen Robinson, MS, ATC, LAT
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  • 1st season at Tennessee
  • B.S. from UNC Chapel Hill; Masters from UT in 2009

Shannen Robinson is in her first year as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee. She returns to Tennessee after previously being employed by Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in the Sports Medicine Outreach Program from 2009-2011, where she served as the head athletic trainer at Knoxville Catholic High School and provided athletic training coverage for community and area sporting events. Most recently, she worked as a sales and service representative for DJO Global, Inc from 2011-2013.

She received her bachelors in Exercise Sport Science - Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll in 2007 and her masters in Recreation and Sport Management from The University of Tennessee in 2009. As a graduate student she worked in the athletic department as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the cheerleading and dance teams.

Jeff DeWitt, MS
Medical Claims Coordinator
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  • 6th season at Tennessee in Training Room Operations
  • Student Athletic Trainer from 2000 - 2005
  • B.S. from UT in 2005; Master's from UT in 2007

Jeff DeWitt recently began his first year as Medical Claims Coordinator with the Sports Medicine Department at Tennessee, and his 11th overall with UT Athletics. DeWitt joined the Sports Medicine program in September 2000, and served as an athletic training student assistant from 2000-2005. From 2005 to 2007, he served as an Administrative Graduate Assistant for Training Room Operations/Medical Billing. In 2007, DeWitt was named Administrative Intern for Medical Billing, and was added to the full-time staff in September 2010 as Medical Claims Coordinator. DeWitt's duties include coordination of outstanding medical claim payments for student-athletes, scheduling and pre-certification of student-athletes for referrals to outside physicians and diagnostic studies, and administrative support services.

A native of Aiken, SC, and second-generation alumni of the University of Tennessee, DeWitt obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering in May 2005 and a Master's of Science in Sport Studies, concentration in sport management in May 2007.

Julie Hallums - Administrative Assistant
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  • 3rd year at Tennessee as an Administrative Assistant
  • B.S. from UT in 2005
  • Her husband, Brad, is the Associate Director of Facilities at UT

Julie Hallums is in her third year as an Administrative Assistant with the Tennessee Athletic Training Room. Hallums graduated from UT in 2005 with a degree in History and minor in Psychology. While at UT, Julie worked as a Student Athletic Trainer with Football and Men's Tennis Teams. Her husband, Brad, is the Associate Director of Facilities at UT.

John Dean, MPT, ATC, LAT
Director of Rehabilitation
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  • 7th season at Tennessee
  • B.S. from San Diego State University in 2000; Master's from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

John Dean, MPT, SCS, ATC, is beginning his sixth year as the Director of Rehabilitation with the UT Sports Medicine staff. Dean is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy and provides rehabilitation services for UT student athletes. Prior to coming to Tennessee, he worked for the Athletic Association at the University of Florida where he was responsible for treating injuries to the football team. He was also an instructor in the Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Department, teaching a course in rehabilitation. He previously was a staff athletic trainer at Southern California, working with the football and baseball programs, including the Trojans' 2003 national champion football team.

A native of American Fork, Utah, Dean graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University in 2000 with a degree in kinesiology. He completed his Master's degree in physical therapy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dean is an experienced clinician and educator who is active in the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the American Physical Therapy Association and has been an invited speaker at numerous regional and national conferences.

He and his wife, Kris, live in Knoxville with their daughters, Addison and Tyler.

Physicians

Chris Klenck
Dr. Christopher Klenck - Team Physician
  • 7th season at Tennessee
  • Doctor of pharmacy degree from Purdue; Doctor of medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Chris Klenck was named to the post of team physician in Nov. 2006 following a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Indiana University Medical Center. He served the Indianapolis hospital since June 2001 in the positions of internal medicine/pediatrics intern, internal medicine/pediatrics resident and internal medicine/pediatrics chief resident.

During his fellowship training, Klenck was an assistant team physician for the Indianapolis Colts preseason training camps, an assistant team physician at Purdue University, his alma mater and worked the NFL Scouting Combines in Indianapolis. He has NCAA championships experience and served as a team physician in the Indiana high school ranks.

An Evansville, Ind., native, Klenck earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from Purdue before completing his doctor of medicine degree at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and America College of Sports Medicine.

Klenck is married to the former Laura Botto of Dayton, Ohio. They are the parents of three children: Jacob, Ben and Ella.

Dr. Greg Mathien
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 1991
  • B.S. and Doctor of medicine degree from State University of New York in Syracuse
Dr. Gregory Mathien was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended the State University of New York in Syracuse for both of his undergraduate and medical degrees, as well as his surgical internship and orthopedic residency.
In 1991, Mathien came to Knoxville for the Sports Medicine Fellowship under the direction of Dr. William T. Youmans. During his fellowship, KOC recruited him to remain as a KOC surgeon and help expand the KOC sports medicine program, enhancing the care of injured athletes, and to assist in the training of future sports medicine fellows. Mathien currently serves as Orthopedic Consultant/Team Physician for the University of Tennessee athletic programs, which involves caring for both the UT men's and women's athletes in all sports. He also serves as team physician for the Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball team and as a consultant to Lincoln Memorial University.
Also, Mathien has acted as team physician to the Knoxville Cherokees, Knoxville Speed, and now as orthopedic consultant to the Ice Bears hockey team. He has obtained an adjunct assistant professorship in the University of Tennessee Department of Human Performance and Sports Studies and lectures there on a regular basis. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Russell Betcher
Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic 1998
  • B.S. from Mississippi State University; Medical Degree & Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Lettered in football at Mississippi State
Dr. Russell Betcher was born in Merritt Island, Florida and obtained his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University - earning a letter in football. He obtained his Medical Degree and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. Russell Betcher began his practice with the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 1998 after completing his Fellowship in Sports Medicine with KOC the previous year. Betcher specializes in Sports Medicine, focusing on arthroscopy to include the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow. He is a member of various orthopedic organizations including the AO Alumni Association, Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Betcher is very involved within the local sports community. He is an orthopedic consultant to the University of Tennessee men's and women's Athletic Departments, the Tennessee Smokies, the Knoxville Ice Bears and Lincoln Memorial University.
Dr. Robert Ivy
Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 1994
  • B.S. from Stanford University in 1983
  • Awarded the Justin Potter Academic Scholarship to Vanderbilt Medical School; Received his medical degree in 1988
Dr. Robert Ivy was born in Vicksburg, Miss., and attended Stanford University obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. He was awarded the prestigious Justin Potter Academic Scholarship to Vanderbilt Medical School and received his medical degree in 1988. Ivy was elected to the Alpha Omicron Alpha medical honor society.
Ivy began his post-graduate education with a one year general surgical internship at Vanderbilt. He continued his education with four-year residency program in orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ivy completed his training with a one year fellowship in hand and micro-vascular surgery at the nationally renowned Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
Ivy joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 1994. He sub-specializes in the treatment of hand and elbow disorders. Ivy has been selected by his peers to the "Best Doctors in America." He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has obtained the Certificate for Added Qualification for Surgery of the Hand. Ivy is a member of multiple medical societies including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Matthew Rappe'
Orthopedic Surgeon
  • B.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1997; Medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2001
A 1997 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Matthew Rappe' earned a bachelor's degree in Biology. He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2001. He then completed four years of orthopaedic residency at the University of Florida, serving as chief resident his fifth year. Finalizing his orthopaedic training, Dr. Rappe' completed a one-year orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with James R. Andrews, M.D., at the American Sports Medicine Institute and Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in July 2007. As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Rappe' specializes in arthroscopy and the treatment of all sports-related injuries, as well as the open and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. In addition, he holds certification in the treatment of cartilage injuries in the knee with articular cartilage implantation.
Dr. Rappe's current research focus is directed at the treatment of articular cartilage injuries in the knee and shoulder. He has co-authored book chapters concerning the management and treatment of both rotator cuff tears in throwing athletes as well as the management and treatment of knee ligamentous injuries. His research areas also include osteochondral injuries in throwing athletes as well as the use of allograft tendon in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Active in several professional medical organizations, Dr. Rappe''s affiliations include memberships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of America, Southern Orthopedic Association and the American Medical Association. In addition to his involvement in research and professional organizations, Dr. Rappe' also serves as an orthopaedic consultant to the Tennessee Smokies, Carson Newman College and the University of Tennessee.
In his leisure time, Dr. Rappe' enjoys fly-fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation activities. He and and his wife, Brandy, also a University of Tennessee graduate, have a son.
Dr. Michael Petty
Chiropractor
  • Began working with UT Athletics in 1996
  • Pre-med at the University of Tennessee in 1983; Valedictorian of Life Chiropractic College in 1986
Dr. Michael Petty began his affiliation with the University of Tennessee athletic department in 1996 when he began working with the football team. He served the squad in the SEC championship seasons of 1997 and the national championship season of 1998. Petty added Tennessee track and field responsibilities in 1999, when he accompanied the Volunteers to the NCAA outdoor championships in Boise, Idaho.
Petty is U.S. National Board Certified in Chiropractic, Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (C.C.E.P.) as well as being licensed in the states of Tennessee and Florida. He is a member of American Chiropractic Association, Tennessee Chiropractic Association and Florida Chiropractic Association. In 2004, he was selected as a team physician for the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.
Petty is originally from Shelbyville, Tenn. He completed pre-med at Tennessee in 1983 and was valedictorian of Life Chiropractic College in 1986, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Petty has been in private practice at Concord Chiropractic Clinic in Farragut, Tenn., since then. He is married to the former Frances Hanks, a graduate from Tennessee in 1979.
Dr. Bill Youmans
Physician Emeritus
  • Joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 1968
  • Medical degree and orthopedic training at Vanderbilt University
Dr. William Youmans first moved to Tennessee from his native Tifton, Ga. to attend Vanderbilt University, where he graduated from medical school and completed his orthopedic training.
In 1968, after two years as a Navy Surgeon at Camp LeJune, he joined KOC and began work with Dr. Bob Brashear in the care of University of Tennessee athletes. Since then, Youmans has provided the orthopedic care for all the Tennessee athletic programs and has been the orthopedic consultant to numerous local colleges, universities, and high schools.
Youmans has contributed enormously to the growth of the field of sports medicine and was among the first orthopedists to employ the techniques of arthroscopic surgery. He has accumulated one of the world's largest experiences with surgery done through the arthroscope and sponsored a one-year sports medicine fellowship from 1990 through 2003 for orthopedic surgeons who wanted to subspecialize in sports medicine.
Youmans is board certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has been active in many orthopedic and sports medicine organizations including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the International Society of the Knee. He has presented numerous papers before these and other organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Robert Rubright
Physician Emeritus
  • Arrived at the University of Tennessee in 1970
  • Honorary member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association & an honorary letterman of the University of Tennessee Athletic Department.
  • Undergraduate and medical degrees at Indiana University
Prior to his arrival at the University of Tennessee in 1970, Dr. Robert Rubright served four years as a Navy Hospital Corpsman during WWII. He was an undergraduate and medical student at Indiana University and a partner in a multispecialty/family practice clinic for 14 years in his hometown of Hammond, Ind.
In the early 1970s, Dr. Rubright and several physicians around the country, most of who were involved in college health, saw the need for involvement in athletic medicine by primary care professionals. As a consequence of those early efforts, we now have now have fellowship trained primary care sports medicine specialists. These physicians in concert with their orthopedic colleagues continue to enhance the care and treatment of athletes at all levels of competition.
Dr. Rubright is a fellow and life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an honorary member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and most proudly, an honorary letterman of the University of Tennessee Athletic Department.
"Doc" and his wife, Eddy, who is known and loved by so many athletic department coaches and staff, have three children (one deceased) four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Now retired, they enjoy their continued association with UT athletics when not traveling to various parts of the world.
John G. Karnes, DPh
Pharmacist In Charge
  • Pharmacist for UT men's athletics since 1974
  • Pre-pharmacy training at UT; Graduate of the UT College of Pharmacy in 1955
  • Photographs UT football & basketball games and is an Honorary Letterman
Dr. John Karnes is the pharmacist in charge for UT Department of Sports Medicine, and is a Knoxville native. Dr. Karnes completed his pre-pharmacy training at the University of Tennessee, and graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy in 1955. Dr. Karnes began his practice of pharmacy on the UT strip in January 1956, where he practiced pharmacy until 1990 when he sold his business. Dr. Karnes then practiced pharmacy as a supervisor and pharmacist in charge for several area pharmacies.
Dr. Karnes became the pharmacist for UT men's athletics in 1974. For many years he was also the pharmacist for the Lady Vols. In 1978, while working with legendary UT head trainer Tim Kerin, he established the first in-house state licensed pharmacy in NCAA Division I Sports, and it has been in operation since. The in-house pharmacy has enabled UT's Team Physicians to have consistent, reliable access to prescription medications for their student-athletes' needs, and has become a model for universities nationwide. Dr. Karnes also does photography at UT football and basketball games and is an honorary Letterman.
He is married to the former Betty Mynatt of Maryville, Tenn., whom he met at UT. They married in 1954 and they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Interns 


Zoila Rivera, MS, ATC, LAT
Track & Field/Cross Country
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Zoila Rivera joined the Sports Medicine Department full-time in September 2013 as an Intern Assistant Athletic Trainer with Tennessee track & field/cross country. A native of Orlando, Florida, Zoila earned a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Central Florida in 2010 and a Masterís of Education from Florida State University in 2012. She also worked with Sports Specific Training & Rehabilitation at an orthopedic clinic in Orlando, FL. She is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the South Eastern Athletic Trainersí Association (SEATA), and the Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida (ATAF).

Vinny Tufaro, MS, ATC, LAT
Football
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Vinny Tufaro joined the Sports Medicine Department full-time in May 2013 as an Intern Assistant Athletic Trainer with Tennessee football. A native of Palm Beach, Florida, Vinny earned a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Central Florida in 2011 and a Masterís of Science from the University of Utah in 2013. He spent the 2010 summer working with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League as an Intern Athletic Trainer. He is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the South Eastern Athletic Trainersí Association (SEATA), and the Athletic Trainersí Association of Florida (ATAF).

Graduate Assistants 


Brady Moller, ATC, LAT
Football
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Brady Moller joined the Sports Medicine Department full-time in May 2012 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Football. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Brady received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Utah in May 2012. He spent a summer in 2011 working with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League as an intern Athletic Trainer. Brady is currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Sports Psychology, and plans to Graduate May 2014. He is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association (RMATA).

Makenzi Alsip, ATC, LAT
Cheer and Dance, Track & Field
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Makenzi Alsip joined the Sports Medicine Department full-time in June 2013 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Cheerleading, Dance, and Track & Field teams. A native of Evansville, IN, Alsip received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training and Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Evansville (Evansville, IN) in May 2013. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Recreation and Sport Management, and plans to graduate in May 2015. She is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association (IATA).

Bryan Costello, ATC, LAT
Swimming & Diving
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Bryan Costello joined the Sports Medicine Department in May 2013 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Swimming and Diving team. A native of Levittown, New York, Costello received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from Quinnipiac University in May 2013. Bryan is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Sports Management and plans to graduate in May 2015. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the Eastern Athletic Trainersí Association (EATA), and the New York State Athletic Trainersí Association (NYSATA).

Holly Grady, ATC, LAT
Swimming & Diving
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Holly Grady joined the UT Sports Medicine Department full-time in June 2012 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Swimming and Diving team. A native from Dayton Ohio, Grady graduated from Wilmington college of Ohio in May 2012 where she earned a Bachelor's of science degree in Athletic Training. During the summer of 2011, she worked as an intern athletic trainer with the Dayton Dutch Lion's women's soccer. Holly is currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Sports Management, and plans to Graduate May 2014. She is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the Ohio Athletic Trainer's Association (OATA).

Jani Springer, ATC, LAT
Rowing
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Jani Springer joined the Sports Medicine Department in May 2013 as a Graduate Student Athletic Trainer for Rowing. A native of East Lyme, Connecticut, Jani received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from Springfield College in May 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior, and plans to graduate in December 2013. She is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Michael Lutz, ATC, LAT
Rowing
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Michael Lutz joined the Sports Medicine Department in May 2012 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Men's Tennis. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Lutz received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2012. Michael is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he was an infantryman and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during his service time. Michael is pursuing a Master's of Science in Sports Psychology and plans to graduate in May 2014. He currently is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

Marisa Maleike, ATC, LAT
Volleyball
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Marisa Maleike joined the Sports Medicine Department in June 2012 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Volleyball. A native of Miamisburg, OH, Maleike received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from the Ohio State University in June 2012. Maleike is pursuing a Master's of Science in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior, and plans to graduate in May 2014. She currently is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA), and the Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association (OATA).

Sammie Charters, ATC, LAT
Tennis
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Sammie Charters joined the UT Sports Medicine Department full-time in June 2013 as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Womenís Tennis team. A native of Chesapeake VA, Sammie graduated from James Madison University in May 2012 where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Athletic Training. She was an Intern Athletic Trainer at Missouri State University from 2012-2013, where she primarily worked with the Field Hockey and Womenís Cross Country teams. Sammie is currently pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Sport Management and plans to graduate May 2015. She is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the Virginia Athletic Trainersí Association (VATA).

Stephanie Blanton, ATC, LAT
Tennis
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Stephanie Blanton joined the Sports Medicine Department in July 2012. While at Tennessee she has worked with the Lady Volís Rowing team, and is currently working with the Menís Tennis team. A native of Rochester, NY, Blanton received a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from West Virginia University in May 2012. At this time she is pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior, and plans to graduate in May 2014. She is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

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