Sports Medicine Staff
Jason McVeigh, MS, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT
- 11th season as Director of Sports Medicine at Tennessee
- 18th season with UT Athletics
- B.S. from UT in 1996; M.S. from Duke in 1999
Jason McVeigh enters his 18th season working with the UT Athletics Department, and his 11th season as the Head Athletic Trainer for football.
McVeigh has been a member of the UT Sports Medicine staff since 1999, when he joined the Vols as the Director of Rehabilitation for men's athletics. He was promoted to the Director of Sports Medicine for men's athletics and Head Football Athletic Trainer in 2006, and named the Director of Sports Medicine for the combined men's and women's sports medicine department in 2012, while continuing his duties as Head Football Athletic Trainer.
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 Master's 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. He currently serves on the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society Ethics and Compliance Committee.
McVeigh has been an invited speaker at both local and national sports medicine conferences on topics such as exercises for the shoulder joint, meniscus pathology in football players, sudden cardiac death in athletes, and return to play after complicated foot and ankle injuries, among others.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., McVeigh graduated from Jonesborough's David Crockett High. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Caitlin, Carson, and Kennedy.
Ashley Bonck Wilson, MHP, ATC, LAT
- 4th season at Tennessee
- B.S. from LSU in 2006; M.H.R. from University of Oklahoma in 2008
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 Women's 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 2003-2004 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four team. 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, daughter Celia, and their dogs - Beaux, Colston, and Hartley.
Chad Newman, MS, ATC, LAT
- 22nd 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 an associate director with UT's sports medicine department. The longest-tenured member of Tennessee's athletic training staff, Newman provides around-the-clock, world-class care exclusively for men's basketball student-athletes.
In January 2010, the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society (TATS) named Newman the Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year.
"Chad's the best," 2014 NBA Draft pick Jordan McRae said. "He genuinely cares about all of us and always looks out for what's best for us. He spends a lot of time making sure minor bumps and bruises don't turn into bigger injuries. Whenever we need him, Chad is always there."
The 2016-17 academic year will be Newman's 22nd with the UT sports medicine staff and his 21st with the men's basketball program. During his tenure with the basketball team, the Vols have advanced to postseason play 15 times'including 11 NCAA Tournaments and four NIT berths. Newman has been a part of five NCAA Sweet Sixteen teams, one Elite Eight team and two SEC Championship squads.
He also serves as treasurer of the SEC Sports Medicine Committee after previously serving as vice president for two years.
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. Lofton went on to become the SEC's all-time 3-point king.
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 and also was named the 2010 Most Distinguished Award recipient by the 'Hoops for Heart Health" organization, which was founded by NBA player Ryan Gomes.
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 and women's tennis, men's golf and men's track & field teams, as well as both spirit squads.
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) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Newman currently holds Performance Exercise Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications through the NASM.
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. And in 2010, he gave sudden cardiac arrest case study presentations at the Southeastern Conference Sports Medicine Seminar and the Collegiate Athletic Trainers' Society Spring Symposium.
Newman is married to the former Stacey Perry. The couple has two daughters, Katherine and Natalie.
Greg Mytyk, MA, ATC
- 4th 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.
Jeff Wood, MS, ATC, LAT
- 17th 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 seventeenth 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.
Wood has also worked 8 years with MLB International, serving as the certified athletic trainer for some of their international baseball camps that are held every year all over the world. He served one year in China and the past seven years has worked for the 3 week long European Elite Academy that is held every August in locations such as Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.
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 licensed to practice by the State of Tennessee. Wood and his wife, the former Malinda Gray, reside in Clinton, Tenn. and have 3 sons, Jordan, Lucas and Zachary, along with 3 grandchildren, Sara, Corbin and Leeland.
Abe Kiggins, MS, ATC, LAT
- 12th season at Tennessee
- B.S. from West Florida; M.S. from UT in 2007
Abe Kiggins is entering his twelfth year at the University of Tennessee and will continue working with the men's and women's cross country and track & field 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 Leigh Crumbley.
Sammie Charters, MS ATC LAT
- 4th Season at Tennessee
- B.S. from James Madison University in 2012; M.S. from University of Tennessee in 2015
Sammie Charters is in her second season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with Tennessee Softball. She previously worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at UT with the Women's Tennis team.
A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Sammie received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from James Madison University in 2012. After James Madison, she went on to work as an Intern Athletic Trainer at Missouri State University for the 2012-2013 season. There she was responsible for the health care of the Field Hockey and Women's Cross Country teams. Sammie then received her Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Tennessee in 2015.
Sammie is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA), and Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Association (TATS).
Vincent Tufaro, MS, ATC, LAT
- 4th season at Tennessee
- B.S. from UCF in 2011; M.S. from Utah in 2013
Vinny Tufaro joined the Sports Medicine Department full-time in May 2013 as an 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 while working primarily with the football team.
He earned a Master's of Science from the University of Utah in 2013 and worked football as a graduate assistant. He spent the 2010 summer working with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League as an Intern Athletic Trainer.
Vinny is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the South Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA), and the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Association (TATS).
- 2nd season at Tennessee
- B.S. from Oregon State University in 2013; M.S. from University of Kentucky in 2015
Jenna Kennedy is in her second season as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee.
A native to Klamath Falls Oregon, Jenna received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Oregon State University in 2013. While at Oregon State, Jenna also spent time working in the NFL as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After Oregon State, she went on to earn her Master of Science in athletic training from the University of Kentucky, where she worked for two years with the football and women's basketball programs.
Jenna is a member of both the National Athletic Trainers Association as well as the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association.
- 3rd season at Tennessee
- B.S. from University of West Florida in 2014; M.S. from University of Tennessee in 2016
Christine joined the Sports Medicine Department full-time in July 2016 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with Tennessee Volleyball and Dance. She previously worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at UT with the Women's Rowing team.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Christine received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from the University of West Florida in 2014. She was an Intern Athletic Training Student for the University of Tennessee Baseball program in the spring 2014. Christine then received her Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Tennessee in 2016.
Christine is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA), and Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Association (TATS).
Emily Quatromoni, MA, ATC, LAT
- 2nd season at Tennessee
- B.S. from Florida Southern College in 2012; M.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015
Going into her second season at Tennessee and fourth year working with Division I Swimming and Diving, Emily has had opportunities to provide health care at Olympic Trials.
A native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, Emily received her BS in Athletic Training from Florida Southern College in 2012. After Florida Southern, she went on to work as an Athletic Training Fellow at University of Maryland for the 2012-2013 season. There she was responsible for the health care of the Football and Gymnastics teams.
Emily received her MA in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Post Professional Athletic Training in 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while working with the Women's Lacrosse and Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams. Her graduate research focused on developing a biomechanics error screening tool for the baseball pitch with intentions of preventing upper extremity injuries. Emily was also very involved with implementing a lower extremity injury prevention program with the Women's Lacrosse team.
Emily is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and has presented at both the National Athletic Training Conference and the Southeast Athletic Training Conference on producing proficient clinicians through immersion internship programs and emergency care for a collegiate baseball player.
Jeff DeWitt, MS
- 16th season at Tennessee in Training Room Operations
- B.S. from UT in 2005; Master's from UT in 2007
Jeff DeWitt is entering his sixth year as Medical Claims Coordinator with the Sports Medicine Department at Tennessee, and his 16th 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 alumnus 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. He is married to fellow UT alum Shannon Perrin DeWitt of Blaine, TN, who serves as the Agriculture/4-H Extension Agent and County Director for Union Co. with University of Tennessee Extension-Institute of Agriculture.
- 7th year at Tennessee as an Administrative Assistant
- B.S. from UT in 2005
- Former student athletic trainer with the Football & Men's Tennis Teams
Julie Hallums is in her seventh 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 the Football and Men's Tennis Teams. Julie returned to the Sports Medicine Staff in 2009.
Hallums and her husband Brad, reside in Knoxville, Tenn., with their children Mason and Brayden.
John Dean, MPT, ATC, LAT
- 11th 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, LAT is in his eleventh year as the Director of Rehabilitation with the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine staff. Dean is a certified athletic trainer and a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy. He provides rehabilitation services for UT student athletes. In 2012 Dean was selected by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association to assist in providing sports medicine coverage for the U.S. men's alpine ski team.
Prior to coming to Tennessee, Dean worked at the University of Florida with the Gators football team. At UF he was also an instructor in the Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Department, teaching a course in rehabilitation. He started his career at Southern California, working with the football and baseball programs.
Dean graduated from San Diego State University 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 regional and national conferences.
He and his wife, Kris, live in Knoxville with their daughters, Addison and Tyler.
Kristen Martin, LCSW
Kristen Martin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She joined the University of Tennessee Women's Athletic Department in July 2002.
Martin was the Team ENHANCE Coordinator for the Lady Vol athletes through 2012. Since combining both men's and women's athletic programs, she is now the Director of Mental Health/Wellness services for all student athletes.
Her primary responsibility is providing individual and group counseling to student athletes. She also consults with coaches and teams, sets up educational seminars, and conducts assessments on an as needed basis.
Martin is a former member of the USA Swimming Disordered Eating Task Force as well as a former member of the Female Athlete Triad Coalition. Currently she is part of the SEC group for clinical sports psychologists and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Previously, she has worked in various clinical settings including substance abuse, adolescent residential treatment, and community mental health.
Martin claimed Social Worker of the Year honors in 1998 for the Knox Area Branch of the National Association of Social Workers. The Orange, Calif., native received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University in 1991 and a master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1997.
Martin was a member of the Pepperdine swim team and captained the squad during her senior season.
Martin lives in Knoxville with her husband, Mike, and their three children, Ryan, Anna and Caroline.
Dr. Christopher Klenck
- Joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 2006
- 10th 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. Gregory Mathien
- 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. Amber Luhn
- Joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 2007
Dr. Amber Luhn was born in East Ridge, Tennessee, and grew up in Watkinsville, Georgia. After graduating magna cum laude with a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Georgia in Athens, she went on to complete her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. While there, she served as a member of the Student Government Association and earned the Harry O'Rear Outstanding Student in Pediatrics. Following an internship and residency in General Pediatrics in Augusta, Dr. Luhn completed a fellowship in Pediatric Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. While doing her fellowship training, she served as assistant team physician at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also earned the opportunity to speak on the female athlete triad for the Women's Virtual Library at UTHSCSA and was invited to present her research abstract at the American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Luhn and her husband, a Knoxville native, are the proud parents of two girls and twin boys. Her children all enjoy being involved in Tae Kwon Do. Spending time with her family is her top priority in her leisure time. Dr. Luhn has been the team physician for Karns High School for six seasons. She is starting her third season as team physician for UT athletics. Her primary responsibilities for UT athletics are serving the women's soccer and women's basketball teams.
Dr. Russell Betcher
- 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
- 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 Rapp'
- Joined Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 2001
- 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 Rapp' 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. Rapp' 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. Rapp''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. Rapp''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. Rapp' also serves as an orthopaedic consultant to the Tennessee Smokies, Carson Newman College and the University of Tennessee.
In his leisure time, Dr. Rapp' 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. Rapp' is the father of four children.
Dr. Michael Petty
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 11th season at Tennessee
- BS in Pharmacy from The University of Wisconsin ' Madison in 1994, Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Wisconsin ' Madison in 1994
Dr. Kerry Cholka came to the University of Tennessee Athletic Department Pharmacy in August of 2004 and became the Pharmacist in Charge in March of 2014. In addition to her duties at Tennessee, Kerry is employed as a staff pharmacist at Tennova 'Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, Kerry earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy from The University of Wisconsin ' Madison in 1994. She then completed pharmacy residencies in pharmacy practice and ambulatory care at the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 and 1996 respectively. She was on faculty and practiced at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 1996-2001. Before moving to Knoxville and taking her current position, Kerry practiced at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics as an ambulatory care pharmacist from 2001-2004.
In her spare time, Kerry enjoys spoiling the children in her life, gardening, cheering on her favorite football teams, learning about the Civil War, and caring for her dog and cat, Max and Lucy.
- 1st season at Tennessee
- B.S. University of Tampa 2014
Shelby earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tampa in May of 2014. While at the University of Tampa, she worked with lacrosse, men and women's basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. She also completed a May term in Taiwan at the National Taiwan Sport Institute, through the University of Georgia working with the Judo, Taekwondo and Wushu teams. During the summers, Shelby has worked at Camp Woodward in Woodward, PA working with gymnasts, cheerleaders, BMX riders and skateboarders. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Athletic Training from Illinois State University in May 2016. While in graduate school, she worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Illinois Wesleyan University for two years covering volleyball, men and women's swimming and diving and softball.
Shelby is Graston certified and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).
A native of Snellville, GA Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Georgia College & State University in May of 2014. During his undergraduate tenure he did a summer internship in 2013 with the University of Alabama football team. Additionally he worked as a part time physical therapy technician with the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Center from 2010-2012. He earned his Masters degree from Virginia Tech in May 2016 where he worked as a football graduate assistant athletic trainer for two years.
Michael is FMS certified and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).
Christopher Bacak, ATCEmail
- 1st season with Tennessee Football
- B.S. University of Texas
Christopher Bacak is in his first season as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with the University of Tennessee Football Program.
A native to Austin, Texas, Chris received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Texas in May of 2016. While at the University of Texas, Chris worked primarily with the football program but had experiences with multiple teams, and as an intern at a local high school.
He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Tennessee.
Chris is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA), the Southeast Athletic Trainer's Association (SEATA), and the Southwest Athletic Trainer's Association (SWATA).
- 1st Season with Tennessee Men's Tennis and Cheerleading
- B.S. University of Delaware
Josh Evans is in his first year at the University of Tennessee as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer working with Men's Tennis and Cheerleading. A native of Newark, Delaware, Josh received his Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware in 2015. While at the University of Delaware, Josh also worked with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL. After Delaware, Josh worked for a year with ATI Physical Therapy. Josh is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA).
Nathan Sommers, ATC, RowingEmail
Nathan Sommers is in his second year as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with the University of Tennessee Rowing Program. A native of Winamac, Indiana, Nathan received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University in May of 2015. While at Indiana University Nathan worked with multiple teams and interned with the Indianapolis Colts. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Sport Management at the University of Tennessee. Nathan is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association.
Ashley Thomas, Women's Tennis, CheerleadingEmail
Ashley Thomas joined the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine team in May of 2016 as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Women's Tennis Team and is working to receive her Master's Degree in Sports Management during the upcoming seasons. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Ashley is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, receiving her Bachelor's of Science and Education in Athletic Training while working with their Football, Track and Cheerleading teams. Ashley is a member of the National Athletic Training Association (NATA).