Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATCDepartment of Exercise and Sport Science The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center 313 Woollen Gymnasium, Campus Box 8605, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Alain Aguilar, MA, ATC, PES, CPT, CSCS
Head Athletic Trainer Men’s Soccer
Alain is a Lecturer and serves as the Assistant Director in the Fitness Professional Tract within the department of Exercise and Sport Science. His teaching focuses on theory and application of strength training and conditioning for fitness professionals and performance enhancement in athletic populations. Aside from his faculty responsibilities he also works as the Men’s Soccer Athletic Trainer within the UNC Student Health Service. Prior to working for UNC he served as Assistant and Head Athletic Trainer at Saint Augustine’s College (2006-2008). His undergraduate degree is from The Ohio State University where he was an Athletic Training Student (2001-2004). Alain has a masters degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a specialization in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004-2006). During that time he worked as a graduate assistant with the Volleyball, Men’s Lacrosse, and Fencing teams. Aside from being a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) he is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Raleigh.
Marc Davis, PT, ATC, LAT
Retired Staff Physical Therapist at Campus Health
Davis’ duties at Carolina consist of providing physical therapy and athletic training services to students, student athletes, and faculty/staff in the Campus Health Service. Davis received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974. After graduating from Carolina, he worked as a physical therapist at Danville Memorial Hospital in Danville, VA., from October of 1974 to May of 1975. He began his current tenure on the sports medicine staff at Carolina in July of 1975. Davis, a native of Wilmington, NC, and alumnus of New Hanover High School, is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association. He was the recipient of the award for the outstanding physical therapist of the year for 1998 by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association. Marc Davis served as the head athletic trainer for the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, from 1977-2008. He has also served as the head athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Davis is married to the former Paula Gee. They have an 18-year-old daughter, Irma Consuelo.
Doug Halverson, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s Basketball
Doug Halverson is the Head Athletic Trainer for the Men’s Basketball program. Previously, he has worked with Football, Women’s Lacrosse , Field hockey ,and Men’s and Women’s Golf . Halverson is a 2002 graduate of UNC, where he earned a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science with a specialization in Athletic Training. While serving as a student athletic trainer from 1999-2002, he worked with the women’s soccer, volleyball, and track and field teams. He also served as the intern athletic trainer for the WUSA’s Atlanta Beat in 2001 and 2002. Following his undergraduate degree, Halverson continued his education at UNC, where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working mainly with the Tar Heel football and men’s and women’s tennis programs. He received a M.A. in Exercise and Sports Science – Athletic Training in 2004. He has been a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) since 2002 and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2005. Halverson returned to UNC after working at Georgia State University, where his primary responsibility was coverage of the women’s basketball team and supervising graduate athletic trainers in the coverage of spring sports(2004-2005). Halverson is a native of Winston-Salem and currently lives in Chapel Hill.
Chris Hirth MS, PT, ATC, LAT, PES, CSCS
Rehabilitation Coordinator, Head Athletic Trainer Women’s Lacrosse
Chris Hirth, a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin, serves as a Coordinator of Rehabilitation in the James Taylor Campus Health Service . He also is the Head Athletic Trainer fo Women’s Lacrosse. He spent 12 years working with the Men’s soccer program and 5 years as the Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s Basketball. Hirth received his B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse in 1989 and his M.S. in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1994. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 1994. Hirth is married to his wife Anna and they have son Blake. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and reading.
Dan Hooker, PhD, PT, ATC, LAT, SCS
Retired, Staff Physical Therapist at Campus Health
Dan Hooker served the University of North Carolina as an athletic trainer and physical therapist since 1972. Most recently he was the Associate Director of Sports Medicine. He is presently retired and works part time as a physical therapist for the Campus Health Service. He provided athletic training coverage for most of the Tar Heel sports teams. He was the program director for the Graduate Athletic Training Curriculum from 1975-1979. Hooker earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Medical College of Virginia, 1967, Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California, 1971, and his PhD in Education from Carolina in 1981. He has been an American Board of Physical Therapy Certified Sports Physical Therapy Specialist since 1987 and has served the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Medicine Association as President and as Secretary. He has contributed to several textbooks providing chapters on the rehabilitation of the spine, electrical modalities, compression devices, and traction. Hooker was involved in the research activities of the Exercise and Sports Science department providing consultation and data collection on a study of back pain in retired NFL players and consultation on several studies on concussions in football athletes. He received the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award in 2002.
Sally Mays, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CMT
Head Athletic Trainer for Women’s Volleyball, Head Athletic Trainer for Women’s Tennis, Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s Wrestling
Sally Mays has served as one of the staff athletic trainers for since 1997. She is the Head Athletic Trainer for wrestling, volleyball and women’s tennis. She also provides care to patients in the Physical Therapy/Athletic Training Clinic at Campus Health Services. Sally received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and athletic training from Washington State University in 1986. She then received a master’s degree in athletic training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. For five years she was the Head Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She also taught athletic training classes and supervised undergraduate athletic trainers in an internship program. In 1994 she accepted a position as the Director of Athletic Training and Performance Enhancement for the University of Minnesota overseeing a staff of five athletic trainers, twenty five undergraduate students and three strength and conditioning coaches while coordinating and instructing the undergraduate athletic training internship program. Sally joins her co-workers in presenting and speaking nationally on a variety of topics, primarily rehabilitation and preventative health care programs that are athletic performance based. In 1996 she was named to the United States Olympic Team Medical Staff working with USA Volleyball in Atlanta, Georgia. She has also worked the US Olympic Festival in 1995 with USA Basketball and US World’s Figure Skating Championships in 1998. Sally is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Massage Therapist.
Scott Oliaro, MA, ATC, LAT
Associate Director of Sports Medicine,Head Athletic Trainer for Field Hockey, Head Athletic Trainer for Softball, Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s and Women’s Golf
Scott Oliaro, took over for Dan Hooker as the Associate Director of Spors Medicine in 2013. Scott served seven seasons as Assistant Football Athletic Trainer and two as the Head Athletic Trainer for Football before becoming the Head Athletic Trainer for Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s golf in 2007. Oliaro has also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for softball since 1998.Oliaro assists the education program as a lecturer for both the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs. He has authored several articles in various medical journals, including the Journal of Athletic Training. Oliaro has presented a variety of topics at national, district and local levels served as the program director for the College Athletic Trainer’s Society. Oliaro is a 1993 graduate of Cornell University where he earned a B.S. in nutritional sciences. At Cornell he was a three-year football letter winner, a two-time captain and a two-year Ivy League selection at tailback. A native of Lansing, Mich., Oliaro grew up in Burlington, Vt. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named Oliaro Vermont’s 42nd best athlete of all-time. Oliaro earned a Master’s degree in athletic training from North Carolina in 1996 where he was also the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for UNC Field Hockey’s National Championship team in 1995. Oliaro is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. In 1996, he worked the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Prior to coming to UNC, Scott spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer for American University and the Washington Capitals. He and his wife, Jeri, reside in Chapel Hill with their daughter – Mia Katherine – born on June 27th, 2005 and son Tyler Michael born May 17th 2007.
Terri Jo Rucinski, MA, ATC, LAT, PT, CSCS
Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s Baseball, Head of Physical Therapy at Campus Health Service
Terri Jo Rucinski is the Staff Athletic Trainer for men’s baseball. In addition to her athletic training duties, Terri Jo also serves as the Head Physical Therapist at the James A. Taylor Campus Health Service. Terri Jo also assists the education program as a lecturer for both the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs, with emphasis on the prevention and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries. She has been involved with the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers for the past 17 years and has served on several examination development committees. Terri Jo received her B.S., in Physical Education Teaching and Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1987. She went on to receive her M.A., in Exercise and Sports Science with specialization in Athletic Training from UNC in 1989. Terri Jo worked in Milwaukee Wisconsin at Froedtert Sports Medicine until she returned to the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, in 1994, to pursue her physical therapy degree. She received her B.S. in physical therapy in 1996. She is also a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, receiving her certification in 1998. Prior to Terri Jo’s return to UNC, she worked in Madison Wisconsin, at the UW-Health Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Clinic and was also the Head Athletic Trainer at Madison Area Technical College.
Carrie Rubertino Shearer, MS, PT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Women’s Tennis
Carrie joined UNC Sports Medicine in July of 2009 and is the head athletic trainer for Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Women’s Tennis. She also spent one year working with Women’s Basketball. Carrie also serves as a physical therapist at the James Taylor Campus Health Service. Before joining the Tarheels, Carrie spent four years at UCLA as an Associate Head Athletic Trainer, serving three years as the head men’s basketball athletic trainer in addition to caring for the Women’s Waterpolo National Championship team, the Women’s Tennis National Championship team, Women’s Volleyball and Softball. Additionally, she oversaw the rehabilitation of post-operative student-athletes and served on the athlete care committee. Rubertino Shearer spent four seasons (2001-05) as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist at Santa Clara University. While at SCU, she served as the head athletic trainer for the women’s soccer team that won the 2001 NCAA Championship. She also served as the head athletic trainer for the women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis programs. In addition to her team responsibilities, Rubertino Shearer developed the disordered eating policy for the Broncos’ athletic department and served on Santa Clara’s committee for disordered eating. During the 2000-01 campaign, Rubertino Shearer was an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist at Stanford University, overseeing the rehabilitations of post-operative injuries and working with the men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track programs. Rubertino Shearer earned her master’s degree in education at Auburn University in 2000. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at Ohio State University in 1998 while a student in the internship program for athletic training. She first became involved in sports medicine while attending Brecksville Broadview Hts High School outside of Cleveland, Ohio.
Nina Walker, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Head Athletic Trainer for Distance Runners, Head Athletic Trainer for Crew, Head Athletic Trainer for Men’s Lacrosse
Nina Walker has been a staff athletic trainer at Carolina since 2006. Her primary clinical responsibilities are with the men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s cross country/distance teams. She also serves as a clinical instructor for the UNC graduate and undergraduate athletic training programs. She is the staff liaison to the undergraduate observer program and currently lectures on topics related to manual therapy, electronic medical records and biofeedback.
Walker is a 1999 graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.S in Athletic Training. Following her undergraduate degree, Walker attained a M.A. in Exercise and Sports Science with a specialization in Athletic Training in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working mainly with the Tar Heel volleyball and rowing programs.
Walker returns to UNC after working at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut. She served as the head athletic trainer for the men’s lacrosse and field hockey teams as well as an assistant adjunct professor in the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine program, teaching both Nutrition and Clinical Evaluation Lab.
She also volunteers for committees designed to promote the field of athletic training, such as the BOC Role Delineation Study Committee and CATA public relations committee. Her research interests include emergency management, lacrosse helmet removal and spineboarding. She has a strong interest in manual therapy and has lectured nationally on Positional Release Therapy. She has also obtained Graston Technique M1 training.
She has been an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) since 1999 and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2004. Walker is a New York native who currently resides in Durham, NC.
Meghan Fulton MA, ATC, LAT
Head Athletic Trainer for Sport Clubs
Meghan joined the UNC Sports Medicine staff in 2010. Her primary clinical responsibility is Sport Clubs. She also serves as a clinical instructor for the UNC graduate and undergraduate athletic training programs.
Meghan is a 2006 graduate of Northeastern University, where she earned her B.S. in Athletic Training. Following her undergraduate degree, Meghan earned her M.A. in Exercise and Sports Science with a specialization in Athletic Training in 2008 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working mainly with the Tar Heel women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse programs.
Meghan returns to UNC after spending 2 years at the University of Richmond. While at Richmond, Meghan served as the staff Athletic Trainer for the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. In addition, she acted as the Sports Medicine insurance coordinator and was a clinical instructor for the VCU graduate athletic training program.
Meghan has been a NATABOC certified athletic trainer since 2006 and a member of the NATA since 2005.
A native of Sandwich, MA., Meghan currently resides in Chapel Hill, with her husband, Grant Fulton, UNC’s Associate Head Field Hockey Coach and their son Oliver.
Rachel Stratton, BS, RD
Rachel Stratton joined the UNC Sports Medicine staff in April 2013. She works closely with UNC’s varsity athletic teams, providing sports nutrition education, nutrition counseling, and meal planning assistance.
Rachel Stratton holds a BS in Life Science from the University of Portland in Portland, OR, where she was also a varsity athlete and team captain on the women’s basketball team. She then decided she wanted to become a sports dietitian and help collegiate athletes use nutrition to improve their athletic performance. Rachel completed a dietetics certificate program at Middle Tennessee State University before completing her clinical dietetic internship in Nashville, TN through Lipscomb University. She is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian (RD) and one class away from an MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Lipscomb University.
Prior to coming to UNC, Rachel served as a Sports Dietitian at the University of Oregon with primary responsibilities with basketball, volleyball, tennis, softball, and assisted with track and field/cross country and soccer. She coordinated individualized recovery nutrition plans, conducted body composition and hydration testing as well as provided nutrition education and nutrition counseling for athletes.
Rachel is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA).
Nicole Alexander, MS, ATC, LAT
Head Athletic Trainer for Women’s Basketball and Head Athletic Trainer for Swimming and Diving.
Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, Nicole spent five years at the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. During her time there she was responsible for Softball team as well as the National Championship Men’s & Women’s Fencing teams. As a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Syracuse University, she was worked with the Field Hockey, Tennis, Rowing, and Track & Field programs.
Nicole received her B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida in 2005. She went on to receive her M.S. in Exercise Science from Syracuse University in 2008.
Luke Ross, MA, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer for football, Head Athletic Trainer for fencing, and cheerleading
Luke Ross joined the athletic training staff in 2013. He serves as a staff athletic trainer for football, fencing, and cheerleading. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Boston University in 2006 and his Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science – Athletic Training from UNC in 2008. While earning his Master’s degree, Ross served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working mainly with the Tar Heel football and women’s rowing programs.
Ross returns to UNC after spending four season’s as the assistant athletic trainer for football at the University of Connecticut. Prior to his time at UConn, he also completed a year-long athletic training internship with the Carolina Panthers.
He is a proud NATABOC certified athletic trainer (ATC). Ross and his wife Megan reside in Durham.
Yuri Jean-Baptiste, MS, ATC, LAT, PES
Assistant Athletic Trainer for football,
Yuri Jean-Baptiste joined the UNC Sports Medicine staff as an athletic trainer in 2013. His primary clinical responsibilities involve working with football program and other Olympic sports
Jean-Baptiste is a 2011 graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned his B.S. in Athletic Training. While serving as an athletic training student from 2007-2011, he worked with the UF football team, Santa Fe College, and Santa Fe High School. With Santa Fe, Jean-Baptiste worked with all school sports including baseball, softball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s soccer, and track and field. He also completed an NFL summer internship with the Miami Dolphins in 2009.
Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Jean-Baptiste continued his education at Louisiana State University, where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. While at LSU, Jean-Baptiste worked with men and women’s track and field, women’s soccer, and women’s basketball. He received a M.S. in Kinesiology – Sports Pedagogy in 2013.
Jean-Baptiste, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) since 2007 and has been a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) since 2012.
Kenny Boyd, MA, ATC, LAT
Head Athletic Trainer for Football
Kenny Boyd was hired as North Carolina’s head athletic trainer for football in 2014. Boyd joined the Tar Heels’ sports medicine staff after 11 seasons as the head football athletic trainer at the University of Texas.Boyd also has worked on the sports medicine staffs at Colorado, Mississippi State, and Northwestern. During his career, he has had the opportunity to work with football programs headed by Steve Spurrier (Florida), Jackie Sherrill (Mississippi State), Gary Barnett (Colorado and Northwestern) and Mack Brown (Texas). While at Colorado, he worked primarily with the men’s basketball and football teams, as well as with CU’s golf and tennis programs.
Boyd earned his master’s in sports administration degree from Mississippi State in 2000. During his tenure with the Bulldogs, he served as a graduate assistant athletics trainer. His duties at Mississippi State included working with the football team as well as coordinating rehabilitations with the team’s physical therapist.
An active member in the National Athletic Trainers Association, Boyd has served on the national and regional level, including the College and University Athletic Trainer’s Committee and the Council on Revenue. He has regularly presented on topics pertaining to the health and safety of the collegiate student athlete as well as topics on promoting the value of athletic trainers.
Prior to his time at MSU, Boyd served as an intern at Northwestern assisting with coverage of football and women’s tennis. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science, specializing in athletic training.
A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Boyd was a four-year letterman in wrestling and worked three years as the student athletic trainer at J.M. Tate High School in Pensacola, Fla. Boyd and his wife, Ellen, have three children – Taylor, Macy and Owen.