Athletic Training Program, Class of 2016-2017

Alison O’Connor Sutherland MS, ATC, AEMT

Alison is originally from Burlington, Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010. She spent 4 years working at both the high school and collegiate levels as an Athletic Trainer before attending graduate school at the University of Connecticut, where she earned her M.S. in Exercise Science in 2016. During graduate school, she served as the Athletic Trainer for UCONN Women's Ice Hockey and Men's and Women's Tennis, and assisted with football. She completed a longitudinal study looking at changes in collegiate women's soccer players' LESS scores and vertical jump height over the course of the season.

Emily Nowicke MA, ATC

Emily is originally from Holland, Pennsylvania which is a northeast suburb of Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from West Chester University in 2014. Following graduation, Emily continued her education at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. While at UA, she worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the women’s rowing team and obtained her Masters’ degree in Health Studies with a concentration in Athletic Training. In addition to her duties as an athletic trainer, Emily also served as a preceptor and teaching assistant for the undergraduate athletic training students. Emily enjoys working out and playing recreational sports and is looking forward to embracing to active lifestyle in Vail, Colorado.

Heidi Schroepfer MS, ATC

Heidi was born and raised in Ghent, MN. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Health Science from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. As a student Athletic Trainer, she had the opportunity to work with surrounding high schools, and several collegiate teams at SDSU including: Swim and Dive, Equetrian, Men's Basketball, and Football. The past two years she had the opportunity to work as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Women's Volleyball team at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. While working as a Graduate Assistant she was also pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. She enjoy the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and working to better educate the community and patients about orthopedic injuries.

Kristen Barger MS, ATC

Kristen was born and raised in Bartlett, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She moved to Iowa City, Iowa where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Iowa. She had the opportunity to work very closely with the Iowa wrestling team, and also did rotations with the football, baseball and gymnastics teams. She then worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Oklahoma State University for the men's and women's track and cross country teams, as well as the cheer and pom squads. There, she completed research on myofascial decompression and the Graston Technique while earning a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Athletic Training. Kristen loves traveling, reading, skiing, hiking and being around her friends and family.

Tyler Zajac MS, ATC

Originally from Farmington Connecticut, Tyler packed up and moved south for undergrad where he attained his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training at the University of Alabama. There he had the opportunity to work with many sports teams including Rowing, Tennis, Baseball and 2012 National Champion Football team. He also interned with a minor league baseball team and physical therapy clinic. He then moved to Kentucky where he accepted a position as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Louisville. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Sports Administration while assisting in the care of their football team and stepping in as the interim Head Athletic Trainer for swimming and diving for a short time. He then went on to work as a seasonal Assistant Athletic Trainer with the New England Patriots football organization for one year before accepting the Athletic Training residency position here at The Steadman Clinic. Tyler is very excited about skiing and enjoy the outdoors.

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