To contact a member of the ATOM Young Professionals Committee, CLICK HERE.
NATA YPC PAGE.
Co-Chair: Anna Orfanidis MBA, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer at Boston University
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy at Springfield College in 2018. I then went into the workforce overseas. I came back to the states with an opportunity to get my master’s degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Healthcare Administration which I completed in 2021. As a young professional, I have worked in D1, D3 collegiate in MA and CT, and for the Chinese Olympic Committee. I have also served as a clinical preceptor. I chose athletic training to help others and to stay connected to my love of athletics. I love being an athletic trainer and want to continue to advocate for our profession and young professionals. By offering support, teaching, and sharing my experiences to other young professionals, I hope to help further our profession and provide the most current evidence based care for our patients to help reach their goals.
Co-Chair: Amanda Rodrigues LAT, ATC, ITAT
Athletic Trainer at Uxbridge High School, Uxbridge MA
I earned my bachelor’s degree in athletic training and physical education in 2016 from Springfield College. I was hired out of college by The Fessenden School and worked there until June of 2019. I then moved to Oregon and worked for The Center Foundation and worked at a rural high school. During my time with The Center Foundation I had the opportunity to work with the Bend Elks Baseball Club for the West Coast League in the summers. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I had to make ends meet and left athletic training in a full time capacity for a stent of time. I moved back across the country in Fall of 2022 and landed in Uxbridge. I found my way back to athletic training because of the clientele I get to work with. High school athletics is such a unique and fun setting. At the high school level in athletic training, I can see the difference we make as a profession. The teenage years are very impressionable about how athletes will treat their body into their adulthoods. The educational and preventative aspect of working with high school athletes is my favorite part of the profession. Being able to be a positive role model to high school athletes and see progress towards their goals by working with them daily, is a reward in itself. There are very minimal professions where you can say you see your patient everyday and really build a relationship to offer the best care possible.
Zac Kershaw MSAT, ATC, CES
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Phillips Academy Andover
I am currently an assistant Athletic Trainer at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. I earned my Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Old Dominion University in 2018 and my Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Colby-Sawyer College in 2016. I have worked clinically as an Athletic Trainer for the past seven years within the secondary schools setting; five years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Granby High School in Norfolk VA and am in my second year as an assistant Athletic Trainer at Phillips Academy. I also served as a clinical preceptor for ODU’s entry level Master’s in Athletic Training program for two years. In addition, I am a Red Cross CPR/AED/BLS instructor. I have previously held leadership positions within the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association student delegation as treasurer and president while obtaining my Bachelor's degree. In my free time I enjoy exercising, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with my wife, family, and friends. I chose the field of Athletic Training as I view our profession as one of the most unique and impactful healthcare professions; with our abilities to provide multifactorial skill sets to all individuals.
Jephte Soulouque MS, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer at Catholic Memorial, West Roxbury
I have worked as an athletic trainer at Catholic Memorial since 2018. Where I've been involved with numerous athletic teams from middle school, sub-varsity, and varsity. Currently, I serve as a clinical preceptor for the Masters of Athletic Trainer Program for Lasell University MA. Before Catholic Memorial I have worked in secondary school along the North Shore region. I earned my Master’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation in Science in May 2020 at Lasell University. In May 2017, I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training. I chose athletic training because I wanted to help athletes reach their goals on the field/court/ice and in their day-to-day lives. As an athletic trainer, you build specific skills and techniques in order to help your athletes. With this leadership role, I hope to expand on those tools to help athletes and young professionals.
Jen Holman MS, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer at Endicott College, Beverly MA
I graduated from Endicott College in 2018, earning my Bachelor’s in Athletic Training. I went on to earn my Master’s in Exercise and Sports Science from Merrimack College in 2019. After grad school, I moved to Vermont and worked at Castleton University for 2 years. Most recently, I was an Athletic Trainer at Babson College. Now, I am currently back at my undergrad, Endicott College. I chose to study Athletic Training because I wanted to be an advocate for my student-athletes. We play a unique and important role in their lives, and I want to make sure they feel supported and valued.
Gillian Long MS, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer at Catholic Memorial School, West Roxbury
I earned my undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Lasell University in May of 2022. In July of 2022 I was hired at Catholic Memorial School where I worked part-time while I finished my Master’s degree. I anticipate to graduate with my Master’s in Rehabilitation Science in May of 2023 and will be full time with CM in the fall. In my very young career as an athletic trainer I have completely fallen in love with the secondary setting. When I go into work every day I feel like I make a difference and it’s so rewarding to see my athletes return to the sports that they love. I chose to become an athletic trainer because of the impact my athletic trainer had on me in high school. It’s my goal to have that same impact on my current athletes while continuing to advocate for the profession.
2023 WSATA Annual Meeting
Saturday, July 22, 2023
MultiCare University | 1317 E Main Ave. | Puyallup, WA 98372