Athletic Trainers

For more information on athletic training at Henry Ford Health System, contact Christina Eyers, manager of Athletic Training at (313) 972-4172.

Choose one of our athletic trainers to learn more about:

Marloes Blokdijk, MA, AT, ATC, PES, FMS
Danya Celcev, AT, ATC, CSCS
Kimberly Collier, MS, AT, ATC
Kari J. Ewalt, MA, AT, ATC
Christina Eyers, Ed.D, AT, ATC, IMC
Michelle Gambino MA, AT, ATC
Alex Garland AT, ATC
Andrew Hughes M.Ed., AT, ATC
Jacob Johnson, AT, ATC, CSCS
Brent Leyser, MA, AT, ATC
Trevor Lopez, AT, ATC
Nick Parkinson M.Ed., AT, ATC
Ashley Putnam, MS, AT, ATC
Lauren Rao, MEd, AT, ATC, CSCS
Meaghan Rourke, AT, ATC, PES
Nicole Schreiber MA, AT, ATC
Dawn Thrasher, AT, ATC, PES, FMS
Kelly Weir AT, ATC, CSCS, PES
Allie Willis, AT, ATC

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Marloes Blokdijk, MA, AT, ATC, PES, FMS

Marloes received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training from Eastern Michigan University and completed her Masters of Art in Sport Administration from Wayne State University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System since 2000, Marloes has been assigned to Lawrence Tech University (LTU) since 2011.

Prior to her assignment at LTU, Marloes provided sports medicine services to Brother Rice High School, William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit as part of the specialized sports rehabilitation team, and assisted the orthopedic department with a variety of projects including performance enhancement and marketing. Marloes holds special certifications as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and is also a Functional Movement Specialist (FMS).

Marloes can be reached by email.

 

Danya Celcev, AT, ATC, CSCS

Dayna obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and Sociology from Eastern Michigan University. Employed by Henry Ford since 2014, she has been assigned to Lawrence Tech University. Prior to her arrival at HFHS, Dayna was the head Athletic Trainer at Fraser High School. In addition, she worked with the FC Sparta Michigan Soccer team in the NPSL, which is now known as the Michigan Stars FC, the Motor City FC in the WPSL, Rochester College Basketball Camp, Oakland University Soccer camp, and Eastside Soccer Camps. She holds a special certification as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS).

Dayna can be reached by email.

 

Kimberly Collier, MS, AT, ATC

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training from Slippery Rock University and completed her Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at the University of Kentucky. Employed by Henry Ford Health System since 2012, Kimberly has been assigned to University of Michigan-Dearborn and assists our sports medicine physicians with patient care at the Henry Ford Medical Center - Fairlane.

Prior to her arrival at HFHS, Kimberly worked with UK HealthCare: University of Kentucky Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine as an athletic trainer with Fayette County Middle Schools, University of Kentucky Men’s Club Ice Hockey and Lacrosse, and Sports Medicine Clinical Physician Extender.

Kimberly can be reached by email.

 

Kari J. Ewalt, MA, AT, ATC

Kari obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and completed her Master of Arts degree in Athletic Training at Western Michigan University. Employed by Henry Ford since 2005, she is currently working at Macomb Community College.

Prior to her assignment at Macomb Community College, Kari provided sports medicine services to Grosse Pointe North High School and Detroit Country Day School. In addition to his responsibilities at Macomb Community College, she assists our sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic surgeons with patient care at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit and HFMC-Lakeside.

Kari is also a Certified CPR and First Aid Instructor for the American Heart Association.

Kari can be reached by email.

 

Christina Eyers, Ed.D, AT, ATC, IMC

Christina completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, holds a Master of Arts degree in Health Studies from the University of Alabama, and earned her Doctor of Education degree from Central Michigan University. Employed at Henry Ford Health System since 2011, she is currently the Manager of Athletic Training for the Division of Orthopaedics. Prior to this, she has worked with collegiate athletes at the University of Michigan, University of Alabama, Saginaw Valley State University, and Central Michigan University; intramural and recreational athletes at Central Michigan University; and youth soccer athletes through the US Olympic Development Program. Christina has also held positions at Central Michigan University as an Assistant Professor and Saginaw Valley State University as Adjunct Faculty. She also holds special certifications as an American Red Cross Instructor for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens and through the Interactive Metronome, Inc. is an Interactive Metronome Certified (IMC) provider.

Aside from her day-to-day duties as Manager of Athletic Training at Henry Ford Health System, she has published and presented at the state, district, national and international levels. She is past President of the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society (2009-2010), has served in leadership and committee roles with the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' and National Athletic Trainers Associations, and is currently a Board Member through the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for Athletic Trainers.

Christina may be reached by email.

 

Michelle Gambino MA, AT, ATC

Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University and completed her Master of Arts in Sport Performance from Ball State University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System since 2015, Michelle is currently working at Mercy High School.

Prior to her arrival at HFHS, Michelle was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana providing primary medical coverage to intercollegiate women’s soccer and assisted with coverage for swimming and diving. As part of her undergraduate capstone experience, Michelle was a Henry Ford intern with Henry Ford Medical Center - Columbus provided sports medicine services to Detroit Country Day School. In addition to her responsibilities at Mercy High School, Michelle assists our sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic surgeons with patient care at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit and HFMC-Columbus.

Michelle can be reached by email.

 

Alex Garland, AT, ATC

Alex received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training from Central Michigan University. He is licensed as an athletic trainer in the State of Michigan and certified nationally through the Board of Certification, Inc. Employed since 2016, Alex is assigned to Lakeview High School and assists in other event coverage as able. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Alex was a Henry Ford intern providing athletic training services to Macomb Community College, HFMC – Lakeside, and HFMC – Columbus.

Alex can be reached by email.

 

Andrew Hughes M.Ed., AT, ATC

Andrew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at the University of Northern Colorado and Master of Education degree in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley State University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) since 2013, Andrew has been assigned to Detroit Country Day since then. Prior to his arrival at HFHS, Andrew was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Grand Valley State University working with intercollegiate volleyball and baseball, as well as summer camps. In addition, he has also assisted with medical coverage for the Michigan High School Football All-Star Game.

Andrew can be reached by email.

 

Jacob Johnson, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS

Jacob received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Heidelberg University and obtained his Masters of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Hawaii. Employed by Henry Ford since 2014, he is currently assigned to Lakeview High School, Total Sports-Wixom, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Jacob also assists our sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic surgeons with patient care at the William Clay Ford Center and was previously assigned to Marygrove College. Prior to his arrival at HFHS, Jacob was the Head Athletic Trainer for Pac-5 Athletics (an alliance of Honolulu-area private academies) and Graduate Assistant at the University of Hawaii collecting and analyzing data for exercise physiology related research projects. He holds a special certification as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS).

Jacob can be reached by email.

 

 

Brent Leyser, MA, AT, ATC

Brent received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University and completed his Master of Arts degree in Health Studies/ Health Sciences, Athletic Training Concentration at the University of Alabama.  

Brent is currently working towards becoming a Physician Assistant at Shenandoah University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) since 2012, Brent is assigned to assist with the GolFit programming and is a TPI golf certified specialist. Prior to his assignment with GolFIT, Brent provided sports medicine services to Hazel Park High School, assisted our sports medicine physicians with patient care at the Henry Ford Columbus Medical Center, as well as worked with our sports medicine physicians and neuropsychologists in the concussion clinic.

Prior to his arrival at HFHS, he worked with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga men’s basketball team, Mississippi Seawolves, Tulsa Oilers, and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights Hockey Clubs, and the Tulsa Talons Arena Football team.

Brent can be reached by email.

 

Trevor Lopez, AT, ATC

Trevor received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training from Adrian College. He is licensed as an athletic trainer in the State of Michigan and certified nationally through the Board of Certification, Inc. Trevor started at Henry Ford Health System in 2013 and is currently assigned to Crankbrook Kingswood Schools. Trevor is a TPI golf certified specialist and plays a key role in the GolFit programming. Preceding his current assignment, Trevor provided sports medicine care to Brother Rice high School.

Prior to Henry Ford, Trevor was a summer intern for the Detroit Lions, 2011 and 2012 NFL seasons. At Cranbrook, Trevor is present for all major sports home games, as well as in the athletic training room during non-game days for injury prevention, assessment and care of injuries, and to provide treatment or rehabilitation.

Trevor can be reached by email.

 

Nick Parkinson M.Ed., AT, ATC

Nick received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University and completed his Master of Education degree majoring in Exercise Science from Auburn University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) since 2013, Nick is assigned to University of Detroit-Jesuit High School and assists our orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians with patient care at the Henry Ford Medical Center - Columbus.

Prior to his assignment at University of Detroit-Jesuit, Nick provided athletic training services to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Great Lakes Loons, a Class A minor league affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers. In early 2012 before departing for Auburn University, Nick provided athletic training coverage to Allen Park High School representing HFHS.

Nick can be reached by email.

 

Ashley Putnam, MS, AT, ATC

Ashley received her BA in Athletic Training from Denison University and MS in Kinesiology through the post-professional advanced athletic training education program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Employed by Henry Ford since 2016, Ashley is assigned to the HFHS Sports Concussion Clinic.  She serves as part of a comprehensive team to evaluate and treat sport-related concussion, guide individualized return-to-play decisions, and assist our sports medicine physicians with patient care at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit and HFMC-Columbus.  Prior to her work at HF, Ashley served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Denison University, her undergrad alma mater, working with football, men’s lacrosse, and swimming & diving. Certified since 2011, Ashley has a strong interest in research with biomechanics, exercise physiology, and concussions. Her master’s thesis project examined exhaustive state running gait in Army ROTC Cadets, a portion of which was presented at the 2015 NATA Symposium in St. Louis and is currently submitted for publication.

Ashley can be reached by email.

 

Lauren Rao, MEd, AT, ATC, CSCS

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training from Albion College and received her Master of Education in Athletic Training degree from University of Virginia. Employed by Henry Ford since 2017, Lauren is assigned to Lawrence Technological University as the Injury Prevention.

Prior to employment with Henry Ford, Lauren served as an athletic trainer for Indiana University Purdue University – Fort Wayne working with women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and women’s basketball there. She did her graduate assistantship at Virginia Military Institute working with the cadet-athletes on the football and track and field teams there. Lauren’s thesis was looking at differences in functional movement patterns between gender and sport and was presented at the 2015 NATA Symposium in St. Louis, MO.

Lauren holds additional certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and as a USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach.

 

Meaghan Rourke, AT, ATC, PES

Meaghan received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System since 2003, Meaghan has been assigned to Allen Park High School since 2012. Prior to her arrival at Allen Park, she was assigned to University of Detroit-Jesuit and Ladywood High Schools. In addition to her responsibilities at Allen Park, Meaghan works at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit as part of the specialized sports rehabilitation team and instructs exercise classes for “Let’s Get Healthy," a program that assists in fighting childhood obesity.

Meaghan holds special certification as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and certified CPR and First Aid Instructor for the American Heart Association.

Meaghan can be reached by email.

 

Nicole Schreiber MA, AT, ATC

Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Sports Medicine and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership (K-12 Administration) from Eastern Michigan University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) since 2009, Nicole is assigned to the HFHS Concussion Clinic as part of a comprehensive team to evaluate and treat sport-related concussion and guide individualized return-to-play decisions and assists our sports medicine physicians with patient care at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit and HFMC-Columbus.

Prior to her assignment in the Concussion Clinic, Nicole provided sports medicine services to Mercy High School and instructed exercise classes for “Let’s Get Healthy," a program that assists in fighting childhood obesity. In addition to her other responsibilities, Nicole assists the Division of Sports Medicine with a variety of performance enhancement programming, including Dartfish.

Nicole can be reached by email.

 

Dawn Thrasher, AT, ATC, PES, FMS

Dawn received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) since 1998, Dawn has been assigned to Marian High School since 2004 and assists our sports medicine physicians and with patient care at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit and HFMC-Columbus. Prior to her assignment at Marian, Dawn provided sports medicine services to South Lake and Hamtramck High Schools, Marygrove College, and worked at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine in Rehab Services.

In addition to her responsibilities at Marian, she works with performance enhancement programming and holds special certifications as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Functional Movement Specialist (FMS).

Dawn can be reached by email.

 

 

Kelly Weir AT, ATC, CSCS, PES

Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System since 1998, Kelly currently works out of the Henry Ford– Columbus Rehab & Athletic Medicine in Novi as part of the specialized sports rehabilitation team and assists our sports medicine physicians with patient care at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. She holds special certifications as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES-NASM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS).

Kelly has presented at various coaches clinics on many sports medicine topics, sits on Henry Ford Health Systems clinical council and mentors rehab staff in post-operative protocols and advanced exercises. In addition to her other responsibilities, Kelly assists the Division of Sports Medicine with a variety of performance enhancement programming and marketing.

Kelly can be reached by email.

 

Allie Willis, AT, ATC

Allie received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University. Employed by Henry Ford Health System since 2015, Allie is currently working at Detroit Country Day Schools. Prior to joining the Henry Ford team, Allie was a Henry Ford intern providing athletic training services to Henry Ford Rehabilitation - Columbus Rehab & Athletic Medicine in Novi, Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit, the Sports Concussion Clinic and Detroit Country Day Schools.

Allie can be reached by email.

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