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Meet Our Team: Nicole Porter

A native of Lewiston, Maine, Nicole attended Dakota Wesleyan University for her undergraduate degree, earning a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. After graduating, Nicole went on to South Dakota State University where she earned her Master of Science in Exercise Science. While at South Dakota State Nicole enjoyed her time as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Teams.

Nicole is thrilled to have recently moved to Madras, Oregon with her husband, Daniel, and their two dogs and two cats. She joins The Center Foundation team as the Athletic Trainer in support of Madras High School.

First job? 
Dog walker

Favorite food?
Mac and cheese

Something quirky/interesting about you?
I am a five-time All-American in the racewalk.

What is one thing you would like people to know about athletic trainers?
We are normal people with extraordinary superpowers!

Meet Our Team: Stuart Schmidt

Stuart Schmidt, Athletic Trainer Supervisor

Stuart joins The Center Foundation as the Athletic Training Supervisor after having spent the past six years as an Assistant and later Head Athletic Trainer at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Stuart attended Oregon State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science with an option in Athletic Training. After graduating from Oregon State University, he worked as the Athletic Training Fellow at The Center and The Center Foundation where he divided his time between working in the cast room and as the Athletic Trainer at Sisters High School. Stuart left Bend to attend graduate school at The University of Florida where he received his Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. During his time at UF he served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

Stuart is excited about being back in Central Oregon and contributing to the excellent care and services provided through The Center Foundation to the local community.

First job?

Scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins

Favorite food?


Something quirky/interesting about you?

My summer job in college was working at the Salmon Fisheries in Alaska.  I enjoy cooking, spending time in the outdoors, and am a very passionate Oregon State Beavers fan!

What’s one thing you would like people to know about athletic trainers:

Certified athletic trainers are highly trained allied-healthcare providers who are especially qualified in evaluation, treatment, and prevention of athletic injuries. We are qualified to treat the full range from acute emergencies to chronic overuse injuries, and everything in-between.

Meet Our Team: Shawn Taylor

Shawn Taylor, Program Administrator

Involved in sports from an early age, Shawn enjoys living an active Central Oregon lifestyle through running, cycling, cross-country skiing, and hiking, but she feels most fulfilled when she supports others to excel. She is thrilled about having the opportunity to support young athletes, keeping them healthy and in the game through our sports medicine program.

Shawn started her career as an administrative and medical assistant in an orthopedic surgeon’s office. During that time, she was also pursuing education to become a licensed massage therapist (LMT). She practiced as an LMT for seven years, while also spending three years as a pharmacy technician for Salem Hospital and three years at St. Charles. After that, Shawn decided to fulfill her dream of getting a bachelor’s degree and graduated with a BS in biology with a chemistry minor after six years of working full-time and going to school. Before joining The Center Foundation, she spent seven very exciting and demanding years as the Executive Assistant for OSU-Cascades while the campus grew tremendously.

She feels deeply aligned with The Center Foundation’s mission. With her lifelong passion for health and medicine, Shawn has found her true calling as the program administrator for The Center Foundation.

First job?

After babysitting? Picking strawberries during the summer in Junior High School (yes, it was JHS when I attended. Did I just date myself?). My first “real” job was as an administrative and medical assistant in an orthopedic surgeon’s office.

Favorite food?


Something quirky/interesting about you?

While I am linear, logical and detailed at work, I’m kind of a dreamy, spacy artist at home. I paint in both oils and acrylics and have had the honor of selling several pieces.

Athletic Trainer Spotlight: Lindsay Hagler

Athletic trainers (ATs) are at the heart of The Center Foundation's sports medicine program. Working in concert with coaching staff, ATs help create a safe and supportive environment to keep Central Oregon’s student athletes healthy, safe, and active.

Meet Lindsay Hagler, AT-C

Lindsay has been an athletic trainer for over ten years, and spent eight of those years working with the student athletes at Mt. View High School. She graduated from George Fox University with a bachelor’s in Athletic Training and Fitness Management, providing her the opportunity to work closely with the Portland State University football team. She received her Masters in Sports Medicine from Western Michigan University, while working at a local high school as their first athletic trainer. Lindsay finds it most rewarding when she is able to help athletes from the moment they are injured on the field, through rehabilitation, and then finally seeing them compete again in the sport they love. 

First job?


Favorite food?


Something quirky/interesting about you?

I love to ride motorcycles

What’s one thing you would like people to know about athletic trainers?

We are highly trained allied health care professionals that do “a lot of behind the scenes work”, you may only see us on the sidelines of games, but we started preparing several hours earlier and we usually put in additional time after the game concludes, working to keep our athletes safe and healthy.