Meet the Team
Stuart Schmidt, MS, ATC, CSCS
Program Manager/Head Athletic Trainer
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Stuart attended Oregon State University for his undergraduate degree, earning 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 spent the next six years as an Assistant and later Head Athletic Trainer at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Coming full circle, Stuart returned to Central Oregon as the Athletic Trainer Supervisor for The Center Foundation. He is excited to contribute to the excellent care and services we provide to the local community and to support our Athletic Training team.
Gavin Thiele, MEd, ATC
Bend High School Athletic Trainer
Gavin Thiele was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After high school, he left his hometown to attend Purdue University. Gavin enjoyed his time at Purdue and the unique opportunities available to him. In fact, one of his favorite experiences was working as the student intern athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bills.
In 2012, Gavin completed his bachelor’s degree and headed west. He accepted the position of Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Arizona State University. While working as a graduate assistant, he studied for his Master’s Degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education and Administration. His time at ASU included working with the ASU wrestling team, as well as the freestyle Olympic wrestling teams.
After receiving his master’s degree, Gavin returned to his hometown and spent the next five years as a high school athletic trainer. In addition, he acted as preceptor for both high school athletes and local college students. Through all of his experiences, Gavin feels that returning an athlete to play is the best part of his work.
Gavin is thrilled to work for the Center Foundation, and serve the students at Bend Senior High School.
Blake Kious, MATRN, ATC
Caldera High School Athletic Trainer
Blake Kious was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. After high school he attended Oregon State University, where he completed his Bachelors of Kinesiology in 2020 and Masters of Athletic Training in 2022. During his clinical education he spent the most time with the OSU baseball and women’s soccer team, but truly enjoyed working in the high school setting at Lebanon High School.
Blake became interested in athletic training after dealing with many orthopedic injuries while participating in sports and spending time with his athletic trainer. His biggest goal is to be a mentor for young athletes and give them the tools and knowledge they need to stay healthy and active once they graduate.
When he is not working he enjoys playing guitar, golfing, and snowboarding. He is very excited to work with the athletes of Caldera High School and can’t wait to watch them grow and continue to build their own traditions.
Jon Skau, MAT,LAT, ATC
Crook County High School Athletic Trainer
Jon grew up in Spanaway, Washington, about an hour south of Seattle. He attended the University of Montana where he completed his Bachelors in Health and Human Performance, as well as his Masters in Athletic Training.
Following graduation, Jon moved back to Washington taking a job with Seattle Children’s Hospital as the Athletic Trainer for Bellevue Christian School. Jon eventually transitioned to working at BCS full-time helping teach Sports Medicine and PE. While at BCS Jon met his wife, an Oregon native, who introduced him to Central Oregon and he was hooked immediately.
When he’s not working with athletes, Jon enjoys playing golf, pickle ball, basketball, fishing, and flying kites. He’s very excited to be working for the Center Foundation and the student-athletes of Central Oregon and Crook County High School.
Austin Michalski, ATC
La Pine High School Athletic Trainer
Austin was born in Oregon and raised in Bend. After graduating from Summit High School, he attended Oregon State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. While at OSU, he worked with the wrestling and football teams, as well as the athletes at Corvallis High School. After his time at OSU, Austin moved to Seattle where he worked for Boeing overseeing the continued physical health of the mechanics who built 777 airplanes.
Austin returned to Bend in 2020 where he found great enjoyment working in the same gyms and fields where he himself had previously competed. In the summers, he’s employed as a wildland firefighter where he has traveled and fought fire in almost every state west of the Rocky Mountains. He also runs a small portable saw milling business with his father, doing custom milling and woodworking.
Austin’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, playing guitar, backpacking, and all other outdoor activities beautiful Central Oregon has to offer.
Tasji Urhausen MATRN, ATC
Madras High School Athletic Trainer
Tasji Urhausen was born and raised in NE Washington in a small town called Colville. She attended Spokane Community College where she played two years of softball and received her Associates Degree. Next, Tasji went to Central Washington University and earned her bachelors in Exercise Science. Finally, she attended Oregon State University and received her Masters of Athletic Training.
During the summers Tasji enjoyed working as a wildland firefighter for 5 years in Washington and 1 year in Oregon. While working towards her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Tasji was able to work with various sports and ages of athletes, and spent the final year working with the OSU XC/ Track and Field team. Getting to work with all kinds of athletes is something inspires her as an athletic trainer, and the fact that no two days are the same. She truly enjoy the variety of work where every day, injury, or treatment is a challenge and an opportunity to continue to learn and grow in the field.
Outside of athletic training, Tasji likes to hike, fish, and play recreational sports, and she is looking forward to exploring the outdoors of Central Oregon and what it has to offer.
Alex Walker, ATC
Sisters High School Athletic Trainer
Alex Walker was born and raised in South Pasadena, California. She began her studies at Oregon State University in 2010 and the Athletic Training Education program in 2012.
During her time at Oregon State she worked with West Albany High School, Oregon State Gymnastics, and Western Oregon University. After her experience at West Albany High School, it became clear to Alex that she wanted to work at a high school in the future. In 2015, she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and moved to Bend, accepting a job with The Center Foundation as the athletic trainer for Sisters High School. Alex’s favorite part about her job is being able to work with her athletes in such a caring, supportive, and tight-knit community.
During her free time, she enjoys Central Oregon activities, as well as photography and traveling. Recently, she went skydiving for the first time and is looking forward to new adventures.
Kathleen Thompson, ATC
Athletic Trainer, Per Diem
High School Team Physicians
The following doctors donate their time and expertise to support young athletes. They volunteer hundreds of hours each year and work closely with their team’s athletic trainer to ensure injuries are diagnosed and treated properly. All other Center physicians also attend sporting events throughout Deschutes County to provide additional medical support for young athletes.
Dr. Tim Bollom
Summit & Sisters High Schools
Dr. Katya Urch
Bend & Crook County High Schools
Dr. Viviane Ugalde
Concussion Medical Director
Dr. Tony Hinz
La Pine High School
Dr. Matt Lilley
Madras & Mountain View High Schools
Did You Know?
Students at more than 1400 high school sporting events are protected by our athletic trainers each year.