Meet the Team
Stuart Schmidt, MS, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Trainer Supervisor
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.
Emily Celner, MS, LAT, ATC
Caldera High School Athletic Trainer
Emily Celner was born and raised in Illinois, where her family still resides. She stayed in the Midwest for college, attending Minnesota State University, Mankato where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. In 2005, Emily went on to become a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at North Dakota State University. While at North Dakota State, she worked primarily with the women’s softball team. While maintaining the health of the softball team, Emily continued her education earning her master’s degree in Sport and Recreation Management along with teaching duties within the undergraduate Athletic Training curriculum.
After college, Emily made the move out west, landing in Oregon. Over the past fourteen years, Emily has given her time and medical knowledge in a variety of settings including physical therapy clinics, high schools, military bases, colleges/universities and semi-professional teams. Her most memorable athletic training experience was volunteering to be a part of the Sports Medicine team that supports the Aids LifeCycle, working alongside a plethora of medical disciplines to assist the cyclists in their weeklong journey along the California coast.
In her free time, Emily enjoys all the outdoor activities central Oregon has to offer, especially mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding as well as spending time with family and friends.
Michael Estes, MS, ATC
Crook County High School Athletic Trainer
Michael has enjoyed supporting Crook County High School for the past several years. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor’s from Oregon State University. You could call him a Buck. His favorite thing about his job is the variety—it’s never the same thing twice and there’s never a dull moment. In Michael’s spare time, he plays with his kids and raises a small flock of sheep.
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.
Lindsay Hagler, MS, ATC, CSCS
Mountain View High School Athletic Trainer
Lindsay became interested in athletic training having spent a considerable amount of time in the athletic training room while playing sports in high school. She enjoys the atmosphere of being around sports and interacting with high school students. For Lindsay, the ability to facilitate an athlete’s recovery from an injury from start to finish and seeing them back out in competition is a great feeling and sense of accomplishment.
Lindsay 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. She has been the athletic trainer at Mountain View High School for six years. When she has free time, she enjoys various outdoors activities in Central Oregon, as well as riding her motorcycle and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Danielle Keyes, M.Ed, ATC
Summit High School Athletic Trainer
Danielle Keyes was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. Upon graduating, she decided to see what the Lone Star state had to offer as she worked as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Houston. While there she enjoyed travelling all over the U.S with the women’s soccer team while also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Physical Education.
After graduating, Danielle dived into the world of being a secondary sports athletic trainer. She spent the past 6 1/2 years as a member of the Magnolia High School Sports Medicine team. It was here that she cherished the relationships that were built with not only the athletes but also the coaches and other staff members. She realized that high school athletics is where she belongs as there is nothing quite like helping a student realize their potential. She also enjoyed mentoring the students who were a part of the sports medicine program.
Danielle decided to move away from the city and bring her skills to Central Oregon. She is excited to join The Center Foundation as the athletic trainer for Summit High School. Danielle is looking forward to waking up to the mountains everyday and exploring all that Bend has to offer with her two dogs, Jamie and Louise.
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.
Summit & Sisters High Schools
Bend & Crook County High Schools
Concussion Medical Director
La Pine High School
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.