Meet Our 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.
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.
Amanda Rodrigues, ATC
La Pine High School Athletic Trainer
Amanda Rodrigues was born and raised in Rhode Island, where her family still resides. She stayed on the east coast to attend Springfield College, graduating in 2016 with dual majors in Athletic Training and Physical Education. At the same time, Amanda served on the Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association (EATA) District 1 Student Delegation Committee and helped design the student program for 2015.
After graduation, Amanda took a position with a physical therapy office. Her duties included running preventative training programs for youth and assisting with sports return-to-play rehab. Amanda officially started her career as an athletic trainer when she joined a small boarding school outside of Boston, Massachusetts. During the same period, Amanda served as a preceptor for the Lasell College Athletic Training Program. Through these early professional experiences Amanda realized her passion for helping young athletes. She says her favorite part of each day is talking with her athletes and educating them in a non-traditional setting – the athletic training room.
Following her desire for outdoor adventure, Amanda stumbled on Bend, Oregon and immediately fell in love. She is excited to work for The Center Foundation Sports Medicine Program as the athletic trainer for La Pine High School. In her free time, Amanda enjoys anything she can do outside. Her favorite activities include both playing and watching sports, yoga, photography, travel, reading, and spending time with her pup, Milo.
Nicole Porter, MS, ATC
Madras High School Athletic Trainer
A Native of Lewiston, Maine, Nicole attended Dakota Wesleyan University for her undergraduate degree, earning a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. After Graduating from Dakota Wesleyan, 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 working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Teams.
Nicole loves her work and thinks of Athletic Trainers as “normal people with extraordinary super powers!” She enjoys living in Madras and supporting the students at Madras High School.
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.
Ross Dexter, DAT, MKIN, ATC, CSCS
Summit High School Athletic Trainer
Ross was born and raised in Deschutes County and is a graduate of La Pine High School. He left Central Oregon to attended Southern Oregon University where he studied Health and Physical Education, as well as competing in cross-country and track and field. Ross’ love for athletics took him next to Vancouver British Columbia where he completed his Master’s Degree in Human Kinetics with an emphasis on coaching at the University of British Columbia.
While working in healthcare and coaching at University of British Columbia, Florida State University, St. Mary’s College of California, The University of California, Berkeley, and Bend’s own Summit High School, Ross developed a keen interest in athletic training. He continued his education to achieve both his Masters of Science in Athletic Training and Doctor of Athletic Training Degrees from the University of Idaho.
While on the Palouse, as part of his doctoral studies, Ross started the first athletic training program serving the middle and high school students of Troy Idaho. With a professional background in both strength and conditioning coach and massage therapy, Ross’ research interests include strength and conditioning and injury risk mitigation, the application of movement based neuromuscular intervention strategies, and the use of manual therapy in the treatment of acute and chronic pain and injury.
Outside of the office, Ross is a kettlebell training enthusiast, avid runner, cross country skier, and fly fisherman, and stand-up paddler.
Kathleen Thompson, ATC
Bio coming soon.
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
Culver High School
La Pine High School
Madras & Mountain View High Schools
Concussion Medical Director
Shawn started her career as an administrative and medical assistant in an orthopedic surgeon’s office. During that time, she was also pursuing her 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 and 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.
Involved in sports from an early age, Shawn enjoys living an active Central Oregon lifestyle through running, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, camping and hiking, but she feels most fulfilled when she supports others to excel. Shawn's unique background blending top level administration and a lifelong passion for health and medicine result in a deep alignment with The Center Foundation’s mission.
Shawn is thrilled to have the opportunity to support young athletes, keeping them healthy and in the game through our sports medicine program, as the Program Administrator.
Did You Know?
Students at more than 1400 high school sporting events are protected by our athletic trainers each year.