Meet Our Team – 2019 Fall Line-Up

athletic trainer team We are excited to announce our Sports Medicine Program line-up for 2019-20! Once again, we have dedicated certified athletic trainers at eight of our area high schools; Bend Senior High, Crook County, La Pine, Mountain View, Sisters, Summit, Culver and Madras. In addition, we have three new athletic trainers to introduce this year. With our amazing team, we are proud to be serving more student athletes in Central Oregon high schools than ever before.

How Far We’ve Come

Thanks to YOUR support, we have increased our funding by more than 50% since 2015. Due to this increased capacity, the number of high schools we serve and athletic trainers we employ has doubled. Consequently, more than 5,000 student athletes at over 1400 sporting events benefit from our Sports Medicine Program each year. But, we have more work to do! Specifically, a new Central Oregon high school is slated for construction in the coming years, and middle schools and club sports teams still need our help. Reaching more young athletes means we are ensuring the safety of kids in Central Oregon by keeping them healthy and active in the sports they love. Most importantly, we deliver our Sports Medicine Program at no cost to the students or their families.

Our Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers are the heart of our Sports Medicine Program, and they work hard each day to protect and support young athletes. Sometimes, athletic trainers are confused with personal trainers. However, they are vastly different. As highly qualified, multi-skilled, healthcare professionals, athletic trainers specialize in injury prevention, recognition, and evaluation. Our athletic trainers collaborate with physicians to make appropriate immediate-care decisions for a young athlete’s illness or injury. Additionally, their responsibilities include treatment, rehabilitation, and reconditioning post-injury.

Our certified athletic trainers are highly educated. They have a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and most have a master’s degree in athletic training and other areas related to sports medicine. All athletic trainers employed by The Center Foundation hold national certification from the Board of Certification (BOC) and have obtained registration to work in the State of Oregon by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Drawing on this combination of education and credentials ensures that we are placing excellent athletic trainers in our local schools.

The 2019-20 Line-Up

The Center Foundation welcomes our newest athletic trainers, Amanda Rodrigues, Ross Dexter, and Rich Rainville. In addition, we proudly announce our returning team members, Tessa Cashman, Michael Estes, Lindsay Hagler, Nicole Porter and Alex Walker. You will find each of them on the sidelines of practices and high school sporting events, bringing their vast knowledge and experience to care for your young athlete.

Athletic Trainer Supervisor, Stuart Schmidt, MS, ATC, CSCS
Bend Senior High School, Tessa Cashman, ATC
Crook County High School, Michael Estes, MS, ATC
Culver High School, Rich Rainville, ATC, CSCS
La Pine High School, Amanda Rodrigues, ATC
Madras High School, Nicole Porter, MS, ATC
Mountain View High School, Lindsay Hagler, MS, ATC, CSCS
Sisters High School, Alex Walker, ATC
Summit High School, Ross Dexter, DAT, MKin, ATC, CSCS
Per Diem Athletic Trainer, Kathleen Thompson, ATC
Program Administrator, Shawn Taylor

To learn more about our team here.
Find out how you can support the work of The Center Foundation here.


Written by: Shawn Taylor, Program Administrator for The Center Foundation. Learn more about Shawn HERE.