Meet the Team – Ross Dexter

Ross Dexter athletic trainer for The Center FoundationRoss Dexter is a native Central Oregonian and a graduate of La Pine High School. After high school, Ross left the area to attend Southern Oregon University. There, he studied Health and Physical Education while also competing in cross-country and track. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Ross’s love for athletics took him to Vancouver British Columbia to continue his education. In 2010, he completed a Master’s Degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia.

For the next several years, Ross worked in healthcare while simultaneously coaching at several institutions. His coaching experiences included University of British Columbia, Florida State University, St. Mary’s College, The University of California, Berkeley, and Bend’s own Summit High School. During this time, Ross developed a keen interest in athletic training as a profession. With this in mind, Ross decided to continue his education with the University of Idaho’s Athletic Training Program. There, he received both his Master’s of Science in Athletic Training and Doctor of Athletic Training degrees.

As part of his doctoral studies, Ross enjoyed the opportunity to develop the first athletic training program to serve the middle and high school students of Troy Idaho. Rewarding opportunities like this one helped him realize his belief in delivering the highest quality sports medicine services to young athletes. Ross was eager for the chance to return to Central Oregon and pursue his athletic training career with The Center Foundation and Summit High School.

Ross Dexter fly fishingWhen not at work, Ross is a kettle bell training enthusiast, an avid runner, cross-country skier, and fly fisherman. Ross is also looking forward to honing his paddle boarding skills. He is excited to be back in Central Oregon where he can enjoy all of his favorite activities.

First job?

Hydro-ceramic Technician (a.k.a, “dishwasher”) at Michael’s in Sunriver.

Favorite food?

The kind I am currently eating…but I especially enjoy Japanese cuisine.

Something quirky or interesting about you?

I have lived in 10 cities in 6 states and 1 province.

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

The value of Athletic Trainers to our patient population and the communities we work in. When we are utilized, supported, and collaborated with by our stakeholders, regardless of practice setting (e.g. secondary school, college and university, professional sports, industrial, police, fire, and military, and medical practices) Athletic Trainers save a great deal of resources, not only financially, but in the form of lost time from work, participation, etc.  Support your local Athletic Trainer!


Ross Dexter, DAT, MKin, LAT, ATC, CSCS is an athletic trainer with The Center Foundation and serves Summit High School in Bend, OR. Find out more about Ross and our entire athletic training team here.