MATS Young Professionals Committee

Young Professionals' Committee

ATTENTION STUDENTS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS! 

  • Do you have a professional mentor? Everyone needs someone they can trust to give them the best advice when they need it most. If you are recently certified and working on your own, maybe you want someone to bounce ideas off of or possibly looking for a foot in the door to network your way to your dream job. Contact us at mats.youngprofessionals@gmail.com for information. 

  • We are still looking for Mentors! If you are interested in being a Mentor, please contact us at mats.youngprofessionals@gmail.com with your contact information.

  • Have you seen our YPC Blog yet? There is a lot of insight, stories, and educational content from some of the most respected athletic trainers in the state. It is worth the read. Go check it out!

  • Do you know a young professional that goes above and beyond? Nominate them next year for the Outstanding Young Professional Award.

  • Do you have your NPI number? https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/


Committee Members: (from left to right)

Victoria Vintevoghel, MHSA, AT, ATC: vvintevoghel@selectmedical.com

Site supervisor for an Onsite Early Intervention Program for an airline. 

Dan Meier, MS, AT, ATC: Daniel.Meier@cuaa.edu 

Head Athletic Trainer at Concordia University. 

Sarah McBrien, MS, AT, ATC: sarah.mcbrien@wmich.edu 

Assistant Athletic Trainer at Western Michigan University. 

Anthony Palazzo, MPA, AT, ATC: polazzan@gvsu.edu

Athletic Trainer at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

Catherine Boerner, MS, AT, ATC: newmancj@alma.edu 

Assistant Athletic Trainer at Alma College.

Marcus Smithson MBA, AT, LAT, ATC (NOT PICTURED): mlsmithson55@gmail.com

Young Professionals Committee, Chair

AT Program Coordinator at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain.  

Rachael German, MS, AT, ATC (NOT PICTURED): rachael.german@wayne.edu

Student Services Coordinator at Wayne State University

Cathy Bersuder, MS, AT, ATC (NOT PICTURED): cbersuder@davenport.edu

Assistant Athletic Trainer at Davenport University

Andrea Chilcote, MS, AT, ATC (NOT PICTURED): andrea.chilcote@wayne.edu

Assistant Athletic Trainer at Wayne State University


Who are we?

Victoria is the site supervisor for an Onsite Early Intervention Program for an airline. Victoria completed her master’s degree in Health Services Administration (MHSA) at University of Detroit Mercy. She also has a Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University in Athletic Training. Victoria has 6 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer including: the industrial setting (airline & automotive), collegiate setting, and high school setting. She spends time in the airline and automotive industries developing and implementing injury prevention programs to decrease repetitive use injuries. She is passionate about decreasing employee’s risk of injury through preventive stretching and strengthening programs, job coaching, and implementation of ergonomic solutions. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and training for triathlons.  

Sarah McBrien is at Western Michigan University, where she is currently working on her 5th year and recently named Head Athletic Trainer with Football. She previously worked with Women’s Basketball and Women’s Track and Field. Sarah’s administrative duties include: Nutritional and Psychological Intervention, Mental Health Awareness, Pre­participation Physicals, Student­Athlete Education, Prior to Western, Sarah attended a one year long certified internship at the University of Michigan where she was placed with Men’s Gymnastics and Cheerleading. Her Graduate work was accomplished at Boise State University where Swimming and Diving, Men’s and Women’s Tennis were her primary sport assignments, as well as summer coverage for Football, and other university athletic camps coverage. Sarah was also fortunate to travel with Women’s Spring Volleyball during this time. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University where she also had the opportunity to complete a student internship at Northwestern University for one semester. In her free time she enjoys to be outside doing just about anything active from home projects, to running/working out, and everything in between. 

Anthony Polazzo is an athletic trainer at Grand Rapids Christian High School. He graduated from Northern Michigan University where he had an opportunity to work with high school, collegiate, and Olympic athletes. Post-grauduation, Anthony spent time at the University of Notre Dame for their summer sports camps but later returned to Marquette MI where he worked in a rehabilitation facility as an Outreach Athletic Trainer. He went on to Grand Valley State University to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care. During that time as a GA, he worked with the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program as well as the Softball team. He spent the following summer as an intern in the Detroit Tigers organization working with the Gulf Coast League Tigers. He went on to find a full time position at Evanston Township High School in Illinois, and because of his efforts is now a NATA Safe Sports School. Anthony later returned to Grand Rapids for his current position and currently teaches classes at GVSU in the Movement Science Department on top of his duties at Grand Rapids Christian High School. When not working he enjoys spending time outdoors and making woodworking projects.

Catherine Boerner is currently an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Alma College where she works with several teams on campus including Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Women's Lacrosse, Dance Team, and Track & Field. Catherine graduated from Aquinas College, where she was fortunate to be a Track and Field athlete herself and completed a semester long Internship with Ferris State University’s Football program. She went on to complete her Master’s Degree at Western Michigan University. As a graduate assistant, Catherine worked with Portage Northern High School and completed a research project that was later published in the Journal of Athletic Training entitled "High School Athletes' Parents' Perceptions and Knowledge of the Skills and Job Requirements of the Certified Athletic Trainer". After graduate school, Catherine went on to complete the fellowship program at the University of Michigan, working with the Women’s Basketball team as well as the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field programs. She went on to land her dream job at Alma College and resides with her husband in Sanford, MI. In her spare time Catherine enjoys the outdoors, cooking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.  

Marcus is a native of Crystal Falls, MI, and now residing in Kingsford, MI. He has always been passionate about the Western Upper Peninsula and expanding athletic training in the region. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 2013, Marcus went on to complete his Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from Davenport University. Marcus is currently the Athletic Training Program Coordinator at the Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain where he manages members of the sports medicine continuum as well as the hospital’s cutting edge head injury program. Beyond his administrative duties, Marcus is also the athletic trainer at Kingsford High School, a NATA Safe Sports School award winner and will also treat patients in the outpatient Physical Therapy setting. Prior to returning to his roots in the UP, Smithson was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI) where he was responsible for the care of over 550 NAIA collegiate athletes and several national tournament qualifying athletic teams. Marcus also previously assisted the Center for Physical Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids as an interim and per diem athletic trainer for several years. Smithson notes that, though he enjoyed working at the collegiate level for several years, it is such an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to work with and care for individuals in a community that has given him such a solid foundation. In his free time Marcus enjoys the outdoors in the UP, participating in recreation sports and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. 

Rachael German is a Lecturer in Athletic Training in the Division of Kinesiology, Sports, and Health Studies at Wayne State University. She is a part of a team that is developing an athletic training education program that is seeking accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Rachael has over eight years of diverse clinical experiences in the field of athletic training. She has worked in many different settings including action sports, gymnastics, division I athletics, and high schools. Rachael is an active member of the profession and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA), and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS). 

Cathy is currently a Spectrum Health Outreach Athletic Trainer assigned to Davenport University.  Her primarily responsibilities at Davenport include wrestling, men's and women's hockey, men's rugby and men's and women's bowling.  Prior to Davenport, Cathy worked at Middlebury College, a NCAA DIII institute in Middlebury, Vermont, for three years where she was responsible for the women's soccer, men's ice hockey and men's and women's tennis teams.  Cathy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 2010 and went on to earn her Master's in General Education with a certificate in Health Services Management from Elmira College in 2012.  While at Elmira College she worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer providing care to the women's volleyball, men's basketball and men's lacrosse teams.  When not on the sidelines, Cathy enjoys baking, crafting, traveling, volunteering and being on the shores of Lake Superior.  

Andrea Chilcote is currently an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Wayne State University. She primarily works with the Volleyball and Softball teams, handling the administrative responsibilities of insurance coordinator and the relationship the Sports Medicine Department has with the Campus Health Clinic. Andrea received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 2012, completing her degree with an internship in Mesa, Arizona at the Chicago Cubs Rehabilitation Center. After graduating, Andrea was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Eastern Illinois University for two years. While there, her primary sports were Men’s Soccer and Men’s and Women’s Tennis for the first year and Women’s Rugby and Men’s and Women’s Swimming for the second year. During this time she helped out with all other varsity sports and summer camps as needed. After receiving her Masters in Science in Sports Administration, Andrea spent the summer traveling with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, a member of Ascend Performing Arts. Andrea provided medical coverage and a strength and conditioning program for all 150 members of the Corps, traveling around the country to different venues. Andrea then moved on to a 10 month Assistant Athletic Trainer position at the University of Illinois-Chicago where she worked primarily with a first year Women’s Soccer program with a roster of 22 freshmen. During her time at UIC, Andrea traveled to Indoor and Outdoor Horizon Track & Field Championship meets along with covering all other sports as needed. Andrea then accepted her first full-time position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas where she worked primarily with Men’s Soccer and Women’s Basketball. Andrea spent two years here with administrative responsibilities of organizing institutional drug testing along with physicals and helping other varsity sports as needed. Andrea enjoys traveling, working out, reading as many books as possible and spending all of her time outdoors in the sunshine.

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