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Athletic Training Residency Program Faculty and Staff

Medical Residency Director

Residency Program Director

Forrest Pecha MS, LAT, ATC

Forrest Pecha, MS, LAT, ATC serves as program manager for patient education and the athletic training residency for the orthopedic service line at St. Luke's. He developed St. Luke's post-professional, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited, athletic training residency program. He developed and was a previous program director for the athletic training residency program at Emory Sports Medicine in Atlanta.

Forrest currently serves on the CAATE as a Commissioner for residency programming. He previously served the CAATE on the post-professional review committee, site visitor for post-professional residency programs, member of accreditation conference planning committee, and on the post-professional education transition team. He served the Board of Certification (BOC) on the recent athletic training practice analysis, 7th edition, and on the practice analysis for orthopedic specialty certification. Forrest serves as the president for the newly formed Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Society (ATPPS).

Forrest has served on numerous committees for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), including the CIC, CEPAT, and COPA. He served as the NATA professional Liaison to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Forrest has been recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession as the recipient of the NATA Athletic Training Service Award 2012 and Most Distinguished Athletic Training Award 2018.  Forrest has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on the clinical roles, improving physician practice efficiencies, and the implementation and utilization of athletic trainers. He has been published multiple times through both peer-reviewed journals and professional articles on the value of athletic trainers. Forrest is one of the co-authors of the Athletic Training Milestones Project. He is adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) Programs at AT Still University and Moravian College.

Forrest was the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Men's Alpine Ski Team, participating in the 2002 Olympic winter games, and continues to work as a rotational athletic trainer for U.S. Soccer through the youth and national team programs. Forrest earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and his master's degree from Illinois State University.

Associate Residency Program Faculty

  • Tim Nicolello, MS, ATC, LAT – Preceptor
  • JJ Wetherington, MS, ATC, LAT – Preceptor
  • Luke Bahnmaier, MS, ATC, LAT
  • Tom Koto, ATC, LAT

Associate Residency Preceptor Physicians

Associated Residency Physicians Mentors

Athletic Training Program Mentors

Current Athletic Training Residents

  • 2019-2020: Austin Strabala, MS, ATC, LAT
  • 2019-2020: Nathaniel Acree, MS, ATC, LAT

Past Athletic Training Residents

  • 2018-2019: Kendall Robinson, MAT, ATC, LAT
  • 2018-2019: Sarah Gilleland, MS, ATC, LAT
  • 2017-2018: Laurel Evans, MS, ATC, LAT
  • 2017-2018: Steven Boyton, MSAT, ATC, LAT
  • 2016-2017: Josh Lavigne, MSAT, LAT, ATC
  • 2016-2017: Cassie Mall, MS, ATC, OTC
  • 2015-2016: Sandra Koen, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC
  • 2015-2016: Reed Omdal, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC
  • 2014-2015: Julia Hassell, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC
  • 2014-2015: Eren Havrilak, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, OTC
  • 2013-2014: Sean Burfeind, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, EMT-D
  • 2013-2014: JJ Wetherington, MS, LAT, ATC
  • 2012-2013: Luke Bahnmaier, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC
  • 2011-2012: Tim Nicolello, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC