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Athletic Training Residency Program Faculty and Staff

Medical Residency Director

Residency Program Director

Forrest Pecha, MS, LAT, ATC serves as manager of athletic training residency at St. Luke's Sports Medicine. He developed the post-professional, CAATE accredited, athletic training residency program at St. Luke’s and the athletic training residency program at Emory Sports Medicine. Forrest currently serves on the CAATE post-professional review committee and as a site visitor for post-professional residency programs. He has also served the CAATE as a member of the accreditation conference planning committee and post-professional education transition team. He worked with the Board of Certification on the recent Athletic Training Practice Analysis, 7th edition, and on the practice analysis for orthopedic specialty certification.

Forrest is the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) liaison to American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and has served on numerous NATA committees, including CIC, CPAT, and COPA as both a district representative and at-large member. Forrest was awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2018 and NATA Athletic Training Service Award in 2012. He also serves as president for the newly formed Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Society (ATPPS).

Forrest has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on the clinical roles of athletic trainers, improving physician practice efficiencies, and the implementation and utilization of athletic trainers. He has been published numerous times through both peer-reviewed journals and professional articles on the value of athletic trainers. He is a collaborating author of AT Milestones and a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training, Athletic Training Education Journal, and Sports Health.

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

  • 2017-2018: Laurel Evans, MS, ATC, LAT
  • 2017-2018: Steven Boyton, MSAT, ATC, LAT

Past Athletic Training Residents

  • 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