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Current and Past Athletic Training Residents

Current Athletic Training Residents

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Steven Boyton

Steven Boyton, MS, ATC, LAT is a board certified athletic trainer licensed in the state of Idaho and an athletic training resident with St. Luke's Sports Medicine for the 2017-18 year. He is excited about the opportunity to practice as an athletic trainer in the orthopedic clinical setting.

Steven is a native of the United Kingdom and initially earned his bachelor's degree in sports rehabilitation from the University of Salford, Manchester. He then moved to Arlington, Texas where he earned his master's degree in athletic training from the University of Texas, Arlington. He recently published "Meta-analysis of Exercise Training on Vascular Endothelial Function in Cancer Survivors" in the Journal of Integrative Cancer Therapies.

Steven has also worked with the Burkina Faso Paralympic team and the Tongan National Rugby League team during the 2013 World Cup. 

Steven enjoys winter sports and is looking forward to the coming ski season.

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Laurel Evans

Laurel Evans, MEd, LAT, ATC is a board certified and licensed athletic trainer in the state of Idaho. She has a background in collegiate athletics and has a passion for helping people continue in the physical activities they enjoy. She looks forward to clinical practice and helping Boise's active population enjoy our area's athletic and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Laurel earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from Grand Valley State University, and her master's degree in sport management from Wichita State University. Prior to joining the team at St. Luke's, she worked with track and field teams at both Wichita State and the University of Wyoming, and most recently was the athletic trainer for the University of Wyoming's women's volleyball team. 

Laurel enjoys hiking, exploring, and has recently started stand-up paddle boarding.

Past Athletic Training Residents

Class of 2016-2017

Joshua Lavigne, MS, LAT, ATC, OTC currently serves as a clinical athletic trainer with Mark Cullen, M.D. at Mid-Columbia Medical Center Sports Medicine and Orthopedics in The Dalles, Oregon. He is a board certified athletic trainer credentialed in the states of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. During his time at St. Luke’s he contributed to ongoing research regarding patient satisfaction with athletic trainers and presented pilot data at various regional and national conferences. He also had the opportunity to spend time working with the U.S. Soccer Federation during his residency. Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in sport science and a master’s degree in athletic training both from the University of Idaho.

Cassie Mall (Young), MS, LAT, ATC, OTC is a board certified and licensed athletic trainer in the state of Idaho. After graduation from the residency program, she moved to North Carolina to be with her husband, a US Air Force fighter pilot. Cassie is currently researching various job opportunities as an athletic trainer, hoping to work alongside physiotherapists and sports therapists in orthopedics, family practice, or athletics. Cassie earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Florida and her post-professional master's degree in athletic training at the University of South Carolina. Cassie has presented both regionally and nationally on multiple case studies and the ongoing research of the clinical diagnostic accuracy of residency trained athletic trainers.

Class of 2015-2016

Sandra Koen, MEd, LAT, ATC, OTC is a board certified and licensed athletic trainer in the state of Florida. She is currently the clinical athletic trainer for Dr. Vani Sabesan, an upper extremity surgeon, at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida. Sandra earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from Chapman University, and her post-professional master's degree in athletic training at the University of Virginia. Sandra has presented both regionally and nationally, and recently got her case study titled "Ultrasound-Guided Needle Lavage for Calcific Tendonitis of the Gluteus Medius Tendon" published in the Athletic Training and Sports Health Care Journal.

Reed Omdal, MS, LAT, ATC, OTC is a board certified and licensed athletic trainer in the states of Utah, Idaho, and Oregon. After completing his residency, he accepted a position at University of Utah Health Care as a clinical athletic trainer for hip specialist Stephen Aoki, MD. Reed earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Washington State University, and his master's degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Utah. During his residency, Reed presented at various regional and national conferences on topics related to the value of athletic training. His research included patient throughput in the physician practice with the addition of an athletic trainer. Reed has an upcoming publication in Sports Health and a pending publication in the Journal of Allied Health.

Class of 2014-2015

Julia Hassell, MS, LAT, ATC, OTC is a board certified athletic trainer and licensed in the state of Idaho. After completing her residency, Julia worked as a clinical athletic trainer at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan for approximately two years. She was recently able to rejoin St. Luke’s Sports Medicine and currently works for Alex Homaechevarria, MD, and has had the opportunity to cover youth sports events. Julia earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from Missouri State University and her master's degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University. Julia's research was published in the March 2016 NATA News "The Value of Athletic Trainers in the Secondary School Setting."

Eren Havrilak, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, OTC is a board certified and licensed athletic trainer in the state of Idaho. She completed the residency program in 2015 and served as the clinical athletic trainer for Tobi Gopon, MD at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine for the following two years. She recently accepted a position as an Applied Research Coordinator in the St. Luke’s Division of Applied Research. She earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her master's degree in applied physiology and kinesiology from the University of Florida.

Class of 2013-2014

Sean Burfeind, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC, CSCS is a residency trained, board certified, and licensed athletic trainer in the state of Virginia. Sean is currently a clinical athletic trainer and surgical first assist alongside primary care sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons at Inova Sports Medicine. He also serves as a rotational athletic trainer for the US Soccer Federation. Sean has published several peer reviewed journal articles and has presented at national conferences on the impact of athletic trainers working in the physician practice setting. He was appointed to a workgroup position within the National Athletic Trainers Association's Committee on Practice Advancement labeled "Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Workgroup."

JJ Wetherington MS, AT, ATC, OTC works at St. Luke’s as an athletic trainer with Michael Curtin, MD, assisting him in both the clinic and in surgery. Along with his clinical duties, JJ has continued to support the program as a clinical preceptor. He has published research completed during his residency in the Athletic Training Education Journal titled "Self-Funding a Post-Professional Athletic Training Residency." He also serves a CAATE site visitor for athletic training residencies. JJ earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Lenoir-Rhyne Universityand a post-professional master's degree in athletic training from Indiana University.

Class of 2012-2013

Luke Bahnmaier, MS, LAT, ATC serves as the site manager and athletic trainer for the St. Luke’s Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic. He has worked with Michael Curtin, MD a shoulder and knee surgeon with St. Luke’s Sports Medicine. Luke has provided athletic training services for US Soccer Youth National Teams. He earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Montana, and his post-professional master's degree in athletic training from the University of Oregon. Luke has also published his residency research in the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy on "Physician Satisfaction of Residency Trained Athletic Trainers as Physician Extenders."

Class of 2011-2012

Tim Nicolello MS, LAT, ATC, OTC was the first resident in the St. Luke's Sports Medicine athletic training residency program. He joined St. Luke's Sports Medicine full time after completing the program in 2012 and started his career working with Residency Medical Director Alex Homaechevarria, MD. Tim is currently the athletic trainer working with James Beckmann, MD. Tim is board certified and licensed in the state of Idaho. He was recently published for work research completed from his residency in The Journal of Allied Health on "Patient Perceptions of Athletic Trainers and Orthopedic Medical Residents as Primary Clinical Support Staff in a Sports Medicine Practice: A Randomized, Double Blinded Study."  He has continued to help within the program as a mentor to the current residents and assist in their research studies. He earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training and a minor in sports science from the University of Idaho in 2009, and a post-professional master's degree in athletic training from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona in 2011.