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Athletic Trainers:

Ryan Pinson, MEd, ATC, LAT - Director of Sports Medicine - Football
Phone: (307) 766-2323│ rpinson@uwyo.edu
Ryan Pinson enters his second year as Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine for the University of Wyoming.

Pinson's direct responsibilities will be oversight of the Sports Medicine Department. His primary sport responsibility is working with the football program. Prior to his hire at UW, Pinson was the Head Athletic Trainer at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. Before being appointed Head Athletic Trainer for the Lumberjacks, Pinson served in a variety of athletic training positions from graduate assistant to associate head athletic trainer from 2000-07.

Originally from Adak, Alaska Pinson completed his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University. He is a member of District 7 RMATA, the National Athletic Trainers Association and will be a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of Wyoming. Ryan and his wife Sara enjoy camping, spending time going to athletic events and being outdoors with their dogs.

Joi Thomas, MS, ATC, LAT - Associate Director of Sports Medicine - GA Coordinator
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ thomasjj@uwyo.edu
Joi Thomas is entering her tenth year at the University of Wyoming. As the Associate Director of Sports Medicine, she oversees the graduate assistant athletic trainers with wrestling, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis, and spirit. During her tenure at Wyoming, she has worked with the Cowboy football, basketball, and track and field teams. Thomas returned to Wyoming, her alma-mater, in August of 2004 as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. She was then promoted to full-time in December of 2005.

Prior to returning to Wyoming, Thomas served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Carroll College (Helena, MT) from August 1999 to July 2004. Thomas received a Bachelor's of science degree in exercise and sport science from Wyoming in 1999 and a Master's of science degree in August 2006. She is currently working on her PhD.

Scott Knerr, MS, ATC, LAT - Associate Athletic Trainer - Volleyball
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ sknerr@uwyo.edu
Scott Knerr enters his seventh season at the University of Wyoming and serves as an Associate Athletic Trainer with the Cowgirl Volleyball program. Scott came to Wyoming after spending the previous eight years in the same capacity at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). While there he oversaw the primary coverage of women's and men's volleyball along with supervisory coverage of men's and women's golf.

Scott has also functioned in the clinical setting, having worked at Registered Physical Therapists, Inc. in Salt Lake City from 1997-2000. He earned his Master's degree at the University of Utah in Sports Management and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer (1995-97). His primary responsibilities included coverage of football, women's soccer and the nationally ranked women's gymnastics team. He received his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. in 1995.

Scott is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. He and his wife, Jen, have three children, Parker, Claire and Liam.

Lance Schuemann, MS, ATC, LAT - Associate Athletic Trainer - Men's Basketball
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ lschuema@uwyo.edu
Lance Schuemann joined the University of Wyoming Sports Medicine staff in August 2013 as the athletic trainer for the Cowboy Basketball program. Prior to joining the Cowboys, Lance served in the same capacity with the men's basketball program at Charleston Southern University.

Lance holds a Masters in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. While at Valparaiso, Lance was the assistant athletic trainer for the football and baseball teams. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, where he was an athletic training student for the 2007 National Championship men's basketball program.

Lance is a native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association. In his spare time, he enjoys time with friends and family, playing golf, and watching all sports, especially his beloved Chicago Cubs.

Cole Vertz, MS, ATC, LAT - Associate Athletic Trainer - Football, Golf
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ cvertz@uwyo.edu
Cole Vertz returned to the University of Wyoming in 2013 as an Associate Athletic Trainer with the Cowboy football program. Before returning to the Cowboys Cole worked at Barton College as the Coordinator of Athletic Training Services and Assistant Athletic Trainer. During his three years at Barton College Cole assisted with men's and women's basketball and cross country, men's golf and women's volleyball. Cole has also been part of the NFL serving with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals.

A native of New Troy, Michigan, Cole came to the University of Wyoming after graduating with his Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University in 2007. Cole graduated with his Masters of Science in 2009 from the University of Wyoming. Cole is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Wyoming.

Katie Drendel, ATC, LAT - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Rodeo, Football
Phone: (307) 766-5052 | kdrende1@uwyo.edu
Katie is entering her first year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Wyoming. Her sport assignments include working as the primary athletic trainer for the rodeo team, as well as, providing supplemental coverage to the football program. She assumes this position after serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the university's men's and women's Track and Field (2012-2013) and Swim and Dive (2013-2014) teams. Prior to her employment at the University of Wyoming, Katie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Currently, she is continuing to pursue her Masters in Kinesiology and Health at the University of Wyoming and anticipates to graduate in December of 2014. Katie is a Certified Athletic Trainer and is licensed to practice in the State of Wyoming.

Laurel Evans, MEd, ATC, LAT - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Track & Field, Cross Country
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ levans9@uwyo.edu
Laurel Evans joined the University of Wyoming Sports Medicine staff in 2012 as the athletic trainer for the Wyoming Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Laurel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State University in 2010. She went on to obtain a Master of Education in Sport Management from Wichita State University, graduating in 2012. While attending school at Wichita State University, Laurel served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working primarily with the Shocker Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

Laurel has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association since 2008. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association, and is a licensed athletic trainer in the State of Wyoming. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, traveling, and watching all sports, especially the Detroit Tigers.

Megan Jensen, MS, ATC, LAT - Assistant Athletic Trainer - Women's Basketball
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ mjense18@uwyo.edu
Megan Jensen enters her fourth season with the University of Wyoming and the Cowgirl basketball program and her second season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Prior to being hired as an assistant athletic trainer with Wyoming, Jensen served as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Cowgirl basketball team. She earned her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health from the University of Wyoming in the spring of 2012.

A native of Springfield, Nebraska, Jensen came to Wyoming after graduating from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in May of 2010 with a bachelors' of science in athletic training. Jensen is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Wyoming.


Staff:

Jenny Hainline - Insurance Coordinator/Office Manager
Phone: (307) 766-2305│ vhainlin@uwyo.edu


Graduate Assistants:

Samantha Graff, ATC, LAT - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - Swimming & Diving
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ sgraff1@uwyo.edu
Sam enters her first year as a graduate assistant athletic trainer working with the men's and women's Swim and Dive teams. She will be working towards her Master of Science degree in Health and Kinesiology. Sam came to the University of Wyoming after graduating from Washington State University where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training. She is originally from Pasco, Washington.

Christiana Kaleialli, ATC, LAT - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - Football, Women's Tennis
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ ckaleial@uwyo.edu
Christiana is in her first year at the University of Wyoming, pursuing her Master's Degree in Kinesiology while working with the Football and Women's Tennis team. She is a recent grad of Mountain West rival, Fresno State. Her interests outside of athletics, include reading good books, spending time with her family, spoiling her godson, cooking, Netflix, and social media.

Jeremy Ross, ATC, LAT - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - Football, Cheer
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ jross19@uwyo.edu
Jeremy is a 2nd year graduate assistant at the University of Wyoming working with Football/Spirit Squad. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. His hobbies include running, mountain biking, hiking, anything that includes the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA.

Adam Sewell, ATC, LAT - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - Wrestling
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ asewell2@uwyo.edu
Adam is a 2nd year graduate assistant for the University of Wyoming Wrestling team. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. Adam is originally from Hamilton, IL. In his free time Adam enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and a variety of other outdoor activities.

Lian Yuen, ATC, LAT - Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer - Women's Soccer
Phone: (307) 766-5052│ lyuen@uwyo.edu
Lian is a first year graduate assistant athletic trainer with the Women's Soccer team after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. Lian is a native of Sammamish, Washington, where she worked as an athletic trainer for her alma mater, Skyline HS, after graduating from Linfield. In her free time Lian enjoys playing soccer, hiking, camping, and playing with her dog, Lucy.


Physicians:

Ryan Aukerman, MD - Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Premier Bone and Joint Center
Mark McKenna, MD - Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Premier Bone and Joint Center
Kent Kleppinger, MD - Head Team Physician, Laramie Pediatrics
Marci Newell, FNP - Nurse Practitioner, Laramie Pediatrics
Jeremy Jones, DC - Chiropractor, Laramie Spinal Care Center
Kathy Milks, CMT - Certified Massage Therapist, Laramie Spinal Care Center
Dylan Milam, DC - Chiropractor, Spine and Injury Clinic of Laramie
David Milam, DC - Chiropractor, Spine and Injury Clinic of Laramie
Troy Knaub, DDS - Laramie Dental Arts
Judd Chamberlin, DDS - Laramie Dental Arts
Byron Killpack, DDS

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