Clinical Preceptors – Affiliate Site Staff

Athletic Training Program

Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Ascension Seton Sports Performance

Raiza Aguilar, MEd, ATC, LAT

Photo of Raiza AguilarRaiza Aguilar is a board-certified and licensed athletic trainer from Austin, Texas. She completed her undergraduate work at Boston University and returned to Austin to work at Medicine in Motion. At Medicine in Motion, Raiza worked with primarily men’s and women’s lacrosse at the University of Texas at Austin and served as a preceptor to the students studying Athletic Training. Following Medicine in Motion, she continued her work at Concordia University Texas. While working at Concordia, she earned her masters of education in sports administration. Raiza is currently working at Ascension Seton in the Sports Performance Department. Through the hospital, she is serving as the athletic trainer for Austin Bold FC, a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League.

Colby Thompson, MS, LAT, ATC

Colby Thompson is a board-certified Athletic Trainer and was born and raised in Colorado. He attended Colorado State University-Pueblo graduating with his Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training with honors. He then pursued his Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Training at Texas State University working as a Graduate Assistant with their Division 1 football team and teaching assistant.

Ashley Wagner, MS, LAT, ATC

Photo of Ashley WagnerAshley Wagner is a board certified athletic trainer. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she completed her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Kent State University. Upon graduation in 2011, Wagner moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she worked as an athletic trainer for the student athletes of Odem-Edroy ISD, as well as the athletic trainer for the NAHL Corpus Christi Icerays hockey team. In 2012 she accepted a position in Cleveland, Ohio with NovaCare Rehabilitation as the athletic trainer for the NPSL Cleveland Royals men’s semi-pro soccer team, and assistant athletic trainer to the AFL Cleveland Gladiator’s arena football team. Ashley desired to continue her education in 2013, and moved to San Marcos, Texas, upon acceptance of a graduate assistantship position with Texas State University athletics. There, she completed a Masters of Science in Athletic Training while working for the Texas State University football team as “Rehabilitation Specialist.”

Nic Bach, ATC, LAT

Photo of Nic BachArmed with a degree in Athletic Training from the University of Texas at Austin, Bach strives to help people recover from injuries and prevent new ones. After working with the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Rockets, he returned to Austin, Texas and began working with the talented team at Medicene in Motion. 

He looks forward to getting to know new clients and improving people’s function in their active lives! In his free time, he is working towards his Masters in Kinesiology and enjoys being outdoors and staying active. However, he never turns down a good Netflix marathon. 

Austin Physical Therapy

Cullen Nigrini

Photo of Cullen NigriniCullen Nigrini joined the Texas Athletics Sports Medicine staff as sports physical therapist/athletic trainer in 2015. He has previously held similar positions with Texas Athletics, the NFL and the NBA. He is also the owner and Lead Physical Therapist at Austin Physical Therapy.

Nigrini served Texas Athletics as a graduate assistant with the men’s swimming and diving teams and spirit squads from 2002-04; in 2004-05, Nigrini was an assistant athletic trainer for football from 2004-05. He worked exclusively with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans as their sports physical therapist. Nigrini also interned as an athletic trainer with the Dallas Cowboys. He has also worked in a variety of orthopedic and sports physical therapy staff and management settings, and continues to provide physical therapy services in his private practice in Austin.

He has obtained specialty board certification in both sports physical therapy and orthopaedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as well as other specialty credentials and continuing education credits.

Nigrini completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Psychology with a Business minor at the University of Colorado. While at CU, he worked as a student intern primarily with football from 1999-2002.

Austin Travis County EMS

Kevin Parker

Photo of Kevin ParkerKevin Parker is State of Texas Paramedic, License 129802. He earned a bachelor of science in Emergency Health Sciences, Advanced Practice, Magna Cum Laude, in May 2003 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation

Kat Kinneary

Photo of Kat Kinneary Kat Kinneary is the head athletic trainer for Major League Rugby’s Austin Elite Rugby. She organizes all sports medicine coverage for athletic events in the greater Austin area. Kinneary also works hand in hand with physical therapists to help with outreach into local communities and maintains an elevated standard of care to all athletic populations in those communities. She takes a preventative approach to her work with movement screens for athletes to help correct the quality of movement and muscles imbalances and manages concussions by providing baseline testing.

Cedar Ridge High School

Candle Carmichael, ATC, LAT

Photo of Candle CarmichaelCandle Carmichael is an assistant athletic trainer at Cedar Ridge High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois in 2008. Prior to joining RRISD, Carmichael worked at Clear Creek High School in Houston for one year as an athletic trainer. She was also employed at South Houston High school from 2011-2015. Carmichael has been a UT Athletic Training Preceptor for two years.

Matt Owens MS, ATC, LAT, CAA

Photo of Matt OwensMatt is the lead athletic trainer at Cedar Ridge High School. Owens earned his bachelor’s degree in Education and Athletic Training from Baylor University in 2002, and his Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky University in 2014. Prior to joining Cedar Ridge, Owens was an assistant athletic trainer at Round Rock High School from 2015-16, an assistant athletic trainer at Lake Travis High School from 2014-15, and the lead athletic trainer at Rockwall Heath High School from 2005-14. Owens has been a UT Athletic Training Preceptor for two years.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

Derrick Chan, PT, DPT, ATC, LAT

Photo of Derrick Chan2015 UTMB Doctor of Physical Therapy
2010 Angelo State University – Master of Physical Therapy
2007 University of Texas – Bachelor of Kinesiology

Derrick Chan became a member of the Dell Children’s Medical Center Rehab team in 2011. His primary role includes treatment and rehab for the pediatric sports population, concussion rehab, and vestibular dysfunction. He also helped launch the multidisciplinary Dell Children’s Concussion Clinic 2011 – 2016 and again at the beginning of 2019. Chan became vestibular certified/competent through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2015. He has served as a guest lecturer for the past five years at Angelo State University PT program and has presented at different conferences around Texas.

David Hoellen, MS, LAT, ATC

Photo of David HoellenDavid Hoellen is a BOC certified and Texas licensed Athletic Trainer. David completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska and his graduate degree at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.

Hoellen has experience working in a variety of settings to include professional baseball and football, NCAA and NAIA athletics, a government contractor for NASA, and clinic-based athletic trainer. Currently, he is employed as an athletic trainer for Dell Children’s Medical Center where he supports the outpatient rehabilitation department, surgical and non-surgical sports medicine, hand and concussion clinics.

John Connally High School

Caylie Ginther, LAT

Photo of Caylie GintherCaylie Ginther is one of the two athletic trainers at John B. Connally High School, arriving Fall 2017. She is also currently PRN with Baylor Scott & White. Prior to arriving at PfISD, Caylie spent one year at Corsicana High School and two years at Sinton High School.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Josh Rowan, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Josh RowanJosh Rowan was born and raised in Texas. He received his B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. He went on to complete a graduate assistantship at Texas State University – San Marcos. When not working, Rowan enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

McNeil High School

Xander Keller, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Xander KellerXander Keller is the Lead Athletic Trainer at McNeil High School. Prior to McNeil, he was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Corsicana High School from 2015-2017. He hails from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He attended Purdue for both his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and Master’s in Athletic Training Pedagogy from 2008-2015.

Maria “Maggie” Florez-Cook, ATC, LAT

Photo of Maggie Florez-CookMaggie Florez-Cook has been the assistant athletic trainer at McNeil High School in Round Rock ISD since 2012. Prior to this, she was the athletic trainer for Ozen High School in Beaumont, TX. She has a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Masters of Education in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. 

Pflugerville High School

Peter Wimmer, MEd, ATC, LAT

Photo of Peter WimmerPete Wimmer is one of two athletic trainers at Pflugerville H.S. Prior to arriving in Pflugerville in 2004 he was the athletic trainer at Carrollton Newman Smith High School in Carrollton Texas for six years following a two-year span at Alice High School.

Wimmer received his Bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Texas State University in 1993 and completed his Master’s in Education at Northwestern State University. He has also been the athletic trainer for the Alexandria (LA.) Aces Professional Baseball Club in the 1995 season as well as having been a student intern with the Dallas Cowboys Football Club in 1992.

Lauren delaTorre, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Lauren delaTorreLauren delaTorre is one of the two athletic trainers at Pflugerville H.S., arriving in 2014. Prior to arriving at Pflugerville, she spent two years at Hutto High School and 2 years at Brazoswood High School in Clute.

DelaTorre received her Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and Masters of Athletic Training from Texas State University in 2010.

Round Rock Express — AAA affiliate Houston Astros

John Gregorich, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of John GregorichJohn Gregorich returns to the Astros organization for his sixth season and his first with Round Rock. He has been an athletic trainer at Corpus Christi (2018), Buies Creek (2017), Tri-City (2015-16) and Greeneville (2014) during his time with the Astros. In 2014, he was named the 2014 PBATS Appalachian League Athletic Trainer of the Year. John also served as the athletic trainer for the 2019 Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.

Prior to joining the Astros, Gregorich was a sports medicine intern for the Cleveland Indians (2013), and in 2012 interned with the Indians Class A affiliate, the Lake County Captains. Gregorich also served as a graduate student athletic trainer for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team during the 2012 season. Gregorich received his Master of Science degree in athletic training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013. In 2011, he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Rouse High School

Miranda Gafford, ATC, LAT

Photo of Miranda GaffordMiranda Gafford joined Rouse Sports Medicine staff in the 2010-2011 school year. Gafford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Texas Christian University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Texas State University and is both a Nationally Certified (NATABOC) and a State Licensed Athletic Trainer.

Wayne Lauritzen, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Wayne LauritzenWayne Lauritzen is one of the two athletic trainers at Rouse H.S. Prior to arriving on campus in 2003 he was an athletic trainer at Leander ISD and the athletic trainer at Lake Travis ISD for two years. Before Lake Travis, he spent seven years at the University of North Texas as an assistant athletic trainer.

He received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Southwest Texas State University in 1994. He finished his master’s in exercise physiology at The University of North Texas in 1997.

St. Edward’s University

Daniel Shomali, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Daniel ShomaliDaniel Shomali is a certified athletic trainer at St. Edwards University. He attended Olivet Nazarene University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2011. Shomali then furthered his education in Kansas, attending Fort Hays State University where he received a Master’s in Science in Health and Human Performance in 2013.

Shomali began his athletic training career at Bethel College in Kansas, and then it was on to Faulkner University in Alabama, Campbellsville University in Kentucky, and then to Kankakee High School in Illinois before working at St. Edwards University. 

Victoria LaBrie, M.A., ATC, LAT, CES

Photo of Victoria LaBrieVictoria LaBrie is from Maple Valley, WA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Whitworth University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and played volleyball for three years. After graduation, she moved to Omaha, NE where she was a graduate assistant while earning her M.A. in Exercise Science and worked with softball, women’s soccer, and swim and dive. LaBrie then moved to College Station, TX where she interned with the Texas A&M Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams before starting at St. Edwards University in July 2018.

Texas Sports and Family Medicine

Mark Hutchens, M.D.

Photo of Mark HutchensMark Hutchens served as the Director of Athletic Medicine and Team Physician for The University of Texas at Austin (1991-2001) and continues in the role of team physician for local high school, college, and professional sports. He completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama in 1991. Prior to his fellowship, he served three years in the Indian Health Service at the Choctaw Nation Indian Hospital in Talihina, Oklahoma. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1984 and completed a family practice residency program at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in 1987. Hutchens received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1980.

Timothy Vachris, M.D.

Photo of Timothy VachrisTimothy Vachris, M.D. was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended St. Thomas with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish. He went on to earn his Medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2005. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Memorial Southwest Family Medicine Residency in Sugarland, Texas. While in residency, he developed an interest in Sports Medicine and helped with the care of the athletes at the Univerity of St. Thomas.

After completing his residency in 2008, he moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California to complete a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California. While in Southern California, Dr. Vachris provided sports medicine coverage at Team Physician for Claremont McKenna College, Cal State University, San Bernardino in addition to Los Osos High School.

In August 2009, he started practicing at Texas Sports & Family Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Vachris began providing coverage for McCallum High School athletics. Dr. Vachris has spent the last five years as Team Physician for the University of Texas Athletics. He recently resigned to spend more time at TSFM and with his growing family.

Texas Stars – American Hockey League

Shay McGlynn, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Shay McGlynnMcGlynn joins the Dallas Stars organization after spending two years with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. Prior to his time in professional hockey, he spent a year on the staff of SUNY-Plattsburgh (NCAA) primarily working with women’s soccer, hockey, and men’s lacrosse teams.

He played hockey at Westfield State University (NCAA Division III) and earned his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training in 2011 and Master’s in 2013. McGlynn is certified with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning coach, and as a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

McGlynn previously served as a student athletic trainer as an undergraduate and was the athletic trainer for the men’s hockey team at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was also the graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Hawaii-Manoa where he worked with local high schools.

Vista Ridge High School

José Carrillo, LAT/ATC

Photo of Jose CarrilloJosé Carrillo is in his nineteenth year of athletic training and in his sixth year as an athletic trainer with Vista Ridge. He was also an athletic trainer at Round Rock High School, Brownsville Rivera High School, and Fort Bend Hightower High School.
Originally from Port Isabel, he earned a Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Southwest Texas State University. He is both nationally certified and state licensed.  He and his wife Carolyn have been married for 14 years and have two daughters, McKenna, and Isadora.

Rikkie Fernandez, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Rikkie FernandezFernandez has been an Athletic Trainer for three years, this is her first year with Vista Ridge. She was raised in Southwest Louisiana and served for four years int eh U.S. Navy, stationed on the USS McMampbell (DDG 85) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. She earned her B.S. in Athletic Training from McNeese State University in 2014. Fernandez also spent two years as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer at Jack C. Hays High School and Dahlstrom Middle School in Buda, Texas while completing her M.S. in Athletic Training.

Westwood High School

John G. Horsley MEd, ATC, LAT, CSCS

Photo of John HorsleyJohn G. Horsley is from Denton, TX and moved to Austin in 2001 to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He spent five years working with Texas Longhorn Athletics as an Athletic Training Student. In 2005, he worked with the 2005 NCAA National Champion Longhorn Baseball Team. Horsley also spent time as an intern with the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League and with the sport performance company Train 4 The Game.

In 2006, Horsley completed Kinesiology degrees in Athletic Training and Health Promotions and Fitness from the University of Texas at Austin. He also completed his M.Ed. in Education Administration from Concordia University Texas in August 2013. Horsley has also served as a preceptor, supervising athletic training students in the Athletic Training Program for the University of Texas at Austin since 2010.

This will be Horsley’s seventh year as an athletic trainer at the high school level, having worked at Manor High School (2007-2010), Cedar Ridge High School (2010-2013), and currently Westwood High School.

Mollie Eastman, MS, ATC, LAT

Photo of Mollie EastmanMollie Eastman is from Fort Worth, TX and moved to College Station in 2006 to attend Texas A&M University. She spent four years as an athletic training student intern with Aggie Athletics. In 2010, she worked with the Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field National Championship Teams.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree in 2010, Eastman became a licensed athletic trainer and decided to continue her education. She started graduate school at Texas A&M in 2011. During graduate school, she completed clinical rotations with Aggie Athletics and Bryan High School. Eastman also served as a contract athletic trainer for Texas A&M Rec Sports and surrounding high schools in the Bryan/College Station area.

Eastman completed her Master’s degree in Athletic Training in 2013 from Texas A&M University. She started as an athletic trainer at Westwood High School in the fall of 2013.