2018 Medical Team

2018 Spirit of Atlanta Medical Team

Erika Kooda | Spirit of Atlanta Media

 

Jenna Chinburg, MA, LAT, ATC

Medical Program Manager

Jenna Chinburg

Jenna Chinburg joined Spirit of Atlanta in 2017 to start the corps’ preliminary medical program. Previously, she completed full tours with the Boston Crusaders while serving as Head Athletic Trainer from 2014-2016. Jenna assisted in creating the medical program at the Boston Crusaders in collaboration with Dr. Vivien Tucker. Since 2016, Jenna expanded her a role as an Independent Health and Wellness Consultant across DCI where she assists in the implementation of medical policies and procedures, recruiting medical professionals, and providing on-site injury evaluation for touring clinical staff.

Jenna’s ongoing passion for medical care in the performing arts influenced her master’s thesis on the patient-clinician relationship in drum corps. Her work was awarded a national grant and was presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention and the Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium.

Aside from drum corps, Jenna has several years’ experience working in collegiate athletics and most recently, pediatrics, within a Primary Care Sports Medicine department. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She furthered her education at San Jose State University with a Master of Arts in Kinesiology.

 

C.J. Rolison, IV, DO

Corps Physician

Dr. C.J. Rolison

Dr. C.J. Rolison is an alumnus of Spirit of Atlanta and is a primary care sports medicine physician, currently practicing in Bethlehem, GA, with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group. He brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the medical team, both in the medical field and with his experience performing with DCI and WGI ensembles.

He grew up in Cleveland, TN, before enrolling at the University of Georgia where he received Bachelors degrees in Music and Biology.  Dr. Rolison then earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Georgia Campus, and completed his family medicine residency at AnMed Health in Anderson, SC.  He furthered his education at the University of Kentucky where he received his fellowship training in sports medicine.

Dr. Rolison is board certified in family medicine, has his certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine, and he is excited about the opportunity to give back to the corps he grew up performing with.   Please visit www.ngpg.org/cj-rolison-do/ for additional information about Dr. Rolison’s practice.

 

Ashley Konrad, MAT, LAT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Ashley Konrad

Ashley Konrad starts her first season with Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps as the Head Athletic Trainer. Ashley comes from the University of the Cumberlands, where she worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with Football, Women’s Wrestling, Women’s Basketball, and Softball. She graduated in 2018 with her Masters of Arts in Teaching. While at UC, she worked at Williamsburg Independent School District as a Head Athletic Trainer for Football, Men’s/Women’s Basketball, and Track & Field.

Ashley graduated from Graceland University in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training with a minor in Business Administration. While there, she was a Student Athletic Trainer for Football, Men’s/Women’s Basketball, Men’s Volleyball, Cheer, and Track & Field. While attending Graceland, Konrad became certified in Kinesio Tape and was a member of Graceland University’s Student Athletic Training Association.

Ashley is a member of National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). She is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and is licensed in the State of Kentucky and Georgia as an athletic trainer. She is also certified in First Aid/CPR and AED for Basic Life Saving.

 

Scott Martinez, LAT, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Scott Martinez

Scott Martinez returns to Spirit of Atlanta for his second season as Assistant Athletic Trainer. Previously, he served as an athletic training intern for the Oregon Crusaders in 2016. Scott completed his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at San Jose State University. He is originally from Cypress, CA, a city in Southern California.

Scott is currently employed as an Athletic Trainer primarily with high school athletes through Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. He also has past experience with Division I and Division III athletics. Scott is excited to return to both familiar and new faces.

 

 

Nick Coyle, MS, LAT, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Nick Coyle

Nick Coyle is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training in 2016 at Graceland University (with Head ATC Ashley, Go Jackets!) After graduating, he began a Fellowship program while starting his Master’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science at the University of North Georgia. He recently graduated from UNG in May 2018.

Nick has previous DCI experience as Athletic Trainer for the Madison Scouts in 2016. He also serves on the Marching Music Health and Wellness Project Therapy subcommittee. Last year, Nick assisted with camps and tour for Spirit of Atlanta as a Consultant Athletic Trainer. When not on tour, he worked with the Atlanta Braves Minor League team. Most recently, he worked in the NFL as a Seasonal Athletic Trainer for the Atlanta Falcons 2017-2018.   

 

 

Kirby McClain, LAT, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Kirby McClain

Kirby graduated from Culver-Stockton College in May with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training. She is originally from Bridgeton, MO, a town within St. Louis County. She is a BOC certified athletic trainer and looking into graduate studies in kinesiology.

Kirby has worked with multiple sports at Culver-Stockton College and Graceland University, ranging from football and wrestling at Graceland to men’s soccer and softball at Culver-Stockton. She also has experience working with high school students at Quincy High School and Advance Physical Therapy in Quincy, IL.

Kirby is very excited for the opportunity to work in a new setting with the Spirit of Atlanta. She says, “A summer full of traveling and athletic training is my idea of the perfect summer. I can’t wait for the new adventure of working with Spirit and the experiences that come with it.”

 

 

 

Bry Edwards

Athletic Training Intern

Bry Edwards

Bry Edwards is an athletic training intern for Spirit of Atlanta. They recently graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Exercise Science. They have a strong background in performing arts specifically dancing, singing/songwriting, and theater.

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Leverett

Athletic Training Intern

Sydney Leverett

Sydney is a senior at the University of Georgia where she double majors in Athletic Training and Exercise and Sport Science. During the school year, she participates on the club gymnastics team and helps train guide dog puppies to become working guide dogs. Sydney has previously worked with UGA’s track and field team and a local high school gaining clinical experience in an athletic training setting. Upon graduating from UGA, she hopes to further her career in athletic training by attending graduate school. Sydney is looking forward to working with the elite performing arts members of Spirit of Atlanta, in addition to learning from experienced athletic trainers!

 

 

 

Rita Acosta

Athletic Training Intern

Rita is currently a full-time college student from Saint Paul, Minnesota. After receiving her National EMT certification, she continued to study Athletic Training at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. After graduation, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in Athletic Training and continue to work as an AT with performing arts.

Rita has participated in various instrumental ensembles over the past six years. Currently, she plays snare drum with the well-known UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band. She has performed at a number of venues, including the Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore as part of a Southeast Asia performance tour.

Rita says that she is “honored to have the opportunity to learn from and maintain the safety and wellness of the talented musicians and staff at Spirit. I hope to continue to work with drum corps in the future, and I hope the skills and connections I make this summer will help me achieve those goals.”

 

 

Jake Levy, Ph.D

Mental Health/Fitness Consultant

Jake Levy

Jake Levy, Ph.D. is a former marching member of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, and ISSA certified Fitness Trainer, certified Krav Maga instructor and certified Kickboxing Fitness Instructor. In addition, he is a licensed psychologist with a special interest in performance psychology. Dr. Levy actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and Spartan obstacle course races. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Friends of Spirit, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Rink, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition Consultant

Sarah Rink

Sarah Rink graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science & Nutrition, with a Dietetics Concentration from Middle Tennessee State University and received her Master of Science in Food Science & Nutrition from Northern Illinois University. Sarah has been employed by iit/SourceTech, located in the Chicago suburbs, for 9 years, currently working as a Performance Outcome Coordinator managing dietary departments of long-term care facilities in financial, operational, and regulatory compliance.  

Sarah marched with Spirit of JSU in the Color Guard from 2001-2003, so she understands the demands and nutritional needs drum corps places on the body. While she no longer has the physical demands of drum corps, Sarah is now a distance runner, requiring attention to nutrition for optimal performance. Her training includes focus on clean eating, tracking what she eats, and observing how that affects her running and recovery. With her professional knowledge and personal experience, Sarah is able to provide credible direction on proper nutrition to maintain the optimal level of performance and healthy well-being.

 

 

 

Leah Thomas, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD

Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas is the Sports Dietitian for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association as well as the Director of Sports Nutrition, working with student-athletes from 17 different varsity teams on a daily basis, and has done this since 2003.  She conducts nutrition counseling and develops meal plans for optimal health and performance for Georgia Tech student-athletes. Additionally, she supplies and maintains the supply of extra supplements and snacks that the student-athletes rely on daily.

As the Director of the Total Person Program, she oversees the “extra” programming and development opportunities offered to student-athletes – things that are outside of academics and athletics.  This program encompasses things like career planning & placement, personal growth & development, leadership training, community service, financial literacy, and spiritual growth.

Originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Leah earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she was also a member of the varsity cross-country and track teams. She then earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science at Georgia State University.  She is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, a member of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and a founding member of the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association.

Leah still maintains an active lifestyle and in 2003, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials while competing in her first marathon.  She participated in the trials in April of 2004, 3 weeks prior to getting married. She and her husband, Dwight Thomas, have 3 children: Mazie Ruth, Bowen, and Marney.