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CORE faculty


James Scifers, DScPT, PT, SCS, LAT, ATC Professor & Master of Science in Athletic Training Program Director; Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

DScPT, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Orthopedic Physical Therapy
MPT, Emory University, Physical Therapy
BS, East Stroudsburg University, Physical Education/Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 205
Office phone: (610) 625.7210

Dr. Scifers serves as Chair of the Department for Rehabilitation Sciences and Director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. His previous experience includes serving as Athletic Training Program Director at Western Carolina University, Salisbury University and Lock Haven University. He was named an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2011, received the Athletic Training Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association in 2014 and is the recipient of the NATA 2017 Professional Development Excellence Award. Jay has also served as President of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association and the Maryland Athletic Trainers' Association. Scifers co-authored concussion legislation titled the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act in North Carolina in 2011. 

Scifers authored the textbook Special Tests for Neurologic Examination and contributed to Therapeutic Exercise: From Theory to Practice. His scholarship has also included publishing 30+ articles and more than 250 professional presentations in athletic training and physical therapy. Scifers' areas of research interests are the sacroiliac joint, manual therapy and therapeutic modalities.


Jennifer Ostrowski, PhD, LAT, ATC, Associate Professor 


PhD, Michigan State University, Kinesiology & Health Promotion
MS, University of Kentucky, Athletic Training
BS, Salisbury University, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 235
Office phone: (610) 625.7203

Dr. Ostrowski is a faculty member in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program, and is the Director of the Doctor of Athletic Training Program.  Her previous experience includes serving as the initial Coordinator of Clinical Education for Moravian's College's MSAT program, as Athletic Training Program Director at Weber State University, and as Coordinator of Clinical Education at Lasell College. Dr. Ostrowski's research interests center on the psychology of injury, and therapeutic modalities.  She has been active in her scholarship, authoring a national textbook, titled Psychosocial Strategies for Athletic Training, and over 20 peer reviewed publications, as well as presenting at over 40 professional conferences.  Dr. Ostrowski has been awarded several National and private grants to fund her therapeutic modalities research, and was recently asked to serve as a subject matter expert for the NATA's pilot Self-Assessment Module in mental health.


David Wilkenfeld, MS, LAT, ATC, Instructor & Clinical Education Coordinator

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EdD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Kinesiology (in progress)
MS, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Athletic Training
BS, University of California at Davis, Exercise Biology

Office location: SMRC 236
Office phone: (610) 625.7208

Mr. Wilkenfeld serves as the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program.  His previous experience includes serving as an athletic trainer, preceptor, and coordinator of clinical education at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Mr. Wilkenfeld was named an Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2016 by the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, served on the Board of Representatives for the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, and was selected as a fellow in the inaugural class of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Leadership Institute.

David’s research interests include injury prevention in the performing arts and hearing health for sports medicine professionals and performing artists. He has presented on performing arts medicine and clinical education best practices at multiple professional conferences, including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Mr. Wilkenfeld’s academic interests include performing arts medicine, human anatomy, and evaluation and management of the foot and ankle.  In addition to his athletic training certification, David holds certification as an instructor in Emergency Cardiac Care for the Healthcare Provider and Lay Responder through the American Red Cross.



graduate assistants

Kelcey Holcomb, LAT, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer


MHA, Moravian College, Health Administration (in progress)
BS, Western Carolina University, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 213
Office phone: (610) 625.7202

Ms. Holcomb is an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Moravian College Athletics. Holcomb is enrolled in the Master of Health Administration Program at Moravian College and in the Athletic Training Residency Program at St. Luke's University Health Network.  Kelcey completed her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Athletic Training at Western Carolina University and is a former National Athletic Trainers' Association scholarship recipient. Ms. Holcomb served as the Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association Student Senate and also as the Student Chair for the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association. Her scholarship includes more than 20 peer-reviewed professional presentations, her areas of research interests include the spine, functional movement screening and therapeutic modalities.  In addition to her athletic training certification, Kelcey holds certification in Functional Movement Screening®. 


Kelly Hoots, MS, LAT, ATC 

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MHA (in progress), Moravian College, Health Administration  
MS, Old Dominion University, Athletic Training

BS, Western Carolina University, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 212
Office phone: (610) 625.7206

Ms. Hoots teaches Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) as part of the Clinical Education III course in the MSAT program.  Kelly is Graston Technque® Certified in IASTM.  She serves as a St. Luke’s University Health Network Athletic Training Resident at Moravian College where she heads up the Dance Medicine program and provides rehabilitation services to faculty, staff and students.  


Adjunct Faculty

Brian Gloyeske, MS, LAT, ATC (Emergency Care)

MS, East Stroudsburg University, Athletic Training 
BS, University of Toledo, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 237

Mr. Gloyeske teaches the Emergency Care course in the MSAT program and Management and Care of Athletic Injuries in the undergraduate Health Sciences program. Gloyeske has previous teaching experience in the East Stroudsburg University Athletic Training program.  In addition to his teaching roles at Moravian College, Brian serves as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Moravian College and as an Athletic Trainer for St. Luke’s University Health Network.  He is co-author of the textbook Clinical Skills Documentation Guide for Athletic Training (3rd edition).  


Jill Manners, MS, MPT, LAT, ATC, PT, COMT (Manual Therapy)

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ScD (in progress), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy  
MPT, Western Carolina University, Physical Therapy
MS, West Virginia University, Athletic Training
BS, Ithaca College, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 237

Ms. Manners teaches the manual therapy sections of Therapeutic Exercise & Manual Therapy for the Lower Extremity and Therapeutic Exercise & Manual Therapy for the Upper Extremity.  Jill is recognized as a national leader in manual therapy within the Athletic Training profession as evidenced by her selection to assist in the development and teaching of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Specialty Certificate in Manual Therapy.  She is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine, a North Carolina licensed athletic trainer and physical therapist.  Ms. Manners has a wealth of teaching experience in the Western Carolina University, Salisbury University and West Virginia University Athletic Training programs.  She was a 2014 recipient of the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the 2013 winner of the NATA’s prestigious Gail Weldon Award of Excellence.


Jennifer Herfurth Ristine, MS, LAT, ATC, LMT (Clinical Education III: Soft Tissue Mobilization)

MS, East Stroudsburg University, Athletic Training 
MBA, Pennsylvania State University, Business Administration
BA, Millersville University, Political Science and Philosophy

Office location: SMRC 237

Mrs. Ristine teaches the Massage Therapy portion of the Clinical Education III course in the MSAT program. Jennifer is a Licensed Massage Therapist who operates her own practice in the Lehigh Valley. She teaches Massage Therapy for the Delta Career Education Corporation and also practices as an Athletic Trainer with Coordinated Health in Allentown.


Aaron Sciascia, PhD, LAT, ATC, PES (Analysis & Dysfunction of the Upper Extremity: Shoulder Evaluation)

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PhD, University of Kentucky, Rehabilitation Sciences 
MS, University of Kentucky, Kinesiology
BS, University of Delaware, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 237

Dr. Sciascia teaches the shoulder portion of Analysis & Dysfunction of the Upper Extremity.  Aaron is one of the leading clinical experts and researchers regarding the shoulder in the Athletic Training profession.  He previously served as Coordinator of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky.  He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications regarding shoulder and elbow evaluation and treatment.  Aaron was awarded the extremely prestigious American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists Founders’ Award in 2015.  Dr. Sciascia serves as an Assistant Professor in the Eastern Kentucky University MSAT program and as the Orthopedic Research Specialist for the Lexington Clinic.  He is a Kentucky licensed athletic trainer.