Athletic Training
Rehabilitation Sciences

CORE faculty

James Scifers, DScPT, PT, 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

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Office location: SMRC 205
Office phone: (610) 625.7210
Email: scifersj@moravian.edu

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 the NATA's Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator (the association's highest teaching award) in 2018, recognized as 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 300 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 

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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
Email: ostrowskij@moravian.edu

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 50 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. She also serves as a member of the Exam Development Committee for the National Board of Certification examination, and as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

 

Ellen K. Payne, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, EMT, Assistant Professor

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PhD, University of Nevada, Reno Educational Leadership
MA, San Jose State University, Kinesiology
BS, Duquesne University, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 213
Office phone: (610) 625.7211
Email: paynee@moravian.edu

Dr. Payne is a faculty member in the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. Her previous experience includes teaching Athletic Training at Radford University and teaching and serving as the Clinical Education Coordinator at Marywood University. Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Payne spent 6 years teaching high school and practicing as an athletic trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Clinically, she has worked with all levels of athletes from youth sports to professional soccer. In the winter of 2019 she traveled to Spain with the US Paralympic Alpine Ski Team to serve as their athletic trainer during World Cup racing. Dr. Payne is also an EMT with Bethlehem Township EMS and member of the National Ski Patrol. Her research interests include athletic training education, concussion education, and pre-hospital emergency care. Currently, she serves on the editorial board for the Athletic Training Education Journal and is a member of the EATA scholarship committee and serves as the EATA Information Center Committee chairperson.  

 

David Wilkenfeld, EdD, LAT, ATC, Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Education 

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EdD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Kinesiology 
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
Email: wilkenfeldd@moravian.edu

Dr. Wilkenfeld serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.  Prior to becoming an educator, he spent 7 years as an athletic trainer for pre-professional performing artists in Winston-Salem, NC.  Dr. Wilkenfeld’s research interests center around hearing health and injury prevention among sports medicine professionals and performing artists.  Dr. Wilkenfeld has numerous professional presentations in athletic training and performing arts medicine at state, district, national, and international conferences, and in collaboration with Moravian University’s Computer Science program developed a 3D model of the inner ear as a teaching tool for students and patients.  David’s academic interests include performing arts medicine, human anatomy, and evaluation and management of the foot and ankle.

 

Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer M. Doane, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, ATC (Sports Nutrition)

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RD, The College of Saint Elizabeth, Registered Dietician Internship 
MS, The University of Connecticut, Nutritional Science
BS, Salisbury University, Physical Education/Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 237
Email: doanej@moravian.edu

Jennifer M. Doane, a registered/licensed dietitian, board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, and certified/licensed athletic trainer, is the president and principle-partner of Advantage Nutrition & Wellness, LLC.  

Jennifer received her BS in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Salisbury University.  While serving as a graduate assistant certified athletic trainer in the Department of Sports Medicine, she received her MS in Nutritional Science from The University of Connecticut.  Jennifer then completed her dietetic internship at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. 

Jennifer is an active member in various professional organizations and has been serving as the liaison to NATA for SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Group).  As SCAN’s NATA Committee chair, she has helped increase visibility of sports dietitians with NATA members and authored the SCAN fact sheet on “Nutrition for the Injured Athlete”.  Locally, Jennifer has served as the Lehigh Valley Dietetic Association’s (LVDA) president.  And, since 2002, has taken on many supporting roles in the association, most recently from 2011 to the present serving as LVDA’s Reimbursement Committee chair. 

At Moravian University, Jennifer is an adjunct professor for the undergraduate nutrition course HLTR 231 as well as the graduate sports nutrition course HLAT 622.  Jennifer is also an adjunct professor at The College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ teaching their on-line graduate course on the topic of sports nutrition. 

Jennifer authored and edited the sports nutrition chapter for Personal Nutrition, 10th edition by Marie Boyle which was published in November 2017, has been a speaker at over 100 events, as well as authored two webinars related to sports nutrition and relative energy deficit in sport.      

 

Ashley Long, PhD, LAT, ATC (Organization & Administration in Athletic Training)

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PhD, University of Mississippi, Exercise Science
MS, Ohio University, Athletic Training
BS, Wingate University, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 237
Email: longa02@moravian.edu

Ashley Long is an adjunct professor in the Master of Science of Athletic Training Program.  In addition to teaching at Moravian University, Dr. Long is the founder and owner of NeuroActive, LLC, a concussion assessment and education company assisting physicians in quantitative, multidimensional assessment of concussion.  She also founded and serves as Coordinator of the Concussion Clinic at Mt. Olive Family Medicine (NC), and contracts with Carolinas HealthCare for concussion research. In addition to research into cognitive function following cumulative, subconcussive blows in adolescents, she has a particular interest in rural health and availability of athletic training services as it relates to economic measures.  Her current clinical practice is at a state-designated Rural Health Clinic, which is funded by a grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Long was the recipient of the Carolina Panthers Charities grant for concussion baseline testing, and was the co-recipient (with Mt. Olive Family Medicine Center) of the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association’s Practice of the Year for bringing concussion education and care to rural patients.  

 

Jill Manners, ScD, LAT, ATC, PT, COMT (Manual Therapy)

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ScD , 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
Email: mannersj@moravian.edu

Dr. 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 Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina licensed athletic trainer and Georgia and North Carolina licensed physical therapist.  Dr. Manners is the program director of the University of Georgia's Athletic Training program. Prior to her arrival at the University of Georgia, Jill taught 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. In 2019, Jill was elected to the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame.

 

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
Email: sciasciaa@moravian.edu

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 Pennsylvania and Kentucky licensed athletic trainer.

 

graduate assistant

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Bridgette Whitermore, PAM-Mc, LAT, ATC, Graduate Teaching Assistant

DAT, Moravian University, Athletic Training (in progress)
PAM-Mc, Shenandoah University, Performing Arts Medicine

BS, West Chester University, Athletic Training

Office location: SMRC 209
Office phone: (610) 625.7212
Email: whitermoreb@moravian.edu

Bridgette serves as the graduate teaching assistant for the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Prior to becoming the graduate teaching assistant, Bridgette practiced as an athletic trainer at a charter high school in Philadelphia, PA for 6.5 years where she developed the athletic training program.  She has also worked with pre-professional performing artists through an internship at University North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Committee on Practice Advancement.  Bridgette is passionate about the performing arts and desires the opportunity to enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life of all performing artists. Her research interests include the foot and ankle pathology in dancers.

 

Guest Speakers

Brianne Allerton, DO
Lehigh Valley Health Network
HLAT 665 - The Female Athlete

Elizabeth Ballard,  DPT, PT, LAT, ATC
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Physical Therapist / Athletic Trainer
HLAT 575 - Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill
HLAT 576 - Neurodynamics & Manual Therapy for the Lower Extremity
HLAT 677 - Neurodynamics & Manual Therapy for the Upper Extremity

Michael Bertucci, PhD
Moravian University
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
HLAT 523 - Ultrasound Piezoelectric Effect

Justin "Tug" Binstead, DO
St. Luke's University Health Network
Emergency Medicine
HLAT 505 - Joint Reduction

Gretchen Bradshaw  
Therapist
Hillcrest Family Services (Dubuque, Iowa)
HLAT 678 - Mental Health Counseling, School-Based Referrals

Leigh Ann Caldwell, MBA, LAT, ATC
Atrium Health
Manager Sports Medicine
HLAT 610 - Personnel Management

Darryl Christman,  PTA
St. Luke's University Health Network
Physical Therapy Assistant
HLAT 575 - Aquatic Therapy

Darleen T. Edmonds, EMT-P
Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Department 
HLAT 505 - Interacting with EMS and Transition of Care
HLAT 685 - IV medication administration 

Peter T. EnderMD, FACP, FIDSA
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Section Chief, Infectious Diseases
HLAT 665 - Infectious Disease and the Athlete

Bryce Gaines,  LAT, ATC
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Athletic Trainer
HLAT 685 - Casting

Andrew J. Goodbred, MD
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Clinical Faculty - St. Luke's Family Medicine Residency
HLAT 665 -  Working with Your Team Doctor: Non-Ortho Findings That Should Prompt Referrals

Kathy Halkins, RNC
Supervisor Health Services
Bethlehem Area School District
HLAT 665 - Working with the School Nurse

Carrie Hendrick, PhD, ATC
Wright Medical
Upper Extremity Territory Manager
HLAT 582 - Kinesiotaping

Andre Huertas, EMT
Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Department
HLAT 505 - Interacting with EMS and Transition of Care

Brett Keller, DO
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Primary Care Sports Medicine 
HLAT 665 - Sports Dermatology

Ashley Long, PhD, LAT, ATC
Mt. Olive Family Medicine Center
HLAT 610 - Risk Management & Legal Liability; Public Relations

Joey Long, JD, MBA
University of Mount Olive 
Assistant Professor of Business Law & Ethics
HLAT 610 - Risk Management & Legal Liability

Jason Miller
Denver Nuggets
Associate Head Athletic Trainer
HLAT 679 - Training Load Applications

Supid Nanda, MD
St. Luke's University Health Network
Cardiac Electrophysiologist
HLAT 665 - The Heart of the Trained Athlete

Tiffany Nish, MS, ATC, LAT
Lafayette College
HLAT 505 - Equipment Removal

Celestine Nnaeto,  MD
St. Luke's University Health Network 
Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
HLAT 505 - Suturing & Stapling

John Ostrowski, MS, LAT, ATC
St. Luke's University Health Network
Athletic Training - Sports Medicine Relationships
HLAT 685 - Casting

Dan Pahls  
Synergy Orthopedics 
Chief Clinical Officer
HLAT 530 - Lower Extremity Bracing

Kristine Petre, MLS, AHIP, CM
Moravian University
Health Sciences and Information Literacy Librarian
HLAT 582 - Database and search terms, Zotero

Mary Anne Riopel, PhD, PT
Moravian University
Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy
HLAT 610 - The Affordable Care Act

Michelle A. Sayenga, MSN
Moravian University

Instructor of Nursing
HLAT 684 - Parenteral Medication Administration 

Michael Snyder, EMTP, PSEE
Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Department
HLAT 685 - IV medication administration

Michael Steimling, DPT, PT
Moravian University
Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy
HLAT 576 - Manual Therapy for the Lower Extremity

Meredith M. Thomas, MS, ATC
Medco Sports Medicine
HLAT 610 - Budgets and Ordering

Darren Traub, DO
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Cardiac Electrophysiologist
HLAT 665 - The Heart of the Trained Athlete

Ashley Winkelspecht, MS, LAT, ATC
St. Luke's University Health Network
Athletic Trainer
HLAT 678 - Standardized Patients for Mental Health