Athletic Training Program


31st Sports Medicine Symposium

Mind, Body, Sports: Caring for the Whole Athlete
Tuesday, March 1, 2016



Shirley Breuer, MA, RPT, OCS, CSCS, CEAS is presently involved in orthopedic manual therapy at Windsor Physical Therapy in Windsor, CT. She received her BS in Physical Therapy and a MA in Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from the University Connecticut where she graduated as a University Scholar and Honors Scholar. Ms. Breuer is one of 75 Board Certified Specialists by the American Physical Therapy Association in Connecticut in the specialty of Orthopaedics. She has a diverse background in the rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic patients and has extensive postgraduate education in manual therapy including Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release Techniques, Mulligan Techniques, TMJ Dysfunction, Jones Strain/Counterstrain, Neural Tension Testing, Visceral Releases, and Craniosacral Therapy.

Seminar: Take Down the Wall: Breaking Barriers in Tendon Rehabilitation

Melissa Houser, M.D. is currently a chief resident of Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT, and has been accepted to the Medical Student Educators Development Institute Fellowship by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Houser graduated from George Washington University in 2004 with a BA in psychology. She later completed a Post-Baccalaureate premedical program at Hunter College in 2007 before earning her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Vermont in 2012. While at Middlesex, Dr. Houser has been an organizer of their monthly conference series titled "Teaching & Leadership" as well as acting as a preceptor and small group facilitator for residents and medical students.

Seminar: See Something, Say Something: Identifying Mental Health Concerns

Chee-Hoi Leong, PhD is currently an assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Dr. Leong graduated in 1999 from Nanyang Technological University with a B.Eng. (Hons) in Engineering. He earned a postgraduate diploma in physical education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and completed a MS in exercise science at California State University, Long Beach in 2009. He has since then also received his Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 2014. Dr. Leong received the Outstanding Exercise Physiology Graduate Student Award at the University of Utah in 2014, the Hutchinshop Scholarship in 2013 and a scholarship in 2010 from CSULB. He also has an extensive amount peer reviewed publications in relation to sport biomechanics.

Seminar:Turning Negatives Into Positives: A New Approach to Eccentric Training

Robert Howard Jr., MS, ATC is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics and the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Connecticut. He also serves as the Head Football Athletic trainer. Howard graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1988 with a BS in Sport Medicine and Athletic Training. He later earned his MS in Exercise Physiology from UConn in 1991. Howard also serves as a clinical site coordinator and instructor of UConn’s undergraduate athletic training program. He has served as president for both The BIG EAST Sports Medicine Society and The Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association. In 2004, Howard received the Outstanding Kinesiology Award from UConn’s Neag School of Education, and in 2006, he received the Athletic Trainer of the Year Award from the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association.

Seminar: Risk and Rewards of Competition: Stemming the Tide of Injury

Mike Ryan, PT, ATC, CES, PES is currently a sports medicine expert for Spartan Race, Inc., sports medicine analyst for NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football. He graduate from Central Connecticut State University in 1985 with a BS in Athletic Training and then graduate The University of Connecticut in 1988 with a BS in physical therapy. Mike Ryan is a sports medicine expert with 26 years NFL experience as an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. Mike volunteered as a physical therapist at the US Olympic training center in 2008. He is a trusted practitioner and noted speaker throughout the country on sports injury prevention and treatment. A decorated athletic trainer, his awards include the Joseph E. Bourdon Sports Medicine Achievement Award (2014), the Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year 2013 (ATAF), the Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year 2008 (SEATA), the Athletic Trainer of the Year 2007 (ATAF), and the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year 2003 (PFATS). 

Seminar: Beyond the Checkbox: Key Elements of a Professional Sports Medicine Evaluation

Brook Seeley, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Dr. Seeley received his medical school diploma from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine, where he was President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Prior to founding the Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery Center, he was a Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF. He continues to serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, and is on the Associate Staff at Hartford Hospital and Active Staff at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Seminar: Drop the Inhaler: Vocal Cord Dysfunction

Robert Waskowitz, M.D. is presently serving as senior team physician for Central Connecticut State University Athletics and medical director for the Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Waskowitz graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1990 and completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Dr. Waskowitz is one of the primary physicians covering the Summer and Winter X-Games for ESPN. He was awarded the Moyer Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association in 2012 for his work as a team physician. Dr. Waskowitz continues to serve as an elected board member of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) Committee on the Medical Aspect of Sport (CMAS). He is a member of numerous societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Connecticut State Medical Society, and the Connecticut Orthopedic Society.

Seminar: Itis versus Osis: Can You Get There From Here?

Dave Zuffelato, M.ED, ATC, LAT, PES, CES is the Assistant Athletic Trainer of the NFL New York Jets. Prior to working at the Jets, Zuffelato served as the Head Athletic Trainer at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Berlin Thunder-NFL Europe, and Florida Atlantic University Football, respectively. Before these experiences he spent a season with Scottish Claymores as their assistant athletic trainer. He originally joined the Claymores after spending the 2002 NFL season as an assistant trainer with the New York Jets. Zuffelato earned his B.S in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Central Connecticut State in 1999 and 2003 a M.Ed. from Temple University in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, and is certified by the BOC. He is also certified as an American Red Cross Professional Rescuer, and a member of the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association.

Seminar: House of Cards: The Pillars of Wellness

Meghan Gallagher, MA, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech pathologist at the Hospital of Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut. Meghan’s area of focus is vocal cord dysfunction and the speech and language needs of pediatric inpatients with long term feeding tubes. She collaborates with Connecticut Asthma and Allergy physicians to help manage patients with paradoxical vocal fold motion. Meghan graduated from the University of Maryland in 2002 with a BA in Hearing and Speech Sciences. She later earned her MA in Communication Disorders and her MBA in Health Care Management from the University of Connecticut. She has lectured on vocal cord dysfunction to medical residents and Nurses Grand Rounds at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. She is a member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Connecticut Speech-Language Hearing Association, where she serves as the Vice President for Governmental Affairs. She currently serves as a mentor to various graduate students in the area of speech pathology.

Seminar: Relieve the Wheeze: The Secret of the Sports Whisperer