ON AND OFF THE FIELD... Emily, Sam, Jenn, and Mitch
There’s more to athletic training than just working on a sports field. Assisting athletes might be the backbone of the profession, but there’s no limit to the settings where an athletic trainer can apply their expertise.
Athletic Trainers are individuals who’ve worked to become qualified and multi-skilled health care professionals. Athletic trainers, or ATs, work to prevent injury, maintain wellness, provide clinical evaluation, while also offering emergency care, rehabilitation, and more.
Emily Miller, ATC/L received a Bachelor of Science – Spanish Language in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a Certification in Therapeutic Massage in May of 2016 from Madison College. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Athletic Training from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in May of 2020. She has traveled with collegiate women’s basketball, baseball, and wrestling teams, in addition to traveling with high school football. She administered Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Tests and provided care for all athletes including taping, bracing, and a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Emily worked as a pool manager and head lifeguard for seven years. She worked as a licensed massage therapist, substitute teacher, and boys swim coach.
Sam Mescher, ATC/L is a BOC Certified and Illinois licensed Athletic Trainer. She was born and raised here in Southern Illinois. Sam received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Athletic Training at Union University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude while playing for their women’s golf team.
Before coming to OCSI, Sam spent her first two years certified working as a Physician Extender at Moore Orthopedics and as the Head Athletic Trainer at West Carteret High School in Morehead City, North Carolina.
Since returning back to Southern Illinois and starting at OCSI Sam spends most of her time in the clinic assisting the providers with patient history, injections, wound care, sports physicals, and casting. Occasionally you will even see her on the field covering Mount Vernon Township High School sports!
Sam loves helping others. One of her favorite things about working in the clinic is getting to watch a patient progress from coming in with an injury and walk out injury free and get back to enjoying their life.
Jenn Smith, ATC/L has been an employee of the Orthopaedic Center since 2003. Originally from Iowa, she obtained her athletic training degree at the University of Iowa and went on to SIU Carbondale where she earned her Masters Degree in Sports Social-Psychology.
She has provided athletic training services to Rend Lake College and Mount Vernon High School as well as using her rehab skills with patients at our Physical Rehab Center. You will now find her on the clinical side assisting our providers with patient care as a physician extender. Jenn is certified in casting and bracing and as a CPR/AED Instructor for OCSI.
Mitch Meyer, ATC/L received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Indiana University in May of 2018. He received a post-professional Master of Science in Athletic Training from Ohio University in May of 2020. Mitch worked as a Grad Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Reds, and for Ohio University Men’s Basketball. Mitch traveled with Indiana University’s wrestling and football, in addition to men’s soccer and women’s tennis. Mitch has completed research on acute effects of sleep deprivation on neuro-ophthalmologic function, time of day impacts on near point of convergence, and protocol concussion treatment in Division I athletes.
Mitch served as the Department Representative for Athletic Training in the Ohio Graduate Student Senate. He promoted and shared the role and importance of Athletic Trainers as healthcare providers. He has worked several BIG Ten Conference Tournaments.