David Fitzhugh, PHD, LAT, ATC, Paramedic
Athletic Training Program Director and Coordinator of EMS Education
Fort Hays State University/Ellis and Russell Co. EMS
David Fitzhugh is an Associate Professor at Fort Hays State University where he serves as the Athletic Training Program Director and Coordinator of EMS Education. He is also a part-time Paramedic with Ellis and Russell County EMS. David started his EMS career in the fire service as a volunteer and then moved completely into EMS in 2009 after an extended absence from the field. He has presented on numerous athletic training and EMS topics at the local, state, and regional levels.
Jan Taylor, MS, OT
ARC Physical Therapy Overland Park, KS
Jan Taylor is an Occupational Therapist and has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1991. In addition to her clinical practice, she served as an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University from 1991 – 2004, teaching a semester course in hand rehabilitation. She is currently the OT Fellowship Director and OT Resource Coordinator for ARC Physical Therapy+ in Overland Park, KS
1975, University of Missouri, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
2001, Kansas State University, Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education.
When she’s not on the golf course, Jan enjoys traveling.
Michael J. Decker, PhD
Senior Research Consultant, University of Denver; Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Rocky Mountain Consortium for Sports Research
The goal of my work is to develop and utilize technologically advanced wearable devices to promote movement related quality of life. A neuromechanical approach to the design of wearable devices is required as it is important to understand both the neural basis and the functional consequences of applying proprioceptive and mechanical stimuli to the body. Although laboratory-based research is the standard approach to validate the effects of wearable devices on movement performance, it is plausible to suggest that laboratory-based research may not completely translate across all movement contexts. Pioneering new technology to accurately measure and quantify movement outside of the laboratory is a critically important step toward a greater understanding of the widespread impact that wearable devices may have on promoting the movement related quality of life. The proposed work provides this technology and applies it to the field of rehabilitation where functional tests, clinical outcome scores and standard clinical tools fail to identify persistent movement adaptations that ultimately lead to secondary complications, including arthritis, and the necessity for total joint replacement. The project builds directly upon my previous work over the past 20 years quantifying clinical movement compensations and designing novel rehabilitation strategies; and my current work over the past four years determining the effects of wearable devices on movement performance.
Kevin Marberry, M.D.
Via Christi Founders Circle; Wichita KS
Dr. Marberry is a Graduate of University of Missouri Medical School 1999, Internship 2000, and Residency 2001 in Orthopaedic Surgery. Fellowship Methodist Sports Medicine Center 2006. He chose orthopedic surgery because he was shadowing an orthopedic surgeon in college and watched him fix a humerus fracture with plates and screws and knew that this was the only specialty in medicine that satisfied my need to fix serious problems quickly while using a hammer.
Jennifer Celso, DPT, PT, WCS
Wichita State University & Essential Core Physical Therapy, Inc.
Jennifer is a Kansas Licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy with 15 years of experience and is a Board Certified Women’s Health Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Currently Jennifer owns Essential Core Physical Therapy, Inc. and also works as the Director of Clinical Education and an instructor for the Department of Physical Therapy at Wichita State University teaching Professional Practice coursework and Women’s Health/pelvic floor Physical Therapy. Jennifer is dedicated to treating women and men for urologic, colorectal, and pelvic pain conditions as well as women for pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Phil Hagan, M.D.
Kansas Joint and Spine Specialists; Wichita KS
Dr. Hagan received his MD from Creighton University in 1986, completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Campus in 1990, and his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in 1992. He specializes in arthroscopic knee surgery, shoulder surgery, and sports medicine.
Daniel Prohaska, M.D.
Advanced Orthopaedic Associates; Wichita KS
Dr. Prohaska graduated with a Bachelor of Biology degree from Kansas State University and attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. After his residency, he traveled to the University of Pittsburgh where he completed his fellowship in the field of Sports Medicine. While in Pittsburgh, he worked closely with the University of Pittsburgh athletes as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.
After completing his fellowship in 2001, Dr. Prohaska returned to Wichita and began his practice specializing in the care of shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries.
Valerie C. Wondra, PT
Heartspring Wichita, KS
Valerie Wondra is a pediatric physical therapist at Heartspring in Wichita, Ks. She graduated from Wichita State University in 2000. Valerie supervises the Heartspring Telemedicine Wheelchair Clinic in conjunction with Children’s Mercy Hospital. The clinic team includes a physician, therapist, assistive technology professional and the family. With support of the wheelchair clinic team, families and children participate in an assessment to determine the most appropriate seating system to meet their home and school needs. Along with improving the mobility of children, another unique skill that Valerie offers to the pediatric community is the assessment, casting and fitting of custom foot orthotics. Valerie has been providing this resource to patients since 2001. As a physical therapist, she is able to evaluate not only posture and alignment, but also the functional impact of foot orthotics. By monitoring the child’s progress during therapy, she is able to assist patients with modifications to the orthotics as their functional needs change.
Before coming to Heartspring, Valerie worked for 12 years as a physical therapist in a school-based setting. There, she gained experience working with youth in the education setting. She provided guidance to children, families and staff regarding improved functional participation and access to the educational environment.
Another passion of Valerie’s is research. Before and after graduating from Wichita State University’s physical therapy program, she participated in multiple research projects. She has co-authored 10 research publications, presenting many of them to national or local audiences. Topics of her research include foot orthotics, use of electronic gait analysis in the pediatric population, cardiovascular fitness of youth diagnosed with Down syndrome, and aerobic capacity of youth diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
B.J. Lahecka, DPT, PT
Wichita State University & Wichita Running
BJ currently serves as the Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions Physical Therapy Department. He also is the Owner of Wichita Running. BJ received his Bachelors in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University. He is currently a Candidate for PhD in Orthopedic and Sports Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
First Gear Running Company
Co-Owner of First Gear Running Company and Professional Athlete, Raquel Stucky is a two time Olympic Trials Qualifier, she was one of the top female finishers at the 2017 Boston Marathon, and current State of Kansas Female Marathon Record Holder at 2:44:57. She is the Cross Country Coach at Maize High School Raquels lifetime commitment to the art of running and health and wellness give for an educational experience when purchasing equipment. Each individual is evaluated and fitted to their needs and not what “looks good”.
Chris Fleming, LAT, ATC
Inspire Health & Performance / Wichita Fire Department
Chris is a graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in Exercises Science with an emphasis on Athletic Training. A lifelong student, Chris is a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer and has obtained multiple additional certifications as well. He is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, he has obtained Specialist status in multiple components of the Z-Health Movement and Performance Program. He is the Owner of Inspire Health Performance, the founder and director of the Wichita Sports Medicine Symposium, Medical Coordinator for the Prairie Fire Race Series, Public Relations Director for the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society, and Member of the Kansas Concussion Partnership. He also serves as the Head Athletic Trainer for Andale High School and the Remington School District, and is also an Operations Captain for the Wichita Fire Department, serving as a lead for the Peer Support Program.