16th Annual Wichita Sports Medicine Symposium


Ryan Thiele, PhD LAT ATC  

Kansas State University

Dr. Thiele is an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health at Kansas State University.  Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Iowa State University in 2010 and his master’s from The University of Tulsa in 2012.  He completed his doctoral degree at Oklahoma State University in Health & Performance in 2016.  His research examines the effects of exercise on neuromuscular function in populations with varying training status.  Additional research interests include ultrasonography assessments of musculoskeletal architecture, and sensory-motor integration across the age span.


Daniel Prohaska, M.D. 

Advanced Orthopaedic Associates; Wichita

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.


 Robert Manske, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS

ViaChristi Health Systems & Wichita State University; Wichita

Rob is currently an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.  Rob graduated from WSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994, and further earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education in 2000. He received his DPT from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2006.  Rob has been an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist since 2002.  Rob is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association.


 Shana Gatschet, OT, CAPS

Parkinson Connect – Consulting and Rehab

Shana has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist and has worked in many areas of OT across the lifespan. Shana received her B.A. in Psychology in 1995 from Wichita State University and her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Kansas Newman College in 1998. She has been trained in NeuroDevelopmental Theory (NDT), is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), a certified Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) Instructor in 2012 and 2019 and a certified Rock Steady Boxing coach for Parkinson’s since 2018.  Shana was honored as a Health Care Hero in Wichita in 2013 for Innovations by the Wichita Business Journal in support of her out-patient, community therapy business.  In 2018, she was awarded the OT Clinician of the Year by the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA).  Shana has served on the board of the local Parkinson’s Association of the Plains since 2012.  She currently works in home health and is involved with the Parkinson program that she developed.  Shana is excited about her new community business, Parkinson Connect, providing consultation and rehab in the home, community and web.  Shana is married with 2 teenage sons and enjoys sports filled family time.


 Damion Walker, DO

Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists

As a board-certified and fellowship-trained general orthopaedic surgeon and adult trauma and reconstructive surgery specialist, Dr. Damion Walker provides a large scope of services to a wide variety of patients. Dr. Walker joined Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in 2011. In his practice, he enjoys working closely with his patients, utilizing his training and experience not only to provide orthopaedic surgical care but also to improve his patients’ health and quality of life from a holistic approach.

After earning his medical degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2002, Dr. Walker received his internship and residency training from Ohio University at the Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. He later completed his orthopaedic trauma and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2008.

Dr. Walker specializes in general orthopaedics, Joint Replacement , Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement, trauma, minimally invasive fracture care, arthroscopy, and total joint reconstruction of the hip and knee. He also performs nonsurgical procedures, including regenerative medicine, stem cell, joint, and viscosupplementation injections.


 Phil Vardiman, PhD LAT ATC

Kansas State University

Dr. Vardiman is an Associate Professor and the Program Director for the Athletic Training Program at Kansas State University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health. He received his undergraduate degree from Park University in 1996, his Masters of Science from Oklahoma State University in 1998, and his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 2006.

Dr. Vardiman has been a certified Athletic Trainer since 1996 and a member of the USA Track and Field Sports Medicine Team since 2008. He had the distinction of being an athletic trainer for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and was recently named the Head Athletic Trainer for USA Track and Field for the 2019 Pan American Games.

Currently, he serves as the President Elect for the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society, is a board member for the National Athletic Trainers Association Foundation, and is a Faculty Senate Representative for the College of Human Ecology. His research focus is the human response to exercise and therapeutic clinical interventions on muscle quality and physical performance measures. He enjoys spending time with his wife Bethany, and his daughters, Rylie and Hailey.


B.J. Lahecka, DPT

Wichita State University

B J Lehecka is an Assistant Professor at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. He is the Director of Wichita Running, a clinic for runners and sports teams. His research is focused on gluteal endurance measures and their relationship to running-related injuries. He is a PhD Candidate in Orthopedic and Sports Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. In addition to university lecturing, he has been an invited speaker for 20 continuing education conference lectures. He has published multiple articles relevant to sports physical therapy.


Holly Zook Milligan, DPT

Revitalize Physical Therapy

Holly graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas.

Holly started off her PT profession with a focus on working with kids from birth to 3 years old.  In 2014, however, she happened upon a Counterstrain Course, with the information ultimately changing her career.  “I loved my job.  Working with the littles, great time off, amazing staff.  But once you feel and understand Counterstrain, you cannot go back to how you treated before.  It’s that impactful.” 


Rich Foveaux, DC, M. Sci, DACBSP

Joint Fit – Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Center

Dr. Foveaux was the first Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®) in the state of Kansas, and one of fewer than 500 in the world.

Dr. Foveaux graduated in 2008 from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO. Logan is nationally recognized as the chiropractic leader in sports and rehabilitation. There, Dr. Foveaux was the recipient of the Excellence in Chiropractic Science Award upon completion of doctorate program.

Dr. Foveaux received a Master’s of Science degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree from Logan University in 2009, finishing his rehabilitation internship with Kansas State University Sports Medicine.

Dr. Foveaux was the first Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®) in the state of Kansas, and one of fewer than 500 in the world.


David Fitzhugh, PhD LAT ATC Paramedic I/C

Fort Hays State University

Dr. David Fitzhugh is an Assistant 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.


Thomas Sanders, M.D.

Advanced Orthopedic Associates

Dr. Sanders is an orthopedic surgeon who completed his fellowship and residency at the Mayo Clinic.
As a Wichita native, he is excited to bring his training and expertise to his hometown. Dr. Sanders specializes in hip arthroscopy, sports medicine surgery, and joint replacement surgery. He uses the latest surgical techniques in treating sports-related injuries. He specializes in knee replacement (partial and total) and shoulder replacement surgery.
He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in Orthopedic Knowledge. During his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, he received advanced training in hip arthroscopy, cartilage repair, and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Sanders served as a team physician for the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and Minnesota Twins (MLB).
Dr. Sanders has been dedicated to improving patient outcomes based upon his research. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focusing on hip arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, patellar instability, cartilage repair, and joint replacement surgery. He has presented his research at national and international orthopedic conferences. He received the Herodicus Award from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine for his research on patellar instability. During his time at the Mayo Clinic he obtained the academic rank of assistant professor.