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Athletic Training

At Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, we recognize the value in athletic training, which is why the standards for our Athletic Trainers are so high. The Certified Athletic Trainer is a well-educated health care professional skilled in the prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries that result from physical activity. Specifically, the AT specializes in five practice areas or domains: prevention of athletic injuries, recognition, evaluation and immediate care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries, health care administration, and professional development. The AT functions as an integral member of the health care team. The AT works under the direction of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents. Each Certified Athletic Trainer has fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, Inc. He/she must also be licensed by the state through the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board.

To help support the health and well-being of our local high school athletes, Beacon provides many of the top schools with Athletic Trainers. See below for more details on our athletic trainers or for a list of the schools and teams, click the button below:

Beacon Partnerships

Susan Blackson

Susan is a certified athletic trainer at Indian Hill High School and also works with Craig Lindsey and Tyler Miller organizing outreach event coverage. She has been with Beacon since 2012. Susan is a native of Strongsville, OH and received her bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Marietta College in 2001 and her master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Florida in 2003. Since being certified as an athletic trainer in 2001, she has worked at both the high school and collegiate levels and has also worked in the education of undergraduate athletic training students. She is currently an approved clinical instructor for the Master’s program at Xavier University. She lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband, Cory, their daughter, Emily and their son, Colin.

Dan Forcum

Dan has been the Head Athletic Trainer at LaSalle HS since the start of the 2005 school year. Dan graduated from the College of Mount Saint Joseph here in Cincinnati with a B.S in Athletic Training in 2003. Dan is employed by Beacon Orthopedics since the spring of 2007 and he splits his time between the Beacon West Physical Therapy office and LaSalle. Dan enjoys the outdoors, playing drums with his rock band, volleyball, the Reds and Bengal’s, and is a sports fan in general. Dan and his wife Nicole, at teacher at McAuley HS, live in Westwood with their 2 children Logan and Holli.

Brandie Gausling

Brandie is the Certified Athletic Trainer at Lawrenceburg High School in Indiana. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 2012. Brandie lives in Cincinnati with her husband Scott and their four fur babies. In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and camping. She loves attending hockey and baseball games and is always cheering on the Cyclones and the Reds. Brandie also works with patients at our physical therapy clinic at Beacon West.

Sammy Hendricks

Sammy is the head athletic trainer at East Central High School, where she also teaches an Athletic Training class. She spends some time working at Beacon West in Physical Therapy, too. She is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She is a native of Harrison, OH. In her free time she loves going to country concerts, following University of Alabama Football (Roll Tide!!!), and likes traveling and exploring new places with her friends.

Hayley Hodge

Hayley Hodge is a Certified Athletic Trainer at Wyoming High School & Middle School since starting with Beacon Orthopaedics in 2016. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and a Colerain High School alumni, Hayley attended Xavier University and graduated with a BS in Athletic Training from their athletic training program in 2016. She is a licensed athletic trainer (Ohio) and a member of the NATA, OATA, and GCATA. In addition to her duties at Wyoming City Schools, she also assists Josh Clarke with implementing the Beacon Orthopaedic and Research Foundation’s Bioskills Lab Program, helps with the many outreach events Beacon covers and spends time in the Miamisburg PT Clinic. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking in National Parks and spending time with her soon to be husband Andrew.

CJ Hubbard

CJ is a Certified Athletic Trainer for Lakota West High School and Freshman School. CJ is a local native and alumnus of Monroe High School. He attended Wright State University where he earned a BS in Athletic Training and earned his Athletic Training certification and Ohio licensure in August 2019. CJ began his career with another health organization, practicing in the greater Dayton area until Summer of 2021 when he began his career with Beacon Orthopedics. CJ is familiar with Beacon Orthopedics because he was here as an intern in multiple roles in the clinic before graduating in Summer of 2019. CJ is a Member of NATA, OATA, GLATA, and GDATA.

Mark Keiser

Mark Keiser has been a Certified Athletic Trainer at Beacon since November of 2016 working as an ATC in the Summit Woods Physical Therapy Clinic, the Assistant ATC at Moeller High School, and as an ATC for the Midland Redskins. Prior to working at Beacon, Mark worked as a Minor League Athletic Trainer in the Kansas City Royals Organization for 6 years (2011-2016). Mark was fortunate enough to be a part of Royals Organization when they won the 2015 World Series. Numerous players that Mark worked with on a daily basis as Minor League players are currently playing in the Major Leagues. Mark is originally from Versailles, OH and he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Ohio University (’09) and his Master’s of Science in Athletic Training from East Carolina University (’11). He and his wife, Rachel, currently reside in Fort Thomas, KY with their daughter Blair (born June 2017).

Alli King

Alli has been the Athletic Trainer for Wyoming High School since 2016. She has been an employee of Beacon Orthopaedics since 2014. A native to West Chester, Ohio and Lakota East High School graduate, Alli earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati. Thereafter, completing a graduate assistantship at Penn State University earning her Master’s Degree of Education focusing in Health Education in 2013. In her career she has worked with all levels of athletes: secondary, collegiate, and professional. Alli serves as an Approved Clinical Instructor for the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University in order to provide high school internship opportunities for local college athletic training students. Alli resides in Wyoming, OH with her husband, Zak and son, Sam. She has two dogs and enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and running.

Addam Kitchen

Originally from the city of Lorain, Ohio, Addam joined Beacon Orthopaedics in July of 2017 and is primarily working at Wilmington College with the women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and baseball teams. He is also teaching a Kinesiology course for students in the exercise science program at Wilmington. Addam graduated with his BS in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University in 2015 then attended Indiana State University to earn a Doctorate in Athletic Training while working as a graduate assistant with the track and field programs. He’s a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association and enjoys golfing, running, and weightlifting in his spare time.

Terri Konte

Terri has been an Athletic Trainer for Indian Hill High School since 1990 (Head Athletic Trainer since 1996). A native of Mentor, Ohio, Terri attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training/Health Education and Promotion (1990) and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology (1994). She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Ohio Athletic Trainers Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association and a Licensed Athletic Trainer (Ohio). She is also a Certified Instructor in CPR/First Aid through the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI). Terri is also currently an approved clinical instructor for the Master’s program at Xavier University. In her free time, Terri likes to travel, cheer on her Cleveland teams and spend time with family.​

Becca Lemmel

Becca is the certified athletic trainer for Mount Notre Dame High School, and spends some time in the physical therapy clinic at Beacon Summit Woods. She has been with Beacon since 2012. Becca received her BS in Athletic Training from Ohio University (2012). She is a licensed athletic trainer, a member of the NATA, GLATA, and OATA. She is a Cincinnati native and McAuley High School alumna. After facing sport-ending knee injuries, Becca still partakes in Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit classes. She loves hiking with her dogs, traveling, and attending FC Cincinnati games all with her husband, Chris.

Craig Lindsey

Craig has served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Archbishop Moeller High School since 1995. In 1992 he earned his B.A. Degree in Physical Education and Health from Berea College. He then completed the Athletic Training Curriculum from Wright State University in the Spring of 1995.

In addition to his duties at Moeller High School, Craig also serves as the Lead Athletic Trainer for Beacon Orthopaedics, where he works extremely close Tyler Miller, who serves as our HS Outreach Manager.

Craig is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Greater Cincinnati Athletic Trainers’ Association. He proudly serves as an Approved Clinical Instructor for the following Athletic Training College Programs: University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University and Wright State University; which provides high school internship opportunities for their athletic training students.

Craig and his wife, Robin reside in Hebron, Kentucky with their two children, Austin & Ashlee.

Joe Lucas

Joe has been the Head Athletic Trainer at CHCA since 2004. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion & Education with emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of Cincinnati in 1998. He spent one year as an intern with the Cincinnati Bengals, then completed his graduate assistantship with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University in 2001. During his free time he likes to work on home improvement projects, watch UC and Auburn sports. He lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife (Sacha), son (Andrew) and daughter (Parker).

Paige McDowell

Katie Miller

Katie has served as an Athletic Trainer at Oak Hills High School since 2011. Katie graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a B.S. in Athletic Training in 2007. Katie is also a 2003 alum of Oak Hills. In addition to her work at the high school she also works with the Little Highlanders and all 3 middle schools in the district. Katie and her husband Elliott live in the Oak Hills District with their son Kaden.

Tyler Miller

Tyler is the current High School Outreach Coordinator at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He is a former Athletic Director who began his career in interscholastic athletics in 2011 as Assistant Athletic Director at Kings High School. He was named the district’s Director of Athletics in 2015 and served in that role for six years (2015-2021). During his time at Kings, Tyler supervised 29 Varsity programs consisting of nearly 100 athletic teams and was integral in leading the athletic programs to great success. Since 2015, Kings’ athletic programs claimed three state championships, 31 Eastern Cincinnati Conference titles, and achieved the 2018-2019 ECC All-Sports Trophy. He was a two-time Southwest Ohio Athletic Director of the Year nominee (2020 & 2021) and was the SWOADA Horizon Award winner in 2018. He joined the Beacon Orthopaedics team in 2021 as the High School Outreach Coordinator and looks forward to establishing and developing relationships with all partner schools and community organizations.

Tyler is a 2009 graduate from The Ohio State University where he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Education and a 2010 graduate from Xavier University earning his Master of Education in Sports Administration. Tyler lives in Mason, OH with his wife Melissa and their two children, Madison and Mason.

Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller serves as the athletic trainer for Hopewell and Liberty Middle schools and helps with coverage at Lakota East High School. Originally from Cincinnati, and a Fairfield High School alumni, he graduated from Miami University in 2018 with his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training.

Joining the Beacon staff in 2019, he has provided coverage for various sporting events, including the rodeo. In his spare time he enjoys watching the Bengals and Reds, along with spending time with friends and family.

Mike Olds

Mike is the Head Athletic Trainer at Kings High School, works with athletes of Midland Baseball, and also sees patients at Beacon Summit Wood’s physical therapy clinic.

Caitlin Perry

Caitlin graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Her work experience includes: Troy High School, Atrium Medical Center with Middletown High School, and now with Beacon at Lakota East High School.

Alex Popken

Alex currently works as a Certified Athletic Trainer at LaSalle High School and Beacon West Physical Therapy Clinic. She received her BS in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University in 2017. She is from Cincinnati (White Oak) and attended Mount Notre Dame High School. In her free time she enjoys working out, running Spartan Races, and hanging out with family and friends.

Ashlie Porter

Ashlie is an Athletic Trainer for Beacon Orthopaedics and works at East Central High School and in the Beacon West Physical Therapy Clinic.

Sara Reuscher

Sara is a certified athletic trainer for Lakota West High School. She is a Cincinnati native and alumna of Mount Notre Dame High School and the College of Mount St. Joseph where she earned a BS in Athletic Training. She obtained her Athletic Training certification and licensure in 2008 and has since worked with the Lakota School District through another organization until 2016 where she transitioned to Beacon Orthopaedics. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, Ohio Athletic Trainers Association, and Greater Cincinnati Athletic Trainers Association.

Ron Smith

Ron Smith is an athletic trainer/strength coach at Kings High School He graduated with his BS in athletic training From the University of Cincinnati in 2018 and his MS in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2019. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Athletic Training from A.T Still University. He has worked for 7 years as a personal trainer/strength coach before being an athletic trainer helping people and athletes transform and build their bodies. In his free time, he enjoys weight-lifting and spending time with his family and friends.

Kevin Stokes

Kevin Stokes is the lead athletic trainer for Lakota East High School. Kevin comes to Lakota East and Beacon from Middletown High School and Premier Health. Kevin is from Morehead, KY, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville. From there, he went to University of Arkansas for his Master’s degree. While at Arkansas, Kevin worked with the Razorback’s nationally ranked women’s track and field team, along with their women’s soccer and tennis teams. After receiving his master’s degree, Kevin went on to work at the University of Cincinnati. While with the Bearcats, he worked with the track and field, rowing, and swimming and diving programs. He then went to the University of Mississippi and worked with the track and field team. Kevin left Ole Miss and started working with Campbell Clinic out of Memphis, TN. He moved back to the Cincinnati area to work at Middletown High School and Premier Health, prior to joining Lakota East and Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Kevin currently lives in Lebanon, OH with his wife Nikki, and three kids Kylei, Georgia and Joey.

Jordan Thomas

Jordan is the Athletic Trainer for Lawrenceburg High School and sees patients our West PT Clinic when he is not out at athletic events.

Josh True

Josh True is the lead Certified Athletic Trainer for Beacon’s Bridge Program. Josh is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as certified in the Functional Movement Screen, Y Balance Test, Functional Capacity Screen, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment through Functional Movement Systems. He is certified in Graston Technique and Myofascial Decompression Treatment. Josh is a member of the NATA, GLATA, OATA, GCATA, NSCA, and FMS. Josh is originally from Nebraska. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and his Master of Arts in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Josh began his career at Washington High School in Indiana, then continued his career at Warren Central High School/Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, and Indiana State University. He previously served as an athletic trainer at Lakota West High School as part of the partnership with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He has worked with athletes of all ages, including middle school to collegiate, professional, and Olympians, as well as presented at local and state levels on Functional Rehabilitation and Progression. He also works with people of all ages who are looking to get back to a full level of function after injury. He and his wife Erika reside in Loveland, Ohio with their three children Lillyan, Landon, and Kyler.

Becky White

Becky is the athletic trainer at Ursuline Academy, she first worked at UA from 2011 until 2018 then returned in 2020. She is originally from Connecticut and graduated with her Bachelors of Science from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Becky then moved to Cincinnati and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. She is a licensed athletic trainer in Ohio and belongs to the NATA and OATA. During her free time she enjoys running, baking and spending time with family. She lives in Mason with her husband, Mike, son, Hudson and stepson, Reid.