Meet the MSAT Faculty

John_Dr. John A. Nyland, DPT, SCS, EdD, ATC, CSCS, FACSM,

John Nyland is professor and athletic training program director at Spalding University.  He is also adjunct professor of exercise science at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Nyland holds an associate degree in pre-medical studies from Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida, a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina, a master of education degree in athletic training from the University of Virginia, a doctor of education degree in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky, and a DPT degree from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts. Previously he served as associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Louisville, associate professor of Physical Therapy at the University of South Florida, and assistant professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Nyland became a sports certified physical therapist in 1996 and re-certified in 2006. He served as a sports physical therapist-athletic trainer for archery and judo at the 2008 Paralympic Games, Beijing, China, and for athletics at the 1996 Paralympic Games, Atlanta, Georgia. He also served as an international archery classifier at the 2013 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Junior Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the 2013 World Para-Archery Ranking Tournament in Novo Mesto,  Czech Republic, the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England and the 2011 Para Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. He also participates on the Medical Advisory Committee for USA Volleyball and on the World Archery Para-Archery Subcommittee. Dr. Nyland is an editorial review board member for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, the Journal of Athletic TrainingKnee Surgery Sports Traumatology ArthroscopyActa Orthopaedica et Traumatologica, the Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, the World Journal of Orthopaedics, and Case Reports in Orthopedics. Dr. Nyland is a physical therapy consultant with the International Grande Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is a past recipient of the Excellence in Education Award given by the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the John Joyce Award given by the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Nyland also developed, edited, and authored chapters in the Sports Physical Therapy Section book entitled, Innovations in Knee Rehabilitation, a textbook entitled, Clinical Decisions in Therapeutic Exercise: Planning and Implementation, published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. in 2005 and a home study course published by the Orthopaedic Section entitled Therapeutic Strategies for Developing Neuromuscular Control in the Kinetic Chain. Dr. Nyland enjoys reading, playing the guitar, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Robin, daughter, Natasha, and family pets Daffodil, Gracie, and Gertie.
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almamattocks-7406Alma Mattocks, MS, ATC, LAT
MSAT, Clinical Education Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Alma Mattocks is the clinical education coordinator for the athletic training program at Spalding University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Physical Education from Linfield College and a Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University.  Previously Alma has served as an assistant athletic trainer and adjunct professor at Pacific University in Oregon.  Prior to her stint at Pacific University Alma served as a graduate assistant at Western Oregon University while completing her Master of Science degree at Oregon State University.  Alma also has worked for Don Joy Orthopedics as a field service representative servicing many local orthopedic offices in the Louisville area, and has helped provide some coverage for athletic events at Bellarmine University.  Alma enjoys running, biking, and spending time with her husband Jimmy, and family pets Sam, Zoe and Maya.
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propic2Jordan D. Potts, MEd, ATC, LAT
Jordan is currently the head athletic trainer at Dupont Manual High School. Prior to coming to Manual, he’s had previous stints at the University of Louisville from (2011-2013) working with their baseball team, the University of South Alabama (2011) and Auburn University (2009-11). While at South Alabama, he worked with the Jaguars baseball and football programs. Prior to working with USA, Potts spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the Auburn softball program. While at Auburn, Potts completed his Master’s of Education degree with a concentration in Biomechanics in 2011. A native of Pleasant City, Ohio, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Shawnee State University in May 2009. Jordan has done several internships with professional sports teams, including working summer camps with the Cleveland Browns in 2007-2009. He also has worked for the Atlanta Falcons in 2010 and did a summer internship with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and he also holds memberships with the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association.
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CCrabtree_composite photoChelsea Crabtree

Chelsea has been a registered and licensed dietitian for 4 years. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. From there she returned to her hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, and started working in wellness. She currently works for the Health Department at Louisville Metro Government in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She also does private nutrition counseling on the side when referrals are sent to her. She has also completed her Master’s degree in Nutrition Education from Rosalind Franklin University. In her free time she serves on the Board for Girls On the Run – Louisville, a local non-profit that inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running, as well as participates in church activities. Chelsea also enjoys running, biking, swimming and spending time with her family.
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gerlindalowrey-7427Gerlinda Lowrey, MD

Dr.  Lowrey earned her bachelor’s degree in biology as well as a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Louisville. After completing a residency at West Virginia University, she returned to Louisville and practiced internal medicine until 2013 when she then became a medical director for Carewise Health. She has worked in both the private and corporate setting as well as for the Veterans Administration. Dr. Lowrey taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Southeast prior to joining Spalding University. She is a professional member of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and is licensed to practice medicine in Kentucky.
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