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Meet Athletic Training Faculty


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

Professor and Program Director

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John Nyland MSAT DirectorDr. Nyland possesses an extensive résumé of professional training and routinely serves, advocates and teaches around the world. Nyland is an editorial review board member for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), the Journal of Athletic Training, Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy, Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica, the Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and Case Reports in Orthopedics. Dr. Nyland is president of the JOSPT Board of Directors. 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. Nyland developed the books Innovations in Knee Rehabilitation and Clinical Decisions in Therapeutic Exercise: Planning and Implementation; he also developed a home study course, Therapeutic Strategies for Developing Neuromuscular Control in the Kinetic Chain.  Nyland served on the 1996 and 2008 USA Paralympic games sports medicine staff and as an International Para-Archery Classifier in 2012 and 2016.

Faculty & Staff

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD

Associate Professor

Demetra Antimisiaris MSATDemetra Antimisiaris, also known as Dr. D, is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy. She then completed a clinical pharmacy residency in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy at the UCLA-West Los Angeles veterans administration program.  Dr. D is an associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology and leads the Frazier Polypharmacy and Medication Management program which is dedicated to education, research and outreach to help solve the problems associated with polypharmacy. She authors continuing education courses for physicians, pharmacologists, nurse practitioners, social workers and other interdisciplinary learners.  She serves on the editorial board of several peer reviewed journals and is dedicated to pharmacology education.

Adam Diamond PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Adjunct Faculty

Adam Diamond graduated with his B.S in Athletic Training from Eastern Kentucky University. After working as a licensed athletic trainer in a high school setting for a year, he then went to The Ohio State University and obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During this time Diamond worked to receive his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and began training youth to collegiate athletes in injury prevention and sports performance. There he also helped instruct in the athletic training program’s anatomy lab and volunteered in the biomechanics research lab. He currently works at The University of Louisville as a physical therapist and athletic trainer for the swimming & diving team.

Kayla Diamond, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, PES

Adjunct Faculty

Kayla Diamond graduated with her B.S in Athletic Training from Eastern Kentucky University and further earned her Master of Science from Western Kentucky University.  She currently practices athletic training and strength and conditioning at ProRehab Physical Therapy and is responsible for preventing and treating various sports injuries as the athletic trainer at Louisville Collegiate School. Before her experience with ProRehab, she obtained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) as an injury reconditioning specialist in Columbus, Ohio, working with youth athletes to the older adult population in injury prevention and sports performance.

Tiffany Franklin, MA, LAT, ATC

Clinical Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor

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Tiffany Franklin MSAT A native of Indianapolis and an athletic trainer since 2007, Tiffany Franklin earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Franklin College and her master’s degree in exercise science and sport performance from Ball State University, where she was also a graduate assistant athletic trainer. She served as an assistant athletic trainer at Butler University and the athletic trainer at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Prior to coming to Spalding, Franklin was the sports medicine coordinator and physician extender with Community Health Network Sports Medicine in Indianapolis and the recipient of the 2013 Community Health Network Sports Medicine Employee of the Year Award. Franklin assisted with developing outreach contracts, provided sports medicine services to area middle and high schools and facilitated interdisciplinary educational programming. She also assisted the Indy Eleven and Indy Fuel teams with sports medicine services. Franklin is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership education at Spalding University.

Jun Matsuno, MS, LAT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Jun Matsuno MSATJun Matsuno graduated from Wilmington College in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  He earned his Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University.  As the head athletic trainer at Spalding University, he oversees the care of over 200 student-athletes from 17 different sports.  Before joining  Spalding University, Matsuno served as an assistant athletic trainer at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Georgetown College and Eastern Kentucky University.  His internship experience includes a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sabrina Pletz, MS, LAT, ATC, PTA

Assistant Professor and Assistant Athletic Trainer

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Sabrina PletzSabrina Pletz earned her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Cumberland College, and her Master of Science in Exercise Science from Fort Hays State University.  As an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Charleston, she taught athletic training courses and provided care to NCAA Division II athletes.  Pletz served as President of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was the recipient of their Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in 2011.  Prior to coming to Spalding University, Pletz served as the clinical education coordinator for the athletic training program at St. Catharine College.  As an assistant athletic trainer, she provides services to Spalding University student-athletes.  In conjunction with the school of nursing, she also developed the Spalding University EagleCare student health service.

Lisa Potts, PhD

Assistant Professor

Lisa Potts MSATLisa Potts graduated from Centre College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology.  She earned her Doctorate in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology from the University of Louisville.  She received training in neurophysiology and neuropharmacology as a post-doctoral scholar at Emory University, studying novel treatment strategies for Parkinson’s disease in non-human primates.  She continued training as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky, working on studies of neuroprotection in non-human primate and rodent models of Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injury.  Dr. Potts then expanded her study to spinal cord injury as a senior research associate at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville.  There she worked with patients who had sustained spinal cord injuries, studying the effects of epidural spinal cord stimulation on the cardiovascular system.  Dr. Potts oversees the anatomy and neuroscience courses in the MSAT program.

Amy Verst PhD, LAT, ATC, RNP

Adjunct Faculty

Amy Verst MSATDr. Verst received a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science from Bellarmine University. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a certified athletic trainer. Dr. Verst is highly experienced in care of children and disabled athletes. She teaches the Medical-Surgical Conditions and Diagnostic Tests course in the MSAT program. Dr. Verst also assists the Spalding University Athletic program as a volunteer assistant athletic trainer.