The Athletic Training Program at Adrian College believes that hands-on, experiential learning is the cornerstone of education.
That’s why our athletic training students begin observation rotations as early as their sophomore year. After some initial coursework, students begin to work directly with athletes in the beginning of their junior year! Throughout their academic career, students will have accumulated 6 semesters of hands-on experience!
Below you will find some general information regarding our clinical sites and clinical instructors. You may also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Requirements to Begin Clinical Rotations
For the health and safety of all athletic training students and the patients they work with, there are specific academic and health requirements that must be met prior to beginning clinical rotations junior year. Please refer to our retention criteria and health requirements to view these standards.
Students will gain clinical experience both on campus with Adrian College’s ATs, as well as off campus. Off campus sites may include local high schools, colleges and sports medicine rehabilitation clinics. This community outreach allows students a variety of experiences in many different settings.
- Adrian College
- Adrian High School
- Advantage Physical Therapy
- Blissfield High School
- Gary Gray Physical Therapy/Accelerated Rehabilitation
- Hillsdale College
- Madison High School
- Onsted High School
- Sand Creek High School
- Siena Heights University
- Tecumseh High School
- 3D Physical Therapy
- Madison Township Fire Department
Preceptors are state credentialed healthcare providers that work with athletic training students clinically. Any preceptors that work with Adrian College must be personally trained by our clinical instructor educator.
With training, all of our preceptors are very familiar with the philosophies of our program and how to maximize our athletic training students’ education. We hold regular meetings for our preceptors to make sure that they are up-to-date on the latest treatment and educational techniques. We have a very strong network of health care professionals surrounding Adrian College and are very proud to have the opportunity to send our students into the community.
Meet our Preceptors below.
Jamie Fetter, MS, AT, ATC
Jamie Fetter began as the head athletic trainer at Adrian in 2004. Before coming to Adrian College, Jamie spent seven years at Tiffin University as the head athletic trainer, overseeing all aspects of the athletic training department. He also taught classes at the university. Jamie earned his master’s degree from Ohio University in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in 1996.
Heather Schuyler, MA, AT, ATC, MT
Heather Schuyler came to Adrian College as associate professor in Athletic Training in Fall 2008. She earned her BS degree in Athletic Training at Eastern Michigan University, and her MA degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida. Prior to coming to Adrian, Heather was an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Tampa where she also taught classes in athletic training. Heather is also a certified massage therapist.
Victor Liberi, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS, STS
Victor Liberi came to Adrian College as associate professor in Athletic Training in Fall 2009. He earned his MS degree in Biomechanics at University of Delaware, Newark. Victor specializes in clinical education, rehab and conditioning of the overhand athlete, biomechanics of soccer heading, airway access in helmeted athletes and male pelvic pain.
Meg Sharp, MS, AT, ATC
Meg Sharp is an associate athletic trainer at Adrian College. Prior to joining Adrian, she worked as an assistant athletic trainer at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Meg attended Grand Valley State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She continued on to graduate school at Middle Tennessee State University, where she received her Master of Science in Exercise Science.
Dr. J. Michael Maxwell
Team Physician and Medical Director of Athletic Training
Dr. J. Michael Maxwell is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a practice in Adrian, MI. He serves patients in Adrian and surrounding communities. He opened his practice in Adrian in 1987. Dr. Maxwell did his undergraduate work at Tulane University and received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas. He did his orthopedic residency at the University of Texas. His practice includes sports medicine, treating diabetic and peripheral neuropathy and other peripheral nerve disorders; rotator cuff tears, shoulder and knee injuries and arthroscopic surgeries; joint replacements; and treating carpal tunnel syndrome. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Practice Management Committee and is the team physician for Adrian College.
Katie Ohlman, AT, ATC, RN
Katie Ohlman is an athletic trainer and registered nurse. Prior to her current position as an emergency room nurse, Katie earned her BA from Hope College in 2005. She worked at Onsted High School for six years as an outreach AT through Promedica Sports Care. In 2011, Katie graduated from Jackson Community College with an associate of science-nursing degree and now works as an RN in the Emergency Department at both Promedica Bixby and Herrick Hospitals.
Sara Vida, MS, AT, ATC
Sara has been the head athletic trainer at Sand Creek High School since 2006. Before coming to Sand Creek, Sara spent three years at Hamilton High School in West Michigan as the head athletic trainer. Sara earned her master’s degree at the University of Toledo in clinical kinesiology and her bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University.
Lorie Robinette, MS, AT, ATC
Lorie has been the head athletic trainer at Siena Heights University since 2005. Prior to her position there, she worked as the athletic trainer at Tecumseh High School. She earned her master’s degree at Ohio University while working as a graduate assistant in athletic training at Ferris State.
Kathy Steuwe, AT, ATC, MSS, PES
Kathy Steuwe began as the head athletic trainer at Adrian High School in 2013. Prior, she had been the AT at Blissfield High School and James Creps Physical Therapy since 2001. She earned her BS in Biology from Adrian College and her Master of Science in Sports Medicine from United States Sports Academy. Kathy did her graduate internship at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Kathy is a certified performance enhancement specialist and served on the medical staff for the sport of archery at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
Todd Nighswander, MPT
Todd Nighswander is the clinical manager at Advantage Physical Therapy in Adrian, Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Science from the University of Michigan and went on to earn a master’s in Physical Therapy at U of M. He has completed extensive continued education coursework including advanced evaluation and treatment techniques for knees and shoulders, spinal coursework—including McKenzie evaluation and treatment, lower extremity biomechanics and its role in injury evaluation—and custom foot orthotics. He specializes in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine and prides himself in establishing solid relationships with his patients, enabling him to treat not just the injury itself, but the patient as a whole.
Suzanne Harmon, MA, AT, ATC
Suzanne Harmon has been an Athletic Trainer since 1996. She is a graduate of the athletic training program at Eastern Michigan University. After graduation, she became a graduate/teaching assistant athletic trainer at the University of Missouri @ Kansas City where she earned her masters in Sports Administration. She then became the assistant athletic trainer at Hillsdale College where she was also an adjunct professor. In 2010, Suzanne made a change from the athletic trainer at Tecumseh High School to Siena Heights University. There, she will work along side Lorie Robinette to provide athlete care while teaching Adrian’s students.
Jody Manes, AT, ATC
Jody Manes began as an assistant athletic trainer at Siena Heights University in 2013. Prior, he spent six years at Adrian High School. Jody has 28 years experience as an athletic trainer at both high school and college levels. He holds a B.S. in Physical Education and Secondary Education from Kent State University.
Samantha Radel, MS, AT, ATC
Samantha Radel began as the head athletic trainer at Tecumseh High School in 2011 as an outreach AT through Promedica Sports Care. Before coming to Tecumseh, Samantha spent two years at Oakland University in Rochester, MI as the associate athletic trainer. Samantha graduated with her bachelor’s
degree in Sports Medicine from Ohio Northern University and her master’s degree in Biomechanics from the University of Toledo.
Jim Nicknair, MS, AT, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jim Nicknair came to Adrian College in 2013 as an assistant athletic trainer. The Glenburn, ME native earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from The University of Southern Maine in 2011 and his master’s degree in athletic training from Ohio University in 2013. While at Ohio University, Jim was a graduate assistant working as the head athletic trainer at Belpre High School in Belpre, OH for two years. Jim’s sport assignments include women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s ice hockey and baseball.
Rachel Wright, AT, ATC
Rachel Wright, AT, ATC, is an athletic training intern for Adrian College. She graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2013 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. Rachel will be working with football, women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse this year.
Matt Salmen, MS, AT, ATC
Matt Salmen began his first year at Adrian College as an athletic training intern in 2013. Hailing from Minnesota, Salmen earned a bachelor’s of Athletic Training degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2012.
Matt worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Austin Peay State University while earning a Master of Science in Health and Human Performance. He also worked as a certified athletic trainer at Rossview High School as a part of Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance in Clarksville, Tenn.
Matt works with men’s soccer, cross country, women’s hockey and synchronized skating.