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Aaron Garcia

Aaron Garcia

From: San Leandro, California

Undergraduate School: University of California, Davis

Graduate School: California Baptist University

Bachelor's Degree: BS, Exercise Biology

Master's Degree: MS, Athletic Training

Why did you want to pursue a career in athletic training?

I've always wanted a career centered around helping others. Athletic training combines my passion for helping others through health care and interest in sports.

What are your professional goals/where do you want to end up?

My current professional goals are working as a collegiate Athletic Trainer and helping out with national or Olympic athletes. My big dream would be to work with the Olympics.

What was a big challenge/success you faced while working at UCD?

Learning how to become an independent health care professional.

What do you like to do outside of athletic training?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family or going on hikes and runs.

What is your favorite quote?

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

-- Mark Twain



Torie-Johnson

Torie Johnson

From: Oklahoma

Undergraduate School: Oral Roberts University

Graduate School: Texas Christian University and California Baptist University

Bachelor's Degree: BS, Health and Exercise Science

Master's Degree: MS, Kinesiology and MS, Athletic Training

Why did you want to pursue a career in athletic training?

I liked the combination of medicine and sports, and the ability to help motivate individuals recover from injuries and return to what they love.

What are your professional goals and where do you want to end up?

I want to continue to work in Collegiate Division I Athletics.

What was a big challenge/success you faced while at UCD?

I was challenged with new injuries and post-operative rehabs that I had not experienced during my clinical rotations in grad school.

What do you like to do outside of athletic training?

I enjoy lifting, watching The Office, and going to sporting events especially, Texas Ranger games.

What is your favorite quote?

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle



Janice-Lee

Janice Lee

From: Hillsboro, Oregon

Undergraduate School: University of Washington

Graduate School: University of Arkansas

Bachelor's Degree: BS, Biology

Master's Degree: MS, Athletic Training

Why did you want to pursue a career in athletic training?

I've had my own share of injuries from playing sports and working out, so I've always been interested in trying to figure out how to fix myself through self-treatment and rehab. Although, my dreams of pursuing an athletic playing career ended in high school - turns out I wasn't that athletic, I still wanted to work in sports. I ended up interning in an athletic training room and knew I wanted to be an athletic trainer. It's a really rewarding profession - you're there to help someone get through the lows of an injury and then help them return to doing what they love to do. Athletic training is also unique in that you have the ability to make an impact on the lives of athletes, connect and form genuine relationships, and you never stop learning and improving. Additionally, you get the best seats at games!

What are your professional goals/where do you want to end up?

I really enjoy the collegiate setting and hope to stay in this realm for a while.

What was a big challenge/success you faced while at UCD?

The biggest challenge I have faced is settling into my new independence as an athletic trainer fresh out of graduate school. You learn and observe so much in school and through clinical rotations, but don't fully understand the gravity of being on your own and in charge of your own teams. Real time certified athletic training without a preceptor to hold your hand can be daunting, especially dealing with the logistics and administrative side of the profession. It's a side that isn't typically in the sport light during clinical rotations. While working at UC Davis, I have started to develop my athletic training philosophy and figure things out; which has been an ongoing success.

What do you like to do outside of athletic training?

I really like to explore and go on adventures, like hiking, checking out new coffee and food spots, and just traveling to different places. I also like watching re-runs of Friends and The Office, going to sporting events, and playing with other people's dogs.

Favorite quote?

"Don't count the days, make the days count." - Muhammad Ali



Carlaine-Myers

Carlaine Myers

From: Yorktown, Virginia

Undergraduate School: University of South Alabama

Graduate School: University of Arkansas

Bachelor's Degree: BS, Exercise Science

Master's: MS, Athletic Training

Why did you want to pursue a career in athletic training?

When I played soccer during undergrad, one of my teammates tore her ACL for the second time. I remember how defeated she was, and all I wanted to do was help make it better; but I didn't know how. I think that is the spark that lit the fire and inspired me to pursue a career in athletic training where I could help athletes like her get back to doing what they love.

What are your professional goals/where do you want to end up?

To be determined, as of right now I really enjoy the energy of college athletics. It keeps me extremely busy, and it is so incredibly rewarding. However, I am not opposed to working in a sport rehabilitation clinic alongside physical therapists. I think I would learn and grow so much in either setting.

What was a big challenge/success you faced while at UCD?

Athletic trainers are truly a jack of all trades, and my biggest challenge was learning how to manage all the moving parts of athletic training. Real time athletic training is very different than clinical rotations in graduate school. In graduate school you have set times where you can focus on one aspect of the career, but in the profession it all comes at you at once. Time management, cultivation and organization of rehabs, prioritization and completion of responsibilities and administrative duties, effective communication with other sport medicine entities, and correspondence with coaching staff and athletes are all vital parts of the job that have to be maintained on a day-to-day basis. Adapting to this fast pace environment was crucial and a challenge.

What do you like to do outside of athletic training?

I love weight lifting, longboarding, hiking/exploring different areas of California, and trying local coffee shops. I am an adventurer at heart.

Favorite Quote?

"The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack." - Rudyard Kipling



Tiffani Regacho

Tiffani Regacho

From: Isleton, California

Undergraduate School: University of the Pacific

Graduate School: Chico State

Bachelor's Degree: BS, Athletic Training

Master's Degree: MA Kinesiology, Athletic Training Education

Why did you want to pursue a career in athletic training?

I always wanted to pursue a career in a health care related field, but I wasn't sure what exactly. Growing up with siblings, that all played sports, exposed me to the positive impact that athletic trainers can have on their athletes. During undergrad, I started doing observation hours at practice and found exactly what I was looking for, a hands-on job that positively impacts the lives of others.

What are your professional goals/where do you want to end up?

I would like to work in Division II or community college athletics in Northern California.

What was a big challenge/success you faced while at UCD?

Adjusting to a new environment mid-year and being able to build good relationships and trust with my athletes.

What do you like to do outside of athletic training?

I like to adventure with my dog.

Favorite quote?

"When you release expectations, you are free to enjoy things for what they are instead of what you think they should be."



David-Wacker

David Wacker

From: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Undergraduate School: Quinnipiac University

Graduate School: California University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor's Degree: BS, Athletic Training

Master's Degree: MS, Athletic Training

Why did you want to pursue a career in athletic training?

I was an ice hockey player for the majority of my childhood and there were many times where I was injured, and no one was around to educate me on my injuries, or how to return to playing the sport safely. Upon learning about the profession of Athletic Training, I knew that it was the field that I wanted to pursue.

What are your professional goals/where do you want to end up?

My professional goal is to either work in the high school setting or in an orthopedic clinic.

What was a big challenge/success you faced while at UCD?

The biggest challenge I have faced at UCD has been experiencing all of the moving parts that go into running a successful Division I Athletics program.

What do you like to do outside of athletic training?

When I am not at work, I enjoy going to/watching movies or sitting down and enjoying a Stephen King or Joe Hill novel.

Favorite quote?

"For me, life is continually being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer." -Arnold Schwarzenegger