Faculty of the ATP
Karla Bruntzel Director of the
Athletic Training Education Program
Dr. Karla Bruntzel has been the Director of the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Program since 2002. In 2005, she assumed the duties of the Dean of the Division of Education, Health and Physical Education. While in this position, she laid the groundwork for the development of the Nursing Education program and became the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. During the 2012-2013 academic year Karla developed the Associates of Applied Science degree and the Health Information System program at Missouri Valley College and was instrumental in creating the Missouri Athletic Trainersí Association Educator and Student Conference. Karla is currently a member of the Mid-America Athletic Trainersí Association Registration Committee and a member of the Program Committee of the Missouri Athletic Trainersí Association. In June 2014, Karla was recognized as the Missouri Athletic Trainersí Association Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year because of her work in developing the Missouri Athletic Trainersí Association Educator and Student Conference. Karla currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor and teaches many classes in the areas of Athletic Training and Exercise Science. Karla hails from Rossville, Kansas, and completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her masterís degree in Sports Sciences at the University of Denver, and after working as a clinical athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels for nearly 10 years, she earned her PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research emphasis is in the area of foot biomechanics and footwear. Karla currently resides in Marshall, MO, with her daughter, Hannah, a lovable mutt named Oscar and two cats. Her hobbies include travelling, reading, and cooking.
Dr. Kelly Ross, DO - Medical Director
Dr. Kelly Ross became affiliated with the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Program and Missouri Valley College Athletics in 2005 and has been the Medical Director of the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Program since 2006. Dr. Ross completed medical school at University Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City after completing a degree in Zoology at Arizona State. Dr. Ross performed her surgical internship and orthopedic residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, before completing her fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. Dr. Ross, a native of Carrolton, Missouri, is currently an orthopedic surgeon at Marshall Orthopedic & Sports Medicine at Fitzgibbon Hospital which allows her to practice medicine close to her family. Dr. Ross has the additional duties at Fitzgibbon Hospital of being the Rehabilitation Services Medical Director. Dr. Ross is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Ross is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
David Tomchuk Clinical Education Coordinator
David Tomchuk arrived at Missouri Valley College in 2005. He is the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Program and an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. David provided clinical athletic training services to the Missouri Valley College menís soccer and menís volleyball teams from 2005 to 2014. David earned his bachelorís degrees in Athletic Training and Health Promotion and Fitness Management from Southern Oregon University in June 2002. During his undergraduate education, David was an intern athletic trainer with several Oakland Athletics minor league teams. David went onto obtain his masterís degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May 2005. At UNLV he obtained his masterís degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training. David is a nationally certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist who possesses athletic training licenses in Missouri and Colorado. David is the author of the book Companion Guide to Measurement and Evaluation for Kinesiology and is a reviewer for the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Orthopedic Research and Reviews, and the American Journal of Sports Science. David has authored and presented on several injury and emergency care topics at state, regional, and national athletic training symposiums. David is a member of the Missouri Athletic Trainersí political action committee. David is actively involved with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the National Athletic Trainersí Association, and the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer. David is also a member of Bare Essentials Sports Medicine who provides athletic training services to regional and national taekwondo tournaments and championships. David currently resides in Marshall.
Matt Long Head Athletic Trainer
Matt Long came to Missouri Valley College in 2013 to become the Head Athletic Trainer. Matt graduated Kansas State University with a bachelorís degree in Athletic Training and Kinesiology before becoming a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri. While a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri, Matt provided athletic training services to the University of Missouri football team while obtaining his Masterís in Health Education Promotion. Matt then remained at the Univeristy of Missouri as member of the athletic training staff and was the primary athletic trainer for the baseball team and supervised the dance and cheerleading teams. Matt also has been an intern athletic trainer with the Carolina Panthers. Matt is responsible for the comprehensive healthcare of the Missouri Valley College football, menís basketball, rodeo, and golf teams. Additionally, Matt is an instructor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Missouri Valley College and currently resides in Marshall.
Sierra Fultz Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sierra became an Assistant Athletic Trainer and instructor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Missouri Valley College in 2012. She returned to Missouri Valley College in 2011 as an Intern Athletic Trainer after performing her graduate assistantship at Missouri Valley College from 2008-2010. Sierra has been an adjunct instructor, instructing both online and lecture classes, for the Missouri Valley College School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Education Divisions since 2008. Sierra graduated Graceland University with a bachelorís degree in Athletic Training and minors in Health and Psychology in 2008 before earning her Masterís of Arts in Education Administration from Lindenwood University in 2010. Sierra is responsible for the comprehensive healthcare of the womenís volleyball, menís wrestling, baseball, and tennis teams. A native of Atwater, California, Sierra now resides in Slater, Missouri.
Kasey Currence Assistant Athletic Trainer
Kasey Currence began working as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Missouri Valley College in 2013. Kasey received a Bachelorís degree in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with minors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri. Kasey then went onto to earn a Masterís of Science degree in Athletic Training from Florida International University in 2013. Kasey has experience providing athletic training services to high school, college, and motor sport athletes. Kasey is tasked with providing health care to the football, womenís wrestling, softball, and cheerleading teams at Missouri Valley College. Kasey is originally from Joplin, Missouri, but currently resides in Marshall.