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 performing his graduate assistantship at the University of Missouri. During his time as 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 and promotion. Matt then remained at the University of Missouri as member of the athletic training staff and was the primary athletic trainer for the baseball team and supervised the athletic training services provided to the dance and cheerleading teams. Matt also has been an intern athletic trainer with the Carolina Panthers. Matt is responsible for the overall operation of the Missouri Valley College athletic training department and specifically the comprehensive healthcare of the Missouri Valley College football, cheerleading, rodeo, and golf teams. Matt also instructs in the Missouri Valley College School of Nursing and Health Sciences and was the recipient of the Missouri Valley College Student Government Association Outstanding New Faculty Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Matt is a certified athletic trainer and possesses a Missouri athletic training license. Matt 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 to 2010 as an athletic trainer for the womenís wrestling team. During this time Sierra assisted in hosting the Womenís Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships. Sierra has been an instructor, educating students in both lecture and online based 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 currently responsible for the comprehensive healthcare of the menís wrestling, baseball, and tennis teams. Sierra is a certified athletic trainer and possesses a Missouri athletic training license. 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, menís volleyball, and softball teams at Missouri Valley College. Kasey is a certified athletic trainer and possesses a Missouri athletic training license. Kasey is originally from Joplin, Missouri, but currently resides in Marshall.
Tiffany Webb Assistant Athletic Trainer
Tiffany Webb started working as an assistant athletic trainer and instructor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Missouri Valley College in 2014. Tiffany is a 2011 alumnus of the Missouri Valley College athletic training program. In addition to her bachelorís degree in athletic training from Missouri Valley College, Tiffany received a degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology. After graduating Missouri Valley College, Tiffany was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Peru State College (NE) from 2011 to 2013. During this time Tiffany received a masterís of science in organization management (emphasis in sport and recreation management) from Wayne State College (NE). Tiffany performed a one-year athletic training internship at Hastings College (NE) during the 2013-2014 year. Tiffany has experience providing athletic training services to an array of athletes and tournaments including: womenís volleyball, menís and womenís basketball, wrestling, football, and track and field. At Missouri Valley College, Tiffany provides comprehensive health care of the womenís soccer, womenís basketball, and menís lacrosse teams. Tiffany is a certified athletic trainer and possesses a Missouri and Nebraska athletic training license. Tiffany is originally from Oak Grove, Missouri, but currently resides in Marshall.
Daniel Accola Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Daniel Accola came to Missouri Valley College in 2014 to perform his athletic training graduate assistantship. Daniel graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2014 with a Bachelorís degree in athletic training. Daniel was actively involved in the University of Central Missouri Athletic Training Students Organization and represented the Missouri Athletic Trainersí Association at the 2013 iLead Conference in Dallas, Texas. Daniel assisted in the health care with several collegiate and high school teams, along with rodeo and wrestling events while at the University of Central Missouri and performed a summer internship with the Denver Broncos in 2013. Daniel is responsible for the comprehensive health care of the Missouri Valley College womenís volleyball and womenís wrestling teams and assists with the medical care of the baseball team. Daniel is currently pursuing his Masterís degree from University of Central Missouri in Kinesiology. Daniel is a certified athletic trainer and possesses a Missouri athletic training license. Daniel also possesses an associateís degree in business administration from St. Louis Community College and currently resides in Marshall.