Faculty of the ATP
Karla Bruntzel - Athletic Training Program Director
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 Missouri Valley College Nursing program and became the first 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 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; and is currently the Chair of the Division of Health Sciences. 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.† Karla is a certified athletic trainer who possesses a Missouri athletic training license. 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, Athletic Training Program
Dr. Kelly Ross became affiliated with the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Program in 2005 and has been the Medical Director of the Missouri Valley College Athletic Training Program since 2006. Dr. Ross completed her medical school at University Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City after first 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.
John Bartholomew - Director of Exercise Science
John Bartholomew arrived at Missouri Valley College in 2015. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Sciences and the Director of Exercise Science and the fitness testing laboratory. John earned bachelorís degrees in Athletic Training and Biology with a minor in Chemistry from South Dakota State University before attending graduate school at Indiana State University. While at Indiana State University, John was a graduate assistant and technician within the exercise physiology laboratory and taught several classes pertaining to physical fitness, emergency care, personal training, fitness testing techniques, human physiology, and exercise physiology. John received a masterís degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University with an emphasis in exercise physiology. Upon graduation from Indiana State University, John was employed at Neosho County Community College (KS) as the head athletic trainer and fitness instructor. While at Neosho County Community College, he developed a personal training certificate program that would prepare graduates for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal training certification exam. John served as the director of the personal training academic program as well as taught several health and fitness related courses. After Neosho County Community College, John went to Graceland University (IA) to become the head athletic trainer and to continue teaching fitness testing, health and safety, emergency care, exercise technique, rehabilitation, and exercise physiology courses from 2001 to 2015. John maintains many health care and fitness certifications and specializations. He is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) who possess a Missouri athletic training license, a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), an American Red Cross work place first aid and CPR instructor, a certified practitioner in the Grastonģ mobilization technique, and a certified Kinesioģ Tape practitioner and a member of their national teaching faculty. Additionally, John is an active member of several professional organizations, a district representative to the NAIA, and a moderator at various symposiums. John, along with his wife Diane and daughter Kami, reside in Marshall.
Matt Long - Head Athletic Trainer
Matt Long came to Missouri Valley College in 2013 to become the head athletic trainer. Matt graduated from 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. Upon graduation, Matt 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 has also 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, menís volleyball, and rodeo teams. Matt also instructs in the Missouri Valley College Division of 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 serves as a member of the Missouri Athletic Trainersí Association Honors and Awards Committee and is Vice President of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Athletic Trainersí Association. Matt is a certified athletic trainer and possesses a Missouri athletic training license. Matt currently resides in Marshall.
Sierra Fultz - Assistant Athletic Trainer
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 was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Missouri Valley College from 2008 to 2010 and provided athletic training services to the womenís wrestling team. While Sierras was a graduate assistant she assisted in hosting the Womenís Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships. During the 2011 academic year Sierra was an adjunct instructor and intern athletic trainer at Missouri Valley College and was promoted to a staff athletic trainer and instructor in the Division of Health Sciences in 2012. Sierra completed her education specialist (Ed.S) degree from Lindenwood University in 2015. Sierra has provided athletic training services at the NCAA menís wrestling national championships. Sierra is 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 Division of 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 basketball, cheerleading, dance, and golf 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.
Alex Thompson - Assistant Athletic Trainer
Alex Thompson was hired as an assistant athletic trainer and instructor in the Division of Health Sciencesat Missouri Valley College in 2015. Alex is an alumnus of the Missouri Valley College, having received bachelorís degrees in athletic training and exercise science in 2012. After graduating from Missouri Valley College, Alex was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Lindenwood University from 2012 to 2014 where he provided athletic training services to the menís soccer team. During this time Alex received a masterís of science degree in human performance from Lindenwood University. Alex performed an athletic training internship at the University of Nevada, Reno after graduating Lindenwood University where he provided athletic training services to the football and softball teams. At Missouri Valley College, Alex provides comprehensive health care to the menís soccer, womenís basketball, and menís lacrosse teams. Alex is a certified athletic trainer and possesses a Missouri athletic training license. Alex is originally from St. Louis, but currently resides in Marshall.