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DR. Michael Wendinger, EdD, ATC, CSCS
Assistant Athletic Trainer of Sports Performance


Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science: UMD Masters of Science, Athletic Training: Western Michigan University Doctorate of Education: University of Minnesota Adjunct Instructor/Preceptor for UMD and CSS Intern for the New Orleans Saints UMD Head Football Athletic Trainer, 17 years.

Dr. Mike Wendinger enters his 19th year with Bulldog Athletics and his eleventh as Director of Sports Medicine Services.  He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from The University of Minnesota Duluth in 1996. He then earned his Masters of Science in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University in 1998. Prior to UMD, Mike served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Paw Paw High School in Paw Paw Michigan while attending graduate school at Western Michigan University.  Mike also was an intern with the New Orleans Saints professional football team during the 1995 & 1997 seasons. Mike Wendinger was hired in the fall of 1998 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Head Strength Coach.  Mike was the first strength coach at UMD and developed strength and conditioning programs for all varsity athletic teams.  In addition he served as assistant athletic trainer working with Football, Mens Basketball and Baseball.  During Mike’s tenure at UMD he has served as a part time instructor within the Health Physical Education & Recreation Department teaching a variety of sports medicine classes. The expansion of the Strength & Conditioning program at UMD has allowed Wendinger to shift to an administrative role in strength & conditioning. Wendinger continues to provide athletic training services to the Football and Tennis teams. Mike earned his Doctor of Education degree in 2013 from UMD with his dissertation title “The Relationship Between the Level of Athletic Training Education and Critical Thinking Skill”.

Certified Members of both National Athletic trainers Association, and National Strength & Conditioning Association. Wendinger has served as a certified test examiner for the Board of Certification (BOC) as well as a continuing education reviewer for the BOC. Mike also serves as a Preceptor for the College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program.


DR. Susan Hoppe, EdD, ATC
Associate Director of Sports Medicine


Bachelors of Science, Kinesiology: UW-Eau Claire Masters of Education: Valdosta State University Doctorate of Education: University of Minnesota Adjunct Instructor/Preceptor for UMD and CSS UMD Men's Hockey Athletic Trainer, 12 years.

Dr. Susan Hoppe is beginning her 14th  year as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1999.  She then earned his Masters of Education degree at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA in 2001.  Prior to arriving at UMD, Suz worked 2 years at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC with their DI baseball team.  Upon arrival at UMD, she began working with the soccer, women’s basketball, and softball teams for one year before working with men’s hockey.  She earned her Doctor of Education degree in 2011 from the University of Minnesota Duluth with her dissertation topic relating to the transitioning of a student to a professional within the profession of Athletic Training.

Suz is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Professional Hockey Athletic Trainer's Association, serves as preceptor for the College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program, and provides health care to the men’s hockey team.  She is also Graston Technique M1 trained and Active Release Technique Certified.

Suz resides in Duluth with her husband, James, and two children Addison (5) and Emma (3).


Jason Slivnik, MS, ATC
Athletic Trainer


Bachelors of Science, Biology: St. Johns University Masters of Science, Athletic Training: CSS Intern for the St. Cloud River Bats Heartland Orthopedic Specialists: Cast Room Tech UMD Cross Country and Baseball Trainer, 2 years.

Jason is entering his 4th year as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology at St. John’s University in 2010.  He then earned his Masters of Science degree at the College of St. Scholastica in 2012.  Prior to arriving at UMD, Jason worked at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists in Alexandria, MN.

Jason is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, serves as preceptor for the College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program, and provides health care to the cross country and baseball teams.  He is also Graston Technique M1 trained.


Charla Buxbaum, MS, ATC
Athletic Trainer


Bachelors of Science, Exercise Science: UWGB Masters of Science, Athletic Training: CSS Preceptor for UMD and CSS ATEP Intern at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay UMD Football & Women’s Basketball Trainer, 3 years.

Charla is entering her 5th year as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from University of Wisconsin Green Bay.  She then earned her Masters of Science degree at the College of St. Scholastica in 2012.

Charla is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, serves as preceptor for the College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program, and provides health care to the soccer and women’s basketball teams.  She is also Graston Technique M2 trained.


Jacqueline Phillips MS, ATC
Athletic Trainer


Bachelors of Science, Athletic Training: MU Masters of Science, Org. Communication: St. Cloud Preceptor for UMD and CSS ATEP UMD Women's Hockey Athletic Trainer, 2 years.

Jacqueline Phillips is beginning her 4th year at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  A native of Kentwood, Michigan, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training (2010) from Mercyhurst College where she also played collegiate women's water polo. Phillips served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 2011-2013 with women's hockey at St. Cloud State University. While at SCSU she completed her course work for her Master's degree in Organizational Communication.

Jacqueline is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, serves as preceptor for the College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program, and provides health care to the women’s hockey team and outdoor track teams.


Donnie Hermanson, ATC
Athletic Trainer

Donnie is in his 2nd year as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from Minnesota State University Moorhead in May of 2013.  He earned his Master’s degree in Education at UMD in May of 2015.

Donnie is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, serves as preceptor for the College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program, and provides health care to the football and men's basketball teams.


Karlee Rosentreter, ATC
Graduate Intern

Karlee is in her first year as a Graduate Intern at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in May of 2015.  She then was an intern at Washington State University for the past year working with their tennis, men's and women's golf teams.  She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Education at UMD.

Karlee is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, serves as preceptor for the College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program, and provides health care to the volleyball and softball teams.


Jessica Sykora, ATC
Graduate Intern

Jessica is in her second year as a Graduate Intern at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in May of 2015.  She is currently earning his Master’s degree in Education at UMD.

Jessica is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, serves as preceptor for the UMD  and College of St. Scholastica Athletic Training Program, and provides health care to the football and track teams.


The Athletic Trainers at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) are responsible for the delivery of health care to all student-athletes participating in sponsored UMD athletic events. The UMD Sports Medicine Staff will provide reasonable medical coverage for all student-athletes who compete in intercollegiate athletics. Each member of the athletic training staff will do his/her equal share to provide this service.  Services provided include prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illness sustained as a direct result of participating in practices and or games.
 
The Sports Medicine Staff will operate within the guidelines outlined in the UMD Athletic Training Department Policies and Procedures Manual, the NCAA SPORTS MEDICINE HANDBOOK, and the NCAA MANUAL.