Head Athletic Trainer, Horizon High School
Mike Coombs is the current certified athletic trainer at Horizon High School. He went to Illinois State University in Normal, IL and graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in athletic training. He then graduated in 2014 with a second bachelor’s degree in physical education. He joined Children’s Hospital Colorado in late 2018 from Indianapolis, IN working as an athletic trainer and was the instructor for the Introduction to Sports Medicine course part 1 & 2. Mike enjoys making projects in his woodshop, hiking, cooking, gardening, and spending time with his Great Pyrenees Zeus.
Emily Gerrald, MSc, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Legacy High School
Emily was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She attended the University of Georgia, where she got her degree in Athletic Training. Emily moved to Colorado for grad school in 2015, and graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with her master's in athletic training in 2017. Emily moved up to Denver and joined the Children's Sports Medicine team in August 2017. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her dog, Gypsy, garden, and hike.
Head Athletic Trainer, Mountain Range High School
Alexis is originally from Boone, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Liberty University in 2016. During clinical rotations, Alexis discovered her passion for emergency medicine and earned her EMT certification during her senior year. After undergrad, Alexis returned to western North Carolina to work as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Brevard College (NCAA DII) where she covered football, men’s basketball, softball and rock climbing. Alexis then moved east and worked at Youngs Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Greenville, North Carolina both in the clinic alongside a physical therapist. She helped provide athletic training outreach services to a local community college, K-12 school and events in the community. Alexis also earned her Advanced EMT certification and taught skills to EMS students at a local community college. She would like to continue her education in the future to include both a higher degree as well as additional skills/certifications such as manual therapy to use in the athletic training room. Alexis is married to her amazing husband (George). Together, they are expecting their first child (James) in 2019 and they have an adorable English shepherd dog (Riley). She and her husband enjoy national and international travel, attending professional sporting events, concerts, watersports, hiking, watching movies and relaxing together at home. Alexis also loves coffee and enjoys crocheting during downtime.
Robert Lopez, MAT, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Northglenn High School
Robert Lopez is an El Paso native who moved to Lubbock, Texas to further his education at Texas Tech University in 2008. He was a student Athletic Trainer for TTU while obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences and worked with the football, volleyball, soccer, softball, and track and field teams. After Robert completed his bachelors, he attended Texas Tech University- Health Sciences Center and obtained his Masters of Athletic Training in May of 2015. While in the graduate program, he worked with local high schools, rehabilitation clinics, and at Lubbock Christian University as a Masters of Athletic Training Student. After his master’s, he moved to Houston, Texas to work as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Rice University for 2 years. There he worked with the football team in the fall and volleyball team in the spring. Robert recently moved to Denver this past February and worked as the Head Athletic Trainer for Denver South High School before joining the Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Team. He is currently the Head Athletic Trainer at Northglenn High School. He spends most of his free time with his dogs: Tucker, Everette and Kain; site seeing; camping/ hiking; and playing volleyball. Robert is certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification, registered through CO DORA, and licensed by the state of Texas. He is also a member of NATA, SWATA, and RMATA.
Lemar Hicks, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Thornton High School
Prior to working for Children’s Hospital, Lemar worked as an Athletic Trainer for Colorado Springs School District 11 where he aided all the schools in the district with sports coverage and athletic training room fill-in in the absence of their full-time Athletic Trainer. Originally from Ft. Wayne, IN, Lemar gained his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Paul deQuillfeldt, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Pinnacle/Float
Paul is originally from New York, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Stony Brook University. While attending college he participated on Stony Brook’s Men’s Track and Field team and met his wife, Natalie. After working as a high school athletic trainer for a year in New York, Paul and his wife moved to Tucson where she completed medical school. Paul continued to work as a high school athletic trainer for the four years they were in Tucson. Paul moved to Denver for his wife to complete her residency in Internal Medicine and is thrilled to continue working as a high school athletic trainer for Children’s Hospital Colorado. In his free time Paul enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, Wiley. He also likes to cook and continues to enjoy running and training.
Jenny Van Meter, LAT, ATC
Secondary School Associate Clinical Manager/District Athletic Trainer
Jenny graduated from North Dakota State University, in Fargo, ND, with a B.S. degree in Athletic Training, a B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology and minors in health education and nutrition. She has worked in a variety of different healthcare settings and has found that her passion is working with high school athletes. Jenny believes that the partnership between Children’s Hospital Colorado and Adams 12 Five Star Schools has thoroughly enhanced sports medicine for our student-athletes! Jenny and her husband, Doug, are the proud parents of their two sons, Caleb and Colton.
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