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ATHLETIC TRAINERS & PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
Ryan Cobb
Ryan Cobb, MS, ATC
Associate Athletic Director - Performance, Health & Welfare
Sport Assignment: Men’s Golf
Working in Sports Medicine and Intercollegiate Athletics for nearly 20 years, Ryan works to coordinate services to Cal's Intercollegiate Student Athletes, as well as helping to foster collaboration and integration between Athletics and many other campus departments and services, in areas of welfare, health and conduct. Serving as Cal's Head Athletic Trainer since 2003, Cobb oversees areas related to Performance, Health and Welfare, including Sports Medicine, Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition Services, Risk Management, Student Athlete Development, and coordinating all medical services in conjunction with the Head Team Physician and Medical Director at University Health Services. He also is the administrator overseeing several of Cal's Athletic Teams.
Laura Dixon
Laura Dixon, MS, ATC
Associate Head Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Women’s Golf
Laura joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2011. She comes to Cal mostly recently from Saint Mary’s College where she worked as an athletic trainer from 2003-2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sport Science from Oregon State University in 2000, and a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Hayward in 2003. She also worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Cal from 2001-2003.
Elaine Garcia
Elaine Garcia, MS, ATC, CSCS
Associate Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Swimming
Elaine joined the Sports Medicine staff in 1999. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993, and a Master of Science degree in Sports Healthcare from the Arizona School of Health Science in 1997.
Robert jackson
Robert Jackson, MS, ATC, PES, CES
Associate Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Men’s & Women’s Track & Field
Robbie joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2012. He comes to Cal most recently from Georgia Southern University, where he was the Head Football Athletic Trainer from 2008-2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education specializing in Kinesiology from the University of Kentucky in 2003, and a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in 2005. He also worked as an athletic trainer at Christopher Newport University from 2005-2006, and the University of Central Florida from 2006-2008.
Barry Parsons
Barry Parsons, MEd, ATC
Associate Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Men’s Basketball, Men’s Crew
Barry joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2004. He comes to Cal most recently from Wofford College where he was an Assistant Athletic Trainer from 1999-2004. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University in 1999, and a Master of Education degree from Converse College in 2003.
Nakiesha Brooks-Davis
Nakiesha Brooks-Davis, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Women’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
Nakiesha joined the Sports Medicine Staff in 2012. She comes to Cal most recently from Sonoma State University where she was an Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2011-2012. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005, and a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky in 2007. She also worked as an athletic trainer at Kentucky State University from 2007-2011.
Ann Caslin
Ann Caslin, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Women’s Swimming, Men’s & Women’s Diving, Women’s Water Polo
Ann joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2005. She comes to Cal most recently from Vanderbilt University where she was an Assistant Athletic Trainer from 1999-2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology & Physical Education from California State University, Hayward in 1996, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Performance from San Jose State University in 1999. She also worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Stanford University from 1997-1999.
Lauren Forsyth
Lauren Forsyth, MS, ATC, CES
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Women’s Soccer
Lauren joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2012 as a certified intern. She was later hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from California State University, Fullerton in 2012, and a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013. She has also worked as a Governmental Affairs Representative for athletic training at the national (NATA), district (FWATA), and state (California) levels since 2012.
Brynn Lewis
Brynn Fuller, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Rugby
Brynn joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2011 as a certified intern. She was later hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2013. She graduated with a combination Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Sports Science & Athletic Training from Long Island University, Brooklyn in 2011.
Kristy Illg
Kristy Illg, MPT, ATC, CSCS, SCS
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Assignment: Football

Kristy joined the Sport Medicine staff in 2015. She worked as a volunteer Physical Therapist at Cal from 2003-2015, and as a full time Physical Therapist in various outpatient clinics from 2004-2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Physical Therapy from Sacramento State University in 1997, and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2003. She is also associated with USA Swimming as a medical staff volunteer, and was a physical therapist at the University of California, Davis from 2007-2008.
Brenden Lambert
Brenden Lambert, MS, ATC, CES, PES
Assistant Athletic Trainer – Head Football
Sport Assignment: Football
Brenden joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2010 as a certified intern. He was later hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2012, and became the Head Football Athletic Trainer in 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Long Beach State University in 2009, and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He also worked as an Intern Athletic Trainer with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009.
John Mucovich
John Mucovich, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sport Assignment: Football

John joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2013 as a certified intern. He was later hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Michigan State University in 2010, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada in 2013. He also worked as a Certified Intern Athletic Trainer at the University of Colorado from 2010-2011.
Liz Nguyen
Liz Nguyen, DPT
Physical Therapist
Liz joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2011. She attended Mount St. Mary’s University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1998, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology in 1998, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. In addition to working with student-athletes, Liz sees patients at University Health Services.
Carol Rogers
Carol Rogers, MA, ATC, CSCS
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Field Hockey, Women’s Crew
Carol joined the Sports Medicine staff in 1990. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1977, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina in 1978.
Rachel Salazar
Rachel Salazar, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sport Assignment: Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics

Rachel joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2014. She comes to Cal most recently from Saint Mary’s College where she was an Assistant Athletic Trainer from 2007-2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Athletic Training from Saint Mary’s College in 2005, and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from Plymouth State University in 2007.

CERTIFIED INTERN ATHLETIC TRAINERS
 

Josh Carey, MS, ATC, PES (Men’s & Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country)
Baker Cronin, MS, ATC (Men’s Soccer, Rugby)
Nik Gustafson, MS, ATC (Football)
Katie Hughes, MS, ATC (Women’s Lacrosse, Football)
Domanique Peretti, MS, ATC (Softball)
Brittany Santucci, MAT, ATC (Beach Volleyball, Women’s Crew)
Keri Sotak, MS, ATC (Baseball, Men’s Water Polo)
Alicia Torrence, MS, ATC (Women’s Tennis, Men’s & Women’s Track & Field)

PHYSICIANS
SPORTS MEDICINE & PRIMARY CARE
Casey Batten
Casey Batten, MD
Head Team Physician
Dr. Batten has been with Cal Athletics since 2006, and was named Head Team Physician in 2010. Prior to Cal, Batten was an assistant clinical professor of orthopedics at the University of California, San Francisco. He also has provided medical coverage for NCAA championship events including men’s and women’s basketball, track & field, and FCS football. In addition to his responsibilities with the student-athletes at Cal, Dr. Batten is an invited speaker on various sports medicine topics on the local and national levels. He also serves as a peer reviewer for two respected sports medicine publications. He is published on topics such as concussion, and physical activity factors in adolescent athletes. As a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), Dr. Batten is active in committee work dedicated to expanding the quality and availability of sports medicine training for medical students and resident physicians. Dr. Batten holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science from the University of Wisconsin. After attending medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine-Chattanooga Unit. Batten then earned a fellowship with the UC Davis/UC Berkeley Sports Medicine Program.
Lindsay Huston
Lindsay Huston, MD
Associate Team Physician
Dr. Huston joined the sports medicine staff in 2013. Prior to Cal, she was the Head Team Physician at Yale University. Dr. Huston is a graduate of Stanford University, and the University of California, Davis Medical School. She received her fellowship training from the San Jose-O'Connor Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Harris Masket
Harris Masket, MD
Associate Team Physician
A Cal alum, Dr. Masket was Cal’s post-graduate sports medicine intern before becoming the Chief of Urgent Care at University Health Services in 2005.
Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey Nelson, MD
Associate Team Physician
A Cal grad and fellowship trained in sports medicine, Dr. Nelson has been a team physician and staff physician at University Health Services since 1998.
Brad Buchman
Brad Buchman, MD
Dr. Buchman is Medical Director of Cal’s University Health Services, as well as a Cal alumnus and former Golden Bear football player from 1979-81.
Cindy Chang
Cindy Chang, MD
Dr. Chang served as Cal’s Head Team Physician from 1995-2008. She currently works as an orthopedic sports medicine specialist at UCSF, and volunteers as a team physician. She is recognized as one of the leading primary care sports medicine physicians in the country.
Craig Dennis
Craig Dennis, MD
Dr. Dennis is board certified in emergency medicine, and has a special interest in water polo. His daughter was a Cal water polo goalie.
Veronica Jow
Veronica Jow, MD
Dr. Jow is a fellowship trained sports medicine specialist who assists in event coverage.
ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS
Christina Allen
Christina Allen, MD
Dr. Allen played soccer and earned her biomedical engineering degree at Duke University, and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency and sports medicine fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a full time professor of orthopaedic surgery at UCSF.
Lamont Cardon
Lamont Cardon, MD
A former Cal football player, Dr. Cardon is a fellowship trained orthopedic consultant for hand, wrist and upper extremity injuries and practices in Berkeley.
Sara Edwards
Sara Edwards, MD
Dr. Edwards is fellowship trained in shoulder arthroplasty and sports medicine from Columbia University in New York. She currently practices with the SOAR Medical Group in San Francisco and Redwood City.
Robert Eppley
Robert Eppley, MD

Dr. Eppley played collegiate basketball at Swarthmore College, and has been one of Cal’s primary orthopedic consultants since 1992. Fellowship-trained in sports medicine, he is in private practice in Berkeley, and is repeatedly voted one of the “Bay Area’s Best Doctors” by fellow physicians.

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Joshua Hatch
Joshua Hatch, MD
Dr. Hatch played football at Princeton. He was fellowship trained in sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and is in practice at Kaiser-Oakland.
Clement Jones
Clement Jones, MD
Dr. Jones played football at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, and is Cal’s fellowship trained orthopedic spine consultant in private practice in San Francisco.
Benjamin Ma
Benjamin Ma, MD
Dr. Ma is Chief of Sports Medicine at UCSF, and did a sports medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Jeffrey Mann
Jeffrey Mann, MD
Dr. Mann was a gymnast at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle consultant in private practice in Oakland.
Mathias Massem
Mathias Masem, MD
Dr. Masem is fellowship trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His orthopedic subspecialty is in hand, wrist, and upper extremity injuries. He is the former Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. He is in private practice in Oakland and works part time as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF.

MEDICAL STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

NUTRITIONIST
Suzanne Nelson
Suzanne Nelson, ScD, RD

Suzanne has been the fulltime sports nutritionist for Cal Athletics since 2006. She is a consultant to the San Francisco Giants and previously was the team nutritionist for the San Francisco 49ers. Prior, she served as the Director of Sports Nutrition in Athletics at the University of Washington, and was an adjunct Instructor in Nutrition in the Department of Epidemiology.

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INSURANCE COORDINATOR
Dan Westbrook
Dan Westbrook
Dan joined the Sports Medicine staff in 2003. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1999, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing in 2007 from San Francisco State University. He has worked out of University Health Services since 1998.
PSYCHOLOGISTS
  Chris McLean, PhD, is a staff psychologist at University Health Services who provides and coordinates counseling & psychological services for student athletes and the entire student body.
PHYSIATRISTS
  Gerald Keane, MD, is in private practice in Menlo Park and is trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation for non-operative injuries of the neck and back, as well as nerve disorders.
Timothy Shen, MD, completed a physiatry spine and sports medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He practices in Oakland and Lafayette.
PODIATRISTS
  Tim Dutra, DPM, is an assistant professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and holds a master's in Health Care Administration.
Maureen Lee, DPM, is in private practice in San Francisco and also serves as a consultant for San Francisco State University’s athletic program.
DENTISTS
  James Ho, DMD, is a Cal grad, and is an endodontist practicing in Berkeley.
Whitney Johnson, DDS, is a fellow in the International Academy for Sports Dentistry and a board director on the Berkeley Dental Society practicing in Berkeley.
Eric Yabu, DDS, another Cal grad, is on faculty at UCSF and practices in Oakland.
OPTOMETRISTS
  The UC Berkeley School of Optometry, under the clinical supervision of Dr. Mika Moy and Dr. Chris Wilmer, provides visual screenings and also serves as a consultant for ocular injuries and ocular medical conditions.
PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
  Caroline Dowling, MA, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS, a Certified Hand Therapist specializing in the evaluation, treatment and custom fabrication of splints for orthopedic upper extremity (hand, wrist & elbow) injuries and conditions. She works for John Muir Health in Walnut Creek.
Deirdre McLoughlin, DPT, is in private practice in Berkeley. She is involved with USA Rowing, and specializes in biomechanics and functional stabilization.
CHIROPRACTORS
  Sue Bromley, DC, DABCSP©, PA-C, has worked with NASCAR and USA Track & Field, and currently works with athletes for the USOC. She practices in Berkeley.
Rudy Gutierrez, DC, ART, CSCS, ATC, has been a member of the Cal sports medicine department since 1998. He currently works as a sport chiropractor in his private practice in Oakland and Walnut Creek.
Paul Walton, DC, is in private practice in Orinda, and has been on the teaching and clinical faculty of Life Chiropractic West since 1989.
ACUPUNCTURISTS
  Glen Oberman, OMD, LAc, has been involved with Cal Sports Medicine since 2007. He supervises the treatment of Cal student-athletes by acupuncture interns from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. He is Clinic Dean at the college, and has a national board certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics. He also teaches courses in Acupuncture Orthopedics, Research Methodology and Ethics, and Law. Dr. Oberman is in private practice in Berkeley.
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