Sports Medicine Staff
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Jason H. Robey, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Director of Athletic Training Services
Men's Basketball

Justin Smith MA, LAT, ATC

Head Football Athletic Trainer


Eric Bengtson, MA, LAT, ATC, PES, CPT

Athletic Trainer
Women's Soccer, Track & Field

Lindsey Brinza, LAT, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer


Claire Davis, LAT, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Women's Basketball

Andy Wood MS, LAT, ATC

Assistant Football Athletic Trainer
Football, Men's and Women's Golf

Jimmy Strickland, MS, LAT, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Wrestling, Cheerleading

Lauren Ginocchio, LAT, ATC, CISSN

Intern Athletic Trainer
Field Hockey, Assistant Track & Field

Katie Bracken, LAT, ATC

Intern Athletic Trainer

Kaitlyn Ogden, LAT, ATC

Intern Athletic Trainer
Cross Country, Track & Field

Jessica Rodriguez, MS, LAT, ATC

Intern Athletic Trainer
Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis

Amanda Prusak, LAT, ATC

Intern Athletic Trainer


Medical Staff
Appalachian Regional
Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Dr. Evan Ekman, MD - Medical Director

Dr. Ekman joins ARHS from his previous position as the President of Southern Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and the Medical Director of the Palmetto Health Alliance/ Parkridge Surgery Center. Dr. Ekman completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Kentucky. He completed his surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Wake Forest University, as well as fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and at Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr. Ekman has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has been an invited lecturer in over 60 countries around the world. He has performed surgery on many notable professional athletes and is the Gary G. Poehling Distinguished Alumnus in Orthopaedic Surgery of Wake Forest University.

Dr. Bill DeVault, MD

Dr. DeVault received his medical degree at Wake Forest University and did his residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  Dr. DeVault completed the Lacey Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Knee Reconstruction at the Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic in Orlando, Florida, which included work with the Orlando Magic NBA team. In addition to his general orthopaedic practice, Dr. DeVault has also served students in NCAA Division I, Division II, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Secondary School Sports.

Dr. Gavin Vaughn, MD

Dr. Vaughn is a physiatrist who specializes in non-operative musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Dr. Vaughn received his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Missouri Health Care. Dr. Vaughn also completed fellowship training in sports medicine at East Carolina University. He has additional certification in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections. Dr. Vaughn, has served as the primary physician for eight East Carolina University Division I athletic teams and The University of Missouri club sports. He joins ARHS from his previous position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri.
Chiropractic Staff
Dr. Lauren Fontaine, DC
Appalachian Family Chiropractic

Dr. Lauren Fontaine, DC

Dr. Lauren Fontaine joined the Sports Medicine staff during the Spring of 2014. She grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and is an avid athlete. She graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Exercise Science and completed her education at the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida.

Previously, Dr. Fontaine worked as an Associate Chiropractor in Columbia, South Carolina, and is now happy to make Boone her home. She moved to this area to be closer to her family and to enjoy the beautiful setting that the High Country provides. Dr. Fontaine is the owner of Appalachian Family Chiropractic in Boone, NC and may be contacted through