March 25, 2017

Meet the SSI Team

 

_K6L0523ROBB S. REHBERG, PHD, ATC, NREMT
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Having served as an athletic trainer, EMS provider, coach, parent, and legal expert in sport safety and athletic injuries, Dr. Rehberg has gained a unique perspective on the issue of youth sport safety.  Dr. Rehberg  is a Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He is also a founding partner of The Rehberg Konin Group, LLC, serves as co-founder and President of Sport Safety International, and is a staff member at the Center for Concussion Care and Physical Rehabilitation at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Dr. Rehberg previously served as the Director and Chief of Emergency Services at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, and spent 13 years as the head athletic trainer at Westwood Regional High School in Westwood, New Jersey.
A graduate of West Chester University (B.S.), the United States Sports Academy (M.S.S.) and Touro University International (Ph.D.), Dr. Rehberg has spent his career working in the athletic training, sports medicine, and emergency services fields. He has authored several refereed papers, and two textbooks, as well as over a dozen peer-reviewed online courses that have trained over 200,000 coaches, parents, and athletes in 23 countries. An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Rehberg frequently at state and national meetings on sports emergency care, spinal injuries in sports, sudden cardiac arrest in athletes, and concussion management.
Dr. Rehberg served as a member of the medical staff for athletics (track and field) at the 1996 Olympic Games. He has been active on both state and national levels, having served on the First and Second National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Inter-Association Task Forces for the Appropriate Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete, the Task Force on Appropriate Medical Coverage for the Secondary School-Aged Athlete, the NATA Hall of Fame Subcommittee, and several other committees at the state level. Dr. Rehberg has also served as a technical adviser to the National Safety Council since 1992 and was a member of the American Heart Association Task Force that developed the first-ever international guidelines for first aid in 2000. He was a charter member of the New Jersey Disaster Medical Assistance Team.
Dr. Rehberg currently serves on the NATA Foundation Board of Directors, as the District 2 Treasurer of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, is a Trustee of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, and served as president of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey from 2007-2009.
Dr. Rehberg has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional accomplishments by. Most notably, he is an inductee in both the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) Hall of Fame. He is also the recipient of both the NATA and ATSNJ Service Award, and in 2014 received distinction as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer. Dr. Rehberg has also been recognized by his alma mater, having been an inductee into the West Chester University Legacy of Leadership, and is a past recipient of the Ordo Honoris (Order of Honor) Medal and Award from the Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity. Most recently, Dr. Rehberg was named a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

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JEFF G. KONIN, PHD, PT, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, CO-FOUNDER

Dr. Jeff Konin currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Physical Therapy Department at The University of Rhode Island.  Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Athletics at Eastern Connecticut State University, in Willimantic, Connecticut, and while at the University of South Florida in Tampa was the Executive Director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma (SMART) Institute, and the Director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program. While at USF, Dr. Konin was an Associate Professor and the Vice-Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.   Dr. Konin began his teaching career at Delaware Tech in Georgetown, Delaware where he served as an instructor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program for six years.   Dr. Konin previously taught at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the Department of Health Sciences and within the Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Konin is a recognized leader in the area of continuing professional development. He has been a frequent invited guest speaker, presenting on various sports medicine topics throughout the United States and internationally in Austria, England, Italy, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, and Romania. He has also spoken at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, The NATA Educator’s Conference, the American Physical Therapy Associations Combined Sections Meetings, at NATA State & District Meetings, and APTA State component meetings in Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, and New York. Dr. Konin was awarded Fellowship status from the American College of Sports Medicine, and soon after was recognized as a Fellow by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

 


prybicienMICHAEL PRYBICIEN, MA, ATC, CSCS, CES

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Michael Prybicien is a New Jersey licensed athletic trainer currently employed at Passaic High School in Passaic, NJ.  Michael has served the student-athletes of Passaic for the past 8 years.  Michael has worked as an athletic trainer in a variety of different venues with patients of all ages and skills sets.  Previously he has worked at Saint Peter’s College, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the New Jersey Sports Medicine Institute, Hudson Catholic High School, Mount Saint Dominic Academy and even a previous stint at Passaic High School. In addition to being employed as an athletic trainer at Passaic High School, he is also an athletic trainer at the Overlook Medical Center, Concussion and Rehabilitation Department in Summit, NJ and is an adjunct professor for the Athletic Training Education Program at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Michael completed his term as the on the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey’s  Executive Board Member in 2013 and now currently serves as the public relations coordinator for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (District 2).  He is both an Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Distinguished Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductee. Additionally is a New Jersey State Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame Inductee. During Michael’s ATSNJ presidential term, the ATSNJ was a leader in field of sports safety.  This was evident in their involvement in the new concussion law signed by Governor Christie as well their numerous educational and public relations efforts to continue to improve sports safety and athletic training in New Jersey. Michael has authored numerous book chapters, abstract articles and journal articles specializing in sports emergency care, and injury prevention, recognition and management. Michael received 2 Bachelor of Science Degrees from Pennsylvania State University (one in health education and the other in exercise and sports science) and his MA from Kent State University in Ohio in Sports Administration. Michael his wife, Jennifer and his two children Abigail and Aiden reside in Clifton, NJ.  Aiden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in February, 2013.  Michael and the family have become advocates for all those who have diabetes and Michael currently serves on the Hackensack University Center, Diabetes Molly Center, Patient Advocacy Committee. Lecturing on the care of Type 1 Diabetic athletes has become an additional passion for Michael.

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JOANNE PLOCH, MS, ATC
DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND COURSE DESIGN
COORDINATOR, CONCUSSIONWISE INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM

Joanne Ploch is a certified athletic trainer at Vernon Township High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990 and Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University in 2011. Currently Joanne is an Adjunct Professor for the Athletic Training Education Program at William Paterson University where she also serves as a Preceptor for students fulfilling their clinical experience requirements.  She has served as both Secretary and Northern Representative for the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey as well as a member of multiple committees. In 2009 Joanne was the recipient of the Victor Recine Distinguished Service Award and was the ATSNJ representative for the NJ Special Education and Traumatic Brain Injury Taskforce from 2012-2014.   She has also assisted in the development of the ATSNJ Secondary School Athletic Trainer Evaluation Tools and was a member of the ATSNJ Executive Director Search committee.  In 2014 Joanne was selected as the Governor’s Educational Professional of the Year for Vernon Township High School.  Joanne and her husband, Don, have three boys and reside in Vernon, NJ.

 


 

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GREGORY K. JANIK, MS, LAT, ATC
DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENTAL AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Greg is the Head Athletic Trainer and Clinical Professor at King’s College and President-Elect of the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA). Additionally Greg currently serves as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Public Relations Committee. He served as PATS President from 2010-2012 and on the AT Still University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2010-2014. Greg graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Kinesiology / Athletic Training and received his Master of Science degree in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, currently AT Still University. In his role as PATS President, Greg worked closely with the sponsors of Pennsylvania’s concussion bill titled the Safety in Youth Sports Act, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, and the Athletic Training Licensure Bills which officially became law in 2012. He is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Quiz Bowl Planning Team, Chairs the EATA Quiz Bowl Committee, and organizes the PATS Quiz Bowl. Greg was appointed in 2013 to the Pennsylvania Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board. In 2011, Greg was awarded the NATA Young Professionals Committee National Distinction Award; in 2013, the NATA College / University Athletic Trainers’ Committee named him Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for Division III; in 2014, the EATA Jeffrey Stone Service Award and the NATA Service Award.


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JOELLE REHBERG, D.O.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Joelle Rehberg is a fellowship trained sports medicine physician, and is also board certified in family practice. She currently practices sports medicine and concussion management at Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists in Morristown, NJ. A large part of Dr. Rehberg’s practice includes seeing patients at the Center for Concussion Care and Physical Rehabilitation, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, which is one of the largest hospital-based concussion programs in the region.

Dr. Rehberg also serves as the Medical Director for the Athletic Training Education Program at William Paterson University in NJ, and has spent 14 seasons on the sidelines of Montville Township High School’s football team, as team and school physician. Dr. Rehberg is co-author of a recently released textbook entitled Cram Session in General Medical Conditions, and has been published in other scholarly publications, including Clinics in Sports Medicine.


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LINDA E. STANTON, LAT, ATC
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Linda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Health from William Paterson University. She is a certified and licensed athletic trainer, a clinician with Rutgers Youth Sport Research Council and the founding partner of Safe Sports Training Consultants, LLC. Additionally, Linda currently serves as the chair for the “Clinical & Emerging Settings “committee for the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey.
In the athletic environment Linda’s experience includes working as a head field hockey coach at a Division III collegiate level school. She has coordinated & provided athletic training services to athletes at multiple levels of competition including high school, college and professional settings. Additionally, she has worked on medical teams for the NY / NJ Ironman, New York City Marathon, NY Mobile Track and Field Games and Garden State Games.
Linda brings with her years of experience in business development and continues to work closely with local and state organizations on topics that deal with medical issues facing the athletic trainer, school administrator, coach and parent.


 

trembleCOREY TREMBLE, MA, ATC, CSCS
CONSULTANT

Corey has worked as an athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels. He is presently the Minor League Medical and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Detroit Tigers Organization. Corey has held his current position for three years and prior to his appointment as the head medical representative of the club’s farm system, he served as the athletic trainer with the Lakeland Flying Tigers (2011-2012), West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A Affiliate – 2009-2010) and the Gulf Coast League Tigers (Rookie Affiliate – 2008).  Additionally, Tremble served as the athletic trainer for the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League in 2010. Prior to his work in professional baseball, Tremble served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the University of South Florida Baseball Team from 2006-2008. He received an MA in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida and a BS in Athletic Training from Florida Southern College. Tremble assists Sport Safety International with their social media outlets providing current information and news in the fields of sport safety and sports medicine.