Alumni Spotlight

Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS '96

Associate Professor, Athletic Training
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Arizona School of Health Sciences
A.T. Still University - Mesa, AZ

Mercyhurst gave me a solid foundation for my athletic training career. The faculty and staff athletic trainers were great mentors and taught not only the clinical skills needed to succeed, but also modeled professionalism, dedication, and their passion for athletic training. They were willing to work with me on small research projects at a time when there was little or no research being done in the program. They encouraged me to take a path that would lead to more research opportunities and to dream big. I am grateful for the start that Mercyhurst gave me in my athletic training career and hope that I am able to mentor by current students as well as I was mentored during my undergraduate athletic training education.

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Nick Potter ‘01

Nick Potter is in his fifth year as the assistant director of athletic rehabilitation at Duke University. In addition to providing rehabilitation for Duke athletes, he is an instructor in the doctor of physical therapy program in Duke’s School of Medicine.

Potter entered his current position after completing the sports physical therapy fellowship at Duke Sports Medicine. Prior to his fellowship, he completed a combined orthopedic residency/manual therapy fellowship at Sports Medicine of Atlanta.

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Potter earned his bachelor of science in sports medicine with emphases in athletic training and pre-physical therapy at Mercyhurst College in 2001. He was a four-year letterman on the men’s soccer team, helping the Lakers to four GLIAC Championships and an NCAA national semifinal appearance in 1998. Potter earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Duke in 2004.

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