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Athletic Training

We share your passion for sports. The way we see it, we only succeed when you’re performing at your best. At the Orthopedic Institute we offer more than just on site medical care. Our team of athletic trainers works out in the field with athletes, on a variety of sports, every day. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

The difference between an athletic and a personal trainer is that athletic trainers are qualified health care professionals that provide physical medicine, rehabilitative and preventative services. ATs treat a variety of patients from professional, college, secondary school and youth athletes to dancers and musicians. Our athletic trainers work in a variety of locations from schools and clinics to business environments.

Our ATs also specialize in patient education to prevent injury and reinjury, which reduces rehabilitative and other health care costs. So, whether you’re an athlete or a weekend warrior, we are here to get you– and keep you– at the top of your physical game.

The Athletic Training Team Members


Brad Vamstad

  • Director of Athletic Training & Sports Performance
  • Education: Masters of Arts in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with area of concentration in Athletic Training from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Certifications/Training: CPR and AED, ITAT (Impact Trained Athletic Trainer), ATC.
  • Special Interests: Sports medicine therapy, physician extender, and performance enhancement.
  • Experience: 15 years of athletic training in a high school setting, over 10 years of experience with performance enhancement and clinical therapy.
  • Personal Passions: Sports, coaching at the youth level, exercise, and spending time with wife and children.

Benton Rose

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, WI.
  • Certifications/Training: ATC, LAT, NASM-PES, CPR/First Responder.
  • Special Interests: Training and bettering any level of athlete, strength and conditioning, shoulder rehabilitation.
  • Experience: First responder at UW-Green Bay, assistant athletic trainer for UW-Platteville.
  • Personal Passions: Training for/running marathons, weight training, hunting, reading, and flipping furniture.

Joseph Frerichs

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • Certifications/Training: Certified Athletic Trainer, CPR.
  • Special Interests: Injury Prevention and Care, Sports Performance.
  • Experience: Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at UW-Platteville, Certified Athletic Trainer at SWH.
  • Personal Passions: Soccer and other sports, reading and spending time with cat, Babs.

Tracy Steffen

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Education: Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Toledo, Ohio. BA in Athletic Training from University of Northern Iowa
  • Certifications: Certified Athletic Trainer. CPR/AED Certified. American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Instructor.
  • Special Interests: Manual therapies. The shoulder and overhead athletes. Taping techniques and applications.
  • Experience: 7 years in a secondary school setting, 4 years in Division III athletics, with time also spent in the clinical and industrial settings.
  • Personal Passions: Spending time with family and friends especially watching nieces and nephew’s athletic events. Biking, playing tennis, golfing and softball. Going to concerts.

Aurora Hemann

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Clarke University. Inspirit Institute of Massage Therapy.
  • Certifications: Certified Athletic Trainer. Licensed Massage Therapist. CPR/AED Certified. Graston Technique Certified. ITAT (Impact Trained Athletic Trainer).
  • Special Interests: Manual therapy, massage therapy, and creating rehabilitation programs for an athletes return to play.
  • Experience: 7 years in a secondary school school setting, currently working at Benton High School.
  • Personal Passions: Spending time with family and friends. Cooking, concerts, working out, and spoiling my Dalmatians, Onyx and Ruby.