MCMC Committee

Dr. Alan Ashare

Dr. Ashare graduated from the Albany Medical College in 1965. He works in Boston, MA and specializes in Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Ashare is affiliated with St Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

Dr. Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley, MD is a sports medicine physician in the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children's Hospital and is also an instructor of orthopedics at Harvard Medical School. His clinical and research interests include advanced concussion management, medical education and youth injury prevention. Dr. Beasley holds positions as staff and team physician at Northeastern University and head team physician at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Dr. Paul Berkner

Dr. Paul Berkner is currently serving as the Director of Health Services at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Formerly, he practiced with Middlebury Pediatric Medicine. He received his D.O. from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Berkner specializes in pediatrics and is a proud co-founder of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI).

Mary Gawron, BSN, RN

Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is currently working for Boston Medical Center in the Pediatric Specialty Group and for Boston Children’s Hospital at Martha Eliot Health Center. She entered nursing school focused on youth sports concussion management after parenting her three active children through multiple concussions. She developed and implemented concussion education for Braintree Youth Soccer and Braintree Travel Soccer programs. Mary is also very involved in Paralympic Sport programs through Adaptive Sports New England.

Dr. Karameh Kuemmerle

Dr. Kuemmerle’s area of excellence is clinical expertise and innovation. She is a clinical pediatric neurologist who specializes in traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. She has devoted most of her time to clinical work, which extends into educational activities and supporting activities. Much of her work takes place in the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary center coordinating care between the Trauma Center, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Sports Medicine, and Neuropsychology. They aim to provide the highest level of care to children and adolescents who have sustained a brain injury by enhancing the health and well-being of patients, minimizing distress, and preventing longer-term difficulties. Dr. Kuemmerle’s clinical interests have led her to participate in research projects. She is studying mild traumatic brain injury and concussion, ranging anywhere from risk factors for prolonged post concussive symptoms and pharmacological treatment, to the development of new clinical offerings such as telehealth services. She also has an interest in childhood epilepsy and has participated in studies of Rolandic epilepsy genetics and associated cognitive dysfunction. Within her areas of interest, she works to enhance our understanding of the neurologic outcomes of traumatic brain injury, and to share her expertise in projects developing cutting-edge therapies and healthcare strategies.

Dr. Rebekah Mannix

Associate Physician in Medicine; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

William P. Meehan III, MD

William P. Meehan III, MD, is Director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention at Boston Children's Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Meehan is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and sports medicine. He conducts both clinical and scientific research in the area of concussive brain injury. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Football League, and the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.

Dr. Meehan is the author of numerous medical and scientific and publications, and served as guest editor for the January 2011 edition of Clinics in Sports Medicine entitled, Concussion in Sports.

He is author of the critically acclaimed book Kids, Sports And Concussion: A Guide For Coaches And Parents, and is featured in the MomsTEAM 2013 documentary, The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer.

Richard L. Pearson

Richard L. Pearson is the Associate Executive Director of the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators' Association (MSSAA). Richard enjoyed a 23 year career in education with four different high schools. Most recently he was principal at Medway H.S. from 2004 to 2012. He was also an assistant principal at Foxborough H.S. from 2000 to 2004. A musician by education, he holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. He began his teaching career as Band Director in Walpole and later in Medfield. He holds a Master’s in Education degree from Bridgewater State College. Richard was the board president of the MSSAA in 2011-212 prior to beginning work at the Association. In his role at the MSSAA, he is the executive liaison to the High School Committee, works closely with the Leadership Licensure Program (LLP), and represents the MSSAA to both the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board of Education. He also serves as Associate Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), acting as the executive liaison to the sports of football, ice hockey and baseball.

Dr. Mark Proctor

As the interim chief of the Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Proctor is passionate about harnessing the tremendous resources of Boston Children's Hospital to make its care truly patient centered. Through his leadership, he has brought together representatives from many departments to create new options for his patients, including forming the Brain Injury Center and a clinic for treating incontinence due to spinal cord malfunction. He is an athlete and enjoys team sports; he rowed for Dartmouth College and has played competitive rugby and squash. Dr. Proctor worked with Sports Medicine to treat children with sports-related injuries and co-direct the premier national concussion meeting, the HMS Neurological Sports Injuries conference. Dr. Proctor did his rotation through the neurosurgical suite at Georgetown University Medical Center as a resident gave him an early taste for the field and why it might suit him. The brain translates into everything about who we are, and there is so much that doctors still don't know, which creates exciting new opportunities. He came to the realization that he wanted to work with children when he led groups of kids on bike trips during the summers between medical school. He loves treating children because of their resilience and capacity for recovery.

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Carilyn Rains

Carilyn Rains has worked in the specialty practice of school nursing for the last 17 years, the last 6 as the Nursing Supervisor for the Sandwich Public Schools. She is a member of the Department of Public Health's Concussion Advisory Board and on their Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Evaluation Team where she has collaborated on projects related to concussive injuries and on the positive impact of school nurse leadership on the educational process. Carilyn is actively involved in substance abuse prevention efforts and child advocacy on Cape Cod. She is also President of the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization (MSNO) and has been a member of their board since 2011, focusing her leadership efforts on legislative advocacy on all issues related to the school age child.

Andrew Rizza, MS, ATC, LAT

Andrew is a 1996 Graduate of Northeastern University where he received both his Bachelors of Science Degree in Athletic Training and Masters of Science Degree in Leadership and Health Management. He is a Dually Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer who holds certifications with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Allied Health Professionals. Andrew began his Athletic Training career as the Head Athletic Trainer for Emmanuel College a position he held for 2 years. In 1998 he made the transition from the collegiate level to the secondary school setting, becoming the Head Athletic Trainer for Weston High School. Andrew serves as an approved clinical instructor for Lasell College’s Athletic Training curriculum, is the acting Clinical Director for ATI Physical Therapy in Wellesley MA and serves on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Concussion Advisory Board, working to improve the management and regulations for concussion management in the state. Andrew specializes in Orthopedics, Athletic Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, Leadership and Healthcare Management, Concussion Management, Sports specific programming and Orthotic device fitting.

Dr. Meredith Saillant

Dr. Saillant completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brown University and University of Michigan, respectively, before graduating from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center through the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. She founded the town-wide middle school baseline concussion screening program in conjunction with the Town of Brookline in 2012 and has served as a consultant to the Pediatric Physicians Organization at Children's Hospital on their concussion treatment protocol. She has been in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts since 2003.

Diane Sartanowicz, MS, LAT, ATC

Diane Sartanowicz, MS, LAT, ATC, has been in the Athletic Training profession since 1991.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Rhode Island in 1990 and then went on to complete a Master’s Degree from Indiana State University. She has worked in the collegiate, high school, junior high school and clinic settings, but her true passion is in teaching where Diane has been both a Health/Physical Education Instructor and Athletic Trainer for various high schools in New England. For the past 15 years, she has worked at The Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts; a private boys boarding school as a Lower School Physical Education teacher as well as the school’s Athletic Trainer. She is the Director of the Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition (MCMC). Ms. Sartanowicz has been involved in the profession at both the state and district levels. She was President of the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM) from 2006-2008, Past-President of Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) from 2011-2012 and is currently the NATA District One Treasurer. She volunteers her time on the medical staff of the Boston Marathon as well as for the Bay State Summer Games. She previously served as the Medical Coordinator for 10 years for the Bay State Games. This hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed as Diane was inducted into the Bay State Games Hall of Fame in 2006 and was the recipient of the NATA Athletic Training Service Award in 2007. In 2014, Ms. Sartanowicz was the James L. Thornton Keynote Address speaker for the student program of the EATA.

Alex M. Taylor, PsyD

Alex M. Taylor, PsyD, is a clinical neuropsychologist providing services within the multidisciplinary Brain Injury Center and Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also serves as a consultant for the New England Revolution. Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Taylor completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Sports Medicine Concussion Program focusing on the diagnosis and management of sports related concussion (SRC). His work includes investigating the impact of mild Traumatic Brain Injury on neurocognitive and neurobehavioral functioning with the aim of preventing longer term sequelae. Dr. Taylor’s professional memberships include the International Neuropsychological Society, the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, and the American Psychological Association Division of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Kathy Thornton

Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training from Bridgewater State College in 1989 and her Master of Science from California University of Pennsylvania in Exercise Science and Injury Prevention in 2006. She has been a practicing Athletic Trainer in the high school and clinical settings for the past 25 years. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a NASM - PES. Currently, Kathy is the Team Leader for Injury Prevention and Ergonomics in the Occupational Health Department at Southcoast Health. She supervises a team of 10 Athletic Trainers providing services within the occupational health department as well as outreach athletic training services to 10 area high schools. Her duties include ergonomic screening, injury investigations and she is spearheading the development of Southcoast Health's Concussion Management Program. She has been involved with Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM) since 2001 serving as the Membership Representative, the Chair for the Awards and Scholarship Committee, the President and now as the Past-President.

Jason Zent

Born April 15, 1971 in Cheektowaga, New York and regarded as a highly-touted player from The Nichols School in Buffalo, Jason Zent was the third selection, 44th overall, of the NY Islanders in the 1989 Entry Draft. He was also a member of the 1990 United States Olympic Festival Team and the 1990 United States National Junior team where he was the only high school player with that honor. Zent spent four years (1990-1994) at the University of Wisconsin studying Business Management and as a member of the Wisconsin Badgers hockey team. While earning 1990-91 All-WCHA Rookie Team honors in his freshman year, the Badgers leading goal scorer in 1991-92 tied for the team lead in points and led them to the 1992 NCAA Frozen Four Final against Lake Superior State. After falling short in their attempt to capture their sixth NCAA Championship, the Badger sophomore was named to the All-Tournament Team. Having never played for the team that originally drafted him (NY Islanders-1989), Zent was traded to the Ottawa Senators in the fall of 1994 where he spent his first two professional seasons as a member of the Prince Edward Island Senators of the AHL. Zent played his first NHL game in the 1996-97 season with the Ottawa Senators before being re-assigned to the AHL. In 1997-98, Zent suited up for three different teams–the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, the Worcester IceCats of the AHL, and the Detroit Vipers of the now defunct IHL. Zent signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 1998, but spent the better part of the 1998-99 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. He was called up and suited up for two regular season games with the Flyers. Following the 1999-2000 season, Jason Zent had accounted for three goals and six points in 27 career NHL games.

 

Jason, along with his wife Erinn, are committed to the Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition and continue to raise awareness about mTBI’s and education.

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Diane Sartanowicz MS, ATC, LAT

Director-Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition
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