University of Vermont

Our Staff

Eight full-time certified athletic trainers staff the two treatment facilities and service the primary care providers for the day-to-day and season-to-season needs of the student-athlete. All of the athletic trainers are certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) and are licensed by the state of Vermont.

Allison Shepherd, MA, ATC

Athletic Medicine Services Director
Sport: Women's Basketball
Office Phone: (802) 656-9022
Cell Phone: (802) 310-2907
Email:

Allison is the Athletic Medicine Services Director and has been working at the collegiate level for over sixteen years. She is dedicated to providing access to various medical services for the student-athletes who compete at the varsity intercollegiate level at UVM. She stresses that the overall goal of UVM Athletic Medicine is to help prevent and manage athletic related injuries and illness, with primary emphasis being to educate the student-athlete in good health maintenance and injury care. Allison specifically renders day-to-day care to the Women's Swimming and Diving Team at UVM. Allison, originally from Holyoke, MA, received her undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University and her Masters of Arts from Whittier College. Prior to coming to UVM, she most recently worked as an athletic trainer at the University of Oregon for Women's Basketball, Track and Field, Wrestling, Lacrosse and Soccer. Professional interests include training and supervision, community lectures, manual therapy techniques, functional training for return to sport and undergraduate clinical education.

Stephen Basiel, MS, ATC

Senior Associate Athletic Trainer
Sports: Men’s Ice Hockey, Skiing
Cell Phone: (617) 325-0528
Email: Stephen.Basiel@uvm.edu

Steve serves as Senior Associate Athletic Trainer for UVM Athletic Medicine. He provides the day-to-day care and prevention of injury for Men's Ice Hockey and Men's and Women's Ski teams, along with many leadership duties within the athletic medicine unit. A 1983 graduate of the University of Washington in Kinesiology, Steve, originally from Portland, CT, earned his Master's degree in Biomechanics from Indiana University in 1988. From 1988 to 2010, Steve worked at Boston College. During that time, he was the head athletic trainer for men's ice hockey (9 years) and men's basketball (13 years), while also covering football and several other Olympic sports. Steve's professional expertise includes gait analysis for diagnosis of injuries, training in Manual Therapy and Muscle energy techniques through the Ursa Foundation, certification in Graston Technique and lecturing on basketball injuries, prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries and footwear selection for sport.

Rebecca Choquette, MT, ATC

Associate Athletic Trainer
Sports: Men's Soccer, Track & Field
Cell Phone: (802) 578-5125
Email:

Becca serves as Associate Athletic Trainer for UVM Athletic Medicine. She provides the day-to-day care and prevention of injury for Men's Soccer and Men's and Women's Track and Field teams. Becca, originally from Milton, VT, is a proud alumna of the University of Vermont's Athletic Training Program, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education/Athletic Training. After her graduation, Becca continued her education in Manchester, NH at The New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute as an athletic training fellow. She returned to UVM in 1996 and has been a part of the Athletic Medicine staff for the last 14 years. Becca serves as an Approved Clinical Instructor in the UVM Athletic Training program. She also serves the unit as liaison between our athletic medicine and clinical education programs. Her professional interests lie in manual therapies and education.

Neal Sand, MS, ATC, CSCS

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sports: Men's Lacrosse, Women's Soccer
Cell Phone: (802) 309-2492
Email:

Neal Sand serves as Assistant Athletic Trainer for UVM Athletic Medicine. He provides the day-to-day care and prevention of injury for Women's Soccer and Men's Lacrosse at UVM. Neal, originally from Clifton Park, NY, is a 1988 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a major in Physical Education/Athletic Training. He went on to get a Master's degree in athletic training at Indiana St. University. Prior to arriving at the University at Vermont, Neal was the Head Athletic Trainer at SUNY-Plattsburgh from 1994-2001. Neal has been a volunteer to several organizations and events throughout his career. He has donated his time to New York's Empire State Games several times, the 1995 United States Olympic Sports Festival, the Albany Maulers Semi Pro Football Team (1991), USA Youth Soccer, the Junior Olympic Wrestling North Regionals (1990), and was a volunteer EMT in Schenectady, New York. Neal continues to maintain certification in related fields such as strength and conditioning and USWF Club Coach. He is also certified in the Graston manual medicine techniques.

Kristen O'Connell, MA, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sports: Women’s Ice Hockey, Skiing
Cell Phone: (802) 777-9181
Email: Kristen.OConnell@uvm.edu

Kristen serves as Assistant Athletic Trainer for UVM Athletic Medicine. She provides the day-to-day care and prevention of injury for Women's Ice Hockey and Men's and Women's Ski teams. Kristen, originally from Arlington, MA, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of New Hampshire in 2007. She went on to earn a Master's of Art degree in Sport Psychology in 2009 From California State University, Fresno. While completing her master's studies, she worked with the 2008 Men's Baseball College World Series National Champions and the 2009 Men's Baseball WAC champions. In 2010, O'Connell became certified in the Graston technique. Her professional interests lie in manual therapies.

Lisa M. Hardy, MS, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sports: Women's Lacrosse, Cross Country
Cell Phone: (269) 998-5571
Email: Lisa.M.Hardy@uvm.edu

Lisa serves as Assistant Athletic Trainer for UVM Athletic Medicine. She oversees the day-to-day care and prevention of injury for Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse at UVM. Lisa, originally from Poland, Ohio, earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology at Ohio University, and a Master's of Science in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. She most recently worked at Western Michigan University, where she spent three years as an assistant working with the women's soccer, women's golf and baseball teams. Prior to WMU, she was an Athletic Training Fellow at the United States Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, and worked with men's and women's weightlifting and women's wrestling, in addition to other Olympic and Paralympic sports. Recently, Lisa provided volunteer athletic training services to USA Basketball's gold medal U17 Women's 2010 World Championship team. Lisa is an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) in the UVM Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor, licensed athletic trainer in the state of Vermont, and a board certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Brittany Gustafson, MS, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sports: Field Hockey, Swimming & Diving
Cell Phone: (860) 343-3522
Email: Brittany.Gustafson@uvm.edu

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