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William Woods University is no longer accepting applications to the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training program as we transition to our new Master of Science in Athletic Training program, which can be completed in 5 years.

For undergraduate students interested in pursuing an education in athletic training, William Woods offers a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a sports medicine/pre-athletic training concentration.


Steve Middleton, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES, CKTP, FMT

Director, Athletic Training Education Program


Areas of Expertise
  • Clinical examination
  • Manual Therapies including joint manipulations and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, 2016
  • MS, Exercise Science amp; Health Promotion, California University of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • BS, Athletic Training, Southern Illinois University, 2009
Professional Achievements
  • Instructor, Athletic Training Education Program, William Woods University, 2015 - present
  • Clinical Instructor, Rocktape, Inc, 2012 - present
  • Clinic Director, Assess, Treat & Condition, 2009-2015
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Shawnee Community College, 2009-2010
  • Fascial Movement Taping, RockTape, 2011
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine, 2010
  • Certified Kinesio Tape Practioner, International Kinesio Taping Association, 2010
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, National Strength & Conditioning Association, 2010
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification, 2009

Cindy Robb, MA, ATC

Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Training Education Program


Areas of Expertise
  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Science
  • MA, Sports Sciences, University of Denver, 1991
  • BA, Exercise Science, Missouri Western State University, 1987
Professional Affiliations
  • Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, William Woods University, 2002 - present
  • Adjunct Instructor, Westminster College, 2001 - 2002
  • Adjunct Instructor, Central Methodist University, 1995 - 1999
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Columbia College, 1992 - 1994
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification, 1990
  • Preceptor Educator, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, 2002
  • First Aid and CPR Instructor for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross
  • Honors and Awards Chairman, Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association, 2003 - 2012

Medical Director

Dr Matt E. Thornburg

Columbia Orthopaedic Group


Dr. Thornburg is a member of several professional organizations including the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American Medical Association. Working directly with Dr. Thornburg on his team are his nurse, Katie Powderly and his administrative assistant, Julee West.

Dr. Thornburg and his wife have three children. In his free time he enjoys golf, running and spending time with his family.

Clinical Preceptors

Jill Gamlin PT, ATC, CEAS

Atlas Physical Theraphy & Sports Medicine, Fulton MO
Director of Clinical Operations, Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer


Jill received her degree in athletic training in 1991 from Truman State University and her degree in physical therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1993. She has worked in Fulton since 1993 as a physical therapist and as the Athletic Trainer for Fulton Public Schools. In addition, Jill has enhanced her credentials by earning her certification as an ergonomic assessment specialist from the Back School of Atlanta in 2003.

David Ford

Peak Sport and Spine, Battle High School

Alicia Lange, PT, ATC

Peak Sport and Spine, Fulton

Chelsea Loethen

Head Athletic Trainer, William Woods University


Mike McElhinney

Assistant Athletic Trainer, William Woods University


Greg Nagel, ATC

Peak Sport and Spine, Rock Bridge High School

Elise Pacholewski

Assistant Athletic Trainer, Westminster College


Zack Riessen

Bryce Roark

Peak Sport and Spine

Josh Thompson, ATC

Westminster College


Dawn Threat, ATC

Peak Sport and Spine, Columbia

Phil Threat, ATC

Peak Sport and Spine, Columbia

Stefanie West, ATC

Peak Sport and Spine, Hickman High School