Biographies

Kirby Kelley

Kirby was born and raised in Marietta, Ga. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Georgia College & State University and Masters of Arts at The University of Alabama. She completed her graduate assistantship while working with the Tide’s cheer and dance teams. Kirby also provided local outreach for high school football, basketball and softball.

 

Upon graduation, she began working at Andrews Sports Medicine. Kirby completed her orthopaedic technologist certification as well as wound closure courses and training, allowing her to be a well rounded clinical athletic trainer.  She also started an athletic training residency program and was the program director.

 

Currently, Kirby is an athletic trainer at Southlake Orthopaedics working alongside a spine physician. As clinical athletic trainer, she treats patients of all ages and activity levels. She has extensive experience in joint replacement, hip, knee, shoulder and sports medicine.

 

Kirby has developed a passion for teaching and mentorship.She has been a preceptor for physician assistants, athletic trainers and eager young professionals in general. Her philosophy on precepting is to cultivate an optimal learning environment by incorporating didactic and clinical education. She has given numerous presentations to athletic training programs and educators across the state as well as the district level.

 

Kirby has served on the clinical/industrial/military committee and recently won clinical/industrial/corporate athletic trainer of the year.

 

She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the state in the role of vice president.

Mike Rodrigues

Mike has a diverse and knowledgeable background in athletic training.  He is a certified athletic trainer with three decades of experience on the professional, collegiate, high school, and orthopaedic clinic levels.

 

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport sciences from the University of Florida, and his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University. He has served as an assistant athletic trainer at the United States Military Academy, Mississippi State, and the University of Memphis. During his time with those programs he coordinated medical coverage for a wide range of teams including football, tennis, softball, women’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s soccer.

 

In addition to his collegiate experience, Mike has an extensive background working closely with orthopaedic surgeons, serving as a surgical assistant with Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. He has worked at several orthopaedic clinics in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Alabama, providing rehabilitation assistance within the clinic as well as coordinating athletic training coverage for local high schools.

 

Mike has spent most of his career practicing in district nine.  Currently, Mike serves as the Vice President of ALATA and has previously served on the ALATA Executive Council as At-Large, Position 3. 

 

Mike currently resides in Tuscaloosa and serves as athletic trainer with DCH/Encore Sports Medicine.

 

Allyn Abadie

Allyn Abadie is an Athletic Trainer residing in Birmingham, AL. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama in  Birmingham and covers the Alabama FC soccer club as a PRN Athletic Trainer for Champion Sports Medicine. She received her Masters in Health Studies from The University of Alabama while working as a Graduate Assistant with Club Sports and Recreation and her Bachelors in Athletic Training from Nova Southeastern University.

Gina Gonzales

Gina Gonzales is an Athletic Trainer at Helena High School. From LSU, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with concentration in Athletic Training. In 2012, Gina obtained her Master of Arts in Education & Exercise Physiology from UAB, in addition to serving as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Samford University. She has since served as an Outreach Athletic Trainer and is currently in her 6th year teaching high school advanced Health Science courses including Sports Medicine, Kinesiology & Biomechanics, and Exercise Prescription & Physiology. Gina hopes to promote the field of Athletic Training and grow professionally while serving as ALATA's secondary school liaison.

 

 

Alex Guin

I am currently the head athletic trainer at Tuscaloosa County High School with DCHEncore Rehabilitation. I am also a Foundations of Health Science and Sports Medicine teacher here at Tuscaloosa County High School. I received my BS in Athletic Training from The University of Alabama in 2015 and an MA in Health Sciences from The University of Alabama in 2019.

Alicia Chance

Alicia graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from The University of West Alabama in 2011 and with her Master’s in the Art of Teaching in 2013. She began her athletic training career at Alabama State University where she was an intern in 2011 and then quickly promoted to assistant athletic trainer. In 2014 she began working in the industrial setting as well as high school outreach. For the past seven years she has worked with manufacturing, delivery, and service companies throughout Alabama. In 2015 she completed her ergonomic assessment specialist certification. She has served on the Executive Counsel as At-Large 3 and chair of the industrial, clinical and military committee for the past year and a half. Alicia is passionate about helping others learn the value of an athletic trainer in all types of settings.

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