2020 General Election Biographies
Kyle Southall, currently employed by ATI Physical Therapy serves as the athletic trainer for Briarwood Christian Schools. Kyle is also a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Human Performance Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham housed in the School of Physical Therapy. Previous to his current roles Kyle served as the Director of Clinical Education for both the undergraduate athletic training and masters in athletic training programs at Samford University. Kyle began his tenure at Samford in 2016 as the clinical coordinator for the undergraduate athletic training program and instructor of kinesiology. Kyle previously served as head athletic trainer at Birmingham-Southern College from 2013-2016 and assistant athletic trainer at BSC from 2012-2013. Kyle currently resides as the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association (ALATA) Secretary and acting Treasurer. Kyle is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) trained and currently the state representative for the NATA ATs Care as well as on the SEATA ATs Care Committee and NATA National ATs Care Committee. Kyle also serves as a member of the ALATA Governmental Affairs Committee. Kyle became a member of Team USA Sports Medicine in the Spring of 2016 and has traveled with a variety of teams internationally to Japan, Dominican Republic, and Israel as well as nationally at the Colorado Springs Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. Kyle is nationally certified by the NATABOC and is licensed by the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers. He is also a certified BLS/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross. Kyle is a 2010 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He did his post-graduate work at West Virginia University, where he received a Master's of Science of Athletic Training in 2012. Kyle was also an adjunct professor in the athletic training and sports science department at Waynesburg University and West Virginia University during his time in Morgantown. Also while at WVU Kyle became level-1 Graston trained, a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and became a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In his free time Kyle enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fishing, and traveling with his wife, Emily.
Allyn Abadie is an Athletic Trainer from Southern California. She studied Athletic Training at Nova Southeastern University and moved to Alabama to pursue her masters degree at The University of Alabama while working as a Graduate Assistant for Club and Recreation Athletics. Falling in love with the city of Birmingham Allyn began working at The University of Alabama at Birmingham in club sports following graduate school. It was there that she decided to pursue a PhD in Nutrition Sciences and is currently researching a novel method at rehabilitating concussions, funded by a doctoral grant from the NATA Foundation. In her free time she works as an Athletic Trainer for the Birmingham United Soccer Association. As a member of multiple executive boards previously, Allyn hopes to serve the profession in Alabama and help give a fresh look to older traditions.
Heath Blackmon has been nominated to serve as ALATA’s Treasurer. Heath is the Athletic Trainer for Bessemer City High School with Encore Rehabilitation. Heath received his undergraduate degree from the University of West Alabama in 2008. While at UWA, he served as President of the UWA Sports Medicine Club. Heath went on to serve as the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for football and baseball at the University of West Georgia while working on his degree with the Health & Physical Education Master’s Program. Heath has since worked as an Athletic Trainer at numerous high schools around the Central and Northeast Alabama areas since 2011. Heath has also worked as an industrial Athletic Trainer at Delta Airlines. Heath has been attributed as a strong leader with strengths in social skills, team building and work ethic. He has been proudly serving on the ALATA Secondary Schools committee for the past two years. Heath hopes to increase awareness and respect of the Athletic Training profession by continuing to build strong relationships with fellow healthcare providers. He hopes to encourage all parents, athletes, and coaches to demand for qualified health care professionals at every level of sport. He aspires to build up young leaders through active mentorship in his community. Heath is from Hayden, Alabama and now resides in Leeds. In June of 2020, he married his wife Candy, who is a high school Sports Medicine teacher and Athletic Trainer in Blount County. Heath enjoys spending his free time with his wife, hosting game nights at their home, and attending and leading small groups through Church of the Highlands.
Alyson Gramley, MEd, LAT, ATC, a 20-year veteran to the profession, currently serves as the Director of Athletic Training at Troy University. She oversees a team of 12 certified athletic trainers in the daily sports medicine care of over 400 Division I student-athletes. In the years as Director, she has worked tirelessly to increase staff numbers and improve daily operations of the Athletic Training Room. She has also forged relationships with other allied health professionals on campus and in the community to increase the quality of care for the student-athletes at Troy. Alyson desires to increase awareness of the profession locally and nationally by participating in events such as Alabama Capitol Hill Day to promote our State Practice Act and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Political Action Campaign Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC. Through education and awareness, we can promote our profession to leaders in local and national government. She has served as the At-Large Position 1 on the ALATA Executive Council, acting as Chair of the College, University, and Professional Committee, the Honors, Awards, Scholarships Committee, and Hall of Fame Committee. Gramley was recognized as co-recipient of the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2018. She has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association for 15 years and is an honorary member of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society for Athletic Training Education. She earned a Master of Education in Physical Education from Troy University in 2004, while working as a Graduate Student in the Athletic Training Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 1999, also from Troy University. She is no stranger to service, dedicating time to serving as an Executive Council member of the local Alumnae Association of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, as well as being active in various missions and music endeavors in her church. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her daughter.
Dan Springer, MAEd, LAT, ATC, is the Head Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dan started his second stint at UAB in 2016, after previously serving as Associate Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Cincinnati from 2014-2016 and Assistant Athletic Trainer at UAB 2012-2014.
In his current role, Springer oversees all sports medicine efforts for the Football program including the daily operations of the Football Operations Center Athletic Training Room and supervision of the football certified athletic trainers and student assistants. Springer also serves on the Department's Mental Health Committee, Concussion Committee and develops many of the department’s policy and procedures.
Since returning to UAB, the department has been able to grow with the profession and increasingly tries to find ways to further collaboration and integration within the hospital system, sports coaches and performance coaches. Professional interests include increased technology for performance and prevention, from aspects of transition-to-sport to concussion. He is also very interested in the scope of practice for athletic trainers and keeping up with current standards of care in our evolving field. He has particular interest in emergency care for catastrophic injury prevention and emerging soft tissue techniques, like dry-needling.
A Cincinnati native, Springer earned his Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 and his Master's Degree in Health Education from UAB in 2012, where he served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, working with Football, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Tennis.
Mallori Crockett came to Alabama in the fall of 2013 and recently completed her eighth year as an athletic trainer with the Crimson Tide in 2020, after spending two years at North Carolina State University.
Crockett currently helps the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs reach their fullest athletic potential. While overseeing the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field squads, Crockett has played a key part in the countless student-athletes earning All-America honors.
While managing the Crimson Tide, Crockett also is a preceptor for the athletic training education program and administrator for Presagia Injury Tracking System. Before that, Crockett spent a few seasons with UA’s women’s basketball and women’s golf.
The Montgomery, Ala., native began her postgraduate career with a two-year stint at N.C. State, serving as the primary athletic trainer for volleyball, gymnastics, cheer and rifle. During Crockett’s time with the Wolfpack, she handled inventory of medical supplies and medicine for doctor’s clinics on campus while supervising graduate assistants caring for the gymnastics and cheer teams.
A two-time University of Alabama alumna, Crockett earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training in 2009 and then continued her education at the Capstone with a master’s degree in health promotion and education in 2011.
Crockett is a board certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is a licensed athletic trainer in Alabama. In addition, she has obtained certification from Owens Recovery Science in Blood Flow Restriction and SASTM Technique.