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Certified Athletic Trainers

Rhea Brown, MS, ATC

Brown joined the NMMC Sports Medicine Program in January 2008 and covers Tupelo High School and Houlka High School. He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in athletic training from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Before joining the NMMC staff, Brown had four years of ATC experience covering seven schools.

Amy Whitley Dawson, ATC

Whitley earned a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Mars Hill College in North Carolina. In 2007, she graduated from Mississippi State University with a master's degree in food science, nutrition and health promotion and joined the NMMC Sports Medicine staff. She provides athletic training services to Pontotoc High School and South Pontotoc High School.

Hunter Dawson, MS, ATC

Dawson joined the NMMC Sports Medicine Program in July 2009. He received his bachelor's degree with a concentration in athletic training from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2007. He then proceeded to Troy University in Alabama where he served as a graduate assistant for the Trojan football team and intramural athletics. While at Troy University, he obtained his national certification and his master's degree in fitness and sport management with a concentration in athletic administration. He currently provides athletic training services for Baldwyn and Saltillo high schools.

Jeffrey Dews, ATC

Dews joined the NMMC Sports Medicine Program in July 2010. He received his bachelor's degree in athletic training at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2009. After receiving his certification, he served as an intern athletic trainer at Radford University. He is currently providing athletic training services for Itawamba Community College.

Mark Porter, ATC

A native of Laurel, Porter is a 1997 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. Upon receiving his national certification, he worked with the Atlanta Falcons for approximately four years. Porter joined the NMMC Sports Medicine staff in 2001 and provides athletic training services for Shannon High School and North Pontotoc Attendance Center.

Michelle D. Pruitt, MS, ATC

Donellan earned a bachelor's degree in health sciences with a concentration in athletic training from Nichols State University in Thibodaus, La., in 2006. She holds a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Mississippi and worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Rebels from 2006 to 2008. She currently provides athletic training services for Tupelo Christian Preparatory School and Mantachie High School.

Brad Voegele, M.ED., ATC

Voegele is a graduate of Fayette County High school in Alabama and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Alabama. He became an ATC in 1995 and worked as a certified athletic trainer in the Cullman, Ala., area until joining the NMMC Sports Medicine staff in 2008. He provides athletic training services for Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton and Tremont High School.

Donna Wesley, MS, ATC

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Wesley graduated from the University of Alabama in 1993. After attaining her national certification, she earned her master's degree in 1995 from the University of Mississippi, where she worked as a graduate assistant. Wesley was one of first ATCs to join NMMC's Sports Medicine Program in 1996 and currently provides athletic training services for Mooreville High School and assists with Itawamba Community College.

Wesley is serving her second term as president of the Mississippi Athletic Trainers Association (MATA) and serve on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA). She is also active on the district and national levels.

Walt Wilkins, ATC

A native of Lineville, Ala., Wilkins attended Mississippi College in Clinton. He attained national certification in 1994 and joined the NMMC Sports Medicine staff in 1996. Prior work experience includes serving as coordinator of sports medicine services for Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson, as a graduate assistant with the University of Alabama and as an ATC for UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, Ala. He provided athletic training services for Tupelo High School and Houlka Attendance Center until 2003 when he was promoted to coordinator of NMMC's Sports Medicine Program. He also provides coverage for Nettleton High School.

For additional information about this program or related rehabilitation services, call (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).