Aaron has been involved in athletics for as long as he can remember. He spent his youth in Greeley, Colorado playing club soccer, football, and baseball. In 1989, Aaron moved with his family to Seneca, Missouri where he was a four sport athlete for the Indians. After high school, Aaron decided to play football for the Lions of Missouri Southern State University, and later graduated with a Health Promotion and Wellness degree. After graduation, he moved to Dallas, Texas to become a strength and conditioning coach for local college and high school athletes. He spent three years there before moving back to Missouri. Aaron feels very fortunate to have landed a job at his alma mater of MSSU, where he was the assistant athletic director for facilities and operations. Through that experience, he has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge of the day to day operations of a NCAA Division II athletics program. This experience led him to attain a graduate degree from William Woods University and currently, Aaron manages sports and school medicine programs for Mercy Hospital Joplin. His main role is to promote Mercy Sports Medicine within the Joplin area and manage school based medicine programs.
Joanie has been active in sports her whole life playing basketball, softball and cross-country in high school. After high school Joanie was a collegiate basketball player. She graduated from the widely renowned Missouri State Sports Medicine and Athletic Training program. After gaining her Athletic Training certification she held the position of Graduate Assistant at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah Oklahoma where she received her graduate degree. While at NSU Joanie was the primary Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Basketball program in addition to assisting with football. Currently Joanie heads the clinical rehabilitation side of Mercy Sports Medicine. Her main role is to get athletes back to their peak performance following an injury. She works closely with physicians and other clinicians to produce the best possible outcomes for local athletes.
Ryan is currently the Head Athletic Trainer for the Carthage School District. Ryan’s ability to assess and treat athletic injuries is second to none. His vast experience in the field has prepared him for any situation. Ryan has traveled with the USA Wrestling National Team to Russia and Belarus as the sole medical professional providing care for elite athletes. Ryan has, on multiple occasions, worked with Olympic Athletes at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. While there he worked with some of the world’s top athletes, including several Olympic Gold Medalists. Ryan’s work experience includes: Mercy McCune Brooks Hospital, Missouri Southern, Coffeyville Community College, Independence Community College and has helped at Fort Scott Community College. Ryan Started working for St. John’s Sports Medicine as an Apprentice Athletic Trainer in 1994 hand has been with Mercy Sports Medicine since August of 2005. Ryan is a former college athlete in the sport of wrestling, and has coached youth wrestling as well. Ryan served our country in Iraq as a member of the United States Army National Guard.
Dustin has been active in sports his whole life as a player and coach. He has coached at all levels: youth, Junior High, High School and Semi-Pro including games against Professional Arena teams (football). Currently Dustin acts as the Head Athletic Trainer for McAuley Catholic High School. Dustin has been with Mercy Sports Medicine since January of 2006. Prior to being with Mercy he spent 6 years working in the MSSU Athletic Training Department. While at Mercy, Dustin developed the Mercy Sports Medicine Elite Sports Performance program which has been utilized by many local athletes including a division I football player. Dustin is known and respected for his approach to treating athletes, as he is very sensitive to the mindset of both the players and the coaches.
Josh is a former colligate soccer player and sports enthusiast. Josh currently works for Mercy Sports Medicine on an “as needed” basis with his primary employment being a Special Education Teacher in the Carl Junction School District. Josh plays a valuable role with Mercy as his flexible schedule allows him to provide coverage when needed. Josh was a full-time employee of Mercy Sports Medicine from May of 2005 thru August of 2009 when he took his current career path in education.
Ryan Palmer, Certified Athletic Trainer