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Sam graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 with a Masters in Athletic Training after which she obtained her board certification as an athletic trainer (ATC). Following graduation she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at NDSU. She had the opportunity to travel with the Division I NDSU football team, including the 2013 national championship game in Frisco, TX. She provides athletic training services for all the various teams performing injury evaluation, rehabilitation, prevention, and emergent field care. She also has undergraduate degrees in Exercise Science and Biology from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Sam joined our staff in 2014. In the clinic, she serves as a physician extender, where she works side by side with Dr. Eric Nelson. This has allowed her to expand her knowledge of evaluation techniques, surgical procedures, and postsurgical care. Additional clinic responsibilities include casting, splinting, bracing, phone triage, and postoperative visits.
Outside of the clinic, she provides athletic training coverage for area high schools, mostly with Alexandria Area High School. While she mostly provides on-site injury evaluation and emergent care, she also excels in rehabilitation and prevention. She communicates with athletes, coaches, parents, and physicians to ensure each athlete receives proper care to aid in the best outcome.
In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves attending sporting events, with volleyball, hockey, and baseball being her favorites. She enjoys being active, particularly playing competitive volleyball and running.