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Maybe the most interesting thing about John choosing athletic training as his career is, he didn’t even know what training was until his college adviser suggested he look into pursuing a degree in it. He signed up for observation hours in the athletic training room at Eastern Oregon University as a sophomore and was hooked on becoming an ATC. He graduated from the program and became BOC certified in 2003.

John continued his education at the University of Oregon, where he earned a master’s degree in sports medicine in 2005. While at the UO, John had the opportunity to work with both Springfield High School and UO athletes.

John is patient about his career. “Working at a high school is great,” he says. “My day is never dull. But what I like most is being able to make a positive influence in today’s youth because that is very rewarding to me. I love what I do.”


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Esther became interested in athletic training after working with the athletic trainer at her high school following her own sports injury. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in athletic training from California Baptist University. Esther moved to Oregon after working as an athletic trainer with the U.S. Army attached to a basic training battalion.

She is excited to be working with high school athletics and most enjoys spending time on the sidelines getting to know the athletes and helping them perform to their maximum potential.


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I discovered the field of athletic training during my time at Portland State University where I spent two years as an intern with the PSU women’s soccer team. The job was never predictable, and I spent a lot of time outside working directly with athletes to help them perform at their best. After graduating from PSU, I enrolled at the University of Arkansas where I earned my Masters of Athletic Training.

One thing I really love about this job is that my patients want to continuously improve, or after an injury, be at least as good as before the injury. Knowing that I can help them in that journey to become stronger and smarter is incredibly rewarding.



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An ACSM-certified personal trainer with a degree in exercise and sport science and more than 15 years of experience, Matt has a diverse background. He played college basketball and college and semi-pro baseball. He also enjoyed two seasons as a snowboard instructor, and has completed two duathlons and nine sprint triathlons, and raced dirt bikes.

Matt provides school athletes with strength, speed and agility training as well as hydration and nutrition advice. Through our clinic’s Sportsmetrics program, he works with athletes year-round on strength and conditioning, speed and agility and ACL injury prevention.

Hear from our patients

“Having the surgery was the best decision I ever made, sports-wise.” “It was really worth it.”

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Taylor Darden
Taylor DardenMCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery patient

“I couldn’t believe it,” she says. “I was standing there with full weight on both legs. I came to the hospital and both knees hurt. Now, there was no pain.”

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Patty Burnet
Patty BurnetMCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery patient

“Things are totally different now,” she says. “Before the surgery it was all doom and gloom; the anxiety and depression pain brings can just take over. But I’m enjoying being able to move again, to go hiking and hunting again and shopping with my daughters and grandchildren.”

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Tammy Swearingen
Tammy SwearingenMCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery patient

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We’re located at Water’s Edge

511 Lone Pine Blvd, Ste #302

The Dalles, OR 97058

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Phone: 541.506.6500

Fax: 541.506.6501

Email: sportsmed@mcmc.net