Meet our Outreach Team
Nick Dills, PT, DPT
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Prior to becoming a PT, Nick owned and operated a successful athletic sports
performance, and strength and conditioning business in Portland Oregon.
During his time working with amateur and professional athletes, he recognized
the limitations of his previous education and work experience and decided
to become a PT in order to more fully expand his ability to diagnose and
treat sports related injuries, as well as progress high level strength
and conditioning work.
Nick is passionate and excited about treating high school and adult athletes,
and works closely with MCMC's Sports Medicine department to treat
any and all sports related injuries. He also works the MCMC athletic training
team to help provide sideline medicine coverage for high school sporting
events. In addition to his robust athletic treatment schedule, Nick enjoys
treating foot and ankle patients, and building custom foot orthotics in
the MCMC orthotics lab. Recently, Nick has begun working more closely
with the Sports Medicine department in the role of Program Coordinator
for High School Strength and Conditioning. This role allows him to spend
more time in the local sports community working with groups of athletes
and coaches to improve overall athletic ability, and reduce injury risk.
Nick has a long history of competing in strongman, powerlifting, club rugby,
and collegiate lacrosse. In more recent years, has rediscovered his love
for outdoor recreation, including skiing and mountain biking, in the Gorge
where he grew up. He feels blessed every day to live and work in such
an amazing place with such an amazing team and looks forward to what the
future with MCMC holds.
Esther Ferguson, Certified Athletic Trainer
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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
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.
Brandon Gilbertson, MS, ATC, CSCS
Brandon Gilbertson discovered the field of athletic training at Oregon
State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He completed
his master’s degree in exercise science at Central Washington University,
where he also worked in collegiate athletics as a graduate assistant athletic
trainer. In 2017, I he obtained his national certification in strength
Brandon loves helping athletes reach their full potential and return to
the activities they love. He is passionate about strength training and
Carly Jackson, PA-C
Carly Jackson is a certified physician assistant at MCMC Sports Medicine
& Orthopedic Surgery.
Carly loves getting to know her patients and helping them reach their goals.
She believes the essence of a therapeutic relationship is physical and
mental recovery. Carly emphasizes the importance of regaining mental strength
and a positive mindset as patients work through pain, an injury, or surgical recovery.
She’s always had an interest in both orthopedics and maintaining
an active life. Dealing with her own injuries in many different sports
has given her both an understanding and empathy for what patients go through
in their medical care. She believes in an individualized approach to patient
care and treatment that is tailored to patient goals. She continues to
stay active in the community by providing sporting event coverage at local
She received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology
at the University of Illinois and completed her Master of Medical Science
in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Prior to joining MCMC, she worked as an orthopedic PA focusing on sports
medicine in Rockford, IL. She also provided sporting event coverage to
local area high schools and Division III Rockford University. In addition,
she continues to train medical providers on musculoskeletal ultrasound
and ultrasound-guided injections.
Carly is excited to live in the Gorge and take advantage of the endless
outdoor recreational opportunities. In her freetime, she enjoys being
outside by skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. She also enjoys live music
and wine tasting.
Megan Jeffris, Certified Athletic Trainer
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Megan Jeffris earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from
Eastern Washington University in 2013. She went on to obtain her master’s
degree at Missouri State University and graduated in 2015. Megan has been
practicing as an athletic trainer since 2013 and specialized in planning
community athletic events and the evaluation of baseball and softball injuries.
As a PNW native, Megan enjoys spending time outside with her sports teams.
When she’s not working, she’s either on the trails hiking
or skiing in the mountains.
Joseph Lanzetti, Certified Athletic Trainer
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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.