Parker Hall 215D
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

What area do you teach?

Athletic Training and Health Sciences


Clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training (DAT) - A.T. Still University - 2019
Master's of Science in Kinesiology (emphasis in athletic training) (MS) - University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2005
Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training and Health Promotions (BS) - Southern Oregon University - 2002

Your Philosophy of Teaching

Developing athletic training clinicians who can adapt and problem-solve across multiple patient care settings and populations.

Why did you decide to teach?

I started being a laboratory and classroom assistant for the athletic training program during graduate school. I realized that I enjoyed instructing and supporting athletic training students during endeavors other than during clinical education. This started me down the path of becoming a full-time educator. I transitioned to an education-oriented graduate assistant during graduate school before starting my professional athletic training career in a position that included teaching, administration, and patient care. Over the years as the need arose for more full-time faculty to teach athletic training and health science material, I again pivoted towards pursuing a full-time teaching role. I enjoy developing future athletic trainers who then promote and advance the profession.

Credentials/Career Path

I began my career journey at Southern Oregon University where I earned my bachelor's degrees in 2002. During these years, I was an athletic training intern at Oakland Athletics minor league baseball clubs in California, Oregon, and British Columbia. I then spent three years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas pursuing a Master's of Science degree in Kinesiology (emphasis in athletic training). My first two years were primarily dedicated to providing athletic training services to the men's soccer and women's cross country and track and field teams. I spent an additional year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a graduate assistant with the athletic training program where I assisted in preparing for an accreditation site visit and teaching courses. I then became employed as an athletic trainer and clinical education coordinator at Missouri Valley College in 2005. I instructed athletic training and exercise science courses, provided athletic training services to the men's soccer and men's volleyball teams, and performed administrative duties within the accredited athletic training program. In 2014 I transitioned to an exclusively faculty role. This allowed me to dedicate additional time teaching athletic training material. I remained at Missouri Valley College until starting at Southeast Missouri State University in 2019.

Professional Highlight

Providing athletic training services at USA Taekwondo events across the United States as a member of the Bare Essentials Sports Medicine Team


  • 2019 John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award (Missouri Valley College)
  • 2013 Faculty Choice Award, Missouri Valley College School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • 2005 NATA Research and Education Foundation Free Communication Poster Award

Organizations with Which You are Involved

  • Southeast Missouri State University Division of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
  • Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC)
  • Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association (MoATA)
  • Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Most Recent/Notable Works

Treatment and Return-to-Participation Following Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Athletes. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 2019;11(1):7-9

Diagnosing Exertional Rhabdomyolysis Across Athletic Training Clinical Practice Settings. NATA News. 2018;30(2): 24-26.

The Magnitude of Tissue Cooling With Varied Types of Compression. Journal of Athletic Training. 2010;45:230-237

Best Advice for Students

Be the annoying student and go to your instructor's office during his or her office hours.

I enjoy developing future athletic trainers who then promote and advance the profession.

Dr. David Tomchuk, Assistant Professor