Clinical Athletic Trainer
Lead AT – Dr. Sando
Donna is a native of Florida, however she was raised in a military family traveling extensively between the US and Europe. Donna attended Heidelberg American High School in Germany where she gained her love for anything sports. She participated in all 4 years on varsity basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer.
She was awarded a full scholarship in basketball to University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) where she received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training.
Donna continued her educational pursuit earning a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Texas Tech University, a Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Management from UMKC.
Donna’s career took her to the University of Texas at Dallas where she covered Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s basketball, and Men’s and Women’s Soccer. While in Dallas, Donna was a member of the Dallas Diesel travel basketball team.
Donna’s next career move took her to the University of South Florida (USF) were she was the Senior Associate Athletic Trainer covering Women’s Basketball and overseeing multiple sports during her time with the university such as baseball, track and field, softball, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s golf.
While at USF Donna had the opportunity to be the athletic director for the Big East Baseball Championships, Big East Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships and well as 2 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four Tournaments. During Donna’s last year at the USF she served as a member of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.
After USF Donna moved on to attend an Athletic Training Residency Program at the University of South Carolina. As part of her training she worked directly with Dr. Christopher Mazoue, Dr. Jeffrey Guy, and Dr. Guillaume Dumont: assisting in the operating room and in the clinic.
Following her residency, she accepted a position with the Orthopedic Medical Group of Tampa working primarily with Dr. Mark Sando assisting in the clinic and operating room.
Donna is also a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Medical Assistant, and Certified Orthopedic Technologist.
She is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, as well as the Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Society, a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer and State of Florida Licensed Athletic Trainer.
She is very much into health and wellness and continues to actively participate in various fitness activities.