Staff

As our mission statement states, The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention is comprised of clinicians, scientists, activists, and technologists dedicated to encouraging sports and exercise. Learn more about our multifaceted staff below.

Dr. Lyle J. Micheli – Founder

Lyle J. Micheli, MD, is Director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and co-chaired the International Olympic Committee consensus on the health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport. He was the recipient of the 2011 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in San Diego, CA in July 2011. He has served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports, on the Board of Directors of the United States Rugby Football Foundation, as Chairman of the USA Rugby Medical and Risk Management Committee, and on the advisory board of the Bay State Games. He has been the Attending Physician for the Boston Ballet since 1977 and is Medical Consultant to the Boston Ballet School.

Dr. Micheli received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1962 and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1966. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Micheli was an avid athlete, competing in rugby, gridiron football, and boxing. Since graduation, Dr. Micheli has played prop for various Rugby clubs including the Boston Rugby Football Club, the Cleveland Blues Rugby Football Club, Washington Rugby Club and Mystic Valley Rugby Club where he also served as team coach.

Dr. Micheli has authored over 300 scientific articles and reviews related to sports injuries, particularly in children. His present research activities focus on the prevention of sports injuries in children. Dr. Micheli has edited and authored several major books and textbooks including the most recent four-volume Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine. His other publications include The Adolescent Athlete: A Practical Approach, The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee, The Sports Medicine Bible for Young Athletes, The Sports Medicine Bible, and numerous issues of Clinics in Sports Medicine.

Dr. William P. Meehan, III – Director

William P. Meehan III, MD, is Director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Co-Director of The Football Players Health Study at Harvard. He graduated from Harvard Medical School where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopaedics. He conducts both clinical and scientific research in the area of sports injuries and concussive brain injury. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, the National Football League Players Association, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League Alumni Association. He is the 2012 winner of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s award for Best Overall Research. He has multiple medical and scientific publications, is co-editor of the book, Head and Neck Injuries in Young Athletes, and is author of the books Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents and Concussions.

Dr. Dai Sugimoto – Director of Clinical Research

Dai Sugimoto, PhD is Director of Clinical Research at The Micheli Center, research technologist at Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Sports Medicine, and Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Sugimoto received his undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin La-Crosse in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science with athletic training. As an athletic training student, he interned with the New Orleans Saints and Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he became a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Lakeland College (Sheboygan, WI) and University of Rhode Island. After completing his master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2003, he served as a head athletic trainer at Seton Hill University for two years. He then received an appointment as head athletic trainer and adjunct faculty member from the Exercise Science and Sports Studies program at Lakeland College in 2005.

In 2009, Dr. Sugimoto joined a research group at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, OH as a research assistant . His primary role at the hospital was to provide injury prevention interventions at local secondary schools in Boone County, KY. At the same time, he was working toward a degree in the rehabilitation science doctoral program at the University of Kentucky. In 2013, he graduated from University of Kentucky with a PhD. During this process, he received the Clint Thompson award (2nd runner-up) from the Journal of Athletic Training. One of the studies Dr. Sugimoto co-authored won the systematic review award from the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2012. Another study authored by Dr. Sugimoto won the systematic review award from the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2015 and was featured by Fox News. After two years of post-doctoral training at The Micheli Center and Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Sports Medicine, he received an Instructor appointment from Harvard Medical School in 2015.

Dr. David Howell – Post-Doctoral Fellow Researcher

David R. Howell, PhD is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Dr. Howell received his undergraduate degree from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in athletic training in the Department of Kinesiology where he became a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Following graduation, he worked as the assistant athletic trainer at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. In 2011, he earned a Master of Science degree in human physiology through the  University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. As a master’s student, he completed clinical work as an athletic trainer with the football and women’s lacrosse teams, as well as with various club sports teams.

Dr. Howell completed his PhD in 2014 in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, performing research in the Motion Analysis Laboratory. Since then, he has been a clinical researcher at The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention. His primary research interests consist of investigating clinically valid and objective methods to examine deficits after a concussion, such as attention, motor function, and cognitive abilities. Along with his colleagues, his studies have been published in scientific and medical journals across the fields of sports medicine, biomechanics, neuroscience, rehabilitation, and pediatric medicine.

Corey Dawkins – Program Administration Manager & Injury Prevention Specialist

Corey graduated from Boston University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training where his thesis centered on evaluating and treating common baseball injuries, forming the foundation for his Level 2 Bio-Mechanics Certification from the National Pitching Association (NPA). Corey began his career as a certified athletic trainer at Boston College, where he also earned his master’s degree, primarily covering football, wrestling, and baseball, before moving on to become the head athletic trainer at Emerson College in 2004, working primarily with the soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.

In 2010 Corey joined the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and further developed his interest and research in treating and preventing baseball injuries to pitchers in particular. Starting in 2014, he transitioned to The Micheli Center to take a more hands-on role in preventing sports injuries among youth and adolescents, including heading the 3D pitching analysis program of youth, high school, collegiate, and professional overhead athletes. He is also looking forward to taking on duties as Program Administration Manager that will allow TMC to continue to be the leader in sports injury prevention. In his spare time, Corey enjoys staying up to date with the latest technology, watching football, training his Australian Shepherd, and spending time with his family.

Jen Morse – Lead Injury Prevention Specialist & Community Outreach Coordinator

Jen Morse received her Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science from Fitchburg State University in 2009, where she was also a member of the women’s soccer team. In 2012, she completed her Master of Science in kinesiology from Bridgewater State University. Jen is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Academy (NSCA) and certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

While pursuing her master’s, Jen worked as a sports performance coach at Athlete’s Edge in Littleton, MA training athletes of all ages. Additionally, she was a collegiate assistant women’s soccer coach at both Curry College and Fitchburg State University. In these positions, she developed strength and conditioning programs for her team and was passionate about stressing the importance of a proper warm-up and stretching regimen in order to aid in injury prevention.

More recently, Jen has taken over various duties at The Micheli Center, including overseeing the internship program and coordinating community outreach. Jen enjoys staying active, playing soccer and ball hockey in her spare time.

Dennis Borg – Injury Prevention Specialist

Dennis Borg has been a certified athletic trainer (ATC) since graduating from Endicott College in 2004. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, and earned his Master of Science in human movement from A.T. Still University. Prior to working at The Micheli Center, Dennis was the ATC for Swampscott High School. In addition to the regular responsibilities of an athletic trainer, Dennis also developed strength and conditioning programs for the high school athletes and teams to enhance their athletic performance while also reducing their risk for common injuries based on the athlete’s specific sports.

Dennis played soccer in high school and hopes to get back into playing again in the near future. He currently enjoys snowboarding, golf, tennis, and working out in his spare time.

 Jeff Brodeur – Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Jeff Brodeur received his Bachelor of Science degree in applied exercise science from Springfield College and interned with the Boston University Strength & Conditioning program while there. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a certified Speed & Agility Trainer through The Agility Training Institute. Jeff has been a dedicated athlete his entire life, including during the four years he spent wrestling for Springfield College. He enjoys working with athletes of all levels, ages and sports and when he’s not busy staying up to date with the latest research available on strength and conditioning he fills his time working out, traveling or fishing.

Sara Cline – Injury Prevention Specialist

s-cline-headshotSara joins The Micheli Center as an athletic trainer following her last 10 months as a triage coordinator within the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree and certification in athletic training with a minor in health education from Kean University in 2012.

As a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Elmira College, she went on to earn her master’s degree in education with a concentration in health services management in 2014. While at Elmira, she mainly worked with field hockey, women’s ice hockey, and softball. While working with the women’s ice hockey team, she was able to administer care during their national championship tournament win in 2013. In fall of 2014, she joined the Wentworth Institute of Technology athletic staff working mainly with men’s and women’s volleyball teams, men’s basketball, and softball.

Along with our offered programs, Sara will also be assisting our concussion clinic physicians. As part of her role here, she is also working with the National Women’s Hockey League as the Athletic Trainer for the Boston Pride. This native of Union Beach, NJ grew up playing field hockey, basketball, and softball. She has a love for softball and hopes to use her expertise to help develop a 3D softball pitching analysis program her at TMC.

Sara Collins – Injury Prevention Specialist

Sara comes to The Micheli Center with a wealth of experience from her previous positions. After graduating from the University of Maine she began her work as an athletic trainer in a private physical therapy practice working in post-operative and athletic rehabilitation. She then moved onto Newton-Wellesley Hospital where she worked as an orthopedic physician extender and clinical fitness specialist specializing in bariatrics, cancer, cardiopulmonary and injury prevention for all ages before coming to the center full time. She is also the athletic trainer for Babson College’s rugby programs as well as their club ice hockey teams.

In addition to being a certified athletic trainer, Sara is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and an American Cancer Society Cancer Exercise Specialist. She is also a yoga instructor and is currently pursuing her certification in Medical Therapeutic Yoga.

Sara grew up studying dance and as a competitive swimmer. She continues to study dance, practices yoga, snowboards and has completed both the Boston and Chicago marathons in 2014.

Farren Davis – Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Farren received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fitchburg State University with concentration in exercise science & biology, interning with the Athletic Performance Enhancement Center a strength coach for two years during his time there. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in sports management. Farren has been active in sports his entire life, playing baseball and football, and competing in track & field through high school, and continuing his football career at Fitchburg. He has always maintained a passion for the process of physical preparation and adaptation for improved sports performance and believes that a holistic approach to sports that incorporates health and wellness, injury prevention, and optimal performance.

Kelsey Griffith – Performance Enhancement & Rehab Specialist

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Muhlenberg College in 2011.  After two years in New York City, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology from Springfield College. While at Springfield, Kelsey worked with athletes, teams, and coaches at the NCAA Division III collegiate level.  She has also worked with the Massachusetts Olympic Development elite soccer program and Broadway performers. Additionally, she completed a thesis examining the effects of training on the mood states of professional ballet dancers.

In her free time, Kelsey is a Zumba enthusiast and tries to stay as active in the dance world as possible. Kelsey believes that mental toughness is a crucial component in achieving elite-level sport performance. Through mental skills training, athletes learn to navigate the maze of mental challenges associated with sport to better reach self-determined goals and perform optimally both on and off the field.

Michelina Cassella Kulak – Senior Dance Specialist

mickey_whitebackMichelina Cassella Kulak, PT (Mickey) is a 1964 graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Physical Therapy. She is formerly the director of the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services, Boston Children’s Hospital (2002-2010). She has a Harvard University appointment, Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, which she has held since 1990. Additionally, she has held academic appointments at Boston Conservatory Dance Division, Simmons College Program in Physical Therapy, Boston University, Northeastern University, Massachusetts General Hospital School of Allied Health Professionals.

Ms. Cassella Kulak is formerly the director of Physical Therapy Services at Boston Ballet Co. and Boston Ballet, Center for Dance Education. She held that position from 1991 to 2011. Ms. Cassella has written several articles for professional journals, most recent ones are dance medicine related. She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on the topics of dance medicine and the physical therapy management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. In 2002, Ms. Cassella Kulak established the Adaptive Dance Program for children with Down syndrome at Boston Ballet. The program is now in its 11th year and has an enrollment of 75 students. In 2009, Ms. Cassella Kulak began and Adaptive Dance Program for children with autism, this class is now in its 4th year.

Brian Mittelholzer – Customer Service Representative

b-mittelholzer-headshotBrian received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Saint Bonaventure University in 2007. He was born and raised in New Hampshire where he enjoyed skiing and hiking. With a passion for athletics and playing recreational sports, Brian particularly loves being around the Division of Sports Medicine. While growing up, he became a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Boston Red Sox.


Mike Taksir – Injury Prevention Specialist

m-taksir-headshotMike received his Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University in 2012 where he majored in exercise science and minored in psychology. While in New York, he interned at the Professional Athletic Performance Center, working with professional athletes from the NHL, MLB, and NBA. Upon graduating from Hofstra, he served as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Camp Lenox in Lee, MA. Additionally, he has worked with Weston FC, a US Soccer Development Academy, implementing strength and conditioning with their teams ranging from U10-U18.

Mike recently completed his Master of Science in kinesiology at the University of Miami. During his time in Florida, Mike worked with the strength and conditioning staff aiding with all aspects relating to football, as well as Olympic sports. Mike is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.

In his spare time, Mike stays active by playing soccer, basketball, and strength training.

Felix Wang – Software Developer

Felix Wang is The Micheli Center’s lead software developer. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been developing web applications for small businesses as well as end-users since 2003. He has always had a passion for sports and enjoys the statistical and scientific aspects behind them as well.

SIPRx, the first program he developed for The Micheli Center, provides our physicians with a tool to help them anticipate an individual client’s most likely injuries before they happen. By combining historical data with information provided by a trainee, then factoring in the measurements taken at The Micheli Center, the program promptly allows the physician to view the most likely injuries that trainee may endure in the course of participating in their sport, and then decide on the best prescription to prevent those injuries from occurring.

Amy Whited – Biomechanist & Research Engineer, 3D Analysis

Amy received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and interned in the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Shriners Hospitals for Children (SHC) in Springfield, MA while there. She is  a member of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She received her master’s degree in kinesiology with a focus in biomechanics at UMass in 2015. Her thesis work involved the quantification of lower extremity coordination, coordination variability and mechanics in children with musculoskeletal disorders and gait impairments. During her time as a graduate student, she worked as a research assistant for the UMass Biomechanics Laboratory as well as the SHC Motion Analysis Laboratory, where she gained experience conducting both clinical and scientific research in the area of healthy and pathological gait mechanics and segment coordination.

Amy played soccer, basketball and lacrosse growing up and continued to play lacrosse at UMass. She currently enjoys staying active by running and boxing.