Graduate Assistants

AT Direct Sports Medicine and A.T. Still University have teamed up to place athletic trainers at high schools throughout the valley. We welcome them to our team!

Nicole Strout, ATC

Tempe Preparatory Academy


“I grew up in a small town in New Jersey, playing soccer, basketball and softball. As I got older I focused on soccer and played all year round all the way through high school, realizing I always wanted to be involved with athletics. I ventured south to Florida where I attended the University of Tampa. During my time in Tampa, I was honored to be able to work with NCAA Division 2 athletics, specifically the nationally ranked baseball team at UT. Additionally, I had the opportunity to intern at two different high school settings and different medical settings. After graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training, I moved out to Arizona, where I chose to further my education at A.T. Still University, pursuing my Masters of Science in Athletic Training.”




Cassidy Evans

Chandler Preparatory Academy


“I am originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico but moved to a small farming town named Palmer in south-central Alaska when I was nine. While in Alaska, I spent most of my time outdoors fishing, hiking, camping, or just sitting around a campfire with good friends. I am the oldest of three kids in my family, and I enjoy spending as much time with my younger siblings that I can. I moved to Missouri in 2014 to attend Central Methodist University where I fell in love with Athletic Training. While there, I played collegiate softball for two years, worked as a residential assistant, and remained involved in several other campus activities. In 2018, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. After graduation, I moved to Mesa to continue my education at A.T. Still University and will earn my Masters in Athletic Training in the spring of 2020. I love lazy nights at home with my fiancé and 2-year-old pitbull, Rownan. I participate in CrossFit to stay healthy as well as to counteract my love of pasta and cheese. On any given day you can see me drinking coffee or Monster, listening to country music, or out staying connected with friends.”

Rebekah Gardener

Benjamin Franklin High School

fullsizeoutput_518“I grew up outside of Chicago where I received my degree in Sports Massage Therapy. Afterwards, I moved to Phoenix where I attended Grand Canyon University and received my Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. During my time at GCU, the majority of my experiences and opportunities were working with collegiate athletics, including ASU’s men’s Ice Hockey team. I currently am starting my second year at A.T. Still University, pursuing a Masters of Science in Athletic Training. My research interests focus around concussions. I am currently collaborating with fellow colleagues on a vision study looking at acute visual deficits post concussion in the pediatric population. Fun fact: I have a Siamese cat named Watson who can open up doors.”

Makkel Parrott

North Pointe Preparatory



“I am here from the East Valley and am the Head Athletic Trainer at North Pointe Preparatory. Being surrounded by sports makes me love my job since I grew up playing sports in the streets with my older brothers! Recently, I was thrilled to be able to play soccer for Culver-Stockton College as I gained my degree in athletic training. After spending four years in the Mid-West, I am appreciative of being back in the dry heat of Arizona!”

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