U-M Athletic Medicine Staff Profiles

Support Staff

Vahan Agbabian photo Vahan Agbabian, MA, AT, ATC
Rehabilitation Specialist - Football

Hired by Athletic Department: 1999
Previous Experience:
    1991 - present Clinical Athletic Trainer, MedSport, Ann Arbor
    1988 - 1990 Athletic Trainer, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School
    1987 - 1990 Clinical Athletic Trainer, Rochester Knee & Sports Therapy
Education:
    Master of Arts, Western Michigan University, 1986
    Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, 1984
Professional Certifications:
    Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainer
    State of Michigan Licensed Athletic Trainer
    American Heart Association CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider
    American Red Cross Standard First Aid
    Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Certified (FMS-1)
    Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS)
    Functional Manual Reaction (FMR)
    Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS)
Professional Memberships:
    National Athletic Trainer's Association
    Michigan Athletic Trainer's Association
    Great Lakes Athletic Trainer's Society
    Gray Institute
Professional Interests: Functional rehab, orthotic therapy
Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Hobbies: Family time, college football, reading, concerts/movies
Email: vahana@med.umich.edu
Scott Goldman photo Scott Goldman, Ph.D
Director of the Performance Psychology Center

Hired by Athletic Department: 2014
Previous Experience:
    2012 - present Athletic Intelligence Measures
    2007 - 2014 Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology, University of Arizona
    2007 - 2014 Instructor, University of Arizona Sport Medicine Fellowship
    2005 - 2007 Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, Saint Louis University Medical School
    2006 - 2011 Faculty, Logan College Sports Science and Rehabilitation Master's Program
    2005 - 2007 Director of Counseling Center and Sport Psychologist, Saint Louis University
    2002 - Staff Therapist, Brunswick Psychiatric and Physical Rehabilitation Center
    2001 - 2004 Staff Therapist, Albert Ellis Institute
    2000 - 2001 Psychologist Intern, Glen Cove School District, School
    1996 - 2001 Staff, Memorial Psychiatric Hospital
Education:
    Albert Ellis Institute, 2004
    Doctorate of Philosophy, Hofstra University, 2004
    Master of Arts, Hofstra University, 1999
    Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University, 1996
Professional Certifications:
    Licensure in the State of Michigan
    Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Sport Psychology Consultant
    United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology Registry
    Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
    Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Certification
    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Supervisory Certificate Program
    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Treatment of Addictions Practicum
    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Child and Adolescent Therapy Practicum
    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Advanced Certificate Program at the Ellis Institute
    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Primary Certificate Program at the Ellis Institute
    Gray Institute
Professional Memberships:
    National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Mental Health Task Force Member
    National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Think Tank Member
    Member-At-Large for the Executive Committee of American Psychological Association's Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology)
    Program Committee Member of American Psychological Association's Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology)
    American Psychological Association Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology
    Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology
    Public Interest Committee Chair of American Psychological Association's Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology), 2010 - 2013
    Steering Committee for Big Sky Sport Psychology Retreat, 2007 - 2010
    Resource Librarian for Big Sky Sport Psychology Group, 2007 - 2010
Professional Interests: Athletic and Performance Enhancement; Sport Intelligence Assessment, Rehabilitation Psychology; Stress and Anxiety Disorders; Confidence; Anger Management; Depression Disorders; Substance Abuse; Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Behavior Therapy; and Behavior Therapy.
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hobbies: Soccer, rock climbing, hiking
Email: drscottg@umich.edu
Barb Hansen photo Barb Hansen, LMSW
Clinical Social Worker/Athletics Counselor

Hired by Athletic Department: 2006
Education:
    Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, 1986
    Bachelor of Science, Grand Valley State University, 1979
Professional Certifications:
    Academy of Certified Social Workers
    Critical Incident Stress Management
Professional Memberships:
    National Association of Social Workers
Professional Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Hometown: Many different towns in Michigan - Three Rivers, Alpena, Grand Haven, Twin Lakes
Hobbies: Tennis, golf, travel, singing, reading
Email: barbhan@umich.edu
Caroline Mandel Caroline Mandel, MS, RD, CSSD
Director of Performance Nutrition

Hired by Athletic Department: 2000
Previous Experience:
    1992 - 2003 Nutrition Specialist, U of M Preventative Cardiology
    1996 - 2002 Adjunct Lecturer, Madonna University
    1992 - 1997 Weight Management Coordinator, University of Michigan
Education:
    Master of Science, University of Michigan, 1994 and 1995
    Bachelor of Science, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1988
Professional Certifications:
    Registered Dietitian
    Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
Professional Memberships:
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association
    Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition
Professional Interests: Performance nutrition, women's health
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Hobbies: Fitness training, travel
Email: chmandel@umich.edu
Lenny Navitskis photo Lenny Navitskis, MEd, AT, ATC
Physician Extender/Staff Athletic Trainer

Hired by Athletic Department: 2007
Previous Experience:
    2007 - 2015 Staff Athletic Trainer Football, University of Michigan
    2000 - 2007 Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Georgia
Education:
    Master of Education, University of Georgia, 2000
    Bachelor of Science, James Madison University, 1995
Professional Certifications:
    Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainer
    State of Michigan Licensed Athletic Trainer
    American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider
    American Red Cross Standard First Aid
    National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)
    National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES)
    National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Professional Memberships:
    National Athletic Trainer's Association
    Michigan Athletic Trainer's Society
    Great Lakes Athletic Trainer's Association
    National Strength and Conditioning Association
Professional Interests: Concussion research/education, emergency management
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Hobbies: Golf, reading, cycling
Email: lbnav@umich.edu
Beth Remke photo Beth Remke, MPT
Physical Therapist/Rehabilitation Specialist

Hired by Athletic Department: 2000
Previous Experience:
    2011 - present Physical Therapis,t ATI Physical Therapy
    2006 - 2011 Physical Therapist, Probility Physical Therapy
    1998 - 2006 Physical Therapist, University of Michigan MedSport
    1997 - 1998 Physical Therapist, University of Michigan Hospital
Education:
    Master of Physical Therapy, U of M Flint, 1997
    Bachelor of Science, U of M Flint, 1996
    Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, 1994
Professional Certifications:
    State of Michigan Licensed Physical Therapist
    Certified Integrative Manual Therapist (CIMT)
    American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider
    American Red Cross Standard First Aid
    Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Certified (FMS-1)
    Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified (SFMA-1)
    Functional Dry Needling Level 1
    M-2 Graston Technique Certified
    Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP)
    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
Professional Memberships:
    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    American Physical Therapy Association
Professional Interests: Manual therapy, functional dry needling
Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan
Hobbies: Running and travel
Email: eremke@umich.edu
Sarah Snyder photo Sarah Snyder, MS, RD, CSSD
Director of Performance Nutrition

Hired by Athletic Department: 2015
Previous Experience:
    2011 - 2015 Director of Sports Dietitian, University of Florida
    2009 - 2011 Sports Dietitian, EXOS Texas
    2007 - 2009 Sports Dietitian, EXOS Arizona
Education:
    Master of Science, Florida State University, 2007
    Bachelor of Science, Santa Clara University, 2004
Professional Certifications:
    Registered Dietitian
    Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
    National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    USA Weight Lifting Level 1 Certified (USAW)
Professional Memberships:
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association
    National Strength and Conditioning Association
    USA Weightlifting
Professional Interests: Food, menu planning, weightlifting, training and educating
Hometown: Louisville, Colorado
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, running and weightlifting
Email: sesny@umich.edu