U-M Athletic Medicine Staff Profiles

Support Staff

Vahan Agbabian photo Vahan Agbabian, MA, ATC
Rehabilitation Specialist

Hired by Athletic Department: 1998
Previous Experience:
    1999 - present Clinical Athletic Trainer, MedSport, Ann Arbor
    1988 - 1989 Athletic Trainer, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School
    Master of Arts, Western Michigan University, 1986
    Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, 1984
    National Athletic Trainer's Association
    Michigan Athletic Trainer's Association
Professional Interests: Functional rehab, orthotic therapy
Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Hobbies: Family, college football
Email: vahana@med.umich.edu
Barb Hansen photo Barb Hansen, LMSW
Athletic Counseling

Hired by Athletic Department: 2006
Previous Experience:
    Clinical Social Worker private practice/employee assistance program
    Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, 1986
    Bachelor of Science, Grand Valley State University, 1979
    National Association of Social Workers
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    U of M Substance Abuse Education Network
    U of M Bystander/Ally Training
    U of M Social Justice Conflict Resolution
Professional Interests: Sports Psychology, cognitive behavioral skills
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hobbies: Tennis, golf, reading, singing, travel
Email: barbhan@umich.edu
Caroline Mandel Caroline Mandel, MS, RD, CSSD
Director of Sports Nutrition

Hired by Athletic Department: 2000
Previous Experience:
    1992-2003 U of M Preventative Cardiology Nutrition Specialist
    1992-1997 U of M Weight management coordinator
    Master of Science, University of Michigan, 1994 and 1995
    Bachelor of Science, University of Massachusetts, 1988
    Eating Disorders League of Michigan
    Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists Practice Group
    Michigan Dietetic Association
    American Dietetic Association
    American College of Sports Medicine
Professional Interests: Nutrition and athletic performance
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Hobbies: Family, cooking and fitness
Email: chmandel@umich.edu
Lenny Navitskis photo Lenny Navitskis, MEd, AT, ATC, CSCS
Physician Extender

Hired by Athletic Department: 2007
Previous Experience:
    2007 - 2015 Staff Athletic Trainer Football University of Michigan
    2000 - 2007 Assistant Athletic Trainer University of Georgia
    Master of Education, University of Georgia, 2000
    Bachelor of Science, James Madison University, 1995
    National Athletic Trainer's Association
    National Strength and Conditioning Association
Professional Interests: Emergency medicine, shoulder pathology/rehab
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Hobbies: Reading, golf, mountain biking, travel
Email: lbnav@umich.edu
Beth Remke photo Beth Remke, MPT
Rehabilitation Specialist

Hired by Athletic Department: 2000
    Bachelor of Science, The Ohio State University, 1994
    Master of Physical Therapy, U of M Flint, 1997
    American Physical Therapy Association
    Michigan Physical Therapy Association
Professional Interests: Core stabilization, manual therapy, post-op rehab
Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan
Hobbies: cycling, running, travel, backpacking, kayaking
Email: eremke@umich.edu