Tyler Barker, PhD,
graduated from the University of Utah prior to receiving his MS and PhD degrees from Kansas State University and Oregon State University. During his dissertation work at OSU and The Linus Pauling Institute, he studied the influence of vitamins E and C on oxidative/nitrative stress, inflammatory cytokines, and skeletal muscle dysfunction (size and strength) in patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament surgery. From this experience, he developed a passion for the application of basic research findings in redox and inflammatory biology to the clinical and physiological settings. He has applied this passion to our long-term research objective of identifying the medical implications of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species and inflammatory cytokines on clinical- and research-based outcomes. He is currently conducting several studies examining the influence of vitamin D on inflammation, redox biology, and clinical outcomes on diverse conditions in elderly and young adults.
Theresa Dvorak, MS, RD, CD, CSSD, ATC,
gained her Masters of Science with an emphasis in Sport Nutrition from the University of Utah in 2007. She has worked at TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital for over 6 years as an athletic trainer and dietitian. As a Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics, she assists youth to elite level athletes reach their top performance along with gaining healthy lifestyle skills. She teaches TOSH’s BEST Youth and Adult Sport Nutrition workshops in our Athletes’ Kitchen. Theresa is also trained by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) in Adult Weight Management and enjoys working with individuals as they strive for a more healthful life. She is actively involved in nutrition-related research projects aimed at better understanding the role that nutrition plays in our daily lives. Through working with these different groups of people, Theresa strives to ensure evidence-based recommendations and a fun, interactive learning environment.
Bill McDermott, PhD,
received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and his MS (Motor Control) and PhD (Motor Control/Biomechanics) from the University of Massachusetts. His specific areas of research focus on the etiology, prevention, and recovery of lower extremity injuries; the interplay between movement mechanics, economy, and overuse injuries; and the adaptations that are made to movement control in response to various factors that include pain or weakness following surgery, total joint replacements, or using a prosthetic device.
Jim Walker, PhD,
is a Montana native and Director of Sport Science. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Exercise and Sport Science from Montana State University, Arizona State University, and the University of Utah respectively. His specialty interest is in the coupling of the physiology and biomechanics of sprint and distance running. He is a former Olympic Trials qualifying distance runner and collegiate cross country coach with a continuing interest in aiding athletes and coaches improve performance and reduce their risk of injury.
Kary Woodruff, MS, RD, CSSD,
is from Buffalo, New York. She completed a BA from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst in Psychology and went on to earn two MS degrees in Sport Psychology and Sport Nutrition from the University of Utah. Kary is a specialist in sport nutrition and weight management and also specializes in disordered eating/eating disorders. In addition, Kary has an active interest in wellness and preventative nutrition, specifically how proper nutrition can prevent chronic diseases as well as enhance overall quality of life. Her belief is that while there is no ‘quick’ fix to health, there are manageable and accessible ways to make lifestyle changes to support health and well-being. In her free time, Kary enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband in Park City where she gets out on the trails as much as possible.