Hot Topics in Sports Medicine - CME: Faculty

NHMI's Hot Topics in Sports Medicine CME is scheduled for May 18, 2018, at The Falls Event Center in Manchester, NH.

Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH
Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, MA

Dr. Ackerman obtained her MD from Johns Hopkins, and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She did her internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, her Sports fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, and her endocrine fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is triple boarded in internal medicine, sports medicine, and endocrine. Her research and clinical interests largely focus on Female Athlete Triad and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). She is a member of the IOC's RED-S Committee, a member of the Hypothalamic Amenorrhea task force for the Endocrine Society, and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is the Medical Director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children's Hospital.

Timothy Beaver, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH

Dr. Beaver received his MD from University of Kansas School of Medicine and did his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship at DHMC. He is a team physician for Dartmouth College Athletics, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He was named Associate Director of Echocardiography in 2010. His specific interests include cardiac care of the athlete, stress testing, valvular heart disease as well as transesophageal and interventional echocardiography

Joseph Bernard, DO
Core Physicians, NH

Dr. Bernard obtained his DO from University of New England College of Osteopatic medicine, and completed his residency and fellowship with University of Massachusetts Fitchburg Sports Medicine. Dr. Bernard is a Sports Medicine specialist and is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Brigitte Cook, PT
Foothills Physical Therapy, NH

Brigitte Cook is one of the founding partners of Foothills Physical Therapy and has been a Physical Therapist since 1987, graduating from Russell Sage College. In addition to being a strong clinician in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, Brigitte is also reputable in vestibular and balance rehabilitation, often assisting at national workshops. Her expertise in this area of "dizziness" is well recognized in the Northeast.

Christopher Couture, MD
Victory Sports Medicine, NH

Dr. Couture is a Sports Medicine physician with a background in Family Medicine. He received his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then completed medical school and his residency in Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center before moving to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, where he completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine. He specializes in the evaluation and non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as the full range of non-musculoskeletal sports medicine conditions. Over the past several years, Dr. Couture has educated coaches and parents across New England about concussion management and has supervised baseline computerized neurocognitive testing of thousands of athletes.


Dain LaRoche, PhD, FACSM
University of New Hampshire, NH

Dain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah in 2004, MS from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 1998, and BS from the University of New Hampshire in 1996. His research interests include the role of physical activity in the preservation of neuromuscular function in aging, determinants of walking ability and fall risk in the elderly, as well as aspects of endurance and winter sport performance.

Peter Loescher, MD
Sharon Health Center, VT

Dr. Loescher obtained his MD from University of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester, and completed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - Lebanon. Dr. Loescher has a special interest in enhancing the body's own healing mechanisms to recover from injury and to prolong the lifespan of aging joints and connective tissue.

David McManus, MD
UMass Memorial Health, MA

Dr. McManus obtained his MD from University of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester, and did his residency at University of California at San Francisco. He completed fellowship programs at University of California at San Francisco and University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. McManus specializes in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He currently serves as Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA
University of New Hampshire, NH

Dr. Swartz is a Professor in University of New Hampshire's Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Services. He received his Bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University, his Master's at Western Michigan University, and his PhD in Applied Biomechanics at the University of Toledo. Dr. Swartz's research focuses on the prevention and care of head and neck injuries in football and other sport activities. He has been published in several scholarly journals and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training and Athletic Training and Sports Health. Dr. Swartz is the creator of HuTT®, the Helmetless Tackling Training Program, used to reduce head impacts in football. He is also a NHMI Board Member.

James Vailas, MD
New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, NH

Dr. Vailas specializes in sports medicine and shoulder and knee reconstructions. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and did his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Vailas is the team physician for the Manchester Monarchs, St. Anselm College, and Southern New Hampshire University. He is President of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute which he co-founded in 1993.

Meagan Wasfy, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, MA

Dr. Wasfy is trained in internal medicine and cardiology, and specializes in sports cardiology and cardiac imaging. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She followed her general training with fellowships in the MGH Cardiovascular Performance Program (CPP) and Echocardiography lab. She is now a staff cardiologist at the MGH, where she continues to work in the CPP. Dr. Wasfy has an active clinical practice in the CPP with several areas of focus including evaluation of the symptomatic athlete, analysis of customized exercise testing, and formulation of exercise prescriptions for active individuals with cardiac disease. She performs and interprets echocardiograms as staff in the MGH Echo lab.