Our 31st Fall Symposium will be held live on September 28, 2024, at The Event Center in Nashua, NH.


Thomas Fortney, MD

New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center

Dr. Fortney is the head team physician at St. Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Fortney completed a fellowship in shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine surgery at Columbia University in New York City. During that time, he served as a team physician for the New York Yankees. Dr. Fortney has a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He graduated from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV.  Prior to medical school, Dr. Fortney, played NCAA Division-1 ice hockey at the University of New Hampshire.


Jennifer Concannon, DAT, LAT, ATC, CES

Nothing Stronger / Lasell University

Dr. Concannon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Westfield State University (2012) and received her Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2014). In 2020, she graduated from Moravian University with a Doctor of Athletic Training. In 2021, she opened a private practice sports performance and athletic training facility, Nothing Stronger, alongside her husband, Tim Concannon. Dr. Concannon also serves as an adjunct professor in Lasell University’s Master of Rehabilitative Science and Health Science program, teaching manual therapy. Additionally, she is a guest lecturer within the DAT program at Moravian University for the Advanced Therapeutic Modalities course and a research advisor of Master of Athletic Training program. She holds several advanced manual therapy certifications in myofascial decompression (Cuptherapy), fascial manipulation specialist (Stecco), advanced dry needling specialist (Structure and Function Education), and blood flow restriction (Mike Reinold Education). Dr. Concannon's primary research and publications have focused on fascia anatomy and intervention strategies, specifically using myofascial decompression (a.k.a cuptherapy).

Dr. James Scifers, DScPT, PT, SCS, LAT, ATC, FNAP

Moravian University

Dr. James Scifers serves as Associate Provost and Founding Dean of the College of Health at Moravian University where he also teaches in the Master of Science in Athletic Training and the Doctor of Athletic Training programs. In addition to teaching, Dr. Scifers has over 30 years of practice experience, including working in the collegiate, secondary school, professional sports, and clinical settings. His current clinical practice includes working as both an athletic trainer and physical therapist for St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. Jay received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University, his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University and his Doctor of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. 


Dr. Timothy Duffy, PT, DPT, OCS

Huggins Hospital / Plymouth State University 

Dr. Timothy Duffy is a practicing physical therapist who earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Massachusetts Lowell (2012) after completing a Bachelor’s of Science in exercise physiology from University of Massachusetts Lowell (2009). Timothy has most experience in outpatient and acute care settings and has enjoyed time as a travel therapist. He practices in Tamworth through Huggins Hospital and serves as a teaching lecturer at Plymouth State University’s DPT program. Outside of the clinic and classroom time enjoys spending time with his young family, hiking, skiing and biking in NH’s White Mountains.

Alexandrya Cairns, PhD, LAT, ATC, NREMT

University of Connecticut 

Dr. Alexandrya Cairns is an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at Southern Connecticut State University. She completed her Bachelors in Exercise Science at Fitchburg State University, her master’s in athletic training at Bridgewater State University, and her PhD at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cairns has worked clinically as an Athletic Trainer for the past 4 years at Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Cairns research efforts focus on clinician well-being, and specifically the impact on patient care. She investigates clinician well-being in terms of work-life balance, organizational challenges, and the relationship with patients. She is currently exploring the implementation of self- care strategies to promote work-life balance. Dr. Cairns is also embarking on the investigation of positive and negative contributors to quality of patient care delivered by athletic trainers.