Residency Faculty

Residency Program Director

Amy T. Hollingworth, ATC, RN (NHMI Executive Director)

Education: BS, Ithaca College RN, Manchester Community College

Amy participated in the residency (then "fellowship") after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca in 1999. Since then she has worked in Manchester as the athletic trainer and health officer at Trinity High School and now as the NHMI Executive Director and Residency Program Director. She has daily responsibility for managing the residency. In addition to regular teaching, she coordinates all educational activities and manages credentialing and affiliation agreements with all resident rotation sites. 

Residency Founder and Research Co-Preceptor

Laura C. Decoster, AT-Ret 

Education: University of New Hampshire

Laura was the creative and driving force behind the creation of NHMI’s post-professional athletic training educational program. Her work on this program was recognized by the NATA with the 2011 National Continuing Education Excellence Award. She remains directly involved in the residency program, supervising the Residents' research experience.

PhD, ATC Research Co-Preceptor

Eleanor (Nora) Beltz PhD, ATC, CSCS, NASM-CES, NBC-HWC 

Education: PhD in Kinesiology, University of Connecticut; MS in Athletic Training, Plymouth State University; BA in Biology, Colby College (Maine)

Nora participated in the Residency program then completed her PhD at UConn. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Department at Northern Vermont University-Johnson. Nora is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and mentor the Residency research curriculum

Residency Program Faculty

Wanda Swiger, Ed.D., LAT, ATC, NASM-CES

Education: PhD in Health & Physical Education/Fitness, West Virginia University; MS in Special Education and Teaching, Shippensburg University; BS in Physical Education/Athletic Training/Health, West Virginia University

Dr. Swiger has been a practicing Athletic Trainer for over 25 years, with experience spanning the Deaf Olympics, Division I, II, III and NAIA collegiate athletics, and interscholastic sport. Dr. Swiger has been teaching in higher education since 2000 serving an Athletic Training preceptor, faculty, clinical education coordinator and a program director. Currently, Dr. Wanda Swiger is a professor and the Chair for the Department of Human Performance and Movement Science at Keene State College and serves as the advisor to the Health Professions Club. She currently serves the NATA on the cabinet of the EducATionist Community. She is excited to work with the Residency offering web-based clinical learning environments that allows residence to demonstrate and perfect clinical reasoning skills through lifelike interactions with standardized i-patients. 

Residency Program Faculty


Max Cohen, DO

Education: DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; BS in Athletic Training, Boston University

Residency: Brown Family Medicine Residency

Dr. Cohen is a board-certified Family Medicine physician from New York. He received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Boston University and completed the NHMI Athletic Training Residency prior to attending the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He then completed the Brown Family Medicine Residency where he now serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and works in an outpatient primary care clinic, teaching medical students and family medicine residents. He also teaches in the Salem State University Athletic Training Program delivering general medical content and now serves with the NHMI Residency where he enjoys leading the Problem-Based Learning sessions to help the Residents hone their diagnostic acumen and clinical reasoning skills.



James C. Vailas, M.D. (NHMI President)

Education: BA, Dartmouth College
MD, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
Residency: George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC
Sports Medicine Fellowship: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, CA Sports Medicine
Practice: Sports Medicine and General Orthopedic Surgery, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Manchester, NH

Scott Evans, PA-C

Education: BS, Springfield College, Springfield, MA
BS, Physician Assistant Program, Daemen College, Amherst, NY
MS, Orthopedic Physicians Assistant, University of Nebraska
Practice: New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Manchester, NH

Robert J. Heaps, M.D.

Education: BS, Boston College
MD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Residency: National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC Hand and Microvascular Surgery Practice: Hand Surgery, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Manchester, Nashua, NH.

Heather C. Killie, M.D.

Education: BS, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
MD, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
Residency: University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD Practice: Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Nashua, NH

Kame McAuliffe, PA-C

Education: MS, Physician Assistant Program, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Practice: Orthopedic Spine, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Bedford, NH

Marc J. Michaud, M.D.

Education: BS, Tufts University, Boston, MA
MD, Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA
Residency: Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Practice: Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgery, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Manchester, NH

Edward Sirlin, III,, M.D.

Education: BS, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
MD, Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA Fellowship: Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA Practice: Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Traumatology and Fracture Surgery, SNHHS Orthopedics at the Bone and Joint Center, Nashua, NH

Gregory Soghikian, M.D. (NHMI Board of Directors and Medical Director)

Education: BA, Harvard University
MD, Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas
Residency: George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC Sports Medicine Fellowship: Tahoe Fracture Clinic Practice: Sports Medicine and General Orthopedic Surgery, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Manchester, NH

Matthew W. Wilkening, M.D.

Education: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
MD, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Residency: Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI Fellowship: Spinal Reconstructive Surgery, John Hopkins University Practice: Spine Specialist, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, Bedford, NH

Primary Care

Elana Bannerman, M.D.

Education: BS, Trinity College
MD, U Conn Medical School
Fellowship: Harrisburg (PA) Hospital Practice: Family Medicine/Sports Medicine, Primary Care of Hudson, Hudson, NH

Brian Claussen, M.D.

Education: MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ Residency: University of Massachusetts Primary Care Sports Medicine, Worcester, MA Practice: Primary Care, Family Physicians of Manchester, Manchester, NH

Robin Bruck, D.C.

Education: Palmer College of Chiropractic Practice: Chiropractic Associates of Bedford, Bedford, NH

Mark Myers, M.D., FAAP

Education: MD, Case Western Reserve University – School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH Residency Rhode Island Hospital, Providence RI, Neurology Practice: Neurology, Concord Hospital, Concord, NH

Robert Posnick, M.D.

Education: MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY Residency New York University Medical Center, New York, NY Practice: Adult and Pediatric Dermatology, Nashua Dermatology Associates, Nashua, NH Chiropractic and Podiatric Rotations & Faculty.

Jake Summers, DPM

Education: Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, IA Residency Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MAFellowship Foot & Ankle Surgery, Coordinated Health, Bethlehem, PA Practice: Podiatry, Elliot Hospital Manchester, NH

Charles Cappetta, M.D., FAAP

Education:AB, Harvard University
MBBS, University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London UK
Residency: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH Practice:Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua Pediatrics, Nashua, NH
CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth) General Pediatrician
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics- Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth