J. Tobin Geatz is the Executive Chairman and founder of SportGait, Inc. who works in a leadership position to guide funding, innovation, regulatory compliance, and
Tobin has been the CEO of five private companies, Board Chairman at six firms, a board member of a publicly-traded company, and a general partner at a venture capital firm. His leadership experience produced notable exits like Supercritical Systems, Discrete Wireless, Inclinix, and several others.
Tobin has been the primary driver behind 10 patents that fundamentally changed the way chemicals were handled in the semiconductor device manufacturing industry. Tobin holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from West Virginia University.
Chris Newton is the president & CEO and founder of SportGait, Inc. who leads the company in all corporate & product strategy, operations, regulatory compliance, and sales & marketing.
Chris is an award-winning, high growth, CEO with 30 years of professional experience. As CEO, Chris has led vastly different companies in Biotech, Software, IoT, and Environmental markets by creating a myriad of products and services taking each company from pre-revenue to multimillion-dollar revenues. Along the way, he has launched six multi-million-dollar, award-winning products across diverse markets and companies, guiding development from concept to reality. Chris has also co-invented two patents.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from U.S. Merchant Academy and a master’s degree in management studies from North Carolina State University. He is a husband and father of two youth athletes.
John Martin is Chief Financial Officer of Medical Life Holdings, a portfolio of healthcare companies with a focus on Emergency Medicine. Before joining MLH, John was previously CFO of two INC500 companies. John began his career with Deloitte in the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services practice. He graduated from Florida State University, and is a licensed CPA in Florida.
Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Texas A&M University and practices forensic neuroscience in Austin Texas.
Cecil is the author of more than 45 books, he has also authored and co-authored more than 40 commercially published psychological and neuropsychological tests and has published more than 300 scholarly works. Cecil maintained a clinical practice treating trauma victims and individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury for 25 years before retiring from clinical work at the end of 2003 to extend his forensic practice and writing efforts.
Cecil has received several national awards for his work including the Lighter Witmer award from the American Psychological Association (APA) and Early Career Awards from two APA divisions. He has received the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the Senior Scientist Award from the APA Division of School Psychology, and the Samuel Messick Award for Distinguished Contributions to Measurement Science from the APA Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics among other awards. Cecil is a diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, of which he is also a past president, is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology, and is also a Past President of the Board, and was a diplomate in School Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, prior to retiring this diplomate in 2004. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, of which he is also a Past President, and is also a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.
Cecil holds a Doctoral Degree with a major in School Psychology and minors in Statistics and Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Georgia.
As CEO at Multi-Health Systems (MHS), Hazel has the opportunity to engage in two of her passions – helping others and leveraging technology.
MHS is a leading publisher of scientifically validated assessments focused on predicting and improving human behavior.
Hazel’s education and work experience in School Psychology provided a solid foundation in understanding the importance of well-developed and validated assessments as the basis for interpreting individual behaviour and creating individual change. From understanding and leveraging strengths in the workplace, to diagnosing and treating disorders in school and clinical settings, and predicting recidivism in offenders, Hazel has been instrumental in both growing the MHS portfolio of assessments as well as leveraging technology to deliver the assessments and aid in appropriate development and intervention strategies.
Hazel is a member of the Board for the Association of Test Publishers and is an active member of the International Test Commission and has spoken to audiences around the world on a wide variety of topics including leadership development, digital assessment and the use of technology in testing.
Ken is the Chief Technology Officer who works with SportGait to lead the technical team and aid as a full-stack developer.
Ken has over a decade of expertise in technical architecture. Prior to SportGait, Ken has led the design and development of three connected health products, successfully taking them from concept to market. Ken has led in-house and remote teams to launch over two hundred web and e-commerce projects, including several cloud-based software applications.
Ken is an award-winning designer and full-stack developer for global brands. He was also the founder of a boutique design and development agency.
Chris Garson is the Chief Information Security Officer who works with SportGait to lead information security and compliance.
Chris has over a decade of consulting work with large companies performing data analysis, software development, information security engineering, and network architecture.
Chris is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Chris is extremely knowledgeable in HIPAA, access control, physical security, ISO 27001, and interoperability standards such as HL7.
Chris holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business and Economics from Jacksonville University.
Labiba is the Chief Growth Officer who works with SportGait to lead the marketing, sales and training & education efforts. She brings a wealth of experience to SportGait with 20+ years experience working as a startup business accelerator, pioneer in the concussion management space, & entrepreneur in continuing education for athletic trainers. She has been instrumental in bringing the treatment and management of concussions to the forefront.
Labiba started her healthcare career working for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was recruited to join ImPACT as the first employee for a, then, startup company. She was instrumental in their meteoric growth rate, and she designed and built all the credentialed/certificate programs for ImPACT. CIC, ITAT, ITPT, etc. After leaving ImPACT, she led the Continuing Professional Development Department at Jefferson in downtown Philadelphia working in the school of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.
She then worked with Sway Medical leading their Sports Medicine Division. Sway experienced tremendous growth during Labiba’s tenure.
Labiba is also the founder and creative director for ebpCENTRAL, a continuing education and marketing company that offers CEUs to certified athletic trainers. She has worked closely with NATA, and AT state organizations, as an advocate for the athletic training profession. Labiba graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, spent 3 years in Hilton Head, SC, lived in South Florida for 10 years, and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Crosby Bugenhagen is the Operations Manager who works with SportGait to lead the daily operations.
Crosby is a board certified and state licensed athletic trainer who has been practicing for nearly two decades. Crosby has worked in diverse array of settings including Division I collegiate athletics, Tier 1 Junior A hockey, high school and industrial settings, concussion clinics and department management.
In her previous role Crosby worked as a department supervisor, continuing education coordinator, and ran the concussion program
Crosby holds a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and a master's degree in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville.
She and her husband reside in Mukwonago, WI with their daughter who is active in taekwondo and dance.
Joel comes to SportGait with over 10 years of sales management experience across the medical device industry. Joel spent 8 years in the concussion testing/management space with ImPACT Applications where he helped develop the western territory.
Joel has assisted in structuring a multitude of concussion care programs, including, concussion clinics, sports medicine centers and statewide high school athletic associations. Joel has also spent some time working with various healthcare groups on their tech deployment solutions for remote patient monitoring and telehealth kits as updated methods of patient care that meet industry standards.
Joel specializes in deploying concussion care resources to healthcare groups. This includes testing platforms, provider trainings and PR/educational materials for communal outreach.
Joel graduated from the University of Iowa, spent 4 years in Denver Colorado and currently resides in San Diego California.
Lydia is a board-certified, and state-licensed athletic trainer who has been practicing in the secondary school setting
for 13 years. Her career began in Pittsburgh, where she spent 5 years working for the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center (UPMC), providing outreach services at McKeesport Area High School. Upon relocating to Lexington Kentucky, Lydia
continued providing outreach services for Bourbon County High School.
She has a passion for concussion management and continues to be a strong proponent for proper recognition and treatment of sport-related concussions among adolescent athletes.
Lydia received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Athletic Training from the Pennsylvania State University and holds a master’s in Healthcare Administration from Western Kentucky University.
When not working, Lydia can be found enjoying anything active, in the great outdoors with her husband and dogs. They currently reside in the beautiful Bluegrass State.
Aaron is a board certified, and state licensed athletic trainer who has been practicing in multiple settings for the
past 18 years.
His experience includes multiple NCAA division one football programs, the secondary school setting, the
military setting, and the clinical setting.
He is passionate about concussion management and is a strong advocate for proper recognition along with the timely treatment of concussions among athletes of all ages.
Aaron graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training. He also holds a master’s degree in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville.
When not working, Aaron can be found at the softball field with his daughter. He currently resides in the beautiful state of Oklahoma.
Find. A. Way. Three simple words, yet when composed in a sentence, Merril Hoge has proven that these can be the most powerful words in the English language. His find-a-way attitude helped him tackle each challenge head on; from childhood trauma and bullying to battling cancer and concussions.
He had a successful NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears, but it ended prematurely due to improper care. In the years since his career-ending head trauma, Merril has championed concussion research, resisted the hysteria surrounding the disease, and become an informed advocate in the prevention and treatment of brain injuries.
In 2018, with the national discussion on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) at its peak, Merril released a book titled Brainwashed: The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football. He collaborated on the project with board-certified forensic neuropathologist, Dr. Peter Cummings, to take an unbiased look at the facts surrounding this misunderstood pattern. Together, they conducted a provocative examination of the science, as well as the hysteria around CTE and how it is being manipulated to serve an agenda.
Merril’s first book, "Find A Way: Three Words That Changed My Life", was released in 2010. It is a moving memoir in which he shares the simple philosophy that guides him to this day and has enabled him to overcome obstacles throughout his life.
He currently directs Sports Health & Concussion Medicine care at Connected Health, LLC, a direct-patient care group medical practice in Wexford, PA. Connected Health is a recognized SportGait Ecosystem provider.
Dr. Conti is a native of Bethesda, MD and a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he also completed a fellowship in Health Policy. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, where he served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Conti is a Team Physician for the US Soccer Federation (USSF) U14-U17 Boys’ and Girls’ National Team player pools. He has served in an advisory role with US Youth Soccer (USYS) regarding COVID-19 health and safety procedures and return-to-participation guidelines.
Locally, he currently serves as the Medical Advisor for the PA West Soccer Association, a USYS affiliate and as the Medical Director for the Woodland Hills School District where he oversees the health and wellness policies for a District of over 4000 students, faculty and staff and the sports health elements of the high school’s Department of Interscholastic Athletics.
A lifelong medical educator and advocate, Dr. Conti has held faculty appointments at the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
As a former NCAA Div 1 soccer scholar-athlete at Howard University and member of the USYS Olympic Development Program (ODP) National player pool and current ODP and high school soccer coach, Dr. Conti has been an outspoken champion for the optimal health, wellness and safety of youth sports participants.
Neurotrauma expert; best-selling author; award winning medical educator; Medical Advisor for Football Matters and National Football Foundation
Chief Medical Officer California Youth Football Alliance; Certified football coach;
Team physician multiple youth football leagues; Certified functional movement, youth fitness, sports specific training and sports nutrition specialist, Member of American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Brown was born in Toronto Canada. However, his family moved to Miami Beach when he was 12 years old. He attended University and Medical school in Boston Massachusetts, receiving his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his neurosurgery residency training at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Hospital and a fellowship in vascular and skull base surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute under Robert F Spetzler M.D. Dr. Brown has practiced medicine in Wilmington since 1995 and is board certified in Neurological Surgery. He has been instrumental in bringing intraoperative navigation and robotics to the area.
A member of multiple national and local medical organizations, Dr. Brown continues to search for cutting-edge technologies for his patients. He provides state of the art surgical treatment of both brain and spinal disorders, including complex and minimally invasive procedures.
Dr. Brown is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) and is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the North American Spine Society (NASS), the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), and the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society.
Dr. Mark Williams is a Physician and Emeritus Ward K. Ensminger Distinguished Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia.
Mark has performed decades of research exploring the epidemiology of moving from independent living to dependency. He confirmed his hypothesis, that how we move through space is a sensitive marker of our health status, using electronic sensors to create bio kinetographs. He holds 4 US Patents on a novel way to analyze human motion to promote health and independence.
Mark is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric care, function, independence, memory loss, and ambulation difficulty. He has written 4 textbooks and served as a consultant to numerous scientific journals, private foundations, and the federal government.
Mark holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.
Dr. Jones, the owner and founder of Impact Orthopaedics PA, is one of the most experienced physicians at performing PRP therapy, having adapted this innovative treatment earlier than many others. Having practiced orthopaedics and sports medicine in Raleigh for more than 15 years, Dr. Jones has served as the orthopaedic team physician for many high schools, colleges, and professional sporting organizations and as medical director of international and national track and field meets. An athlete himself, he has helped hundreds of patients return to play, work, and healthy living after an injury or disorder.
Dr. Jones is currently on the board of directors for Build the Village, Neighbor Health Center, National Scholastic Athletic Foundation and the Young Life Committee and has served as camp physician for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Camp Sea Gull, and Young Life. He is actively involved in the triathlon and running community, and volunteers his expertise as a lecturer on training as well as the treatment and prevention of injuries.
Julian Keith, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches courses on a broad range of topics in psychology and neuroscience.
Julian has landed grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and Alzheimer’s North Carolina.
Julian is the co-director and co-founder of the MARS Memory Health Network. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, and the 2015 UNCW Distinguished Teaching Professorship.
Julian holds a Doctoral Degree in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Len Lecci, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he is currently a full professor and core faculty member in the Ph.D. program.
Len has published two textbooks and over 50 articles in a wide range of journals. He has also secured grant funding for his research from the National Science Foundation, Alzheimer’s North Carolina, and the American Psychological Association, and he was invited to brief congress on his research examining health fears.
Len has served as the Director of Clinical Services at MARS Memory- Health Network. He has been awarded numerous teaching awards such as the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, and the Board of Governor’s Teaching Award.
Len holds a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University.
Robert J. McCaffrey Ph.D. is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York and is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with an active practice with Albany Neuropsychological Associates.
Robert is the past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and currently serves as the Past President of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, the American College of Professional Neuropsychology, and the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.
Robert is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and currently (2017-present) is the Editor-in-Chief of Development Neuropsychology: An International Journal of Life-Span Issues in Neuropsychology.