Middle School Athletic Trainers

Injuries are the last thing we want for your young athletes but unfortunately, they come with the territory. Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. That is why the athletic trainer’s job is so important. Athletic trainers work closely with the children day in and day out, even at practice so they can notice injuries, sometimes before the child or the coach can. With proper exercise, conditioning and therapy, injuries can be prevented, minimized and resolved.

Call us: (864) 454-7422

Gil Gilliland, MBA, ATC, SCAT

Athletic Training Department Manager

Lauren Williams, M.Ed, ATC, SCAT 
Lauren started her athletic training path in high school with an elective class and working with the football and boys’ lacrosse teams. She continued on the path and pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine Athletic Training at Elon University in Elon, NC. Immediately following undergraduate school Lauren earned her Masters of Education in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia with a graduate assistance position at Virginia Military Institute. While at VMI, Lauren worked with the football and baseball teams. She continued this trend when she took her first job at NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC. During her time at NCWC she traveled with the baseball team to the DIII College World Series. Lauren moved to Clinton, SC to work at Presbyterian College for their first four years of Division I transition; again working primarily with their football and baseball teams.

In 2012, Lauren returned to her high school roots of athletic training and started working with Prisma Health/SHSM at JL Mann High School. She also provides coverage to a few middle schools including Beck and Hughes currently and Fisher and Tanglewood, previously. Lauren has also been privileged to work with USA Karate while at Prisma Health.

In her free time Lauren does CrossFit, tries her best at DYI projects around her house and yard, experiments in the kitchen, and travels whenever possible to see friends, family, and sports.

Lauren is currently working at JL Mann High School, Beck and Hughes Middle Schools

Alexandra O’Neill, ATC, SCAT 
Alex came to SHSM in May of 2018 from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Alex received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Health from Erskine College in May of 2017.

Before joining the SHSM team, Alex worked at Hilton Head Island High School for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute. While in Hilton Head, Alex worked with high school teams, Global Premier Soccer Club, Hilton Head Lacrosse, and Rockdale Gymnastics.

In her free time, Alex enjoys playing soccer and adventuring with her dog, Red.

Alexandra is currently working at Travelers Rest High School, Berea Middle School, and Northwest Middle School.

John Riesenberg, ATC, SCAT 
John was a non-traditional student who attended Keene State College at the age of 50. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and an Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in May of 2004.

Before heading to college to pursue an Athletic Training career, John spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corp, 8 years as a Class A Machinist, and 25 years as a self-employed contractor.

John has been married for 46 years, he has 2 grown adult children. His interests include biking in the gym, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and playing in his gardens.

John is currently working at Greer High, Greer Middle and Blue Ridge Middle Schools

Katelyn Stegall, MS, ATC, SCAT, CES 

Katelyn has been a resident of South Carolina almost her entire life, growing up in the Myrtle Beach area. Katelyn received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and then went directly to Florida Atlantic University to pursue her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science. While there, she was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for both the indoor and beach volleyball teams.

Katelyn completed her Master of Science Degree in May 2018 and has since acquired both her Corrective Exercise Specialist certification, as well as her Performance Enhancement Specialist certification. Since joining the Greenville Health System team, she has worked with Boiling Springs High School, Boiling Springs Middle School, and Rainbow Lake Middle School. In her down time, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her loved ones and participating in any outdoor activity.

Katelyn is currently working at Boiling Springs High, Boiling Springs Middle & Rainbow Lake Middle Schools

Emma Shanks, ATC, SCAT 
Emma was born in Greenville, SC and grew up in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Emma returned to South Carolina and attended Winthrop University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

During undergrad, Emma had the opportunity to work with the Clemson University Athletic Department.

This is Emma’s first year with Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine and has the pleasure of working with Mauldin High School. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading a good book, and going to the beach.

Emma is currently working at Mauldin High, Hillcrest Middle and Bryson Middle Schools

Katie Swanson, MS, ATC, SCAT 
Katie came to South Carolina in 2017 from Texas where her husband, Rob, was stationed at Fort Hood. Katie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Valdosta State University and her Master of Science Degree in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy University, where she was also a graduate assistant for the Athletic Training Department.

While in Texas she worked at Belton High school as the assistant athletic trainer covering high school athletics. Before moving to Texas she worked at Southern Sone & Joint Specialists P.C. where she worked in the clinic, did high school outreach, junior college baseball coverage, ran the Sportsmetrics ACL injury prevention program, and the return to play rehabilitation program.

In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband to explore new places and cultures, reading, relaxing on the beach, and hiking with their dogs, Jordy and Jasmine.

Katie is currently working at Mauldin Middle, Fisher Middle, and assisting at Mauldin High School.

John Riesenberg, ATC, SCAT 
John was a non-traditional student who attended Keene State College at the age of 50. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and an Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in May of 2004.

Before heading to college to pursue an Athletic Training career, John spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corp, 8 years as a Class A Machinist, and 25 years as a self-employed contractor.

John has been married for 46 years, he has 2 grown adult children. His interests include biking in the gym, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and playing in his gardens.

John is currently working at Greer High, Greer Middle and Blue Ridge Middle Schools

Emma Shanks, ATC, SCAT 
Emma was born in Greenville, SC and grew up in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Emma returned to South Carolina and attended Winthrop University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

During undergrad, Emma had the opportunity to work with the Clemson University Athletic Department.

This is Emma’s first year with Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine and has the pleasure of working with Mauldin High School. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading a good book, and going to the beach.

Emma is currently working at Mauldin High, Hillcrest Middle and Bryson Middle Schools

Lauren Williams, M.Ed, ATC, SCAT 
Lauren started her athletic training path in high school with an elective class and working with the football and boys’ lacrosse teams. She continued on the path and pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine Athletic Training at Elon University in Elon, NC. Immediately following undergraduate school Lauren earned her Masters of Education in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia with a graduate assistance position at Virginia Military Institute. While at VMI, Lauren worked with the football and baseball teams. She continued this trend when she took her first job at NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC. During her time at NCWC she traveled with the baseball team to the DIII College World Series. Lauren moved to Clinton, SC to work at Presbyterian College for their first four years of Division I transition; again working primarily with their football and baseball teams.

In 2012, Lauren returned to her high school roots of athletic training and started working with Prisma Health/SHSM at JL Mann High School. She also provides coverage to a few middle schools including Beck and Hughes currently and Fisher and Tanglewood, previously. Lauren has also been privileged to work with USA Karate while at Prisma Health.

In her free time Lauren does CrossFit, tries her best at DYI projects around her house and yard, experiments in the kitchen, and travels whenever possible to see friends, family, and sports.

Lauren is currently working at JL Mann High School, Beck and Hughes Middle Schools

De’Erra Upshur, ATC, SCAT 
De’Erra was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

De’Erra moved to South Carolina in 2017 to start her career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. She currently divides her time working at Wade Hampton high school and several middle schools. Her favorite sports are basketball, softball, baseball, and football. Outside of work, De’Erra likes to travel, watch movies, and hang with friends.

De’Erra is currently working at Wade Hampton High School, Lakeview Middle & League Academy

De’Erra Upshur, ATC, SCAT 
De’Erra was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

De’Erra moved to South Carolina in 2017 to start her career as a Certified Athletic Trainer. She currently divides her time working at Wade Hampton high school and several middle schools. Her favorite sports are basketball, softball, baseball, and football. Outside of work, De’Erra likes to travel, watch movies, and hang with friends.

De’Erra is currently working at Wade Hampton High School, Lakeview Middle & League Academy

Katie Swanson, MS, ATC, SCAT 
Katie came to South Carolina in 2017 from Texas where her husband, Rob, was stationed at Fort Hood. Katie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Valdosta State University and her Master of Science Degree in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy University, where she was also a graduate assistant for the Athletic Training Department.

While in Texas she worked at Belton High school as the assistant athletic trainer covering high school athletics. Before moving to Texas she worked at Southern Sone & Joint Specialists P.C. where she worked in the clinic, did high school outreach, junior college baseball coverage, ran the Sportsmetrics ACL injury prevention program, and the return to play rehabilitation program.

In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband to explore new places and cultures, reading, relaxing on the beach, and hiking with their dogs, Jordy and Jasmine.

Katie is currently working at Mauldin Middle, Fisher Middle, and assisting at Mauldin High School.

Alexandra O’Neill, ATC, SCAT 
Alex came to SHSM in May of 2018 from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Alex received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Health from Erskine College in May of 2017.

Before joining the SHSM team, Alex worked at Hilton Head Island High School for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute. While in Hilton Head, Alex worked with high school teams, Global Premier Soccer Club, Hilton Head Lacrosse, and Rockdale Gymnastics.

In her free time, Alex enjoys playing soccer and adventuring with her dog, Red.

Alexandra is currently working at Travelers Rest High School, Berea Middle School, and Northwest Middle School.

Anya Decoteau 

Anya has been a South Carolina resident since 2010, she hails from Louisiana where she was born and raised. Anya has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise Science. She received her degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Anya is currently working at Riverside Middle, Northwood Middle School and she assists at Riverside High School.

Katelyn Stegall, MS, ATC, SCAT, CES 

Katelyn has been a resident of South Carolina almost her entire life, growing up in the Myrtle Beach area. Katelyn received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and then went directly to Florida Atlantic University to pursue her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science. While there, she was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for both the indoor and beach volleyball teams.

Katelyn completed her Master of Science Degree in May 2018 and has since acquired both her Corrective Exercise Specialist certification, as well as her Performance Enhancement Specialist certification. Since joining the Greenville Health System team, she has worked with Boiling Springs High School, Boiling Springs Middle School, and Rainbow Lake Middle School. In her down time, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her loved ones and participating in any outdoor activity.

Katelyn is currently working at Boiling Springs High, Boiling Springs Middle & Rainbow Lake Middle Schools

Anya Decoteau 

Anya has been a South Carolina resident since 2010, she hails from Louisiana where she was born and raised. Anya has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise Science. She received her degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Anya is currently working at Riverside Middle, Northwood Middle School and she assists at Riverside High School.