About Us

About Bare Essentials Sports Medicine

OUR MISSION

To ensure the best possible health care coverage for sporting events, camps and performances, along with providing the best possible healthcare information and information network for athletes of all ages, abilities, and athletic involvement. 

 

Bare Essentials Sports Medicine Company was created out of a need for health care coverage and information for traditional and non-traditional sporting events and venues, from "weekend" warriors to professional sport/athlete coverage, and every athlete in between. 

 
 
 

Providing You with the Best Health Care Professionals

Owner Trish Bare Grounds is passionate about covering non-traditional sports, from martial arts to action sports to performance arts sports, with amazing medical professionals and insanely talented athletes while providing the highest level injury care, including concussion management, nutrition guidance, rehab, strengthening, balance training and more! 

Trish  Bare Grounds ABD, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer
Certified Nutritionist
Certified Movement Specialist
Certified Concussion Mangement Specialist
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Trish is a

  • Bare Essentials Sports Medicine Owner

  • Licensed & Certified Athletic Trainer  with over 30 years experience

  • Medical Coordinator

  • Keynote Speaker

  • Performance Manager

  • Concussion Management Specialist

  • Certified Functional Movement & Balance Specialist 

  • Certified IASTM Specialist 

  • Certified Nutritionist  

  • Author of Bare Essentials Sports Medicine (Book & DVD)

 

Medical Coordinator of Event Medical Teams for major Taekwondo Events:

       1. USA Taekwondo, Sanctioned, National & International Events

       2. AAU Taekwondo, National Events

 

 Medical Team Coverage of International Action Sports Events : 

      1. Vans BMX Events

      2. Fise World Series

 

Author of 2 books, "The Bare Essentials Guide for Martial Arts Injury Prevention and Care" (First & Second editions)

 

Showcased in:

Spotlight profile in PrettyTough 

What's Happening with John Saxton Podcast

HOW WE CREATE OUR STAFF

BESM draws upon some of the top sports medicine and emergency medicine providers in the business. We then give them additional on-site training to take them to the next level of athlete care. We do this for both medical professionals and student interns of all healthcare fields prior to the start of the event, as well as in training sessions we conduct for educational purposes. Student Interns and Volunteer Medical Professionals learn new skills and information that they can take with them and use within their own careers with greater confidence. BESM, unlike many event medicine companies, encourages students (high school, college, grad school, med school) to apply to intern with us, where they are certain to learn new skills and have a great experience! Many of these students & professionals come back and voluntee/work many events for us for many years. We use a combination of student interns, volunteer medical professionals and paid healthcare staff for events.

Meet Our Staff

Kelly Morgan, MD
Medical Director
Emergency Medicine

Kelly started with us as a student athletic trainer and athlete, then she came back as a medical student and eventually as a physician. Within a few years, she was named as our Medical Director for all sports events covered by BESM. Kelly is also a black belt in Taekwondo and hence why you see her at many USA Taekwondo events. Kelly has ventured out with BESM to action sports/bmx events as well as cheer and dance events. She even spent her last month rotation of medical school with BESM Covered Events! And yes, she is a doctor who can not only suture up athletes but tape them as well, when she is not working in the Emergency Room in Las Vegas or juggling Motherhood of three beautiful girls.

Bill Spivey, PT
Physical Therapist 
BESM Martial Arts Event 
Floor Supervisor

Bill Spivey is more than just a Physical Therapist with plenty of Manual Therapy & Sports Medicine experience, he is one of our most familiar faces at taekwondo events as well as traveling with USA Taekwondo  Teams. Bill has been with us since 1999 following the 1999 World Taekwondo Championships. He is one of our athlete/instructors with a 5th degree black belt in taekwondo. He lives half of his year in Alaska and half the year in the Caribbean. Check him out at www.MakingSmilesHappen.com where he does everything from sailing to scuba to hiking and more in paradise.

Phuong Hoang,
LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer,
BESM Martial Arts Event
Floor Supervisor

Phuong began as a UF Graduate Student with us and has worked all forms of martial arts, action sports as well as cheerleading and dance. She has been with us since 1999. She travels with Team USA Taekwondo as well as supervises the competition floor at AAU Taekwondo Events. Phuong has a strong background in Strength and Conditioning as well as Sports Medicine. Fun note, she works for Apple as an Apple Genius for her day job.

Cheryl Lee-Pow, DC, CCSP
Chiropractic Physician

Cheryl is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician who has been with BESM for taewkondo and action sports for over a decade, starting first as a chiropractic student at Dew Tour before joining BESM as staff. She often joins us for taekwondo or bmx events in the Virginia and Maryland areas when she is not busy with the many

professional (womens football, lacrosse) and Olympic sports

(Track & Field, Taekwondo, Judo, Etc) she regularly works. check out her practice

Powherchiro in Rockville, MD.

Ira Schneider, DC, CCSP, PT Chiropractic Physician
& Aaron Schneider, DC
Chiropractic Physician

Ira (on the left) is a Sports Chiropractic Physician and Physical Therapist & has been with BESM since almost the beginning of BESM, starting with us in the 90s with taekwondo and bmx. Ira is also very active with CrossFit, Mountain  Bikes, BodyBuilding & Rodeo events as well as one of the orignal RockTape Rock Doc Gurus. Ira was a highly competitive bodybuilder for decades and his passion for competition has carried over into his passion to get athletes back up doing what they love. Aaron (pictured on the right) is Ira's son making his own path in the chiropractic sports world. We hope to get him traveling more with us soon! When not working sports events you can find both Ira & Aaron at their chiropractic practice Spine & Health Center in Santa Monica, CA.

Terry Weyman, DC, CCSP, EMT
Chiropractic Physician & EMT

Terry (on the right) is a Sports Chiropractic Physician and EMT. He has worked extensively with BESM in martial arts and action sports having started with us in the 90's, but also has a very active career in other sports: motocross, mountain bike, rodeo and surfing. Team USA is often blessed with Terry traveling with the team for international events as well as always at Vans US Open of Surfing & BMX.  Terry also works with the Pepperdine University Sports Medicine Team often seen on the sidelines during games working on athletes. He and Ira have been with BESM every step of the way through many sports events since the very beginning of BESM. When Terry is not off working sports events he is taking care of them at the Chiropractic Sports Institute located in West Lake Village, CA

Jennifer Barrett, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer, 
BESM Sports Med Tent Supervisor

Jennifer is another student athletic trainer to Certified Athletic Trainer who has been with us for over a decade now. Jennifer is our Sports Medicine Tent Supervisor at Taekwondo Events as well as working numerous local events and elite training camps throughout Texas. She helps keep Sports Med organized and running smoothly in the middle of huge events and who is great with children of all ages. When Jennifer is not with BESM she is busy being the Head Athletic Trainer at the

Summer Creek ISD High School, TX.

Tori Lam, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer
BESM Floor Supervisor

Tori began with BESM as a Certified Athletic Trainer at CUTA Taekwondo events and then joined us for Vans & Fise BMX events after having worked at Woodward Camp. Tori eventually became our California Taekwondo Events Supervisor before taking a job as Head Athletic Trainer at Woodward Park City, UT, when it opened in 2020, but still comes back for occasional events. Tori is a great asset for many of our taekwondo and BMX events when we can get her out with us.

Philip Hensler, LAT, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer  
BESM Photographer/Video

Philip is a Certified Athletic Trainer who was initially recruited by Trish for Dew Tour and later began working Taekwondo as well as action sports events with BESM. Phillip is often our Lead Staff for local, state and regional taekwondo events. We use many of Philip’s images from his other love of photography. Photos from Philip Hensler Photography often grace our website & social media. Phil when not chasing his sons or taking pictures loves to snowboards & mountain bikes. 

Linda Stark Bobo, PhD, LAT, ATC, CES

Athletic Trainer

Linda has been travelling with the US Taekwondo National Teams for the past decade as the Team Athletic Trainer and we have been blessed to have her join the medical team for USA Taekwondo Nationals & US Open Taekwondo Championships. Linda is the Athletic Training Program Director for Stephen F. Austin University so she doesn't get much time to come out and play but we love it when she does. Check out the Athletic Training Graduate Program at Stephen F. Austin

 

Bonnie Francl, DPT, ATC Physical Therapist & Athletic Trainer

Bonnie Francl is a Certified Athletic Trainer & Physical Therapist who has worked with BESM for over a decade at martial arts, cheerleading/dance and BMX events. Bonnie is one of our long time veteran Florida staff who often works local tkd events solo. She is originally from Wisconsin but now prefers the beaches of Florida over the snow of Wisconsin.

Rick Lau, CAT Certified Athletic Therapist (Canadian AT)

Rick is one of several Canadian Certified Athletic Therapists BESM utilizes for Taekwondo events. Fluent in French, he is extremely important at our international events. We were fortunate to meet him during his travels with the Canadian Taekwondo National Team and he often joins us for US Open Taekwondo Championships. Rck also has the additional education as an Osteopath.

Matthew Fisher, LAT, ATC 
Certified Athletic Trainer

Matthew has traveled extensively with BESM since 2005 as a Certified Athletic Trainer for martial arts events, being one of our core staff when USA Taekwondo hosted 6 regional competitions annually, as well as Nationals & US Open. We still get him out for several events each year when we can drag him away from his position at the

Gow School in Buffalo, NY, when he is not overseeing summer camp programs.

Rebecca Rosenberg,PA, LMT
Physician Assistant
Licensed Massage Therapist

Rebecca  is a Physician's Assistant  who started with us as a Student Athletic Trainer as well as a competitive taekwondo blackbelt athlete, first becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist before receiving her 2nd degree and becoming a Physician's Assstant. She has worked Taekwondo, BMX and Cheerleading/ Dance, for more than a decade from local events to Nationals, International Events  and

USA Team Travel. Rebecca is also fluent in Spanish which comes in handy for many international events.

David Holford, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer &
Steve Guerrara, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer

David (pictured on left) & Steve (picturd on the right) work our California Martial Arts Events. Steve is the BESM California Martial Arts Event Supervisor, taking the place of Tori Lam who moved to Utah. Steve has been with BESM since he was a student athletic trainer at Fresno State  University to today as part of our Certified Athletic Trainer Staff . Steve also runs Medical for USA Wrestling while running his High School Athletic Training Room. David also graduated from Fresno State and now works at Fresno City College.

Rachel Trundle, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer

Rachel is a Certified Athletic Trainer at a high school in Tennessee who started with us as a student athletic trainer and became part of our staff as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Rachel now covers many of our martial arts events in Georgia as well as Supervises the Sports Med Tent at major Taekwondo Events. Rachel's Side Gig is Castles & Cruises Travel - Disney, Cruise & Resort Planning. Check her out!

David Tomchuk
DAT, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer

David is a Certified Athletic Trainer who has been with us for 15 years working martial arts events. David works many of our Missouri-Oklahoma and Midwest Taekwondo Events. He is also the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training Program at the Southeast Missouri State University

Andi Tate 
LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer

Andi is a Certified Athletic Trainer who joined us as a referral from friend Linda Bobo when we had USA Taekwondo Nationals in Texas, her home state where she is an Athletic Trainer at Texas A & M University . Andi has been hooked ever since and can be found at taekwondo events in Texas and as part of our travel teams across the USA.! We look forward to having her at as many events as we can get her out for.

Jackie Lauricella 
LAT, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer

Jackie began with us as a high school student trainer as well as a competitive blackbelt taekwondo athlete eventually becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer and is the second Graduate Student/Certified Athletic Trainer at DDASC. Jackie often works Taekwondo and BMX events for BESM when she is not busy working at The Durham Academy. Jackie's other career, like Philip, is photography. Check out her website JLauricellaImages

Jami Mayberry Miller, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Jami is one of our student to staff stories who started as a student trainer with both bmx as well as taekwondo. Jami now covers many of our events in Colorado after  many years working Missouri and Kansas events as well as USA Taekwondo. She is always up for an adventure particulalry if it is outdoors, hence the reason she moved from Missouri to Colorado. When she isn't busy having an adventure she is busy doing art

and photography.

Tina Szeto, CAT
Certified Athletic Therapist (Canadian AT)

Tina is another one of our Athletic Therapists from Canada who we met on an international trip traveling with the Canadian Taekwondo National Team. Tina occasionally joins us for Taekwondo events in Canada and nearby states in the USA. Tina is one of our collegiate ATs working for Centennial College in Toronto, Canada, so she is close enough to join us for several taekwondo events in Michigan each year. Tina has the additional education as an Osteopath which we utilize as much as we can at events.

Naudia Khan, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Naudia came to us through a referral from one of our sports chiropractors in Miami, Spencer Baron, (who she was working for at the time) due to her love of martial arts and a desire to give back to the sport she loved. You will probably see Naudia working as part of the BESM Medical Team or  doing solo medic coverage at numerous Florida martial arts events. when she is not working with her high school sports in Ft. Myers, FL.

Aziza Chambers, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer

Aziza, presently one of our internationally ranked Taekwondo Athletes, has been with us as an athlete and as a student athletic trainer for many years from high school to grad school. She is now a Certified Athletic Trainer with a master's degree and works many of our Florida Taekwondo Events while still training for competition and working as an ATC in Miami, FL.

Katie Barr, DPT, EMT, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer
Physical Therapist & EMT

Katie is one of several dual/multiple credentialed BESM Staff who started out with us as a student athletic trainer who is now a Certified Athletic Trainer, EMT and  holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Katie has worked many taekwondo and bmx events. Katie also spent a summer with BESM at DDASC. You will see her at local taekwondo events in PA, NY, NJ, VA & MD as well as many  USA & AAU Taekwondo National  Events.

Jessica Murdoch, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Jessica is an ATC from Salt Lake City, UT, who now lives in Idaho with her husband and 4 children, who came to us from a referral from another BESM Staff Member, Allie Wood.  Jessica works taekwondo events for us in Idaho and Utah as well as travels with our team to USA TKD National Events. When she is not with us she can be found at St Luke's Sports Medicine in Twin Falls, ID.

Tricia Leslie, LAT, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer

Trish has known BESM owner for over 20 years, working many of the first events BESM covered in taekwondo as well as when both Trish's were still in university sports programs. Trish Leslie is married to another ATC, Robert, who actually was a student trainer with BESM Owner when she was Head AT at Lynn University. These days Trish joins BESM for local taekwondo events in SC & GA as well as USA Taekwondo Events.

Trevor Carter, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Trevor began with us from a referral from BESM Staff Member Jennifer Barrett and has been with BESM ever since, working USA Taekwondo Sanctioned and National Events predominantly in Texas, but who has traveled with us for AAU Taekwondo. Trevor is another one of our ATCs who works full-time in the High  School Athletic Training setting in Texas.

Megan Ervin, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Megan (pictured on the right) came to BESM after having  worked at Woodward Camp, PA, with an interest in working more with action sports, and we talked her into working taekwondo as well. Megan frequents or helps us to recruit ATCs for events in Northern Texas where she works full-time at Southlake Carroll ISD High School. 

Allison Wood, LAT, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer

Allie was initially recruited as a Athletic Trainer by Trish for Dew Tour, following which she began working Taekwondo as well as BMX events with BESM, especially in Florida. Allie is one of the few of our staff who has worked Trampoline Nationals as well as Cheerleading and Dance events in addition to BMX & Taekwondo. Allie has worked in the Dominican Republic as an ATC for the Dodgers Minor League Team the past few years but now is back stateside , based in New Mexico, she will be getting back out at events with BESM once again.

Melissa Marquis, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer

Melissa began as a student athletic trainer to Certified Athletic Trainer beginning in cheerleading and dance events before joining us at taekwondo and action sports events. Melissa is another one of the BESM Staff who has spent her time working performance medicine with the Rockettes & Cirque du Soleil...she also was a classical dancer herself. Although she is now a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful boys, we still get her out for events in FL, GA & SC.

Nathan Ameen, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Nathan initially joined BESM at our clinic at DDASC while a student at Campbell University and referred by the amazing Taekwondo Grandmaster Missy Cann who was his martial arts instructor.  Nathan spent 2 years with us at DDASC before becoming an ATC and a BESM Staff Member. Nathan has worked numerous taekwondo and bmx events with us the past few years and we hope to get him out occasionally with us as he goes onto Graduate School.

Abigail Elies, LAT, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer

Abby (on the right) is a Certified Athletic Trainer who started out as a student athletic trainer from the Florida Internatioanl University Sports Medicine Program for BMX events a decade ago at The Kitchen Skate Park, eventually also working Taekwondo events before she became a Certified Athletic Trainer with a Master's Degree. You can occasionally see her at events as part of BESM Staff at events in Florida.

Jaime Rodriguez, LAT, ATC Certified Athletic Trainer

Jaime is another one of our Olympic Training Center Resident Taekwondo Athletes turned  Certified Athletic Trainer, becoming part of the BESM Staff. She no longer competes but is one of our many blackbelt Taekwondo athletes on staff. She is also one of our military veterans (US Navy) within BESM and we are very proud of her service to her country and BESM. Now that Jaime has 3 kids we don't get to see her as often as we like, but we are working to change that!

Scott Freer, PhD, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Scott is another one of our event staff who came to BESM as a taekwondo athlete and student athletic trainer, who eventually blended those two loves to do doctoral research on the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo. Scott is a professor in the Barry University Athletic Training Program so he doesn't have a lot of time to come hang with us but you will see him at a few Taekwondo events we cover from Ft. Lauderdale to Homestead, FL

Caroline Howard, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Caroline (pictured on the right) was the first college student intern from UNC in the BESM Training Room at the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex (DDASC) but who has also traveled with BESM for Taekwodno & BMX. Caroline now is a Certified Athletic Trainer who still occasionally works events with BESM when she can get away from her position at University of Delaware Athletic Training.

Mary Portwood Sturgis

Movement Coach &

Athletic Trainer

Mary is one of our California Athletic Trainers who works many of our taekwondo events in California.  When Mary is not working events for BESM she is helping people gain better strength and mobility, providing individual programs through her company Portwood Health. Check her out on Instagram @PortwoodHealth

Richard Kates, LAT, ATC, RMSKS

Certified Athletic Trainer

Certified MSK US Sonographer

Richard is a Certified Athletic Trainer who has the additional Certification in Musculoskeletal Ultra Sound Sonography and brings a whole new skills set to our events. Richard brings with him to BESM the ability  to look for damage to muscles and bones using a ultra sound  on site at the event as opposed to sending an injury for further diagnostic testing at the hospital or upon returning home to their physician.

He also brings jokes.

Brian Roberts, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Concussion Specialist

Brian is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Concussion Manangement Specialist with expansive experience. He now has his own company Arete Sports Medicine Advisors which is an amazing referral company for athletes. Brian has worked both BMX and Taekwondo Events with BESM but who has now retired from events. Brian will continue to be our go-to concussion guy as he has 40 years experience working with concussions in the NFL, MLB, NASA and much more.

James Morgan 

Paramedic

James comes to us via his wife Kelly Morgan and he has added a whole new dimension to our staff and educational training. Although we don't get him  as many days now that they have children he loves coming out and being part of the BESM team at taekwondo events when we are in Las Vegas, when he is not flying around in a helicopter rescuing those who find themselves in a bit of a pickle. in Arizona and Nevada.

James is also a Girl Dad 3 times over.

Elliott Smithson, DPT,  ATC, EMT

Physical Therapist & 

Certified Athletic Trainer

Elliott is another student intern who came from the University of Central Florida Athletic Training Program who had an interest in martial arts, having come from a karate background.  Elliott worked martial arts events with us once becoming an ATC, then went on hiatus while completing his Masters Degree and  returned to working martial arts events in Florida while working on  his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. Since graduation Elliott has now moved to California to follow his dreams of working with eSports, but we hope to still get him out occasionally for martial arts events.

Sheri Walters, DPT, LAT, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer &
Physical Therapist 

Sheri is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Strength & Movement Specialist and Doctor of Physical Therapy, who started with us in college (University of Central Oklahoma Athletic Training Program) as one of our very first student interns and remained with us through her  two masters degrees (University of Florida Athletic Training Program) and two doctorate degrees. She also happens to be a black belt in Taekwondo. She has been  a major player in our BESM family. Sheri had the honor of attending the 2018 Winter Olympics with the USA Women’s Hockey Gold Medal Team as a PT & ATC after having worked with them for the previous year leading up to Worlds. Sheri was the key PT for Brett “Maddog” Banasiewicz during his recovery from a TBI. Sheri can be found these days at Texas A& M University.

Scott Lee, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist &

Certified Athletic Trainer

Scott joined BESM initially as a Certified Athletic Trainer who was in Physical Therapy School volunteering with us for a Vans BMX at the US Open of Surfing for several years. We then proceeded to convince Scott to join us for some California taekwondo events and he loved it. He is now adulting in the real world having completed his degree and works for Offsett.Med (specializing in dance and performance athletes) but we hope to get him back out with us for future events.

Paige Hubert, DPT

Physical Therapist

Women's Health Specialist

Paige is another BESM Staff member who started out as a student intern while in Physical Therapy School, brought to us by her professor Sheri Walters for taekwondo in Texas. Paige is now in Florida and has her own Physical Therapy Practice that specializes in Women's Health, Recharged Performance Therapy. Hopefully we will be seeing more of Paige at events, especially in Florida.

Jennifer McCleary, DC, CCSP

Chiropractic Physician

Jennifer began with us right after graduation from Chiropractic School, and has been a staple at taekwondo and bmx events since 2006. Jennifer, besides being a Chiropractor, is also a Yoga Instructor. Additionally Jennifer is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician who volunteers her time with many sports from high school to Olympic sports when she is not busy in her practice

Triad Chiropractic in St. Louis area.

Stefan Montgomery, MD, ATC

Medical Doctor, Sports Med

Certified Athletic Trainer

Stefan was an ATC completing his Sports Medicine Fellowship as a physician at LSU when he first joined the BESM Staff for taekwondo. Now he lives in SC and often joins us for South Carolina Taekwondo Events. Occasionally Stefan gets away from his practice at Spartanburg Regional joins us on the road for National TKD Events.

Steve S. Isono, MD

Medical Doctor

Orthopedic Surgeon

Steve is an Orthopedic Surgeon who has been part of the BESM Staff since the beginning, even before he became the physician for the Golden State Warriors (NBA). We have drug Steve out  for numerous Taekwondo events as well as BMX and Action Sports. We even taught Steve how to tape ankles which he often does while on the road with the Warriors. One of the best orthopedic surgeons in the Sports Medicine world you can find him at his  Orthopedic Practice in Emeryville, CA.

Arturo Aguilar, MD

Medical Doctor

Sports Medicine

Arturo is a Sports Medicine Physician who has joined the  BESM Staff both at Vans BMX Events in Huntington Beach, CA, as well as USA Taekwondo events, and we hope to get him out to more events soon!  Arturo is English/Spanish bilingual which is quite helpful at many of our events. When Doc is not working sporting events he can be found at his practice Memorial Care.

Martha Dodson, DO

Doctor of Osteopathy

Martha is one of several sports medicine physicians who works with our medical teams, coming to us from

El Paso, TX.    

Martha began with us out of Medical School. Martha is a physician who has worked extensively with USA Boxing as well as other sports organizations. Martha has worked with us for USA Taekwondo events for the past

15 years.

Chris  Koutures, MD

Medical Doctor

Pediatric Sports Medicine

Chris is a very well known pediatric sports medicine physician and concussion specialist in Southern California, working with many local teams as well as Olympic athletes and many dancers. We have had Chris out for Vans BMX events and hope to get hm out for some California taekwondo soon. Doc produces a very informative website and pedicatric sports medicine practice,  known as ActiveKidMD.  Check it out on the website or IG and gain some great new information for young athletes.

David Kung, MD

Oral-Maxillo-Facial Physician

Plastic Surgeon

David came to BESM when USA Taekwondo was still USTU and his sons were competing taekwondo athletes. At events we all marvel at his suturing capabilities, which definitely shows off his plastic surgeon techniques.  David has worked many a taekwondo event as well as a few BMX events over the years.  David is the physician who has helped us to develop the jaw reduction technique you may see us use for subluxed or dislocated jaws. David is also the Lead Physician for Maryland State Events. These days he spends most of his time at his practice Kung Plastic Surgery where he does great work and has even developed several patents for his surgical techniques.

Mindy Siegel, MD
Medical Doctor
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Mindy (pictured with Jaime Rodriguez)  is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who came to us from USA Gymnastics, and who fits in quite well with our BESM Teams at martial arts events. Mindy travels with the USA Taekwondo Teams as Team Physician & Medical Director. Mindy loves educating our students and volunteers from the pediatric perspective and we love having her around. Although Semi-retired now she can still be found at

UC Health, Colorado Springs, CO.

Yung Han, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Shoulder Specialist

Yung is another one of our athletes to staff, being a part of the USA National Taekwondo Team & OTC Resident Athlete. Yung went off to medical school, taking a few extra years to study abroad under the best surgeons in several different countries to become one of the top shoulder orthopedic surgeons in California. Yung has worked several taekwondo events as well as traveled internationally with the USA Taekwondo Team. When not traveling you can find Yung at Han Orthopedics in Los Angeles.

F. Kenneth Gordon, MD

Sports Medicine &

Pain Management

Ken is another physician who is a taekwondo black belt, having trained with Olympic Gold Medalist Herb Perez for many years. Ken has been with BESM for many taekwondo events over the past 3 decades. Ken is a Sports Medicine Physician who specializes in Pain Management utilizing both Eastern & Western Medicine techniques in his practice Gordon Elite  Sports Medicine in Union (Newark area), NJ. Ken has worked with the NY Giants (NFL) athletes on pain management for many years.  Ken also works and competes as a Masters Athlete with USA Track & Field. 

William "Buddy" Ramsey, DC
Chiropractic Physician

Buddy Ramsey has been a prominent Sports Chiropractic Physician with BESM since 2001, both martial arts and action sports. He began with BESM when he met one of our Taekwondo Olympians on a golf course who brought him to USA Taekwondo Nationals to begin his journey with BESM. Buddy travels much more with motocross but has also traveled with Team USA Taekwondo. Buddy is one of our staff who is also an athlete having competed in swimming, rugby and taekwondo. Buddy has retired from working major events but you can still find him with his wife at Ramsey Chiropractic, near Cleveland, OH

Gary Wood, DC, CCSP

Chiropractic Physician

Sports Medicine

Gary is a Certified Chiropractic Sports  Physician who specializes in sports medicine of non-traditional sports like autoracing, moto and rodeo. You will often see Gary working our martial arts events in Colorado, as well as National events. When not at events you can find Gary at his practice, Champion Health.

Randy Nakasone, PT

Physical Therapist

Allopathetic Medicine

Randy is a physical therapist and allopathic specialist who came to us from a referral from Bill Spivey.  Randy is the reason we use the Heel Thump for nosebleeds as he presented it to our team over 2 decades ago and we have been using it ever since. Randy's life outside of BESM is in his practice in New Mexico at Las Vegas Bodyworks where he does his magic.

Nils Jackson, PT
Physiotherapist

Nils is a Physical Therapist (Physiotherapist) brought to BESM by Bill Spivey who has extensive Sports Medicine experience in the USA and worldwide, including the UK and Hong Kong. Nils works our martial arts events when he is not off on some new adventure and adds a whole new aspect to our manual treatments of athletes as well as his endless jokes.

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