The U.S. Council for Athletes’ Health (USCAH) proudly introduces the newly established USCAH Advisory Panel. As USCAH continues to grow and expand its reach, the advisory panel brings an additional layer of knowledge and expertise to the forefront. Comprised of leaders and experts in various fields of athletic healthcare, including physicians, mental health professionals, athletic trainers, and compliance and risk management officers, the panel will offer guidance on emerging trends and best practices while actively participating in USCAH-sponsored educational initiatives and events.

Meet the distinguished members of our panel:

  • Doug Aukerman, MD, MBA | Doug is the Chief Medical Officer for Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center as well as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at Oregon State University. Dr. Aukerman joined the Oregon State University athletic staff in January of 2012 where he manages the sports medicine program for all of OSU’s intercollegiate athletics sports teams.
  • Rachael Flatt, M.A., OLY |Rachael is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate at UNC Chapel Hill.Prior to transitioning to UNC, Rachael served as the Programs Director at the Center for m2Health at Palo Alto University and worked on several projects through both Stanford University and Palo Alto University. Rachael was also a 2010 Olympic Winter Games figure skater.
  • Gretchen Goodman, MA, AT, ATC | Gretchen serves as the Associate Athletics Director for Athletics Healthcare at Grand Valley State University. She has 20 years of experience with the direct delivery of athletic training services to collegiate athletes, clinical oversight of an orthopedic practice, and more recently athletics department administration.
  • Chad Asplund, MD, MPH, FAMSSM | Chad is the Head Team Physician at Georgetown University, and has 15+ years of experience in sports medicine. He also serves as the medical director for USA Basketball and is a team physician for USA Hockey. Chad is thepast President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
  • Paia LaPalombara, J.D, B.A. | Paia works in the Sports Law and Higher Education practice groups at Church Church Hittle + Antrim, otherwise known as CCHA Law. She plays a crucial role at CCHA Law in providing clients with strategic guidance, advocacy, and a deep understanding of the evolving challenges faced by college athletics and higher education. Her diverse skill set, cultivated through extensive experience at an NCAA Division I Power 5 university and the NCAA National Office, uniquely positions her to approach NCAA compliance and regulatory issues from multiple perspectives, in addition to bringing solutions-oriented “boots on the ground” experience with Title IX, Clery Act, HIPAA, and FERPA regulations.

 We hope to continue to grow this panel, ensuring that our partners receive expertise on pertinent and timely topics within the athletic healthcare space.