Meet Our Team

Whether you are optimizing your sports performance or coming back from an injury, helping you achieve your goals is a team effort. Our doctors, specialists, physical therapists, athletic trainers and strength coaches are on the cutting edge of sports medicine – from treating professional and Olympic athletes to conducting research on human performance and injury prevention.

The team you work with at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is much larger than the names and faces you see here. Others sports medicine experts you may work with also include: Shawn Vinz, Karl Erickson (Strength Coach), Mia Erickson (Strength Coach), Chad Eickhoff (ATC/Strength Coach Supervisor), Steve Finnie (Physical Therapist Supervisor), Jason Banks (Physical Therapist and Wellness Lead), Dan Gaz (Sports Medicine Researcher), Ethan Logsdon (Strength Coach) and Justin Soukoup (Strength Coach).

Michael Stuart, M.D.

Michael Stuart, M.D.

  • Co-Director, Sports Medicine Center
  • Vice-chair, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Consultant for National Hockey League Players Association
  • Chief Medical Officer, USA Hockey
  • Medical Supervisor, International Ice Hockey Federation
  • USA Hockey Men’s Olympic Team Physician
  • Expert in knee surgery, including arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, multi-ligament reconstruction, cartilage regeneration, meniscus transplantation, patellar stabilization, osteotomy, unicompartmental and total knee arthroplasty.
  • Examples of research interests include knee-related surgeries and transplantation, ice hockey injuries, epidemiology of sports injury, and concussion prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Edward Laskowski, M.D.

Edward Laskowski, M.D.

  • Co-Director, Sports Medicine Center
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Consultant, NHL Players Association
  • President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Winter Olympics Team Physician
  • Expert in non-surgical interventions for sports related injuries and Population Health and Wellness.
  • Examples of research interests include sports medicine performance enhancement and injury rehabilitation, flexibility, stability and strength training, as well as proprioception, exercise for population health and fitness, and sports for people with disabilities.

Jonathan Finnoff

Jonathan Finnoff, D.O.

  • Medical Director for Mayo Clinic Square, Sports Medicine Center
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine
  • Former professional athlete and expert in non-surgical treatment of sports injuries
  • Team Physician, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx
  • Head Team Physician, Nordic Combined Team (ski jumping and cross-country skiing)
  • Team Physician, US Ski and Snowboard Team
  • 2014 Winter Olympics Team Physician
  • Medical Director of Athlete’s Clinic for 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Medical Director for numerous marathons, ultra-distance triathlons, bike races, adventure races, and 2013 U.S. Freestyle Skiing National Championships
  • Expert in regenerative medicine (e.g., stem cells and growth factors), diagnostic and interventional ultrasound procedures, minimally invasive ultrasound-guided surgery, muscle, tendon, ligament and joint injuries
  • Published over 80 research articles and book chapters on Sports Medicine-related topics.

Diane Dahm, M.D.

Diane Dahm, M.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Team Physician, Minnesota Twins
  • Team Physician, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Winter Olympics Team Physician 2002
  • Head venue physician, World Baseball Classic Panama Qualifier, 2012
  • Team Physician, USA Basketball, Men’s U17 World Championships, Kaunas, Lithuania 2012
  • Team Physician, USA Basketball, Women’s National Team Pre-Olympic Training, Naples, Italy 2011
  • Expert in complex shoulder repair/reconstruction for instability and capsulolabral pathology, knee reconstruction for patellofemoral instability and arthritis, shoulder and knee injuries specific to the throwing athlete,  and shoulder and knee injuries in skeletally-immature patients.
  • Examples of research interests include patellofemoral instability and arthritis, ACL reconstruction, shoulder instability in young athletes, and knee injuries in Major League Baseball players.

Nancy Cummings

Nancy Cummings, M.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgery for Mayo Clinic Square, Sports Medicine Center
  • Team Physician, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Head Team Physician, Minnesota Lynx
  • Critical Issues Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association 2012-present
  • Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 2004-present
  • Team Physician for the University of Maine Farmington/Carrabassett Valley Academy 2002-2014
  • Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2009-2013
  • President of the Maine Medical Association 2011-2012
  • Member of the AOA Institute of Orthopeadic Medicine Task Force on Industry Relations
  • Examples of research interests include Etiology of Non-contact ACL injuries, Ethics in Sports Medicine, Rural Orthopeadic Health Care

Kristi Colbenson

Kristi Colbenson, M.D.

  • Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine
  • Former Team Physician, Vanderbilt Football and Baseball
  • Former Team Physician, Belmont Men’s Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Cross Country and Track
  • Former Team Physician, Sounds Triple A Baseball Team
  • Expert in sideline emergencies, event medicine, pediatric and adult non-operative fracture management
  • Examples of interests include educating trainers and coaches to prepare for and manage sidelines emergencies including airway management, spine stabilization, cardiovascular collapse, asthma-related complications and heat illness; the female athlete; musculoskeletal ultrasound; and educating residents and medical students in musculoskeletal medicine and acute orthopedic trauma

Joe Eischen, P.T., A.T.C, C.S.C.S.

Joe Eischen, P.T., A.T.C, C.S.C.S.

  • Lead for Golf Performance Program, Sports Medicine Center
  • Licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialist
  • Expert at working with young golfers
  • Former fitness consultant to Team Faldo, a group of elite amateur golfers from Great Britain
  • Former consultant to the Faldo Series, an amateur golf tournament series sponsored by Sir Nick Faldo

Kristen Greek, A.T.R, A.T.C.

Kristen Greek, A.T.R, A.T.C.

  • Lead for Return to Sport Program, Sports Medicine Center
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Rochester Community and Technical College Athletic Trainer
  • Rochester Ice Hawks Athletic Trainer
  • Extensive experience with women’s sports, especially baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and hockey, as well as men’s lacrosse and tennis.

Dan Christoffer, Ed.D., A.T.C., A.T.R.

Dan Christoffer, Ed.D., A.T.C., A.T.R.

  • Lead for Baseball/Softball Performance Program, Sports Medicine Center
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Throwing specialist, experienced working with professional, college, high school and youth athletes
  • Experience working with Cy Young Award winners and top players for numerous MLB teams, including Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, LA Dodger and MN Twins
  • Three years as Athletic Trainer with the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Mayo High School Athletic Trainer
  • Rochester Honkers Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer for diverse events, ranging from State Wrestling Sectionals, to NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship, The Clash Wrestling Tournament and SDHSAA Football Championships.

Eric Crowley, A.T.C.

Eric Crowley, A.T.C.

  • Lead for ACL Injury Prevention Program, Sports Medicine Center
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Graston Technique, M1 Certified
  • Experience working with high-profile athletes, including players for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders
  • Four years as Athletic Trainer for Division II college’s men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and women’s track & field teams

Sanjeev (Sanj) Kakar, M.D.

Sanjeev (Sanj) Kakar, M.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Editor, American Society for Surgery of the Hand Update on Tumors, 2016
  • Editor, Tumors of the Hand and Upper Extremity, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2015
  • North American Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopedic Association, October 2013
  • Expert in the management of sports injuries to the elbow, wrist and hand
  • Expert in upper extremity tumors and malignancies
  • Expert in joint replacements (hand, wrist and elbow)
  • Expert in wrist and scapholunate instability
  • Expert in distal radioulnar joint arthritis and instability
  • Expert in wrist, carpal and hand fractures
  • Expert in wrist and hand arthritis and arthroplasty
  • Expert in Dupuytren’s disease
  • Expert in arthroscopy and TFCC injury
  • Expert in compression neuropathies
  • Expert in vascularized bone grafts for nonunions

Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.

Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.

  • W. Hall Wendel, Jr., Musculoskeletal Research Professor
  • Co-Director, Biomechanics and Motion Analysis Laboratory
  • Internationally recognized for analysis of human musculoskeletal function and rehabilitation science.
  • Recipient of numerous sports medicine research awards.
  • Examples of research interests include improving the rehabilitation of Wounded Warriors, developing advanced prosthetics and orthotics, improving wheelchair mobility, designing and developing a pressure microsensor that will measure muscle force in vivo, and developing methods for field-based monitoring of human movement.

Aaron Krych, M.D.

Aaron Krych, M.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Expert in cartilage restoration and biologic preservation of the knee, including meniscus transplant, as well as treating the athletic hip including arthroscopic hip surgical procedures, and shoulder instability.
  • Examples of research interests include shoulder instability, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, ACL injuries, meniscus tears and transplantation, cartilage restoration and transplantation, osteotomy, arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular impingement, hip labral tears and partial and total knee replacement.

Bruce Levy, M.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Team Physician for USA Snowboarding
  • Expert in treating the athletic hip, including arthroscopic hip surgical procedures, knee arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, multi-ligament reconstruction, knee dislocation, and meniscus transplantation.
  • Examples of research interests include treatment of the multi-ligament injured/dislocated knee, treatment for femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), hip arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, and treatment of meniscal tears in patients with osteoarthritis.

Karen Newcomer, M.D.

Karen Newcomer, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Examples of research interests include teaching musculoskeletal education to medical students, and residents as teachers of undergraduate medical education, especially in musculoskeletal medicine.

Shawn O'Driscoll, M.D., Ph.D.

Shawn O’Driscoll, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Expert in elbow reconstruction and research, elbow hook test/moving valgus stress test, and driving clinical care pathways for orthopedic/sports surgeons all over the world.
  • Examples of research interests include clinical and basic laboratory cartilage research, shoulder/elbow biomechanics and kinematics, physical exam techniques for diagnosis of shoulder and elbow conditions, elbow-related injuries and treatments, shoulder labral/SLAP tears, arthroscopic glenoidplasty and osteocapsular arthroplasty for shoulder osteoarthritis, and osteolysis of the distal clavicle.

Cara Prideaux, M.D.

Cara Prideaux, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Expert in evaluation and treatment of simple and complex concussion/traumatic brain injury in athletes, and evaluation and treatment of low back pain in athletes, including spondylolysis.
  • Examples of research interests include sport-related concussion, including return-to-play and exercise-based rehabilitation.

Daniel Ryssman, B. M.D.

Daniel Ryssman, B. M.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Surgical practice covers a wide range of issues related to the foot and ankle, including sports-related injuries, arthritis, simple or complex foot reconstruction, ankle replacement and trauma.

Jacob Sellon, M.D.

Jacob Sellon, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Examples of research interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine for musculoskeletal disorders, strength training and related injuries, training and nutrition optimization for sports performance and fitness goals, and exercise promotion.

Aynsley Smith, R.N., PhD.

Aynsley Smith, R.N., PhD.

  • Noted sport psychology consultant and research director.
  • National leader in performance enhancement.
  • Consultant to ice hockey, figure skaters, and “yips” affected golfers.
  • Examples of research interests include multidisciplinary approaches to compare the effect of accelerations from junior hockey to the effect of blast trauma on the cellular level, concussions in ice hockey and other contact sports, the role of protective equipment in concussion prevention, the investigation of QEEG for sideline concussion diagnosis, the relationship between accelerations measured by a Hybrid III head form and an instrumented ice hockey helmet, psychosocial impact of injury and concussion in competitive athletes, and psychologic, physiologic, and situational variables in relation to stress and sport performance.

Jay Smith, M.D.

Jay Smith, M.D.

  • Professor and Vice Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • Director of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Regenerative Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center
  • Director of Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center
  • Former Winter Olympics Team Physician
  • Pioneer in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, platelet rich plasma therapy, ultrasound guided techniques to treat chronic tendon and joint disorders (e.g. needle tenotomy, TX1 treatments).
  • Expert in shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries and biomechanics
  • Research interests include diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine (platelet rich plasma and stem cells), and gene therapy for knee arthritis.

Dave Soma

Dave Soma M.D.

  • Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  • Expert in evaluation and management of sports related concussion in children.
  • Examples of research interests include pediatric/adolescent sports medicine, concussions, and general health conditions and practices of young athletes.  

Jeff Thompson, M.D.

Jeff Thompson, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Examples of research interests include sports-related musculoskeletal problems, muscle pain syndromes and amputee rehabilitation.

Steve Wisniewski, M.D.

Steve Wisniewski, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Examples of research interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative medicine for musculoskeletal disorders.

Jeff Strauss

Jeff Strauss, P.T., D.P.T., C.S.C.S.

  • Lead for Running Program, Sports Medicine Center
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


Jeffrey Payne, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Examiner for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Part II examinations
  • Expert in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures and treatment of joint, muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries
  • Examples of interests include diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine for musculoskeletal disorders, strength training and related injuries, and sports medicine performance enhancement