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Medical Care and Coverage for Athletes
  • Athletic Training Staff

    Robert Thorne, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer, Instructor

    Robert Thorne joined the faculty and staff of Capital University in 2003. Robert currently serves the athletic training needs of the football and baseball programs. Thorne previously served as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Wisconsin-Stevens Point for two years. He earned a Master's degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from The University of Virginia and a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University. Robert and his wife Susan reside in Bexley.

    Bonnie Goodwin, ATC – Director, Athletic Training Education Program

    Bonnie Goodwin joined the faculty and staff of Capital University in 1995. Bonnie currently serves as the director for the Athletic Training Education Program, clinical coordinator and athletic trainer responsible for women's soccer. Goodwin previously worked at Providence College in Providence Rhode Island. Bonnie is a graduate of the University of Florida where she completed her Master's of Exercise and Sport Science. Her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health Education was completed at Ohio University. Bonnie, her husband Charles and daughters, Amanda and Charley reside in Columbus.

    Benjy Pester, ATC – Assistant Athletic Trainer, Instructor

    Benjy Pester joined the faculty and staff of Capital University in 2005. Aside from being the athletic trainer for men's basketball he also works with the football team in the fall. A 2003 graduate of Capital, Pester previously served as a graduate assistant at The Ohio State University where he earned a master's degree in Allied Health Education. While with the Buckeyes, Pester worked with the football and tennis teams. Benjy and his wife, a former Capital women's soccer player, Jenny Brecht, reside in Hilliard.

    Andrea Schimmel, ATC – Assistant Athletic Trainer

    Andrea Schimmel joined the faculty and staff of Capital University in 2010. Andrea is responsible for the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and care of all athletic injuries for Capital women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and softball. Schimmel previously worked at Barton College. At Barton, she worked with women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf and baseball and also taught courses within the Athletic Training Education Program. Schimmel received her master's degree at Rider University where she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. She also served as a certified intern athletic trainer at the United States Naval Academy for one year. Schimmel's primary responsibilities at Navy were with football and women’s lacrosse. She was also the rehabilitation coordinator for Navy football student-athletes.


    Matthew Brown, ATC – Assistant Athletic Trainer, Instructor

    Matthew Brown joined the faculty and staff of Capital University in 2011. Matt is responsible for the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and care of all athletic injuries for Capital’s men’s soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field, and cross country. He completed a Master's degree in Exercise Science at the University of Toledo and his Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training at Otterbein University.

    OSU Sports Medicine Partnership

    OSU Sports Medicine is partnered with Capital University to provide health services coverage for Capital University Athletics and Student Health Services. Capital’s outpatient medical care facility is facilitated through OSU Sports Medicine at Gahanna.

    Athletics coverage at the Capital Center Athletic Training Facility is provided by:
    Team Physicians: Dr. Robert Najarian and Dr. Michael Jonesco. (Link to Bios Below)
    Athletic Trainer: Andrea Schimmel
    Physical Therapist: Kristin Holbrook

    Student Health coverage at the Kline Center for Health and Wellness is provided by:
    Physician: Dr. Michael Jonesco
    Nurse Practitioners: Heidi Bobek and Margaret Graham.

    Team Physicians

    Robert Najarian, MDRobert Najarian, MD

    Dr. Najarian joined the orthopaedic staff at OSU Sports Medicine in 2009. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics for the OSU College of Medicine. His clinical and research areas of interest are injuries to the shoulder and the knee.

    A native of New York, Dr. Najarian attended undergraduate and medical school at Georgetown University. He did his orthopaedic residency at UMDNJ in New Jersey. He then completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. During his fellowship he served as an assistant team physician for John Carroll University, the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

    Michael A Jonesco, DO

    Michael A Jonesco, DO

    Dr. Michael Jonesco is board certified in Internal Medicine and joined the OSU Sports Medicine team in 2010. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine. His primary interests include the diagnosis and management of all sports or activity-related injuries, including arthritis and concussion. He is trained in a wide range of traditional treatment modalities, as well as joint and soft tissue injections, concussion management and osteopathic manipulation.

    Dr. Jonesco is an Ohio native, born in Columbus and raised in Oberlin. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated magna cum laude. At Ohio Wesleyan he earned Academic All-American honors as quarterback and captain of the Battling Bishop football team. He received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. It was during his internal medicine residency at Indiana University where his passion for sports medicine was first sparked. From Indiana University, he secured and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. At the Cleveland Clinic he worked with the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers as well as the Bedford High School and John Carroll University athletic programs.

    Dr. Jonesco is a member of the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.