Karen Sutton will serve as the head physician for the 2021 U.S. Women's Senior Team. Sutton, a three-year captain at Duke, was also on the medical staff for the 2017 U.S. team.

SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse is pleased to announced the medical staffs for the 2019 U.S. Women’s U19 Team, the 2019 U.S. Indoor Team, and the 2021 U.S. Women’s Senior Team.

“We’re very fortunate to have such strong interest from so many talented individuals to serve the athletes in our national teams program,” said Ann Kitt Carpenetti, vice president of lacrosse operations for US Lacrosse. “Providing first class medical care to our athletes is critically important and we are proud to work with these professionals to meet their needs.”

The following individuals have been selected:

2019 Women’s U19 Team
Head Physician - Carl Nissen, M.D. (ortho)
Assistant Physician - Kari Kindschi, M.D. (primary care)
Head Athletic Trainer - Christina Nistler, MS, ATC, CES
Assistant Athletic Trainer - Ashley Holmes, LAT, ATC

2021 Women’s Senior Team
Head Physician - Karen Sutton, M.D. (Ortho)
Assistant Physician - Rahul Kapur, M.D., CAQSM (primary Care)
Head Athletic Trainer - Barbara Jean Ercolino, MA, ATC,CES
Assistant Athletic Trainer - Casey MacNeil, MA, ATC, LAT

2019 Indoor/Box Team
Head Physician - Mark Mirabelli, M.D., FAAFP (primary care)
Assistant Physician - Michael Khair, M.D. (ortho)
Head Athletic Trainer - Jim Starkey, MS, ATC, CSCS, FRCms
Assistant Athletic Trainer - Nina Walker, MA, LAT, ATC

Nissen will be serving on his second U.S. team staff. He was also a physician with the 2015 U.S. Women’s U19 Team. A professor in the department of orthopedics at the University of Connecticut, he works with Elite Sports Medicine at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. A former player at Princeton who went on to coach at Hobart, Nissen was inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Kindschi is the medical director of the Arnold Palmer Sports Health Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and is the team physician for Morgan State University. She has previously served as the team physician for the lacrosse programs at Duke University, Loyola University and Towson University. Kindschi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Nistler will be on the staff for the second time after previously serving as a trainer for the 2015 U.S. Women’s U19 Team. She is an associate athletic trainer at Northwestern University and previously worked with the women’s lacrosse program at Georgetown University. Nistler earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a master’s degree in exercise science from St. Cloud State University.

Holmes serves as the associate athletic trainer at the McDonogh School (Md.), where she works the nation’s most successful high school girls’ lacrosse program. A graduate of Towson University, she also works as a clinical instructor/preceptor with Towson athletic training students.

Sutton has a deep connection to the sport and US Lacrosse. A three-time team captain at Duke, she currently serves on the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee and previously worked with the 2011 U.S. Women’s U19 Team and the 2017 U.S. Women’s Senior Team. Sutton earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland and is currently an associate professor and sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Kapur has been the chief medical physician for the University of Pennsylvania athletics program since 2007. A graduate of George Mason University who earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia, Kapur is a staff physician at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center as serves as an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and of clinical family medicine and community health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Ercolino will be serving on her second U.S. team staff after working with the 2015 U.S. Women’s U19 team. Ercolino serves as the associate athletic trainer at Stony Brook University, working with the Seawolves women’s lacrosse program. She graduated from High Point University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.

MacNeil serves as the assistant athletic trainer at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where she works with the men’s lacrosse program. She has previously worked with the men’s lacrosse programs Johns Hopkins University and LIU-Post. MacNeil received her undergraduate degree from Merrimack College, where she was a four-year member of the women’s lacrosse program. She received her master’s from Argosy University.

Mirabelli is an associate professor and the program director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Rochester. He also serves as a team physician for SUNY Geneseo, St. John Fisher College and the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. Mirabelli is a graduate of Cornell University and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College.

Khair is an orthopedic surgeon at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas. A graduate of Bowdoin College who earned his medical degree at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Khair played lacrosse at the high school and collegiate levels before suffering an injury at Bowdoin. He is currently a team physician with Southern Methodist University and the Episcopal School of Dallas, and an assistant team physician with the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys.

Starkey is a strength and conditioning specialist with IMPACT Sports Performance and serves as the head athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. He is a graduate of Cortland State University and earned his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Walker has served as the National Athletic Trainers Association liaison to the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee since 2015 and is the founder of the Lacrosse Athletic Trainers Society. She serves as a staff athletic trainer for the University of North Carolina, working with the Tar Heels’ men’s lacrosse program. Walker is a graduate of Boston University and earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina.

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