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The 10th Annual Saint Louis University Athletic Training Speakers Series and Recognition Ceremony Announces its Featured Speaker for 2021

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Athletic Training Program recently announced Kathy Dieringer, Ed.D., ATC, LAT, as the featured speaker for its 10th annual SLU Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony. The event is presented by the SLU chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the national Athletic Training honor society; SLU Athletic Training Society (SLATS); and SLU Student Government Association.

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The SLU Athletic Training program welcomes Dr. Kathy Dieringer as its featured speaker at the 2021 Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony.

Dr. Dieringer is the sole owner of three outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the North Texas region and is currently the President-Elect of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Dr. Dieringer’s speaker series presentation, Emerging Opportunities: Creating Value in an Evolving Health Care Paradigm, will take place Monday, February 15 at 7:00 PM. The event will be hosted virtually this year and attendees can RSVP here: 

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Dr. Dieringer’s clinics – D&D Sports Med – employ over 45 staff members, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and strength and conditioning specialists. In addition to managing all aspects of her clinics, Dr. Dieringer still works clinically to provide quality patient care herself. Prior to operating her clinics, Dr. Dieringer worked in college athletics and the Division I and Division II levels for six years and in a clinical setting for 22 years. She continues to work with young athletes as part of her outreach practice.

While health care is always an evolving workplace, Dr. Dieringer explained how the current state of the world inspired her topic of choice for the speaker series.

“We are in incredible times right now, but as challenging as they are, there are always opportunities in health care that we can identify,” Dr. Dieringer said. “Moving forward in 2021 as a profession necessitates this type of resiliency and this type of determination.”

Dr. Dieringer hopes that those who watch the lecture walk away realizing a major strength of athletic trainers, as well as other health care professionals, is adaptability.

“Hopefully, students will appreciate that one of our greatest strengths is our ability to adjust, pivot and address whatever issues we are faced with to the benefit of our patients,” Dr. Dieringer said. “We are an incredible profession, and I look forward to talking about our vision for the future.”

After the speaker, there will be a panel discussion expanding upon the topics addressed by the keynote speaker. The panel will include: SLU Associate Professor in Athletic Training Kitty Newsham, Ph.D., ATC; SSM Health Sports Medicine Outreach Manager Katie Smith, M.Ed., ATC, LAT; and SLU Assistant Professor in Health Management and Policy Michael Rozier, SJ, Ph.D.

SLU Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., ATC, is very excited to have someone with such a strong presence in the Athletic Training community be the keynote speaker for this event.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kathy Dieringer join us for this year’s speaker series. She is a visionary leader and a strong advocate for the value of athletic trainers in the greater healthcare system,” Dr. Breitbach said.

The 10th Annual Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony, supported by the SLU Student Government Association, is free of charge and open to the public virtually. In addition to the presentation, the event will also include the induction ceremony of SLU’s Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha and recognition of the program scholarship recipients.

For more information, call (314) 977-8561 or email

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.