Orthopedics Northwest has a team of Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainers that assist our physicians in the treatment of musculoskeletal and sports medicine related injuries. Our team of orthopedic specialists provide care as an extension of our physicians and advanced practice providers to ensure patients receive quality care and return to activity, work, and sport.
Our Athletic Trainers also support the community as part of our Sports Medicine Outreach Program that provides and supports Athletic Trainers in schools, community programs, and professional sports around the valley.
Joel Buffum, MS LAT ATC
With over 10 years in the valley, Joel supervises the Sports Medicine Outreach program with the goal of increasing access to healthcare for the Yakima Valley. Joel works with multiple physicians in the clinic and provides outreach care to multiple schools and community programs. In the clinic and in the field, Joel works to engage people in their care and rehabilitation to return to the activities that bring them joy.
Education: BS, Athletic Training/Kinesiology- Whitworth University. MS, Integrated Human Physiology- Central Washington University.
Denton Norwood, MS ATC LAT
Denton has extensive experience working with both high school and college student-athletes. He specializes in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of emergency acute and chronic injuries. As the Athletic Trainer for East Valley High School, Denton strives to be the critical link between the school system (administrators, coaches, parents, and student-athletes), and the healthcare community in the Yakima area.
Education- BS, Athletic Training – Eastern Washington University. MS, Integrated Human Physiology- Central Washington University.
Alyssa Shroyer, ATC LAT
Alyssa, a native of the Yakima Valley, has returned home to work with student athletes around the valley. Alyssa is passionate about providing care to this community and specializes in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of emergency, acute, and chronic sports injuries. As the Athletic Trainer for Wapato High School, she strives to provide student athletes with medical care and to educate athletes on proper prevention of injury and correct treatment of injuries to return to play safely.
Education- BS, Athletic Training – Washington State University
Kent Wilcox, MS LAT ATC
A Naches native with extensive experience working in sports medicine and orthopedics, Kent has worked with everyone from professional athletes to small town community members. Kent works with multiple physicians in the clinic and provides outreach care to multiple schools and community programs. Kent provides assessment and treatment of acute and chronic athletic injuries, and specializes in injury prevention through sport specific strength training.
Education: BS, Athletic Training – Eastern Washington University. MS, Sports and Recreation Administration – Eastern Washington University
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