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Athletic Training Faculty
Kirk Brumels, a 1988 Hope College graduate has over twenty years of athletic training experience in various venues. A graduate of Hope's athletic training program, he received both his masters and doctorate degrees from Western Michigan University. Dr. Brumels has spent more than a decade as an athletic trainer with the New England Patriots from 1990-2001, returning to Hope College in 2001 to become the institution’s third head athletic trainer. Kirk was a second-generation Hope student as his father Bruce, the past- president of Hope's Alumni Association Board of Directors, is a 1959 graduate, and his mother Doris is a 1962 graduate. Dr. Brumels is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is the President – Elect of the Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society. His awards include recognition with Patriots head athletic trainer Ron O'Neil as the 1997 National Football League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. He has been a guest speaker or lecturer in numerous venues, including state, regional, and national athletic trainer conferences and symposiums. Dr. Brumels has a passion for athletic training evidenced by several peer-reviewed journal publications and involvement as a co-author of the textbook Developing Clinical Proficiency in Athletic Training (Human Kinetics, 2009) and seven chapters within the forthcoming book entitled Core Concepts in Athletic Training (Human Kinetics, 2010). Dr. Brumels enjoys exercise, outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting, and home projects. Additional hobbies include making hand planed split bamboo fly rods, wooden fishing nets, and he takes the opportunity to enjoy both every chance he gets. Dr. Brumels and his wife Stephanie live in Holland with their two children, Hunter and Rebecca.
A message from Dr. Brumels:
“The field of athletic training has been a great career choice for me and one that has provided me with many personal and professional benefits. I have really enjoyed the opportunities that this profession has afforded me from working as an athletic trainer at a Friday night high school football game to working on a Sunday afternoon in January of 1996 on the sidelines of Super Bowl XXXI. One of the things that I get pleasure from is that this profession allows me to perform many different responsibilities throughout my day such as providing emergency injury care, initiating treatment to facilitate the recovery, advising a patient in exercises as part of extensive injury rehabilitation, and educating patients and students to name just a few. I have been excited about this profession from the time I first came to understand its role in the allied health care community and that excitement continues to this day. I thoroughly enjoy the responsibilities of this field of study and practice as they have given me the opportunity to meet many individuals and humbly serve them with a little bit of my knowledge and skill. I absolutely love the academic material that athletic training demands from its practitioners and combining that with the psychomotor skills needed to provide health care to individuals pursuing an active lifestyle has been very gratifying.
I love Hope College. I loved it from my first day on campus as a freshman in the mid 80's to the day I graduated in 1988. I kept in touch with many individuals and the college as a whole while I was working in Boston, and was very excited about the opportunity to return to Hope College as a faculty member in 2001. My wife Stephanie and I are very happy at Hope College and love raising our children, Hunter and Rebecca in Holland, Michigan. It is an absolute pleasure to be a faculty member at Hope College and work with other colleagues to enhance the educational, social, and spiritual development of students. It makes me very happy to work in a place where I can live out my faith, have the wonderful opportunity to provide clinical care to the student-athletes at Hope College, and teach within the athletic training program and Department of Kinesiology. If you are a prospective student, I hope that we get the chance to sit together during a campus visit so that I can share my passion about Hope College and athletic training with you.”
Meg is a 1996 graduate of the Hope College Athletic Training Program. She was a member of the first class to graduate under the athletic training major. After graduating from Hope, Meg went on to earn a master's degree in athletic training at Indiana University, where she worked with the volleyball program. She completed her graduate degree and was hired as an assistant athletic trainer at Slippery Rock University. Meg joined the athletic training faculty for the first time as a Visiting Lecturer and Athletic Trainer in August, 1998. After a two-year stint at Hope she was hired as an assistant professor in the athletic training program at the University of New England. In July, 2002 Meg returned to Hope as Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Assistant Athletic Trainer. Meg teaches courses within the athletic training major, supervises the clinical experiences of athletic training students and co-teaches a Senior Seminar with Eva Dean Folkert. She is active at the state level serving as Co-Chair of the MATS Professional Education Committee, a member of the GLATA Education Committee and an Exam Developer for the Board of Certification in Athletic Training. Meg resides with her husband, Rick, her son, Sam, and daughters Nora and Paige in Holland, MI.
A message from Meg:
“Hope College has been a part of my life now more than it’s been out of it. I feel I grew as a person at Hope as a student and now as a professional in the role of assistant professor. Hope has given me some of my best friends, mentors and colleagues. I truly enjoy the profession of athletic training and cannot see myself doing much else. I enjoy working with people and my hands. Athletic training allows me to do this in unique and individual ways based on the injury or situation the athlete is presenting to me. I enjoy helping others and finding ways to help them be their best physically. Others come before you in many situations and I enjoy living my life for my students and athletes. But most importantly, Hope allows me to keep my family in focus at all times. The students and faculty are large parts of the life I live here in Holland with my husband Rick, and with my kids, Sam and Nora. Rick was a football player here and has also been impacted by the coaching staff, football team and education department in very positive ways during his time at Hope. Hope gave both of us a great education and life experiences we will never forget. We are proud of and love to talk to prospective students about coming to Hope. Let me know if I can ever answer any questions for you about the Hope experience.”
Tonia Bruins Gruppen is a native of Zeeland, Michigan. An outstanding athlete and student at Zeeland High School, Tonia attended Hope College for her undergraduate education. She was part of the first class to graduate under the newly accredited athletic training education program in 1998. Following graduation from Hope College Tonia attended Indiana University where she earned a master's degree in athletic training. After two years as a certified athletic trainer at the University of Notre Dame, Tonia returned to her hometown where she served as an assistant athletic trainer at Zeeland High School. Tonia had a part-time position as an assistant athletic trainer at Hope College in addition to her role as a practicum instructor before being hired as an assistant professor of kinesiology in 2005. She has also taught Health Dynamics. Tonia resides in Zeeland, MI with her husband, Kevin and two daughters Riley and Reese.
A message from Tonia:
“Hope College is a great place to be! I was first drawn to the Hope College Athletic Training Program as a prospective student. I was interested in becoming actively involved in the care of high level collegiate athletes at an early stage. During my time as an athletic training student I was able to learn through a variety of hands on experiences throughout the four years.I was drawn back to Hope College’s Athletic Training Program as a Certified Athletic Trainer because of those same reasons. I still enjoy being actively involved in the care of high level collegiate athletes. I now enjoy encouraging our athletic training students to learn through their many hands on experiences. I hope that each of them will grow into a successful Certified Athletic Trainer one day and say “Hope College was a great choice for me!”
Originally from Fenton, Michigan, Emilee Anderson is a 2012 graduate of Hope College having obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training. She is BOC Certified, licensed in the state of Michigan, and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. In addition to clinical coverage, Emilee also supervises athletic training students and teaches a first year practicum course. Emilee has a passion for athletic training as evidenced by her professional service. Currently, she is involved with the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society as the Chair of the MATS Student Committee and the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association as a member of the Education Committee. Throughout her time as a student, Emilee has been awarded the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society scholarship, the National Athletic Training Association Research and Education Foundation scholarship, and the Lawrence “Doc” Green Outstanding Athletic Trainer award. In her free time, Emilee enjoys running, biking, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
Julie is a 1989 graduate of Michigan State University. She was a member of the MSU women's soccer team for two years. After working in a different field for several years, Julie returned to school in 1991 to acquire a Master of Education degree in Exercise Science and an internship in athletic training at Wayne State University. She gained clinical rehabilitation experience in a physical therapy office in Southfield, Michigan for three years before being hired by Mount Clemens General Hospital in 1995 as the head athletic trainer at Utica High School. When she and her husband were relocated to southern California in 1998, Julie worked for the University of Southern California Hospital as an athletic trainer in 1998-99 serving local high school sport teams. She stepped away from full time work to become a full time mom in 1999. During this time, Julie gained experience coaching soccer at the high school and youth levels. She stayed involved in athletic training with continuing education experiences and by being a Board of Certification Examiner for prospective candidates to the field.
Julie came to Hope College in 2010 as a part-time clinical athletic trainer. She has served as an additional staff member in the Kinesiology department to help properly cover the many games and practices of Hope College athletics. In the Fall of 2012 Julie was given responsibilities as a practicum instructor and also teaches a Health Dynamics class. Julie enjoys hiking, many outdoor activities and any event that involves her family. She resides in Holland with her husband Chris and their three children, James, Claire and Matthew and their dog Mo.
A message from Julie:
I experienced the role of an athletic trainer when I was a collegiate athlete with a knee injury. I saw how athletic trainers go through the whole injury process with their athletes, from initial evaluation of an injury, recovery and return to play. The trust and rapport between athlete and athletic trainer is formed because we are with them during practices and games, wins and losses. I also love athletic training because of the relationships that are formed not only with athletes, but coaches, doctors and other medical staff.
Hope College has an outstanding athletic training program. Students get to experience and observe what happens in this field right away. The athletic facilities at Hope are top notch, like a much bigger school. Yet Hope has the intimacy of a small campus and students really get to know the instructors. I feel fortunate to be a part of the Hope community.
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