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Tanya Watson – 540

Tanya Watson actually lived about 5 minutes from where I live now/ Although she has moved to New Mexico and spent most of her recent career there, we are connected.

The Women of Athletic Training

What is your AT Story?

Tanya Watson grew up in Las Cruces NM and found out about Athletic Training in Middle School and went to the Athletic Training Clinic at New Mexico State University (NMSU) for “growing pains” in her knees.  

Tanya attended NMSU, graduated in 2001 from the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) and BOC Certified in April 2002.

She then worked as a Licensed Athletic Training  Intern at NMSU for the Spring of 2002 covering the Track & Field team.

Following NMSU Tanya attended graduate school at the University of Wyoming 2002-2004 & obtained an MS in Kinesiology. While there she worked in athletics with football, swimming and diving, track and field, and wrestling.

Tanya was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at University of Alabama Birmingham from August 2004-June 2006 working with Women’s Basketball. She also supervised GA’s working with women’s sports.

From July 2006- July 2009 she was an Associate Athletic Trainer at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg MS, Working with Women’s Basketball & Men’s Tennis.

Tanya Watson was also adjunct faculty and the Interim Clinical Coordinator for the ATEP (2007-2008).

She returned home to Las Cruces New Mexico in August 2009 and worked at Las Cruces Orthopaedic Associates as a Physician Extender and Clinic Manager until September 2014 when she accepted an emergency hire Term/Temp Faculty position at NMSU to teach in the ATEP.

May 2017 earned an MA in Curriculum and Instruction at NMSU. Now I am the Athletic Trainer as Las Cruces High School (my alma mater).

What leadership are you giving to ATs now?

Tanya Watson is serving in her current role as Southern Rep on the New Mexico Athletic Trainers Association Board. She has been in this position since 2016.

What are some of your best memories in AT?

As a woman in AT what are some of your challenges?

Coming out of college Tanya was not even considered for professional sports jobs.

Felt an internal pressure to put her career on the back burned to move home and be closer to elderly parents. Men do this as well, but more often it is women taking care of the family over career.

What do you want your legacy to be?

That every athlete I took care of knows they received my best care I was able to provide at that time. That their skill level or nationality did not influence how I provided care.

Contact us:

Tanya Watson: email: tewatson79@gmail.com

Cathy Supak – csupak@HoustonMethodist.org

Jeremy Jackson

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Becoming a Physician Assistant – 530

How can an AT become a PA?

Interested in going from AT to Physician Assistant?

Reagan Dunnahoo has a unique skill set.  She was a practicing AT who went back to school to get her Physician Assistant license.  Reagan is now working at a small school where she is both the PA and AT.

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What is a PA?

Here is an infogrgraphic from AAPA.ORG

PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative.

PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

Who do the skills of an AT and PA work together?

When Reagan went to PA school she felt she could have done a better job leading the orthopedic section of the course than her instructor due to her extensive training with AT.

As a PA you have a greater responsibility for each patient and your patient population is larger.

Skills learned as an AT absolutely help Reagan succeed as a Physician Assistant.

Things to really consider:

PA school consumed about 95% of her time.

Over half of her graduating class is not still practicing as a PA

You are not allowed to work to earn income while attending most programs

Only one marriage survived her cohort

There is a lack of autonomy with PAs. It is actually easier to work on your own as a nurse practitioner than a Physician Assistant

How can I ask more questions of Reagan?

Email Reagan – rdunnahoo@hatchschools.net

Contact ME

Jeremy Jackson – Host of the Sports Medicine Broadcast 

These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second year free and support the podcast.

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Switching to Nursing – 526

Is nursing your next career move?

Looking to move into Nursing?

Some Athletic Trainers just need to move on, so we talk about nursing as a career option for ATs looking to apply their skills in a different setting.

I did a rotation at a PT clinic in college.  I realized I was bored inside of the clinic. The sports, sidelines and patient population were what drew me in and interested me in AT.

I have note done rotations as a nurse student so I can not speak to the issue with personal experience.  However I know a few ATs who have made the jump and are here to share. 

Shawna Bailey and Robin Quezada both obtained their BOC and went right back and got to school for nursing.  They joins us to share stories of why and how.

Robin and Shawna reflect on their decisions and know that for them nursing was the best options.

They also both agree that AT helped them be better in their current job and are thankful for the training and skills they were able to learn.

Thank you Tanya Watson for connecting us.

Things to consider:

  • Cost
  • Travel
  • Books
  • Lost income
  • Job Opportunities
  • Current Student Debt
  • Is this really where you see yourself being the most beneficial?

Contact Us:

Jeremy Jackson

Robin Quezada

Shawna Bailey

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These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second year free and support the podcast.

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