CRAIG DUCHESNE, ATC, NHLAT
Director of Athletic Training Services
Craig graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. During his time as a student Athletic Trainer he worked with the UNH Men’s Basketball team, UNH Women’s Gymnastics Team and Exeter High School’s fall sports programs. Following graduation he served as the Athletic Trainer for Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH from 2007-2013 before transitioning into the Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics’ Physical Therapy Department in 2013. As a member of the rehab staff, he has a wide range of experience working with orthopedic injuries, post-op rehab and return to play programs. Additionally, Craig has also worked in the Industrial Athletic Training and strength and conditioning settings. In his spare time he enjoys camping, hockey, golf and spending time with his wife and three children.
HEIDI KIRBY, ATC
Exeter High School
Heidi received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training in 1998, and completed Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Human Performance in 2009. Both degrees are from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA. She is an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor and is an approved clinical instructor for the University of New Hampshire’s athletic training education program. She has worked in the high school, collegiate and industrial medicine fields of athletic training. Heidi is involved with the Special Olympics Program and volunteers as the Executive Director of Sports Medicine for the Seacoast Area Special Olympics track and field competition. She is also the athletic training coordinator for Hot Soup Racing and ATV Racing Clubs. Heidi has been the Head Athletic Trainer for Exeter High School for more than 10 years. When she is not out on the field working she enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, and camping.
“We are so fortunate to have Heidi Kirby as our Athletic Trainer at Exeter High School and she is a major component in our continued athletic success. Her immediate care for athletes, ours and our opponents, is exemplary. Her treatment of the athletes, immediate and in rehab of their injuries, is first rate. She does a wonderful job of balancing the athletes desire to return to competition with insuring that they are physically and mentally ready. As a head coach of two sports I have always felt that she cared for our athletes superbly, communicated well with me and put everyone in a position to compete to their full capacity. In addition, she has been a superb role model and mentor to many student/trainers from UNH and allowed them opportunities to experience the real world in a safe environment. The student/athletes, and the coaches at Exeter High are very lucky to have Heidi and her care, compassion and professional knowledge and experience have been a major factor in our success during her tenure.” -Jim Tufts, Exeter High School
Kevin Strahan, ATC, ROT
Kevin received his Athletic Training Certification at Plymouth State University. He is a certified athletic trainer experienced with both professional and collegiate level athletes. He is also a Registered Orthopaedic Technologist. Kevin has been part of the National Athletic Trainers Association since 2002 and is registered with the American Society of orthopaedic Professionals.He is both qualified in casting and splinting. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his dogs, surfing, mountain biking, and snowboarding.
Tyler Swett, ATC
Tyler graduated from Plymouth State University in 2006 where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. While at Plymouth, Tyler had the opportunity to work with a variety of athletic teams including football, wrestling, field hockey, and lacrosse. Tyler has experience working with a wide range of physical therapy patients and was trained in the use of the Graston Technique in 2010. He also has two years experience working in a high school setting with numerous high school athletes.
CHANTAL FILIAU, ATC, NHLAT
Winnacunnet High School
Chantal is the Athletic Trainer at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton. She is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire where she gained experience as a student athletic trainer with Exeter High School and at Access Acceleration. As an undergrad student she also worked with Division 1 teams such as the Women’s Gymnastics team and the Women’s Volleyball team. She also worked at the club sport level as a student athletic trainer with UNH Campus Recreation. Since graduating, Chantal was a research assistant with the Helmet-less Tackling Training (HuTT®) program at Exeter High School, as well as working as a per diem with Access Sports Medicine. During her free time she enjoys figure skating and heading out on the lakes with family and friends.
“Chantal has done an amazing job as the Winnacunnet High School Athletic Trainer. In my first year as AD, she has helped with many things and has gone above and beyond her required duties. Our student athletes respect her and she gives them the best care a treatment possible.” -Aaron Abood, Winnacunnet High School Athletic Director
Nichole Fitzpatrick, ATC, NHLAT
Epping High School
Nichole is the Athletic Trainer at Epping High School and Middle School. Nichole graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2012, then went on to graduate from Bay State College with an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant in 2014. In 2016 she graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Science in Education for Sport Management. While at Baylor, she worked as a Graduate Assistant at Whitney High School where she was the first Athletic Trainer on staff, so she helped build their first Athletic Training Department and Athletic Training Student Aide Program. Nichole alongside a fellow classmate and ATC assisted their sport management professor in conducting research on Division I Athletic Training Equipment Assessment: The Impact of Football Status and were chosen to do a poster presentation in South Carolina at the College Sports Research Institute (CSRI) Conference in 2016.
She joins Access Sports Medicine following working as the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall in Waltham, Massachusetts. Nichole is a Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer in the State of New Hampshire and the State of Massachusetts.
Nichole’s love for health and fitness spills over into her free time where she and her husband also run their own virtual health and wellness business. She loves spending time outside with her dogs, running with her husband and just relaxing with her family & friends.
“Nichole is a true professional in the field. She is thorough, knowledgeable and personable. She was quick in her response to all injuries, following up with our soccer student-athletes and providing wonderful care for them in both practices and games. I am excited to continue working with her next soccer season. Thank you Nichole for all you do each and every day to keep our athletes healthy and ready for competition!” -Meghan Fiore, Epping High School, Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach
Katherine Van Wert, ATC, NHLAT
Timberlane Regional Middle School
Katherine received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from High Point University in 2016. While there, Katherine worked with a variety of Division 1 athletic teams including soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. Katherine graduated with her Master’s degree in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion from George Mason University in 2018, where she worked as the Head Athletic Trainer for a large youth soccer league.
Katherine has performed extensive research in ACL injury and prevention, and has had the opportunity to present her research findings at multiple National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual conventions.
During her free time, Katherine enjoys relaxing at the beach and watching movies with friends and family.
“Katherine has been a wonderful additions to the Timberlane Athletic Department Staff. The administration, coaches, players and parents appreciate her professionalism and dedication to all our student athletes.” – Angelo Fantasia, Timberland Athletic Director
“Katherine is a caring professional. She has been an instrumental asset to our Timberlane teams! She has been working hard through the year to collaborate with the health offices, coaches, and keeping our athletes healthy and strong. Additionally, she is proactive about paying attention to what the athletes need to participate in middle school sports.” -Sarah Vaira, Timberland Assistant Athletic Director
Natalie Pollet, MS, ATC, NHLAT
Raymond High School
Natalie is the Athletic Trainer at Raymond High School. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at Plymouth State University and became certified in 2017. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Athletic Training, concentrating in Advanced Clinical Practice, from East Stroudsburg University in 2018. While getting her master’s at East Stroudsburg, she was the Graduate Assistant for the club sports which included men’s and women’s rugby, ice hockey and men’s lacrosse. She is a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of New Hampshire and is a Certified CPR/AED Professional Rescuer. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors at her family’s cabin in Campton NH, relaxing at coffee shops and reading good books.
“Natalie is an asset both on and off the court! She instructs players on their role in taking care of their body physically, as well as invests in their mental well being. Her ability to use her wealth of athletic training knowledge & her love of sports is priceless.”
-Jeff Hamilton, RHS Girls Basketball Coach
“Natalie is a great fit for Raymond and a great asset to our athletic programs! Thank you for your service and quickly becoming a part of our FOREVER GREEN family.” –Davinney Brazeau, Raymond Athletic Director
Jessica Soucy, ATC. NHLAT
Timberlane Regional High School
Jessica Soucy is the Head Athletic Trainer at Timberlane Regional High School. Before becoming part of the Access Sports Medicine team, she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training. While there, she worked primarily with the Field hockey, women’s hockey, and basketball teams as a student Athletic Trainer. She also did a full rotation at York High school, working with their fall/winter sports teams. Her credentials include BOC certification, New Hampshire ATC Licensure, and CPR/AED First Responder Certification.
In her free time, she enjoys walking down at the beach and spending time with her son!
“Jessica has been a wonderful additions to the Timberlane Athletic Department Staff. The administration, coaches, players and parents appreciate her professionalism and dedication to all our student athletes.” – Angelo Fantasia, Timberland Athletic Director
“Jessica is a caring professional. She has been an instrumental asset to our Timberlane teams! She has been working hard through the year to collaborate with the health offices, coaches, and keeping our athletes healthy and strong. Additionally, she is proactive about paying attention to what the athletes need to participate in middle school sports.” -Sarah Vaira, Timberland Assistant Athletic Director
Shammara Al-Darraji, ATC
Portsmouth High School
Shammara Al-Darraji is the Head Athletic Trainer at Portsmouth High School. She joined the Access team following several years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Concord High School and Assistant Athletic Trainer at Kimball union Academy.
Shammara graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2013. She is a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of New Hampshire, a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified CPR/AED Professional Rescuer.
During her free time she enjoys spending time hiking with her dog and hanging out with her family and friends.
“We love Shammara at Portsmouth High School! She’s the best! We wouldn’t trade her for anyone!” –Rus, Koz and Karen, PHS Athletics