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WELLNESS SERVICES - CVA'S ATHLETIC HEALTH CARE TEAM

Athletic Health Care Team

At CVA, we value a holistic approach to health and wellness.  This is why we have established an Athletic Health Care Team (AHCT) that aligns to the recommendations from the National Athletic Trainer's Association. Our team is comprised of physicians, a nurse, an athletic trainer, a massage therapist, and a mental health counselor that consult, as a team, with administrators, coaches, parents, and athletes to provide the best care for our students.

Our comprehensive health approach includes

  • Health center on site in the dormitory staffed with a full-time RN
  • Athletic training office on campus with a full-time certified and licensed Athletic Trainer
  • CPR/First Aid and suicide prevention trained staff, teachers and coaches 
  • Onsite mental health counseling available
Providing services at school helps to decrease lost time from school and lower parent’s cost for travel.

MENTAL HEALTH, SUICIDE PREVENTION, CRISIS SITUATIONS

The AHCT also maintains a list of resources for mental health services and completes training in suicide prevention. Our relationship with Maine Health Evergreen Behavioral Services provides emergency mental health services, substance use treatment and outpatient counseling.
    • More About Tristy Wolfe, ATC LAT CA - ATHLETIC TRAINER

      Tristy earned her Bachelor's degree from Plymouth State University in Athletic Training and Fitness and Rehabilitation with a minor in Health. She has been a certified athletic trainer since 2000 and has been with CVA since 2014. She previously worked as the Head of Sports Medicine at NCAA Division II Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ for seven years and as a certified chiropractic assistant therapeutic exercise specialist at HealthQuest for eight years. In 2005, she graduated with a Master's degree in Holistic Health Studies from GCU while becoming a master-level Reiki practitioner. Tristy is a Certified American Red Cross Instructor, a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) trained gatekeeper and member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Tristy also currently serves as the Peer Mentor Faculty Assistant, middle school science teacher, and led CVA to becoming a first team SafeSport School. Tristy lives on campus with her husband, Waylon, and her two children Nya ‘24 and Walker ‘26. She enjoys camping, biking, karate, being active, and spending time with her family.

    • More about Amy Martin, School Nurse

      Amy has been in the healthcare field for over 25 years. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professionals in 2009, joining Carrabassett Valley Academy’s Health and Wellness team as the school nurse in 2016. Before coming to CVA, Amy worked as a nurse at Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) in the Day Surgery unit for seven years, and she continues to work per diem at FMH during school vacations. Amy is Basic Life Support (BLS) Certified and a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) trained gatekeeper. Amy lives in Freeman Township with her husband Tim. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with Tim, daughter Makayla, and son Michael ’18 and going camping.

Health Partners - Supporting CVA Student-Athletes

    • Team Physician- Tom Pulling, MD

      The team physician is an orthopedic who signs the standing orders for the athletic trainer to work under his direction. He oversees policies and procedures related to athletic injury to ensure proper care. He is the point person for referral of injury when necessary and oversees all cases related to concussion as a physician trained in concussion management. He is in constant communication with the Athletic Trainer and holds office hours in Farmington and Livermore Falls.

    • School Physician- David Dixon, MD

      The school physician is responsible for overseeing the nurse’s standing orders to ensure proper policies and procedures are in place to care for the students. He is available, in an advisory capacity, for consultation with the school nurse around heath-related matters for students and staff.

    • Mental Health Advocate, Katie O'Hara

      Katie (she/her/hers) received a degree in Psychology & Art from Sierra Nevada College in 2016. She has nearly completed a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Saybrook University. In addition to working at CVA, she will complete the necessary practicum and internship hours required to earn her Master's degree and become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) for the state of Maine in 2022.

    • Team Massage Therapist- Liz Stefany B.A., L.M.T.

      Massage therapy has been shown to place an integral role in facilitating faster recovery from injury by mobilizing tissue, increasing blood flow, decreasing swelling, decreasing adhesions, increasing range of motion and decreasing pain. Massage therapy is usually offered once a week on an as needed for injury first-come first-serve basis. This service is paid for by the parent online at www.equinoxbodywork.com/store for $35 per half an hour.

For enrolled students

Concussions

  • CVA Concussion Policy
  • Concussion Fact Sheet for Athletes
    A fact sheet for athletes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the definition of a concussion, symptoms, and what to do if one is suspected.
  • Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents
    A fact sheet for parents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about concussion signs, symptoms, dangers, and returning to school safely.
**Of course, a student-athlete may go to providers of their own choosing as long as they provide required paperwork to the nurse and/or Athletic Trainer and final clearance rests with the team physician.