Meet Our Experts

OMC's Sports Medicine & Athletic Performance team delivers high-quality care in a high-energy environment for all athletes, all sports, and all ages.

Matt Thompson, MD

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Dr. Matt Thompson received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Minnesota—Duluth and later his Master of Science in viral immunology from the University of Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and did his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in primary care and sports medicine.

Dr. Thompson's specialties include sports medicine and concussion management. He currently serves as the primary care physician for Rochester Community and Technical College's athletics programs and is the team doctor for the Milwaukee Brewers, a Major League Baseball team.

He has also worked with the US Ski Team, US Speed Skating, the St. Louis Rams, and the Milwaukee Ballet.

Jonathan Gelber, MD

Dr. Jonathan GelberDr. Jonathan Gelber graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and did his internship and residency at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center. He completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Gelber is a life-long athlete and is an author he has published 2 books. You can learn more about his book, “Tiger Woods's Back and Tommy John's Elbow: Injuries and Tragedies That Transformed Careers, Sports, and Society” in a recent Post-Bulletin article.

Molly Vanderboom, MEd, ATC

Image of Molly PluegerMolly is a physician extender in sports medicine and a certified athletic trainer. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Sports Psychology. She then received a Master of Education degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University, where she also served as a Graduate Athletic Trainer for The Kenny Howard Fellowship.

Prior to coming to OMC, Molly spent nearly four years with East Alabama Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as a clinical/outreach athletic trainer working with high-school athletics and arena football.

Jake Hesse, MS, ATC, ATR, CSCS

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Jake is a physician extender in sports medicine and OMC's athletic performance manager. He attended Wartburg College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. He received a Master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Athletic Training. Prior to coming to OMC, Jake worked at nearly all levels of athletics including high school, college, and semi-professional, as well as at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. For the past ten years, Jake’s focus has been on the throwing and hitting athletes such as baseball and softball. Jake also is certified in Functional Movement Screening (FMS), the seven-point movement screen designed to identify dysfunctional movement patterns and asymmetries within the body.

Wes Emmert, ATC (Retired), CSCS

Image of Wes Emmert, sports and athletic performance managerWes is our sports and athletic performance lead. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and attended graduate school in exercise science at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Prior to moving to Rochester, Wes was the strength and conditioning coach at Boston College for 12 years. Wes has over 30 years as a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, working with athletes of all levels and the general population. He trains athletes one-on-one, as well as teams. Wes also is certified in Functional Movement Screening (FMS), the 7-point movement screen designed to identify dysfunctional movement patterns and asymmetries within the body.

Steve Nelson

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Steve is a lead skating and hockey trainer. He brings a high level of hockey and coaching experience to OMC offering energy, enthusiasm, and passion to the Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance hockey programs. Nelson grew up in Albert Lea, MN, where he began his hockey career. After completing high school, he was drafted by the Junior A North Iowa Huskies of the USHL. In his two seasons, Nelson helped win the Junior A National Championship and played in the North South All-Star game. After Junior A hockey, Nelson played Division I hockey for the WCHA’s Colorado College Tigers. During those four years, Nelson’s accomplishments included being named to the All Academic team, playing for the USA’s Team Colorado against Team Canada in the Mexico Festival Exhibition Games, and helping to win the WCHA league champions’ McNaughton Cup.

After college and retiring from competitive hockey, Nelson moved to Rochester to start a family with his wife Amy. They have three kids who have also participated in local hockey. Nelson has donated a lot of his free time coaching in the RYHA and looks forward to educating and teaching the participants in the OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance hockey programs.

Mike Aikens

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Mike is a lead skating and hockey trainer. He is a Rochester native who was an all-conference player for John Marshall High School in 1988. He then played two years with the Rochester Mustangs, where he was named first team USHL and a league all-star in the 1989-1990 season while helping his team win a National Championship. He earned a scholarship to attend the University of Denver where his career was cut short due to a neck injury.

After serving as a student assistant at the University of Denver, Aikens began his coaching career in Omaha (USHL) where he served as an assistant with the Omaha Lancers beginning in 1995. After three seasons, he landed his first Head Coach/General Manager position with the Rochester Mustangs where he was selected to coach in the USHL All-Star Game. After one season in Rochester, Aikens remained in the USHL serving as Assistant Coach for both the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks (1999-2000) and Chicago Steel (2000-2001).

Mike then shifted to the North American Hockey League, where he guided the Billings Bulls over the next four seasons to an impressive 150-59-15 overall record and two Borne Cup championships. Prior to coaching the Russell Stover Hockey program 2007-2010, Aikens spent one season in the British Columbia Hockey League where he served as Head Coach/General Manager of the Williams Lake Timberwolves (BCHL) during the 2005-06 season followed by a stint as the Assistant Coach of the Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL) in 2006-07. Aikens was most recently the Head Coach/General Manager of the Omaha Lancers (USHL) from 2011-2013, compiling a .624 win percentage.

Aikens has a level four coaching certification from USA Hockey, has coached at numerous USA Hockey Festivals, and has coached hockey schools for 17 years. Mike recently relocated back to Rochester with his wife, Hope and their two daughters, Maren and Brianna.

Josh Conley

Josh ConleyJosh received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville and his Master of Arts in Instruction degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona. He played baseball at UW-Platteville where he was a 4-year letter winner as a pitcher.

Josh has coached 21 seasons of high school sports including four years of baseball, five years of softball, seven years of wrestling, and five years of football. He has also coached two years of college softball.

He has also played amateur baseball for 16 years, with the last seven years being played with the Rochester Royals.­

At OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance, Josh is a baseball/softball instructor who provides provides one-on-one or group lessons for baseball/softball players at all levels in hitting, fielding, pitching, and catching. He also runs hitting camps for baseball/softball players and pitching camps for baseball players. He also helps in other baseball/softball related programs.

Justin Soukup, CSCS

Justin SoukupJustin Soukup is an Assistant Sports Performance Coach who joined the team in February 2017. He graduated with his Masters from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2012 majoring in Human Performance with a Strength and Conditioning emphasis. Justin is CSCS certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as Level 2 in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS-2). He is also certified through Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR). Justin has had the opportunity to serve as a strength and conditioning intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, assisting with men’s hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s tennis, and golf as well as interning with the Chicago Bears during the summer of 2010. Prior to OMC, Justin served as a Strength Coach at Rochester Lourdes High School, assisting with all the athletic teams.

Becky Odegarden, CSCS, TSAC-F, NSCA-CPT

Becky SalfaiBecky Odegarden is an Assistant Sports Performance Coach at OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance. Becky has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University with a focus in Exercise Science and major in Management of Health and Fitness. Her roles include programming and implementing strength and conditioning programs for athletes of all ages. Becky specializes in speed and agility training, as well as working as a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator for local firefighters. She is also certified in Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR), and is a USA-W Level 1 coach. Becky is also a member of the OMC Wellness Committee and has a passion for working with the general population to help reach personal health and wellness goals.

Eric Pohl, M.Ed., CSCS, SFG 1, FMS 1

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Eric received his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Indiana State University, and Master's Degree in Education from Mercer University. Eric has always had a passion for human performance. He started his Sports Performance career with the Detroit Tigers Organization working with all levels of the team's players.

Over the past 11 years, Eric has had the great opportunity to work with a wide variety of professional, collegiate, high school, youth, and recreational athletes during his time with the University of Louisville, Mercer University, Mercy Sports Medicine, and EXOS. Eric is a Eric enjoys helping all individuals achieve their performance goals.

Alex Kangas

Alex KangasAlex Kangas is the lead goalie trainer at SMAP, offering a wealth of knowledge and experience playing the position. Alex was a 3 year starter at Century High School and was a member of the All State and All State tournament team in high school. After graduating from Century and leading his team to their first ever State Tournament appearance, Alex was drafted 3rd overall by the Sioux Falls Stampede that spring. The following season Alex lead his team to an Anderson Cup title (regular season champs) and a runner up finish for the Clark Cup (playoff champs). Alex was drafted that summer in the 5th round of the 2006 NHL draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. After juniors Alex attended the University of Minnesota to play for the Gophers. Alex set single season records for Goals Against Average (1.97) and Save Percentage (.930), marks that stood for over 40 years.

Alex moved back to Rochester to work in Real Estate and helps coach the Century Panther Boys High School team as well as teaching and educating young goalies at the SMAP programs.

Nathan Johnson, CSCS, USAW, FRCms

Nathan JohnsonNathan Johnson was born in Blytheville, Arkansas and raised in Monroe, LA. He received his bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion at Louisiana Tech University. During his time at Louisiana Tech he played Rugby for the club team where he won conference twice. While at Tech he also helped found a mentor program called UP^HY (United Positive Humble Youth) for the Northeast Louisiana area. 

Nathan Johnson started his coaching career at Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana as an intern for the summer of 2016. In the fall of 2016 he coached for St. Frederick High School as the defensive line and assistant strength and conditioning coach. From August 2017 to February 2021, Nathan from intern to graduate assistant at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. He worked with softball, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, men’s and women’s golf, and women’s soccer. During his time there he helped develop the 2018-2019 SLC Golfer of the Year, the 2018 Women’s Tennis SLC Champions, and 7 All SLC Team selections. Nathan is CSCS, USAW, and FRCms certified..

Holly Brown, RD

Holly BrownHolly Brown was born in Liberal, KS, and raised in Plains, KS. She received her Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences from Hutchinson Community College, her three Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Nutrition and Health, and Dietetics from Kansas State University, and her Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Keiser University, where she did her dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. During her time at Hutchinson Community College and Fort Hays State University, she competed in track and field as javelin thrower becoming a Two-Time All American and making it to Nationals all 4 years of her collegiate career.

Prior to coming to OMC, Holly worked for Kansas State Athletics for football, men, and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, track and field, golf, women’s volleyball, rowing, and baseball. She recently was a Food and Nutrition Director for a Skilled Nursing Facility where she directed the overall operations of the Food Department to ensure quality of food and nutritional services were provided to residents.