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.

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 coordinator. 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.

Nicole Cummings, RYT

Nicole CummingsNicole teaches yoga and group fitness classes at Olmsted Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Family Services from the University of Northern Iowa, and has spent several years teaching a variety of fitness classes to people of diverse ages and abilities.

She has earned certifications in several levels of yoga teaching, including prenatal/postnatal yoga and yoga for seniors. Nicole also is a certified Zumba, TurboKick, and Silver Sneakers instructor and a Yoga Instructor/Group Fitness Instructor. She is passionate about helping her class participants reach their fitness goals.

Pete Spratte, CSCS

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Pete is a local of Rochester and Lourdes High School alumni who joined the OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance Team in December of 2016 working as a Hockey Trainer. After a decorated high school hockey career Pete played 3 years of junior hockey in Fairbanks Alaska (NAHL), winning a National Championship 2011. Pete earned a Division I scholarship to Lake Superior State University (CCHA/WCHA) where he studied Business Management and Exercise Science. After college Pete played semi-professionally for the Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL) in Florida, capturing another National Title in 2016.

Pete is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), who works primarily with hockey players both in the weight room, and in the hockey training room.

Cody Beach, CSCS

Cody BeachCody received his Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University, majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. Prior to being hired at OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance, he was an intern at both St. Mary’s University in Winona and OMC Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance. As an intern, he worked with men’s and women’s hockey, soccer, and baseball, as well as women’s volleyball and basketball. He helped implement the strength, agility, speed, and conditioning programs used for each respective team. In addition to being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Cody is certified in Functional Movement Screening (FMS). In his free time, Cody enjoys hunting, fishing, and watching sports. His favorite teams are the Minnesota Gophers, Vikings, and Twins.

Mishawn Edge

Mishawn EdgeMishawn is a certified Prana Vinyasa instructor and teaches yoga at Olmsted Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Winona State University, and also works as a Registered Nurse at Olmsted Medical Center. Mishawn has taught an assortment of fitness classes to people of all ages and skill levels. She is passionate about helping people achieve their wellness goals by focusing on their whole self.

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.