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 clinical 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.

Justin Soukup, MS, 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.

Eric Pohl, M.Ed., CSCS

Eric Pohl trainer

Eric is a strength and performance coach at OMC. He 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.

Aaron Haupert

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Aaron is an assistant skating and hockey trainer. He grew up playing hockey in Duluth, MN and played college hockey for St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Aaron received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and has a Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certificate. He has over 15 years of experience as a hockey trainer and instructor. He worked with young adult hockey players as an assistant coach with the St. Mary’s men’s hockey team and the women’s hockey team from 2006-2011. Since then, Aaron has trained multiple high school and youth hockey teams and has been an evaluator and coach for various Minnesota high performance hockey camps. 

His coaching philosophy is one of teamwork, skill development, and fun. He is committed to helping athletes accomplish their goals and strives to get the best out of every single player. He looks forward to seeing you at Olmsted Medical Center's Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance hockey programs.