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New face on sidelines at Dorseyville Middle School

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 1:33 p.m.
Dorseyville Middle School Athletic Trainer Tonya McKenzie.
Dorseyville Middle School Athletic Trainer Tonya McKenzie.

Dorseyville Middle School's new athletic trainer Tonya McKenzie believes prevention is the key to a successful injury-free season.

“I've worked both as an athletic trainer and before that as a medical assistant, so my approach is to treat the whole athlete,” said McKenzie, newly appointed head athletic trainer at the middle school in the Fox Chapel Area School District.

“Educating them about their bodies is also necessary because their needs are very different than those who don't play sports. I like to talk with them about nutrition and ask them what they think they should eat before a game.”

McKenzie will oversee 15 school teams with nearly 500 students.

She will also work at the high school on occasion with district trainer John Panos, and will also work at special district sporting events.

Panos said McKenzie has a passion for the profession and a love of kids.

Building relationships in the DMS sports community is a priority for McKenzie.

“It takes a team of professionals to give the best care possible to injured athletes,” she said.

McKenzie served previously as the head athletic trainer at Ohio Christian University and worked for UPMC Sports Medicine at Obama Academy in Pittsburgh. She was instrumental in getting all six Pittsburgh Public Schools designated as First Team Safe Sports School winners, a three-year honor given by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or @tawnyatrib.

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