Wesleyan’s Sports Medicine department is staffed by two full-time, nationally-certified and state-licensed athletic trainers.
The program provides quality preventative and post-injury care to the students and staff of the school. The staff works closely with area physicians and with Dr. Yvonne Satterwhite and Dr. Scott Middlebrooks from Resurgens Orthopaedics.
John joined the Wesleyan staff in July 2019, moving with his wife and daughter from Oregon. Prior to his move to Wesleyan, John was the Lead Athletic Trainer for Mid-Columbia Medical Center where he was assigned to The Dalles High School. In addition to his duties at the high school, John managed 3 other Certified Athletic Trainers providing medical services for 7 schools. Along with his experience in high school athletic training, John has a wealth of orthopedic knowledge, having worked 10 years in an orthopedic clinic. During his tenure in Bend, Oregon, he earned his certification as an Orthopedic Technician where he put his skills to work as a surgical assistant in the operating room. John earned an undergraduate degree from Eastern Oregon University in 2003 and has been a board-certified Athletic Trainer since June of 2003. He went on to earn his Master of Science Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Oregon in 2005. John is licensed to practice athletic training in the state of Georgia and is CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. When John is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, working out, outdoor activities, and riding his motorcycle. Contact:JBarressee@wesleyanschool.org
Chris Encinas - ATC/L, ACSM-CPT
Chris joined the Wesleyan staff in July 2015. Prior to Wesleyan, he worked at Lakeside High School with the football and wrestling teams. He has also spent time with the Gwinnett County Police and Fire Academy, Atlanta Defenders semi-pro football team, and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Atlanta Open. Chris completed his Bachelor of Science in Health/Athletic Training from The University of North Florida in 1998. He is nationally Board certified, holds an athletic training license in Georgia and is certified in CPR, AED use and First Aid. Chris also holds a Personal Trainer certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. Chris is married to Wesleyan faulty member Orlena Encinas and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and playing ukelele and classical guitar for his children. Contact: CEncinas@wesleyanschool.org