Denver Nuggets

Address: 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, CO 80204
Arena Name: Pepsi Center
Phone: (303) 405-1100

Dan Shimensky

Education: University of Utah (B.S.); Central Washington University (M.S.)
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
NBATA Member Since: 2007
Dan Shimensky joined the Denver Nuggets and the NBATA during the 2007-2008 season. He is responsible for coordinating the treatment and rehabilitation of all injuries as well as coordinating the team’s travel.

Shimensky served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the previous seven seasons before moving into his current role. During this time he served on the NBATA Executive Committee representing the Western Conference Assistant Athletic Trainers during the 2013-2014 season.

A graduate of Central Washington University, Shimensky received his Master’s Degree in exercise science. While at CWU, he was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for football and men’s basketball. Prior to his tenure at Central Washington, Shimensky completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah, receiving his degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training. He worked on the training staff for football and women’s gymnastics. While at Utah, Shimensky also had the opportunity to be involved in numerous internships with several NBA organizations including the Miami Heat (Summer, 2003), the Nuggets (Fall, 2004) and the Seattle Sonics (Summers of 2004, 05, 06).

In addition to being a certified athletic trainer, Shimensky has obtained his corrective exercise specialization (CES) and performance enhancement specialization (PES) certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and his certification in applied functional science (CAFS) from the Gray Institute. Furthermore, Dan obtained his certificate in dry needling under the guidelines of Dr. Yun-tao Ma’s Systemic Dry Needling for Sport Performance.

In 2009, Shimensky was fortunate and honored to be selected as head athletic trainer for the USA men’s U-19 Men's FIBA World Championships. Held in Auckland, New Zealand, Shimensky helped Team USA capture the gold medal, an accomplishment that had not been achieved since 1991. In 2011, Shimensky was brought back to USA basketball as head athletic trainer for the men’s U-16 national team for the FIBA Americas Championship. Hosted in Cancun, Mexico, Shimensky was able to obtain a second gold medal as Team USA finished with a perfect 5-0 record.

His father, Mike, was a longtime NBA Athletic Trainer. During his 28-year career Mike worked for the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and Seattle Sonics. At a very young age Dan was able to go to work with his father and observe his father as an athletic trainer and how it integrated into Dan’s favorite sport, professional basketball. Dan later became a ball boy for the teams Mike worked for and it was during this time that he gradually developed an unyielding interest in becoming an Athletic Trainer.

Dan resides in Aurora, Colorado.

Jason Miller

Education: University of Iowa (B.S.), Auburn University (M.S.)
Hometown: Clarion, Iowa
NBATA Member Since: 2014
Jason Miller joined the Denver Nuggets as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2014.

Originally from Clarion, Iowa, Miller earned his Bachelor’s Degree in exercise science from the University of Iowa in 1995 where he also worked with the Hawkeye athletic department and men’s basketball program. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Miller spent two years as a graduate assistant with Auburn University’s football program while he received his Master’s Degree in higher education.

Miller then transitioned to head athletic trainer for Auburn’s men’s basketball program for four years before taking the head athletic trainer job with the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball program. During his three-year stretch with UConn, Miller was a part of the 2004 NCAA National Title team.

His next stop was with the University of Washington where he spent one year as both the assistant athletic trainer for the football team and the head athletic trainer for the baseball team. Miller then jumped back to basketball as the head athletic trainer for the Oklahoma State men’s team for eight years before being hired in his current role with Denver.

Miller was the head athletic trainer for the 2005 USA men’s basketball under-21 team during its competition in Argentina. During the summer of 2010, he once again worked for USA Basketball, serving as the ATC for the men’s World University Games team which won the bronze medal.

Miller and his wife, Teresa, reside in Denver with their two sons, Henry and Sawyer.