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Oklahoma City Thunder

Address: 100 W Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Arena Name: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Phone: (405) 208-4609
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Donnie Strack

Vice President of Human and Player Performance
Education: University of Indianapolis (B.S., DPT)
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
NBATA Member Since: 2008
Dr. Strack begins his 12th season in Oklahoma City where he currently serves as the Vice President of Human & Player Performance and athletic trainer. He is responsible for leading the medical and performance staff in providing comprehensive, evidence-based services for Thunder players and staff through innovation, research, and the integration of multiple health care professionals.

From 2005-2008, Strack was in private practice as a physical therapist at Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Services in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. Strack graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2005. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Indianapolis in 2002 and was awarded the Athletic Training Department Performance Award that same year.

Strack’s first role with an NBA team came in the sixth grade as a ball-boy for the Indiana Pacers, working under NATA Hall of Fame athletic trainer David Craig. He later served as a Graduate Assistant athletic trainer for the Indiana Pacers from 2002-2005. Donnie also served as an athletic trainer during the 2002 World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis and the RCA Tennis Championships in 2001 and 2002.

In 2010, Strack completed his post doctorate fellowship in manual therapy from Regis University. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).

Strack is active in the Oklahoma City community, having served on the Board of Directors for Special CARE, an early intervention and specialized care school serving children with and without special need and currently serving on the Board of Directors for Life.Church, a multi-site church with 33 locations across 10 U.S. states.

Strack lives in Arcadia, Oklahoma with his wife, Sarah, and their six children – Ellabeth, Anderson, Lilajean, Evaleigh, Harrison, and Islarose.
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Tony Katzenmeier

Athletic Trainer
Education: Kansas State University (B.S.); Eastern Illinois University (M.S.)
Hometown: Wichita, KS
NBATA Member Since: 2013
Tony Katzenmeier began his career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2013 – 14 season. He previously was the Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa 66er’s, the D-League affiliate for the Thunder. Katzenmeier came to Oklahoma from Santa Monica, California, where he was employed by Athletes’ Performance.

Katzenmeier received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kansas State University, where he gained experience working with the Wildcats’ basketball, baseball and football teams as a student athletic trainer. He then earned his Master’s Degree at Eastern Illinois University before being hired on full-time as the institution’s athletic trainer. Katzenmeier also has work experience with the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, and USA Basketball.

In 2016, Katzenmeier received the “Rising Star” award from Eastern Illinois University for being a distinguished alumni excelling in the field of athletic training. He also has obtained certifications in the Functional Movement Screen, Blood Flow Restriction and Functional Dry Needling. Katzenmeier also maintains memberships with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

Tony and his wife, Heather, have two children, Kai and Shay, and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
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Michael Ashton

Athletic Trainer / Physical Therapist
Education: High Point University (B.S.); Hampton University (DPT)
Hometown: White Sulphur Springs, WV
NBATA Member Since: 2018
Michael Ashton joined the Oklahoma City Thunder as an athletic trainer and physical therapist in 2018. He previously served in these dual roles for the Oklahoma City Blue, the Gatorade League (G League) affiliate of the Thunder. Before arriving in Oklahoma City, Ashton worked as a physical therapist in a variety of orthopedic and sports settings, most recently with the Department of Defense in the National Capital Region.

Ashton obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from High Point University in 2004 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hampton University in 2007. From 2009 to 2011, he completed a post-doctorate residency and fellowship in manual therapy with the Ola Grimsby Institute.

Ashton holds the following designations: Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC/L), Licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (OCS, SCS), Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).