Comprehensive Sports Medicine Program
This comprehensive sports medicine program is a partnership between Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Niagara. The goal of our program is to provide injury prevention, injury recognition and injury rehabilitation to enhance the student athlete’s performance.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center provides:
- Athletic training services to local high schools, colleges, local tournaments and other events/organizations.
- Physical therapy, including sports specific rehabilitation from physical therapists and certified athletic trainers at the Summit Healthplex outpatient rehab center, (716)298-5903.
- A 24/7 sports medicine hotline, (716)803-5943 for contact with the Director of sports medicine/Summit Rehab Manager.
- UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Niagara Concussion clinic for baseline testing, concussion management and a safe return to play, (716)204-3200.
- NYS First Aid and American Heart Association Heartsaver AED training for coaches at NCCC.
- Sports Medicine physician access: Direct access to Dr. Scott Darling and Dr. William Wind from UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for immediate consultation at the Summit Healthplex, (716)204-3200.
- The Competitive EDGE Sports Performance Program, (716)215-0723.
- UB Orthocare in Niagara at the Summit Healthplex in Wheatfield for Orthopaedic and concussion Urgent Care. Call 716-204-3200.
Meet the Team
The staff are Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists and Certified Athletic Trainers specially trained, regulated and registered with the State of New York.
Tony Surace, M.Ed., ATC: Director of Sports Medicine/Summit Rehab Manager
“ATs are Healthcare” is the theme of this year’s National Athletic Training Month, which is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA), a not-for-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas. Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center employs twenty certified athletic trainers who work at local schools in Niagara and Northern Erie Counties and provide coverage for other organizations such as the NEYSA youth football organization, Queen City Roller Girls, and the NFJVHA hockey league. Those high schools and colleges are: Niagara Falls High School, Niagara Catholic High School, Niagara Wheatfield High School, Lewiston-Porter High School, Niagara County Community College, North Tonawanda High School, Grand Island High School, Kenmore East High School , Kenmore West High School, Tonawanda High School, and CSAT (Charter School of Applied Technology). We partner with UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in their Niagara Falls location at the Summit Healthplex which provides services that include: physical therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, Orthopaedics, Primary Care sports medicine and a concussion management clinic. Athletic Trainers are involved in all of those components and are vital sports healthcare professionals to help in injury prevention, recognition and rehabilitation of injuries. Next time you see your Athletic Trainer, say Thank You! for all they do to keep your children and athletes safe and in the game. For more information regarding our sports medicine program or schedule an appointment at the office for care, call UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at 716-204-3200 or for athletic training services from NFMMC, call 716-215-0723. To recognize our staff, I have asked them to tell us a little about themselves in honor of National Athletic Training Month and to thank them for ALL that they do.
Cleon Clayton, MS, ATC
Cleon is currently in his 2nd year with NFMMC as a per diem athletic trainer. He graduated from Daemen College in 2015. Cleon is primarily covering hockey with the NFJVHA and youth football coverage for NEYSA. Cleon is FT with Brooks Memorial Hospital in Fredonia where he is an athletic trainer for their sports medicine outreach program.
Melissa A. Donato, MS, ATC
Melissa is currently in her 5th year on staff at NFMMC and is the athletic trainer at Tonawanda High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Elmira College and continued on to Central Connecticut State University where she completed her Master's degree while serving as a Graduate Assistant for their women's soccer team. Melissa has had the opportunity to work with high school, collegiate, professional, and recreational athletes during her career as an Athletic Trainer. When not on the field, Melissa can be found on the water in her kayak.
Danielle Dorchak, MS, ATC
Danielle is currently in her 2nd year on staff at NFMMC as a per diem athletic trainer. She primarily covers club hockey for the NFJVHA and youth football through the NEYSA. Danielle works FT for UBMDosm with the Buffalo public schools.
Jeff Green, MS, ATC
Jeff is currently in his 10th year on staff at NFMMC and is the athletic trainer at Grand Island High School. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2007. Jeff has also worked with the Empire State Games and USA Hockey. Enjoys spending time golfing and playing softball. Jeff is a new father as well to his daughter, Aurelia. Jeff is also on our Niagara EDGE 5K/10K race committee and is a vital part of our athletic training team.
Henry Luczak, ATC, CSCS, CEAS, Assistant Director, Sports Medicine
Henry is currently in his 12th year on staff at NFMMC and is the athletic trainer at Niagara County Community College. He graduated in 1992 from SUNY Plattsburgh. He has seen all facets of athletic training: High School, college, clinical and corporate. Henry loves hockey, spending time with his kids and his favorite food is pizza.
Fernando Pineda, ATC, CSCS
Fernando is currently in his 6th year on staff at NFMMC and is currently a per diem athletic trainer for youth football and Club hockey along with working at CSAT. He graduated from Canisius College in 2010. He worked has with the Men’s Iroquois National Lacrosse team during the 2014 World games. Enjoys spending time with his 4 year old son and is currently pursuing the Registered Dietitian credential at Buffalo state college. Fernando is also a member of our Niagara EDGE 5K/10K race committee and is a vital part of our athletic training team.
Laura Ranieri ATC, PES
Laura is currently in her 2nd year on staff at NFMMC and is the athletic trainer at Kenmore West High School. Laura is in her 6th year at Kenmore West. Laura graduated from The College at Brockport in 2006 with a degree in athletic training. Laura is also a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist.
Stephanie Swartzwelder, MS, ATC, CSCS
Stephanie is currently in her 2nd year on staff at NFMMC and is the athletic trainer at Kenmore East High School. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri Stephanie graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Missouri State University in 2013. She went on to complete a two year graduate assistantship and earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree from Western Michigan University in 2015. Stephanie is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
Ana Taylor, ATC, CAT
Ana is currently in her 12th year on staff at NFMMC and is the athletic trainer at Niagara Catholic High School. She graduated from Western University with a bachelors degree in kinesiology, she continued with her post graduate studies at Sheridan college where she majored in sports injury management. Ana is also a certified Pilates instructor.
Darren Vukovic, ATC
Darren is currently in his 5th year on staff at NFMMC and is the athletic trainer at North Tonawanda High School. He graduated from Brockport State college. He lives in Western New York with his wife and three children. He recently completed his master’s degree in Physical Education.
Vanessa Wacht, MS, ATC
Vanessa is currently in her 4th year on staff at NFMMC and is a per diem athletic trainer that covers club hockey and youth football for our sports medicine program. She graduated from University at Buffalo in 2010 with her Masters degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training. She has been working with the Buffalo Public Schools for the past 5 years, currently with South Park, Middle Early College, and Hutchinson Central Technology High Schools.
For more information regarding our comprehensive sports medicine program, please contact Tony Surace, M.Ed., ATC at (716)803-5943.