Patrick Carry, MS, is a Professional Research Assistant in the MRC. He graduated from the Colorado School of Public Health in May 2016 with a master’s degree in Epidemiology. Patrick’s thesis centered around the evaluation
of wearable movement technology and was completed in the CGMA. He is currently a PhD student in the Epidemiology program at the Colorado School of Public Health. Patrick is part of the MRC leadership team. He provides methodological and analytical
support for the Orthopedic Department.
David R. Howell, PhD, ATC, is the Lead Researcher at the Children's Hospital Colorado Sports Medicine Center and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics. He received his undergraduate
degree from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and completed his PhD in 2014 in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, with an emphasis in biomechanics and neurophysiology. From 2014-2017,
he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital focusing on clinical investigations of pediatric concussion. His primary research interests pertain to human movement analysis and
sport-related concussion. Together with many colleagues and collaborators, he has presented at scientific conferences and published papers in peer-reviewed journals within the fields of sports medicine, biomechanics, neuroscience, rehabilitation,
and pediatric medicine.
Nate Rogers, MPH , is a Professional Research Assistant in the MRC working with the Tumor program. He completed his undergraduate at Northern Arizona University and spent the last two years in Minnesota getting his MPH in epidemiology, while working for the Minnesota Department of Health and the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. His professional interests has previously focused on infectious disease surveillance, psychiatric clinical trials, and childhood nutrition and is interested to continue working in the area of childhood health issues. His professional goals are to continue working in clinical research. Outside of work, his passions are hiking, biking, reading, and video games.
Frank Somoza, AS, is a Professional Research Assistant and Medical Assistant for the University of Colorado Denver. After proudly serving in the United States Navy and completion of his Associate degree in Medical Science at Denver Institute of Technology, Frank is currently working at the University of Colorado Denver in the Orthopedics department for the Adult Reconstruction Division. Frank also a part of the Staff Council, the Resident Research Committee, and the Musculoskeletal Research Center at Children's Hospital Colorado.
Aaron Drake, MS, is a Research Assistant with the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis working with Dr. Carollo. He received his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2015, where he studied brain injury protective mechanisms in big horn sheep during ramming. He then conducted car crash biomechanics research with the Department of Transportation in Washington, DC before switching careers to enter into the medical field. Eventually, he hopes to combine his passions for medicine and engineering, either as a physician or working in product development of medical devices.
Claire Giachino, BA, is a Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Center supporting Dr. David Hwell and primary care sports medicine physicians. Claire Giachino graduated from The College of Saint Benedict in 2021 with a degree in Nutrition. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Claire has previously performed basic nutritional research on the gut microbiome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is excited to focus on researching pediatric orthopedic sports related injuries as part of the Musculoskeletal Research Center. Outside of the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Claire enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading.
Casey Little, BS, is a Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Department supporting Dr. David Howell, Dr. Aaron Provance, Dr. Emily Sweeney, Dr. Gregory Walker, Dr. Aubrey Armento, and Dr. Julie Wilson. Casey graduated from the University of Vermont in 2019 with a degree in Exercise and Movement Science, then spent two years as a middle-school science teacher in underserved communities through Teach for America. She has previously done research investigating changes in patellar cartilage thickness following ACL injury and alternative interventions to improve postural control in people with multiple sclerosis. Her current research focuses on concussions and other sports-related injuries. When not at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Casey enjoys hiking, reading, and swimming.
Rachael Martino, BA, is a Research Assistant in the MRC working with Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Mayer on the Hip Preservation Team. Rachael started at the MRC in 2019 after graduating from Colorado College with Distinction in Molecular Biology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. After spending two years in the Colorado College Molecular Biology Lab, Rachael found her passion in orthopedics research and working with children. Her research investigates disorders of the pediatric hip.
Florian Miller, BA, is a Research Assistant in the MRC working with Dr. Garg and Dr. Erickson on the Spine Team. Florian graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2019 with a degree in neuroscience with hopes to pursue higher education and a career in medicine. Before starting at the MRC in May 2021, he worked for a medical device company researching the use of virtual reality technology to alleviate pain in patients with chronic back pain. In this position Florian found a specific interest in spine and spinal cord injuries. His research focuses on treatment of spinal deformities in the pediatric. In his spare time, he enjoys baking, snowboarding, playing basketball, and watching science documentaries.
Scott Miller, BS, is a Research Assistant in the CGMA supporting Dr. De. Scott graduated from Oberlin College in 2017 with a Biology major and as a four-year Varsity basketball player. He has previously worked in a wet lab environment at UCSF in the department of Cardiology looking at the effects of genetic mutations on sudden cardiac arrest. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Scott primarily works with the Neuromuscular Disorders and Cerebral Palsy Program as well as the Amputee Program. He enjoys playing Basketball, Soccer, and other outdoor activities in his free time.
Rose Purtell, BS, is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who is now a Research Assistant in the MRC supporting Dr. Julia Sanders and the Orthopedic Trauma Team. Rose graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Arizona with a BS in Nutritional Sciences. In the last three years of her undergraduate studies, Rose volunteered as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research Intern where she collaborated with her team to develop a new method of quantitatively dating ecchymotic lesions. She hopes to continue her career in medicine to further develop her passion for research and global health. Her current research investigates improving outcomes for patients with traumatic orthopedic injuries.
Hannah Rossing, BA, is a Research Assistant in the MRC working with Dr. Jay Albright. Hannah started at the MRC in April 2021 after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Neuroscience. After working as an intern in the Neurology Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Hannah wanted to continue her passion for pediatric research. Her research in the MRC focuses on the treatment of ACL injuries and other sport-related injuries in the adolescent population. Outside of work, her passions are biking, snowboarding, and baking.
Reba Salton, BS, is a Research Assistant in the General Orthopedics Program supporting Dr. Miller and Dr. Georgopoulos. Reba started working in the MRC in January 2020 after graduating from the University of Vermont in May 2019 with a degree in Exercise and Movement
Science. She has previously done research on fibrosis, muscle weakness and functional outcomes after ACL injuries. Her current research focuses on pediatric hip dysplasia, clubfoot and fracture trends. Reba hopes to continue working to improve outcomes
for individuals with musculoskeletal impairments in the future. In her free time, she enjoys reading, skiing, and hiking.
Mathew Wingerson, BA, is a Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Center supporting Dr. David Howell and Dr. Julie Wilson. He also performs research in the Rehabilitation Psychology (Neuropsychology) department under the direction of Dr. Michael Kirkwood and Dr. Sarah Tlustos. Mathew graduated from Simpson College (IA) in 2019 with a degree in Psychology and will graduate with his MS in Applied Sport Psychology in 2021. Mathew’s research interests surround psychosocial outcomes of sport involvement/injury, and the integration and application of Sport Psychology in the Sports Medicine Clinic. Outside of the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mathew enjoys sports, hiking, and reading.