UT Tyler Sports Medicine
The UT Tyler athletic training staff maintains the department's two state-of-the-art training rooms in the Herrington Patriot Center and at the UT Tyler Ballpark. Staffed by two full-time athletic trainers, one graduate assistant, and student athletic trainers, the athletic training staff provides the best possible care to our Patriot student-athletes.
Our athletic trainers are specifically educated in prevention of athletic injuries and to recognize, evaluate, and assess athletic injuries. Athletic trainers provide immediate care to injuries as well as provide appropriate treatment and rehabilitation to those injuries if the need arises.
The athletic training facilities at UT Tyler are among the nicest accommodations in all of NCAA Division III and the American Southwest Conference.
UT Tyler has two fully-equipped training rooms. One is located in the Herrington Patriot Center (Room 1045), and the other is located at the UT Tyler Ballpark. The athletic training facilities provide service for all fifteen sports at UT Tyler.
The facilities are staffed by full-time licensed and/or certified athletic trainers, graduate assistant and student trainers during normal operating hours at all times.
Athletic Training Staff
Rebekah Grube, MSEd, ATC, LAT
Head Athletic Trainer
Kayla Keller, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (last treatment started at 11:15 a.m.)
1 p.m. until 30 minutes after last practice
Game Day Hours
2 hours prior to game time
30 minutes after the conclusion
Practice Day Hours
All other times by appointment only.
1 hour prior to practice
30 minutes after the conclusion
UT Tyler Team Physicians
Cathy Fieseler, MD
Dr. Fieseler received her medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and completed her family practice residency at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She completed her sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Fieseler is certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Allison Tobola, MD
Dr. Tobola received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed her family medicine residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She completed her sports medicine fellowship at Steadman Hawkins/Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC. Dr. Tobola is certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Chip Swinney, DDS
Dr. Swinney attended dental school at the University of Texas Dental Branch of Houston. He graduated in 1987 and has practiced for sixteen years. His hobbies include golfing and hunting. Dr. Swinney has been married for 13 years and has two boys.
Julie Blavier, DC
Dr. Julie L. Blavier graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1991 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She worked in Tyler in the medical field for 10 years prior to returning to school at Parker College of Chiropractic in 2004, graduating Cum Laude in 2007. Following graduation, Dr. Blavier worked as an Associate Doctor for a chiropractic clinic in Tyler for a year before opening Adjust Your Health Chiropractic in July 2008. She became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner in 2009 and has been a Massage Therapist since 1994.
In private practice, Dr. Blavier focuses on providing individualized chiropractic care to all patients with an emphasis on soft tissue restrictions, improved posture and body mechanics, core strengthening to prevent future injury, nutrition and patient education which carries over nicely in the athletic training room.
Dr. Blavier was a former college athlete and continues to enjoy many types of recreational activities including running, biking, hiking, camping, reading, gardening and cooking.
Joe Glenn, DC
Should an emergency occur at UT Tyler, patients will be transported to either East Texas Medical Center, Mother Frances Hospital or The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. It is the policy of UT Tyler not to provide private or university transportation for individuals to emergency care facilities. Ambulance transportation will be requested for individuals to emergency care facilities if needed.
East Texas Medical Center (PRIMARY)
1000 S. Beckham, Tyler TX 75701
Mother Frances Hospital
800 E. Dawson, Tyler TX 75701
University of Texas Health Center at Tyler
11937 US Hwy. 271, Tyler TX 75708