Washington Institute of Sports Medicine & Health Staff:

David L. Parker  Ph.D.
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Dr. Parker is a principal and the Executive Director of The Institute as well as a partner of Washington Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.  He received his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.  He has directed programs ranging from Cardiac Rehabilitation to the training of Olympic athletes.  His scientific research and expertise have been in the areas of heart disease, altitude and heat physiology, physiological and biochemical adaptation to exercise and diet, aging, stress testing, body composition, nutrition, and athletic performance. From 1977 to 1996, he was the Boeing Chief Physiologist.

As a physiologist, his broad spectrum of experience allows him to integrate scientific and medical research into adult fitness and health management programs, as well as athletic training and performance which are effective for most anyone at any age or ability level.  Currently, he is heavily involved in a program that he designed for comprehensive Fire Fighter Wellness Exams, a major offering to Regional Fire Districts and Departments. He works closely with the Washington State  Patrol Fire Training Academy in the Health and Functional  Fitness Evaluations of Academy Fire Fighter Recruits. He has extensively published and widely lectured.


James Dowd,  ATC, CSCS 
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James is the Supervisor of Athletic Programs and Acceleration. He graduated from California Lutheran University with a BS in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. James lettered Varsity on the Men's Soccer Team. He has a long relationship with the Institute, first as an athlete at Issaquah High School, then completing an internship while in college, and finally returning to his current position.

During the 2003 Professional Baseball Season, James was employed in the Boston Red Organization, working as an Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach for their Minor League Affiliate in Sarasota, Florida. 

James lives in Seattle, and enjoys playing soccer, running and other activities to stay in shape.


Laurie Schneider B.A.

Laurie is the Administrative manager of Billing and Accounts Receivables for Physical Therapy Services. She is also involved with Health Management Programs and Fire Fighter Programs. Laurie graduated from Western Washington University in 1997, in Psychology, and Sociology, with an emphasis in Physiological and Sports Psych. She has a minor in Communications. At Western she was on Varsity Cheer 2 years. She had additional course work in the sciences, statistics, principles of athletic training, Track and Field, as well as, Strength and Conditioning. As a high school athlete, she ran track, was on the gymnastics team and Cheer Squad, and was a co-Captain of the Drill Team.

At The Institute 1996-2000, she trained athletes, completed Acceleration training by National Frappier Acceleration Office and participated at their National Conferences. She also set up and managed Physical Therapy Administration.

In almost 4 years with Alaska Airlines as a Flight Attendant, her Flight Crew duties ranged from advanced emergency medical support and emergency aircraft procedures to customer support. Laurie travels extensively, especially enjoying trips from Mexico to Alaska. Laurie lives with her husband Mark in Kirkland.


Cassandra Hajicek, B.A.

Cassandra is an Exercise Specialist working in the Athletic Programs Dept. as a trainer of The Acceleration Program.  She helps support Health Management Programs and Fire Fighter Evaluations, as well as the Adult Fitness Program.  She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science.  Cassandra was employed by Frappier Sports Acceleration in Grand Forks, ND for 5 years and has trained as an athlete of The Acceleration Program for 7 years.

Cassandra ran track for the University of North Dakota participating in sprints and hurdles.  She was the 1998 200m state champion.  


Anne Taylor,  ATC, CSCS
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Anne's position with The Institute is as an Exercise Specialist, and as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Seattle Sounders pro soccer team. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Honors College at Washington State University with a degree in Athletic Medicine, and a minor in Strength Training and Health and Wellness. During her time at WSU, she worked as a Strength Coach and Athletic Trainer with Pac 10 Division One athletes.

During the 2003 Professional Baseball Season, she worked as a Strength Coach and Athletic Trainer in the Oakland Athletics Organization  with their Vancouver British Columbia Minor League Affiliate. Anne has also worked with NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and Olympic Athletes. She has published in Professional Trade Journals. She participates on the curriculum board for online courses of the National Academy of Sciences, National Strength and Conditionaing Assoc., and the American Council on Exercise.


Ben Adelman
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Ben is an intern in the Athletic Programs Dept. as a trainer of The Acceleration Program. He will graduate from Western Washington University in March 2006.   He will be receiving a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in fitness and health promotion. 

Ben plans to take the ACSM Health and Fitness instructor certification and become a personal trainer.


Joel Ihrie                                                                                                                                              [email protected]

Joel is an intern in the Athletic Programs Dept. as a trainer of The Acceleration Program. He will graduate from St. Olaf College in May of 2006.  He will be receiving a degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomedical Studies.  In his 3 years at St. Olaf, he has lettered as a member of the Men’s Ice Hockey Team. 

After graduation, he plans to either pursue a master’s degree in Physiology and Athletic Performance or possibly play professional ice hockey in Europe. 


Doug Sata                                                                                                                                                                                                                [email protected]

Doug is an intern in the Athletic Programs Dept. as a trainer of The Acceleration Program.  He is currently majoring in Kinesiology at Occidental College and will be graduating in May 2006.  In high school, Doug played football, track, and lacrosse.  He continues to play club lacrosse for Occidental. 

Doug is planning on taking the MCATS in hopes of pursuing a career in medicine.