dSports Overview

Speakers & Guests


Keynote speaker Jim Kelly
Former NFL Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and NFL Hall of Famer
Jim Kelly was a Buffalo Bill for his entire NFL career; 1986-1996.  He led the team to six AFC East Championships & four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.  Even though the Bills did not come home with a Super Bowl Championship ring, they showed incredible resiliency by making it back four times in a row.  No other team has been able to match this accomplishment.  In 1997, he announced his decision to retire from the NFL.  Kelly was inducted as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2002 and at that time he was the 8th quarterback in NFL history to be selected on the first ballot. 


Jane Andrews, MS, RDN 
Nutrition and Labeling Manager, Wegmans Food Markets.
Jane Andrews is a popular speaker and routinely quoted in the national media on the topic of supermarket nutrition. For the 10 years prior to joining Wegmans, Jane had been outpatient dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is a 2014 inductee to the Purdue University Nutrition Science Hall of Fame and was honored to present the 2014 Lenna Francis Cooper Lecture at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Her most recent fitness accomplishment was the 10K leg of the 2017 Lavaman Triathlon in Waikoloa, HI.


Jason Batley, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Jason Batley is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Charlotte, NC, and an alumnus of the University of Rochester. His interests include the physiology of high-performance athletics. In 2013, Dr. Batley partnered with the United States Olympic Committee to implement an innovative program helping athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The athletes with whom he has worked represent more than 10 countries, and together have earned more than 30 Olympic and 50 World Championship medals.


Jeff Bazarian, MD, MPH
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Public Health Sciences
Dr. Jeff Bazarian has served on several high-profile head injury task forces for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Medicine, the NCAA and the National Football League. Of particular interest to him is the use of sophisticated imaging tests, sensors and other technology to track brain injury in athletes.


Marci Callan
Head Coach, Fairport Swim Team
Marci Callan is Fairport Swimming’s head coach and GM Aquatic Specialist for Fairport Central Schools. Now in her 40th year leading swim teams, Marci also served USA Swimming in multiple capacities. She has been at the forefront of implementing science in the sport to benefit swimmers; one recent advancement is the use of Triton Wear, a metric measure of progress and performance. Under Marci’s tenure, Fairport Area Swim Team (FAST) has had eight Olympic Trial qualifiers.


Ryan Callan
Senior Coach, Fairport Swimming
Ryan Callan is in his 14th year as a coach for Fairport swim teams, and is the Boys’ Varsity Swimming Assistant for Fairport. Ryan has coached numerous national-level swimmers and currently works with the highest-level swimmers/national qualifiers in the FAST program, all using Triton Wear. He describes Triton Wear as creating a day-to-day dialogue with swimmers, utilizing 15 different metrics that enhance training for swimmers as well as coaches.


Craig Cypher, PsyD
Sport Psychologist
Dr. Craig Cypher is a clinical psychologist specializing in sports psychology, performance enhancement and clinical issues for athletes. He is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. A Rochester native, Dr. Cypher has worked with children, adolescents and college-age men and women in a variety of prevention, intervention and positive youth development settings in the Chicago and Rochester areas.


Erica Denman
Owner and Founder of Balance Fitness & Yoga in Webster, NY
Erica Denman has practiced meditation for more than 10 years and has had a distinguished career as an English teacher, instructional specialist and curriculum writer. Currently, Erica is proud to be working with the Webster Central School District’s administrators, faculty, students and athletic teams as an Instructional Specialist charged with exploring, integrating and leading mindfulness.


Jeff DiVeronica
Sports Writer, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Jeff DiVeronica has covered sports in the Rochester area for the Democrat and Chronicle since 1995 and is a two-time winner of the Press-Radio Club's Sportswriter of the Year Award. A member of St. John Fisher College's Communication/Journalism Hall of Fame, he also hosts the Canandaigua National Bank and Trust High School Sports Show on Fox Sports 1280, which he founded in 2003.


Ronald Epstein, MD
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Oncology Medicine (Palliative Care), URMC
Dr. Ronald Epstein is a family physician who has devoted his career to understanding and improving patient-physician communication, quality of care and clinician mindfulness. He directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and co-directs the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship program and Mindful Practice Programs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Epstein is a recipient of lifetime achievement awards relating to communication and humanism, a Fulbright fellowship in Barcelona and fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Brocher Institute in Geneva. He has published over 250 articles and book chapters, including four of the 50 most widely-cited articles in medical education in the past 100 years. His first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity, was released in January 2017.


Gina R. Giannetti, MS, RDN, CD-N
Sports Dietician
Gina Giannetti is the designated sports dietitian for UR Sports Medicine at the Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Center. She received her licensure as a registered dietitian nutritionist and her New York State licensure as a dietitian in 2016. With URMC Sports Medicine, Gina individually counsels a range of clientele including high school, college and elite-level athletes including the Junior Rhinos. Gina also conducts sports nutrition lectures in the community for athletes, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, sports physicians and physical therapists. She has continued to expand her sports nutrition career further by working with organizations including Orangetheory Fitness and the CrossFit community in Rochester and Canandaigua.


Leland Hardy
Leland Hardy has one of the world's most varied sports and business backgrounds.  As a former professional boxer, Hardy was awarded the Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Champion, and earned the title “Fight of the Year” by knockout Madison Square Garden, which was considered the greatest undercard fight in Madison Square Garden boxing history.  He was also Muhammad Ali's interpreter in China, and the Family Business Advisor for Venus and Serena Williams.  Hardy has produced several sports movies, including the first ever movie about the Williams Sisters, "Raising Tennis Aces - The Williams Story.”


Sara Jank, MS, RDN
Nutritionist, Wegmans Food Markets
Sara Jank is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist working with the Wegmans Corporate Nutrition Team in Rochester, NY. The team works to simplify nutrition in support of Wegmans’ mission to help folks live healthier, better lives through food. Sara earned her master’s degree and completed her dietetic internship at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.  


Mike D. Maloney, MD
Director of University Sports Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
Dr. Mike Maloney is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who performs reconstructive surgery and arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder and elbow. He is the Team Physician for the Rochester Red Wings and several area college sports teams, and cares for athletes of all ages and performance levels, from local enthusiasts to National Football League professionals.


Dave Mitten, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester Medical Center
Dr. Dave Mitten specializes in hand surgery, and as the director of Healthcare Information Technology Innovation for URMC’s faculty group, he is innovating use of data to improve medical care. This includes how data from high school athletes’ Fitbits and iWatches can generate snapshot reports for a physician when a teen athlete sustains an injury.


Dr. William Moreau, DC, DACBSP, FACSM
Managing Director, U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Division
Dr. William Moreau has led sports medicine for the United States Olympic Committee after more than 25 years of private practice. He also develops the USOC sports medicine strategy and oversees all Team USA sports medicine activities including clinics, games and the National Medical Network. Dr. Moreau served as the Medical Director for Team USA at the London 2012 Summer and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and was the first doctor of chiropractic in the world to serve as an Olympic Games Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


Dan Panaggio
Professional Scout, Coach and Co-founder of DME Sports Academy
A native of Rochester, Dan Panaggio has been a basketball coach and talent scout for the National Basketball Associate teams, NCAA Division 1 schools and international basketball organizations. Dan began his coaching career at Monroe Community College, where he posted a 70-15 record, and was an assistant coach at Indiana University. He was also an assistant coach for the Portland Trailblazers for four years, and as head recruiter for the LA Lakers, his recruiting skills helped take the team to the championship. Dan was a scout and assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns and a head basketball coach for China’s Shanghai Sharks. He’s eager to share his experience coaching and recruiting world-class athletes, and share with dSports attendees how they can reach their full potential.


Eric Rozen
Head Athletic Trainer, University of Rochester
Eric Rozen is the Head Athletic Trainer and Athletic Healthcare Administrator for the University of Rochester Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. He provides team coverage primarily for football and baseball and leads the UR Athletics training staff as they provide injury care and prevention to all 23 intercollegiate programs at the University. Eric works closely with UR Medicine Sports Medicine physicians, and selected student-athletes, to participate in the URMC Concussion Study led by Jeff Bazarian, MD.


Liz Ruder, PhD, MPH, RDN
Assistant Professor, Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, RIT
Dr. Liz Ruder is an Assistant Professor at the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Ruder’s research interests are in community nutrition and chronic disease prevention. She is an avid recreational runner and former D1 cross-country and track athlete.


Brad Thyroff
Tennis Professional, Midtown Athletic Club
Brad Thyroff was a two-time Tennis All-American at Pittsford Mendon High School during the 1990/1991 and 1991/1992 school years and was the Rochester District’s Open Singles and Doubles Champion in 1995. He had a world ranking on the ATP tennis tour in singles and doubles in 1996 and 1997. Brad was the hitting partner for WTA world #2-ranked Jana Novotna in 1997, and for WTA tour players Venus and Serena Williams from 1999-2001. In addition to playing professionally on the tennis circuit, Brad has taught tennis for more than 25 years in Rochester and teaches part-time at Midtown Athletic Club.


Kostantinos Vasalos, PT, CSCS, MSBA
Director Rehabilitation Services; Chief of Sports & Spine Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center
Kostantinos Vasalos has done research and developed innovative programs that incorporate training and rehabilitation principles to promote health and higher function in athletes and non-athletes. He is a co-founder of the OrthoMetrics software system, which uses technology-assisted physical examinations and data analysis to assess participants’ musculoskeletal health and develop customized training to improve health and reduce injury.



Robert Clark, PhD
Provost & Senior Vice President for Research, University of Rochester
Dr. Robert Clark earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, and joined Duke University’s Department
of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in 1992. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.