Hi! I'm Mitch Barnhart


My education has given me the foundational tools to advance my clinical practice and continually improve patient outcomes. 

Doctor of Athletic Training

June 2020-June 2023

I graduated with my DAT in June 2023. While in the DAT program, I gained significant knowledge and skills in data analysis, rehabilitation programming, injury evaluation, concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation, and orthopedic imaging and labs. 

M.S. Athletic Training

July 2018-June 2020

I graduated from A.T. Still University in June of 2020. While there I made significant knowledge gains in the areas of functional movement screening, concussion management, and quality improvement, just to name a few. 

B.S. Athletic Training

August 2014- May 2018

While at Castleton University I received my professional education in Athletic Training. I made the Deans list six out of the eight semesters that I attended Castleton. 

Work Experience

Phoenix Country Day School

September 2020- Present

I am currently working as the athletic trainer for PCDS as the sole athletic trainer. I provide care to approximately 225 high school athletes and 260 middle school athletes across 11 Varsity, 3 Junior varsity, and 30 Middle school teams. In addition to my athletic training responsibilities, I teach three classes at PCDS; Medical Research, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Intro to Sports Medicine. 

Queen Creek Unified School District

September 2018-June 2020

I worked as the assigned Athletic Trainer for Newell Barney Junior High and Queen Creek Junior High. I provided care for approximately 800 student-athletes on my own. I also occasionally was assigned to work at Queen Creek High School with Wrestling, Football, Basketball, and Soccer. 

Certifications & Identifiers

BOC Certified Athletic Trainer

BOC # 2000032976 

AZ Licensed Athletic Trainer


National Provider Identifier

NPI# 1205341815

Red cross First Aid CPR/AED Instructor


 Red Cross Basic Life Support


Advanced Skills

Manual Therapies

Trained in John Barnes technique myofascial release, Positional release therapy, Massage, Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and Joint mobilizations. 


Trained in vestibular and occulomotor rehabilitation for concussion, rehabilitative exercise, and preventative programming. 

Functional Assessment

Trained in breathing assessment, functional movement assessment (FMS), selective functional movement assessment (SFMA), and functional rehabilitation. 

Teaching Experience

Phoenix Country Day School

While at PCDS I have taught several classes including Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Research, and Sports Medicine. 

Research Experience

Doctoral Applied Research Project

The Ability of Vestibular and Oculomotor Screenings to Predict Recovery in Patients Following Concussion: A Systematic Review of the Literature

May 2021 - March 2023

My research project was a systematic review that examined the ability of vestibular and oculomotor screening tools to predict recovery in patients following concussion. Our findings were that there may be a relationship, but due to the varying methods of the studies, we couldn't conduct a meta-analysis to give a definitive answer. 

Masters Thesis

The Impact of Delayed Reporting and Delayed Presentation to Concussion Specialty Clinics of Concussion on Recovery Time

May 2019-May 2020

My master's thesis encompassed a systematic review on delayed reporting of concussion which found that patients who delayed reporting a concussion had on average a 5.4 day longer recovery than persons who immediately reported a suspected concussion. 

Senior Thesis

Does the symptom score predict the cognitive score post-concussion diagnosis using the SAC

Fall 2017

Conducted a retrospective records analysis to determine if symptom severity predicted performance on the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) in patients following concussion.

Independent Research Project

The Effects of Fatigue on Cognitive Ability in D-III Lacrosse Players 

Spring 2016 - Spring 2017 

Conducted an individual research project at Castleton University across two years with the mens lacrosse team on cognitive ability and fatigue. 

Leadership & Volunteer Experience

Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association

Annual Clinical Symposium Volunteer (Audio/Visual Portion)

March 2022-Present

I Serve the RMATA as the go-to person for recording and live streaming capabilities. I successfully secured monies after my first year serving to purchase equipment for the association to record and live-stream the main hall lectures for the annual clinical symposia. 

The planned first ACS to be recorded and live-streamed is the Denver 2023 meeting. 

The RMATA is a regional association comprising the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. 

Arizona Athletic Trainers Association

Meetings & Events Committee (Audio/Visual Portion)

November 2021-Present

I serve the AZATA as the go-to person for recording and live-streaming capabilities. I successfully secured monies after my first year serving to purchase equipment to record all sessions for the Arizona annual meeting.  

November 2021-Present

I serve the AZATA as the go-to person for recording and live-streaming capabilities. I successfully secured monies after my first year serving to purchase equipment to record all sessions for the Arizona annual meeting.  

Personal Projects


A website dedicated to quickly accessing free continuing education courses for athletic trainers. This project grew out of frustration in December 2019 around the sentiment from classmates and other athletic trainers that maintaining our certification was cost-prohibitive. Additionally, I found that the BOC search tool was filled with providers who do not adequately complete their postings which clog the system with courses that obscure that they have fees. 

Undergraduate Clinical Experience

Middlebury College, NCAA Division III

Winter sports (Winter 2017-2018)

M/W Basketball, M/W Ice Hockey, M/W Squash & Swimming

Castleton University, NCAA Division III

Football (August - November 2017)

Women’s Rugby (August - November 2016)

Otter Valley Union High School

Winter Sports (November 2016 - February 2017)

M/W Basketball & Wrestling

Green Mountain College (Closed 2018)

Spring Sports (March-May 2016)

M/W Lacrosse & Track