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Athletic Training Residency Core Faculty

Adam Kahn, PA-c, ATC:  Co-Program Director

Adam Kahn, PA-c, ATC is currently the Manager of the Sports Medicine Service Line and Co-Program Director of the Athletic Training Residency Program at Atlantic Health System. Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training.  Following his graduation, he worked at Hofstra University as an Associate Athletic Trainer covering football, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, and baseball.  While employed at Hofstra, Adam completed his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Med and also began his coursework for his Masters in Health Administration.  Adam then went on to pursue his Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine, Physicians Associate Program.  Soon after graduating, Adam joined Atlantic Sports Health as a Sports Medicine Physician Assistant under the supervision of Damion Martins, MD. Adam also works as surgical assistant on a part time basis to various orthopedic surgeons at Atlantic Health System. 

Danielle Palestina, ATC: Co-Program Director

Danielle Palestina, ATC, graduated with honors from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. While completing her undergraduate degree she interned at many different NJ high schools, colleges, and with the New York Giants. For the five years following graduation Danielle worked at Pope John XXIII Regional High School as their Head Athletic Trainer. During her time at Pope John, she also worked in the physician practice setting supporting the sports medicine physician’s at Atlantic Sports Health. In order to enhance her value and broaden her scope of practice, Danielle returned to school and graduated with honors from Kaplan University with an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting. After leaving Pope John, Danielle continued working at Atlantic Sports Health assisting the physicians in caring for their patients. 

Danielle currently works as the Clinical Coordinator for Atlantic Sports Health and helps oversee the athletic training department. Her daily responsibilities include staffing athletic trainers at events or affiliated schools, ensuring the terms of medical service agreements are fulfilled, and is a point person for athletes, parents, coaches, and school officials to contact with their sports medicine needs. Danielle is also the Co-Program director of Atlantic Sports Health’s Athletic Training Residency program, which is the first program to be developed in New Jersey. She believes Athletic Training Residency programs are an important part of advancing the profession of athletic training and recognized Atlantic Health System’s capability and potential to provide athletic training residents with a high-quality education.

David Wright, ATC: Coordinator of Clinical Education

David Wright, ATC, joined Atlantic Sports Health in 2019.  In addition to working as the Coordinator of Clinical Education, he currently works as an athletic trainer for Morris County School of Technology. Prior to joining Atlantic Sports Health, Wright was the Head Athletic Trainer at The College of Mount Saint Vincent for four and a half years where he also served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. For seven years before that, Wright was an athletic trainer for Yeshiva University, and for Maritime College for one year.  David has also been a preceptor throughout many of these years.

David worked as a Graduate Assistant while obtaining his Master's of Science in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University.  He attended William Paterson University to obtain his Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education with a sports medicine emphasis.  

Taryn Perkins - Director of Athletic Training Residency Operations and Affairs

Taryn Perkins, MAS, is the Director of Academic Operations and Affairs for the Athletic Training Residency program. Taryn oversees training, hiring and to improve the quality, productivity and efficiency of the athletic training residency program as well as the sports medicine fellowship program. In addition, Taryn is the Assistant Manager of the Sports Medicine Service Line. Taryn manages more than 120 education-based events annually specific to sports medicine with the goal of providing cutting-edge evidence-based teaching opportunities for physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and individuals in the community. Taryn has worked at Atlantic Health System since 2010. Before joining the sports medicine team in 2013 she worked in human resources.

Damion Martins, MD - Medical Director

Damion Martins, MD, is board-certified in sports medicine and internal medicine, is affiliated with Atlantic Medical Group and is a participating provider of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization. He currently holds positions as team physician and director of internal medicine, New York Jets; director, Executive Health Program, Atlantic Health System; director, orthopedics and sports medicine, Atlantic Health System; medical advisor, New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA); assistant clinical professor of orthopedics and medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; member of the NFL's Team Physician Society; and member of the board of trustees, Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. 

Dr. Martins graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also obtained his master's degree in exercise physiology and biophysics. After completing an internship and residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, he began a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Maryland. While there, he served as fellow team physician for the school, as well as the National Football League's (NFL) Baltimore Ravens and Major League Lacrosse's Chesapeake Bayhawks. 

In 2002, Dr. Martins joined the NY Jets as a medical consultant and was later promoted to the team's Director of Internal Medicine. His extensive experience on both the professional and collegiate levels also includes serving as the chief of internal medicine for the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, administrative director for Major League Soccer and as team physician for the National Hockey League's (NHL) New York Islanders, Arena Football League's New York Dragons, Molloy College, State University of New York Old Westbury and Hofstra University. 

A recognized leader in sports performance and exercise testing, Dr. Martins frequently lectures on sports medicine and is renowned for his research in hydration, cardiovascular training programs and concussions. He has authored book chapters on the pre-participation exam and medical conditions that limit sports participation, and during his time as a member of the NHL Advisory Committee, he helped develop the league's pre-participation exam guidelines. 

At his Atlantic Medical Group practice, Dr. Martins regularly sees both athletes and weekend warriors, helping them overcome musculoskeletal injuries and improve their physical performance.

David Levine, DO - Associate Medical Director

David S. Levine, DO is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery with Atlantic Medical Group Orthopedics at Rockaway. A fourth-generation osteopathic physician and the 19th member of his family to obtain a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, Dr. Levine carries on a long legacy of providing exceptional musculoskeletal care for patients and families in New Jersey.

Having been fellowship-trained in hospital and outpatient hip and knee replacement surgery (adult reconstruction), Dr. Levine has the unique ability to perform anterior minimally invasive hip replacement surgery – a technique that spares muscles and tendons and minimizes the risk of post-operative weakness and complications. He has also been trained in anatomic knee replacement techniques, customized to each patient’s specific anatomy, allowing for a more natural working knee.

Before obtaining his medical degree at the world’s founding osteopathic school, A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, Dr. Levine attended Muhlenberg College for his undergraduate education. He completed his internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, then pursued his residency in orthopedic surgery at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. While at Rowan-SOM he was trained by many outstanding teaching physicians, including those from the prestigious Rothman Institute. Most recently, he completed an extra year of training in hip and knee replacement surgery during his fellowship with Dr. Randall Peyton in Sterling, VA.

Committed to state-of-the art care, Dr. Levine pursues continuing education and maintains membership in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), among others.

Athletic Training Residency Preceptor Faculty

One of the largest board-certified, fellowship-trained faculty in the country.

Primary Care Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery
Physical Medicine and Pain
Additional Faculty
  • Neil Shah, MD (MSK Radiology)
  • Hsiu Su, MD (MSK Radiology)
  • Matthew Martinez, MD (Sports Cardiologist)
  • Jason Levy, DC (Chiropractor)
  • Marni Kaplan-Broder, DPM (Podiatrist)
  • Glen Tobias, RD, CSSD (Nutritionist)
  • Nicholas Peppes, PT (Physical Therapist)
  • Michael Mastaj, PT (Physical Therapist)
  • Kelsey Pengitore, ATC (Athletic Trainer)
  • Megan Patierno, ATC (Athletic Trainer)
  • Lauren Mastrobuoni, ATC (Athletic Trainer)
  • Danielle Tomminelli, ATC  (Athletic Trainer)

Current Athletic Training Residents

2019 – 2020   Ashley Roy LAT, ATC

Past Athletic Training Residents