While schooling is an important piece of the educational process of becoming a practitioner, we feel it is only the foundation. We find that it is only with years of experience that you truly learn how to apply the skills acquired in school.  At The Athlete’s Den we have a team of trainers and therapists with a wide variety of sports specialization training and experience.

Therapists and Trainers


THOMAS KIPP

Licensed Massage Therapist

Mobility Specialist

"Each individual is responsible for learning what it is precisely that they need to do to help undo all the tension they throw at their body.  My goal is to help you build a skill set of stretches, foam rolling techniques and other recovery processes that are unique to your needs."

Thomas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Mobility Assessment Specialist with 10 years of experience in the Physical Therapy industry.  His background in an orthopedic setting has given him a thorough understanding of the relationship between your skeletal structure, your central nervous system and your muscles.

He loves educating athletes, giving them the recovery tools necessary that are specific for their sports demands. 

Thomas's Toolbox

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Sports Massage 
  • Range of Motion/ Mobility Assessments
  • Recovery Training Plans
  • Neuromuscular Trigger Point Expert
  • Adhesion Magician  

Hobbies

Thomas finds his peace running all the beautiful trails Gainesville has to offer.  He loves spending his free time with his gorgeous little girls, coloring with chalk, glittering everything and going to Gator games. 

To Schedule with Thomas

Email: Thomas.Kipp@TheAthletesDen.com

Phone: (352) 514-1784

 

 

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KEVAN KNUDSEN

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Personal Trainer

 "No two people are alike, nor should they eat and exercise alike.  I believe that my primary role is to help you figure out what your body likes and needs. I enjoy the trial and error aspect of training, customizing along the way your exercises and nutrition to help fuel the goals that you have laid out."

With over 8 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, Kevan has worked with individuals with ages ranging from early adolescence to elderly adults.  He has also had the privilege of working with world class Olympic swimmers and several professional basketball players.   

Along with his experience he has several credentials that have provided him with the skill set to cater to a wide variety of athletes and individuals He has also attended various seminars and continuing educational courses to further himself in helping you. He utilizes these skills to drive his passion of training an athlete to help them reach their individualized goals for a specific event. 

Kevan's Toolbox 

  • USA Weightlifting
  • Kettlebell 1v
  • CrossFit Coach
  • National Counsel Strength and Fitness
  • Basketball Skills and Conditioning

 Hobbies  

 He especially enjoys fishing, his home aquarium reef tanks, working on and customizing cars, motorcycles, and boats.

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SANTIAGO "SANTI" VILLAMIL

Physical Therapist

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Core Specialist

"Keep it simple, sweet and powerful."

Santi is an elite Physical Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with years of experience in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, sport performance, and the fitness industry. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Physical Therapy and a Bachelors in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition. 

Santi's mission is to empower individuals to take charge of their health and inspire the athlete in everyone. 

Santi has helped debilitated individuals, average Joes/Janes, weekend warriors, Olympic athletes, professional athletes and the occasional zombie reach their health, athletic, and fitness goals. He lives in Gainesville with his amazing wife, magical daughters, and two stinky Boston Terriers. 

 

Santi's Toolbox

  • CSCS certification
  • Postural Restoration techniques
  • Functional Movement Therapist
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
  • Running mechanics guru
  • movement assessment savant
  • Physio sensei

 

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JESSIE BUCKLEY

Physical Therapist

Strength and Conditioning Coach

 

"What I enjoy most about working with athletes is their drive. Whether it be to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, overall performance, or master a new skill, they're motivated to push themselves to advance their personal goals."

Jessie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, with a special interest in working with runners, recreational athletes, and return to sport programs for post-operative injuries (injuries that required surgery).

Her passion is taking her skills, which she is constantly building, and sharpening them so that she can further assist her athletes and clients!

Jessie's Toolbox

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • BS Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Orthopedic Assessments
  • Running Gait Analysis 
  • Sports Medicine
  • Neuromuscular Re-education 

Hobbies

Jessie is a co-owner of a recreational sports league in Gainesville, Fl, MADK Sports LLC.  Which she also participates in multiple recreational sports herself. 

 

STEVE SPENCE

Licensed Massage Therapist

"There are factors involved in every individual’s case/injury, which is why it is imperative to focus on the pinpoint problem of each situation. There must be a commonality of goals between both athlete and practitioner, to ensure treatments are successful."

Steve has been an athlete his entire life and has dealt with several injuries, none of which were more debilitating than tearing his ACL in 2010. The rehabilitation process was a side of healthcare he was completely unaware of.  Immediately, He was drawn to every aspect of rehab, he wanted to know everything he could about the human body and share the same knowledge given to him with others.

Steve has 4 years of experience as a Physical Therapy Technician.  During this time he noticed the different approaches some practitioners had for their patients. What stuck out to him were the PT’s that seemed to mold a plan for their patient that was specific to their exact situation.  Steve brings to each session this level of understanding and specificity for the client's need, never taking a cookie cutter approach to his sessions.

Steve's Toolbox

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Myofascial Release specialist
  • Sports Massage
  • Exercise Technician

Hobbies

Steve loves spending his time skateboarding. He is also a fierce bowler.  When he isn't doing either of those, Steve really loves to geek out learning about the human body.

 

 

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