Mary Vacala, PA-C, ATC, MSPAS
Mary received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Illinois University, where she graduated manga Cum Laude in exercise physiology and athletic training. She received a second Bachelors degree in medical science from Alderson Broaddus University graduating manga cum Laude, while working as the head athletic trainer and starting a sports medicine program at the university. She was certified as a physician assistant in 1988 and moved to Savannah Ga where she began her career in orthopedic sports medicine.Mary received her second Masters degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska while working simultaneously as a PA and program director/department chair for a physician assistant program. Mary has developed numerous sports medicine, athletic training and physician assistant programs.
Mary’s passion is in sports medicine where she has earned the honor of working with the USA Olympics and Paralympics on 4 different occasions. She was instrumental as a members of the medical planning committee for the Atlanta Olympic Games as well as a chief Athletic Trainer in 1996. She was selected three times as a member of the USA Paralympic medical staff and is presently the head athletic trainer for the USA MENS Paralympic team.
Mary is a published author, international speaker, and holds numerous awards in sports medicine and Physician assistant studies. In 2008 she was awarded The Distinguished Fellow Award of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.