Mercy Sports Medicine Team

Meet Our Team

Mark J. Hudak, M.D.

Medical Director of Mercy Sports MedicineSports Medicine

A native of Canton, Dr. Hudak received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he worked with the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland State University organizations.

Under Dr. Hudak’s direction, Mercy Sports Medicine became the first hospital in Stark County to offer ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), a sophisticated, research-based concussion management program to help health care professionals evaluate an athlete’s recovery following a concussion.

Dr. Hudak is the team physician for Malone University. He is board certified in family practice with a certificate of added qualifications in primary care sports medicine.

Dr. Hudak is available by appointment at:

Mercy Health Center of Plain
1811 Schneider St.
N.E., Canton, OH
330-588-4884 


Eldon Jones

Director of Mercy Sports Medicine and Health & Fitness

  • Sports MedicineB.A., Biology, Walsh University
  • M.A., Exercise Physiology, Kent State
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, Kent State
  • Began working at Mercy in 1978

What is a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.

All PTs must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. The majority of programs offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.

What is a Physical Therapy Assistant?

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities and more. PTAs must complete a two-year associate’s degree and are licensed, certified or registered in most states.

To find out more about PTs and PTAs, go to www.apta.org.

Mercy Sports Medicine PT/PTA Staff

Physical Therapists

Brian Walker, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Clinical Coordinator
  • BS. University of Pittsburgh, DPT, Slippery Rock University

 Dana Benedict, DPT, ATC, LAT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy/Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BS, Mount Union College, DPT, Walsh University

Eric Marshall, PT

  • Physical Therapist/Clinical Specialist
  • MS, Daemon College
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) advanced certification

Jennifer Finley, PT

  • Physical Therapist
  • Undergrad, Ohio University; Post Grad: US Army – Baylor University

Lisa Fox, PT

  • Physical Therapist
  • The Ohio State University

Physical Therapy Assistants

Amy Traugh, PTA

  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Stark State College 

Ann McCoy, PTA

  • Physical Therapy Assistant

Cassie Sharp, PTA

  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Stark State

Cindy Collins, PTA

  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Stark State College

Dave Hughey, PTA

  • Physical Therapy Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
  • Stark State College, BS Ohio University

Pam Mancini, PTA

  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Stark State 

Rob Putnam II, ATC, LAT, PTA

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BS, The University of Akron; MS, The University of Akron
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor

Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC)

What is an athletic trainer?

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

For more information about the athletic training profession, go to www.nata.org.

Mercy Sports Medicine Athletic Training Staff

Adam Milligan

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BS, The University of Akron; MS, The University of Akron
  • Athletic Trainer, Lake High School 

Amy Schlachter, ATC, LAT

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer, Malone University
  • BS, Bowling Green State University
  • With Mercy Sports Medicine Since: 2005

Angela Heintz

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BS, Kent State University
  • Athletic Trainer, Walsh University

Chris Watson, Med, ATC, LAT

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer, Malone University
  • BS, Malone College; MS, Ashland University
  • With Mercy Sports Medicine Since: 2005 

Dave Downey, ATC, LAT, CSCS, NASM-PES, TPI CGFI

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BA, Malone College; MS, California University of Pennsylvania
  • With Mercy Sports Medicine Since: 2006
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor with Advanced Training in golf biomechanics, junior player development and golf rehabilitation
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Cerified

Douglas Willmott, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer, Walsh University
  • BS, The University of Akron; MS, The University of Akron
  • With Mercy Sports Medicine Since: 2006

Jordan Kocher

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BS, Kent State University; MS, University of Kentucky

Jordan Viebranz

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BS, Kent State University
  • Athletic Trainer, North Canton Hoover High School

Nate Tuttle

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • BS, Kent State University
  • Athletic Trainer, Malone University

Richard Hover, ATC, LAT

  • Certified, Ohio Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Trainer, Walsh University
  • BS, Marietta College
  • MSEd, Alfred University
  • With Mercy Sports Medicine Since: 2008 

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