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Webinar Series: The Science Behind the Skater

February 2 @ 7:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

Throughout the month of February, The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and the Club’s Junior Activities Committee will be teaming up to host a series of skater-focused webinars highlighting different areas of sports medicine and mental health.

Webinar 3: February 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Mental Skills: Life Balance, Stress Management 

As with most sports, skating is as much about mental training and preparation as it is physical. In the series’ third week, Dr. Kim O’Brien and Kelsey Griffith will navigate the challenges of life balance and stress management, and how important mental training tools can improve athlete performance.

Webinar 4: February 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Fueling for Success: Mental and Muscle Energy 

Hosted by Dr. Kim O’Brien and registered dietician Nicole Farnsworth, this week will explore the science of fueling the total athlete, both mind and body. Learn which types of foods are most important for performance and health to ensure your needs are met both on and off the ice.




About the Panelists

Dr. Ellen Geminiani, MD
Physician, Sports Medicine Division; Lecturer on Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Previous Chair of Sports Science and Medicine Committee, U.S. Figure Skating

Ellen Geminiani, MD is a sports medicine physician in the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include figure skating injuries, dance medicine, and general musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Geminiani is the chair of the U.S. Figure Skating Sports Science & Medicine Committee. She sees patients in Boston, Waltham, and Lexington.






Ariel Fay Carr, BS, FMS, FRCMS, CFSC 2
Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Ariel Fay Carr (formerly Gagnon) received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). As a young athlete, Ariel trained in Canada as a competitive figure skater. She competed at a national and international level in Pairs, all while still attending high school. She has earned herself countless medals and multiple awards throughout the years, including several sectional medals and awards for the single and pair skater of the year for her region.

Ariel has also ventured out in different sports, including tae kwon do, soccer, cheerleading, and bodybuilding. She is currently a certified Learn to Skate and US Figure Skating coach and has been working with figure skaters for the past 9 years. She is also a certified strength and conditioning coach (CFSC) in level 1 and 2, a functional range conditioning movement specialist and certified in FMS. Ariel has experience working with a variety of ages and levels of skaters and non-skaters.




Kelsey Griffith, MS
Performance Enhancement and Rehab Specialist

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Muhlenberg College in 2011. After two years in New York City, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology from Springfield College. While at Springfield, Kelsey worked with athletes, teams, and coaches at the NCAA Division III collegiate level. She has also worked with the Massachusetts Olympic Development elite soccer program and Broadway performers. Additionally, she completed a thesis examining the effects of training on the mood states of professional ballet dancers. In her free time, Kelsey is a Zumba enthusiast and tries to stay as active in the dance world as possible. Kelsey believes that mental toughness is a crucial component in achieving elite-level sport performance. Through mental skills training, athletes learn to navigate the maze of mental challenges associated with sport to better reach self-determined goals and perform optimally both on and off the field.




Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker, Sports Medicine Division and Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital; Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in the Sports Medicine Division and Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She received her BA from Harvard University (’00), where she was a four year member and co-captain of the hockey team which won a National Championship in 1999. She obtained her MSW (’05) and PhD (’11) from Boston College, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship (’13) at Brown University.

Her research focuses on the development and testing of brief interventions for suicidal adolescents with and without substance use and their families, with an additional specialization on interventions which utilize technology. She has co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters related to adolescent suicide, substance use, and mental health, and was awarded the Young Investigator Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2019. She continues to stay involved in athletics as she currently coaches youth hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse and plays competitive hockey and platform tennis.


Nicole Farnsworth, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CPT
Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Sports Medicine Division

Nicole Farnsworth received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she competed for the track and field team in the heptathlon and pentathlon. Nicole received her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition and completed a dietetic internship at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Upon completion of her internship, Nicole began working at Van Dusen Nutrition, a Needham-based group nutrition practice, where she assisted in developing a movement-based curriculum to help clients redefine their relationship with exercise.

Nicole is a board-certified sports dietitian and a Clinical Nutrition Specialist with the Female Athlete Program and Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is the consulting sports dietitian for Wheaton College. Nicole is additionally a NASM-certified personal trainer.



Heather Southwick

Heather Southwick joins The Micheli Center following a long tenure at Boston Ballet. Since 2011, she has been the Director of Physical Therapy, managing health and wellness programs for the company dancers and building partnerships among healthcare providers across the region. From 1996-2011, Heather was a staff physical therapist at Boston Children’s Hospital, primarily treating the professional and student companies at Boston Ballet. She has treated numerous Broadway shows, including “The Lion King”, “Hairspray”, and “Cats”, both in New York and Boston, and toured with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with degrees in Psychology and Dance, Heather also studied at the Laban Institute for Dance in London, England, before pursuing a graduate degree in Physical Therapy at Simmons College.

An active member of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health, Heather currently manages the research protocol for the standardized screening and injury surveillance project for professional dancers. Some of her recent publications include chapters in Performing Arts Medicine, Lauren Elson, editor, and Preventing Injuries in the Young Dancer, Lyle J. Micheli, MD, editor. Articles include “Nutcracker Fracture in a Ballet Dancer Performing in the Nutcracker” and “A Preseason Cardiorespiratory Profile of Dancers in 9 Professional Ballet and Modern Companies”, both published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.
A regular presenter at conferences throughout the United States and Canada, Heather also co-wrote several informational papers for the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health regarding the safe return to the dance studio during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her professional affiliations include the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medical Association.


February 2
7:30 pm
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