Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association


Vice President, Treasurer, Director of Professional Improvement, Physician Member

Vice President Candidate(s)

Marc has been Regional Athletic Training Coordinator for Elite Physical Therapy for almost two years. He oversees a staff of 20 ATs in both Central MS and in the Columbus market.  Prior to joining Elite, Marc was Director of Sports Medicine at Medicomp for 14 years. While at Medicomp, Marc started an Athletic Training Outreach Program that employed over 10 Athletic Trainers in 4 states.  Before joining Medicomp, Marc was a staff Athletic Trainer for Baptist Health Systems for two years as well as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Rehabilitation Coordinator for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in Atlanta, GA.  Marc received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2000.  Marc and his wife Leanne have two children, Mason 12, and Marlee 6.  They reside in Clinton, MS.

Marc says:

“As Interim and current Vice – President I have helped raise over $100,000 in Corporate Sponsorships and donations.  I also have negotiated our last two contracts with the IP and added valuable events and fundraising opportunities to our Annual Symposia & Members Meeting, all while reducing costs to both the association and the membership.  If I’m fortunate enough to be elected to a second term, I will continue and expand upon these efforts to make sure our Association has the funds needed to be successful, and to make our Annual Symposia & Members Meeting one of the best in the country.”

Treasurer Candidate(s)

Shawn will be serving her second term as the MATA Treasurer. She is anxious to continue her work with the MATA Committee and hopes to make this term even better than the last. Also, last year she was asked to join the Mississippi High School Sports Advisory Committee. Shawn plans to use her position on the two committees to help the profession advance in any ways she can.

Director of Professional Improvement Candidate(s)

 Felicia Saulter  "I am employed in the Jackson area by Elite Physical Therapy, where I cover two area high schools.  I, also, serve as an adjunct professor at Delta State University.  This is currently my ninth year as a BOC-certified Athletic Trainer, and tenth year as a member of MATA.  This is my fourth year to serve as the Honor and Awards Chairman for the MATA.  Since taking on this roll, we have had nominations and winners for both awards each year. 

Before becoming an athletic trainer, I was a teacher/coach for seven years.  I taught science classes, and coached basketball and track.  I was, also, in charge of the local and district science fairs, different student organizations, and coordinate serval other school functions, such as, basketball tournaments and school field days.  Since becoming an athletic trainer, I organized a concussion seminar, with the help of the Brain Injury Association, for the local coaches and doctors in the community at my previous position in Yazoo City, with MS Sports Medicine/Baptist Medical Center Yazoo. 

My goals for the Director of Professional Improvement are to continue the great work of Mr. Richey Woods.  I will continue to listen to the what the membership wants learn about, and try to get the topics they want.  Another goal would be to continue to find ways to make the annual Symposium to grow in numbers.  I feel it is important for us to get together, grow in fellowship, and learn from each other."

Allen Thompson, MS, ATC, LAT, PES, CES, CSIWCP, CIEE, CAE serves as the Director of Fee for Service for the state of Mississippi and Health Coordinator for Truckers Wellness Insurance.  He has served this role for the past 2 years for Drayer Physical Therapy.  He is responsible for ergonomic evaluations, functional capacity evaluations, impairment ratings, causation analysis, and functional progress of all workman comp patients within the Mississippi network.  He worked for the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals organizations for nine (9) years serving as off-season rehab coordinator and minor league strength assistant.  Mr. Thompson served as Assistant Athletic Trainer for Mississippi State University baseball and football programs for four (4) years.  Mr. Thompson developed a functional movement screening process while serving the St. Louis Cardinals and Mississippi State University that has continued to this day.  He is married to Mandy Thompson and has two children:  Ally Thompson (13) and Mckenzie Thompson (9).   


  1.  Start a panel for presentation submissions.   2.  Develop a panel group to ensure all facets of the state are represented in the meetings  3.  Panel groups will develop themes in two-year intervals. 4.  Goals and Groups should be established for the Ethics committee as well.  Regular communications in both departments will be a must.   


Physician Member Candidate(s)

 Brent Smith, MD, MSc, a family physician in his hometown of Cleveland, MississippiSmith earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, Jackson, Mississippi. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 2005, and completed his Bachelor of Arts in History from Ouachita in 2010. Currently, Smith is completing his Master of Science in Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In the fall of 2013, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, before returning to Mississippi to establish his practice.  Currently, he is completing a Masters in Legal Studies emphasizing Healthcare Law from the University of Oklahoma.  A member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 2008, Smith has served in multiple positions with the Academy, including student delegate to the Congress of Delegates, delegate to the American Medical Association Resident-Fellow Section, member of the Commission on Membership and Member Services, and most recently as the Resident Member of the AAFP Board of Directors.  He is currently serving as President of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees.  Throughout his academic career, Smith has been active in the American Medical Association and Mississippi Medical Association. He served two terms as the resident member of the Mississippi AMA Board of Trustees, as well as serving as a member of the Mississippi Medical Association Council on Legislation. Smith is an original member of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, and served for two years on the MRPSP Program Committee. In 2010, he served with the Vice Chancellor’s Resident’s group of HEALing Fellows, a community outreach program to identify and help correct the causes of health disparities, and to improve resident training in serving the needs of the community.Smith remains active at the state and local levels, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Foundation as well as several task forces of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians. Currently, he serves as team physician for Cleveland Central High School and Bayou Academy.  He has spoke at several Mississippi Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meetings, and was Recognized as their Sports Medicine Person of the Year in 2017.  

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