Athletic Training Staff


Ian Rogol
Head Athletic Trainer

Ian Rogol has been named as the new Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Mary Washington. Rogol, a 1994 graduate from James Madison University, received his Master of Education in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1996.

Rogol has served at the collegiate level as the head baseball athletic trainer at Virginia, and also as athletic trainer at a number of high schools in the Charlottesville area. He has 15 years of experience entering his post at UMW.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the athletic family at UMW", said Rogol. "It provides a new challenge, and I look forward to getting started immediately."

Rogol is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, is a representative to the NATA Foundation, as well as a member of the Virginia Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee. He is certified in CPR and AED certification by the American Red Cross. He has presented a study on the effects of open versus closed kinetic chain exercises in improving shoulder joint reposition sense equally in healthy subjects at the NATA annual meeting and symposia. 



Dena Bissell
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Dena Bissell enters her second year the UMW Athletic Training office for 2013-14. Bissell, a 2008 Bachelor of Science in Education graduate from the University of Kansas, received her Master of Education from Alvernia University in 2010.

She most recently served as a Certified Athletic Trainer at St. Mary's College of Maryland, as the primary ATC for five sports, providing support for 16 other sports. Prior to working at SMC, Bissell worked at Alvernia University as a graduate assistant, as the primary ATC for men's ice hockey and providing support for 13 other sports.

She also worked with Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates and participated in conducting physicals at area high schools, and also provided event coverage as needed. As an undergraduate, Bissell worked in the KU athletic training office with women's tennis, cheerleading, track and field, cross country, football, and swimming.

Lauren Wise
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Lauren Wise begins her second year in the UMW Athletic Training office for 2013-14. A 2009 Bachelor of Science graduate from Old Dominion University in Exercise Science, Wise earned a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.

Prior to coming to UMW, she worked one year at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she served as an athletic trainer with the football and men's lacrosse teams. She has worked in athletic training as a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth with the men's and women's basketball and football teams at Virginia Union University, as well as with Virginia Commonwealth basketball and the University of Richmond football teams.

Wise is BOC Certified, and holds licenses from both the Maryland and Virginia Boards of Medicine in Athletic Training. She is a NATA member and American Red Cross certified.



Rudy Abate
Student Assistant
Rudy is a sophomore from Springfield, Virginia who plans on being a psychology major with biology minor. After she’s done with her undergraduate degree at UMW, she hopes to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist and get her Athletic training license. This is Rudy’s second year working at the Athletic Training Office. She works with Field Hockey, Volleyball, and Men’s basketball during the fall semester and Men’s Lacrosse during the spring semester.  


Mark S. Ford, PA-C
Team Physician Assistant
Orthopedic Specialty Clinic Ltd.

Mark Ford, a Physician Assistant, specializes in Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Fracture Care, and General Orthopedics. He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree at James Madison University before continuing his training at Wake Forest School of Medicine for his Physician Assistant Degree. Mark graduated with honors in both programs.

Mark holds a certification in Emergency Medicine. He was associated with the United States Olympics, and worked closely with USA wrestling. Mark served as the team Physician Assistant for William and Mary College and Christopher Newport University.  Mark has been acting as team Physician Assistant for the University of Mary Washington athletic department for several years and is a valued member of the Sports Medicine Team. 

Mark's goal is for all his patients to receive personalized, compassionate care for their orthopedic issues.


Christopher Lillis, MD
Team Physician
Chancellor Internal Medicine             

Dr. Christopher Lillis recently joined Chancellor Internal Medicine located on Route 3 just west of Central Park.    His primary care practice involves caring for the general medical needs of his patients, who range in age from 14 through 102 years old.


Dr. Lillis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Siena College near Albany, NY in 1996.  He went on to complete his medical degree at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2000, where he earned Cum Laude honors and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society.  Continuing his journey south, he completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC in 2004.  Upon completing residency, he practiced in Northern Virginia for a few years prior to joining Chancellor Internal Medicine.

In 1999 and again in 2005, Dr. Lillis completed the Marines Corps Marathon in Washington, DC.  Dr. Lillis has always been aware of the unique health issues of athletes, and brings his running experience into his practice.

In addition to his primary care practice, he is a member of the National Medical Response Team for Washington, DC and is a monthly contributor to the Free Lance Star Healthy Living Section.


Dr. Stanley D. Dameron, DDS, FAGD 
Dr. Ben Hughes, DDS                                                       

Stanley D. Dameron and Associates

Dr. Dameron and Dr. Hughes have made their dental services available to the athletes at the University of Mary Washington for the past few years. 

Dr. Dameron received his undergraduate degree at the University of Richmond and then went on to the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry and graduated in the top of his class.  He was selected to further his professional education at The University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore and completed their General Practice Residency in 1980. While there, he received extensive training in oral surgery, and advanced complex dental reconstruction.


Dr. Hughes received his Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University before entering dental school at MCV/VCU in Richmond, Virginia.  Dr. Hughes graduated with honors in 2001 and was selected as one of two residents to further their training in a general practice residency at Wake Forest University/North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC.  While completing his residency, he gained invaluable experience in the treatment of medically compromised/special needs patients and dental injuries sustained from trauma.