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CHEF DAVID LODYGOWSKI

chef-daveChef David joins the Growlers for his second season as the team’s executive Chef, but he is not new to baseball.  Chef David also serves as the consulting chef for the Battle Creek Bombers and is now taking on a game day role for the Growlers.  With his 41 years of experience in the food service industry, Chef David has had many different opportunities in sports.  He has served as a cook for the German Soccer team, was the executive chef for the Walter Payton Golf Classic for five years, and has cooked for many pro hockey teams and even Frank Sinatra.  Chef D is currently the company chef for Sysco Grand Rapids, and has been for eight years now.  He is very excited to have baseball back in Kalamazoo and cannot wait to start grilling.

 


WEST HILLS ATHLETIC CLUB

THE OFFICIAL HEALTH CLUB OF THE GROWLERS

      new west hills logo2012West Hills Athletic Club's mission is to help our members and guests achieve their health, fitness, and tennis goals in a welcoming atmosphere by providing the best personnel, programs, equipment, and facilities.

Take our YP360 powered virtual tour, then spend a few moments to browse our website and become familiar with all we have to offer www.westhillsathletic.com . Have more questions? Feel free via e-mail at wh-membership@wmich.edu or by phone at (269) 387-0410.

Ready to learn more about becoming a member at West Hills Athletic Club? We'll take you on a personal tour of our facilities and show you why other gyms in Kalamazoo model their businesses after us.


LAURA THOMAS – BRONSON SPORTS MEDICINE

HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER

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Laura Thomas, MS, ATC, serves as head athletic trainer for the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team. Prior to joining Bronson Sports Medicine, Laura served as an assistant athletic trainer at Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Mich., and at Kalamazoo College as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. She earned a master’s degree in athletic training from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich., and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich. Laura also worked with the USTA 16 & 18 Boys National Championships and the U.S. Olympic Education Center. Her other areas of responsibilities include mentoring the WMU graduate assistant athletic trainers for Hackett Catholic Prep, Kalamazoo Christian, and Schoolcraft High Schools; and supporting performance training programs and community education efforts. Laura can be contacted at thomalau@bronsonhg.org.

For additional information about Bronson Sports Medicine athletic training services, visit bronsonhealth.com/athletictraining.


DR. SYTSMA – BRONSON SPORTS MEDICINE

dr. sytsmaDr. Sytsma is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and has a subspecialty certification in orthopaedic sports medicine. His special interests include sports injuries, arthroscopy, and complex knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Sytsma’s training includes:

Fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, Ala. Mentored by James R. Andrews, William G. Clancy, E. Lyle Cain and Jeffrey R. Dugas

Residency in orthopaedic surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis. Medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Sytsma is a member of:

 

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsThe American Orthopaedic Society for Sports MedicineBronson_SportsMedicine_blk
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Christian Medical & Dental Associations

His affiliations include:

  • Associate Clinical Professor for orthopaedic residents at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Dr. Sytsma is also a team physician for Western Michigan University Athletics, Kalamazoo Central High School and Kalamazoo Christian High School