Tom Cronan
Tom Cronan
Title: Director of Sports Medicine
Phone: 617-253-3473
Email: cronan@mit.edu

Thomas Cronan has held the position of Head Athletic Trainer at MIT since 2001. He received his B.S. in Athletic Training from Northeastern University, an EdM from Boston University, and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Cronan has led an effort to develop MIT as an effective clinical placement site for BU undergraduate students studying to become athletic trainers. He holds licensure as an athletic trainer in the state of Massachusetts.

Prior to his arrival at MIT, Cronan was an athletic trainer at Boston University for 11 years. He resides in Norwood, Mass. with his wife, Dotty and their daughters, Erin and Kelly.

James Castrello
James Castrello
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 617-715-5230
Email: jamesjc@mit.edu
Year: 1st at MIT

James Castrello became a full-time member of the MIT Sports Medicine staff in August 2013 after providing part-time assistance to the department for two years. He coordinates and oversees the medical care for the Engineers’ women’s basketball, openweight crew, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, and outdoor track and field teams.

In conjunction with his arrival at MIT in 2011, Castrello was an athletic trainer at Sports and Physical Therapy Associates for two years where he coordinated the rehabilitation services for a variety of patients that spanned varsity athletes to the elderly. From 2009-12, he worked at Northeastern University first as a graduate assistant athletic trainer and then served as a part-time member of the staff. With the Huskies, Castrello provided coverage during football preseason and fall baseball in addition to caring for the women’s basketball, field hockey, and track and field teams.

A 2009 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Castrello received a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. He went on to receive a Master’s in Applied Nutrition with a concentration in Sport and Performance from Northeastern in 2011. Castrello holds certifications from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Cyndi Lopez
Cyndi Lopez
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 617-715-5229
Email: cyndi33@mit.edu
Year: 1st at MIT

Cyndi Lopez arrived at MIT in August 2013 in conjunction with her pursuit of a Master's Degree from Boston University. During her time with the Engineers, she will be responsible for providing medical care to their field hockey, softball, and men's volleyball teams.

A 2013 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Lopez received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. As a student in the UT-Austin Athletic Training Education Program, she assisted with the women's cross country,football, women's soccer, women's track and field, and women's volleyball teams. In addition, Lopez managed, mentored, and taught underclassmen and prospective pre-athletic training students seeking admission into the AthleticTraining Education Program. During the 2012-13 academic year, she completed an internship with the Texas Stars, the top affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars franchise.

While at Texas, Lopez was a member of the Longhorn Scholars Program and was a three-time recipient of the Athletic Director's Academic Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Her affiliations include the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Longhorn Athletic Training Student Association. Lopez isalso a 2007 alumna of the MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program.

Elise Mayers
Elise Mayers
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 617-715-5228
Email: mayers@mit.edu
Year: 4th at MIT

Elise Mayers graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2007. She then came to MIT as a graduate assistant athletic trainer where she worked closely with the football and men's volleyball programs. Simultaneously, Mayers pursued a Masters in Education, Counseling: Sport Psychology at Boston University. Upon graduation in 2009, she spent the next year at Emerson College before returning to MIT as a full-time athletic trainer.

With the Engineers, Mayers manages the medical care for the baseball, women's lightweight crew, women's soccer, swimming and diving, men's volleyball, and water polo teams. She is also the coordinator of the team physician's weekly clinic held at the MIT Medical and MIT Sports Medicine facilities.

For the past five years, Mayers has served as a preceptor at Boston University for its Athletic Training Education Program. She is certified by the Board of Certification and licensed by the state of Massachusetts to practice athletic training. In addition, Mayers has been a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association since 2005.

Jessica Rooney Gallagher
Jessica Rooney Gallagher
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 617-715-5232
Email: jess_atc@mit.edu
Year: 7th at MIT

Jess Rooney Gallagher joined the MIT sports medicine staff for the 2007-2008 season and is now in her seventh year working with the Engineer’s intercollegiate teams.  She coordinates care for women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis, rifle, and men and women’s cross country.   

A 2001 graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S in Athletic Training; continued her academic career with an E.d.M. in Sports Psychology from Boston University in 2003.

Jess joined the MIT staff after spending four years as the Head Athletic Trainer for Campus Recreation at the University of New Hampshire.  During her tenure, she coordinated care for 26 club sports including rugby, wrestling, lacrosse, ice hockey, cycling, and woodsmen. While at Boston University, she was a Graduate Assistant for Club Sports, providing care women’s rugby, women’s ice hockey, cycling, and men’s lacrosse.

In addition to her athletic training and administrative responsibilities, Jess serves as an approved clinical instructor for Boston University’s Athletic Training Education Program, where she is responsible for supervising and mentoring athletic training students. She also serves as the MIT’s clinical site coordinator for the BU program. 

Jess is a licensed athletic trainer in Massachusetts and an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts.

Scot Spak
Scot Spak
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 617-715-5247
Email: sspak@mit.edu
Year: 8th at MIT

Scot Spak is in his eighth year as an athletic trainer at MIT where he is responsible for the prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, and treatment of all athletic related injuries and illnesses. He coordinates and oversees the medical care for the Engineers' fencing, football, sailing, softball, men's tennis, and outdoor track and field teams.

Most recently, Spak was selected as the treasurer of the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts professional organization. He is an approved preceptor for Boston University and continues to supervise and mentor BU athletic training students who study in MIT's Athletic Training Room. Spak served as an adjunct clinical professor for Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and is currently a Physical Therapy Mentorship Advisor through BU.

Prior to joining MIT in 2007, Spak was an assistant athletic trainer at Boston University. While at BU, he provided medical care for a majority of the student-athletes, including the basketball, field hockey, and women's lacrosse teams. He was also charged with several administrative responsibilities within Boston University's Sports Medicine Department.

Spak earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Northeastern University in 2000 and a Master's Degree in Education from Boston University in 2001. He is certified by the Board of Certification and licensed by the state of Massachusetts to practice athletic training. In addition, Spak received a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Scot and his wife Sarah live in Wrentham with their three sons, Dylan, Tyler, and Brady.

Dr. Shawn Ferullo
Dr. Shawn Ferullo
Title: Head Team Physican

Dr. Ferullo  is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and serves as the Assistant Director of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine.  He completed his undergraduate and medical school training at Boston University, and completed his Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowships at Boston Medical Center.  Dr. Ferullo is the Head Team Physician for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as serving as one of the Team Physicians for Boston University, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin high School.  His interests include sports related injuries/medical conditions, ice hockey injuries, and running issues.