Name: Amanda Veara
Position: Athletic Trainer
Describe some of your job duties: I primarily work as a physician extender for Dr. Banovetz to help him care for his patients and educate them on their orthopedic conditions and treatment options. I am also the director of our Athletic Training Residency Program, a yearlong program for newly graduated athletic trainers to gain athletic training experience in the clinic setting and conduct research. During the school year, you will find me at Pacelli High School, on the football and soccer fields or at the ice rink, where I provide outreach athletic training coverage for their high school athletics. I also serve as the clinic decorator and collaborate on the clinic’s marketing and social media.
Favorite thing about working at SPO? We’re all one big family here in the clinic and we care for our patients just like they are part of our family.
What is your greatest accomplishment at work? Unfortunately, as an athletic trainer, I typically only see athletes after an injury has occurred. Often times their injuries are traumatic or season ending, but what I find most rewarding is being by their side from the moment the injury happens, through their recovery process and watching them get back to doing what they love. That’s my favorite, although I would prefer they never get injured in the first place!
Hometown: Waunakee, WI
Hobbies: I enjoy completing projects around the house, including repurposing old things into new things, crafting, gardening and working out in the yard, spending time with family and friends, exercising, cooking and reading.
At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? Tough question. It would probably be the hardware store, as I like to repurpose old furniture (and junk) to make it new again!
What is your favorite movie or TV series? I really enjoy the new TV show, A Million Little Things. This show messes with all my emotions and keeps me on edge. As for movies, I can’t ever pick just one because it really depends on my mood. I enjoy action and thriller (not scary) movies but someone else has to pick them to watch. (Netflix and I can’t ever agree on what to watch). I do also like a good Nicholas Sparks book turned movie!
What is your favorite quote, and who said it? “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” -Babe Ruth