Meet the Connecticut College Sports Medicine Team


John P. Heck, MS, ATC, CSCS
Director of Sports Medicine
jphec@conncoll.edu
(860) 439-5155

John Heck is a board of certification certified and state licensed athletic trainer who has been practicing at Connecticut College since 2002. He oversees the sports medicine team which consists of certified athletic trainers, team physicians, massage therapists, sports medicine assistant student workers, and various other healthcare professionals who are consulted as needed in their area of expertise to support approximately 500 student-athletes who compete in 28 varsity sports at the institution.

Prior to coming to Connecticut College, Heck gained hands-on experience in athletic training at East Stroudsburg University and Penn State. At East Stroudsburg, he most notably worked with the football, volleyball and swimming programs while also serving as a clinical preceptor for the undergraduate athletic training education program at the institution during the 2001-02 academic year. Heck also served as an athletic trainer for Penn State intramural sports and sports camps in 2001. Furthermore, Heck coordinated medical coverage for the 1984 Boys’ Region Select One Team which competed in international tournaments as part of the United States Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP).

Heck, who has also been a basic life support instructor for the American Heart Association since 1998, also gained professional experience in emergency services in Hawley, Pennsylvania. He spent more than eight years as a crew chief, emergency medical technician and firefighter for the Hemlock Farms Fire and Rescue Company as well as more than four years as an emergency dispatcher for the Hemlock Farms Department of Public Safety between 1994 and 2002.

A native of Hemlock Farms, Pennsylvania, Heck graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the professional athletic training education program at Penn State and earned a master’s in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University. He also holds additional certifications as a certified strength and conditioning specialist, basic life support instructor, and Graston Technique provider.





Steven Bandtlow, MS, ATC
AthletiTrainer
steven.bandtlow@conncoll.edu
(860) 439-2806

Steven Bandtlow is a Board of Certification Certified and State Licensed Athletic Trainer who has been practicing at Connecticut College since 2016.  He comes to the institution from Central Connecticut State and is responsible for assisting John Heck with all aspects of the sports medicine department.

At Central Connecticut State, Bandtlow served as a graduate intern athletic trainer during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. In this position, he was involved with orthopedic injury evaluations, injury rehabilitation, facility management, and game and practice coverage with an emphasis on the sports of women’s basketball, spring football, softball and baseball.

Prior to joining the Central Connecticut State staff while pursuing his master’s degree, Bandtlow began his professional career with East Hartford’s New England Physical Therapy Services as an ergonomic assessor for Pratt & Whitney in 2012-13 and as the head athletic trainer at Tolland High School in 2013-14.

A native of nearby Colchester, Connecticut, Bandtlow earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Central Connecticut State in 2012 and a master’s in physical education and exercise science from the same institution in 2016. He is also a certified Graston Technique provider.


Aimee Krenicki, MS, ATC, NASM-PES
Athletic Trainer
akrenicki@conncoll.edu
(860) 439-2679


Aimee Krenicki is a Board of Certification Certified and State Licensed Athletic Trainer who has been practicing at Connecticut College since 2019.  She comes to the institution from nearby Mitchell College where she had most recently served as their Head Athletic Trainer.

Prior to leading Mitchell College's Athletic Training program, Krenicki began her professional career as an assistant athletic trainer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she provided sports medicine services for over 600 NCAA DIII student-athletes for seven years.

A native of Nashua, NH,  Ms. Krenicki earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Russell Sage College in 2005, and a Master of Science from Plymouth State University in 2008 where she also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.  In this role, she mentored undergraduate athletic training students while caring for student-athletes at Tilton School, a nearby preparatory high school.   Krenicki is also certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist.



Team Physician
Orthopedic Partners
82 New Park Avenue
North Franklin, CT 06254
Phone: 860-889-7345





Neurological Consultants
Dr. Anthony Alessi, M.D. 
Hartford HealthCare 
Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Sports Neurology
32 Seymour St, Suite 204D
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-524-4330




Dr. Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, M.D. 
Hartford HealthCare 
Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Sports Neurology
32 Seymour St, Suite 204D
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-524-4330