Bexley Sports Medicine Personnel


Injuries are an inherent part of any athletic activity, whether it is conditioning, weight lifting, practicing, or competing in games. Bexley Athletic Trainers Gail Swisher, Madeline Krebs, and Ryan Ingley from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, work to prevent injuries, evaluate them when they do occur, oversee rehabilitation when it is needed, and ensure safe return to participation for our injured student-athletes. Athletes may stop by the Athletic Training Room to get their expertise when injury needs arise.

Bexley Athletic Training Staff

Gail Swisher, AT, ATC is a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University in 2001 and subsequently worked as an AT in both the college and high school settings prior to joining NCH. In addition to her duties at Bexley, Gail teaches pediatric resident physicians during their rotations in the NCH Sports Medicine department and also serves as Co-Chair of NCH Sports Med’s Community Outreach Committee. In this role she helps oversee partnerships with several area youth sports organizations. Gail is an American Heart Association BLS Instructor and also serves on the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.

Patrick Barton, AT, ATC, is an athletic trainer in the Division of Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the sports medicine team that provides care to Bexley High School. Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University in 2018. Before joining the Division of Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Patrick was head athletic trainer for Forest Hill Community High School, employed in outpatient physical therapy clinical settings, and a clinical preceptor for Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Athletic Training Education Program. He has prior research experience from The Ohio State University’s Movement Optimization & Variability for Exercise Sustainment lab while studying for his undergraduate degree, presenting “Relationships Between Functional Pre-Participation Assessments and Knee Injury Risk in High School Athletes” at the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Symposium in January 2018. He is an active member in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Patrick is an avid outdoorsman who likes to spend his free time hiking, camping, and kayaking.

Madeline Krebs, AT, ATC is a certified Athletic Trainer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. She is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Following graduation, Madeline was employed by TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute where she provided athletic training services to multiple Cincinnati area high schools including St. Xavier, Sycamore Junior/Senior High, Summit Country Day, and others. Madeline is pursuing her Masters degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in rehabilitation science and a certification in nutrition.

Bexley Team Physician

Dr. James MacDonald, MD, MPH, team physician and physician for Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. Fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine, Dr.MacDonald is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed a Family Practice Residency at Maine-Dartmouth in Augusta, Maine, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts. A member of the USA Swimming Medical Task Force, he is the Deputy Editor of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.