Sports Medicine: Faculty & Fellows

Meet the ASU Health Services Staff

 

Interim Program Director:
Amy Jo Overlin, M.D.
 
Faculty:
Anikar Chhabra M.D.
Roger McCoy M.D.
Jim Afremow PhD. 
 
Staff:
Sandy Smith
 
Current Fellows:

Matthew Anastasi M.D.
2012 - 2013

 
Past Fellows:
Todd Davis
2003-04
Jared Dunn
2004-05
Amy Jo Overlin
2005-06
Jeff Smithers
2007-08
 

Matthew Shores,M.D. 2008-09

Ho Je Lee
2009 - 10

Biljinder Chima
2010-11

 

 


 

 
 

 

 

Dr. Jim Afremow PhD
Dr. Afremow is a Sport Psychology Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor. He was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has a doctorate in sport psychology and a master's degree in counseling, both from Michigan State University. He is an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP). He has worked closely with many exceptional performers in sports, business, law enforcement, and the performing arts. In sports, he has consulted with collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes. He has worked with athletes from the NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, PGA, and LPGA Tours. He served as the sport psychology consultant for the 2004 Greek Olympic softball team and India's 2004 Olympic field hockey team.
Dr. Afremow is the author of "Lengthen Your Line: The 5 Cs for Exceptional Performance in the Game of Life" (iUniverse, 2005). He has also published in academic journals and applied periodicals. He resides in Ahwatukee with his wife, Anne. His wife is a research psychologist at the ASU Prevention Research Center (PRC).

 

Dr. Chhabra Anikar M.D.
Chief Orthopedic Consultant
Dr. Chhabra

Dr. Chhabra is a national expert in the field of orthopedic surgery, knee and shoulder surgery, and sports medicine. He is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery with Subspecialty Certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics. While at Harvard, he was a four-year Varsity Basketball letter winner. After graduating from Harvard, Dr. Chhabra attended the University of Virginia where he received his M.D. degree and completed his orthopedic residency. During his residency, he received his M.S. degree from the University of Virginia studying tendon injuries in athletes. He also completed an arthroscopy and orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While in Pittsburgh, he served as an assistant team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. Dr. Chhabra is an active member in many local and national organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Western Orthopedic Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has also authored numerous clinical and scientific orthopedic publications, has served as guest speaker at several national conferences, and has received many clinical and research awards. Dr. Chhabra is currently the Sports Medicine Director for the Banner Good Samaritan Orthopedic Residency and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine for the Mayo Clinic Arizona. As a team orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chhabra currently cares for Arizona State University, South Mountain College, Paradise Valley College, the Phoenix Assassins women professional football team, and twelve local high schools in the valley.Dr. Chhabra specializes in arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder, minimally invasive surgery and sports-related injuries. He also treats complex disorders of the knee such as multiple ligament injuries, articular cartilage procedures, osteotomies, unicompartmental knee replacements, total knee replacements, and meniscal transplants. Dr Chhabra is a proud father of his son, Deven. His wife, Lopa, is an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona.

Matt Anastasi M.D.
Sports Medicine Fellow

Dr. Anastasi is the current primary care sports medicine fellow at ASU for the academic year 2012-2013.  Dr. Anastasi completed his undergraduate education at Colgate University with a Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology.  Dr. Anastasi received his medical education from Ross University.  He then went on to West Virginia University to complete a Family Medicine Residency while serving as the chief resident.  Dr. Anastasi is Board Certified in Family Medicine.  In his spare time, Dr. Anastasi likes to spend time with his family, travel, and watch sports.

 

 
   
 
Jared Dunn M.D.

Dr. Dunn was the primary care sports medicine fellow from 2004-2005. A Houston native, he came to us having graduated medical school from the Medical University of South Carolina and completing a Family Medicine residency at Utah Valley Family Medicine Center. Dr. Dunn graduated from BYU with a BS in Exercise Science with a pre-med emphasis while also walking on the football team. Areas of sports medicine which are of particular intrest to Dr. Dunn are football, soccer and golf.  Dr. Dunn is currently in private practice in Salt Lake City, UT.

 

 

 

 

Roger McCoy M.D.
Dr. McCoy

Dr. McCoy has been a team physician at ASU since 1994. He's been the Head Primary Care Sports Medicine team physician for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 1996 when the team had only minor league affiliates. He received his sports medicine fellowship training at Michigan State University and passed his Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Family Practice. He has a busy private practice in the valley entailing both sports medicine and primary care. In addition, Dr. McCoy was flattered to be recently voted as one of the 2006 “Top Docs” by Phoenix Magazine.

His professional interests have included the desire to promote the newer functional training and rehabilitation that he believes will be the future standard for the training and rehabilitating of athletes in sports medicine.

 

Ho Je Lee M.D.
Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee was the primary care sports medicine fellow at ASU for the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Lee was born in South Korea and immigrated to Los Angeles where he grew up and went to college at UC Irvine. He then received his medical education at the American University of the Caribbean. He finished his family medicine residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Having played baseball, football, and golf in some capacity most of his life, Dr. Lee enjoys playing and watching sports with his family and friends in his free time.

 

Beth Gevirtz, RD
Beth was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Getting away from the snow, she attended the University of Florida for her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology. While a gymnast at the University of Florida she fell in love with the idea that fueling her body properly could improve her athletic ability. Beth pursued internships in UF’s sports nutrition office along with at the Olympic Training Center in  Colorado Springs before landing in Arizona in 2009. She became a registered dietitian in the summer of 2010 and initially worked at Banner Desert Medical Center as a clinical dietitian. Following her love for sports she began her job as the Team Dietitian for Sun Devil Athletics in the fall of 2011. Beth and her husband, Seth, love to spend time with their dogs, cook, exercise and enjoy the outdoors of Arizona and are also avid college football fans.

  

Jeff Smithers M.D.
Dr. Smithers

Jeff Smithers hails from Michigan and received his undergraduate education from the University of Michigan. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University, he came to Phoenix, where he completed a 4-year Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency before joining the ASU Sports Medicine fellowship. While at ASU, Jeff covered Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Wrestling, Women’s Volleyball, and Track and Field. He currently practices at a specialty Sports Medicine Clinic in metro St. Louis.  Dr. Smithers is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Primary Care Sports medicine.

In his spare time Dr. Smithers enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy, and his children Julius (JJ) and Aliyah.

 

 

Sandy Smith
Administrative Assistant

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith has been the administrative assistant for Arizona State University Sports Medicine for the past 6 years.  She has been in the medical field for more than 25 years.  Sandy is married with 5 grown children and grandchildren.  She enjoys scrap booking, reading, and spending time with her husband hiking and doing yard work in their spare time.  

 

 

 

Biljinder Chima, M.D.
Sandy Smith Dr. Chima was the primary care sports medicine fellow at ASU for the academic year 2010-2011. Dr. Chima was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and completed his undergraduate education at UC Davis with a Bachelors Degree in Genetics. Dr. Chima received his medical education from Ross University. Next he went on to complete a Family Medicine Residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, Ca.  He currently works at a Sports Medicine practice in Rocklin, Ca.  He is board certified in family practice and  sports medicine.   In his spare time Dr. Chima likes to spend time with his family and friends, lift weights and watch sports.