Athletic Training Staff

University Hospitals Sports Medicine/St. John Medical Center—the official health provider of the Cleveland Browns--is Lutheran West’s sports medicine provider. UH takes care of 20+ high schools and has close ties with Case Western.  UH is active in the community and is a teaching hospital.

Lutheran West’s head athletic trainer is Christine Novak MA, ATC, CSCS, who has been employed at UH since August of 2014 and was previously employed by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for 20 years. Chris attended Baldwin Wallace University BA English and The University of Akron MA Athletic Training. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has been the athletic trainer at Lutheran West since 1995. She also covered St. Edward High School Junior Varsity Ice Hockey 1992-1996 and Lakewood Varsity Ice Hockey 1996-1998. She was the athletic trainer at Cuyahoga Heights High School 1993-1995. 

Dr. Manny Martinez of Orthopedic Associates has been LW’s team physician since 1987. He is a partner at Orthopaedic Associates since July 1987. He has also been the team physician for the Lake Erie Monsters, Baldwin Wallace University and Benedictine High School. 
Dr. Zenos Vangelos of Westshore Primary Care is also working with Lutheran West primarily in conjunction with concussions. He was previously with the Cleveland Indians Baseball team for 14 years.

Laryssa Hess

Nursing Student at Case Western Reserve University; Alum 2008

Lutheran West has excellent resources that supplied me with happy memories, a solid education, and a firm faith.


Lutheran West
3850 Linden Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116-4099

Phone: 440.333.1660
Fax: 440.333.1729

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