Tonia GruppenAssistant Professor of Kinesiology and Athletic Trainer
Tonia Gruppen ’98 is the clinical education coordinator for the athletic training education program at Hope College as well as a professor of athletic training and exercise science. She supervises students in the clinical setting as well as serving as a clinical athletic trainer to over 20 collegiate sports teams at Hope. She enjoys watching the students develop in their clinical skills over their four years in the program. Tonia began at Hope in fall 2005.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Tonia is certified in the Graston Technique and has training in manual therapy and myofascial release techniques. She has the opportunity to use these techniques in the treatment of Hope College's intercollegiate athletes and helping to return them to their high level of performance following an injury.
- M.S., athletic training, Indiana University, 1999
- B.A., athletic training, Hope College, 1998
HONORS, GRANTS, & AWARDS
- Great Lakes Public Relations Award, 2009–2011
- "Removal Time and Efficacy of Riddell Quick Release Face Guard Attachment System Side Clips During 1 Football Season," with M. Smith and A. Ganss, Journal of Athletic Training, 47(4), 2012
Outside the College
Tonia has two daughters, Riley and Reese, and her husband Kevin is a home inspector. She enjoys spending time with her family at their many activities and sporting events. She enjoys reading, jogging and playing slow pitch softball.