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Corey Twine, MS, CSCS  KBR logo
Co-Director, SHOP-24

Corey Twine is an Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation (ASCR) Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) for KBR's Government Solutions U.S. Science and Space Business Unit. Prior to this role, Mr. Twine served as a strength and conditioning coach for the Army Special Forces as a part of the Preservation of the Force and Family contract at KBR. He also supported astronauts during the shuttle era, acting as the primary ASCR for several shuttle missions, including STS 114 "Return to Flight" in 2005. Since returning to KBR in 2018, Mr. Twine has worked extensively on projects spanning the design and implementation of mission-specific strength and conditioning programs for individuals in obscure environments.

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Over his career, Mr. Twine held various conditioning coach positions within power 5 universities at The University of Michigan, West Virginia University, Michigan State and Penn State. He also spent various seasons in support of major and minor league sports training camps and clinics, including for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Commanders.

Mr. Twine holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science, graduating Cum Laude, from Norfolk State University and a master’s of kinesiology from Michigan State. He is certified at various levels in strength and conditioning, NSCA, CSCCa, CPR/first aid, USA weightlifting, and with the American Red Cross. From 2005-2015, Mr. Twine was published four times in various technical journals and continues to support research in his industry.

William E. Amonette, PhD, CSCS
Co-Director, SHOP-24

William (Bill) Amonette, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Health and Human Performance Institute (HHPI). In this role he serves as the chief science officer for HHPI, leading the vision and the strategic direction for research, programming, and educational outreach. Amonette is also a tenured associate professor of exercise science; his research identifies physiologic and mechanical factors that may predict or limit human performance in populations ranging from professional and Olympic athletes to patients with chronic diseases or neurologic injuries.

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Prior to his work at UH-Clear Lake, Dr. Amonette served at Wyle Life Sciences (NASA-JSC) as an exercise physiologist as well as an astronaut strength conditioning specialist and rehabilitation specialist. He was also a strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Rockets and Chinese National Basketball Team at the Olympic Training Center in Beijing, China. Dr. Amonette earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in rehabilitation sciences, with a research emphasis in clinical exercise physiology and endocrinology. Dr. Amonette is a senior editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an ad hoc peer reviewer for many biomedical science journals, and the co-director of the Low Carb Houston Conference.

MAJ. Danielle Anderson, DPT, DSc
MSK for Spaceflight and DOD Liaison

Major Danielle Anderson is a Physical Therapist currently assigned to Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She delivers a spectrum of neuromusculoskeletal care preparing and supporting both U.S and International Astronauts for long duration space flight aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Additionally, she provides consultation and management recommendations to Crew and Deputy Crew Flight Surgeons working neuromusculoskeletal conditions on board the ISS. She serves as the Air Force's liaison to the Military Musculoskeletal residency, a tri-service one-year Physical Therapy residency, where she oversees admittance, regional instruction, and successful program completion of Air Force, Army and Navy Physical Therapists.

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MAJ. Anderson received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Regis University and direct Air Force commission in 2012. During her first assignment to Travis Air Force Base, she deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She provided musculoskeletal care for Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan and NATO partners, earning her the United States Air Force Biomedical Service Corps and Military Health Systems Junior Clinician of the Year. In addition, she served as the sole physical therapist while deployed with Navy Special Warfare Unit Three in Bahrain, supporting the training and assistance to the special operations forces of the Nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council. She has instructed numerous Air Force Physical Therapy courses, including topics of medical screening, dry needling, principles of orthopedic manual physical therapy, and spine and peripheral joint management of musculoskeletal conditions and currently serves as an Assistant Professor to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Army-Baylor University, Joint Based San Antonio (JBSA), Tx. Lastly, she is published in Military Medicine and the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical
Therapy and has presented in over ten National Physical Therapy conferences.

Prior to her current position, Major Anderson was the Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Flight Commander at 59th Surgical Operations Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Tx., where she led 72 members among six elements across two sites, providing 77k specialty visits and over 400 surgical procedures annually for 250,000 beneficiaries. Additionally, she was the Program Director for the Air Force's first Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and oversaw daily operations and didactic instruction for four directly commissioned Air Force Physical Therapists. Pervious experiences include Deputy Group Senior Biomedical Service Officer, 59th Medical Operations Group, JBSA-Lackland, Tx., Educational Element Chief, 60th Medical Operations Squadron, Travis AFB, Ca., and Staff Physical Therapist, 60th Medical Operations Squadron, Travis AFB, Ca.

Ariful I. Bhuiyan, PhD

Ariful Bhuiyan, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering and a senior scientist and engineer in the HHPI. In this role, he collaborates with the team on biomechanics related research and product development across all four centers and leads the Center for Performance Innovation. Leveraging his computational (finite element analysis), experimental, and image analysis skills, Dr. Bhuiyan’s current research investigates biomedical devices and mechanisms of sport-related injuries. A recent award from Barrios Technology recognizes his early-stage promising research on total knee replacements. His other additive manufacturing-driven spinal fusion project generates an intriguing set of data that will help further research to relieve back pain.

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Dr. Bhuiyan received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 2013. His thesis was titled "Anterior Cruciate Ligament Response Due to Forces Resulting from Quadriceps Muscle and Ground Reaction." He earned an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2005 and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2002. He has over ten years of industrial experience as a lead project engineer, systems engineer, principal mechanical engineer, and finite element analyst.

Joseph B. Hazzard, EdD, ATC

Joseph Hazzard, Ed.D., ATC is the Clinical Director of the Health & Human Performance Institute. In this role he serves as a senior leader on the Board of Directors for HHPI, oversees all clinical operations, supervises graduate and undergraduate students, and works to integrate and develop research and clinical programs for the Institute. Dr. Hazzard brings more than 30 years of experience to HHPI as a clinician, teacher, and scholar in sports medicine and rehabilitation. His career includes 31 years as a faculty member and Head Athletic Trainer at the collegiate level; he also served as a site PI for the NCAA/DoD Grand Alliance Concussion Assessment, Rehabilitation, and Education (CARE) Consortium which was the largest longitudinal study of sport-related concussion at NCAA Institutions and the Military Service Academies ever funded.

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Dr. Hazzard also previously served as the Program Director of a graduate clinical athletic training education program and a graduate certificate program in concussion/TBI studies. He founded the Institute for Concussion Research & Services providing assessment and recovery services following head trauma.

Dr. Hazzard is a nationally certified athletic trainer and a National Board Certified Counselor who holds an M.S. in Counseling and a Doctorate in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport & Exercise Psychology. He is a member of National Athletic Trainer's Association, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. Dr. Hazzard currently serves as the Co-Chair of the ACRM's Athlete Rehabilitation Networking Group. His research interests include concussion/TBI rehabilitation, exercise as medicine, neurorehabilitation, and sports medicine.

Christi Keeler, MS, LAT, ATC  KBR logo

Christi Keeler is an Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation (ASCR) Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center for KBR's Government Solutions U.S. Science and Space Business Unit. Prior to this role, she worked in several orthopedic settings and in organ and tissue procurement. Since joining KBR in 2022, Mrs. Keeler has worked extensively supporting the neuromuscular care program by evaluating, treating and rehabilitating injuries for both U.S. and international astronauts for long duration
spaceflight aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Her role also includes servicing crew by instructing mobility classes, completing functional fitness evaluations, and training on spaceflight Advanced Resistance Exercise Device (ARED).

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Over her career, Mrs. Keeler has held a variety of medical positions for the government, educational institutions, commercial businesses, and department of defense contractors. These include roles such as certified athletic trainer, certified orthotist assistant, chiropractic therapist, orthopedic field technician, and exercise specialist. 

Mrs. Keeler holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Athletic Training from Shenandoah University and is officially certified as an Athletic Trainer, Orthotist Assistant, American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, Texas State Athletic Trainer' Association Sports Medicine 1 & 2 Instructor, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, and in Graston Technique.

Bruce Nieschwitz, ATC  KBR logo

Bruce Nieschwitz is an Astronaut Strength, Conditioning, and Rehabilitation Specialist (ASCR) for KBR at NASA-JSC. Nieschwitz's primary role is to provide comprehensive strength and conditioning, physical medicine, and rehabilitation services for pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight to active astronauts. Since Nieschwitz began at KBR in 2006, he has served as the primary ASCR assigned to numerous shuttle and ISS missions. He also provides perspective, serving as a subject matter expert for designing and using exercise hardware for spaceflight. He is a board-certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer earning his B.S. from Kent State University and was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mankato State University. Prior to joining the ASCR group, Nieschwitz was the head of Athletic Training at Alvin Independent School District in Alvin, Texas.

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Olympia Watts, MS

Olympia Watts is an Research coordinator in the HHPI. She graduated in the Summer of 2022 with a M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. As a student, she was identified by several faculty members for her comprehension of sophisticated physiology and ability to ask and answer in depth questions. Upon joining the institute staff, she made an immediate impact with her leadership and positive attitude. She developed and launched weekly virtual exercise classes, creating an innovative solution to ensure members of the HHPI were continuing towards their health goals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her personal goals are to continue learning how to help individuals, through evidence-based practices, to live a better and healthier life. She is passionate about learning, exercise, jiu jitsu, and food.

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