Meet the Team

Andy Simonson, MS, EP-C, EIM-II

Research Manager

Email: simonsonaj [at] appstate [dot] edu

Phone: 704-250-5352

Andy completed his Bachelor of Science in Heath and Physical activity concentrating in Exercise Science and Master of Science in Health, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he has worked for the University of Pittsburgh as a research associate. Since 2013, his research work focused on scientifically developing an injury prevention and performance optimization program that is culturally specific and dynamically responsive to the unique tactical demands of the U.S Air Force Special Tactics Operator and U.S Army Special Operations Forces. His research interests include exercise interventions for injury prevention and performance optimization among elite athletes and military personnel. 



Laurel M. Wentz, PhD, RD, CSSD

Title: Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Email: wentzlm [at] appstate [dot] edu


Dr. Wentz is an Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Appalachian State University, a Registered Dietitian, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She has a PhD in Nutrition and Food Science from Florida State University, where she was also the Sports Dietitian for the Seminoles Athletics Departments. She has a MS from the University of Florida and a BS from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focus is sports nutrition to improve health and performance, by examining how nutrition influences metabolism, inflammation, and immune function during exercise. Dr. Wentz is visiting the Human Performance Lab for the summer to collaborate with Dr. Nieman and the ASU team.