Dr. Jerry Barron – Lead Team Physician
Dr. Barron has been in private orthopedic practice since 1990. In addition to patient care, he has trained residents at Carolina Medical Center, as well as PA students from Wake Forest University and Duke University. During this time, he has also served as team physician for Davidson College, UNC Charlotte University, Winthrop University, the WNBA's Charlotte Sting and the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League. Dr. Barron has volunteered for local sporting events such as the Shrine Bowl, Ultraswim Grand Prix Swim Meet, AAU Junior Track and Field events, NCAA and ACC Basketball Tournaments, and the Charlotte Steeplechase. He serves on the Charlotte Basketball Committee, Charlotte Sportsman Club and Charlotte Sports Commission.
Currently, Dr. Barron is the team physician for the Charlotte Checkers, Queens University, Charlotte Original Rugby Club, Lancaster High School and Richmond County High Schools. In addition, he is the orthopedic consultant for Charlotte United Futbol Club, North Carolina Dance Theater, Mecklenburg Aquatic Club, and various NASCAR teams such as Hendricks Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, Michael Waltrip Racing, and Red Bull Racing. His current academic interests are cartilage repair and replacement, ACL injury prevention and reconstruction, and shoulder arthroplasty as well as arthroscopic reconstruction of the shoulder. His main focus is patient care.
Dr. Greg Bielec - Team Sports Therapist
Dr. Greg Bielec, D.P.T., O.C.S., A.T.C.-L., C.S.C.S., Director of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Lakeside Sports Medicine in Huntersville and Mooresville N.C., has been the physical therapist for the Charlotte Checkers for five seasons.
Dr. Bielec received his bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science at the University of Florida in 1996, his master's in physical therapy at the University of North Florida in 2003 and his doctorate in physical therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2005.
Dr. Joe Garcia - Team General Practitioner
Dr. Kevin L. Smith – Team Plastic Surgeon
Kevin L. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S., has practiced comprehensive plastic surgery in Charlotte for 23 years, including all aspects of aesthetic, maxillofacial and hand surgery. A graduate of Princeton University and George Washington University (MS), he received his medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his general surgery training at Jefferson University in Philadelphia and went on to complete a fellowship in hand surgery, also at Jefferson. Plastic Surgery training then followed in Norfolk, Virginia. He is board certified in plastic surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Smith began as an avid fan of the Checkers in the 1993-1994 season and was “drafted” to become part of the organization in the late 90’s.
Dr. Jamie Davis - Team Emergency Doctor
Dr. P. Jeffrey Ewert - Team NeuropsychologistP. Jeffrey Ewert, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a clinical neuropsychologist who attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate degree. He later earned his master's degree in clinical psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, followed by his doctorate in clinical neuropsychology from the University of Houston. He obtained diplomate status in neuropsychology in 1997.
Dr. Ewert has been the sole owner and director of Carolina Neuroservices/The Head Injury Center since 1991, and has practiced in Charlotte since that time. He and his rehabilitation team provide neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of children and adults with head injuries. His role with the Checkers will be to aid in concussion management through serial neuropsychological evaluation of players who have had concussions.
Dr. Erin Schotthoefer - Team Eye Doctor
Dr. Erin Schotthoefer is an ophthalmologist who specializes in pediatric eye care and strabismus in the Charlotte, NC and Huntersville, NC areas.
She graduated from Harvard University and received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her internship was at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, her residency was at the University of Iowa, and her fellowship was at Duke University. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, and Women in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Bobby Pappert - Team DentistDr. Pappert is an avid Charlotte Checkers fan and has been playing hockey his entire life. He grew up in the Chicagoland area and has been a Checkers season ticket holder since 1993, when the team returned to Charlotte for the second time to be a part of the ECHL.
Dr. Pappert played lacrosse for Pepperdine University and received his undergraduate degree. He also attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he graduated as a dentist.
Dr. Pappert currently owns his own dental practice in southeast Charlotte, not far from where the Checkers compete. He has been a dentist for 32 years and an owner for 18 years. He is very comfortable with procedures from traumatic sports emergencies to the gentle care of routine complete family dentistry.