DILLON — Former University of Montana Western head athletic trainer, Dr. Janelle Handlos, has been inducted into the Montana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
Handlos has been practicing Athletic Training in the Montana for 16 years. She has served in numerous capacities at the University of Montana Western.
After completing a graduate assistant position at MSU-Bozeman in 2001, she returned to Montana Western as an assistant athletic trainer under Montana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Famer Dave Kendall. Janelle assumed the role of head athletic trainer in 2007 and for a period of time also as the interim- athletic director (2012). She is now a full time faculty member and chair of the Health and Human Performance department at Western.
Handlos has mentored countless athletic training students by supervising internships as well as serving as a clinical preceptor for the University of Montana Athletic Training program. She is highly respected as a health care professional and a community member in Dillon.
She has volunteered her time as a coach, safety officer and first aid and CPR instructor. Janelle has been active in serving at the district and state level. She has been on the MTATA executive council for almost 10 years now serving as secretary/treasurer. She also serves on the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association District 10 scholarship committee.
Handlos has always played an active role in advancing the profession through licensure as well as concussion legislation. She has been invited to speak at various meetings regarding her research on leadership styles in athletic trainers. In addition, she is a sought after speaker on rodeo injuries. Handlos has positively impacted countless athletes as evidenced by her recognition as the Frontier Conference Athletic Trainer of the Year award in 2015. As quoted in the article for this award:
Handlos goes above and beyond her job description when dealing with patient care. Russ Richardson, athletic director and former head athletic trainer, said, “Janelle is viewed as a leader with great character and integrity. She is a tireless worker, giving of herself without recognition and often behind the scenes.”
Handlos graduated from Montana Western in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, health and human performance and a minor in English.
— Montana Western