Veronica (Ronnie) D. Perez, LAT
Hometown: Donna, TX
High School: Donna High School 1993
Undergrad: UTPA/UTRGV 2000
Current City and School Workplace: Harlingen, TX - Harlingen CISD - Harlingen South High School (Athletic Trainer) Harlingen School of Health Professions (Sports Medicine I, II and III Teacher)
American Heart Association - BLS and Heartsaver Instructor
17 years in the profession of Athletic Training - 3 years teaching Sports Medicine
1.) How/when did you become interested in the field of athletic training?
I became interested in the field of athletic training by accident when I was helping out our Varsity Baseball team as a manager during my Junior year in high school. My high school athletic trainer & mentor Xavier Banuelos asked if I would be interested in helping out as a student athletic trainer and been doing this ever since. Never thought in a million years I would an Athletic Trainer. But I always knew that I would find a job where I could wear shorts to work.
2.) What drives you to do your job?
My athletes/students are what drive me to do my job. I love where I work, I love who I work with and I love what I do.
3.)Do you have any advice for other ATs or students contemplating a career in Athletic Training?
You really need to have a passion for this profession. Enjoy what you do. Have an open mind and an open heart. With that, your athletes will appreciate you more.