The Sports Doctor, April 20, 2022
The Sports Doctor with Dr Robert Weil
Guests, Dr Kelly Bohnhoff and Kirk Mango
Kirk Mango, Author of “Becoming A True Champion”, Speaker & former NCAA Gymnastics Champion returns along with Dr. Kelly Bohnhoff, RN, Marriage & Family Therapist & Author. Then, it’s 'The Sports Doctor Is In' with some “Bob Gajda Wisdom” & your emails!
It was February of 1974 when a completely unknown young gymnast, Kirk Mango, made a choice that would change the direction of his life and send him on an intense journey of self-discovery and accomplishment. His efforts would culminate in a State Championship, a high school All-American award and a full scholarship to compete in gymnastics at the NCAA Division I level for Northern Illinois University. What was most surprising and unbelievable about this was not only the achievement itself, but the fact that he did it in just one year-something nobody thought possible. For Kirk, it was the starting point of a career that has brought him numerous other awards and honors, first as an athlete, then as a coach and teacher.
A collegiate Division I National Champion and gold medalist on the still rings in 1979, Kirk had to defeat several Olympians to garner this honor, accomplishing this feat by almost 3 tenths of a point (former 10.0 scoring) above the next placed competitor. He was awarded commendations from the mayor of DeKalb, Illinois and from Northern Illinois University for high achievement and contribution to the City of DeKalb and to the University. The previous year Kirk had won the silver medal on this event in the 1978 Division I National Championships, losing the gold medal by a mere one-tenth of a point. Of particular note is that Kirk was in 17th place after the first preliminary round of competition (compulsory), moving to sixth place after the first optional round, and second place (and the silver medal) after receiving the highest optional score on still rings in the finals. He was selected as a collegiate All-American in both 1978 and 1979 and to the present day still holds the Northern Illinois University school record for the still rings event. Kirk’s accomplishments, along with his many other regional, dual-meet, and invitational championships (including the prestigious Windy City and Midwest Open), gave rise to his nickname, “The Lord of the Rings.”
In 2000, he was selected to the Northern Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame; there, his photograph hangs on the wall with some of the most prestigious athletes ever to attend and compete for Northern Illinois University. His most recent accolades include being chosen in 2009 as No. 8 of the Top 50 Athletes of All Time competing for NIU, induction into Willowbrook High School’s Inaugural Hall of Fame (with professional athlete greats, former Chicago Bears Tom Hicks, Cleveland Browns Matt Roth, former Philadelphia Phillies World Series pitcher Dan Schatzeder, and Milwaukee Brewers Jody Gerut), and induction into Northern Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame for a second time in October of 2010.
Kirk graduated NIU in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in education and in 1992 received his Master of Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Now retired, he taught high school students for 34 years and coached student-athletes for 17 of those years.
A current Assistant Professor of Nursing at Xavier University, Dr. Kelly Bohnhoff is being acknowledged by the American Health Council for 31 years within the healthcare industry, with 8 years in her present role. Possessing expertise in Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education, Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, Population Health, and Trauma Therapy, the AHC is appointing Dr. Bohnhoff among the numerous professionals who continue to revolutionize American healthcare.
Dr. Bohnhoff graduated with her PhD in Psychological Foundations of Education: Community Health Nursing from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque in 1997. She has spent 6 years as Adjunct Faculty at Xavier University, 2 years as an Assistant-Tenure Track and 6 years with clinical experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Nationally Certified Trauma Practitioner providing therapy through Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, where she works with severely traumatized children, adolescents, and families.
Becoming involved in her current profession due to the influence of early childhood experiences, Dr. Bohnhoff’s daily responsibilities consist of balancing her time between teaching graduate students in the MSN-Forensic Nursing, Dual Degree-MSN and Criminal Justice (MSN/MSCJ), MSN Direct Entry as a Second Degree: Midas, and Doctor of Nursing Practice in Population of Health Leadership programs.
Among her myriad of accomplishments, Dr. Bohnhoff is honored to be a co-founder of Josephine’s Clinic, a coalition of local professionals who volunteer their time and expertise in order to provide interprofessional, compassionate, holistic, trauma-informed, medical care and counseling services to victims of human trafficking and violence in the local community. She has been given the Wheeler Award from Xavier University in 2016. Dr. Bohnhoff attributes her immense success to her willingness to remain open-minded throughout her career.
Dr. Bohnhoff is professionally associated with the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and the National League for Nursing (NLN). Her charitable organizations include Josephine’s Clinic, Women of Alabaster, Tamar’s Place: Franciscan Ministries, Inc., and the RIGHTS Task Force, among others.
Concerning the future, Dr. Bohnhoff’s goals within the next 5 years include becoming tenured as a professor at Xavier and leveraging her training, education, and professional experience in interprofessional collaborative practice, forensic nursing, and population health, continuing to provide for children and adults exposed to trauma and human trafficking.
In her spare time, Dr. Bohnhoff enjoys reading and watching movies.
The Sports Doctor is in! Dr. Robert A Weil, Sports Podiatrist, specializes in orthotics that improve alignment, stability, balance & performance. He has practiced podiatry & sports medicine for over 30 years in the Aurora- Naperville area and was recently inducted into the prestigious 2019 National Fitness Hall Of Fame. Dr. Bob has treated many of the world’s premier athletes from all types of sports. He is the host of “The Sports Doctor™” Radio Show. The show is now featured on BBS Radio Network, UK Health Radio Network & Sports 4 Fanz Radio. Dr. Bob was formerly on HealthyLife Radio and was also on WDCB public radio in Chicago for over 20 years. He has written articles for many newspapers & magazines and is a frequent guest on other networks. And his new book, co-written with Sharkie Zartman, titled '#Hey Sports Parents! An Essential Guide for Any Parent with a Child in Sports' - is now available on Amazon!
Join the Sports Doctor and his great guests for important topical information for injury free exercise, wellness and sports performance for both adults and kids. Frequent topics include, the role of the foot in sports, all aspects of sports medicine including, proper sports shoes, youth safety, health, wellness, and sports performance for both adults and children.