Deborah Yenser came to GW as an assistant athletic trainer in August 2014. She currently works with the women's basketball, golf and women's rowing teams. A native of Downingtown, Pa., Yenser earned her bachelor's degree in rehabilitation sciences with a concentration in athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 and her master's in exercise science with a concentration in cardiac rehabilitation from GW in 2009. While an undergrad, Yenser was a student athletic trainer with Carnegie Mellon University football, Pitt volleyball, cross country and track and field and West Mifflin area high schools, and she interned with the Pittsburgh Passion, a professional women's football team, in 2006. While pursuing her master's degree at GW, Yenser was a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the women's soccer team and also completed an internship in cardiac rehabilitation at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
After graduating from GW, Yenser worked for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and was a contracted athletic trainer to Chatham University, a Division III all-women's university, where she was mainly responsible for soccer, tennis, ice hockey and softball. In addition to her clinical responsibilities at Chatham, she was an Athletic Trainer II within the Athletic Training and Development Department at UPMC Sports Medicine, where she helped lead meetings of the college athletic trainers within UPMC and chaired the orientation and mentoring committee. She was also responsible for orienting new hires to the hospital system and the department as well as helping them transition into their newly assigned clinical sites. In 2012, Yenser left UPMC to return to Division I athletics at Duquesne University, where she primarily worked with women's soccer and women's basketball for two seasons before returning to GW.
Yenser is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Pennsylvania, and is certified in the Graston Technique. She is CPR/First Aid certified through the American Heart Association.