Head Athletic Trainer
Kyle Norris has been the head athletic trainer for Iowa Lakes Community College since 2005. He is responsible for all aspects of the sports medicine program as it relates to the 13 Laker athletic teams.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Science Department with his teaching focus in Anatomy and Physiology and Biomechanics. He also oversees the Athletic Training Transfer Program at Iowa Lakes. Kyle holds both an athletic training and history degree from South Dakota State University and earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 1998.
The Ruthven, IA, native began his athletic training career as the director of sports medicine outreach at Iowa Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Spirit Lake, IA. He served in that capacity for seven years coordinating athletic training coverage for numerous high schools in the region.
At SDSU, Norris spent two years as student athletic trainer assigned to baseball and football. While at Indiana, he served as the graduate assistant with the Hoosier football program.
He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
Kyle is married to Amee, and has two children; Madison and Kadin.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
John Boehnke has been the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Iowa Lakes Community College since 2010. He is involved in all aspects of the sports medicine program for the Laker athletic teams based out of the Estherville campus.
John is currently employed by Avera-Holy Family Hospital as an outreach athletic trainer. In addition to working at Iowa Lakes, John also serves as the athletic trainer for Estherville Lincoln Central High School.
A South Dakota native, John attended college at South Dakota State University receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2008 and his Master’s Degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Science in 2010. While at SDSU, John spent two years as a student athletic trainer with the wrestling, men’s basketball and football teams. During graduate school, John was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams.
John is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society.
Dr. James Creech
Jim Creech, M.D., is a primary care physician at Avera Medical Group in Estherville. He provides medical direction for the healthcare needs of the athletes at Iowa Lakes Community College and acts as a valuable resource for the athletic training staff.
Dr. Creech is an avid sports fan. Outside of work, his interests include spending time with his wife and four children, golfing and hunting. He is also an active member of Rotary.
He attended Hastings College and from there he went on to the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Creech completed his residency with the Siouxland Medical Educational Foundation.
His specialties include Sports Medicine, Endoscopy, Emergency Medical Services, and Aviation Medicine.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
This is the first year Jaime Lair will be providing coverage for Iowa Lakes Community College. She'll provide coverage for both the soccer and swim teams. Jaime double-majored in Athletic Training and Movement and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree.
Jaime, a Spencer native, has worked at Orthopaedics PC since 2011. She stays busy as she works closely with Northwest Iowa Soccer Club and Just for Kix Dance. You'll also find Jaime working in the clinic!
Jaime is a proud member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society. She's excited to be working with the talented athletes of ILCC. Go Lakers!
Dr. John Leopold
Team Orthopedic Surgeon
John Leupold, MD grew up outside of Superior, attended Spirit Lake schools, then graduated with honors in engineering at Iowa State University. He went on to medical school at the University of Iowa, residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Sports Medicine fellowship training in Laguna Hills, CA.
He has been practicing in Spirit Lake since 2006 and joined Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and Sports Surgeons in January of 2011. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
He treats patients in Spirit Lake and Estherville.