Our Experts

Carbon's Super Powers

Call it luck, coincidence, or just paths crossing at the right time, but when a physical therapist, performance trainer, nutritionist and sports psychologist all with a passion for treating and training young athletes came together, they realized an opportunity to pull their collective experiences together to bring new thinking to the youth sports industry.

Ed Ash – Physical Therapist

Ed Ash, our Carbon rehab, therapy and injury prevention expert, knows a thing or two about training and treating young athletes.

A former collegiate football player and power lifter, Ed earned a master's degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, Ed has worked exclusively for the past 20+ years in private practices specializing in outpatient orthopedic and sport physical therapy in Ohio, New Jersey, and Alaska. While in Alaska he worked closely with the founder and director of the IAOM-US (International Association of Orthopedic Medicine) Valerie Phelps, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMT and helped grow and direct a multi-discipline pain clinic with physical therapists, health psychologists, and fellowship-trained pain physicians. He completed a mentorship with Juan Carlos Santana, M.Ed., CSCS who is one of the world's leading experts in functional training.

Ed is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer, APTA board-certified orthopedic physical therapist specialist, IAOM-US certified orthopedic manual therapist, NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. When he’s not working with young athletes at his physical therapy clinic, he’s coaching his kids’ baseball and softball teams. 

Kris Lewandoski – Performance Training

As Carbon's resident expert on performance training, Kris knows how to optimize a young athlete’s potential. After receiving a degree in Exercise Science, Kris has committed his career to working with athletes, teams and clubs to provide new thinking to training and performance coaching. For the past 20+ years, Kris has served as a performance consultant for numerous pro teams, premier clubs, high schools and universities helping enhance productivity and performance in athletes and teams.

Kylene Bogden - Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist

Kylene (MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CLT) has a unique distinction as the first Board Certified Sports Dietitian in the United States to have advanced training in Functional Medicine and extensive experience with a Functional Sports Nutrition approach. As a dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, the first institute in the world of it’s kind, Kylene learned to use an individualized food first approach to fight inflammation and increase energy while improving recovery and overall performance. Kylene is currently the performance dietitian for the Cleveland Cavaliers and John Carroll University football team.

Dr. David G. Watterson, Jr -  Sports Psychology

During Dave's long and illustrative career he has served as a behavior coach to athletes and executives at the highest level. An acclaimed speaker and author, Dr. Watterson inspires individuals, teams and organizations to clarify their vision, assess current resources, design learning steps, focus on action and commit to results. 

Dave's sports psychology experience is vast and impressive, culminating with his work as team psychologist for the U.S. Olympic track & field team.