Sports Medicine

Our Passion is to train phenomenal physicians to provide compassionate, whole-person sports medicine and MSK care.

The Waco Family Medicine – Sports Medicine Fellowship is unique. Housed in an FQHC dedicated to equity in care for the medically underserved, the fellowship has a dual focus. In addition to the usual care for athletes and team sports, we also train for a more robust skill set needed for lifestyle and MSK medicine. We build flexibility into the curriculum to develop your fellowship your way—for your future practice.


Team Collaboration and Fellowships


Waco Family Medicine

A federally qualified health center caring for nearly 60,000 patients in McLennan County.

Ascension Orthopedics

Waco Independent School District

Comprised of 15,000 students and UIL Class 4-A athletics

Baylor University

Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

Faculty & Educators

WFM Faculty: Brock Niceler, MD

Brock Niceler MD

Fellowship Director

Sports Fellowship: University of Utah
Interests: MSK procedures, wilderness medicine, faculty development

Rotimi O. Adesina MD

Oluwarotimi O. Adesina MD

Associate Fellowship Director

Sports Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
pediatric sports medicine, concussion management

Chad Conner MD

Faculty – Sports Orthopedics

Sports Fellowship: Southern California Orthopedics Institute

Nolan Malthesen MD

Faculty – Sports Orthopedics

Sports Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center

Kevin Caperton MD

Faculty – Sports Orthopedics

Sports Fellowship: University of Colorado

2022-23 Fellows

Donald Fru MD

Dr. Fru attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls Texas for undergraduate studies and St. George’s University in Grenada for Medical School. In fellowship, he intends to enhance his ability to diagnose and manage MSK problems with the ultimate goal of incorporating that knowledge into his primary care practice. Dr. Fru enjoys working with underserved populations and spending quality time with his family. He also loves to play soccer for fun.

Daniel Payne MD

Dr. Payne attended the University of Utah for undergraduate studies and medical school in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. In fellowship, he especially enjoys broadening his knowledge of ultrasound and incorporating it into his MSK clinic. He enjoys running, camping, water and snow skiing, anything outside and spending time with his family.




  • Orientation
  • In-training exam
  • Sideline preparedness / event coverage course
  • Football season
  • Sat AM injury clinic
  • Exercise phys. conference
  • Exercise phys. lab
  • Mass participation event conference
  • Submit AMSSM abstract
  • Sports journal club


  • Sports cardiology conf.
  • Basketball season
  • Mass participation event coverage
  • Ultrasound conf.
  • In-training exam
  • Exercise phys. journal club


  • Baseball season
  • AMSSM conf.
  • Pre-participation exams
  • Journal club (misc.)
  • Board prep

Sample Weekly Schedule

MorningFam Med SportsExercise phys. labOrtho SportsElectivePeds SportsFootball injury clinic
AfternoonDidacticsPrimary care clinicElectiveElectiveElective
EveningTraining RoomFriday night football

Electives and Didactics

Ascension Orthopedics

  • Pediatric Sports
  • Sports Orthopedics
  • Ortho Spine
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • Cardiology
  • Physical Therapy

Waco Family Medicine

  • Family Medicine Sports
  • Procedures
  • Ultrasound
  • Global health
  • Medical Spanish
  • Acupuncture
  • Grant Writing
  • Reading Elective
  • Research
  • Occupational Therapy


  • Afternoon weekly lecture series (see topics)
  • Special conferences / workshops
    • Sideline/event preparedness
    • Exercise physiology
    • Mass participation event
    • Sports cardiology
    • Ultrasound
  • Specialist lectures
    • Orthopedic sports
    • Orthopedic specialists
    • Radiology rounds
    • Exercise physiologist
  • Journal club meetings
  • National conferences
    • AMSSM
    • Plus funds for one additional conference
  • National lectures
    • Sports Fellowship on-line lecture series
    • Sports cardiology modules
    • Sports ultrasound modules

Afternoon Lecture Series

Medico-legal/administration Sports Medicine
Emergency preparedness
Sideline and event coverage
Musculoskeletal sports medicine
Musculoskeletal ultrasound
Mass participation events
Sports cardiology
Pediatric sports medicine
Finish ultrasound curriculum
Gen Med sports medicine
Environmental sports medicine
Wilderness sports medicine
Special popluations
JuneBoard review

@ 2023 Waco Family Medicine Residency