Dr. Stankevitz has served as the senior Athletic Trainer for East Los Angeles College since the year 2000. Dr. Stankevitz received her doctorate in athletic training from the University of Idaho in the spring of 2017. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in physiological science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Kinesiology from the California State University at Long Beach. Dr. Stankevitz is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an Emergency Medical Technician. Prior to her employment at ELAC, she worked at Whittier College, Mount San Antonio College, and Los Altos High School. Dr. Stankevitz concurrently works part-time at Rio Hondo College as a cardio boot camp instructor.
Dr. Stankevitz is an avid Los Angeles Kings fan which inspired her to become an athletic trainer. While watching a Kings game in the fall of 1995, an injured player fell to the ice and someone came out to help him. Her interest was peak and she began a campaign to meet that person who treated that player. He was Pete Demers, the head athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Kings. She wrote a letter a week for 8 weeks until Mr. Demers personally called her and invited her to the Great Western Forum for an interview and direction on how to become an athletic trainer. Five years after this meeting she found herself as the senior athletic trainer for East Los Angeles College responsible for 16 intercollegiate sports and overseeing the care of more than 400 patient-athletes annually. Her tenacity and love for the LA Kings is what led her to a higher education and her position at ELAC.
Dr. Stankevitz lives in West Covina California with her long-time boyfriend, Bob and her cat, Smokes. In her spare time, Dr. Stankevitz performs stand-up comedy through-out Southern California under the stage name Di Stanky.