Trista van Lier, MS, ATC

Trista Barish, MS, ATC, is the director of education at HawkGrips. In this role, she coordinates all continuing education opportunities, from maintaining national and state CE approvals, to managing course content and communicating with host facilities, attendees, and instructors.

“As is the case at most growing companies, I wear many hats,” says Trista. “I’m also the clinical expert on staff for HawkGrips. My position includes traveling around the country to present in-services on how to use our products as well as formal courses on instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) technique.”

Trista first became aware of IASTM as an athletic training student, when she was introduced to a competing product during one of her clinical rotations. Immediately she felt drawn to the technique and amazing results it can yield, which would become the subject of her master’s degree thesis.

She later began teaching CE courses and was introduced to Frank Osborne, founder & president of HawkGrips. Not long afterward, Trista started working for HawkGrips as a clinical educator, and she takes great pride in being one of the company’s first employees.

“Customer service is very important to me and HawkGrips has the best service in the industry, so I knew I had to work there!” relates Trista. “I try to make myself as available as possible to coworkers, clients, and sales representatives.”

Trista grew up in Central New Jersey, then earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Boston University in 2011, and her master’s degree in exercise and sport physiology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Prior to joining the HawkGrips team, she worked as an assistant athletic trainer at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia.

“In my spare time, aside from long walks on the beach, I enjoy singing poorly at the top of my lungs into a makeshift microphone consisting of whatever is closest to me, usually my water bottle,” Trista shares jokingly. “I currently live in Lansdale, PA, with my amazing husband and our two cats. I love good red wine, kickass guitar riffs, and hikes to breathtaking vistas.”