Variano returns to Annapolis after previously completing a post-graduate internship at Navy in 2008-09. Variano holds certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is a Level 1 Technique Specialist through the Romanov Sports Science Academy.
Prior to Navy, Variano was a Staff Athletic Trainer at Virginia Tech from 2014-15. While in Blacksburg, she functioned as the Athletic Trainer for the women's basketball program and supervised the graduate assistant athletic trainer covering tennis. In addition, Variano was the coordinator for the Virginia Tech Graduate Assistant Sports Medicine Program.
From 2011-14, Variano was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Her primary responsibilities were women's basketball and field hockey. She was also responsible for the medical care of the women's tennis and men's and women's fencing teams while at Brown.
Variano earned her master's degree in human movement with an emphasis in sports medicine from Utah State University in May 2011. During her two years in Logan, she was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with sport responsibilities including football, track & field and women's basketball.
In May of 2008, Variano graduated with a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Merrimack College. In addition to her athletic training studies, Variano was a member of the women's lacrosse team from 2004-08.