Texoma Area Living Well Magazine May/June 2020 - Page 11

A s Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine continues its legacy caring for the orthopedic needs of our community with three convenient full-service locations, it’s the Sherman clinic that holds an extra special place in the heart of Brian L. Hambrick, MPAS, PA-C. Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides care for a full range of musculoskeletal disorders, diseases, and injuries to the human body, with areas of specialty including adult hip and knee reconstruction, adult hip and knee revisions, robotic-assisted joint resurfacing, knee arthroscopy, foot, ankle, and trauma. An orthopedic physician assistant and a sports medicine specialist at Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s Sherman office, Hambrick is honored to care for the residents of the area where he was born and raised. Bringing the best orthopedic care to the place he calls home is a lifelong dream realized for Ham- brick, who grew up with a deep love for family, community, and sports. His dad was a coach, principal, and superintendent for Sherman Inde- pendent School District, where Brian and his younger brother played on the varsity basketball team. He didn’t stray far from home when embarking on his professional education at Austin College, also in Sherman. After years of playing basketball, Hambrick developed a keen interest in sports injuries, a field he approached vigorously and with the same laser focus that he applied on the basketball court. “I pursued a dual Master’s Degree at Austin College in sports med- icine and pre-med biology with a minor in chemistry. It forged the foundation of biomechanics, biology and chemistry and gave me a foundation for graduate school,” explains Hambrick. After graduation, Hambrick began a paid medical internship at North Texas Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, where he worked with pa- tients one-on-one and gained first-hand professional experience. From there, he enrolled at the University of Texas Pan-American in Ed- inburgh, Texas, where he earned his Master’s of Physician Assistant Degree, graduating with honors and an impressive 3.76 GPA. “We’re trained on a medical model like physicians. The good thing about physician assistant training is that you’re also trained in every facet of medicine. You get a more holistic training; you’re able to treat more and understand more than one problem,” says Hambrick, point- ing out that the physician assistant profession was created to help de- crease the stress of a rising sick population and a decreasing number of medical providers. “Where I trained, I trained under physicians and PAs that were the only source of medical providers within miles.” Brian L. Hambrick Orthopedic Physician Assistant & Sports Medicine Specialist It was a chance encounter that led to a meeting with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Toulson, who’d go on to found Dallas’ premier destina- Continued, page 10 TEXOMA AREA Living Well Magazine | MAY/JUNE 2020 9