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MAY/JUNE 2020 SPOTLIGHT Continued, page 9 tion for hip and knee replacement––Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. In addition to utilizing minimally invasive techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to per- form the latest procedures, Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is one of the few practices in Texas to offer cartilage restoration. Patients can also take advantage of traditional and robotic-assisted joint replacement, sports medicine, ACL repair, complex shoulder conditions, PRP and stem cell therapies, fracture care, as well as treat- ment of ankle, elbow, wrist, knee, and hip conditions. “I was doing an externship with an orthopedic surgeon and had a good rapport with the orthopedic representatives in the area. I overheard that there was a new surgeon coming to Collin County, and I was encouraged to go introduce my- self to Dr. Toulson,” says Hambrick, who went on to spend two weeks shadowing the dynamic surgeon to see how he was going to establish his practice. “I liked the way he did things. He’s innovative. He’s young. He’s passionate.” After two weeks, Hambrick informed Dr. Toulson he was leaving to go to south Texas to complete his physician assis- tant training. Dr. Toulson, impressed with Hambrick’s work ethic and knowledge, told him to call him after completing his training. “During the three years of my medical training, Dr. Toulson called me every Christmas to see how I was doing and to make sure I was top of my class,” says Hambrick. “When I was done, he offered me a partnership to come work with him.” “You meet a lot of people in passing and they say they will keep their word. How many people do? Dr. Toulson did,” exclaims Hambrick, whose experience in trauma care, orthopedic surgery, and emergency medicine made him a natural fit for Dr. Toulson’s innovative visions for Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Hambrick’s days are split between clinic and surgery. In addition to being Dr. Toulson’s lead assistant in surgery, Hambrick sees patients independently on clinic days, diag- nosing and treating orthopedic conditions. “I also follow patients after surgery to make sure they’re healing well, reaching their milestones, and progressing appropriately,” says Hambrick, who’s been with Alpha for over 10 years. When Hambrick helped open Alpha Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s Sherman location a year ago, it was a defining 10 TEXOMA AREA Living Well Magazine | MAY/JUNE 2020 moment in his career. “Being able to give back to the com- munity that is so much a part of me and that helped raise me is not only rewarding, it makes you feel as though life has come full circle,” describes Hambrick. Along with his wife, Marcy, he’s continuing this cycle by raising his own family in the community that helped raise him. “I’ve been changed by parenthood. I have a broader outlook now. It confirms that the way I decided to treat patients is the right way, like family. My patients know that I have a young daughter. They know that I have one on the way,” he says. “I’m an open book and believe in having a connection with my patients. Having that emotional connec- tion with your practitioner is the part of healing that helps you feel safe.” “At a point in your medical career, you have to decide what type of practitioner you’re going to be. My approach is to be a holistic practitioner; one who listens; one who truly has the wellbeing of the patient in mind; one who is concerned; one who is compassionate. I treat patients like family. I believe that has a lot to do with my small-town upbringing in Sherman,” he says. As the senior physician assistant on staff, Hambrick is quick to point out some of his peers’ contributions. “Sean Holt is a seasoned PA with extensive training in plastic surgery and orthopedics,” says Hambrick. “He’s knowledgeable and very good at motivating patients to reach their post-op- erative potential as far as explaining what exercises to do and how to strengthen the body to help their joint replace- ments work better.” As for Trevor Fewins, who relocated from California, “He brings that calm, comfortable demeanor to the practice. He’s competent and very likable. He offers a more laidback approach to orthopedic injuries that could seem somewhat intimidating,” details Hambrick. In order to provide full-time orthopedic care at Alpha Or- thopedics & Sports Medicine’s three full-service practices in McKinney, Sherman, and Prosper, the PAs assist four other top orthopedic surgeons that have joined Dr. Toulson in his mission to provide excellence in orthopedic medicine. “When I started with Dr. Toulson, for a long time, it was just us. I’m very pleased with the growth,” says Hambrick. “We have a comprehensive team to treat every orthopedic concern. We have personalities for all, but we have one common goal––to treat patients to the best of our abilities.”