Athletic Trainer

Karmen Johnson-Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

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Karmen Johnson, Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman with Encore Rehab Athletic Trainer Adrianne Borland.

Karmen Johnson is a Senior at Hanceville High School and is the Athlete of the Month for the Bulldogs and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Karmen is a multi-sport athlete playing both Varsity Basketball(#22) and Volleyball. She has been awarded Most Valuable Player, Most Improved, and All-County. Her post-graduation plans include becoming an Athletic Trainer. In her free time, Karmen enjoys playing sports. She is the daughter of Lewanda Johnson.

Congratulations, Karmen!
Enjoy your Senior year!

 

 

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue, SW, Suite G, Cullman, Alabama
256-775-3737

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Awards and Honors at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame-Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter

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The National Football Foundation Hall of Fame-Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter held their annual awards banquet on Jan 17, 2018.

We would like to recognize the coaches and athletes from schools affiliated with our Encore Sports Medicine Program.  Congratulations to the athletes, coaches, and our own athletic trainer, Eric Oehms, MS, LAT, ATC!

 

Coach Neil Lollar, Hancock High School – Frank “Twig” Branch Coach of the Year Award

Coach Bo Russum, Hancock High School-Luther Kuykendall Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Karlos Dillard, Gulfport High School- Terrell Buckley Defensive Player of the Year Award

Clay Gollott, St. Martin High School – NFFHOT Scholarship Award

Eric Oehms, Athletic Trainer, Encore Rehabilitation – Contribution to Amateur Football

 

Athlete-Scholars included:

  • D’Iberville High School – Brady Grace
  • East Central High School – Maxwell Greenough
  • Gautier High School – Mario Love
  • Gulfport High School – Karlos Dillard
  • Hancock High School – Elliott Nolan
  • Harrison Central – Javion Khan
  • Long Beach High School – JT Tripp
  • Moss Point – Matthew Sellers
  • Ocean Springs – Peyton Sams
  • Pascagoula High School – Jack Colmer
  • Pass Christian High School – Nathan Weatherly
  • St. Martin High School – Clay Gollott
  • St. Patrick Catholic High School – Robert Starks
  • Vancleave High School – Havens “Lane” Wise

Athletic Trainer Eric Oehms receives National Football Hall of Fame Chapter Award

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Congratulations to Athletic Trainer Eric Oehms, MS, LAT, ATC, this year’s receipt of the Contribution to Amateur Football Award from the National Football Hall of Fame-Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter! 

The Contribution to Amateur Football Award is intended to provide recognition to an individual whose efforts and activities in support of the Foundation and its goals have been local in nature. Further, the award is for those individuals who work tirelessly out of pure love of the game and a desire to help athletes play it well. How appropriate that Eric should be given this award as he fits this description perfectly!

Eric has been an Athletic Trainer for 21 years with Encore Rehabilitation in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area.

Outstanding achievement, Eric! We thank you for your dedication and commitment!

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Clinic Director Dawn O’Keefe- Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont

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Meet Dawn O’Keefe, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. DN, Clinic Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont! Dawn has been a clinician in the Hattiesburg area for 26 years and with Encore Rehabilitation for 17 years. Dawn’s expertise is in providing quality one-on-one care for each of her patients.

Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center-New Orleans and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  In addition to being a Physical Therapist, Dawn is also a Certified Athletic Trainer. Most recently she has obtained her Dry Needling Certification.

Dawn and her husband, Matt have two daughters, Jordan and Lauren. In her free time, Dawn likes to exercise and run. She has participated with the same girls running group since 1997. Dawn has completed several half marathons and triathlons as well as one marathon. She is a native of Metairie, Louisiana.

At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!

 

Justin Byrd, DPT, ATC, new Clinic Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Priceville

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Welcome to our new Clinic Director, Justin Byrd, DPT, ATC, Cert. DN!

Justin has been a part of Encore Rehabilitation for two and a half years as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer.

Justin received his Clinicial Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Alabama State University and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from The University of Alabama. While attending UA, he worked with the softball, gymnastic, and football teams. Justin is certified in Dry Needling and is currently pursuing his certification in Spinal Manipulation from the Spinal Manipulation Institute. He will soon earn his Diploma in Osteopractic.

Justin combines his knowledge of the human body with a strong sense of compassion and understanding to develop personal, individualized, patient-centered care for treating a variety of orthopedic and sport-related injuries/impairments. He focuses on hands-on manual therapy that consist of manipulation, mobilization, and dry needling. He desires to help all his patients regain complete functional movement and mobility, especially individuals suffering from back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches.

Justin is married to Kristie Hutchison Byrd, a native of Priceville. Kristie also works for Encore Rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist. They are the proud parents of Olivia Kate (Livy).

Congratulations, Justin!

Getting People Back to Their Lifestyle – Marla Kizzire, Encore Rehabilitation Fayette

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If you were to ask Marla Kizzire, LPTA, ATC, what she likes best about being a Physical Therapist Assistant, she would be happy to answer, ” I like interacting with my patients and meeting new people. I enjoy the opportunity to treat each patient. I really like being part of getting people back to their prior lifestyle.”

Marla has been a practicing clinician for 21 years, spending four of those years with Encore Rehabilitation where she treat patients at Encore Rehabilitation – Fayette. In addition to her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Wallace State, Marla has a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from the University of South Alabama. Marla enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and boating.

Thank you, Marla, for all you do! Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

 

 

Arab Encore Athlete of the Month, Brent Myers.

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Congratulations to the Arab Encore Athlete of the Month, Brent Myers! Brent is a senior athlete at Brindlee Mountain High School. He has been a member of the varsity Lions Football team for 4 years now and wears jersey #6. During his high school career, Brent has won the All-County, All-Region, and All-State awards in football. After graduation he plans to go to UNA and major in sports medicine to become an Athletic Trainer. Brent is the son of Corey and Derrick Duke.

Gulf Shores High School’s AD thanks Encore ATCs, Camille Forte and Lee Steiner.

“A high school parent returned some crutches to me that their son had to use after he injured his hip.  He really was appreciative of [our ATC] Camille Forte and the way she not only took care of his son, but also the way she handled the situation and relayed information to him.  He also expressed his thankfulness to the fact that we have a sports medicine team in place here and how well it worked.  I would also like to brag on Camille and the job she is doing and show my appreciation to her, Lee, Encore and the orthopedic group/Doctors for what we have in place.  I can still remember when us coaches did all the sports medicine routines-

Let’s just say we are in much better hands now!”

Jamie W. Williams 

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Gulf Shores High School

Athletic Trainer saves a life- Lissa Little, Encore MSATC.

We would like to recognize and commend Lissa LittleMSATC at East and West Marion High School, for her quick response, lifesaving skills that kept a woman alive during a basketball tournament this past December. Aiding her, was Columbia’s high school ATC, Fred Worthy. Lissa is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked for Encore Rehab the last three years. Thank you for all you do, Lissa!