For those of you who spend any time at the ballparks or have any children in school in Jackson County, Bryan Johnson is almost a household fixture there. He is at the youngest of the parks including Optimist Park, Johnny Williams Park, the middle and high schools, all the way through Chipola. He looks at every type of injury and is always a phone call away for principals, coaches, or athletic directors when they need him. It matters not the time of day or night to Bryan.
His long hours of service were recently recognized and honored by TOC (Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic). Johnson was named TOC Employee of the Year for 2016.
In making the announcement, TOC said, “Bryan came to us from the State of Mississippi where he was a highly regarded athletic trainer in the State Association and with Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. As a graduate of Southern Miss, he was highly respected by his peers and patient population he cared for. He had been the Head A.T.C for Hinds Community College for 15 years and before that the Head A.T.C for the prestigious Millsaps College. Bryan and his family moved to Greenwood in 2006 and he started working for TOC.”
TOC continued, “As a vital member of the TOC outreach program, Bryan has no limitations. His expertise and willingness to offer such is thought exception. He has no schedule or location boundaries. He will see an injury to anybody, at anyplace, and at any time. His evaluations, care and advice are always right on. A normal occurrence is for him to receive a phone call at home late at night from a coach with an injured athlete and then go meet the team bus at the school as it returns from an away trip. He has engrained himself personally and professionally in the NW Florida geography over the last 11 years as thoroughly as he was in his home state of Mississippi.”
His dedication does not stop at the field or court, “Bryan is also a vital contributor to the TOC Marianna office. He does much more than refer patients to and navigate them through the office. He will serve as an MA for whomever needs the help, and he can often times be found in the cast room putting his advanced casting skills to work or fitting orthotics, usually after he has measured and ordered the proper application.”
His area of expertise doesn’t stop with his medical training, “When necessary, he will perform necessary maintenance at the office including assembly of new furniture. If a patient’s car fails to start after a visit, Bryan can be counted on to get started and the patient on their way. He performs all these tasks and even more with a personality that puts even the most bitter, anxious or just foul individual, patient or employee at ease.”
Hunter Nolen, principal at Marianna High School is all too familiar with Johnson’s devotion to his job, “I’ve been involved with Bryan many years, since I was athletic director and coach at Marianna Middle. I’ve never called him and not gotten a response immediately, and I can tell you there have been calls that necessitated a late night check by him. We’d be out of town, Walton, Tallahassee, Riversprings, any number of places, have a player get hurt, and a phone call to Bryan and he was there meeting the bus when we got to the school. He’s just that dependable today.”
Congratulations to Bryan Johnson on a well-deserved honor from the Jackson County Times.