Author: The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Dillon Cook – Athlete of the Week – February 2021

Congratulations to Dillon Cook from Grissom High School. He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for February 2021!





Dillon Cook

Grissom High School


4.1 GPA


– 4-Year Varsity Baseball Starter / 3-Year Varsity Team Captain / 3x WWBA All-Tournament Team Member

– “A” Honor Roll / National Honors Society / Circle of Friends Member / Latin Club / First Priority Club / Jr. Civitan Club Member

– Volunteer – Redstone Village / Special Needs Student Leader (Grissom) / Youth Leader – Younglife & Capernaum (Ministry)

Madison Dutton – Athlete of the Week – February

Congratulations to Madison Dutton from Providence Classical School.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for February 2021!





Madison Dutton

Providence Classical School

Soccer / Track / Cross Country / Dance

4.34 GPA


– 3-Year Varsity Soccer Starter / Team Founder and Captain / 4-Year Varsity / CC Team Captain & ACAA State Champion

-“A” Honor Roll / HONORS Class Courses / Science Fair Award Winner / National Latin Exam – Summa Cum Laude Award

– Senior Class President / Music Camp Volunteer / Youth Church Volunteer / Bible Study Babysitter for Homeless

Christopher Barraza – Athlete of the Week – February 2021

Congratulations to Christopher Barraza from St. John Paul II Catholic High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for February 2021!




Christopher Barraza

St. John Paul II Catholic High School


4.54 GPA



– State Champion – 100 Breaststroke & 200 Individual Medley / State Record Holder / US Open Qualifier / JPII Team Captain

– National Honor Society / President – House Leadership Council (JPII) / National Latin and Art Honor Society Member

– Volunteer – “Swim 4 Success” / Eagle Scout / “Green Team” Member (JPII) / Active Church Member / Lifeguard and Swim Coach

Alexis Herr – Athlete of the Week – February 2021

Congratulations to Alexis Herr from Huntsville High School.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for February 2021!




Alexis Herr

Huntsville High School


4.3 GPA


– 3-Year Varsity Team Member / Varsity Captain / Competitive Cheerleading Member and State Champion competition

– “A” Honor Roll / AP and Honors Curriculum / National Honor, Latin & Math Honor Society Member / Chemistry Club President

– Community Service Club President / Volunteer – Mana House & Downtown Rescue Mission / Fundraiser-Cotillion Club / Tutor

COVID-19 Office Safety

We want our patients to know that you can feel safe when visiting a TOC clinic.

Please read below so that you can be confident in our clinic procedure and additional safety measures.

Your safety is our top priority. Since the onset of the community spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Orthopaedic Center has initiated a strong defense to prevent the virus from entering our facilities. Individuals with health issues should not delay or postpone doctors’ appointments, hospital surgeries, or outpatient medical services.

In compliance with recent policy changes in counties that we serve, and to provide the safest possible environment for our patients, effective immediately, all patients and any guests who enter any TOC facilities will be required to wear a mask or face covering. In the event a patient does not have a mask, TOC will provide one. We appreciate your compliance with our mask policy. As always, TOC will continue to provide exceptional orthopaedic care to our current and future patients in the safest environment possible.

  • TOC has walk-in clinic services for patients with acute, urgent, and emergent orthopaedic conditions at our Florence and Huntsville locations. You can see a provider today with no appointment necessary.
  • TOC now offers a No Lobby wait option. Once you check-in, you can wait in your car until time to see your provider.
  • Upon arrival, all patients and TOC employees participate in a COVID-19 screening, which includes a brief questionnaire and a temperature check.
  • All TOC employees will be wearing masks, and diligently practice enhanced handwashing practices.
  • Hand sanitizers are available on all floors throughout our clinics.
  • All TOC locations are diligently taking additional sanitization measures to ensure the safest environment for all who enter a TOC clinic.

We look forward to taking care of you!

Baylin Navarro – Athlete of the Week – January 2021

Congratulations to Baylin Navarro from Bob Jones High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2021!





Baylin Navarro

Bob Jones High School

Hockey / Lacrosse

4.38 GPA


– Team Captain – Charger Travel Hockey, NAHA Rec Hockey / Led Team to Past 5 Championships / Varsity Lacrosse Starter & MVP

– “A” Honor Roll / National Honors Society / Dual Enrollment @ UA-Huntsville / AP & Honors Class Workload

– Hockey Youth Coach Volunteer / Volunteer Lacrosse Coach / New Leash on Life Volunteer / AROTC Member

Erica Hall – Athlete of the Week – January 2021

Congratulations to Erica Hall from Huntsville High School.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2021!





Erica Hall

Huntsville High School

Soccer / Taekwondo

4.51 GPA


– 3-Year Varsity Soccer Starter / Defensive MVP / JV Team Captain / Second Degree Black Belt – Taekwondo

-Academic Honor Roll / AP and Honors Class Workload / Highest Academic Achievement / Math, Latin & National Honor Societies

– North Alabama Soccer Coalition Volunteer / New Leash on Life Volunteer / Green Club Volunteer / Taekwondo Instructor

Dillon Cook – Athlete of the Week – January 2021

Congratulations to Dillon Cook from Ider High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2021!




Dillon Cook

Ider High School

Basketball / Cross Country / Golf

4.0 GPA


– Helped start first CC Team @ Ider HS / Boys CC Placed 2nd in County Play in 2nd Year / Helped start Ider HS Golf Team

– 4-Year Class President / Senior Beta Club President / FBLA President / Yearbook Editor / National Society of HS Scholars

– Senior Citizen Center Volunteer / Peer Mentor Program / JV Volleyball Asst. Coach / Beta Club School Clean Up

Caileigh Byrd – Athlete of the Week – January 2021

Congratulations to Caileigh Byrd from Oakwood Adventist Academy.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for January 2021!





Caileigh Byrd

Oakwood Adventist Academy


3.99 GPA


– 2-Year Varsity Team Captain (4-Yr Starter) / 2020 AHSAA All-Tournament Team / 1st Place – Jr. NBA Challenge / School Awards

– Principals List Recipient (3-Years) / VP – Student Association / National Society of HS Scholars / National Honors Society

– Volunteer – Oakwood Academy Athletics / Downtown Rescue Mission Volunteer / Youth Ministries Volunteer / Youth Choir

Cathy Reas – Patient Story

Cathy used to be a distance cyclist and long-haul downhill snow skier who knew the French, Austrian, German, and Italian Alps very well.  She took a fall from a ladder in October 2012 and knew immediately that it was bad; but she also knew she was in good hands with Dr. David Griffin, who was the trauma surgeon on call at the ER that night. Both legs were injured in the fall and she hoped the right leg was worse because she already knew her right knee needed replacement surgery.  However, the end of her left tibia was crushed – a very serious injury which leaves many unable to walk again.

The day after Cathy’s injury, Dr. Griffin studied images and was satisfied with his planned course of action.  After hours in the OR, Dr. Griffin sternly explained recovery instructions to Cathy and her husband: mostly staying in a wheelchair for 5 months, with NO weight-bearing physical therapy at all, not even standing – for five long months. Dr. Griffin said if she could stay off of her leg, there was a chance she’d be able to walk again.  Cathy resolved to follow Dr. Griffin’s orders and her husband rented a wheelchair.  He also bought her a shower chair, and other friends provided another wheelchair.

At her 2-week post-surgery checkup, Dr. Griffin reviewed x-rays with Cathy and confirmed that she indeed had already needed knee replacements for both knees, even before her fall. Dr. Griffin said they could discuss that again in 2 years; but for now, Cathy had a recovery plan that would require a lot of time, therapy, persistence, and patience.  She and her husband both got on board with Dr. Griffin’s plan.

Cathy learned to prepare meals from her wheelchair.  After 5 months, she could stand up to go to the bathroom (without “hopping” herself out of the wheelchair).  She started limited walking inside the house.  By summer, she used a cane to walk the 100+ feet to their mailbox and started going to the grocery alone.  Cathy’s family medical professionals in other states felt hers was a wildly successful recovery and were amazed to see her walking at the family reunion in July.

After waiting 3 years, Cathy’s knee pain became challenging; but Cathy learned that Dr. Griffin had moved his practice to Florida.  She started researching knee surgeons all over again and actually considered going to Florida to see Dr. Griffin. After another year, Cathy’s knee pain was increasing and she decided to go to TOC and request an appointment with another knee surgeon.  Cathy was still on record as Dr. Griffin’s patient and the scheduler informed her that Dr. Griffin was back from Florida!  He was working in trauma, however – not as a knee specialist.  Nevertheless, she got an appointment and asked him if he would replace her knees.  Dr. Griffin remembered Cathy’s tricky crushed tibia surgery and all the metal braces he had put in place in 2012, and he agreed.

In January 2017, Cathy followed instructions for preparations for her right knee replacement – it was done without a hitch.  She studied the PT instructions during her 3 days in the hospital and soon realized after returning home, that she could manage the PT.  Having been a Candy Striper, and also having managed 2 nursing schools professionally, Cathy could take her own vitals and managed her Lovenox injections easily.  Dr. Griffin had done such a fine job that almost no pain medications were needed.  After 10 days (with Dr. Griffin’s permission to drive), Cathy again drove to her PT sessions.  Weeks later when she was about to be released from PT, she took pictures of the equipment her therapist had regularly used, and found similar machines at her gym on Redstone Arsenal in order to continue exercising after PT ended.

That PT prep and continued exercising proved most helpful when Cathy’s left knee was replaced in September that same year.  This time Dr. Griffin carefully made 2 incisions: first to remove the metal he had meticulously put in place to repair the crushed tibia in 2012; and the second incision to replace the left knee. Dr. Griffin asked Cathy to arrange for her husband to take photos of her red and swollen left leg every day.  She then sent Dr. Griffin the pictures and circumference measurements as instructed every day for 2+ months.  These were the moments when Cathy and her husband again realized Dr. Griffin was superior among surgeons.

Cathy is happy to be walking, if usually with a cane, but she’s mostly free of pain.  Amid the craziness of 2020, Cathy’s husband took her to Nashville to buy a professional Precor recumbent bicycle to keep muscles toned when gyms closed. At her annual checkup with Dr. Griffin, he thought this would be wise.

If Cathy ever needs surgery again, she hopes she can return to Dr. David Griffin; she knows him to be the best! Dr. Griffin provides clear instructions and makes sure they are being followed at every follow-up appointment.  He stays on top of his patients’ progress indefinitely – her next annual follow-up will be March 2021.  Cathy hopes Griffin stays in Huntsville and never retires within her lifetime.

Back in 2012 Cathy knew Dr. Griffin was special as she sat in his waiting room and she met two of Dr. Griffin’s other patients. One had flown in from California for his follow-up appointment, and the other lived in Florida.  “I’ve never known any doctor with such a grand following – like me, these patients didn’t want any other surgeon either.  He is that good,” says Cathy.

Dr. David B. Griffin

Dr. David Griffin is a member of The Orthopaedic Center Trauma Team and Joint Replacement Team. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and has completed fellowship training in orthopaedic hip and pelvis replacement and reconstruction. His goal is to provide comprehensive care for severe injuries. Dr. Griffin offers trauma care in a timely and appropriate fashion to increase the potential for significant recovery. His patients always receive a detailed explanation of procedures in order to ease their concerns.

Request an appointment today!

Request an Appointment