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Staff Spotlight: Pediatric Orthopaedics Team

TOC's Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists: Dr. Steven Buckley; Jennifer Sharp, CRNP; Elizabeth Schwarze, CRNP; Dr. Michael Lawley
TOC’s Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists (l-r): Dr. Steven Buckley (29 years of experience); Jennifer Sharp, CRNP (17 years); Elizabeth Schwarze, CRNP (10 years); and Dr. Michael Lawley (10 years).

The Pediatric Orthopaedics team at TOC always strives to makes a difference in the lives of our youngest patients while bringing peace of mind to their families. Over the years, this team has supported thousands of local families through the diagnosis and treatment of their child’s specific health challenges. Their goal is to improve the patient’s quality of life by compassionately caring for their health issue. We treat orthopaedic issues specific to the growing bones of a child from infancy to adolescents such as growth plate injuries, sports injuries, fractures, clubfoot deformity, hip dysplasia, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and limb length discrepancy. 

A combined 66 years of experience

The heart of this dedicated team is made up of two fellowship trained Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Steven L. Buckley and Dr. Michael G. Lawley; and two dedicated Nurse Practitioners, Elizabeth Schwarze and Jennifer Sharp. Together they offer the only specialized pediatric orthopaedic services within 100 miles, at three north Alabama TOC locations: Huntsville, Madison & Athens. TOC is so proud of this team and the quality pediatric orthopaedic treatment they provide for our young patients. 

A community focus

The entire TOC Pediatric Team is committed to our community. When they are not serving the needs of TOC patients, all of the team members volunteer their skills with Children’s Rehabilitation Service, a statewide organization that coordinates various providers, who together build a brighter future for disabled youth and their families.

(This article originally appeared in TOC’s Spring 2019 newsletter.)

Now open: Pediatric Injury Clinic

Child with soccer ball | Pediatric Injury Clinic | TOC | Huntsville, AL

To better meet the urgent and unique needs of an adventurous child, TOC’s Pediatric Team is now offering a Pediatric Injury Clinic offering walk-in* care any weekday afternoon:

Mon-Fri 1:00-4:00, 5th Floor, Huntsville Main Location (927 Franklin St.)

* Most insurances accepted; physician referral may be required by your insurance.

TOC is Growing Again!

Dr. Smith & Premier Orthopedic Surgery joins TOC

It’s been an eventful year for the TOC family! We are excited to announce that Matthew P. Smith, DO will be joining the TOC Team on April 1st. Dr. Smith is an established and well-respected physician, having founded Premier Orthopedic Surgery in 2006. He has served the communities of Marshall County with offices in Guntersville and Boaz for 13 years. Dr. Smith’s commitment to this community is evident in his long-standing civic involvement and dedication to several local high school and community college athletic departments. Continue reading “TOC is Growing Again!”

TOC “Casts” Support to Local Charities

TOC Kickin' Bass Tournament
Photo credit: Mr. Phil Bergstresser

The Kickin’ Bass Coaches Charitable Bass Tournament on Lake Guntersville is a fun and competitive annual fishing tournament that raises funds for local charities. TOC is proud to have supported this event for its 19th annual run, while raising money for local non-profits such as North Alabama Wheelchair Basketball Support Association and Semper Fi Community Task Force of North Alabama.  Continue reading “TOC “Casts” Support to Local Charities”

Spine Surgery now at Madison Hospital

TOC First to Offer Spine Surgery at Madison Hospital

Madison HospitalWe are excited to announce that TOC’s dedicated Spine Team is the first to bring Spine Surgery to Madison Hospital. Furthering our commitment to increase access to expert care, TOC is proud to support our patients’ needs with expert spine care closer to their homes, where they are most comfortable. 

The new Spine Surgery service complements a wide variety of TOC’s orthopaedic care at the Madison Hospital location. From preventative care to the latest in surgical techniques, you can trust the experts at TOC for all things spine-related.  Whether you need help with an existing problem or you just want to avoid issues in the future, we would be pleased to help you get your “back” on track. 

(This article originally appeared in TOC’s Winter 2018-19 newsletter.)

Staff Spotlight: Sports Medicine

Dr. Greco w/Alabama A&M Univ. Football - TOC Sports Medicine
Dr. Greco on the sideline for Alabama A&M University.

Think back to a time when high school coaches were more than just coaches to their athletes, playing the role of father-figure, team counselor, and even medical professional. Fast forward to today, and while coaches still wear many hats, the days of telling kids to “rub some dirt” on an injury have long gone.  Thanks to advancements in sports medicine care for premiere athletes, coaches have turned to TOC Sports for treatment of their athletes’ sports-specific injuries.   

But, this system wasn’t put together overnight.  In fact, you’d have to turn the calendar back to just before the turn of the century, when sports were big, but not sports medicine…yet. In 1999 a group of sports-trained orthopaedic professionals from TOC answered the call for specialized sports care and assembled to form TOC Sports.  Teaming up with Certified Athletic Trainers from Huntsville Hospital, TOC Sports began to identify organizations, on all levels, who could benefit from the care of sports medicine specialists.        

TOC Sports Medicine: Supporting Area Athletes

Huntsville Havoc Hockey Team - TOC Sports Medicine
TOC Sports Medicine physicians are proud to be the team physicians for the Huntsville Havoc.

What began as sports medicine support for a small number of schools in our area has grown to include nearly two dozen high schools and middle schools across North Alabama including: Huntsville, Madison, and Athens City school systems, as well as Oakwood and Alabama A&M Universities. Professional teams like the Huntsville Havoc hockey team count on the TOC Sports physicians for their on-the-spot care.         

This growth has allowed TOC Sports to become the most comprehensive sports medicine team in Alabama, with some very unique services including pre-season physical exams and injury prevention programs.  TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital also offer a Friday Night Post-Game Injury Clinic during the fall sports season as a way to continue to help athletes after the game is over.  Athletes can benefit from our innovative therapies and procedures including: ultrasound-guided injections, bioinductive implants and regenerative medicine, like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) treatments which have shown to decrease recovery time in patients recovering from surgery. 

Dr. Davis at Sparkman High Football - TOC Sports Medicine
Dr. Davis on the Sparkman High School sideline

Beyond their commitment to the health and well-being of student-athletes, the TOC Sports physicians understand that the word “student” comes before “athlete”.  We recognize the dedication it takes to be a successful student-athlete, and proudly support the Athlete of the Year Scholarship Program.  This program recognizes outstanding high school seniors who go above and beyond, excelling inside and outside the classroom.   

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or just getting started with an active lifestyle, the Sports Medicine specialists from TOC Sports can develop a game-plan to care for all your orthopaedic needs …and Keep YOU in the Game! 

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(A version of this article was originally published in TOC’s Winter 2018-19 newsletter.)