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Nancy Harkey – Patient Story

Nancy Harkey is a kind, full-of-life individual who has always maintained a very active lifestyle. She was a cheerleader all throughout high school and college, and an aerobics instructor for many years. The end result of all those active years, spending countless hours using all of her major joints, ultimately led her to see a physician. Nancy needed some issues addressed in order to keep her at her best.

Several years ago, Nancy accompanied her aunt for a doctor’s appointment at The Orthopedic Center. Her aunt had injured herself in a fall and was in need of an orthopedic specialist. Dr. Mark Leberte was the orthopaedic specialist treating Nancy’s aunt, and her outcome couldn’t have been better. Once Nancy witnessed how successful Dr. Leberte’s treatment of her aunt was, she knew if she ever needed an orthopaedic specialist, Dr. Leberte would be the physician she would ask for.

Not too much time had passed before Nancy’s activity caught up with her and she needed care. She started to struggle with discomfort in her knees and hip. Even though Nancy knew she would certainly need to have these joints repaired, Dr. Leberte assured her that they would not perform surgery until it was absolutely necessary.  When there was no other option but to have surgery, Nancy had complete confidence that she was in good hands with Dr. Leberte. One moment that stood out for Nancy was how well Dr. Leberte worked his treatment around her diabetic condition, and how he treats any and all concerns someone might have when it comes to surgery and the recovery process.

Dr. Leberte performed surgery on Nancy and replaced both her right and left knee. Nancy recovered well, with no complications from either of her knee surgeries. Besides having her knees replaced, she also went through the procedure of having her right hip replaced. Even with three major joint replacements, Nancy has returned to her upbeat and active lifestyle.

Nancy explained that from the very first visit to the last check up, “Dr. Leberte and his team were extremely great. They provided such a positive and uplifting experience throughout their clinic. Dr. Leberte and his team have the ability to make you forget that you are even at a doctor’s appointment.” Nancy proudly expressed that “this group honestly makes you feel welcomed and shows just how much they truly care for their patients.”

Dr. Mark A. Leberte

Dr. Mark Leberte is a member of The Orthopaedic Center Trauma Team. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He provides expert care for patients with simple to severe musculoskeletal injuries and related complications such as hip and knee problems. Dr. Leberte offers advanced surgical procedures to preserve function and relieve pain in young and elderly patients. In addition to fracture care, Dr. Leberte provides general orthopaedic surgical care including joint replacement surgery.

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Kennedy Barron – Athlete Of The Week – October 2020

Congratulations to Kennedy Barron from Pisgah High School.

She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for October 2020!









Kennedy Barron

Pisgah High School

Softball / Basketball / Indoor Track

4.0 GPA


– 5X Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Selection / 2X Softball State Champion / 3X Girls Basketball State Champion

– 4X NE Alabama CC Aurora Writing Competition Winner / English & Math Honor Societies / Dual Enrollment (Math/Sci/English

– Co-Chair – Hope on Heels Ovarian Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament / Jackson Co. Olympics Hug Buddy Program (4 years)

Athlete Of The Week – Nicholaus Stokes – October 2020

Congratulations to Nicholaus Stokes from St. John Paul II Catholic High School.

He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for October 2020!










Nicholaus Stokes

St. John Paull II Catholic High School

Football / Wrestling / Basketball / Track & Field

4.16 GPA


– 2-Year Varsity Football Letterman & Team Captain / 3-Year Varsity Basketball Letterman / Varsity Wrestling / Mtn. Bike Team

– National Honors Society / Boys State Candidate / Honors & AP Courses / Rotary Youth Leadership Award / Student Council

– Volunteer Community Service (178 Total Hours) / Basketball Junior Coach / Green Team Volunteer / School Volunteer

Cali Persaud – Athlete Of The Week – October 2020

Congratulations to Cali Persaud from Athens High School.

She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for October 2020!










Cali Persaud

Athens High School


4.13 GPA


– Varsity Starter – Volleyball / Starting setter with more than 2,000 career game assists (1,500 over past 2 seasons)

– A-Honor Roll / National Honors Society / Member – Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society

– Community Service Volunteer (More than 50 Volunteer Hours) / Church Volunteer / Pi Beta Volunteer Service Member


Jake Gaertner – Athlete Of The Week – September 2020

Congratulations to Jake Gaertner from Bob Jones High School.

He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for September 2020!









Jake Gaertner

Bob Jones High School

Football / Lacrosse

4.48 GPA


– 3-Year Varsity Football Starter / 3-Year Varsity Lacrosse Starter / 1-Year JV Track & Field / 1,000# Lifter (Football)

– A-Honor Roll / AP/Honors Courses / Bob Jones H.S. Student Ambassador / National Honors Society

– Social and Service Chairman – Student2Student / Eagle Scout / Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Participant / Certified Lifeguard

Jessica Dodson – Athlete Of The Week – September 2020

Congratulations to Jessica Dodson from Buckhorn High School.

She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for September 2020!









Jessica Dodson

Buckhorn High School

Cross Country / Indoor and Outdoor Track / Soccer

3.9 GPA


– 4-Year Cross Country Varsity Member / Top 12 in State (XC) / 3-Year Varsity Track (Outdoor) / Varsity Soccer – Lettered

– Sigma Alpha Theta Academic Award / National Honors Society / Historical Society Member / Spanish Club

– Church Volunteer (Nursery, Mission Trips, Food Pantry) / School Volunteer (BHS) and Tutor / Manna House Volunteer

Kurt Sarner – Athlete Of The Week – September 2020

Congratulations to Kurt Sarner from St. John Paul II Catholic High School

He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for September 2020!









Kurt Sarner

St. John Paull II Catholic High School

Football / Wrestling / Outdoor Track

4.3 GPA


– 3-Year Varsity Football Letter Winner / 2-Year Varsity Wrestling Letter Winner / Varsity Track and Field

– A-B Honor Roll (4 years) / National and Math Honor Societies / Link Crew Leader / National Student Leadership Conference

– Aiding Rocket Smoke Volunteer (Feed the Hungry) / Huntsville Hospital Volunteer / Green Team Volunteer

Madelyn Crabb – Athlete Of The Week – September 2020

Congratulations to Madelynn Crabb from Hazel Green High School.

She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for September 2020!









Madelyn Crabb

Hazel Green High School

Volleyball / Softball

3.96 GPA


– Varsity Starter – Softball & Volleyball / Madison Co. JV All-Tournament Team / Back-to-Back State Runner-Up – Volleyball

– A-Honor Roll / National Society of High School Scholars / National Honors Society / Hazel Green H.S. Ambassador

– Special Olympics Volunteer / North Alabama Children’s Home Volunteer / Rainbow Omega Volunteer – Service Projects

Dalton Barkley – Patient Story

TOC patient Dalton BarkleyIt was a cold February evening earlier this year when Dalton Barkley had a game he would never forget.   He was in his senior year playing basketball for the University of Alabama in Huntsville when his season was cut short by a serious knee injury.  UAH was on the road in Memphis, and toward the end of the first half, Dalton went up for a rebound.  He and the opponent jumped for the ball at the same time and collided.  The opposing player hit the outside of Dalton’s knee, causing his kneecap to pop out and then back into place.  Dalton was in so much pain. “I was panicking. I came off the court to the sideline. I was scared.”  The Athletic Trainers wrapped ice around his knee and Dalton rode the bus home. Dalton’s mom was familiar with the reputation Dr. Patrick Boyett had established and didn’t hesitate to make an appointment, as soon as possible.

When Dalton saw Dr. Boyett, an MRI revealed he had torn his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left knee and suffered a bone bruise. The game-plan? Rest, then surgery to repair the torn ligament in his knee.

Dr. Boyett and his team waited a month before scheduling Dalton’s surgery, in order to allow the bone bruise to heal.   Unfortunately, the COVID 19 pandemic hit, and surgery was postponed until May 7th. “It was a blessing in disguise. I was able to exercise for quad strength, etc. prior to surgery.”  Dalton’s Athletic Trainer gave him exercises to help prepare him and make him stronger for surgery.  “Because of the time I was able to focus on my strength.  My recovery process was amazing. The way Dr. Boyett performed my surgery was amazing.  I had minimal swelling. I am really happy with how everything turned out.” Dalton highly recommends Dr. Boyett for injury treatment and surgery—he had a wonderful experience from start to finish.

“Dr. Boyett is friendly, outgoing, and confident. He made me feel a lot better about the entire process – especially after finding out that the knee was torn. He explained to me what the timeline looked like and was very detail oriented. This is the first time I’ve had surgery besides my wisdom teeth; I was anxious and nervous, and Dr. Boyett calmed my nerves,” says Dalton.

Dalton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in May with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently working for Noah Basketball.

Patrick Boyett, D.O. | The Orthopaedic Center | Athens AL

Dr. Patrick Boyett is a member of the Athens TOC Sports Medicine team and is the team physician for many schools across Limestone County and Athens City.  He also specializes in the treatment of Hip, Knee and Shoulder conditions. Dr. Boyett brings his expertise and care to the TOC Athens location.

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Brown Family – Patient Story

“I have nothing but high praise for [Dr. Carter]. When you meet him, you’ll like him, and you’ll know why others do, too.” – Greg Brown
To say that the game of basketball is a family affair in the Brown household might be the understatement of the year.  The patriarch of the team, Greg, played the game most of his life and has spent the last 20 years coaching the game at Lee High School. His sons, Kobe and Kaleb, both have played the game since childhood. Kobe played for his dad at Lee and is now a sophomore playing for the University of Missouri men’s basketball team. Younger brother Kaleb is scheduled to follow big brother Kobe to Missouri after one more year at Lee with his father. It’s easy to see how important basketball is to this family and what a great opportunity Greg had to coach his sons throughout high school. He was able to teach them everything they needed to know about the game:  fundamentals, plays, and even techniques. As Lee High School’s Head Boys Basketball Coach and through personal experience, Greg also had the chance to teach them and his entire team about Team Physician Dr. Brian Carter, and how critical it is to have someone like him on your bench.

Athletes who make it through a season without accident or injury are fortunate. The same could be said of those who navigate through life without incident. Greg went many years before he needed to see an orthopaedic physician. It wasn’t until a fender-bender aggravated his upper back and shoulder that Coach needed to see Dr. Carter. He needed quick relief, but appreciated Doc’s patience. “Getting in to see him is no problem. He gets us in ASAP. But he is never in a rush… He never gives you the feeling that he’s rushing you. He is quite thorough.” These characteristics held high value in Coach Brown’s book, particularly when his sons began to play for him at Lee.

Throughout his career, Coach has always put the safety of his sons and team first. So, when his oldest son, Kobe, injured his foot and later dislocated his shoulder, there was never any hesitation as to where Coach was taking his son. Even recently, when younger brother Kaleb injured his groin, and later a finger on the court, Dr. Carter was who Coach wanted his sons to see. “He goes through all the steps with you and explains both sides of the coin for you. He’s very flexible…meaning, if there’s an injury and he believes there is a way to return the athlete to play, he’ll find it and test it.  He puts your interests first.”

Coach Brown recalls one particular instance when Kobe was facing the possibility of having surgery on his shoulder but sought that trusted second opinion from Dr. Carter. “We were out of town when Kobe hurt his shoulder. We went to a local physician who told us that Kobe needed surgery to correct the issue, otherwise he would continue to have problems. After we came home, I took Kobe to see Dr. Carter. He understood the situation, but said, ‘Let’s try something else.’ Doc said rest and rehab could do the trick, and it did. Kobe put the work in and his shoulder healed fine with no problems.”

Greg enters his 23rd year with Lee High School and his 20th year coaching boys’ basketball. Kobe is entering his sophomore year at the University of Missouri. Kaleb is a senior at Lee, with one more year with Dad as his coach. Once finished, Kaleb will join his brother at the University of Missouri as a part of the men’s basketball team.

Brian R. Carter, M.D.Dr. Brian Carter is an orthopaedic specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a member of The Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine Team. He specializes in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of soft tissue, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders. He is Team Physician for Huntsville Havoc Hockey and several area schools and club teams. Dr. Carter brings his expertise and care to our Huntsville and Madison locations.

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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.

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.

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