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TOC Athens Now Offers Outpatient Joint Replacement

With the introduction of TOC Athens Outpatient Joint Replacement services, Athens patients no longer need to travel to improve their joint health. TOC’s joint replacement specialists – Dr. Patrick Boyett, Dr. William Lawrence, and Dr. Eric Stanford – can now give patients the exceptional outcomes they expect right here in Athens, with no hospital stay. Outpatient joint replacement is much more beneficial for patients, as there are fewer complications, improved outcomes, and increased patient comfort.

About the Physicians

Performing over 250 joint replacements each year, Dr. Boyett focuses on minimally invasive joint reconstruction, giving his patients a quicker recovery with less pain. Most of his patients have the ability to walk without assistance on the same day as their surgery.

Dr. William “Bill” Lawrence enjoys spending time with each patient and helping them improve their mobility and function. Dr. Lawrence focuses his practice on total joint replacement, sports medicine, and hand procedures.

Dr. Eric Stanford’s primary focus is to improve each patient’s quality of life. Minimally invasive procedures such as outpatient total joints provide him additional opportunities to do just that.


“When we do outpatient joint replacement, we are able to make minimally invasive incisions, give patients multimodal pain management, and provide accelerated rehabilitation. All of these together allow for faster recovery.” -Dr. Eric Stanford


The highest priority of TOC’s joint replacement specialists in Athens is to minimize infection risk. This is achieved through preoperative screenings, preoperative patient scrubs, and antibiotics before and after joint replacement surgery. The physicians then coordinate with TOC Athens Physical Therapy to give patients a more comprehensive recovery. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can do so by calling (256) 233-2332 or clicking below.

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Nationally Recognized Excellence in Orthopaedic Care


The Orthopaedic Center is proud to partner with Huntsville Hospital, recognized as a 2020-21 “High Performing Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report for hip and knee replacements. Together, we are redefining excellence in care for Tennessee Valley patients.

U.S. News & World Report is considered a global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives.

“This recognition is evidence of the great work done by the thousands of Huntsville Hospital employees in the midst of unprecedented challenges,” said Tracy Doughty, President and Chief Operations Officer of Huntsville Hospital.

TOC physicians are the exclusive Joint Replacement providers for Huntsville Hospital, which earned a Healthgrades Five-Star distinction for Total Knee Replacement in 2019.


David Griffin, MD

Trauma Orthopaedics
Joint Replacement
Hip & Knee

James Hughey, DO

Sports Medicine
Joint Replacement
Knee & Shoulder


Mark Leberte, MD

Joint Replacement
Hip, Knee & Shoulder
Trauma Orthopaedics

Sudhakar Madanagopal, MD

Trauma Orthopaedics
Joint Replacement
Robotic Joint Replacement
Hip, Knee & Shoulder

Allan Maples, MD

Trauma Orthopaedics
Joint Replacement
Robotic Joint Replacement
Hip, Knee & Shoulder

Christopher Parks, MD

Joint Replacement
Hip, Knee & Shoulder
General Orthopaedics

Thomas Thomasson, MD

General Orthopaedics
Joint Replacement
Hip, Knee & Shoulder

Bradley Wills, MD

Joint Replacement
Robotic Joint Replacement
Hip & Knee


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TOC Athens Launches Spine Center

TOC Athens now provides patients with comprehensive, multi-disciplinary spine and pain care at the TOC Athens Spine Center. Patients’ comprehensive care begins with understanding their spinal needs – brother duo Dr. Blake Boyett and Dr. Hunter Boyett work together to create an individualized treatment plan for their patients based on the patient’s needs and goals. The Boyetts’ goal is to get their patients back to optimal living.

Board-certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Blake Boyett joined TOC Athens, once OrthoSports, five years ago. “I was thrilled to join the team here in Athens. I love working in this community, and I am proud to be part of our local hospital – Athens Limestone Hospital.”

Dr. Hunter Boyett, a neurologist with a specialty in Interventional Spine and Pain Management, joined TOC a year and a half ago. “I couldn’t wait to start at TOC Athens – and in bringing my skills to complete our Athens Spine Center.”

“We want go grow with our community – and we saw a need for a spine center. We use the latest technology and have combined expertise and training from prestigious institutions. We are proud of the TOC Athens Spine Center.”


Dr. Blake Boyett attended Samford University for undergraduate education, then continued his education at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for medical school. He started orthopaedic residency at KCUMB/St. Mary’s Medical Center. After graduating from residency as Chief Resident, he decided to pursue orthopaedic spinal surgery and was accepted in to the prestigious Texas Back Institute for fellowship. Dr. Boyett completed a sub-fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery and sports related spine injuries with the world-renowned surgeon for the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, Dr. Drew Dossett.

Dr. Boyett is currently the Director of the Spine Department at Athens-Limestone Hospital and continues to work to offer the most advanced and innovative treatments to neck and back pain.


Dr. Hunter Boyett received his medical education at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. 

He completed an internship at Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate medical education in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and then his Neurology Residency at Ohio State University. Growing up in a family where several family members chose a career in medicine, Dr. Boyett was inspired by watching how his family members cared for others and helped their patients get back to doing what they loved. Being a natural-born problem solver and loving the complexity of the spine and neurology, he is passionate about helping patients find relief from their pain.


The TOC Athens Spine Center offers treatments that are associated with degenerative conditions of the spine, such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, sports related injuries, alignment issues, and more. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can do so by calling (256) 233-2332 or clicking below.

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The Orthopaedic Center Introduces New Virtual Assistant to Improve Patient Scheduling Experience

Meet Bobbie, the newest member of TOC’s team. Bobbie is TOC’s new virtual assistant that’s powered by the same conversational engine as Amazon Alexa. Bobbie will give you the option to use an automated agent to confirm, cancel, and reschedule appointments via telephone or web chat.

How will Bobbie serve our patients?

Intelligent conversations via phone call and web chat: When you call our main number or visit the TOC website, you will have the option to speak to Bobbie to confirm, reschedule, or cancel an existing appointment.

Available 24/7: Bobbie is able to handle patient needs, no matter how many other patients are calling or the time of day. You can reach Bobbie to confirm, reschedule, or cancel an existing appointment by using the web chat at the bottom of our website, or by selecting the option to talk to Bobbie when you call.


Right now, Bobbie can confirm, reschedule, or cancel existing appointments. If you’d like to schedule a new appointment, you can do so by calling (256) 539-2728 or clicking
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Mask Preferred Policy

Mask PreferredTOC is enforcing a “Mask Preferred” policy at all locations. This policy is in compliance with the current OSHA workplace recommendations in place.

Effective December 6, 2021:

  • Vaccinated TOC staff will follow a Mask Optional policy
  • Unvaccinated TOC staff will follow a Mask Preferred (not required) policy
  • TOC patients will follow a Mask Preferred (not required) policy
  • No-Lobby Waiting: Patients will continue have the option to wait in their vehicle after checking in for their appointment.
  • If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please call so that we can reschedule your care.

We look forward to providing you and your family with exceptional orthopaedic care.

Athlete of the Year – Gracie Lynn Butler

CONGRATULATIONS to Gracie Lynn Butler from Hazel Green High School.
She was named the TOC Sports/ Huntsville Hospital Sports Center 2020-2021 Athlete of the Year Scholarship Winner!

Gracie Lynn has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to use for future schooling.
Please congratulate Gracie Lynn and all our Athlete of the Year candidates on an amazing school year!

Gracie Lynn Butler

Hazel Green High School

Volleyball / Tennis

4.35 GPA


– Volleyball — 1st Team All-State – 3x / Maxx Preps “Best Player in the State” / State Champion / Tennis – #1 Seed & Co. Champ

– AP Scholar / Girls State Candidate / National Honors Society / Trojan Ambassador / Student Council / Numerous Subject Awards

– Church Bible Study Leader / Special Olympics Volunteer / S.P.A.R.K.S. Member (Assist In youth schooling) / Church Volunteer