Medical professionals volunteer time to provide sports physicals

Thursday, May 12, 2016

 Student-athletes from Dalton State College and local high and middle schools recently received free physicals. More than 1,400 students participated.


Volunteers included physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other health care professionals.


The medical professionals provided sports physicals, which involved checks on vital signs, height, weight and vision, a review of their comprehensive medical questionnaires, and a physical screening.


After all the physicals were done, any athlete who needed cardiac clearance was able to get this done for free, provided by representatives from Hamilton Cardiology Associates.


Hamilton Sports Medicine, a program provided by Hamilton Medical Center, coordinates the event every year with the schools. Hamilton Sports Medicine provides athletic trainers for outreach athletic assistance at local high schools in Whitfield, and Gordon counties, as well as for Dalton State College. As part of the program, an athletic trainer is on-sight at local high school, and community sports events. 


Associates in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (AOSM)

Mitch Frix, MD

James Lashley, MD

John Norman, MD

Nick Reed, MD

Michael Wilson, MD

David Langlois, PA

Pam Abernathy,PA

Rhonda Harrison, NP

Lee Gray, practice manager


Cornerstone Family Medicine

Laura Conger, MD

Jason Pendergrass, NP

Pam Gravitt, NP


Dalton Family Practice

Jennifer Duckett, PA

Joseph Paulson, PA

Karah Smith, PA


Professional Park Associates

Suzanne Storey, MD


Dalton Ear Nose and Throat

David Dinges, MD


Hamilton Primary Care - Murray

Nancy Giammarella, NP


Hamilton Cardiology Associates

Gary Olson, MD

Joanne Whitehead, NP


Additional volunteers
Bradley Wellness Center fitness instructors and staff
Murray County High School coaches
Lafayette High School coaches
Dalton High School nurse, Tammy King
Dalton State College School of Nursing
Dalton State College student athletes
Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation staff
AOSM staff and nurses