Nearly 1,500 area student-athletes from 36 Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish
Schools scored free physical examinations in April and May during
North Oaks Sports Medicine’s Annual Physical Days.
North Oaks has sponsored the Tangipahoa Parish Physical Day for 24 years
and the Livingston Parish Physical Day for five years with the goal of
helping junior high and high school students and their families fulfill
Louisiana High School Athletic Association requirements for participation in school athletic programs.
This community outreach offering was made possible by the volunteer efforts
of 30 physicians and nurse practitioners, as well as 200 employees and
athletic trainers from North Oaks and
Southeastern Louisiana University.
Ponchatoula High School Football Coach Hank Tierney accompanied 110 junior
and senior high football players to Physical Day on the
North Oaks Medical Center campus.
“This is the greatest Physical Day in high school history,”
he asserts, adding it was his seventh year to attend the event. “It’s
so methodical, professional and efficient. We are thoroughly thankful
to North Oaks for this.”
Sixteen-year-old Megan Threeton, a Springfield High School cheerleader,
attended Physical Day for the third year at the
North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex. She was accompanied by her mother, Christine, and her 14-year-old sister,
LeAnn, who is a member of the volleyball, basketball and track teams.
“I think it’s great. It’s so organized that we can get
in and out,” she adds. “I really appreciate the thoroughness.”
Kevin Sonnier of Ponchatoula escorted his 14-year-old son Kole and 15-year-old
daughter Erin to the Hammond event. Kole is a football, baseball and basketball
player at St. Joseph Catholic School in Ponchatoula and Erin is on the
dance team at Ponchatoula High School.
“It’s pretty well organized and very popular,” Sonnier noted.
Independence Middle School Girls Basketball and Track Coach Pamela Brown
attended with 22 athletes. It was her fourth year in taking part.
“Each year it gets better and better,” she remarked. “The
promptness is impressive. We get in and get out.”
The free exams are just one benefit of enrollment in the
North Oaks Sports Medicine Program. Program Supervisor and Head Athletic Trainer Jeff Schmitt notes that
students enrolled in the program that are injured at school-sponsored
athletic events are eligible to receive treatment and rehabilitation at
North Oaks facilities with preferential treatment.
Other program features include: injury prevention and athletic ability
enhancement education for athletes and coaches; and athletic trainer coverage
at many school-sponsored sporting events and practices. Saturday morning
clinics are held during football season with an orthopedist, and a free
athletic training clinic is also offered.
Area physicians who volunteered at Physical Day are: Drs. Greg Allen, Gayle
Beyl, Jorge Castellanos, Mark Daunis, Francis Donner Jr., Bryan Dudoussat,
Jherie Ducombs, Stephen Graham, Anthony Haase III, Jeffrey LaCour, Alyssa
Lyon, Robert McAfee, Nancy Mellin, Katy Morris, Jacques Peltier, Marie
Pittman, William Plunkett, Sidney St. Amant, Robert Smith, Jean Tran,
Rachel Treuting, Ivan Villata and Susan Zacharia.
Nurse Practitioners include: Sandy Capps, Michelle Civello, Becky Haase,
Janet Morse and Erika Oliver.
For more information on North Oaks Sports Medicine and program enrollment
criteria, call (985) 230-5248 or click