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Today we have a funny story of a physiotherapy assistant who is also a pastor and sometimes sings for his patients. Meet Anthony “Bubba” Hallman. He worked for Brookwood Baptist Health for 25 years in three different hospitals, including Walker Baptist. Read on to find out why he can’t think of a better place to work.
Meet Bubba Hallman
Originally from Cordoba, Anthony âBubbaâ Hallman has worked for Brookwood Baptist Health for 25 years, which includes four of the former Baptist Health System hospitals. He started at Montclair, moved to Princeton Baptist and now works at Walker Baptist.
Professionally, he is a physiotherapy assistant. And, for the past 14 years, he has been pastor at Dovertown Freewill Baptist Church in Cordoba.
Fun fact: Hallman frequently receives requests to sing for his patients.
Hallman realized he wanted to work in high school physiotherapy
Hallman started his first job in November 1996 at Montclair Hospital.
When he was in his final year of high school, a woman who worked at Walker Baptist came to his school to talk to all the students about their future. When she spoke about physiotherapy and occupational therapy,
âA light bulb kind of went out that day, because I always knew that something in the medical field was something to seek out because medicine is a good stable career. The medicine will always be there.
Ever since Hallman was a high school football player, physiotherapy was very much in his back alley. Especially since he himself had to undergo physiotherapy in 1994 for reconstructive knee surgery.
This experience allowed him to clarify his direction, so he decided to obtain his associate degree to become a physiotherapy assistant.
The music was there all along
When Hallman first started working in physiotherapy, he was a âweekend warriorâ with a quartet and sang as a member of his local congregation.
In 2002, he became a deacon, then became a pastor in 2007.
Patients will sometimes recognize him from his church or community and ask for a song.
Fan favorites include Land of Beulah, I will fly and amazing Grace. Although he touches the guitar a little, he usually sings a capella.
Hallman works with a variety of patients at Walker Baptist
Like most people working in physiotherapy, Hallman works with a wide variety of patients.
Generally, they fall into three main categories:
- Orthopedic patients who have had procedures such as knee replacements, hip replacements or lumbar fusions.
- General medicine patients who have had a stroke, gastric or heart surgery.
- Intensive care patients on a ventilator who needs a basic range of motion to keep their joints flexible.
People are what attracted Hallman to Brookwood Baptist Health
After graduation, Hallman had two good job offers, both offering the same money. He prayed about it and felt like he was being led to Baptiste Montclair because he felt a strong connection to the Headmaster there.
âA lot of the staff I met when I went to my interview had been there for quite some time, and it was a good group of people. It was easy to make my decision. I went there and didn’t look back.