Ortho GEM HeaderThe Department of Orthopaedic Surgery prides itself on how our employees embody the mission and vision of UAB. Oftentimes, our employees "go the extra mile" to for their patients and colleagues. Below are many of our Ortho GEMs. 

 

November

Kelly Border

"Kelly is an asset to the Orthopaedic team! As one of the first faces our Hand Therapy patients see, she greets our patients in such a way as to make them feel at ease and comfortable in our clinic. Kelly goes above and beyond to help patients with issues such as getting qualified for charity care or obtaining other services outside of orthopaedics as needed, all while juggling schedules for therapists, physicians, PA's and NP's with grace and composure. Kelly is a great team member and we are so grateful to have her!"

October

Shuntoi Waters

"She is always going above and beyond for both employees and patients. She is always helpful and ready to answer any questions I might have when I work with her. Today, she went above and beyond for a patient that had been at the hospital since 8 am and waiting for MRI to reach out to them so they could do an MRI today because they live out of town. After seeing the doctor, they came back out in the waiting room and let us know what they were waiting for. After a little time passed and MRI hadn't reached out, Shuntoi walked over to MRI to find out why and was able to get them assistance. The patient was able to get their MRI today because of her diligence and willingness to care for others."

September

Lora Robbins

"I nominate Lora because she is always willing to go above and beyond not only at her job but helping others as well. She is always willing to lend a hand to help when things get overwhelming. I appreciate her help and I'm glad to have her on my team. She is definitely an Ortho GEM! "

Nominated by Kasey Lolley

August

Emily Strickland

"Emily has spent the last year and a half studying and PASSING her hand boards. This specialty licensure is extremely difficult and has only a 59% pass rate. Now she is the third Certified Hand Therapist in our outpatient hand therapy department at UAB Highlands. Emily strives to give quality care to all patients and works diligently to be excellent at her job. Emily has an excellent work ethic and she is helping our department be the preferred provider for hand therapy in Alabama."

Nominated by Christy Mann

July

Cindy Perdue

"She truly goes above and beyond every single day in her pursuit of helping make our residency program great. Since she arrived she’s been a force of nature helping to unify the residency program and keeping things organized and communicating clearly. She is always positive and willing to help! It is hard to hire someone who is so organized and dedicated to their work but it’s even harder to find someone who does all of that and also cares deeply about the residents she is helping. Cindy 110% deserves recognition for all her work!"

June

Willie J. Mayweather

"We appreciate Mr. Mayweather and the excellent course he taught on the basics of serial casting. He took the time to come over on his lunch break and he spent 2 very patient hours with the VA rehab staff, demonstrating how to do an upper and lower extremity cast. I can’t sing enough praises for him, as his training will allow us to better serve our veterans who require this intervention."

May

Dominique Square-McCray

"She is so deserving of Orthopaedic GEM, because she always inspires, and reward her employees verbally for great work and dedication to all task provided within the department. She set the tone for the entire office by being an excellent leader and an expert in helping us to become experts in our roles. She encourages team bonding, and always goes above and beyond for patients, nurses, doctors, and all her staff, no matter what!"

 Submitted Anonymously

April

Kaitlin Simon

"Kaitlin is always willing to help her co-workers, no matter how busy we may be. And she always makes sure our patients are well taken care of by always going above the call of duty to recover every document necessary to secure referrals and appointments. .... I just love to hear her say, 'It's a great day in Orthopedics. How may I help you, Love?'"

 Submitted Anonymously

February

Axel Lindstrom, OT

"Axel is a very hard worker who is committed to providing excellent care to his patients. He is always willing to help his teammates, no matter the task. Even when short-staffed in the cast room, he not only ensures every patient is well taken care of, but he does so while maintaining a positive attitude. Axel is a valued teammate, and we are so lucky to have him in Ortho!"

 Submitted Anonymously

January

Tasha Burrell, CMA

"Tasha joined us in October and has quickly become a valued teammate. She easily assimilated into Sports Medicine and can be depended on to provide excellent, efficient care to our patients. She is a hard worker and takes on some of our busiest clinics with grace and ease. She has volunteered multiple times to help cover at our St. Vincent's 119 clinic and is helping train their new CCMA. We are so thankful she joined our team!"

 Submitted Anonymously

Previous GEMs

  • 2022
    January
    • Megan Allmendinger
    • Amber Booth
    February
    • Kim Vaughn
    • Dustin Harrison
    March
    • Christopher Ford
    • Patti Hudson
    April
    • Janette Marshall
    • Rachel Gordon
    May
    • Jessica Balik
    • Anna Stephens
    June
    • Kathryn Mahaffey
    July
    • Ashley Williamson
    November
    • Valerie Ackman
    December
    • Katy Haynes
  • 2021
    January
    • Kenneth Davis, LAT, ATC
    February
    • Kristen Craven
    March
    • Ortho Call Center
    April
    • Karla Corbitt
    • Jason Gay
    May
    • Chris Ford
    • Clisby Jones
    June
    • Patti Hudson
    • Greg Scoggins
    July
    • KaDezia Bouyer
    • Janet Gillispie
    August
    • Tomeria Jones
    • Alexandra Mitchell
    September
    • Keisha Hill
    • Megan Steirer
    October
    • Amanda Wester
    November
    • Didi Phillips
    • Taylor Elliot
  • 2020
    July
    • Sonya Adams
    • Christy Acton
    August
    • Andrea Boohaker
    • Davita Hill
    September
    • Amy Blish
    • Brittany Smith
    October
    • Debby Forester
    December
    • Sarah Kasprow
    • Brandy Embry