Brookhaven native will lead Orthopedic Clinic

Published 7:44 am Wednesday, August 30, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Southern Bone and Joint, an orthopedic and sports medicine healthcare provider based out of Hattiesburg, will have a native at the helm of the location in Brookhaven. Brad Martin will be the Physician Assistant overseeing the Brookhaven Clinic. 

Martin was born and raised in Brookhaven and graduated from Brookhaven Academy before studying at Co-Lin, Southern Miss. He went to South University in Savannah, Georgia, to become a Physician Assistant. Martin has worked in the medical field since 1998. 

He started in Brookhaven as an athletic trainer with KDMC and Dr. James Sikes, an orthopedic surgeon with Southern Bone and Joint. Martin covered the local schools Loyd Star, BA, Brookhaven High School, West Lincoln, Enterprise, Bogue Chitto, Co-Lin and Alcorn State as an athletic trainer. 

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“I always liked sports and learned I liked medicine. I wanted to have more involvement with personal care,” Martin said. “It has been that way since 2004. You are never fully out of sports medicine. At sporting events, you are on standby, especially if people know who you are. Whether you are working or not, they will try to get you to help with injuries. I have done that my whole career. I’ve stuck with it, and God has led me to continue to do it. I enjoy it, I do.” 

Martin’s daughter Mallory is a senior soccer player at Brookhaven Academy. Mallory shared how her faith has helped her following a soccer game on August 8. His oldest daughter Makayla Martin played soccer and tennis at Co-Lin and is now at Mississippi College and looking to study medicine. 

His youngest son, Maddox Martin, is in eighth grade at Brookhaven Academy. Amber Martin, Brad’s wife, is a nurse practitioner at KDMC’s pediatric clinic. He said he spends his free time with his family. He said he enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling. 

Hometown clinic

Martin said it would be special to run a clinic in his hometown. Southern Bone and Joint announced the fifth satellite location in July. Martin said they will finish renovations in September. 

The location will feature five exam rooms, an X-ray room and a casting room, for supplies to tend to broken bones. Exam rooms will be fully functional to treat back, knees, shoulders and wounds. 

“We are excited about it. I’ve been working in Hattiesburg until this gets finished,” Martin said. “It is fantastic they will allow me the opportunity to run the clinic in Brookhaven. It sure is nice working with one of the best orthopedic specialists in the state. We are excited, and I’m thankful to Southern Bone and Join for trusting me and believing in me to have a clinic like this. It is exciting.”