A native near Corpus Christi, Abilene Bone & Joint Clinic’s office manager Rhonda Garcia initially went to school to become a certified dental assistant. And now, more than 30 years later, she is still embracing the medical field with the same passion but just in a different area, managing the daily office operations of an orthopedic surgical group.
After meeting her Air Force firefighter husband of 30 years in Corpus Christi, they moved to Abilene in 1990. Since coming to Abilene, Rhonda and Martin have together managed one of life’s biggest areas – a busy household. They have two college-aged children, Michael, a graduate of Texas A & M; and Madison, a Texas Tech graduate. Madison is also part of the Abilene Bone & Joint Clinic team; Madison works part-time for Dr. Vann.
Though Rhonda and Martin are enjoying their newfound lifestyle as empty nesters and traveling, they enjoy spending time with their children at the kids’ respective collegiate football games.
“I love helping people. I love being a leader and teaching the staff about, hard work, loyalty, commitment and being put on this earth to do God’s work,” boast Rhonda.
In her free time, Rhonda enjoys working out at the gym and spending time by the pool when her and Martin are not traveling.
Unfortunately, Rhonda has experienced being on the other side of the table; her husband is a patient of Dr. Britten, one of Abilene Bone & Joint Clinic’s orthopedic surgeons. Martin was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in his left bicep muscle. Martin has had chemo, surgery and radiation and has been cancer-free for about two and a half years. As tough as it is to discuss, Rhonda explains how Martin’s medical team had not given him a good prognosis; “but with the Lord being by our side he has overcome,” she says with a great deal of relief in her voice.
When asked about the best part of being a member of the Abilene Bone & Joint Clinic team, Rhonda answers quickly, “we’re here to help people, regardless if it’s a patient, or a colleague, and you just can’t find that with any job or company.”