Though some people may struggle with identifying an ideal career path, but not Justin Harrison, an Abilene Bone & Joint (ABJ) board-certified physician assistant. Justin Harrison found his career at the age of 13. Finding his mother unresponsive due to an asthma attack, Justin took care of her by providing rescue breathing until the first responders arrived.
“God was telling me if I could take care of my mother during a medical crisis, I could take care of people in general,” explains Justin.
Justin’s faith is paramount in his life he shares with his family – his wife, Kendall, and their two sons, ages 10 and 7. Justin is also actively involved with the college ministry program at their church, Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Justin enjoys sharing stories of how his faith – and those of his patients – is readily apparent in his work. “I pray with my patients, and many times prayer helps heal more than I can do on my own,” says Justin. “I’ve had a front row seat in watching God’s work.”
When Justin isn’t working, he enjoys the involvement as coach of various sports with his sons – including Little League and 7-on-7 football. Though his first love for a hobby is golf, beginning at the age of two; Justin even scored a hole-in-one at the age of 12.
Justin and Kendall also spend time traveling – as a family and as a couple. When asked about his favorite destination, he answers quick, “Kendall and I traveled to New Zealand and it was wonderful. Our favorite part was the hot springs of Rotorua; we felt like we had a private spring via the Polynesian Spring Resort.”
Though Abilene, the Big Country and ABJ are experiencing COVID-19 and its related effects, Justin said there were no surprises in the efficient protocols deployed by ABJ and how everyone is managing their respective areas as expected.
Justin has been a part of the Abilene Bone & Joint team since 2013 after serving in various roles throughout the state; Justin’s most recent role was in the emergency room at Abilene’s Hendrick Medical Center.
Justin believes the easy-going, approachable demeanor of the ABJ doctors and their support of his work has been the best part of being part of the ABJ team. When asked what surprises him the most about his work at ABJ, Justin discusses the autonomy provided by the doctors and how they let him do the job he was hired to do.