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North Oaks Orthopaedic

Ponchatoula native Matthew Bruhn, MMS, PA-C, has joined North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center in Hammond as a physician assistant.

Certified by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Bruhn will work alongside fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon Vince Lands, MD.

Physician assistants are nationally certified, state-licensed medical professionals who practice on medical teams under the supervision of a physician. PAs are qualified to assist in surgery, take medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, offer preventive care counseling, write prescriptions and round on hospitalized patients.

After graduating Cum Laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, Bruhn earned a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies through Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.

While at Lincoln Memorial University, he volunteered his time and expertise to the Rural Health Aid program of Brock Hughes Medical Center in Wytheville, Virginia. He also assisted with disaster cleanup in LaFollette, Tennessee.

As part of his PA training, Bruhn participated in various clinical rotations at medical centers across the U.S. He completed rotations in behavioral medicine, cardiovascular surgery, emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, but it was orthopaedics that resonated with him.

“I love the challenge of identifying the body mechanics behind each patient’s orthopaedic concern,” Bruhn said.

Bruhn worked for nine years in the Hammond-Ponchatoula area as a certified pharmacy technician.

North Oaks Orthopaedic Specialty Center in Hammond is located in Suite 100 of the North Oaks Clinic Building at 15813 Paul Vega, M.D., Dr. in Hammond.

Albion College

Daniel Acosta, a Hammond High School graduate, is a new member of Albion College’s Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program.

He is a first-year student at Albion College, a private liberal arts college in Albion, Michigan, with approximately 1,500 students. The college is nationally recognized for its academic excellence in the liberal arts tradition, a learning-centered commitment and a future-oriented perspective.

University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi welcomed more than 350 students, including Hammond residents Olivia Maurer and Sean McKenzie, into the UM chapter of Phi Kappa Phi for the fall 2020-21 semester.

Maurer is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Leadership within the College of Liberal Arts, nad McKenzie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering within the School of Engineering.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines in its mission “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is based on a student’s sound character and academic standing. Juniors must have completed 72 credit hours and rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class, while seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class.

Phi Kappa Phi celebrated 60 years on the UM campus in 2019. The honor society was founded at the University of Maine in 1897. At Ole Miss, notable inductees include former chancellor Robert Khayat, the late Senator Thad Cochran and bestselling author John Grisham. Presidents, senators, Supreme Court Justices, governors, Pulitzer Prize winners, even astronauts count themselves as members of Phi Kappa Phi.

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