November-December 2013 | LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON




Bobby Hammond III continues the family tradition established by his father of helping local residents in need of rehabilitation at Atlantic Physical Therapy

Written By: Jonathan Westman | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

Bobby Hammond III has worked at his father’s physical therapy-and-rehabilitation center, Atlantic Physical Therapy in Ocean Pines, since 1999. Back then, his jobs were simple and strategic — designed to instill discipline and a strong work ethic — under the watchful eye and direction of his father.

Today, the 26-year-old returns as the staff’s newest certified physical therapist, and he’s eager to help those in need 
regain their strength, functionality and mobility.

“This is where I grew up, where I was raised,” Bobby III said. “It means a lot to me to be able to give back to the community now. It’s very rewarding.”

“I have been grooming him for this,” said Bobby Hammond Jr. “His first job here was folding towels; then, he graduated to walking patients to their cars when it was raining with an umbrella, so they wouldn’t get wet. He’s always had a great personality and a desire to succeed. He will be a strong addition to our greatly talented team.”

A talented athlete, Bobby III played multiple sports while attending Stephen Decatur High School. As the quarterback and team captain, he helped lead the squad to a regional championship and was highly regarded as a boxer, just like his dad. Unfortunately, Bobby III suffered a torn labrum that required three surgeries, threatening to end his sports career.

“I never thought I was going to be able to play sports again,” Bobby III said. “Not only did I recover fully, I was able to box for a national championship. My physical therapy and rehabilitation allowed me to do that and provided me with a tremendous amount of inspiration to want to help others in my career.”

Hammond III, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and earned his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, went on to compete in the NCBA boxing championships in just his sixth career fight.

“I can’t even express how I feel to be able to join this team,” he said. “It’s a great feeling.”

Atlantic Physical Therapy, voted the 2013 business of the year by the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce, is also set to open two new locations in their continuing effort to reach and serve residents in need of their expert services on the Eastern Shore. On December 1, fully equipped, state-of-the-art centers will debut in Salisbury on Route 13 South and in Ocean View on Route 26.


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