Meet the singing physical therapy assistant at Walker Baptist who’s also a pastor

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Bubba Hallman in front of Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Today we’ve got a fun story of a physical therapy assistant who’s also a pastor and sometimes sings to his patients. Meet Anthony “Bubba” Hallman. He’s worked for Brookwood Baptist Health for 25 years at three different hospitals, including Walker Baptist. Keep reading to find out why he can’t think of a better place to work.

Meet Bubba Hallman

Bubba Hallman
Bubba Hallman is a physical therapy assistant at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Originally from Cordova, Anthony “Bubba” Hallman has been working for Brookwood Baptist Health, which includes four of the former Baptist Health System hospitals, for 25 years. He started at Montclair, moved to Princeton Baptist and now works at Walker Baptist

Professionally, he’s a physical therapy assistant. And, for the last 14 years, he’s served as pastor of Dovertown Freewill Baptist Church in Cordova. 

Fun fact: Hallman frequently gets requests to sing for his patients.

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Hallman realized he wanted to work in physical therapy in high school

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Where the PT magic happens at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Hallman started his first job in November 1996 at Montclair Hospital.

When he was a senior in high school, a woman who worked at Walker Baptist came to his school to talk to the whole student body about their futures. When she mentioned physical and occupational therapy,

“A light bulb just kind of went off that day, because I always knew something in the medical field was something to look for because medical is a good, stable kind of career. Medical is always going to be here.”

Since Hallman had been a football player in high school, physical therapy was right up his alley. Especially since he had to go through physical therapy himself in 1994 for reconstructive knee surgery.

That experience gave him clarity about his direction, so he decided to get his associates degree to become a physical therapy assistant. 

Do you feel a calling to work in the medical field? Brookwood Baptist Health is hiring.

Music was there all along 

Bubba Hallman
Bubba Hallman as pastor. Photo via Bubba Hallman

When Hallman first began working in physical therapy, he was a “weekend warrior” with a quartet and sang as a member of his local congregation. 

In 2002, he became a deacon, then became a pastor in 2007. 

Patients will sometimes recognize him from his church or from the community and request a song. 

Fan favorites include Beulah Land, I’ll Fly Away and Amazing Grace. Although he does dabble a bit on the guitar, he usually sings a capella.

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Hallman works with a variety of patients at Walker Baptist

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Working with a patient at Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Like most people working in physical therapy, Hallman works with a wide variety of patients. 

Generally, they fall into three main categories:

  • Orthopedic patients who’ve had procedures like knee replacements, hip replacements or lumbar fusions.
  • General medical patients who have had a stroke, gastric or cardiac surgery.
  • ICU patients on a ventilator who need a basic range of motion to keep their joints flexible.
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The people are what drew Hallman to Brookwood Baptist Health

After graduation, Hallman had two good job offers, both offering the same money. He prayed about it and felt like he was being led toward Baptist Montclair because he felt a strong connection with the director there. 

“A lot of the staff I met when I went for my interview had been there for a while, and they were a good group of people. It was easy to make my decision. I went with it and haven’t looked back.” 

If you’re looking to start a new career, whether in nursing or something else hospital related, check out Brookwood Baptist Health—they’re hiring!

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