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Medical Professional Salute: Joyce Marie Claxton

We Salute Our Tennessee Walking Horse Medical Family

We want to hear from those on the front lines! 

Joyce Marie Claxton – Shelbyville, Tennessee

1. What is your Occupation? 
Office Manager at Orthopedic office and Radiology Tech.

2. Where do you work? 
Tennova Orthopedics / Dr. Brian Petersen

3. What does your job entail? Tell us about a typical day for you. 
We typically see anywhere from 50-75 patients in office 3 days a week, with the other 2 days being surgery days. We normally do approximately 12-15 surgical procedures per week. My day usually consists of patient care, surgical scheduling, insurance prior authorizations and pre-operative clearances and testing for patients

4. How has the Coronavirus affected your job? 
We are still working, people still hurt and break bones. We have had to adjust our scheduling and check in procedures to only allow less than half of the normally scheduled patients in order ensure patient and staff safety.  All of our surgical procedures have been postposed at this time to allow us to save all possible PPE and ventilator needs, with only emergent procedures being performed, until the government restrictions are lifted. 

5. How long have you been in the horse business and/or how are you related to the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry? 
I was born into the industry. My late father, Benny Johnson, was a TWH trainer his entire life. I have lifelong friendships because of the Tennessee Walking Horse!

6. Do you currently have horses in training and if so who are they and who is your trainer? 
 No horses in training currently, but I love to hit the trails whenever I am able.

7. Tell us about a special horse related memory whether in the ring, on the trail or at the barn? 
It’s hard to pick just 1! In the ring would have to be my spotlight ride on WGC Go Boy’s Red Sails at the 50th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration with my daddy as my trainer … and at the barn it would have to be the happy horse nickering I always got when I walked into the barn from my heart horse, Spring’s Starmaker.

8. Do you have any personal words of encouragement that you would like to pass along to your friends and family in the horse industry? 
A few verses that encourage me and I have to remind myself of daily during these uncertain times.  

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious about nothing, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and I will help you; I will uphold you with mu righteous right hand.

The Walking Horse Report would like to thank you for your service to our nation, our communities and our Walking Horse Industry as we all try and deal with this pandemic that our country is facing.

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