Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
Manuel’s journey as an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner started in 2017 when he joined SOS. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a Masters of Nurse Practitioner and is certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Manuel loves treating patients in the clinic setting and diagnosing musculoskeletal disorders. Manuel believes in compassionate and holistic care. He works in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Samelson and performs first assist duties in surgery. Manuel has vast experience in caring for acutely ill patients in the hospital setting.
Manuel is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He was born in Colombia but has lived in several countries including Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Manuel has lived in the river region area since 2001. He is married and has three girls. He enjoys time with his family, golfing, fishing, and piloting drones.
Derrick Johnson graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1998. He received a BS degree in Physician Assistant studies. Before that he also earned in a BS degree from UAB in business management. He stumbled onto the healthcare field after an injury in rehabilitation. This sparked a passion to learn more. He made the Dean’s list on several different occasions in pursuant to his degree. After graduation, Derrick has primarily worked in orthopedics during his career. He has also worked in family practice and internal medicine.
Derrick is a “military brat”. He was born in Germany. He spent his formative years in Texas before settling in Huntsville Alabama. He is married with two children. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and baking. Yes…..Baking!!
Montgomery, AL 36117
Prattville, AL 36066
Wetumpka, AL 36093