Sports Medicine


Dr. Franklin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received his Medical Degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, AL in 2003. After completing his orthopaedic residency at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC in 2008, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Franklin is a native of Huntsville and attended Grissom High School. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is on the active staff at Crestwood Hospital and the Surgery Center of Huntsville.

Specialty Centers: Sports MedicineJoint ReplacementGeneral Orthopaedics
Patient Education: KneeHipShoulder



Dr. Eric Janssen is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with an emphasis in the diagnosis and treatment of knee and shoulder injuries. He brings over 25 years of experience to his practice. Dr. Janssen’s interest in sports medicine comes from his own experience as a high school and college athlete. He graduated from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia in 1986 and completed his residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. In 1992, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic in Columbus, Georgia. He also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 2018. Dr. Janssen has held numerous professional appointments, and serves as team physician for several area high schools as well as a number of local colleges and universities. In addition, Dr. Janssen is a consultant for Microport Orthopedics, Inc.

Dr. Janssen has published several articles on ACL reconstruction techniques and has participated in numerous research studies of the knee and shoulder. He is currently conducting post market research on articular cartilage repair.

Specialty Centers: Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement
Patient Education: Knee, Shoulder, Cartilage Repair/Transplanation
Handouts: Diagnosis & Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Injuries (July 2011)
Handouts: Upper Extremity Injuries & Fractures, NANPA (September 2011)


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Dr. Layton is a specialist in sports medicine and a 1989 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. After completing his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1994, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has served as team physician and consultant for such notable teams as University of Florida and Oklahoma State University as well as consultant for the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball. He is currently performing cartilage transplantation of the knee. Dr. Layton is a course instructor for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in advanced knee ligament reconstructive procedures as well as a Clinical Instructor at UAB.

Specialty Centers: Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement
Patient Education: Knee, Shoulder



Dr. Owen is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with special interest and advanced training in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biological engineering with honors from The University of Alabama in 2009. During his time at Alabama, he received significant recognition for his academic and leadership accomplishments. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. Afterwards, he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center in 2018. During his training, Dr. Owen received further subspecialty sports training at UAB, Andrews Sports Medicine, and Children’s of Alabama. Dr. Owen then proceeded to pursue further training with a sports medicine and arthroscopic fellowship at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute in Taos, New Mexico. Dr. Owen has been a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard team, University of Alabama at Birmingham, New Mexico Highlands University and local high school teams.

Dr. Owen has published multiple papers in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals and has been invited to speak at national meetings. He is a member of numerousprofessional orthopaedic associations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Owen is on staff and operates at Crestwood Medical Center, The Surgery Center of Huntsville and Madison Surgery Center. Dr. Owen is a board eligible orthopaedic surgeon.

Specialty Centers: Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement
Patient Education: Knee, Shoulder


Dr. Moore graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harding University, where he received significant recognition for his academic accomplishments and sports activities. He attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham and obtained his M.D. degree in 1993. Afterwards, he completed his internship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Dr. Moore is a native of Huntsville/Madison County, and is a member of numerous medical and orthopaedic professional associations. He has a special interest in sports medicine and joint replacement. Dr. Moore is available for appointments at both the Athens and Madison offices.

Specialty Centers: General OrthopaedicsSports MedicineJoint Replacement
Patient Education: shoulderknee

Thomas Ricks, M.D.

Dr. Ricks is from Crystal Springs, a rural town in central Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a degree in Chemistry. He then attended Medical School at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. After medical school, Dr. Ricks completed an internship at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston, SC followed by the remainder of his Family Medicine Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

During residency, Dr. Ricks pursued interests in Sports Medicine and Underserved Medicine, ultimately earning added residency certificates for completion of the Sports Medicine and Global and Underserved Medicine tracks. Dr. Ricks then attended a Non-Operative Sports Medicine Fellowship through the American Sports Medicine Institute at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center in Birmingham, AL. During his residency and fellowship Dr. Ricks worked with several high school, college, and processional athletic programs including College of Charleston, Charleston Battery, Charleston Riverdogs, South Carolina Stingrays, McAdory High School, Jacksonville State University, Birmingham S University, Samford University, Birmingham Barons Baseball, New Orleans Breakers (USFL), and the Alabama Ballet.

Dr. Ricks specializes in the evaluation and non-operative management of a wide variety of orthopedic issues including sports/exercise injuries, chronic overuse injuries, and degenerative joint disease. He treats patients of all ages from little leaguers to high school/college athletes to weekend warriors to active seniors and all those in between. He specializes in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound-guided procedures including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), prolotherapy, corticosteroid injection, viscosupplementation injection, tenotomy, barbotage, and trigger-finger release. Other services offered by Dr. Ricks include non-operative fracture management, exertional compartment testing, sideline medical coverage, and concussion management.

Specialty Centers: General OrthopaedicsSports Medicine