Stan Kotara, PA-C
Stanley J. Kotara, PA-C, joined Lubbock Sports Medicine in the summer of 2008. Stan attended Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, graduating summa cum laude in 1998. He then graduated from the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 2001. Stan spent almost 5 years in practice at the renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas before returning to his native West Texas.
Stan works primarily with Dr. Kevin Crawford, and is closely involved in all aspects of their patient’s care. Stan sees patients in the office, assists in all surgeries, and helps with other regular duties including sports event coverage, education, and research.
During his career, Stan has been affiliated with many high school, college, and professional teams in all sports. He is a member of the Hawkins Shoulder Society as well as several state and national organizations, including a fellow in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as membership in Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery society. He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Athletic Training Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at TTUHSC.
Stan has been invited to give numerous presentations on various sports-related topics at several state and national conferences. In addition to education and teaching, Stan enjoys seeing patients from all walks of life, emphasizing non-operative management of musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries whenever possible. His particular area of interest is in sports-related concussion, serving as a Credentialed ImPACT™ Consultant.
He and his wife Mary Catherine live in Lubbock and enjoy many outdoor activities together. They have two children.
Abbie Simpson, PA-C, joined Lubbock Sports Medicine in the summer of 2018. Abbie attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center graduating Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science in 2014. She then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Physician Assistant program in Galveston, TX and graduated with her Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2016.
Abbie spent her first two years as a PA working for UMC Physicians in Urgent Care. Abbie now works closely with Dr. King and is involved in all aspects of patient care including office visits, assisting in surgery, and hospital care. Abbie and her husband, Sean, live in Lubbock and enjoy the outdoors and traveling.
Benjamin Johnson, PA-C, returned to Lubbock Sports Medicine as a physician assistant in the summer of 2014. He previously served as the clinic coordinator for Dr. Scovell as a certified athletic trainer. Ben attended Stephen F. Austin University and graduated in 2005 with his Bachelors of Science degree. He then attended the Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) in 2008, earning his Master degree in Athletic Training. He spent four years with Dr. Scovell before attending and graduating from the University of North Dakota's Physician Assistant program.
Ben works primarily with Dr. Field Scovell and is closely involved in all aspects of their patient's care. Ben sees patients in the office, assists in all surgeries, and help with other regular duties including sports event coverage, education, and research. He helps with the care of the Texas Tech Men and Women's basketball teams, the Texas Tech Women's soccer team, and several area high schools including Lubbock Cooper, Estacado, New Deal, Lockney, and many others.
In addition to his role in the clinic, Ben has also been active with the Master of Athletic Training program at TTUHSC, serving as a guest lecturer and preceptor and has spoken at different conferences, including Southwest Athletic Trainer's Association convention.
Ben and his wife, Erin, live in Lubbock with their son, Jacob.
- Certified Physician Assistant
- Certified Athletic Trainer
- Licensed Athletic Trainer
- American Heart Association ACLS Certification
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- National Athletic Trainers' Association
- Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association
- Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association
Ben Johnson, PA-C, ATC/L speaks to a group at the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association annual convention. He's segment was entitled, "Upper Extremity Injuries: Emerging Sports, Emerging Treatments". He is assisted by his clinic coordinator Erica Kelly, ATC/L.
Manny Hernandez, PA-C
A familiar face, Manny Hernandez rejoins Lubbock Sports Medicine as a Physician Assistant for Dr. Kevin Crawford after serving a number of years as a clinical coordinator/athletic trainer previously. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota’s Physician Assistant Program and also holds a Master’s of Athletic Training Degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His background in sports medicine and unique experiences help provide more insight into athletic and orthopedics injuries for all ages. Manny works in conjunction with Dr. Crawford to create comprehensive treatment plans to ensure optimal care is delivered for all patients. He is dedicated to offering minimally invasive treatment options for a myriad of orthopedic conditions. Along with his wife, Jessica who is a family nurse practitioner, Manny holds a special interest in medical missionary work.
Holly Short is a Littlefield, TX native and Littlefield HS graduate of 1995. She attended Texas Tech University graduating with her undergrad in 1998 then graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences in 2000 from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Holly followed that up by graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Master’s Program in December of 2003.
After leaving TTUHSC, Holly worked for Covenant Medical Group for 10 years serving in various departments including Cardiovascular Surgery, Covenant Orthopedics, and Orthopedic Trauma Surgery. She has since started her tenure with Lubbock Sports Medicine since August 2014 and serves as the Physician Assistant to Dr. David Shephard. Holly works closely with Dr. Shephard and is involved in all aspects of patient care including office visits, assisting in surgery, and making patient rounds in the hospital.
Holly and her partner, Rhonda, live in Lubbock and have twins, Alex and Carter. They enjoy family outings with the kids, travelling, and a round of golf when they get the chance.
• Professional Memberships
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Orthopedic Trauma Association
American Society for Clinical Pathology
Certified Physician Assistant – National Commissioners on Certification of Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant – Texas State Board of Physician Assistant Examiners
Medical Technologist – American Society for Clinical Pathology
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Lubbock, TX 79409
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