Monica Baker Honored with Joe Worden/Clinic Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

Monica Baker and her parents Jim and Linda Baker

The Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society (TATS) presented Monica Baker, PT, LAT, ATC, with its Joe Worden Clinic/Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year Award at the TATS meeting in Dickson, Tennessee, on Saturday, March 18. Monica is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer with Baptist Memorial Health Care. She runs the on-campus clinic at the University of Memphis.

“It’s such an incredible honor to receive the Joe Worden Award. I’m humbled by the recognition and grateful to be able to do what I love every day,” said Monica.

Joe Worden, the former head athletic trainer at Vanderbilt University, is known for his compassion and professionalism, both on and off the field. The award in his honor is given to an individual who exemplifies the qualities Worden demonstrated during his career.

“We are thankful to Monica for 22 years of service with Baptist. She has a wealth of knowledge in the sports arena, as well as in senior outpatient and acute care. Monica has been a great resource for other professionals in athletic training and physical therapy, helping them with complicated cases,” said Baptist Collierville Director of Rehabilitation Services Dwana DeSanctis, PT.

In 2018, the University of Memphis awarded Monica The Ralph Hatley Silver M Award for her years of exceptional service to Memphis Athletics.

Read about Monica’s journey in our story, From Student Athlete to Team Physical Therapist.