Dr. Brad Timpf was a well respected colleague in the community of Chiropractic Sports Physicians here in Florida. Today, we laid Brad to rest. Only 32 years young when he was shot because someone wanted his car, his parking spot, his wallet or whatever. I'm still in shock.
I met Dr. Timpf about a year before he graduated Life Chiropractic College. He was referred to my office by a mentor of mine because Brad wanted to see how a "sports chiropractor" practiced. At 6'10", Brad was hard to miss when he entered my SoBe office. We spent a few hours together talking while he watched me treat patients. We traded email addresses and I gave him some suggestions on techniques to learn, books to read and he went back to school. We would email each other once in a while just to say "hey" and keep in touch.
After his receiving his doctorate, I would hear from Brad intermittently over the years. I would see him at professional conventions and at a mutual friends parties. Most recently we got a chance to see each other and chat at that friends wedding. What a beautiful day that was. It was one of those incredible days when people all say: "this is why we moved to Florida". I remember, my wife chatted with his girlfriend about many things, including how she and Brad first met. Brad and I would go out of view at these events and adjust one another (it's a chiropractic thing...) because after a long day at the office, nothing is better than a good adjustment to loosen you up and relieve your aches and pains. It was at one of these parties that Brad and I found out we attended the same high school, although I graduated about 11 years prior. We had both grown to have a healthy respect for one another. He had become a physician I was very proud to call a colleague.
Over the last several years, Brad had become extremely involved in the Florida Chiropractic Associations Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation. This organization and its members are dedicated to advancing their education & training in the science of sports medicine and dedicate their time toward treating athletes and helping them perform at the top of their game. Brad spend much of his spare time treating local athletes at various sporting events and representing the FCA Sports Council. He was definately making a great name for himself amongst his colleagues.
Well, it was in 1999 when the Sports Council began to give an award to the doctor who in the "eyes" of the sports council and its board of directors, gave the most of him or herself on behalf of the chiropractic sports community. Someone who stood out among the best of the best. The award has been given to only 7 doctors. Yours truly being one of them. As such, I felt it was my responsibility as a friend and as a colleague of Dr. Timpf to put before the current board of directors, a motion to re-name the Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year award, to the Dr. Bradley Timpf Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award. Along with some help and overwhelming support from my friends Dr. Val Gambina, Dr. Mike Mathesie & Dr. Tom Hyde, the charge was then taken up by the current sports council president, Dr. Joanne Fava who personally called each board member herself to expedite the process. Joanne, you go girl !
In a (very) late night vote last night, the motion easily passed. Dr. Fava called me with the news this morning. Brad my friend, your passion for our profession, your passion for athletes and sports competition, your genuine kind heartedness, your incredible demeanor & spirit will live on forever as the Florida Chiropractic Association's Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation officially renamed the award to honor and memorialize you and when given out to a deserving colleague from now on and into the future, the award will now be know as the:
FCA Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation
Dr. Bradley Timpf
Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award
In addition to renaming the award, the board also voted him as the recipeint of the award for 2006.
Brad, we'll miss you. Your patients, your family, your friends, your community and your profession will miss you. But your memory and spirit will live on when we give this award to a fellow professional who embodied what your colleagues have come to know you as; The Best of The Best.
Rest in peace my friend.
Todd M. Narson, DC, CCSP