When people step into The Foot and Ankle Clinic they may notice Ray Howard and John Crampton, son of Dr. Randy Crampton, assisting with patients' paperwork or assisting Dr. Randy Crampton with a procedure. The assistants are a little more than meets the eye as both have previously experienced the military, Howard as an Army field medic and Crampton in the Coast Guard.
Both men have been spending the summer working in the Foot and Ankle Clinic as both prepare to go back to school.
"This has been a great experience for us," Howard said. "We are able to practice some of the things that we have learned from our training."
It is a change from the procedures they have learned from their military experience.
Howard looks to become a physician assistant and Crampton looks to become a become a veterinarian.
"I've always been near the medical field and it just seems like something I've always wanted to do," the younger Crampton said.
Howard said that he always like the idea of being able to help out other people and felt that it was a natural step.
Even though they are both from different branches of military service and even joke about each other's branches, they both work hard and get along with each other.
"They have both been really great to have in the office," Dr. Randy Crampton said. "They have really picked up the energy and I think the patients feel it as well."