At what point did Dr. Nicole Goddard know she made the right decision to start her career at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine? The moment she pulled into the driveway of the physician group’s Summit Woods campus in Sharonville and saw the statue of a baseball player made out of baseball bats and the multiple photos of baseball players on the walls inside.

That’s because her father, Joe Goddard, played Major League baseball, is a member of the Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame and was a coach for a high school baseball team in West Virginia for more than 35 years, including leading the team to a state championship.

“When I pulled up and saw the statue in the front of the baseball bats and everything I said, ‘Well, this kind of feels like I’m at home in my parents’ basement,’” says Goddard, a doctor of osteopathic medicine. “It’s a good, comfortable feeling,” she says.

What’s also comfortable is that Beacon reminds Goddard, a former athlete in high school and college, of being a member of a team again. “I really like the atmosphere, there’s a lot of energy,” says Goddard. “A lot of support and teamwork,” says the primary care sports medicine specialist who will see patients primarily at Beacon’s Wilmington College campus location—one of Beacon’s seven locations.

The clinic’s location on a college campus was another plus for Goddard. “I really liked the atmosphere at the college,” she says. “The idea of having my clinic on a college campus really fit my personality, so that was the big draw for me.”

The big draw for Dr. Matthew Johansen, another new doctor at Beacon, was the physician group’s private practice structure. “The private practice offers you the ability to be a little more flexible with how you want to practice,” says Johansen. “You’re more able to take care of patients the way you want to rather than being dictated by somebody else,” he says.

Taking care of patients and getting them back to their normal life as quickly as possible is important to Johansen, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements. “You have people who come in really debilitated in wheelchairs and using walkers and just to see them improve and the success rate of those surgeries is so high that it’s great having happy patients,” says Johansen.

Another plus for joining Beacon was its close proximity to Columbus. That’s where Johansen, the married father of three children all under the age of 4, grew up in the suburb of Dublin. “It’s close to home so it’s nice to be a lot closer to grandparents,” he says.

Johansen also likes the group of doctors he’s now working with at Beacon. “It’s a really good group of doctors,” says Johansen. “It’s nice having a great group of people to work with.”

Although both Goddard and Johansen have different reasons for choosing Beacon as their new place of employment both say it was undergoing knee surgery as teenagers that got them interested in the field of medicine.

Goddard, however, now has firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to have knee surgery both as a teen and as an adult after recently undergoing an operation to repair her other torn anterior cruciate ligament.

It’s not the way she would have preferred to gain that understanding. “I think I would have rather read about it,” says Goddard.