Parker County Today May 2017 - Page 67

Dr. Jack Eidson Physician Excellence Award — Dr. Chris Happ Dr. Christopher Happ wasn’t born in Texas, but he made it here as fast as he could. In 2013, he moved here from Peru, Illinois for his spine surgery fellowship at the Texas Back Institute in Plano. Chris and his wife moved east of Aledo in 2014, and he started his practice in Weatherford. They also have four beautiful children, Clark, Lilly, Alice and Violet. With Happ also being an assistant coach for his son’s base- ball team, both parents spend their days running to sports activities and school events. They enjoy supporting local education and charity causes, especially the Aledo Education Foundation and Aledo AdvoCats, along with local wildlife conservation efforts. “My wife and I used to volunteer at free health clinics in medical school and residency, and I have been to Ethiopia on a spine surgery mission trip, which was very humbling and rewarding,” Happ said. “As the kids get older, I hope to make that a yearly trip so they appreciate their life here in Texas. We truly care about our local community and are always looking for ways to give back to our community.” Happ has served as chief resident and was the recipient of the Raymond J. Schluter Award, which is given to the top performing resident. He also was the recipient of an award as top performer in a fellowship. Recently, he was nominated as one of Fort Worth’s Top Docs. Even with all of his awards and experience, Happ says that his biggest accomplishment is being a father, and that it’s also the hardest and most rewarding job he has. Continued on page 78 2017 Jamie Bodiford Benevolent Powerhouse Award Winner Keller Williams DFW Metro SW Kate Hogan 65