Our Team

Concussion Care Team Physicians

Payton Fennell, DO

Board-Certified in Sports Medicine 

As a board certified sports medicine physician, Dr. Fennell creates a bridge between family medicine and orthopedics. He offers a wide range of services to patients of all ages from splinting and casting to specialized treatment for athletes with diabetes, asthma and hypertension. As he grew up wrestling and playing football in a small town in New Jersey, he developed a passion for helping injured athletes return to play quickly and safely. Dr. Fennell’s training also enables him to help patients with repetitive motion injuries return to work pain free. Dr. Fennell is a team physician for Lenoir-Rhyne University and Fred T. Foard High School and is a member of the American Medical Association for Sports Medicine.


Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Cabarrus Family Medicine


  • Treatment of overuse injuries and sports injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury/concussion
  • Fitting for orthotics
  • Gait analysis
  • Treatment of diabetes and hypertension for athletes
  • Treatment of athletes with Attention Deficicit Disorder (ADD)
  • Joint pain evaluation and injection
  • Casting
  • Splinting

Joe Brausch, MS, LAT, ATC


Joe has always enjoyed working out. As a physically active teenager, he had friends that sustained injuries while participating in sports. He began to consider ways to treat sports related injuries so athletes could avoid surgery or being removed from competition. As a result, Joe decided to pursue athletic training at Miami University of Ohio and went on to obtain his Masters degree from West Virginia University. He is now a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. When he is away from work he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.