Our people: Rising to the top

Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life.

“I enjoy teaching athletes about their injury and how to rehabilitate and watching them return to play,” he said.

Sievers, a track athlete in his youth, calls himself a pole vault fanatic and remains involved in the sport as a volunteer coach. In his free time, he enjoys visiting the mountains to hike, climb and ski.