GROVE — Even back in the fourth grade, Tyson Trimble knew he wanted to be a surgeon.

“I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t pursuing this,” said Trimble, a 1999 graduate of Commerce High School.

“I have a book, like a fourth-grade project, and the bibliography on the back that said I wanted to be a surgeon. It was one of those ‘God said’ type things. As clichéish as it might sound, it definitely was a calling for me.”

He’s starting his sixth year as a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon with Integris Grove Hospital.

According to an Integris release, Trimble “provides comprehensive orthopedic care for patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. He provides a variety of services and treatments for orthopedic conditions.”

In addition to treating sports injuries, other services he offers are minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, treatment of joint pain and arthritic conditions including foot, ankle, hand, wrist, knee, elbow and shoulder, total joint replacements of the knee and hip, treatment of broken bones/fractures and soft tissue trauma, treatment of pain/injuries to cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bones, hand and upper extremity pain/injuries and Carpal tunnel syndrome.

“It’s been great. I couldn’t have imagined a better fit in Grove for me and my family,” Trimble said. “It’s really worked out well. These five years have gone by quickly. My wife (Elizabeth) loves it here, being on the lake, and my kids (Cole and Carson) have loved going to school here and are involved.”

Tyson Trimble was fortunate to have had a relatively injury-free playing career, both at CHS and then Missouri Southern State University.

“I never had surgery, but did have a couple broken bones and my senior year had a pretty severe AC separation,” he said.

He thinks his past experiences help him working with athletes.

“I come from a different perspective than a lot of physicians who haven’t done that,” he said. “I kinda know what you can play through and what you can’t, what is typical with this or that. It helps out having that perspective in figuring out which ones you are going to allow to play and which ones need to sit.”

Trimble attended medical school at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa.

He completed his residency at the OSU Medical Center, also in Tulsa.

“I trained there the majority of the time, but spent time at St. Francis, Hillcrest, those systems, and spent six months in Cincinnati (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) working on pediatrics and six months at Tampa General (Tampa, Florida) working on trauma,” Trimble said.

He was an all-state quarterback at Commerce. He also was a state record holder in track and was valedictorian of the Class of ’99.

He cherishes getting to play for his father, Rick, now offensive coordinator at Owasso.

“I will cherish those moments forever,” the younger Trimble said. “Growing up, I didn’t really appreciate what that was and how special it was, I can’t say though how awesome it was.”

The Tigers reached the Class A quarterfinals in 1998, losing 42-28 to Panama. They were 8-2 in the regular season then beat Davenport 41-14 in the first round and Stratford 46-28.

A year earlier, they also finished 8-2 in the regular season then beat Barnsdall in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

The Tigers were eliminated by Keota, 14-6 in the second round.

Rick Trimble was 138-63 in 13 seasons at CHS.

He went to Owasso at the same time as Tyson started his residency in Tulsa.

“He still speaks so fondly of his memories and experiences he had when he was at Commerce and I do too,” Tyson Trimble said. “We have lots of good memories.”