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Our Leadership


Justin Lawson

Chief Executive Officer


Justin Lawson is the Chief Executive Officer of Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics and MPOWER Physical Therapy. Justin joined Dr. Burton F. Elrod as a Controller (Managerial Accountant) in 1999 and went on to found Elite alongside Dr. Elrod, Dr. Moore, and Dr. Willers in 2006. Since those early days, the company has grown from 25 to over 250 employees.

Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Justin grew up on a farm, and learned about hard work from working in his family’s construction business. He started his career in accounting after volunteering to fill-in when the family business was between bookkeepers. After only two weeks on the job, the company’s computer software system crashed without a backup, requiring that he rebuild it from scratch. Little did he know at the time that those early experiences would lead him where he is today.

Justin went on to graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to Nashville in hopes of becoming a singer-songwriter. This pursuit led him to Dr. Elrod in Nashville and to his current career. He is still passionate about music; he continues to play guitar and write whenever he gets the chance.

Justin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE), and he received his MBA at Belmont University. As the CEO of both Elite and MPOWER, his role includes organizational leadership, vision, strategy, real estate, physician recruitment, negotiation, and more. Justin has been recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as one of the top business leaders in healthcare at their 2020 Healthcare Awards.

Outside of work, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, traveling, playing music, spending time with friends and exercising. Justin and one of his daughters have recently taken up scuba diving lessons in hopes of one day diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia!

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