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As a life-long resident of Oak Park and River Forest, I am honored to be practicing orthopaedics in my hometown for over 25 years. I will do my best to serve this outstanding community and pledge to give you compassionate and quality orthopaedic care in a timely manner. Specializing in Sports Medicine on athletes of all ages, I will take care of injuries of your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. Although I am skilled in arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and knee, I will try conservative care as much as possible, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. I also will work with you, your physical therapist and athletic trainers in your rehabilitation while focusing on preventing further injuries. If surgery is necessary, I will give you state of the art arthroscopic surgery and direct you through an aggressive physical therapy program so that you may return to sports rapidly and safely. I also am skilled in surgical and conservative treatment of trauma and fractures of the upper and lower extremities in children and adults. In order to prevent return costumers, I founded our Bone Health Clinic where we will assess your risk of future fractures, educate you in proper nutrition for bone health and, when necessary, start you on medication to increase your bone density and prevent secondary fractures. Conservative and surgical arthritis care is another special interest of mine. I will guide you through a specific program of orthotics, medication, exercise, injections and possibly limited arthroscopy. If surgery is necessary, rapid and successful recovery is possible by optimizing your physical and nutritional health before surgery, performing surgery with computer-assisted total joint instrumentation and using similar rehab program that we do with our athletes.Finally, outside the field of orthopaedics, I have a strong passion for protecting our athletes from the real dangers of concussions. Many years before society was focused on concussions, I brought the first computerized concussion-testing program into our community. Along with rest, vestibular therapy and other means, we use this program to ensure that all of our young athletes have a safe return to sports. I also work with the coaches and players in preventing the onset of concussions. Outside of the office and the operating room, you may find me working on the sidelines of a local sporting event. My favorite pastime is to spend time with my family – especially with my new granddaughter, Mia. My most rewarding and humbling experience was to volunteer, within days of the disaster in Haiti, at St. Damien's Children's Hospital near the epicenter. There we cared for and operating on hundreds of devastated earthquake victims. I also enjoy participating in orthopaedic medical brigades at the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos orphanage in Honduras. Although I spend most of my days there in the clinic and operating rooms, I truly receive may more than I give.
I want to take care of the whole person. I care about making people well, not just fixing a specific problem. I really believe everything is related. I don't want to just treat a shoulder or a knee, but to find and treat the root cause of your injury. I want to make the patient healthier in general. I want to make them well. I'm interested in more natural modalities—physical therapy, sleep and nutrition—and I think patients are, too. People are more of the mindset now of wanting health—robust, lasting health—not just a fix for a particular problem. You have to have an integrated and modern approach for that to happen.