EmergeOrtho PA, Krista Bartlett, PA-C, Receives National Recognition!

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EmergeOrtho PA Receives National Recognition

Johns Creek, GA, Jan. 11, 2017 – Krista Kathleen Bartlett, PA-C, who is employed by EmergeOrtho, has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Bartlett was recognized for earning a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in this specialty area. She is one of only four Certified PAs in North Carolina to earn a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

“Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding masters-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

 About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are more than 115,500 certified PAs in the U.S. today. For more information, visit www.PAsDoThat.net.

Sushil is now a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist!

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Physical Therapist Sushil Ramchandani, PT, MHA, OCS, CKTP, CTPS, is now a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist!

The CTPS designates his ability to train the physical aspects of tennis performance and injury prevention. As a certified member of the International Tennis Performance Association, he is educated in the major areas needed to be able to train tennis players in an effective and efficient manner for success on the courts.

Sushil sees patients at the Southpoint location of EmergeOrtho, formerly Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.

Congratulations, Sushil!

 

New Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon! Welcome, Dr. Kurt Voos!

We are pleased to welcome a spine specialist to serve patients in Wilson, Raleigh, and our new Brier Creek office!

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Dr. Voos is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who treats conditions including low back pain, scoliosis, trauma spine surgery, spondylolisthesis, and herniated discs.

New Building: EmergeOrtho Office Opens in Brier Creek!

 

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JANUARY 3, 2017 – EmergeOrtho is opening a new 30,000 square foot building in Brier Creek this week to provide comprehensive Orthopaedic and Specialty care to Wake County.  Located at 7850 Brier Creek Parkway, the location will offer Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Bone Health, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and an after-hours Orthopaedic Urgent Care. The Brier Creek office will be comprised of experienced, board-certified providers who have been treating patients at other Triangle locations of EmergeOrtho, formerly Triangle Orthopaedic Associates.

“We formed EmergeOrtho to preserve the private practice model, a standard of care that puts the patient first.  We are proud to expand our services in Wake County with this new, state-of-the-art facility,” says Dr. Thomas Dimmig, acting president of EmergeOrtho.

The location of the new office furthers EmergeOrtho’s dedication to patient-centered care by further simplifying outpatient surgery.  The Brier Creek clinic is located adjacent to Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center, a 10,000 square foot single-specialty surgery center dedicated to Orthopaedics.  Patients scheduled for outpatient procedures will be able to have pre-op appointments, surgery, follow-up care, and physical rehabilitation in one convenient area.

The new office is also near another EmergeOrtho facility, a partnership with D1 Sports, located at 6330 Mount Herman Road providing physical therapy and sports medicine.

EmergeOrtho has 49 office locations in 21 counties from the mountains to the coast of North Carolina.  The name change came in August of 2016 as four physician-owned practices joined  in a common mission of delivering innovative, streamlined, patient-centered care, empowering patients to emerge stronger.

Dr. Belhorn Receives Certification in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound!

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Rheumatologist Linda Belhorn recently obtained certification in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound through the American College of Rheumatology. Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound can assist in the early diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis as well as other soft tissue disorders including tendinitis and bursitis.

Dr. Belhorn has been practicing Rheumatology in Durham since 1999.  She sees patients at the Chapel Hill and Durham offices of EmergeOrtho, formerly Triangle Orthopaedics. Her clinical interests include general rheumatology as well as the connective tissue diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Dr. Stellpflug is another EmergeOrtho rheumatologist with an RhMSUS, seeing patients in Raleigh.

Free Seminar: Tommy John and Related Injuries in Baseball

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Dr. Kuremsky will be giving a talk on injury prevention in throwing sports on Saturday, January 21 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.

Anyone is welcome. Parents, athletes, trainers, therapists!

“We will review injuries and treatment, then have an open discussion. The exchange of ideas last year was the best part and people stayed an extra 90 minutes to continue discussing,” said Dr. Kuremsky.

The talk will be at our Apex office at 910 West Williams Street.

The event is free but space is limited! Please RSVP by January 18 to BSherrell@triangleortho.com or 919.281.1958.

 

 

EmergeOrtho physicians at the 9th Triennial Meeting of the Duke Hand Club!

EmergeOrtho‘s own physicians, Dr’s. Craig Rineer, Mack Aldridge, Richard Moore and Shawn Hocker, recently attended the 9th Triennial meeting of the Duke Hand Club that took place in Argentina.  Dr. Aldridge sees patients in the Triangle, and Drs. Rineer, Moore, and Hocker are in Wilmington.  The Duke Hand Club is a non-profit organization that allows physicians and educators to share surgery practices and information regarding surgery of the hand.  EmergeOrtho physicians at the Duke Hand Club!

 

Dr. Aldridge is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has received his certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in Hand Surgery. He is past president of both the Duke Hand Club and the North Carolina Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Aldridge is currently seeing patints at our Southpoint, Durham ( William Penn Plaza), and Chapel Hill locations.

For more information please contact us at 919-220-5255 | Triangleortho.com

Coming Soon! New Office in Brier Creek!

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EmergeOrtho is proud to be opening a new building in January!  Conveniently located in Brier Creek, the building is 30,000 square feet and will include space for Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Urgent Care.  This will be the 10th Orthopaedic Urgent Care in the greater Triangle area.

The building is located across from Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center, the physician-owned outpatient facility where many EmergeOrtho surgeons operate.

EmergeOrtho will be moving out of the American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness in North Raleigh at the end of the year. Patients of Drs. Kerner and Solic will be able to continue their care with these providers at the new Brier Creek office, or at our Duraleigh Road location.

New Rheumatologist: A Warm Welcome to Dr. Samya Mohammad!!!

We are very pleased to introduce Samya Mohammad, D.O., a rheumatologist seeing patients in Raleigh and Southpoint. With 9 rheumatologists, we are the largest physician-owned rheumatology practice in the state of North Carolina!

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EmergeOrtho Featured in Business NC!

In a special issue about Orthopaedics, Business North Carolina discusses our creation of EmergeOrtho and the advantages of physician-owned practices in delivering care of the highest quality and minimum cost.

“We’re looking to change the whole paradigm of how health care is delivered,” says Dimmig, who is EmergeOrtho’s president. “Initially, we adapted and innovated just to survive, and when we figured out how well that worked, we used it to thrive. This is 100% physician-owned, independent physician owned, driven and led. The physician is the one with the pen who orders the MRI, who orders the surgery, and the one who knows how to take care of patients. We think we should make those decisions rather than the big company who doesn’t have that [patient] contact day to day. The goal is to provide high-quality care at accessible locations. It’s about quality and cost. We at Triangle have been driving that train for so long, but we feel this new organization can do a better job.”

Read the article here!

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New Rheumatologist: Welcome, Dr. Orlowsky!

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Eric Orlowsky, MD is treating patients at our Durham location.

His clinical interests include inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout, as well as other autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Orlowsky is Board Certified in the subspecialty of Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

EmergeOrtho Featured in Orthopedics This Week!

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EmergeOrtho was highlighted in Orthopedics This Week in its efforts to preserve the private practice model by forming a state-wide group.

Orthopedics This Week is the most widely read publication in the Orthopedics industry.  Aimed at clinicians, nurses, administrators, staff, suppliers, manufacturers, scientists, sales people, regulators, investors and consultants,  Orthopedics This Week publishes breaking Orthopaedic news 40 times each year.

The article discusses changes in healthcare industry rules and regulations that threaten the private-practice model, and the collaborative effort to create EmergeOrtho.  As Dr. Dimmig explains in the publication,  “this is all about quality for the patient. Obviously, we want to be independent and successful. But, for us, the end game is to provide a product that is accessible to the patient that has high quality and good outcomes for a cost that is understandable to them. Bringing consumerism back to medicine is important to us.”

And further, “The independent physicians in our system provide care at a lesser cost than hospitals or health systems are able to provide. We do not bill facility fees or HOPD (Hospital Outpatient Department). Therefore, costs of care in the independent world are often lower than if you are going to see a hospital employed physician in general.”

Read the article here to learn about changes in Orthopaedics and healthcare and the business model of EmergeOrtho!

 

New Physician: Welcome Dr. David Marks, Pain Psychiatrist

Introducing a new provider in Rehabilitation Medicine! David Marks, MD is a Pain Psychiatrist, seeing patients in our Chapel Hill and Durham offices. Welcome, Dr. Marks!

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New Physician: Welcome, Dr. Kajal Zalavadia, Bariatrician!

Kajal Zalavadia, MD, is joining Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina to provide patients with non-surgical treatments for weight loss.  Dr. Zalavadia was one of the first physicians to be Board Certified in Obesity Medicine through the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

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New Physician: Welcome, Dr. Michael Merz!

We are pleased to welcome Michael Merz, MD to EmergeOrtho! He will be seeing patients in our Chapel Hill and Durham (William Penn Plaza) offices, specializing in Hip and Knee Preservation and Replacement Surgery.
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4 Stars for Book Edited by Dr. Shadduck!

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Dr. Shadduck served as a book editor recently for The Society of the American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.  The book,  The SAGES Manual Ethics of Surgical Innovation, was published in May 2016, and it was recently reviewed by a Publisher’s Club Book Review, receiving a score of 93 (out of 100) and a 4-star rating (out of 4).

Doody’s Book Reviews™ evaluates books and electronic products across a wide range of clinical specialty areas in Basic Science, Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, and Other Disciplines.

Our General Surgery providers currently see patients at four locations in the Triangle: Durham, Southpoint, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest.  Call the team directly at (919) 281-1699 to schedule an appointment!

First Shoulder Replacement Performed with Custom 3D Model in Johnston County

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Dr. Lucas Romine MD, an Orthopaedic Surgeon with EmergeOrtho, recently performed a Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty with a custom guide generated from a 3-D printer. Dr. Romine utilized software from DJO surgical known as the Match Point System™ to execute the operation.  The surgery, which took place on May 24, 2016 at Johnson Health, was the first of its kind in Johnston County.

The operation required several weeks of pre-operative planning, including virtual placement of the components, 3D analysis of the patient’s severely deformed shoulder, and production of a scapular model.  The custom guide was designed, created and utilized specifically for this one procedure.

The patient, Claudious Stallings, had experienced pain in his right shoulder for twenty years, and at his first appointment with Dr. Romine, he unable to move his right arm without severe pain. According to Dr. Romine, “Mr. Stallings was clearly in need of a new shoulder, but he had a rare socket malformation that would make a standard shoulder replacement impossible to implant.”

Fortunately, Dr. Romine, who learned the latest techniques in shoulder surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, had experience with custom designed implants.  “Utilizing a CT based 3-D model, I was able to design a custom fit for Mr. Stallings’s shoulder. This allowed me to accurately place the implant where it would work properly, and it significantly decreased the total time of the operation. Essentially, I was able to execute the difficult aspects of the surgery on my laptop computer, weeks in advance,” Dr. Romine stated.  “This technology has only become available for shoulder replacements in the United States over the past 3-4 years, so many people are amazed with this new advancement.”

Mr. Stallings is recovering as expected and pleased with the results.  He is the organist at First Freewill Baptist Church, a vocation he returned to six weeks after surgery.  “I don’t hurt in that shoulder.  It’s amazing,” says Stallings. “I was seeking relief and a way to keep serving the Lord by playing the organ. I just kept looking, and I am so thankful I did.”

As a physician-owned practice, EmergeOrtho is committed to patient-centered care, using innovative strategies such as 3D custom modeling to optimize clinical outcomes.  There are 49 offices across the state, with two offices in Johnston County.

For more information on Dr. Romine and EmergeOrtho, please visit: www.triangleortho.com.

Dr. Musante Published in Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research

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David Musante, MD, recently completed a retrospective study evaluating the fusion rate and pain levels one year after a lumbar spine surgery using a product called Trinity Evolution.  The findings were published in The Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research earlier this Spring.  Dr. Musante found that postoperative pain levels were significantly improved at 2 weeks, 3 months, and 12 months in comparison to pre-operative leg or back pain of the patients, who had all been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, radiculopathy, stenosis, and decreased disc height prior to surgery.

This study was retrospective, so it was conducted by reviewing patient charts.  There are often prospective clinical trials at Triangle Orthopaedic Associates.  For more information on Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Clinical Trials, please visit the Clinical Research page on our website.

Dr. Musante is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, the North Carolina Spine Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the Durham-Orange County Medical Society.

Dr. Musante devotes his practice to the treatment of a wide range of spinal problems including degenerative cervical and lumbar disorders, disc herniation, stenosis, deformity, scoliosis, tumors, and trauma. His surgical expertise includes minimally invasive spinal surgery, motion preservation technology and artificial disc replacement.   He sees patients in Durham, Southpoint, and Raleigh.

New Physician: Welcome to Roanoke Rapids, Scott Martin, DPM!

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Dr. Scott Martin joins Dr. Richard Holm and Dr. John Moss in Roanoke Rapids! He is a surgical podiatrist, specializing in foot and ankle problems, including limb salvage, trauma repair, plantar fasciitis, flat foot problems, toe nail problems, chronic conditions, general pain, and lower extremity calluses, ganglion, and gout.

Letter to Patients: TOA is now EmergeOrtho!

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Dear Patient,

On August 1, 2016, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. will become part of an alliance that includes three other independent orthopaedic physician groups across North Carolina who share our mission to provide streamlined, patient-centered care. Called EmergeOrtho, the new practice will have the strength of 49 office locations in 21 counties statewide, thereby creating one of the largest physician-owned orthopaedic organizations in North Carolina.

It’s important to note, however, that you still have access to the same local specialists you have come to know and trust. You will still use the same contact numbers and access all of your providers and services in the same locations. Rest assured that this alliance will not take away any of the care you depend on, but will expand your options for services and care statewide.

The four practices that are combining to become EmergeOrtho are all well-established, highly reputable independent physician groups. These practices include: Blue Ridge Bone and Joint of Asheville, Hendersonville, and Arden; Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists of Hickory, Morganton and Lenoir; OrthoWilmington with offices in New Hanover, Brunswick and Onslow counties; and Triangle Orthopaedic Associates of the greater Raleigh-Durham area. Additional practices are preparing to join the alliance in a second phase of growth.

We chose the name EmergeOrtho because it describes the alliance’s mission. The goal of orthopaedics is for patients to emerge from treatment, their illness or injury healed.

Through excellent care, our patients can emerge stronger and healthier, better able to lead an active life.

A primary purpose in forming this alliance is to preserve the private practice model, a standard of care that puts patients first and allows each group to provide their own higher quality, lower cost care. The new organization will continue to build on proven strategies and implement programs that improve outcomes and lower costs for patients. Rest assured, all insurances that were in-network with Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. will continue to be accepted.

An additional patient benefit that comes with integrating our network statewide, all EmergeOrtho offices will use the same Electronic Health Records system. Patients treated for injury while on vacation, for example, can follow up with an EmergeOrtho provider in their hometown who has seamless access to their medical chart.

At Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A., we see this union as the next phase in the evolution of our practice. The recent alliance leverages the previous successes of these individual practices to create new opportunities that may not have been available to each group independently. It allows us to strengthen and expand existing healthcare partnerships, positions us for exciting clinical and research opportunities, and makes possible greater economies of scale, such as volume discounts on equipment, technology and medical supplies. In all these ways, this alliance better prepares us for the changing healthcare landscape and future healthcare reform so that we may better serve our community.

While the name and brand logo are changing, the bottom line is that our mission has not. We will continue our focus on delivering the best orthopaedic care possible, in the most streamlined, cost-effective manner available.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the new structure, please call us at

919-220-5255 or 800-359-3053. We are in the process of developing a comprehensive new website; in the meantime, all of the alliance members’ existing websites remain fully operational. We hope you find this new structure as exciting as we do, and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you and this community.

Kind regards,

The Physicians and Administration of Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.