Your Team

Our multidisciplinary team approach brings together a variety of specialists to provide the highest quality care.

Some of the more common medical professionals involved in the treatment may include the following:

Primary Care Physician

Your primary care physician looks out for your overall health and may refer you to a specialist for more specific orthopedic treatment of certain conditions.

Orthopedic Surgeon

An orthopedic surgeon is  educated in the workings of the musculoskeletal system, which includes (but is not limited to) diagnosing a bone, muscle, joint, tendon, or ligament condition or disorder, treating an injury, providing rehabilitation suggestions for an affected area, and establishing prevention protocols to minimize further damage to a diseased area or component of the musculoskeletal system.


Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, is a medical specialty that involves restoring abilities for a person who has been affected by a  disease, disorder, or injury. Physiatry provides integrated, multidisciplinary care aimed at recovery of the whole person by addressing the patient's physical, psychological, medical, vocational, and social needs.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists provide comprehensive training that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Functional mobility
  • Balance and gait retraining
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Exercise programming
  • Education and training
  • Assistance with pain relief and management
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation 

Nurses/nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners who specialize in the care of orthopedic conditions may assist  in providing your care. In addition, these nurses will help you to understand your treatment plan and can answer many of your questions.

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Bone & Joint Center
(616) 738-3884
Kristie Dennett
Orthopedics Coordinator
(616) 494-4032
Shoreline Orthopaedics
(616) 396-5855