Orthopedic Care Center | COE Orthopedic Care Center

Welcome to Trinity Orthopedic Center of Excellence

The medical specialty of orthopedics is concerned with diseases, injuries, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system - the body's muscles and skeleton, including the joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Trinity's board certified orthopedic specialists have been treating patients from throughout our region for decades.

Evaluation Procedures

Before a treatment or rehabilitation program can begin, your orthopedist must first determine the reason for, and source of, your condition. This typically involves a comprehensive physical examination plus a detailed medical history, in addition to a complete history and description of the symptoms related to your condition. During this gathering of information, be sure to notify your physician of any other illnesses, injuries, or complaints that have been associated with the pain or condition, as well as any previous treatments or medications prescribed. Preliminary diagnostic tests may then follow, including blood tests and/or x-rays.


Your treatment will depend on your condition. However, unless otherwise indicated, initial treatments are generally conservative, with surgical intervention only as a last resort.

The Orthopedic Surgeon

A physician who specializes in orthopedic surgery is, of course, called an orthopedic surgeon, or simply an orthopedist. These medical experts are highly educated and skilled in the workings of the musculoskeletal system, which includes diagnosing conditions or disorders, identifying and treating injuries, recommending rehabilitation for an affected area/function, as well as determining ways to prevent further damage.

After approximately 14 years of medical education, orthopedic surgeons, like those with Trinity Medical Group, usually become board-certified by passing both oral and written examinations given by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Many orthopedic surgeons choose to practice general orthopedics, while others specialize in certain areas of the body (i.e., foot, hand, shoulder, spine, hip, or knee), or in a specialized area of care, such as sports medicine, trauma medicine, etc. Some may even work in several areas and collaborate with other specialists in caring for patients.


 Providers in this field:
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Desiree Desjardins FNP-C

Desiree Desjardins has been a member of Orthopedic Associates since June 2010. She is board certifie --More--

Seth Evert PA-C

Seth G. Evert, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant and has been a member of Trinity's team --More--

Ravindra Joshi MD

Ravindra Joshi, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who has served the needs of patients in northwestern Nor --More--

Alexandre Kindy MD

Board certified in Orthopedic Medicine, Dr. Alexandre Kindy has been a member of Orthopedic Associa --More--

Paul MacLeod MD, FAAOS

Dr. Paul MacLeod is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery with 25 years of experience caring for pe --More--

Dawn Mattern MD

Dr. Mattern is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. She sees active patients and --More--

AmberM Rice DNP-C

Amber Rice joined Orthopedic Associates in 2015 and is a board certified Nurse Practitioner in Adul --More--

E. Dexter Scott MD

Dr. Scott is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery with over 30 years of experience caring for peop --More--

David Uthus MD

Dr. Uthus is board certified with over 30 years of orthopedic surgery experience. He received his m --More--

Donna Verhasselt PA-C

Donna Verhasselt is a certified physician assistant (PA-C) who has been with Trinity Health since 20 --More--