Kim Uzzetta, administrator of Parkcrest Orthopedics, is busy. That’s because the practice of four orthopedic surgeons and two certified physician assistants offers a full range of services. Yet Uzzetta is never too busy to provide the kind of personalized service she would expect for her own family, and that philosophy is at the heart of the practice, she says.
“Everyone in this practice is very well trained, and we really go above and beyond in the way we serve our patients,” Uzzetta notes. “There’s a sense of family here—patients aren’t transferred to lots of different people before they get what they need. Everyone here can do what’s needed to take care of patients’ requests and answer their questions.”
Although the practice is small compared to others in the region, Uzzetta points out that the size is one factor that allows for timely, individualized responses to patient needs. All four surgeons were trained at Washington University School of Medicine and perform state-of-the-art procedures.
A complete range of orthopedic care is available at Parkcrest, Uzzetta points out. For instance, Dr. James Emanuel specializes in arm and shoulder injuries; and has extensive experience in arthroscopic shoulder repair and performs arthroscopic elbow surgery, including rotator cuff and labrum repair, ulnar nerve decompression and carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Richard Johnston specializes in total joint replacement, performing minimally invasive joint replacement, arthroscopic procedures and partial knee replacement as an alternative to full knee replacement.
Sports medicine is one focal area for the practice, and staff expertise is deep. “Our doctors and physician assistants volunteer their time to attend sporting events and treat injured athletes on site,” Uzzetta says.
Dr. Glen Johnson served numerous times as team orthopedist for the USA National Soccer teams and has extensive experience in reconstruction of women's sports injuries. King participated in the care of the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Cardinals during his residency at Washington University. Physician assistant Jeff Todd served on the sports medicine staff for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, NCAA Wrestling Championships, USA Wrestling, NCAA Women's Softball World Series and the Professional Bull Riders Association. His colleague, physician assistant Allen Mathieu, is a former athletic trainer for the U.S. National Hockey Team and St. Louis Blues.
In addition, Dr. David King has a ‘unique interest’ in arthroscopic hip surgery. He performs a procedure that uses bioabsorbable bone anchors, similar to those used in shoulder surgery, and removes bony abnormalities entirely through the arthroscope. “He’s one of the few surgeons in the area who performs this particular type of procedure,” Uzzetta says.
Another important service area for Parkcrest physicians and staff is care of people who experience work-related injuries. “Just as we use all the modern tools of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation to return an athlete to sports, we use the same tools to return a worker to their occupation,” Uzzetta notes. Appointment requests are accommodated within 24 hours.
Although many practices offer a wide range of services, Uzzetta believes Parkcrest is special. “It’s in the little extras we’re able to offer and the responsiveness that defines our approach to patient care,” Uzzetta says, adding that she plans to stay busy, but never too busy to make a difference.
ON THE COVER:
Parkcrest Orthopedics, located at 845 N. New Ballas Court, Ste. 130, offers a full range of services, including sports medicine and assistance for those who have sustained work-related injuries. Pictured on the cover: Drs. David King, Glen Johnson, James Emanuel and Richard Johnston. For more information, call 997-1777 or visit parkcrestortho.net.