As a founding partner of the Columbia Orthopaedic Group, Dr. Russell serves as a frequent national consultant and medical expert in cases involving legal dispute. His practice focuses on the evaluation and non-surgical treatment of patients with spine related issues.

Garth S. Russell, MD is a Southern Arkansas native. He attended the University of Arkansas in Monticello until joining the United States Army at the end of World War II. After his military service, he returned to college at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. He remained in the state of Kansas for medical school and attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Russell continued his training with an internship at Wesley Hospital in Wichita and then moved to Columbia, Missouri where he completed his residencies in general surgery and orthopaedics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He also completed sub-specialty training in prosthetics and orthotics at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1966, Dr. Russell, along with Dr. Glenn McElroy and Dr. John Payne, founded the Columbia Orthopaedic Group. Dr. Russell practices non-operative orthopaedic care specializing in injuries and diseases of the spine along with focusing on independent medical evaluations for legal cases and workers compensation evaluations. He is also an orthopaedic consultant for Union Pacific Railroads.

Dr. Russell is board certified by the American Association of Evaluating Physicians and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a founding member of the North American Spine Society and the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association and is also a member of numerous other associations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, Clinical Orthopaedic Society, and the American Medical Association. From 1967-1976, Dr. Russell served as the Chairman of the Missouri State Crippled Children’s Commission. He was a member of the Board and President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Also, from 1988-1994, he served as Chairman of the Council of Clinical Policies and Standards for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Russell was also the President of the Board of Trustees at Columbia Regional Hospital from 1978-1993.

Dr. Russell served as Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and was also a visiting professor at the University of Manipal in India, University of Technology in Aachen, Germany, and the University of Kyoto and University of Osaka in Japan. He remains active in research efforts and continues to do scientific presentations to both national and international audiences.

Working directly with Dr. Russell on his team is administrative assistant, Carolyn Owens.

Dr. Hockman is a Missouri native who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia and then remained in Columbia to attend medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Kansas-Wichita. Dr. Hockman went on to become a fellow at The Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic and Research Institute in Alexandria, Virginia where he focused on adult reconstructive surgery.

In 2003, the Columbia Orthopaedic Group recruited Dr. Hockman to continue to “define excellence” in hip and knee replacement surgery. Since that time, he has performed over 3,000 primary and revision total knee replacements and over 1,000 primary and revision hip replacements on patients from across the country.  Dr. Hockman’s approach to caring for his patients is to take time with them, to understand their suffering, and to provide them with evidence-based effective solutions.  Just as Bach and Handel often signed their musical manuscripts with the initials SDG (Soli Deo Gloria – glory to God alone), what truly matters to Dr. Hockman is glorifying God in the way he treats his patients.

Excellent patient care requires an excellent team, and thus Dr. Hockman has Nurse Practitioner Robin Gray and Clinical Assistant Sarah Nelson working alongside him.  Robin and Sara focus on meeting patients’ needs in a timely fashion with kindness and compassion. Recently, to keep up with increased healthcare regulations, Dr. Hockman’s nurse practitioner, Robin Gray, has begun a separate clinic just across the hallway while the doctor is in clinic. Mrs. Gray has assisted Dr. Hockman for over 11 years and has acquired a truly exceptional knowledge base and skill set.  They are confident that this move will increase patient access to the practice while continuing to provide superior patient care.

Dr. Hockman and his wife, Sherry, have three children, Spencer, Alex, and Paige.  Dr. Hockman currently serves on the board of trustees for Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home and Christ in Youth.  After being a stay-at-home mom for fifteen years, Sherry began Hockman Interior Design: decorating homes, selling furniture and decor at the Parkade Plaza, and staging homes for sale.  Along with the arts and music, the Hockman’s love the outdoors, sports, and hunting.

Sole Deo Gloria

I can’t remember the last time I woke up without excitement about projects to complete or things to learn. Engineering at Rolla led me to the design and function of humans.

Medical school and residency at the University of Missouri led me to orthopaedics and spine. My fellowship at SIU made me want to study the low back. After the Air Force, when I started private practice, it was common to perform a fusion on a patient and then to have them in a cast for several months. When pedicle screws came out, I designed a plate to make them more efficient and less costly. When threaded cages were popular,

I designed a cage and modified the tooling that would accommodate lordosis. As minimally invasive surgery came along, I invented a retractor and several tools to facilitate the process.

Along the way, I also had other interests. I fly my own plane and enjoy travel. I ski, but not as well as I would like, and have done a marathon. I’ve done wood working from harvesting lumber, to hand tools to machines. When I wanted to build Shaker rockers in quantity, I needed a lathe duplicator. The one I had was not very good, so I got some metal working tools to modify it. That was so much fun that I progressed to bigger machines and then finally computer controlled machines. I added laser scanning and was required to learn computer aided design, CAD, CAM and tried some programming.

3D printing allows me to make prototypes much faster. Presently, I’m exploring the frontiers of how 3D printing can add unique qualities to surgical implants. (The only real chair that I made was done on a shaving horse with a draw knife.)

I began learning before computers so I am mostly self taught. Eight years ago, I started working with a pHD candidate in mechanical engineering. We placed the spine in digital format and then “did surgery” on these spines by computer simulation. Once we had reproducible models, finite element analysis allowed us to predict what type of implants were needed and to determine their ideal placement. Once we could design the implants, we had to figure out how to approach the spine to place those materials. The modification of surgical approaches required different instruments surgical design.

Concept is fascinating but approval with the FDA is difficult. I stopped counting when I could list over 20 companies that I have consulted with. Presently, Nexxt Spine makes the implants that I use for posterior instrumentation. I receive no royalties but am provided with materials that allow me to provide what I feel is the best for my patients.

Although I was trained to install artificial discs, I couldn’t make the case that they were better that what we had. When I understand concepts, I can perform or modify them; but, I only use them if I feel they are best for my patients.

While I operate on patients, I first and foremost deal with people. They are the ones that hurt or don’t function the way they would like. They may carry several diagnoses, often brought on by x-rays or other tests, but my job is to determine which ones cause symptoms or will accelerate deformity. As those patients join ‘my team,’ I expect them to participate in healthy practices so as to maximize their long term health. I teach the person about their pathology and the factors that can affect their long term history. I will guide them as necessary and will perform my functions to the best of my ability. I expect them to do likewise. I have made a mistake or two in my life so I can accept imperfection. I often feel that I care more for my patient’s health than they do. But, I keep trying.

When you come and see Dr. Abernathie, you will also meet Luis R. Visot, NREMT-P, Brenda Grindstaff and Judy Schneider, all part of his team!

Dr. Adams completed his undergraduate degree at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, where he was also a member of the Drury soccer team. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. After graduation, Dr. Adams completed a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1987.

Dr. Adams joined the Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1990. His practice is focused primarily in sports medicine. He is currently a team physician for the University of Missouri Athletic Department, and he was a member of the United States Olympic Team as a team physician during the 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 Sydney Games. Dr. Adams also served as team physician for the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team from 1995-2002, including the 1999 World Cup. Other teams he has worked with during his career are the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins, as well as local mid-Missouri colleges and high schools.

Dr. Adams is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), a national honorary orthopaedic leadership group. He is also involved in numerous organizations around the Columbia community. The Arthritis Foundation named him “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2000, and he was tapped into the QEBH Honor Society at the University of Missouri in the spring of 2001.

Other individuals working directly on Dr. Adams’ team are his nurse practitioner, Donna Smith, and administrative assistant, Julee West.

Dr. Adams and his wife, Carole, have four children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Growing up in the Texas hill country just outside of San Antonio, Dr. Anz learned that he liked working with his hands when he helped his dad with projects in the family home remodeling business. The youngest of five children, he showed an early interest in medicine, practicing on family pets and barnyard animals.

Dr. Anz graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dallas, where he was nominated into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. After earning his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Anz completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia. While there, he received several awards, including the Allen Menard Leadership Award, the Lynn O. Litton, M.D. Resident Award for Academic Excellence, and the Barry J. Gainor, M.D. Resident Award in Education.

During his residency, Dr. Anz found a great deal of satisfaction in helping patients who suffered from arthritis of the hip and knee. He completed a fellowship at the Texas Hip and Knee Center in Ft. Worth, specializing in adult reconstructive surgery. There he was trained in minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, Birmingham hip resurfacing, and unicompartmental arthroplasty.

Dr. Anz is board-certified by the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons and specializes in hip and knee replacements as well as arthroscopic surgery of the knee. He is thrilled to be in a career where he can work with his hands and help lessen the pain of his patients. Dr. Anz focuses on the entire patient: learning what his or her goals are and determining the best way to achieve them. This can involve conservative interventions such as medications, injection therapy, physical therapy, bracing, and activity modifications. When indicated, Dr. Anz and the patient may turn to operative interventions, such as joint arthroscopy or replacement surgery, for the purpose of getting the patient moving again. Dr. Anz works with his patients during every step of their care, and for those patients who require a joint replacement, will follow them closely during the ensuing years to ensure the continued proper function of the artificial joint.

Other individuals working on Dr. Anz’s team include Kathleen Ketchum, PA-C, and Rachael Ritter, CNA, Adminstrative Assistant. Dr. Anz is an active member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and is the chairman of the Infection Control Committee at Boone Hospital Center.

Dr. Anz and his wife, Megan, have been blessed with four children. In his free time he enjoys traveling to new places, biking on the many trails around Columbia, playing with his rambunctious kids, and spending time with his wife and relatives.

Dr. Bormann is a native of Algona, Iowa. He grew up on a farm with his two sisters. Dr. Bormann then attended Truman State University in Kirksville where he met his wife Nicole, also an Iowa native. This was followed by his medical degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Dr. Bormann then went onto Omaha, Nebraska for his orthopaedic training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Creighton combined program. There he developed an interest in trauma and shoulder surgery. In 2010, Dr. Bormann traveled to Hannover, Germany and Aachen, Germany to advance his knowledge in fracture care. In 2011, he continued his overseas training by completing a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr. Bormann’s practice focuses on disorders of the shoulder and elbow, and he assists the group with fracture care. His philosophy as an orthopaedic surgeon revolves around patient understanding of their condition, comfort with their surgeon, and providing compassionate care. Dr. Bormann does both open and arthroscopic surgery, with a specialty in shoulder replacement.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Bormann enjoys spending time with Nicole and their son, Everett. He and his wife enjoy traveling and their time abroad afforded them many opportunities to see what the world has to offer. His main hobby is home brewing beer, wine, and mead, a pastime that he enjoys with his father who still resides in Iowa.

Dr. Buchert was born in Tennessee and moved to Columbia, Missouri where he graduated from Hickman High School.

He earned his bachelors degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts and returned to Columbia, Missouri to attend the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Upon finishing medical school, Dr. Buchert completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopaedic surgery, both at the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital and Clinics. He then moved to Columbus, Ohio where he completed a total joint fellowship at Ohio State University.

Dr. Buchert joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1985 and practices orthopaedic surgery with a special interest in hip and knee arthritis including total joint replacement. He has treated thousands of patients from across the Midwest and believes that arthritis treatment always begins conservatively, stating that medications, physical therapy, injections, and lifestyle changes can help dramatically.

Once conservative measures fail, operative intervention can be considered. Dr. Buchert has performed over 6,000 hip and knee replacements over the past 20 years. Smaller incisions, decreased hospital stays, and quicker recovery have all become the norm.

Dr. Buchert is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of a number of medical societies including the Missouri State Medical Society, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Other individuals working directly on Dr. Buchert’s team are Greg Lake, P.A. and administrative assistant, Mary Lou Wolfe.

Dr. Eckenrode graduated from the Honors College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He remained in Ann Arbor where he attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Eckenrode completed a one year surgical internship at UCLA Hospitals in Los Angeles, California prior to completing his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Michigan Hospitals. He developed an interest in hand surgery and subsequently completed a one year fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Indiana Center for Surgery of the Hand in Indianapolis, Indiana. During this time he also served as a clinical instructor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Eckenrode joined the Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1987 and specializes in treating injuries of the hand and upper extremities. He recognizes that oftentimes upper extremity injuries are particularly troubling because they may cause significant difficulties with daily activities. The symptoms may interfere with sports and hobbies and may cause difficulty with occupational activities as well. He strives to provide a compassionate and effective treatment of these often frustrating and debilitating problems, allowing prompt symptom relief and early return to normal activities.

Dr. Eckenrode is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association for Hand Surgery.

Other individuals working directly on Dr. Eckenrode’s team are Nicole Block, RN.

Dr. Eckenrode and his wife, Dawn, have three children. In his free time he enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Dr. Farmer is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia and attended medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Farmer remained in Columbia and completed a residency in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinic. Following his residency, Dr. Farmer completed a two year primary care sports medicine fellowship with the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. He earned a Master of Science and Public Health degree along with his Certificate of Added Qualification in Primary Care Sports Medicine.

Dr. Farmer joined the Columbia Orthopaedic Group in July 2010 after practicing five years in Springfield, Missouri. While in southwest Missouri, he served as a team physician for Missouri State University and the Springfield Cardinals, in addition to his clinical practice. He specializes in sports medicine and non-operative orthopaedic care, including athletes with acute or chronic illness, concussion management and injury prevention. Dr. Farmer also serves as an assistant team physician for the University of Missouri Athletic Department.

Dr. Farmer is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and American Academy of Family Physicians.

Working directly with Dr. Farmer on his team is Nichole Adams, MEd, ATC/OTC.

Dr. Farmer and his wife, Christi, have three children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, photography, and working outdoors.

Dr. Josh Hamann grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa where he learned hard work and the satisfaction of a job well done. Working with his father who was a carpenter, he learned to use the tools of the trade which translated perfectly into Orthopaedics. This, combined with Dr. Hamann’s love of athletics, lead him to his career in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Hamann graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Exercise Science and went on to Columbia, MO where he lived for 9 years completing Medical School and his Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Missouri. From Mizzou, Dr. Hamann completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia, where he took care a variety of athletes and weekend warriors. Dr. Hamann covered James Madison University and University of Virginia athletics.

After fellowship, Dr. Hamann began a sucessful practice in Storm Lake, IA. In addition to his general Orthopaedic practice, he covered Buena Vista University (Div III) and many local high schools.

Dr. Hamann is Board certified by the ABOS, and a member of the AAOS, AOSSM and AANA. He specializes in arthroscopic surgeries of the knee and shoulder, articular restoration and shoulder replacement surgeries. While Dr. Hamann enjoys surgeries, he is also specializes in non-operative management of you orthopaedic problems.

Dr. Hamann moved to Columbia joining COG with his wife, Keira, and 2 children, Lyla and Dansby. Dr. Hamann enjoys spending time with his family, and 2 golden retrievers, Jefferson and Madison, as well as spending time outside in the garden. He is an avid sports fan, cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals.

Dr. Holt was born in Florence, Alabama and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. He completed his residency and internship in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia and trained as a fellow at The Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic and Research Institute in Washington, D.C., where his focus was on total joint replacement.

Dr. Holt is Board Certified and joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1994. He specializes in treating arthritic conditions of the hip and knee. He uses various approaches including non-surgical treatment such as physical therapy, oral medications, or injections. He also practices surgical approaches such as arthroscopy, joint resurfacing surgery, or joint replacement surgery. Dr. Holt believes that the art of orthopaedic surgery is determining which treatment is appropriate for each patient’s particular condition and situation.

Dr. Holt continues to be a leader in joint replacement surgery. He performed the first Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure in mid-Missouri. He was the first to use the gender-specific knee replacement. He was also the first to use the Deuce knee resurfacing implant. He serves as an instructor for physicians learning these procedures. He has taught classes for surgeons learning minimally invasive joint replacement techniques.

In addition he has provided hands-on instruction for surgeons learning the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure as well as the Deuce knee resurfacing technique. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Holt is active in education and research. He has published numerous articles and presented to many different organizations on a variety of orthopaedic subjects ranging from total joint replacement surgery to the importance of a healthy lifestyle. He is the Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Center at Boone Hospital and was named to “Inside Columbia” magazine’s list of top 100 doctors in Columbia, Missouri.

There are other individuals who work directly on Dr. Holt’s team – Marla Bennett, Administrative Assistant; Ray Erickson, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Physician’s Assistant.

Dr. Holt is married and has four children. In his spare time he enjoys boating, basketball, photography, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Jones is a native of Warrenton, VA. He attended Brigham Young University, then chose to spend two years serving a church mission in the Philippines. Upon returning, he transferred to George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduating from medical school at Marshall University, Dr. Jones performed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia. As a resident, Dr. Jones received the Allen Menard Leadership Award, the Lynn O. Litton, M.D. Resident Award for Academic Excellence, and the Resident Research Award. It was during his residency that he and his wife, Camarie, began to fall in love with Columbia. Dr. Jones and his family decided to call Columbia home after he completed his Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship in Oklahoma City. 

Dr. Jones is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). He is a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. (ASSH) and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Dr. Jones joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2013 and specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. At COG, Dr. Jones works with Mark Litwiller, RN and administrative assistant Kristin McLarren.

In his spare time, Dr. Jones, enjoys playing with his 4 kids, playing basketball, hunting, SCUBA diving, and is a pathological Washington Redskins fan.

Dr. Highland is an Illinois native who earned his undergraduate degree from Lewis College in Lockport, Illinois. He then moved to Columbia, Missouri where he attended medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Highland completed his residency in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout his medical school training and residencies, Dr. Highland received numerous honors and awards and conducted a substantial number of research projects which resulted in publication in professional journals. He spent one year in fellowship training focused on spine surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Following his spine fellowship, Dr. Highland returned to Wayne State University as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he continued to practice orthopaedics, teach, and conduct research.

Dr. Highland joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1986 and specializes in spine surgery and cervical spine treatment. A conservative approach to treating patients is always used initially, saving surgery for failure of conservative treatment. He is very involved in clinical research and studies the latest developments in spine surgery and treatment.

Dr. Highland is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of numerous societies including the American Medical Society, American Spinal Injury Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, and American Orthopaedic Association.

Other individuals working directly on Dr. Highland’s team are Pat Humphreys, PA-C, and Denise Brady, LPN.

Dr. Highland is married and has seven children. In his free time he enjoys running half marathons, snowboarding, wakeboarding, golfing, and traveling around different parts of the United States on his Harley Davidson.

Dr. Kleiber is a native of Missouri and grew up in St. Louis. He went on to the University of Missouri for undergraduate education where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors. He continued his education by obtaining his medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Following medical school, Dr. Kleiber completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Dr. Kleiber then completed a prestigious fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Kleiber is the only board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery currently in Mid-Missouri. His practice involves all facets of foot and ankle surgery in both adult and adolescent patients. He has special interests in hindfoot reconstruction, the treatment of ankle arthritis, including ankle replacement, sports related injuries, foot and ankle trauma and post traumatic correction. He prides himself on doing his best to make sure patients understand their condition and encourages them to take an active role in their medical decision making. He is well versed in all aspects of surgical and nonsurgical treatment.

Dr. Kleiber is a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Kleiber’s foot and ankle service includes his certified Physician’s Assistant, Amy Sanders, RN, PA-C, Savanna Sandison, LPN and Jennifer Halterman, Administrative Assistant.

Dr. Kleiber and his wife, Allison, have two young sons. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, racquetball, and Missouri Tiger Athletics.

A native of Festus, Missouri, Dr. Koreckij earned his bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and returned to Missouri for medical school. He received his medical degree and performed his surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. While there, Dr. Koreckij was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. Following his residency, Dr. Koreckij completed an orthopaedic spinal surgery fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Dr. Koreckij specializes in adult disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; adult scoliosis and deformity; and metastatic spinal tumors. He believes most spine problems can be effectively treated non-operatively and that spine surgery should be a last option in most instances. He also believes in the practice of “evidence-based spine surgery” and, as a peer reviewer for the journal Spine, he dedicates a significant portion of his time to staying current on evidence-based literature.

Dr. Koreckij joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2012. Other individuals working directly on his team are Sara Wiggins, ANP, and administrative and clinical assistant, Starla Lancaster.

Dr. Koreckij is married to Renee, who is a cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In his free time, Dr. Koreckij enjoys cooking and learning the game of golf, which he says is an ongoing project.

Dr. Meyer is a native of Aurora, Missouri who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He remained in Columbia and obtained his doctor of medicine graduating cum laude from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Dr. Meyer completed a one year internship in general surgery at the University of Missouri Hospitals & Clinics, and remained with the University to complete his residency in orthopaedic surgery. He narrowed his focus to the spine which took him to Los Angeles, California where he completed a combined orthopaedic and neurosurgery spine fellowship at the Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In Los Angeles he trained with internationally recognized leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery, and it is one of the few spine fellowships to combine both orthopaedic and neurosurgical disciplines.

Upon completing his fellowship training, Dr. Meyer entered into private practice at the Silicon Valley Spine Institute in Los Gatos, California. In August of 2008, Dr. Meyer and his family returned to Missouri and he joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group where he continues to specialize in treatment of all disorders of the spine.

Dr. Meyer has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques. He initially focuses on conservative management of the patient; however, if surgery is required, he utilizes state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical techniques, including those that involve complex instrumentation and deformity correction. In California, he was a designated surgeon for the western United States teaching other surgeons these techniques through participation in live surgeries.

Dr. Meyer is very active in educational speaking and training. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and is involved in numerous ongoing research studies. He also is involved in designing new instrumentation systems applicable in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Other individuals working directly with Dr. Meyer on his team are Lezlie Norris, PA-C, and clinical/administrative assistant, Debbie Love.

Dr. Meyer and his wife Chrissy, have two young daughters, Abby and Carly.

Dr. Miles is a Columbia, Missouri native. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Miles then worked for several years in the manufacturing world, living in St. Louis and Florida. He then returned to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri Medical School where he graduated with honors.

Dr. Miles completed a one year internship in general surgery at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics, and remained with the University to complete is residency in Orthopaedic surgery. He narrowed his focus to the spine when he moved to Plano, Texas to complete a one year spine fellowship at the Texas Back Institute.

Dr. Miles joined the Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2000 and specializes in adult degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine. He believes an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper treatment, and utilizes the best imaging technologies combined with a thorough history and physical examination to achieve this goal. He embraces the philosophy of aggressive and appropriate conservative care for degenerative conditions of the spine. If operative intervention is needed, the most advanced treatment options are used. Minimally invasive spine surgical techniques are routinely employed by Dr. Miles.

In his efforts to push the envelope of spine care, Dr. Miles conducts clinical research and participates in clinical trials of new devices and treatments for spinal disease. Columbia Orthopaedic Group is a study site for lumbar and cervical artificial discs, and motion preserving surgery is a major focus of the practice. He is also a pioneer in anterior surgery of the lumbar spine and has developed instrumentation systems used worldwide.

Dr. Miles is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of numerous societies including the Missouri State Medical Society, Missouri State Orthopaedic Society, North American Spine Society, and the Society of Lateral Access Surgeons.

Other individuals working directly with Dr. Miles on his team are Jeff Early, PA-C, and administrative assistant, Ryanne Casteel.

Dr. Miles and his wife have four children. In his free time he enjoys golf, basketball, cycling and landscaping.

As a fellowship trained Interventional Pain physician, I provide a comprehensive multi-modal pain management program. This begins with a detailed diagnostic workup that includes clinical evaluation and necessary studies and imaging. After evaluation, I initiate conservative adjunctive medical management and appropriate interventional therapy. I also implement functional restorative programs such as physical therapy and cognitive/behavioral evaluations and treatment programs.

Dr. Oliver is a Colorado native who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He attended medical school at Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois. He achieved numerous awards during medical school including an honors ranking in all clinical rotations, being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and graduating first in his class. Dr. Oliver completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. During this time he was also an assistant team physician for Denver Public Schools.

Dr. Oliver entered private practice in 2001 when he joined Regional Orthopaedic Health Care in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The focus of his practice was general orthopaedics and trauma care. During this time he served as Vice Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery and earned the “Top Doc Award” at Baxter Regional Medical Center. He now serves as the Medical Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Boone Hospital Center.

Dr. Oliver joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2006 and he specializes in trauma and extremity fractures. He strives to ensure that every patient that enters his office is fully educated on the nature of their injury as well as the latest treatment available for that injury. He conducts a fracture clinic most mornings Monday through Friday. He feels this is necessary in order to appropriately serve the fracture patient, when urgent attention could mean the difference between a good or bad outcome. Dr. Oliver’s afternoons are spent in the operating room where he utilizes the most up to date and technically efficient fracture care in his dedicated trauma room.

Dr. Oliver is board certified and is a member of multiple professional societies in the medical field. Other individuals working directly on Dr. Oliver’s team are his board certified Physician’s Assistant, Tina Carter, PA-C and clinical/administrative assistant, Jessica Sapp, CST.

Dr. Oliver has two children and lives in Columbia, Missouri. In his free time he enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through weight training and daily cardiovascular exercise. He is involved in several research projects, and travels frequently to give lectures to peers from around the country and in Europe. He is on the design team for a trauma nail system and an ankle fracture set, and he frequently serves as a consultant to orthopaedic implant manufacturers.

Dr. Parker is a Missouri native who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated with a B.A. from the honors program in Biology. He remained in Columbia where he attended medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Upon finishing medical school, Dr. Parker completed a one year internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia/Harry S. Truman Veterans Administration Hospital. He then moved to Springfield, Illinois where he performed a one year fellowship in spine surgery and rehabilitation at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Dr. Parker returned to Columbia, Missouri in 1995 and entered into private practice specializing in treating patients with diseases and other problems of the neck or spinal column. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery with the University of Missouri Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Parker joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2005 remaining specialized in providing spine care. He understands that having a spinal problem can be distressing and he works hard with patients to alleviate fear and stress by providing education and a variety of treatment options. He has a conservative approach to spinal care and strives to avoid surgery. When surgery is necessary, his practice is oriented toward a minimally invasive approach which allows for shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery from surgery.

Dr. Parker is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, North American Spine Society, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is active in research with multiple studies currently in progress and was the principle investigator of Duragen Plus Adhesion Study and was also an investigator in cervical disc replacement multi-center study.

Other individuals working directly on Dr. Parker’s team are orthopaedic assistant, Julie Walker, and administrative assistant, Brenda Sells.

Dr. Parker and his wife have three children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his children (Molly, Jack, and Lewis) as well as fishing, playing golf and biking.

Dr. Schultz is a native of Independence, Missouri who completed his undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas graduating Summa Cum Laude. He went on to obtain his doctor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in Columbia. Dr. Schultz has remained in Columbia where he completed a residency in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Upon completing his residency he remained with the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics for a two year primary care sports medicine fellowship.

Dr. Schultz joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2008 and specializes in sports medicine and non-operative orthopaedic care. He is one of seven sports medicine physicians at Columbia Orthopaedic Group and assists in the treatment and care of student-athletes at the University of Missouri-Columbia and other colleges and universities around mid-Missouri. He is also the team physician at Hallsville High School. Dr. Schultz combines his practice of sports medicine with family medicine as he is also a physician at the Family Health Center in Columbia, Missouri. He is fluent in Spanish and cares for a large percentage of Spanish speaking patients.

Dr. Schultz is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Hispanic Medical Association. Working directly with Dr. Schultz on his team is Jennifer Comer, Physician Extender.

Dr. Schultz and his wife Susan have two children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, church activities, soccer and running.

Dr. Smith is a Michigan native who earned his undergraduate degree graduating with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He remained in Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Smith completed a surgical internship at the University of Michigan Medical Center as well as his orthopaedic residency. Upon finishing his residency, he was awarded the “Parke-Davis Research Award” at the University of Michigan. He then moved to Columbus, Georgia where he completed a one year sports medicine fellowship under the direction of Dr. Jack C. Hughston at the Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic.

Dr. Smith joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1986 and specializes in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He has served as the Head Team Physician for the University of Missouri athletic department since 1991; he recently received the “Sports Medicine Hall of Fame Award” by the Missouri Athletic Trainer’s Association for outstanding service, dedication and contribution in the field of Sports Medicine (June 2010). He also treats high school and college athletes from across the region. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and most recently (2010), Dr. Smith was appointed Director of the Division of Sports Medicine at the University of Missouri in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as co-director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. These roles highlight his commitment to education and research in the field of sports medicine.

Dr. Smith is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and also as a subspecialty, board certified in Sports Medicine. He is a member of the numerous organizations such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopy Association of North America. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Columbia Regional Hospital from 1998 until 2009.

Dr. Smith has numerous scientific publications. The most recent include a review article on Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction-an update on new techniques (Current Orthopaedic Practice — Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2011), London). Also, he is a contributing author to a book on surgical techniques, his chapter is on Double Bundle ACL Reconstruction (edition in progress Elsevier, (2011)).

As far as teaching, Dr. Smith finds great pleasure in demonstrating innovative techniques to other surgeons in laboratory and operative settings. He is also actively engaged in clinical research and development of new minimally invasive knee and shoulder procedures. His particular areas of interest include ACL reconstruction, as well as arthroscopic shoulder stabilization and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Currently, he is involved in national clinical research trials involving ACL reconstruction techniques, especially related to the minimally invasive “All-Inside” procedure. Dr. Smith is one of three surgeons from across the country conducting this research. The two-year follow-up results of the first study verify less postoperative pain and similar knee stability with this new minimally invasive ACL reconstruction done through three small incisions, in comparison to traditional ACL reconstruction. In addition, Dr. Smith actually performed the very first “All-Inside” double bundle ACL reconstruction, placing two tendon grafts across the knee joint to replace the ACL which more closely reproduces normal ACL anatomy. The minimally invasive All-Inside ACL reconstruction approach continues to be a focus in his clinical practice to optimize outcomes for these significant injuries.

Besides Dr. Smith’s involvement with research and education in sports medicine, he also participates in research that advances orthopedic knowledge in order to provide excellence in patient care both in the clinic and the operating room. Specifically, he is one of two surgeons nationwide to launch the International OrthoIllustrated Surgical Outcome Registry (SOS) –a web based solution to monitor patient reported outcomes.

Dr. Smith’s practice philosophy is based on personalized patient care. He truly enjoys patient interaction, not just from the standpoint of helping his patients with their orthopedic problem, but getting to know them on a personal basis. This provides the foundation for maintaining excellence in his medical practice — it truly is about the whole person. Other individuals working directly with Dr. Smith on his team are Stephen Miller, PA-C, Lindsey Scheets, ATC and James Ronan, who assists administratively and clinically with research and development.

Dr. Smith and his wife, Karen, have five children. He enjoys coaching youth basketball, playing golf when time allows, and  staying very active in the local community.

All-Inside Double Bundle ACL RetroConstruction Surgical Technique: To view a movie about Dr. Smith’s all-inside double bundle ACL RetroConstruction, please visit  www.orthoillustrated.com and click on knee and view “All-Inside Double Bundle ACL RetroConstruction.”

Arthroscopy Sports Medicine

Dr. Tarbox completed his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University where he was also a member of the varsity baseball team. He earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Tarbox completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Following his training in general surgery, Dr. Tarbox joined the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a resident in orthopaedic surgery. Continuing to develop his sports medicine interest, he went on to complete his fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Tarbox joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2001 and specializes in the practice of sports medicine and arthroscopy with special interests in the arthroscopic surgical approach to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and the ankle.

He is the team physician for the nationally ranked University of Missouri-Columbia wrestling team along with several other colleges and high schools around mid-Missouri.

Dr. Tarbox is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Missouri State Orthopaedic Society.

Other individuals working directly with Dr. Tarbox on his team are Dan Stockman, ATC/OTC, administrative assistant, Julee West, and Tricia Massey, LPN.

Dr. Tarbox and his wife, Janna, have two children, Leia and Kylee. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, riding horses, reading, watching movies and participating in church activities.

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Dr. Thornburg is a Columbia, Missouri native. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and then returned to Columbia, Missouri where he attended medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. During his final year of medical school, he was a medical extern at Fulton State Hospital in Fulton, Missouri. Dr. Thornburg completed his residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri and during this time he was also a physician in the emergency department at Boone Hospital Center. He went on to obtain his Master of Science and Public Health at the University of Missouri-Columbia along with his Certificate of Added Qualification in Primary Care Sports Medicine.

Dr. Thornburg joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2004 and specializes in sports medicine and non-operative orthopaedic care. He is an assistant team physician for the University of Missouri athletic department.

Dr. Thornburg is also a leader in the use of PRP for helping his patients. PRP is “platelet-rich plasma.” Platelets are a specialized type of blood cell that are involved in injury healing. With PRP, a concentrated platelet solution is injected into the injured area to stimulate healing.

Dr. Thornburg is a member of several professional organizations including the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family physicians, and American Medical Association. Working directly with Dr. Thornburg on his team is administrative assistant, Katie Powderly.

Dr. Thornburg and his wife have three children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and running.

Sports Medicine

Dr. Trecha attended the University of Michigan and obtained his bachelors degree in biology graduating with high honors. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Trecha remained in Ann Arbor with the University of Michigan where he completed his internship for one year in the department of surgery. He then joined the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he completed his residency in orthopaedics. Dr. Trecha narrowed his focus of orthopaedics to the study of the spine and completed his fellowship in spine surgery at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic in Winter Park, Florida.

Dr. Trecha joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 1989 and treats patients from across the country. He was the first surgeon in mid-Missouri to perform micro-surgical discectomies and today his patients benefit from the most advanced spinal implants. He works closely with his patients to educate them and help them fully understand their problem and their treatment options. He believes that this close working relationship results in healthier patients who more quickly and completely return to their active lifestyles.

Dr. Trecha is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is also a member of the North American Spine Society.

Other individuals working directly on Dr. Trecha’s team are Jena Rorvig, PA-C, Administrative Assistant, Carol Hyatt and Shana Hancock, Nurse.

Dr. Trecha also works with computer graphics and developing innovations in surgical equipment and procedures.

Lumbar Spine

Dr. Tameem Yehyawi was born and raised in Keokuk, Iowa. He attended college at Truman State University where he studied Biology pre-med and was a captain and All-American linebacker on the football team. He graduated with honors and went on to attend medical school at the University of Iowa where he graduated as a member of the AOA honor society, which is awarded to individuals in the top tier of each medical school class. He then spent the next 5 years completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals which remains one of the most highly ranked training programs in the country in orthopaedic surgery. After this, he completed a fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California sub-specializing further in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Yehyawi performs surgery but also utilizes non-operative techniques to help patients of all ages achieve their goals and return to being active. He has a special interest in treating injuries of the knee and shoulder, such as ligament and cartilage injuries of the knee, meniscus tears, shoulder instability, labrum and rotator cuff tears. He feels the most satisfying part of his career is the interaction he has with his patients each day and helping them find their way back to participating in the activities they enjoy.

Also on Dr. Yeyawi’s team are Jeremy Gebhardt, PA-C (Physician’s Assistant) and Ivy Roberts, LPN/Secretary.

Arthroscopy Sports Medicine