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H.B. Plant High School Athlete Leads Determined Efforts to Improve Herself and Support her Teammates

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – July 5, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Sofia Cardenas from H.B. Plant High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending July 5, 2019.

The girls’ Varsity Tennis coach, Pam Gassler, nominated Cardenas for her persistent and determined efforts on the courts and for her initiative when it comes to extracurricular activities.

“Sofia works well with others on the team and in the classroom while being a part of the yearbook staff,” Gassler said. “She shows positivity in competitions and as a spectator when not participating in matches. She has been instrumental in spearheading the ordering of practice shirts and jackets. She is patient, yet mentally strong. Sofia continues to work hard to improve her tennis game.”

Wanting to take on a bigger role for her and her team, Cardenas sought to prove herself as a leading figure and source of support for her fellow teammates.

“I was heading into a challenging semester and the beginning of the tennis season,” Cardenas said. “I wanted to push myself to do my best, be supportive of others and make time for everything – competitive sports and rigorous academics. I stay active every day whether it be through tennis or running. I keep a positive mindset staying motivated through tough times. Most importantly, I stay engaged with my teammates.”

With a heavy workload, Cardenas did not let the weight of her endeavors keep her back from finding success.

“During junior year, there was a lot of stress about the future from ACTs, SATs and AP classes to my volunteer work with Mayors’ Youth Corps and, of course, tennis,” Cardenas said. “Time management was key for my academics and volunteer work, making sure that I had time for tennis clinics. One problem on the court that I had was my backhand, but through lots of practice, I continue to improve.”

Planning and execution cannot happen without the appropriate mindset, as Cardenas advises. In order to achieve success, one must enter with the thought that success will eventually be earned.

“After three years of high school, my best advice is to start the day with a positive attitude,” Cardenas said. “I like to think of three positive things I am grateful for each morning as I drive to school. It helps me stay focused on my goals and remember that anything is possible with the support of friends and family.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Brandon Graduate Believes in Teambuilding and Support over Skill and Star Power

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – June 28, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Jordan Armstrong from Brandon High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending June 28, 2019.

The head coach of the softball team nominated Armstrong, a softball and volleyball graduate from Brandon High School.

“Jordan is always encouraging teammates and she shows by example,” the coach said. “She is willing to go out of her way to help others while still finding time to work on her studies. Jordan helps her other teammates and helped a friend get through an ACL tear and surgery after coming back from her own injury in her junior year.”

Always the team player, Armstrong wanted to take this year to show her other teammates how they can grow together to form an unbreakable bond worthy of success.

“The thing that motivated me to get started was that there was a lot of tension among my team,” Armstrong said. “We started with making tie dye shirts as team bonding. We then cleaned the field and connected as one. We worked together instead of working individually.”

Every sport may have their stand out players or ‘star’ athletes, but Armstrong firmly believes in the ‘we not me’ mentality.

“When playing on a team, you need to bond and have a better connection with each other,” Armstrong said. “When you play as one, you know each other better. You are more willing to do anything for your teammates. You have each other’s back and stand by them.”

Believing in those around you takes a great deal of trust, however according to Armstrong that trust first must come from within.

“Stay true to yourself,” Armstrong said. “Don’t change for anyone. Work hard and strive to do your best always and good things will come.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Dr. Donna Saatman retires from practicing with Florida Orthopaedic Institute

By | Announcements, Our Physicians

On June 28th, 2019 Dr. Donna Saatman retired from practicing with Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

Patients, referring physicians and employees thank her for years of dedication, providing the highest quality care for patients.

After graduating as the first female resident from the University of South Florida’s neurosurgery program, Dr. Saatman provided unsurpassed patient care for 10 years at a private clinic in Brandon, Florida, where she served as president and chief neurosurgeon before joining Florida Orthopaedic Institute in 2014.

As an expert in the field of neurosurgery, Dr. Saatman has delivered numerous local and national lectures, attended clinical courses to expand her areas of expertise and participates in the American Board of Neurological Surgery Maintenance of Certification program.

In addition to her daily practice, she served on several medical advisory boards and participated in two national clinical outcomes trials.

Gaither Graduate Pursues Athletic Scholarships through Relentless Dedication and Determined Efforts

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – June 21, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is pleased to announce Sydney Stoltzfoos from Gaither High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending June 21, 2019.

Stoltzfoos, a Gaither graduate, was nominated by her Track and Cross Country head coach, Bill Jenkins, for her tenacity and determination.

“Sydney has proven, this season, to be dedicated to her sport and her team by working hard and being an example of that hard work,” Jenkins said. “I was a collegiate scholarship runner and have coached state champions, and I can honestly say that I have never worked with a runner that is more dedicated to achieving a goal through hard work and discipline than Sydney.”

The drive for success does not stop there, as Stoltzfoos plans to attend university on a scholarship for athletics. As one of nine children, she wants to serve as a role model to her brothers and sisters.

“A full-ride scholarship will set me up to not only grow as an athlete and person,” Stoltzfoos said. “But it will also set me up to be financially stable when leaving college with a degree. I have never believed in debt and graduating debt free would be a big deal to me. I believe it would be a wonderful example to my younger siblings that when you set your mind to something you can accomplish it.”

As a multisport athlete, Stoltzfoos came across a dilemma many other athletes face when it comes to further pursuing athletics and academics.

“Getting to my goal of signing on full-ride meant sacrificing participation in soccer,” Stoltzfoos said. “This allowed me to stay injury free and healthy in order to improve my strength and running times.”

Not a stranger to the challenges that life poses, Stoltzfoos advises others not to give up on their endeavors and that the journey may be rough, but the destination is worth working toward.

“Just show up and do it,” Stoltzfoos said. “It is not always going to be fun and sometimes it will hurt really badly. But in the end, putting in the work is always worth it.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Ambitious Plant City Graduate Earns ‘Athlete of the Week’ Award While Seeking to Pursue Doctorate

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – June 14, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Lily Batley from Plant City High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending June 14, 2019.

Batley, a recently graduated Plant City High School athlete, was nominated by cheer coach Karen Snapp for being a key player in the success of the cheer program.

“Lily is the heart and soul of the PCHS Competitive Cheer team,” Snapp said. “She is encouraging, motivating, talented and able to lighten the mood when things get intense. Lily has been an integral part of building the PCHS cheer program as it has become stronger each of the past four years she has been a part of it. Lily is the true definition of student-athlete.”

With her heart set on improving her performance and inspiring her teammates, Batley finds that athleticism is not the only kind of skill needed to pursue success.

“I am naturally competitive in all that I do so it is important for me to continue to improve in athletics, specifically cheer and tennis. I really enjoy mentoring my younger cheer competition teammates, but synchronizing our schedules is challenging. I am very focused on academics and have a full schedule with leadership opportunities at school and in our community. It takes good time management skills to make it all happen.”

Now that she has graduated, Batley will soon attend college at the University of Florida where her ambitions only grow stronger.

“I became motivated to get accepted into the University of Florida because I want to pursue being a doctor,” Batley said. “And I recognize that UF is one of the best choices for premed in Florida. To achieve this goal, I not only made academics a priority, but I have participated and led in many extracurricular clubs and activities.”

Batley knows that success is not something that is handed down to someone. Success is something that is earned through determination and passion.

“I have learned that it is important to set ambitious, yet attainable goals,” Batley said. “It is also important to be passionate. That way, when it’s hard, you still have the desire to pursue and achieve them.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

Determined Alonso Athlete named ‘Athlete of the Week’ as she Makes Leaps and Bounds toward Stardom

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – June 7, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is excited to announce Shaniya Benjamin from Alonso High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending June 7th, 2019.

Alonso Ravens Track and Field head coach Roger Mills nominated Benjamin for her self-dedication and relentless drive for success.

“At the Hillsborough County Championships,” Mills said. “Benjamin captured three first place finishes (The 200 meter, the triple jump and the 4×400 relay) to lead her school to its first ever County Championship title. She is believed to be the only county athlete with three first place finishers in 2019.”

Benjamin remains proactive in creating her future and understands that success comes through determined efforts and commitment to her goals.

“I want to become a state finalist and finish my season with no injuries,” Benjamin said. “I want to achieve these goals because I hold them very dear to my heart. When I am able to accomplish them, I feel that I am staying true to myself. That is always a good feeling.”

No matter how talented an athlete is there are always hurdles to overcome that exist even outside of the sport itself.

“One problem that I’ve come upon is balancing school and track,” Benjamin said. “But the way I manage it is by finishing school work ahead of time and not procrastinating. Otherwise, I will miss practice because my schoolwork takes priority. Another problem is having bad days. I just have to calm myself down and remember that everyone has bad days.”

Always going the distance and taking the necessary precautions to set herself up for success, Benjamin wants to remind everyone not to get down on yourself and that after every trial comes triumph.

“Even the best have off days and bad days,” Benjamin said. “Be patient.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

Plant City Student named ‘Athlete of the Week’ for Contributions to Team and Community through Acts of Selflessness

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – May 31, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is honored to announce Myke Oyola from Plant City High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending May 31st, 2019.

In 2012, Myke Oyola won an award for being the ‘Most Outstanding Player’ at a basketball camp held by Plant City High School. Seven years later, he is making strides towards success.

Now a senior basketball player for Plant City High School, Oyola excelled under the guidance from head coach Billy Teeden and was nominated for his commitment to bettering not only his team, but also the community around him.

“Myke has been a member of the Raider varsity program for four years and is currently our team captain and starting point guard,” Teeden said. “Myke has been a key contributor to the team’s success this season. Not only does Myke excel on the court, but he also excels in the classroom. He currently has a 5.3 GPA and has been accepted to UCF. Even with his busy schedule, he finds time to volunteer at a local elementary school as a basketball coach. Twice a week he visits the school and runs a basketball league and practice. ”

Always the selfless character, Oyola realized his talents with plans to pursue future opportunities in an effort to aid his household and create better possibilities for himself.

“My personal goals are to attend college to study sports marketing and continue through with many internships,” Oyola said. “My athletic goals are to stay in good shape and to work harder on my strength and conditioning. I attend my local gym five days a week and was just recently accepted into UCF, so now I am working on getting scholarships to help my family and me financially.”

Reflecting on the ideals that brought him to his current position, Oyola reminds all athletes that competition is not so much a battle between you and your opponent so much that is it a battle between you and yourself.

“Never compare yourself to the next person,” Oyola said. “Always be original and remember that you yourself are your only competitor.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

Plant Student Awarded with ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors for Displaying Selflessness on and off the Tennis Courts

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – May 24, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is excited to announce Mia Bergier from Plant High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending May 24th, 2019.

Bergier, a sophomore tennis player for the Plant Panthers, was nominated by the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Coach, Pam Gassler, for her commitment and perseverance.

“Mia always has a positive attitude and helps her teammates on and off the courts,” Gassler said. “She puts her heart and soul into tennis, always wanting to improve. After an injury last year, she returned even more determined to play. Mia is very competitive yet exhibits good sportsmanship. In addition to her passion for tennis, she maintains a high academic GPA.”

Bergier does not submit to failure. In the face of hardship, she pushes past boundaries and works until her goals are completed. For her, being good is not enough. Bergier seeks more than that.

“I strive to be the best that I can be for the Plant Tennis Team,” Bergier said. “I was also selected for the Mayor’s Youth Corp and am looking forward to working with my fellow peers to make the city of Tampa one of our top priorities. I hope to continue to develop my leadership skills through both the tennis team and the Youth Corp.”

Realizing her talents at an early age, Bergier decided to give the sport her all with the hopes of big payoffs in the future.

“Tennis is a big part of my life,” Bergier said. “I tried other sports, but I really took an interest in tennis. Around nine years old, I began working really hard to be a great tennis player. Both my dad and my mom played tennis as kids and my dad is still very good. He pushes me to want to get better and practice as much as I can.”

With great success comes tremendous dedication and Bergier is no stranger to the fact. She wants other athletes to be aware of the time and effort it takes to reach new heights.

“I have learned to make the most out of every minute that I am on the court,” Bergier said. “For me, quality can be more important than quantity. I always want to give it my all while I work with my coaches to ensure that I will make progress. Hard work is everything! If you want to achieve great things, you’ve got to put in great effort.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

Plant City Student Honored with ‘Athlete of the Week’ Award for Showing Star Performance Abilities

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – May 17, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is honored to announce Taylyn Strickland from Plant City High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending May 17th, 2019.

Athletic Director Timothy Leeseberg nominated Strickland, a junior soccer star, for her performance both on the field and in the classroom.

“Taylyn is a strong student-athlete,” Leeseberg said. “She has performed at a high level in honors and AP classes, earning a 3.71 district GPA. On the soccer field, Taylyn works hard to perform well. She is the leading scorer on our girls’ soccer team. Taylyn challenges her teammates and encourages them to push themselves.”

Strickland actively tries to improve upon herself and push her own limits. Looking to better her soccer skills, she also seeks to play at the collegiate level, paying tribute to the ones that helped get her on the right path.

“I have been motivated in many ways,” Strickland said. “Starting at a young age, I was asked to play on an all-boys competitive soccer team. The coach of that team believed in me and pushed me the hardest. He passed away a few years ago and I want to make him proud.”

Surrounding herself with supportive friends, family and love, Strickland is confident in her abilities to reach her goals.

“I am going to do it through hard work and dedication,” Strickland said. “I will continue to strive for my goals until I achieve them. I will push myself to be the best that I can be and maintain the same level of determination all the way through.”

Facing her own personal struggles, Strickland advises any person, not just athletes, to keep with it and to not be discouraged from adversity.

“No matter how tough it gets,” Strickland said. “You have to keep going. The end result will be worth it.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Cultural Competence Is a Continuous Learning Opportunity

By | FOI in the News, Our Physicians
By: Kaitlyn D’Onofrio

Improve your communication with patients with different experiences

The population is increasingly diverse, and physicians likely interact with patients whose cultures and life experiences differ from their own. This could impact patient-physician interactions and communication.

During a career development session at the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, Hassan R. Mir, MD, MBA, FACS, director of the orthopaedic residency program and director of orthopaedic research at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute and associate professor at the University of South Florida, discussed tactful ways to communicate with patients of different cultures and explained why cultural competence requires being open to learning.

Patient-centered care involves including patients and their families in medical decision-making. When communicating, the patient should be the center of the conversation; this is always the goal, Dr. Mir said.

Patient-centered care involves four tiers: “whole person” care, ready access, comprehensive communication and coordination, and patient support and empowerment. The former two components fall under the health policy umbrella, whereas the latter factors encompass the physician-patient relationship.

Patients have become more concerned with the duration of time physicians commit during a visit than their education and training. An AAOS survey on patient expectations and perceptions of communication obtained different results when conducted in 1998 and 2008. In the earlier survey, 87 percent of patients expected their providers to be highly trained; by 2008, this dropped to 82 percent. In 1998, 35 percent of respondents said they expected their providers to both spend time answering questions and be caring and compassionate; 10 years later, those figures rose to 51 percent and 55 percent, respectively.

Complete clinical care is two-pronged, requiring the completion of communication and biomedical tasks. Communication tasks are:

  • engagement
    • verbal (speaking calmly, asking open-ended questions, avoiding interruptions)
    • nonverbal (making eye contact, smiling, sitting to speak with the patient)
  • empathy
    • establish trust
  • education
    • interactive (asking the patient to explain the visit in his or her own words)
  • enlistment
    • shared decision-making

Several medical decision-making models can be considered: paternalistic (clinician is dominant; patient is passive), consumeristic (emphasis on patients’ rights and clinical obligations), and mutualistic (equal patient-clinician involvement). In most scenarios, the ideal approach is mutualistic. However, in situations where there is only one best-practice treatment option with unequivocal evidence and the patient is low risk, the paternalistic model might be most effective.


Hassan R. Mir, MD, MBA, FACS, discusses communication tactics when interacting with patients with different experiences.

In preference-sensitive treatment discussions, there may be multiple reasonable options, for which a risk/benefit analysis should be conducted. In such cases, shared decision-making is most suitable.

Health literacy can impact a patient’s outcomes, Dr. Mir noted. Evidence has shown links among low literacy, poor education, poor health, and early death. During discussions about surgical procedures, a patient’s health literacy must encompass an understanding of the condition, treatment options, interventions, and post-surgical plan. A few helpful communication aids include written, pictorial, audio, video, and interactive media tools, as well as support groups.

Even in the presence of preventive measures and a well-planned strategy, adverse events (AEs) can occur—necessitating prior shared decision-making and informed consent. Should an AE occur, the physician may experience feelings of sadness or guilt, possibly becoming defensive, whereas the patient and family will likely feel fear, confusion, and anger. In such scenarios, the physician’s plan must include:

  • open communication with the healthcare team
  • open communication with the patient and family
  • a discussion of all aspects (details, possible causes, proposed course of action)
  • an apology without accepting blame (this does not suggest admission of wrongdoing)

Patients who receive full disclosure will have more trust in their physicians and will be less likely to take legal action, Dr. Mir added.

Cultural differences can make communication challenging, but it is crucial to provide culturally competent care to a variety of patients. Dr. Mir defined culturally competent care as “the ability to understand and work with patients whose beliefs, values, and histories are significantly different from our own.”

For engaging with patients with cultural differences, Dr. Mir suggested upgrading the classic “Golden Rule” to the “Platinum Rule”: rather than treating others as you would like to be treated, treat others as they would like to be treated.

Failing to provide culturally competent care could result in harm to patients and your practice. Consequences could include:

  • alienating your patients
  • misdiagnosing their medical problems
  • nonadherence to your treatment plans
  • worse outcomes
  • poor word-of-mouth for you and your practice

Dr. Mir suggested that physicians become familiar with the cultures and beliefs of their patients and families. He acknowledged that being a clinical expert is not the same as being a communication expert, so he urged physicians to be open to learning and changing their behaviors and attitudes. When they are becoming educated about a different culture, generalizations may help them focus their thoughts and provide potential background, but only if that is followed by recognizing each patient as an individual. Stereotypes, on the other hand, are oversimplified, could be offensive, and do not consider the patient as an individual.

Dr. Mir also recommended AAOS’ Culturally Competent Care resources, including the AAOS diversity webpage and the AAOS Culturally Competent Care guidebook and test, which provide six hours of continuing medical education.

Kaitlyn D’Onofrio is the associate editor for AAOS Now. She can be reached at kdonofrio@aaos.org.