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Florida Orthopaedic Institute Introduces Three Physicians From Recent Merger

By | Announcements, FOI in the News

Tampa, FL – March 1, 2021 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce the official introduction of Dr. Neil Kumar, Dr. Peter Lopez and Dr. Robert Maddalon to its expanding practice.

Drs. Kumar, Lopez and Maddalon are formerly from Brandon Orthopedic Associates (BOA), one of five practices included in the merger between FOI and OrthoCare announced in March 2020.

“Drs. Kumar, Lopez and Maddalon are all welcome additions to the Sports Medicine, Hand and Upper Extremity and Hip & Knee divisions respectively,” said Lee Levanduski, Chief Operating Officer at Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

Dr. Neil Kumar is an orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine. He has numerous publications in the areas of knee, shoulder and elbow surgery and has presented at several regional and national conferences. He has a particular interest in the treatment of athletes.

Dr. Peter Lopez is an orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Hand and Upper Extremity. He is an expert in the treatment of complex traumatic and degenerative upper extremity conditions. Dr. Lopez has a particular interest in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and endoscopic carpal tunnel release.

Dr. Maddalon is an orthopedic surgeon and an expert in total joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Kumar and Dr. Lopez are seeing patients at FOI Brandon, Riverview and Sun City Center. Dr. Maddalon will continue to see patients at the BOA Brandon and Sun City Center locations. To schedule an appointment with any of these three physicians, call (813) 684-3707.

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, and spine 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 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, Riverview, 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.

 

Surgery During Time Of COVID-19

Surgery During Time Of COVID-19

By | You Should Know...

The world has changed significantly since the onset of the COVID pandemic. Fear of contracting this potentially dangerous virus, coupled with travel and personal distancing restrictions set by local, state, and federal government authorities, might have forced you to remain indoors as much as possible.

These circumstances have had a noticeable influence on the world of orthopedic surgery. Even those who could benefit from needed interventions have been hesitant to undergo such procedures, fearing that spending time inside a medical facility might increase their risk of contracting COVID. You may be one of those people.

In recent months, restrictions have eased slightly and necessary surgeries are being given the green light to begin again.

Reasons to Feel Safe at Florida Orthopaedic Institute

The experienced, fellowship-trained, and highly-accomplished orthopedic specialists at Florida Orthopedic Institute want you to know that few places are safer for orthopedic procedures during the COVID crisis than inside our Tampa Bay facilities for the following reasons:

Our Credentials

The doctors employed at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute are nationally and internationally recognized specialists with broad and particular knowledge of various orthopedic disciplines, such as the back, neck, spine, knee, shoulder, wrist, and ankle.

Additionally, we can boast of successfully performing countless surgeries that have helped formerly injured patients overcome physical challenges, regain their mobility and return to leading active, productive, and happy lives.

Our Facility

We perform our clinical (examination) work inside 10 locations across Tampa Bay, all conveniently located so that one is right in your neighborhood.

Our surgery centers at North Tampa and Citrus Park offer same-day surgery with the latest cutting-edge medical equipment and surgical devices to allow our physicians to perform the most effective techniques for each case.

Above all, we pride ourselves on the commitment we make to you. Our staff is made up of more than 500 people. In addition to our surgeons, we have a staff of skilled professionals, such as nurses, technicians, therapists, and administrators committed to putting your safety first. They also help make your experience as comfortable as possible and with a goal for you to leave FOI in better shape than when you entered.

Our Emphasis – Safety First

FOI has established numerous COVID protocols geared towards preventing the virus’s spread and keeping you healthy. These efforts include:

Social Distancing Policies

We follow strict social distancing guidelines. The chairs in our waiting rooms and other offices are kept at least six feet apart.

Only Patients are Permitted Inside

Any visitor (or someone considered a non-patient) is required to wait outside the facility.

Face Coverings are Required

Everyone entering FOI’s facilities must wear always wear face coverings. Such safeguards must cover the nose and mouth thoroughly.

Temperature Checks

Patients, in addition to all other persons arriving on our grounds, are given a temperature check. Those with elevated readings are not permitted to enter.

Pre-Screening

Before any scheduled procedures, you will be subject to pre-screening. During this process, a member of our staff will ask you various questions to determine if you have experienced any COVID symptoms, have been exposed to the virus secondhand, or traveled to a region deemed a hotspot by health and governmental authorities.

Heightened Infection Prevention Techniques

We understand one crucial key to spread prevention is through the employment of germ-killing techniques. That why we use measures including:

  • Cleansing all frequently touched surfaces, including computer keyboards, telephones, toilets, workstations, countertops, and chair handles.
  • Removal of unnecessary items.
  • Extra cleansing of rooms most frequented, such as offices, waiting rooms, and operating rooms.

Moreover, cleaning duties are performed using only the most potent disinfectants. The products we use are labeled hospital-grade and classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as safe and effective in eliminating COVID.

Telehealth Appointments

At FOI, you can communicate with our team of physicians through a process called telehealth. Telehealth enables you to connect with a doctor using a computer or mobile device instead of a face-to-face meeting. In many instances, doctors can diagnose minor issues and offer therapeutic treatment options based on the information you provide.

Adapt as Circumstances Warrant

As incidents of the disease continue to spike and decline, health administrators and government officials will be altering safety regulations. We carefully monitor information provided by important entities, such as the FDA, World Health Organization, WHO, the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, and the Florida Department of Health.

Preparing for Surgery

Orthopedic conditions do not simply disappear because COVID exists. Certain patients may require surgical intervention. However, this crisis mandates that we practice a specific set of guidelines. Here at the FOI, we strictly adhere to the following policies:

Determining Surgical Need

Surgery is typically only performed when necessary. During the COVID pandemic, that philosophy is multiplied many times over. One important spread-prevention method is limiting the number of people out, traveling, or inside a given location at any one time.

We stress performing only necessary surgeries. Necessary is often defined as undertaken to improve someone’s limited mobility or prevent a serious condition from worsening.

Use of Evidence-Based Techniques

Evidence-based surgery follows a set of guidelines based on existing evidence suggesting that these techniques make your surgical experience as safe and effective as possible. Such efforts include:

The Use of Personal Protective Equipment

Doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals involved in performing surgical procedures must wear industry-standard personal protective equipment, also known as PPE. Specific examples of PPE include:

  • Gloves.
  • Respiratory masks.
  • Eye protective gear like goggles or face shields.
  • Surgical gowns.
  • Head coverings.
  • Shoe coverings.

Additionally, once PPE has been used during surgery, the materials must be properly accounted for. This might mean placing the items into special laundry containers, individual waste receptacles specifically intended for used PPE or specially designated bags.

Disinfecting Measures

Operating room equipment, such as instruments, beds, and diagnostic tools, are intensely cleansed using hospital-grade cleaning agents approved as COVID eliminators by the FDA. Those performing surgical procedures must thoroughly wash their hands using approved cleaning products.

Patient Testing

If you have been exposed to the virus within two weeks of a scheduled procedure, it will likely be postponed. Should you become symptomatic, you will be prohibited from entering FOI’s grounds. Also, you should get tested as close to the procedure as possible. Those receiving negative results will be permitted to continue with the procedure.

Limited Recovery Time

Current COVID guidelines governing orthopedic surgery recommend those undergoing in-hospital procedures be released from the hospital as soon as conditions warrant. In some instances, this could be the next day. The determination to send you home will rest on your general health and how well your recovery progresses.

If you undergo a more complicated procedure or have underlying health issues that might need a longer recovery, careful monitoring will be required.

Reaching Out to Us

We realize this is a challenging, confusing, and sometimes a downright frightening time. The last matter you might wish to consider now is orthopedic surgery.

If such a procedure is needed, our staff wants you to realize that you are safe at FOI. We are considered among the finest in the field and follow the strictest safety guidelines.

More information about our facility, staff, and the many services we provide can be accessed by visiting our website.

Everything To Know About The COVID Vaccine

By | You Should Know...

Few illnesses have caused as much sickness and death as the coronavirus. Originating in China, this stubborn and robust pathogen has spread globally, creating a pandemic not seen in more than a century. At present, worldwide estimates sit at roughly 90 million persons infected and almost 2 million dead.

Since this disease started on its path of destruction, the scientific community has worked tirelessly to create a COVID vaccine. In many instances, developing, testing, and manufacturing vaccines for new or emerging illnesses takes years.

Fortunately, scientists’ impressive efforts at various drug development companies have led to the creation of several vaccines soon to be available to all segments of the population.

Coronavirus Overview

The coronavirus, which is often abbreviated as COVID-19, is an aggressive organism typically impacting your respiratory tract. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased sense of taste and smell
  • Significant fatigue
  • Body aches

You also might experience other less common occurrences, such as digestive problems highlighted by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, nasal congestion, a runny nose, a sore or scratchy throat, and headaches.

Symptoms usually appear anywhere from two to 14 days after you come into contact with an infected person. In most cases, full recovery occurs within a couple of weeks after symptoms start.

If you are overweight or obese, smoke cigarettes or vape, or have a serious underlying lung or heart disease or another major illness like diabetes, your chances of developing severe, potentially life-threatening complications increases.

Vaccinations

To slow the disease’s progression, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency usage and distribution of two vaccinations that showed significant promise during the research stage and human trials.

The Moderna Vaccine

The COVID vaccine created by the Moderna is intended for those 18 and older. It is given in two doses roughly one month apart. Researchers maintain the vaccine is more than 94 percent effective.

The Pfizer/BioN Tech Vaccine

If you receive the Pfizer-created COVID vaccine, you will receive two injections three weeks apart. Scientists hold that this protective measure is 95 percent effective.

Other Potential Vaccines

Numerous other vaccines are currently in the trial stage. Before they can receive emergency approval, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must first review the findings to determine how effective, and above all, safe these defenses are.

How Does The Vaccine Work?

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines’ effectiveness is credited to the presence of messenger RNA, often scientifically referred to as mRNA.

During their research, scientists discovered that Covid-19 viruses contain features called S proteins. The vaccinations get your body’s immune system cells to create harmless pieces of S proteins.

When the newly created S proteins appear, the immune system considers such structures invaders and create a response. Once this process is complete, your system will be comprised of anti-coronavirus chemicals known as antibodies.

The Administration Process

The number of available vaccinations cannot yet accommodate the entire United States population. These vaccines are being administered over several stages as established by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Phase One

During the initial phase, doctors, nurses, emergency services personnel, and elderly individuals residing in nursing homes or long-term care facilities receive the vaccine.

Phase Two

In the second stage, persons older than 75 and those considered essential frontline workers, such as first responders, teachers, grocery store employees, and public transit workers, receive a COVID vaccine.

Phase Three

You might be eligible for distribution under the third priority phase if you are between the ages of 65 and 74, are aged 16 to 64 but have a serious, diagnosed, underlying medical problem increasing your risk of serious complications, or are employed in other deemed essential professions like construction work or the foodservice industry.

Phase Four

If your qualifications do not match the last three categories, you will be required to wait until enough dosages of available vaccinations are abundant enough for general public administration.

Potential Benefits of Getting a Vaccine

Though you might be reluctant to receive a vaccine, medical professionals maintain doing so could result in several benefits, including:

  • Spread Prevention – Covid-19 is highly contagious, and each wave has been more severe and impacted greater numbers of people than the previous event. By receiving A COVID vaccine, you help prevent the continued spread of the disease.
  • Protection Against Illness – Though neither vaccination is entirely failsafe, you increase your chances of contracting the virus decrease exponentially. Additionally, in the unusual event that a vaccinated person develops the disease, symptoms will likely be far less severe.
  • Safeguarding Those Around You – A vaccinated person’s family members stand at a decreased risk of getting sick. Receiving the COVID vaccine might protect your children, spouse, parents, or other relatives from becoming ill.
  • Building Your Immunity – Other than contracting the virus, obtaining A COVID vaccine is the best method of building your body’s defenses against it. Few would argue that protecting yourself against the illness is far a better option than experiencing it firsthand.

Possible Side Effects

You might encounter certain side effects after receiving a vaccination.

The most common occurrences are soreness and possibly redness around the injection site. You might also experience short-lived symptoms, such as:

  • Elevated body temperature
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches

These issues are usually mild and often disappear within a few days.

A small percentage of those administered the Pfizer vaccine have reported serious allergic reactions. Additionally, an even smaller number of people experienced Bell’s Palsy – a temporary but significant form of facial paralysis.

Pfizer is aware of these events and is conducting ongoing research to identify the exact cause and investigate ways to prevent future occurrences.

Should Persons Prone to Allergic Reactions Receive the Vaccine?

Healthcare providers say that you may still safely receive the vaccine despite being prone to allergic reactions. They urge you to thoroughly discuss your medical history with the administering doctor and disclose any medications you take.

If you have any diagnosed allergic conditions, physicians recommend that you be monitored for the first 30 minutes to an hour following injection. Typically, severe reactions tend to occur not long after initial administration.

Who Should Not Receive The Vaccine?

Though most people can safely receive the COVID vaccine, you might fit into a small number of people who should not receive it.

Currently, the safeguard is not meant for children age 16 and younger. The vaccine might worsen specific medical conditions. You should discuss the possibility of getting a COVID vaccine with your doctor first.

Extra Precautionary Tips

Though vaccination provides a strong defense against the coronavirus, you are encouraged to engage in other illness-prevention tips, including:

  • Washing your hands frequently using warm water and soap.
  • Maintaining proper social distances from others.
  • Avoiding crowded places.
  • Wearing a mask when indoors or amongst relatively large outdoor gatherings.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and face.
  • Remaining away from sick persons.
  • Staying home or isolated when you are sick.

Moreover, you should adhere to other health-boosting suggestions, like eating a healthy, nutritious diet, obtaining enough sleep, exercising, limiting alcohol consumption, and not smoking or vaping.

About Us

The world-renowned orthopedic specialists at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute want our current and future patients to remain safe, healthy, and informed as this ever-changing and ongoing public health crisis progresses.

Our team of critically claimed surgeons, specializing in various orthopedic disciplines, looks forward to helping you overcome pain and physical injuries. Further information about our Florida Orthopaedic Institute can be found by visiting our website.

Tampa Prep

Tampa Prep Terrapin Triumphs and Trains for Olympics

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – December 5, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Chance Tirheimer from Tampa Preparatory School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 5, 2020.

Tirheimer was nominated by Coach Jason Bowes, for his performance in the state championship as he went on to achieve greatness.

“Chance was amazing,” said Bowes. “He had an incredible state championship this past weekend in Stuart, Florida winning two state titles in the 50FR and 100FR as well as receiving All-American status! Incredible performance by Chance!”

With two state titles under his belt, the All-American now has his eyes set on the Olympic Trials cuts.

“The Olympic trials happen only every four years,” Tirheimer said. “I am lucky that they got pushed back a year because now I have the opportunity to go.”

As to how he will get there, the senior swimmer has no doubt in his mind that his hard work will pay off.

“I am not going to miss a single practice,” he said. “I have also started doing more training outside of swim practice.”

While this year has brought with it a laundry list of setbacks, Tirheimer has been keeping his head down and remains focused on the end game.

“Just go into practice every day,” he said. “Go into practice and put every bit of energy into your training.”

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 previous 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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, Riverview, 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.

Bloomingdale Bull Seeks Success through Self-Motivation

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – March 13, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Logan Donovan from Bloomingdale High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending March 13, 2020.

Donovan was nominated by Coach Eva Applebee, for his steadfast approach to self-improvement. Constantly looking for ways to better himself outside of practice time, he shows exactly what it means to be a hard worker.

“Logan is a worker,” said Applebee. “He practices and practices to improve his skills and gives 100% in matches to earn the win. Logan does not give up. I have seen him improve from his freshman year and rely on him to model leadership and sportsmanship. He is an asset to our team.”

Reaching his goals is never enough for Donovan. After every accomplishment, Donovan sets new aspirations and ambitions in an effort to achieve more than others may believe possible.

“I first started playing tennis my freshman year,” Donovan said. “I always wanted to be as good as players who had started much younger than me and that required hard work. I am taking 3 AP classes and wanted to keep challenging myself academically before heading to college.”

Donovan is a self-motivated athlete and student. Rather than settle with ‘good’, he pushes himself until he can reach ‘best’.

“In tennis, I have taken private lessons and attend a tennis camp at USF in the off-season to maintain my skills,” Donovan said. “I would also go to the park and hit against the wall to perfect my swing and footwork. In school, I would look up videos that could explain things I was having trouble with that help me to better understand the subject.”

When it comes to success, many are curious as to what it takes to achieve it. To Donovan, the answer is very simple.

“Simple hard work and determination,” he said. “Nothing is given easy so working hard is very important in accomplishing goals. I always look at what I can do better and try to improve on 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 previous 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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic 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.

Athlete of the Week

Lennard Longhorn Leads Team

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – January 24, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Halei Murrell from Lennard High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending January 24, 2020.

Murrell was nominated by her coach, Jerome McWhorter, for her relentless determination on the basketball court and in the classroom.

“Halei is a tough, hard worker on and off the court,” said McWhorter. “She leads by example and is what every coach can ask for in a kid. Her determination to be better each and every day is powerful.”

From a young age, Murrell knew that basketball was her calling. Now, at Lennard High School, Murrell is determined to take her talents to the next level in an effort to make it through the playoff seasons.

“My love for basketball grew when I started 3rd grade,” said Murrell. “I am currently in love with this sport so much. When we first started this year, I could see the potential in our team to make it to playoffs and probably further than that.”

Murrell takes pride in being able to bring her team together and overcome any obstacle while also tackling her academics. This task is not always easy, but she keeps a level head.

“Finishing this year with straight A’s is going to be a challenge,” said Murrell. “I just need to keep studying and having faith in God. The team and I still have a few games left and we are so close. We just have to finish it out strong and as a team.”

Constantly focused on improving, Murrell does not have time for interruptions. When she has something in her sights, you can be sure that she is completely locked on.

“If this is something you really want to do, then fully commit to it,” she said. “Distractions aren’t needed. They will just hinder you further from what you are trying to accomplish.”

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 previous 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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic 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

Athlete of the Week

Senior Sickles Star Guides Gryphons

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – January 17, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Gary E. Jones III from Sickles High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending January 17, 2020.

Jones was nominated by Marissa Beauchamp, Sickles Athletic Trainer, for his contributions and commitment to his team, academics and the extracurriculars he is involved with.

“Gary (Trey) Jones III has been excelling in basketball and in the classroom at Sickles High School for the past four years,” said Beauchamp. “Trey is very active in his community, church and with his teammates on the court. Trey is a hard worker by putting in the extra hours outside of practice to improve his game. He also excels in the classroom by utilizing his time management skills to balance practice, schoolwork and applying for academic scholarships.”

Standing at 7 feet tall and 230 pounds, Jones is a powerhouse on the court. He is constantly preparing himself mentally and physically to play at the next level and to lead his team to States. Jones is a force to be reckoned with however, he didn’t always feel that way.

“As a child, I was bullied constantly for being the big kid,” Jones said. “[I] realized towards the end of middle school that there were distinct advantages to being big. I soon embraced my size and used all those past years as motivation to make myself the best player I can be and try to play as long as possible. God has given me size as a gift and what I do with it is my gift back to Him!”

Training every day and playing to his fullest has not kept Jones from experiencing his share of injuries, but with the help of Marissa and Select Physical Therapy, he’s been able to get back to the game he loves.

“Coming into my senior season, I was rehabbing from a sprained MCL from AAU Ball,” Jones said. “It was frustrating because I knew senior season is a big one. Throughout fall ball and regular season, I have sprained both ankles and had to rehab back from them. Marissa, our trainer, has been amazing working with me before and after school to ensure I got back to full strength and I have yet to miss a game.”

Adversity has always been an obstacle that Jones has had to overcome, however, he meets these challenges head-on with eagerness and a positive attitude.

“Believe in you,” Jones said. “You are capable of so much more than your mind can comprehend. When people are hard on you, realize they see something you may not see. Lastly, love, listen and learn. Love the life you have been given. Listen to the wisdom imparted upon you and learn from the mistakes for that is where true strength lies.”

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 previous 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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic 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

Gaither Cheerleader Finds Success Through Optimism

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – January 10, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Nicolletta Zarcone from Gaither High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending January 10, 2020.

Zarcone was nominated by Megan Holcomb, head cheer coach, for her coachable attitude and her determined efforts to bring her all at practices and meets.

“Nicolletta is always working hard at practices and out on the mat when she performs,” said Holcomb. “She is always motivating her team to do better and to try their best. Nicki has a positive attitude every time she is at practice and always does what is asked from the coaches.”

A true optimist, Zarcone takes everything a day at a time and allows herself to appreciate every moment. She is always giving 200% accompanied with a positive attitude.

“The thought that I have the ability to wake up every day and have the opportunity to make my day and others’ days amazing is so motivating,” Zarcone said. “I was lucky enough to wake up when others did not, so I have to make each day worthwhile. I just try my best to do my best.”

Going the distance means everything to Zarcone. Every time she hits a goal, she sets another one in order to keep herself motivated and keep the momentum going. It all starts with giving her all to even the smallest effort.

“I do it by doing my best with every little thing I do,” Zarcone said. “It’s an important quality because whatever I do is a resemblance of me. My reputation is on the line.”

Mental fortitude is also a major factor in finding success, according to Zarcone. Putting your mind to it and staying true to yourself are two of the most important aspects.

“My thoughts can get in the way of my attitude, but understanding that everything is mind over matter resonates with me,” she said. “Also, the risk of letting people down is concerning, but nothing is going to be perfect so just sticking to my gut is going to be ideal. Stick to what is right and good karma will come your way.”

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 previous 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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic 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

Bloomingdale Bull Swims to Success

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – December 20, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Alexa Brown from Bloomingdale High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 20, 2019.

Brown was nominated by Coach Eva Applebee for her determined attitude in the pool and her commitment to bettering her teammates.

“Alexa is a freshman on the Varsity Swim Team,” said Applebee. “She is an outstanding athlete who works hard and is passionate about her sport. Alexa is a coach’s dream. She gives 110% at practice and meets. She listens to the coach; she strives to improve and she has the best attitude in the pool and out. I look forward to the next three years with Alexa. I expect her to set a lot of new school records.”

Competitive by nature, Brown was able to take her fervor into the pool. As she hones her talents, Brown keeps seeing the benefits swimming has given to her and only hopes the same happens for her team.

“I’ve had a passion for swimming for a long time,” said Brown. “Competing at the highest level I can is important to me. I love seeing others fall in love with the sport and grow in it.”

Working out before and after school and keeping her grades in check, Brown maintains a steady drive as she stays dedicated to making regionals.

“The main challenge is managing school and swim,” said Brown. “Schoolwork limits the amount of time I have at home to focus on swimming. It’s also difficult to make time for leisurely activities and for my social life with more than 20 hours a week swimming.”

Brown is an advocate for hard work. She believes that you are never really done getting better at something. There is always room for improvement.

“There is a fine line between good and great,” said Brown. “Those that fit into the latter category are the ones who constantly work to better themselves and focus on the little things that they can improve upon.”

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 previous 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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic 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

Sickles Gryphon Seeks a Championship

By | Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – December 13, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Ava Weston from Sickles High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 13, 2019.

Coach Gary Jones nominated Weston for her inspiring leadership abilities to her team and her steadfast determination through daunting setbacks.

“Ava was a four-year member of the Sickles varsity volleyball team, serving as the captain the last three,” said Jones. “She is a leader on and off the court carrying a 5.7 GPA while leading her team as the captain and setter. She amassed over 600 assists over the past three years, second on the team in total aces and third in kills during that span. She fought through a quad injury her senior year, but never missed a practice, showing up and encouraging her team even when she could not fully participate. She is truly an amazing example of a student-athlete and a leader.”

Weston is a member of Steel Volleyball, a U18 club team. Seeking to qualify for the AAU National Championships in Reno, Nevada, Weston has been relentless in her work ethic in order to get to the next level.

“I’ve been motivated to qualify for the AAU National Volleyball Championship since I’ve started playing competitive travel volleyball nine years ago,” Weston said. “This would give me exposure as an athlete and ultimately push me harder since there are so many competitive teams at the next level. I have always believed that being competitive takes you further in life not only on the court but in the classroom as well.”

Being a student-athlete is challenging, constantly balancing athletics and academics. Weston has met that challenge head-on and plans to continue throughout college as she pursues a biomedical engineering degree at the University of South Florida.

“Managing practice and five AP classes as a senior has been a challenge that I take seriously,” said Weston. “Understanding that time management is a very important aspect of staying on track to meet my goals is imperative. So far, the juggling of school and athletics has worked out in my favor and I plan to keep it that way.”

It’s all about the mindset, according to Weston. An athlete may have the physical skill and talent, but it takes a certain mindset to follow through, overcome obstacles and reach goals.

“One of the best pieces of advice I live by and have passed on to those I have mentored would be the basic idea of determination,” she said. “Not giving up mentally takes a lot of patience and perseverance. As an athlete, you approach many obstacles including injuries that will try to hold you back from achieving your goal. Pushing past these physical challenges will make anyone a better athlete in the long run and it shows.”

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 previous 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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic 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