In a region of Florida where the City is Beautiful and the culture is diverse, the physicians at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic have seen many changes in the community as well as in the way healthcare that has been delivered. Back in the day (1936) when the founder of Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, Dr. Eugene Jewett, was caring for his patients, he made house calls, and often commented the necessity to be sure to depart from his patient’s home allowing enough daylight to return safely and to avoid the many predators such as the Florida panthers and alligators who also used the makeshift roads. Today, the predators are the better known as a source of entertainment: The Orlando Predators! Yes, indeed, times have certainly changed.
In orthopaedic medicine, Dr. Jewett was credited for being open minded about his peers, not associating them as competitors, but realizing that by pooling resources of specialized orthopaedics, the practice could better serve the community. His philosophy still holds true today with nine locations throughout Central Florida, including three Walk-In Convenient Care Centers spanning from St. Cloud to Winter Park to Lake Mary with 26 board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and a team of 12 physician extenders including Certified Physician Assistants and highly trained ARNP’s to better serve the patients. Jewett remains a privately owned orthopaedic practice, keeping prices down for patients in need of specialty orthopaedics.
Each year, the Winter Park Road Race is held in memory James C. Barnett, M.D., who was a partner at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. He was regarded as one of the most recognized orthopaedic sports medicine physicians in the country and was also an avid runner. In fact, the popular Winter Park Road Race was designed to mimic Dr. Barnett’s favorite running route through the beautiful city and residential area of Winter Park. One of Dr. Barnett’s biggest fans is orthopaedic sports medicine doctor, Sean McFadden. Dr. McFadden and his wife Kimberly, moved to Winter Park from Michigan to not only raise their family, but also to get closer to Dr. Barnett and his work. “Jimmy Barnett was an icon in orthopaedic sports medicine; I thought the world of him, and I always felt we had similar beliefs.” Says McFadden “It’s a simple concept; don’t expect an athlete to quit their sport because of an injury. It’s what makes them tick. As a competitive runner and tri-athlete, I would never accept a doctor telling me I can’t do what I love to do. So, working closely with athletes to identify the best plan of care and, in appropriate circumstances, allowing cutting edge approaches to be considered. Dr. Barnett would have been excited to know about the research results for new technologies such as cartilage restoration. The approach to athletic injuries must come with an open mind. It’s all about getting the athlete back to their sporting activity. Athletes essentially demand to make it happen. Their need to return is not only physical, it’s mental too. So, having a similar mindset (as an athlete) allows me to help the athlete evolve from fear to fierce competitor. It’s truly a journey, and there is nothing more rewarding than to be part of the success.”
2013 Winter Park Road Race logo will be provided for insertion – below the logo insert: Saturday, March 23, 2013
With the designation of “Official Team Physicians” for the Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears, Orlando Predators, Orlando Ballet, the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, the Houston Astros and a host of high schools, Jewett is also equipped to help amateur, student and professional athletes alike. Even outdoor sporting activities such as fishing and hunting require many vigorous activities. Having firsthand knowledge of hauling heavy equipment, climbing steep inclines in the outdoor terrain and the need to squat in order to be in the perfect position for the sporting activity is key. “Many of the physicians at Jewett are outdoor sports enthusiasts as well as athletes. It makes a dramatic difference to have a firsthand understanding of what is involved when participating in outdoor and indoor sporting activities.”
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Jewett’s Philosophy of Care: Perhaps most importantly, their philosophy of treating children, workers, elderly and athletes alike is to give the same compassionate care, one patient at a time, one friend at a time. From serving as team physicians to sponsoring local road races to supporting organizations, the Jewett team believes wholeheartedly in sharing its resources and expertise to build and support the overall health of the community.
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