WILMINGTON – Renowned orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert Tim Kremchek, MD, returns Oct. 8 to the Wilmington office of Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
Dr Kremchek, who had reduced the number of patients seen at some Beacon sites during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, said he was eager to return to a community where he not only treats patients but also serves team doctor for a local college and three high schools in the region.
âI love the Wilmington community and I love the people,â said Dr. Kremchek. ” I can not wait to return. In addition to the patients I see in Wilmington, I really enjoy working with the local college and high school teams and athletes. “
Dr Kremchek is a team physician for Wilmington College as well as Wilmington, East Clinton and Clinton-Massie high schools. He works closely with Nicole Goddard, DO, a primary care and sports medicine physician who also sees patients at Beacon’s Wilmington office at 720 Elm Street.
âI have lived in the Wilmington community for years,â he said. “It’s been a big part of my practice, and I can’t wait to go back.”
Red medical director
Dr. Kremchek celebrates 25 years as Medical Director of the Cincinnati Reds. And 2021 also marks the 25th anniversary of Beacon, which was founded by Dr. Kremchek, fellow Beacon, Dr. Robert Burger, and a small group of orthopedic surgeons.
âI don’t think there is another team doctor in all of baseball who equals Tim’s love and dedication to a team,â said Robert Castellini, general manager of the Cincinnati Reds. âHe’s really amazing. Tim’s intensity and commitment never falters. He devotes so much of his time to the Reds and his presence makes us a better organization in every way.
“Doc Kremchek was more than our doctor,” said former Reds first baseman Sean Casey. âHe was part of the team.
Dr Kremchek grew up idolizing the team he now treats, sitting in the stands with his father – Dr Edward Kremchek, who was also an orthopedic surgeon – and dreaming of the day he could play for the Reds. Looking back on his first opening day as the Reds’ team doctor in 1997, he looks like a star-struck fan.
âI came back with the spring training team,â he said. âThe fans were waiting for us when we got off the plane. And there I was at Cinergy Field with Barry Larkin, Hal Morris, Bret Boone – it was amazing. I arrived at the stadium four hours earlier, watching the guys prepare, knowing the whole town was on fire. My son Teddy, who was only two at the time, was in the locker room with me. My family was in the stands.
“I was 34 years old and my dream had come true.”
In addition to his work with sports teams in Wilmington, Dr Kremchek is a team doctor for his alma mater Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, for sports programs at several high schools in the Greater Cincinnati area, including Moeller – where his father was also medical director – Indian Hill, Kings, Wyoming, Mt. Notre Dame, Mason and Lakota West.
âAll these years, I think my experience as an athlete helps me communicate better with my patients,â he said. âI know what it’s like to want to come back on the pitch. My job is to help every patient make a full recovery and do just that. “
After 25 years with the Reds, Dr Kremchek still exudes the excitement he felt on his first opening day with the team and continues to be driven by impressive tenacity and commitment to his team. profession and its patients.
âI have always been competitive and motivated by the realization that life is too short. I love what I do and I love being with the athletes, âhe said. âIf you do this for any reason except that you love the game and the people, that would be too much. The reward is not money or fame. It is the joy of being part of the team.
Founded in 1996, Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life.
Beacon Orthopedics provides medical direction and coverage for more than 30 local high schools, five varsity track programs and professional teams, including the Cincinnati Reds.
With 15 locations in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana, Beacon provides instant access to comprehensive orthopedic care, including sports medicine, physiotherapy, training sports, imaging services, regenerative medicine, as well as surgical procedures involving the neck, spine, shoulder, repair, reconstruction and replacement of the elbow, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle.
Beacon is the founding group of OrthoAlliance, a patient-centered, physician-led management services organization designed to help orthopedic physicians grow and thrive in a changing healthcare landscape.
Since its inception, OrthoAlliance has successfully grown into one of the country’s leading platforms.
Dr. Kremchek, featured with Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto, is the Reds’ medical director.