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Dedicated to the practice of spine pain management, Dr. Jacinthe Malalis (far left) and Dr. Christopher Faubel (far right)  are continuously working to offer the most advanced therapeutic modalities and minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of low back and neck joint pain.

The MOI Spine Center is the only facility in the region performing the proven Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) procedures, now with the advanced and innovative Venom Technology.

What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

RFA, is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of neck and low back pain due to arthritis, providing efficient and precise pain relief. This is a commonly used and highly successful treatment option for those individuals suffering from chronic back pain, neck pain, and pain related to degenerative joints.

Radiofrequency ablation involves applying heat to certain nerve pathways to “shut off” the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It is performed on an outpatient basis and requires only a local anesthetic.  Live x-ray (fluoroscopy) is used to guide the Venom  probe to the target site with precision.

Benefits of using the NEW Radiofrequency Ablation Venom Technology include:

  • Pain relief lasting up to 2 years
  • Significant and longer lasting pain relief compared to steroid injections
  • Venom Technology provides a larger treated area at the target nerve site
  • Reduced or eliminated need for analgesics or pain medication afterward
  • Improved quality of life
  • Short recovery time

To learn more about RFA and Venom Technology and other treatment options, contact Midwest Orthopaedic Institute at 815-758-0000 to schedule a consultation with our Spine Center.


Dr. Jain Mentors International Joint Replacement Specialists from Finland

Dr. Jain is a local board certified joint replacement orthopedic surgeon who specializes in total knee replacement and total hip replacement.  In collaboration with Kishwaukee Hospital, Dr. Jain is acting medical director and developed a Joint Replacement Center of Excellence.  This center has received accreditation through the Joint Commission and has achieved “Premiere Site” status through Stryker Performance Solutions.  Through Stryker Performance Solutions, Dr. Jain was asked to meet with a joint replacement team from Finland to discuss best practices and the latest evidence.  These visitors included a CEO, Medical Director and Development Director of the Hospital for Joint Replacement Coxa located in Tampere, Finland.  Performing over 3000 procedures per year and specializing in performing only joint replacements, Coxa is the largest joint replacement hospital in Western Europe.  It is due to positive trends in safety, quality, performance improvement and patient satisfaction that the Coxa leadership team made the visit to DeKalb from Finland.  Medical Director, Dr. Nieminen and Dr. Jain discussed all facets of care including preop preparation, acute management and follow up care.  The two exchanged and shared a sincere concern to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient and to keep the patient at the center of the joint replacement process. Coxa’s medical director, Dr. Nieminen stated, “Kishwaukee Hospital should be proud of the excellent joint replacement program outcomes and we are looking forward to bringing some of these approaches back to Finland.”  Dr. Nieminen and his team expressed gratitude for the welcome and information that they received during their visit.  Dr. Jain stated, “I am pleased to learn that the Finland team supports our focus to keep the patient at the center of care and to treat all patients like they are family.”

Pictured – left to right -Marjo Uusitalo, Development Director, Dr. Rajeev Jain, Medical Director Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center, Jyrki Nieminen, MD Medical Director Coxa, , Tarmo Martikainen, CEO Coxa.

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MOI had the opportunity to partner with NIU Athletics to raise funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund . An inaugural girl’s youth basketball was held for ages K-8, and hosted by NIU Women’s Basketball team . All Proceeds from the camp and  T-shirt sales were donated on behalf of MOI and NIU Athletics. A total amount of $1845 was raised for the cause.   We had the opportunity to present the game sponsorship ball to a cancer surviving NIU Alumni. Congrats to Tammy on beating Cancer!

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Midwest Orthopaedic Institute Now Offering Full Line-Up of Services in Sandwich

Sandwich, IL Midwest Orthopaedic Institute is now offering its full service line-up in Sandwich, Illinois, and appointments are available Monday-Thursday from 8am-5pm.

Patients in Sandwich and the surrounding areas can enjoy the comprehensive care MOI provides, now closer to home. Services available in the Sandwich facility include general orthopaedics, rheumatology, surgical podiatry and routine podiatry, as well as orthopaedic subspecialties including foot/ankle, shoulder/elbow, sports medicine, and joint replacement.

Several MOI physicians and surgeons are currently offering new patient appointments in the Sandwich location: Dr. Thomas Dwyer (routine podiatry), Dr. Shane York (surgical podiatry), Dr. Tony Choi(shoulder/elbow),  Dr. Steve Glasgow (sports medicine and joint replacement), and Dr. Russell Bodner (sports medicine and joint replacement.)

MOI’s Sandwich clinic is located at 1310 N. Main Street, in the medical office building behind Valley West Community Hospital. This state-of-the-art, 8,000 sq. ft. facility also offers rehabilitation services, fracture care, and durable medical equipment. Same-day appointments are available.

About Midwest Orthopaedic Institute:

Midwest Orthopaedic Institute strives to provide the highest quality of care for our patients, in a compassionate and professional environment. We are committed to meeting the needs of our patients, physicians, medical staff, and community through continuing initiatives and innovations in patient care, education, research, and community service.


RCH acquires Toshiba’s new vantage Titan MRI System

Rochelle Community Hospital installed a state-of-the-art MRI following the deliver of the new Toshiba 1.5T Vantage Titan unit last week.

Rochelle Community Hospital installed a state-of-the-art MRI following the deliver of the new Toshiba 1.5T Vantage Titan unit last week.

ROCHELLE – State-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will be available at Rochelle Community Hospital (RCH) with the delivery of a new Toshiba 1.5T Vantage Titan unit.

“The new MRI will offer our patients access to MRI services five days a week with a scheduled appointment and 24/7 for emergencies,” Joy Miller, RCH Radiology Manager, said. “With this addition, our radiology department now has the most up-to-date equipment in the region.”

A crane lowered the 10,000-pound magnet into a room designated for a future MRI during the hospital’s capital campaign in 2004-2005. Currently, RCH is using a portable MRI a few days a week through an agreement with OSF Healthcare. The room was built with a skylight which was removed to lower the magnet into its new home. The skylight brings unique natural light into the room which should also add to the comfortable environment for patients.

The Vantage Titan is built for patient comfort with a large 71-centimeter opening, offering more space for patients inside the machine. In addition, MR acoustic noise is limited by using Toshiba’s patented Pianissimi technology, which creates a better imaging experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia. The outstanding image quality and largest available field of view also help to provide the highest level of patient care and diagnostic capability in an MRI.

“To see this dream become a reality is such a plus for our patients,” Mark J. Batty, RCH Chief Executive Officer, stated. “Our partnership with Midwest Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) made this upgraded service available. Patients, physicians and specialists will all benefit from the increased availability of MRI services at RCH.”

Additional testing, setup and training will be taking place before the new MRI is available for patient diagnostics in early June.

Dr. Rajeev Jain Named Amongst Health System Doctors Of The Year

Source: Daily Chronicle

rajeev-k-jain-mdKishHealth System has named Dr. Rajeev Jain, Dr. Sabet Siddiqui and Dr. Michael Monfils its 2013 Acclaimed Physicians. Jain received the award for Outstanding Service to Patients, Siddiqui received the award for Promotion of Quality Care and Monfils received the award for Humanitarian Community Service.

The winners were chosen from 32 members of the KishHealth medical staff who were nominated by patients, colleagues and the public.

Jain, an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, was nominated by patients who noted he takes the time to listen and make patients feel “cared about,” not just “cared for.” Jain says his philosophy is to treat every patient as if they were a member of his own family.

“I love my family, and I keep that in mind when someone walks through the door of my office,” he said. “If that is where my focus is, I can provide the best possible care for every individual.”

Jain, medical director of the Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s Joint Center, is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, fellowship-trained in total joint replacement, and has been on the Kish Hospital medical staff since 2007.

Siddiqui, an oncologist at The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, was nominated by fellow physicians who said he has worked tirelessly to achieve a relationship with Loyola University Medical Center so that patients have access to the latest treatments and clinical trials without traveling. He is known for his excellent communication with his patients and families and is always accessible to review a treatment plan or change in condition of patient when needed.

Siddiqui, medical director of the Cancer Center, is board-certified in medical oncology and has been on the Kish Hospital medical staff since 2000.

Monfils, a surgeon in Sycamore, received the award for Humanitarian Community Service, an award given to doctors who donate their time and expertise to help those in need. In addition to providing care for patients any time of the day without regard for their ability to pay, Monfils has taken yearly trips for the past seven years to provide medical care to children in Haiti, where most childhood deaths are preventable. He and his wife have worked to support the efforts of the Three Angels Children’s Relief as volunteers and are the adoptive parents of two Haitian children.

Monfils is board certified and has been on the Kish Hospital medical staff since 2004.

Local and Dr. Robert Swartz Patient, Pianist Yao Lin Perseveres

by Eric Olson, Daily Chronicle

Local and Dr. Robert Swartz Patient, Pianist Yao Lin Perseveres
Local and Dr. Robert Swartz Patient, Pianist Yao Lin Perseveres

NIU piano student Yao Lin, known as Lina around DeKalb, feared she would not be able to play piano again after she broke her left wrist in 2009. But after two surgeries and work in rehab, she has continued to play and was one of the winners of the NIU Concerto Competition in October. (Submitted photo)
Yao Lin left a conservatory in Odessa, Ukraine, where she had been studying piano in 2009 and traveled more than 5,000 miles to DeKalb.

Lin, 25, whose friends around DeKalb call her Lina, was only a couple of months into her stay when she suffered an injury that threatened to rob her of her lifelong passion.

On an icy day in December 2009, Lina was riding a bicycle when she hit some ice, fell and broke her left wrist. The father of her host family, Paul Meier, took her to the emergency room at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, where she met Dr. Robert Swartz, a hand surgeon with Sycamore-based Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, who operated on her wrist the next day.

“I was really worried, and I cried a lot,” Lina said. “I remember I just asked Dr. Swartz if I could still play the piano.”

Swartz told her the chances were good. He put a metal plate and seven screws in her wrist.

“I was very lucky to have Dr. Swartz to have the surgery,” she said.

For two months, her hand was in a cast. For the first time since she was 8 years old, Lina couldn’t play piano. It was like losing her best friend.

Lina, who is also the keyboardist at the Evangelical Free Church of Sycamore-DeKalb, said she promised God that if she was able to play piano again, she would use her music to serve him and others.

“After two months he took off my cast and I started to get physical therapy, ” she said. “My therapist told me that the best therapy will be practicing the piano, so I practiced very hard. ”

It was difficult to play with the plate and screws in her wrist. But six months after the initial procedure, Swartz removed the metal, and Lina said her wrist was as good as new.

Since then, she’s gone on to compete and finally to become one of four winners in the 2012 Concerto Competition at NIU in October.

NIU professor of piano and chamber music Bill Goldenberg praised his student’s perseverance.

“One thing is true, that she never gives up,” Goldenberg said. “She has entered the concerto competition, she tried before in previous years and didn’t win, but she kept trying and now she won.”

Lina’s concerto contest victory means she will be one of the musicians performing at the NIU Philharmonic concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at NIU’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, 550 Lucinda Ave., in DeKalb. Admission is free to the public.

Lina will be performing a composition by Camille Saint-Saens under the direction of Lucia Matos. If you can’t make it to the concert hall, you can also watch online at

Lina expects to complete her piano study in May. Although her parents are back in Beijing, she says she likes DeKalb and plans to stay awhile.

“People here, they are very friendly,” she said. “Most of my friends, they are Christian so they are very nice, they are encouraging me.

“I love being here.”

TV interest: There’s been a lot of interest in the people around our little corner of the world from national TV outlets lately.

Within the past couple of weeks, I’ve spoken with representatives from CBS’s “48 hours” and CNN, both of whom are working on stories about Jack D. McCullough’s conviction in the 1957 killing of Maria Ridulph.

The 48 Hours story has a tentative air date of March 1, I’ve been told.

I also heard this week from a representative of MTV, which is planning a feature on the Quimby brothers for its documentary series “True Life.” All four of the Quimby brothers have been standouts on the Hiawatha High School football team. Robert Quimby graduated in 2000, Shane Quimby graduated in 2002, Jace Quimby graduated in 2010, and Dakotah Quimby is to graduate this year.

We’ll pass on more info as we get it.

Introverts and extroverts: I picked up a book this week called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. I’d first heard about the book at the DeKalb Leadership Academy, of which I am a class member this year.

I’m an extroverted person, and I married my opposite.

I thrive on socialization and interacting with people. Aside from a week or two in college, I have never lived alone. I grew up in a home with a TV in every room. They were usually on even if no one was watching.

I’ve probably annoyed more than one of my introverted coworkers over the years.

My wife is perfectly happy to be alone. She enjoys quiet, although living with me she doesn’t get it very often. She’s not a recluse or anything, but interacting with others is not always her top priority.

The basic premise of the book is that American society embraces characteristics of extroverts. We are told that successful people are bold, they take risks, they are comfortable in the spotlight.

Introverted people often lack these traits. Introverts are more likely to listen and seek to understand what’s being said, rather than wait for their turn to talk. They are thinkers. Their conversations are generally about bigger issues rather than small talk.

Introverts’ power isn’t as in your face, but it is real and needed in our society. As Cain points out in her book, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was clearly an extrovert, but it was the introverted Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Birmingham, Ala. City bus that became a landmark event in the Civil Rights movement.

I also know from experience that introverts can disarm you in an argument just by being who they are.

I’ve started to see the personality differences in my daughters, too. The extrovert is always seeking to perform. She wants to interact with whoever is in the room when she walks into it. She’ll work on any group task with no problem, but has to be forced to sit at her desk and work alone.

The introvert plays by herself for long stretches of time, even when there are other people around she could be playing with. She’s not anti-social, but it’s clear sometimes she likes to be alone.

But even though the introvert is the younger one, she’s also the one asking the tough questions like: “Where do babies come from?”

That’s when I try to get her to ponder something else.

McKinney’s third-graders Sit to Get Fit, Thanks to Midwest Orthopedic Institute, Rochelle Community Hospital

McKinney's Third Grader's
McKinney’s Third Grader’s

ROCHELLE – Will McKinney’s third grade class at Lincoln School have been enjoying the use of an exercise ball in their class this school year. Each day, students take turns using the ball in


substitution of their normal desk chair in a program McKinney is calling Sit to Get Fit.

Thanks to Midwest Orthopedic Institute, Rochelle Community Hospital, Anytime Fitness and most recently, Rochelle Rotary, McKinney will be able to supply exercise balls for his entire class of 21 students this year as well as the 27 he will have as a fourth grade teacher next year.

Teachers from May and possibly Central elementary schools are also on board with the project, according to McKinney, who hopes to expand the project beyond his own group of students.

“The students have been very excited to try the balls out,” McKinney said, “and it is my hope that allowing them the option to use the balls instead of chairs will promote better penmanship, improve test scores and a better classroom atmosphere.”

McKinney also plans on compiling before and after information so he can measure the improvement in productivity among his students who chose to use the new exercise balls.

RCH, Midwest Orthopaedic Institute collaborating to provide services in Rochelle

Rochelle News-Leader, Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Temporary Services Building
Temporary Services Building

Rochelle – Rochelle Community Hospital (RCH) has announced they have entered into a collaborative agreement with Midwest Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) of Sycamore to provide a full range of orthopedic services in Rochelle that are similar to what’s currently offers at MOI’s Sycamore facility.

“This new agreement offers significant benefits for patients needing complete orthopedic care right here in our community,” said Mark J. Batty, RCH Chief Executive Officer.

A variety of specialists from MOI have already begun seeing patients five days a week in the RCH Multi-Specialty Center.

In addition, several MOI orthopedic surgeons have been operating in Rochelle performing knee and hip replacements, foot surgery and arthroscopic surgery.

“We are very pleased to bring our full MOI orthopedic services including expanded physical therapy and future onsite MRI while collaborating with Rochelle Community Hospital and the Medical Staff. We look forward to providing excellent care to patients in the local area,” says Thom Gearhart, Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Orthopaedic Institute.

The next phase of this agreement involves the renovation of the current Rehabilitation Services (physical therapy) Department.

This past Monday a portable building was placed in the parking lot just outside of the existing department on the North side of the hospital where a ll rehabilitation treatment will be located temporarily. The current rehab department will begin a complete renovation this month which will include an open treatment area with a couple private rooms. The renovation is expected to last three months.

To schedule an appointment with MOI in the Multi-Specialty Center, call (815) 761-7100.


  • I am so blessed for all of the support I was given from MOI . MOI took care of me like I was their main priority and I am grateful for that.

    Dalton P.

  • MOI has always done a phenomenal job taking care of me and my orthopedic issues. All the physicians I have seen have always put me at ease and made me feel at home.

    Lauren H.

  • Not only did Dr. Glasgow save my leg, he saved my career.

    Joe C.

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