Ryan Kenny, D.O.

Education…
Dr. Ryan Kenny is a graduate of the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with highest honors in the top 3% of his class. He completed his Orthopaedic surgery residency in Toledo, OH through Ohio University and continued with a Hand and Upper Extremity surgery fellowship at State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Bob Green Memorial Award, which is awarded to the doctor achieving the highest combined written and oral AOAO Board Examination scores. Dr. Kenny also holds a B.S. in biology with a chemistry minor from the University of Illinois.

On Choosing to Become a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon…
My interest in hand and upper extremity surgery initially began in my second year of orthopaedic residency during our anatomy course. I developed a keen appreciation for the vast microvascular structures of the hand and the skills needed to perform this meticulous dissection. Further training gave me an appreciation of the impact that hand and upper extremity injuries can have on a patient’s life.

As a hand surgeon, I can use the skills I have developed throughout my orthopaedic and subspecialty training to improve all areas affected by injury including physical, social, psychological aspects. Orthopaedic and hand surgery is ever changing and evolving in patient care. This allows me to continuously learn new techniques and methods of treatment that improve patient outcomes in both the non-operative and operative settings.

The Best Part of My Job…
My greatest enjoyment comes from seeing a patient’s progression from injury to recovery. Through coordination of patient care with our occupational hand therapists, in both non-operative and operative injuries, I am able to get patients back to their daily routines, whether it be returning to work, gripping a golf club again, or regaining the ability to lift and care for one’s child.

Joining the Team at MOI…
My wife and I both grew up in the Chicago suburbs and still have family and friends in the area. We were very excited about the opportunity to come back home and practice at MOI. I chose MOI because it’s a unique practice that brings a large group of talented physicians together and allows them to practice in a small community setting, focus on their subspecialty, and provide patients with the best care.

On Life Outside of Work…
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Jessie, our families, and our friends. I also enjoy playing with our two dogs.

Ankur Rishi Behl, M.D.

Education…
Dr. Behl graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he graduated with special distinction with a 4.0 GPA and ranked first in his class. Dr. Behl completed his orthopedic residency at Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals/John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He then went on to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University/Methodist Sports Medicine. During his fellowship, he furthered his skills in shoulder, knee, and hip arthroscopy and provided team coverage for local high schools, Indiana State University, and the Indianapolis Colts. Dr. Behl is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Candidate Member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

On Choosing to Become an Orthopaedic Surgeon
I’ve played sports my entire life, and with that comes the occasional injury. The first time I broke a bone, I decided I wanted to become an orthopaedic surgeon; to help athletes like me get back to what they love doing. In addition, my choice of profession was influenced by my passion for technology. When I was young, it was the only interest that rivaled my love of sports, and orthopaedic surgery is in many ways defined by the state-of-the-art technology it utilizes. Helping athletes recover using the cutting-edge tools of the field make orthopaedic medicine a fascinating and immensely rewarding profession for me.

On Specializing in Sports Medicine
I chose sports medicine because of my dedication to the athlete, but that term doesn’t just refer to the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears; an athlete is any person living an active lifestyle, from the high school basketball player to the elderly woman who loves to take daily walks. As a recreational athlete, I understand the importance of quickly recovering from an injury. I want to be the person these individuals can count on to get them back to the lifestyle and activities they love.

On My Philosophy of Patient Care
Treating patients with respect and compassion is the cornerstone of my approach to patient care. People come to me with pain and limitations in function, and I feel it is important to empathize with them and treat them as I would want to be treated. I also think it is important to always be available. That means being there on the sidelines and in the training room, on the weekends and late at night, making myself accessible whenever possible. The sooner I can treat a patient, the sooner I can get that patient on the road to recovery.

On Joining Team MOI
MOI believes in a team-oriented approach to patient care. The diverse array of sub-specialty trained physicians on staff work together to provide a comprehensive range of treatments. Regardless of the ailment or injury, MOI has a physician specially qualified to meet the needs of every individual, which leads to improved patient outcomes and higher levels of patient satisfaction.

When I’m Not Treating Patients
I enjoy watching and playing sports, working out, and spending time with my family. We are excited to move back to the area where my wife grew up, and we look forward to getting to know the people in this community.

Laura M. Lemke, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

Education…

Dr. Lemke holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Honors from Brown University and a Doctor of Medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed an Internship and Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals, where she was appointed Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Lemke completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Illinois State Medical Society, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, and Kane County Medical Society.

Why I Chose to Specialize in Pediatric Orthopaedics

My athletic endeavors led me to orthopaedics. I swam competitively through high school and college. After college, I competed in triathlons including the Hawaiian Ironman and I was a member of the National Triathlon Team. I chose to specialize in pediatric orthopaedics because I love children their innocence and honesty. It’s a rewarding field because kids heal quickly. It’s so gratifying to see them return to their activities with such joy.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon On Treating Children Versus Adults

There’s a saying in this field: Children are not small adults. They have unique deformities and musculoskeletal issues related to growth and development. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons practice more general orthopaedics because with kids, you see problems related to all areas of the body. I see patients with scoliosis, congenital abnormalities, hip dysplasia, club feet, traumatic injuries, and much more. Sometimes I operate less frequently than an orthopedic surgeon who treats adults. Many conditions in pediatric orthopaedics can be resolved without surgery.

My Philosophy of Patient Care

The most important thing to remember when treating children is patience. It takes time for kids to trust you, so you have to continually reach out to them on their level. Sometimes that means playing a game; sometimes it involves singing songs together. Being a mother has taught me as much or more about children than I learned in medical school I have a fuller understanding of what makes them tick and what anxieties they have. At the same time, I need to connect with parents and put them at ease by explaining the issues and laying out a clear treatment plan.

On Joining the MOI Team

I’ve had professional interactions with various MOI physicians for the past 10 years and have always been impressed by their comprehensive and caring approach to patients. I feel very fortunate to be joining a practice that represents every orthopedic sub-specialty. With the addition of pediatric orthopaedics, MOI has the capabilities to provide care for the entire community.

When I’m Not Treating Patients

I enjoy being with my family and supporting my kids in all of their activities. We are very involved in baseball, soccer, and soball. I also play a little piano, and my children are all learning instruments, so we occasionally play together at their performances.

Laura M. Lemke, MD, FAAOS

Tony Choi, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

Dr. Choi is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He graduated college from Cornell University, received a Masters of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his Medical Degree from Southern Illinois University. He completed orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Choi then completed further training focusing on shoulder and elbow conditions at the University of Florida. He is an Illinois native and returned to his home state to practice. He has been at MOI since 2009 and was instrumental in bringing the reverse shoulder replacement to DeKalb County.

Practice Philosophy

My staff and I try to provide great patient care in a timely manner. I know a patient’s time is important, so my staff and I endeavor to streamline a visit as much as possible. We also understand that problems can be complex, and I strive to provide time so that my patients understand their orthopaedic problem, their various treatments options and tailor a plan that is suited for the individual. I enjoy seeing my patients get better whether we take a conservative or surgical approach to their care.

On Being Part of the MOI Team . . .

There is great camaraderie at MOI among the physicians and staff. I believe this stems from our ability as practitioners to focus on our sub-specialty interests. I spend my clinic days concentrating on shoulder and elbow problems and relying on my colleagues to focus on other aspects of musculoskeletal care. I think of our team as an academic practice in the cornfields.

In my free time

I’m an avid Chicago sports fan and Florida Gator football fan. I also grew up with a strong music background and played instruments most of my life. I enjoy saltwater fishing with friends. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my wife and my two boys.

Spotlight: Rotator Cuff Injuries

Not all rotator cuff injuries are the same and not all injuries require surgery. Many can be managed with conservative care including cortisone injections and physical therapy with a great success rate. When there is a tear, the tears can vary from how long they’ve been there, the size of the tear, the tissue quality, the number of tendons involved. Oftentimes as I speak with my patients about rotator cuff problems, they have a look of horror as I mention “rotator cuff tear.” They will often know someone who had a repair and had chronic pain after the repair or had to have multiple surgeries on their shoulder that did not completely fix the problem.

The problem with rotator cuff tears and surgery is that not every tear needs to be fixed. There are many tears in low demand older individuals that injections and physical therapy is a good option. That does not mean that surgery is not an option. Many times, when a patient presents with shoulder pain, without an injury, and is closer to age 70, the rotator cuff has had a long time to undergo degeneration and while an MRI may show a tear, the findings are usually more chronic. The situation is very much like your favorite pair of blue jeans. After a while, the material around the knee becomes thinned out, and you start to notice a small hole, that then becomes a bigger hole. In this situation, a rotator cuff repair can be tried, but it does not always mean that the rotator cuff will completely heal. In cases of chronic tears, other strategies can be employed such as arthroscopic clean up of the shoulder to help alleviate pain, tendon grafts, tendon transfers and if 65 years and older, a reverse shoulder replacement.

For tears where there is a traumatic event with acute loss of function and pain, I would recommend seeing an orthopaedic surgeon as soon as possible to evaluate if the tendon acutely tore. In these situations, taking a wait and see approach to see if the pain will get better, may waste valuable time resulting in scarring of the tendon and increasing the difficulty of a repair.

 

Rajeev K. Jain, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

Dr. Jain graduated from the University of Michigan with Bachelor of Science degree. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University. He then completed his internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Following his residency, Dr. Jain completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA.

At MOI, Dr. Jain specializes in hip and knee surgery, including total joint replacement, hip and knee revision, and the treatment of hip and knee arthritis.

On choosing to specialize in the area of hip and knee . . .

I find this one of the few areas of medicine where an extremely debilitated patient can be given back their independence and returned to the activities that are important to their quality of life whether that means playing golf or playing with their grandkids. It is very gratifying work.

On being part of Team MOI . . .

Medicine has become so complex that you really need a team to treat the whole person. At MOI we are all very specialized, which means we can find the necessary expertise to treat complex conditions from within our own ranks. You really find very few practices that have this number of orthopaedic surgeons with fellowship training behind them. That’s a paradigm you usually find only at a university. It’s a really wonderful thing to be part of such a distinguished and talented team.

On treating patients . . .

I treat every patient as if they were my own mother, father, grandfather, sister, or brother. I love my family, and I keep that in mind when someone walks through the door of my office. If that’s where your focus is, you are going to provide the best possible care for that individual. That is my goal.

When he’s not practicing medicine . . .

My wife and I spend as much time as possible with our children. We spend a lot of time at t-ball games, going to the mall, at water parks anywhere we can spend time with the kids. We especially love to go camping and hiking out west. We love the outdoors.

Learn More About Dr. Rajeev Jain

Russell J. Bodner, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

Dr. Bodner earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and chemistry from the University of Delaware before completing his Medical Degree at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. He performed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, McKay Laboratory of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has also completed two fellowships: the first at the University of Unfallchirugie, Insbruck, in trauma surgery, and the second at South Lake Tahoe, in sports medicine. Dr. Bodner is board certified and is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Bodner’s sub-specialties include hip and knee, as well as sports medicine. He serves as a team physician for the Northern Illinois University Huskies.

On Caring for Patients . . .

It is a pleasure taking care of my various patients, from members of the farming community to university athletes, from children to the elderly. My goal with all patients is to help them achieve their goals, whether that’s simply a return to normal health or getting back to a high level of athletic performance.

On Being Part of the MOI Team . . .

We’ve worked very hard to build a sub-specialty trained practice. That means my practice has narrowed in scope, but that’s a good thing for the patient. Because of the various sub-specialists on our team, we can apply the level of care you would normally find only at a major university hospital. MOI has also invested a great deal in our facilities. We have tried to create the best possible environment for our patients and staff. And our technology allows our physicians to perform complex surgery more quickly and more effectively than ever. MOI does everything first rate.

When I’m not Practicing Medicine . . .

As a young man, I was always interested in sports, which is what really led me down the road to Sports Medicine. I played basketball and other traditional sports, but I was drawn to martial arts. Today, I teach Aikido, which involves understanding your opponent’s joint structure and neurology to redirect their energy against them. However, many martial arts masters were also healers. I think my training in Aikido has sometimes given me some special insights into my patients’ problems. There is really a lot of interesting overlap.

Michele T. Glasgow, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

Dr. Glasgow is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Upon completion of her residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, she went on to complete a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she completed a shoulder fellowship under the direction of Dr. Louis Bigliani at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Glasgow is Board Certified and a fellow of the A.A.O.S. Dr. Glasgow continues to expand her clinical knowledge and skills through continuing education at some of the finest medical facilities in the country, including the Mayo Clinic, and is the author of numerous professional papers.

On Medicine . . .

Medicine is endlessly fascinating to me. I believe that it’s the hallmark of a dedicated physician to pursue learning at every possible opportunity. There have been spectacular advances in all of the orthopaedic sub-specialties, and when I return from a continuing education program, I always bring back information that will improve my patients quality of life. This is what drives my desire to learn.

On Practicing at MOI . . .

I enjoy collaborating with people whose opinions I value, both medically and personally. The physicians and staff at MOI care about the same things I do. We share a holistic approach to the patient, a desire to treat the entire patient, not just a disease or an injury. I know that spending time with my patients and getting to know them better makes me a better doctor. I care about my patients’ lives outside this office. Thats something everyone at MOI has in common.

When I’m not Practicing Medicine . . .

My family comes first. My husband works here at MOI, so he understands the demands on my time. We live in this community and are proud to be raising our family in such a wonderful, wholesome place. I cant imagine raising my kids anywhere else.

Steven G. Glasgow, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

Dr. Glasgow is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he attended both undergraduate and medical school and completed his residency. Under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Torg, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and then spent 5 years at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, teaching sports medicine to both residents and fellows. Board certified and a fellow of the A.A.O.S and A.O.S.S.M, he is a team physician for Northern Illinois University.

On Medicine . . .

At MOI, our philosophy is to practice conservative orthopaedic care. That means, whenever possible, we avoid surgery when we treat our patients. While we are experts at all kinds of orthopaedic surgery, we use it as a last treatment option. I enjoy working with patients to get them back to their prior level of function, whether in sports, work, or daily activities.

On Patients . . .

We have some of the best diagnostic equipment in the world, but sometimes you can learn a lot more from listening to your patients. I believe in treating my patients like partners. The more active they are in their care, the better the outcome. After being in an academic practice, where I was often torn between my responsibilities to the residents and fellows and the needs of my patients, I’m now enjoying private practice. Here I can devote all my time, skill and training to patients.

On Being Part of the MOI Team . . .

We are renowned as a regional referral center for orthopaedic care. More and more physicians are realizing that they no longer need to send their patients to downtown Chicago to receive the best possible orthopaedic services. Our physicians travel the country pursuing education in an effort to ensure that we always maintain the highest standards of excellence. While we are proud to be a regional center for orthopaedic care, we are part of this community and we are pleased to provide our neighbors with the best possible care.