Meet the Expert: Doctor Bio Video Series
Introducing Tracy Rupke, M.D., a foot and ankle physician whose specialties include reconstructive surgery, ankle replacement, trauma, and sports-related injuries.
Meet the Expert: Tracy Rupke, M.D.
Dr. Rupke’s approach: “I am dedicated to providing the best care possible for my patients. I love running and understand every patient’s desire to return to their own life and activities.”
Dr. Rupke’s background: Much of Dr. Rupke’s training and education took place in Ontario, Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph, earned her medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, and underwent residency training at the University of Ottawa. There she also completed a Sports Medicine fellowship, and she went on to train in the University of Washington’s Foot and Ankle Surgery fellowship program at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Summit Orthopedics offers personalized foot and ankle expertise
Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle physicians understand that your mobility depends on the health of your feet and ankles. If you have suffered an injury or are experiencing symptoms that make walking painful, our team of foot and ankle specialists can help with conservative treatment, seasoned surgical teams, and expert rehabilitation support. Summit Orthopedics specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely get you back on your feet and on your way.
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Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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My name is Dr. Tracy Rupke. I’m an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery as well as orthopedic sports medicine. I have four children and two dogs. So it keeps me busy on both ends, both in my career and in my home life. So I have identical twin boys and two girls. And they’re wonderful. And a very supportive husband obviously, having to balance all of that in my life. But at the end of the day, it works well. A lot of the patients I see, their main concern is their level of function, whether it’s pain or other symptoms that are preventing them from being as active as they want to be. And for an elderly patient, that may simply be being able to still live in their home independently or get to the grocery store and simple things like that. For a young athlete, it may be very high-demand activities, where they want to have no pain and no limitations playing their sport or doing their activity. And so it’s really variable. But that’s where the interaction with the patient is so important because everybody’s goals are so different. And it’s really important to try and understand what the patient’s goals are in order to provide the right solution for them. There’s nothing more rewarding than taking somebody who comes in to see you with a problem, going through the process of either surgical or nonsurgical treatment, and at the end of the day, having them come back to see you to say, “Look, I’m doin’ great. This is what I’ve been able to get back to doing.” And that’s just incredibly rewarding. So while I enjoy the time that I spend in the operating room, the time spent with patients is really where you get feedback on what was working, what’s not working, and the impact that you’re able to have on other people’s lives.