Summit Sports Medicine Pros Partner with Area High Schools
Summit Orthopedics’ team of sports medicine physicians and providers — both surgeons and nonsurgical specialists — are proud to support Minnesotans’ healthy, active lifestyles for people of any age. Our sports medicine services help people with active jobs, recreational sports enthusiasts, and athletes of all ages — from elementary school players to professionals and amateurs at the most elite levels. That’s why Summit is proud to be the sports medicine partner of high schools across the Twin Cities to support their student athletes throughout the 2021–22 school year.
Summit is the Official Sports Medicine Partner of:
- Lakeville North High School — Brent Warner, M.D., and Heather Bartz, MAT, LAT, ATC
- Lakeville South High School — Erik Stroemer, M.D., and Jenna Arnold, LAT, ATC
- Mounds View Senior High School — Eric Khetia, M.D., and Katie Espe, MS, LAT, ATC
- Woodbury High School — Jack Skendzel, M.D., and Jide Ifonlaja, ATC
- East Ridge High School — Scott Pepin, M.D., and Hailee Athman, LAT, ATC
- Park High School — Mark LaBelle, M.D., and Melissa Haupt, MS, LAT, ATC
Summit Orthopedics will also support the student athletes at Irondale High School with a Summit physician attending all games. Amy Reimer, LAT, ATC, with Summit will serve as the school’s dedicated athletic trainer.
For Summit physicians, being part of the team is an important way to give back to the local community. “I participated in sports in high school and college, playing football, baseball, and hockey, which certainly provided me with an appreciation for the pressure today’s young athletes face. By providing proper training, conditioning, injury assessment, and treatment, I hope to instill in these kids a lifelong appreciation for wellness and a healthy mental and physical approach to athletics,” said Erik Stroemer, M.D., also an orthopedic surgeon with Summit who specializes in sports medicine and who will work with Lakeville South High School.
What does an Official Sports Medicine Partner do?
Summit assigns a dedicated physician and certified athletic trainer to each of our sports medicine partner high schools. Our experts provide guidance to young athletes on training regimens; nutrition and hydration; safety and equipment; prevention for a host of bone, muscle, and joint injuries; and education about concussion and other risks. They also provide therapeutic interventions to help players stay healthy, evaluate players’ ability to return to play after an injury, provide support at the sidelines, and provide emergency assistance for injuries.
Orthopedic surgeon Brent Warner, M.D., leads Summit’s sports medicine practice. “Student athletes are developing mentally and physically in high school and preparing for what will we hope be a life of athletic participation and activity, so it’s critically important that they get off to a healthy start and learn healthy habits as those relate to training, injury prevention and management, and recovery,” Dr. Warner said. “It’s a real honor for Summit to be chosen and trusted by these high schools to serve their student athletes.”
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise
From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.
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 several additional community clinics.
More resources for you:
Sports medicine specialist Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek explains the advantages of treatment provided by physicians with specialized training in sports medicine—and how their expertise can benefit you whether or not you are an athlete.
Athletic trainer Sara Rock frequently sees overuse injuries among her student athletes. She explains the manual therapies she uses, and describes how they contribute to better outcomes for the athletes she treats.