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MMI Welcomes Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Jocelyn Idema, D.O.
Jocelyn Idema, D.O. joins the physicians at the Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute (MMI) in Frederick MD. Dr. Idema specializes in disorders and injuries of the spine; including the neck, thoracic and lumbar regions.
By: Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute
Dr. Idema completed her medical school training and residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is currently board eligible in Orthopaedic surgery. She brings an expert dimension to the community’s growing demand for minimally invasive spine surgery and standards of care in all realms of orthopaedic disorders. Dr. Idema specializes in the treatment of surgical and non-surgical disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. She also treats sports-related neck and back injuries, cervical and lumbar stenosis, spondylolisthesis, herniated discs, degenerative scoliosis, and degenerative disc disease of the neck and back.
When asked about her interest in orthopaedics over other types of medicine Dr. Idema commented, “I had been an NCAA Collegiate level All-American swimmer and therefore liked working with athletes, those with real drive to get back to their sport. I also liked that with Orthopaedics I could make an instant difference. It's broken, I can fix it. I don't have to wait days or months to see if a medication works.”
Dr. Idema chose to specialize in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery because she saw very few women in the field and felt there was a real need. She commented, “I liked that it is still a field without answers. We are still trying to find the best way to treat back pain and other such disorders. That is the reason I chose the Spine Institute of Arizona for my Fellowship. They practice cutting edge medicine but not fringe medicine. It's not always good to be the first one doing something but my mentors in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery practice based on years of proven research. That excites me.”
MMI president and orthopaedic spine surgeon, Mark Chilton, M.D., had the following to say about Dr. Idema, "Her addition to the Spine Center at MMI will bring new techniques not available to patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital. I think she is like me with respect to a conservative approach to spine care, but has newer tools at her disposal IF surgery is needed, particularly in the minimally invasive arena. She is well trained and I've personally spoken to her mentors who had nothing but praise for her abilities, not only in spine care but general orthopaedics and trauma care as well."
No stranger to the Frederick area, Dr. Idema went to undergraduate school at Gettysburg College and her entire family, including her husband’s family grew up around the area. When asked why she chose Frederick as the place to settle down and start her private practice she responded, “I love the history, the scenery and wanted my children to grow up in an area with a small town feel with close, big city opportunities and experiences. Frederick offers just that.”
The Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute offers a full range of services for bone, muscle and joint problems. MMI is comprised of Orthopaedic Associates of Frederick, Rheumatology Associates of Frederick and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates of Frederick. We are located at 86 Thomas Johnson Court in Frederick, Maryland as well as 1829 Howell Road, Suite 4 in Hagerstown, MD and at the FMH Urbana Building at 3430 Worthington Blvd. Suite 101. Contact Barbara Hiller at 301-694-8311 x1178 for further information. http://www.mmidocs.com