Details for Advertorial Lakeshore Bone & Joint


Lakeshore Bone & Joint
Institute uses a
patient-centered approach
to orthopedic medicine

For almost half a century, Lakeshore Bone & Joint
Institute has been the premier orthopedic healing partner
of the Northwest Indiana community.
“We began with a small office in Gary,” said Dr.
Anthony Levenda, one of the 19 surgeons on staff. “As
business grew, we expanded to locations across Lake,
Porter, LaPorte, and Stark Counties.”
Lakeshore now has 10 locations to serve its patients:
two each in Crown Point and Valparaiso and one each in
Chesterton, Knox, LaPorte, Michigan City, Portage, and
The reasons Lakeshore has become such an integral
part of the Northwest Indiana medical community start
with quality medical care, a patient-centered approach,
and a philosophy of treatment that goes beyond standard
“We have 25 physicians, 19 of whom are surgeons on
staff,” said Levenda. “We also have five nurse practitioners
who specialize in their specific field. We have the resources,
tools, and technology to treat any type of orthopedic
Specialties include spine surgery, joint replacement,
upper extremity ailments, foot and ankle, sports medicine,
shoulder reconstruction, pain management, and hand
At Lakeshore, orthopedic treatment goes far beyond
issues with bones. It also deals with injuries and conditions
related to tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. It handles
knee injuries such as ACL and MCL tears, as well as
issues arising from rheumatology. Five locations offer for
physical therapy and rehabilitation.
“Many people associate the word orthopedic with
bone-related issues,” Levenda said. “While that’s certainly
true, orthopedic medicine covers a vast array of conditions
related to other parts of the body.”
The state-of-the-art medical care provided by
Lakeshore is enhanced by a patient-centered approach
that goes far beyond diagnosis.
“When a patient comes to us with a medical issue, we
ensure that their treatment plans consider all the potential
problems that can be caused by the initial diagnosis,” said
Levenda. “Many ailments can have a ripple effect that
causes other problems. We build a treatment plan that
includes those factors.”
Levenda provided an example. “Depression is very
common for those who suffer a debilitating injury. While
I can work on their physical condition, I am not an expert
in the field of psychology. That’s why we have a clinical
psychologist on staff who can help them work through the
issues that came about because of a physical ailment.”
Not every medical provider uses such a comprehensive
approach to patient treatment. Lakeshore goes above and

beyond standard practices to ensure patients receive all the
assistance they need. That’s one reason it has been voted
Best of the Region for orthopedic care by the readers of
the Times of Northwest Indiana for six consecutive years.
Lakeshore has been an “Own the Bone Star Performer”
for the past three years and received special recognition
for this achievement in the 2016 annual U.S. News and
World Report “Best Hospitals” guide.
“We consider it an honor that our patients vote for us,”
said central business office director Jennifer Colvin. “To
us, it’s a validation of the process we use to treat and heal
our patients. Their votes reinforce that we are approaching
their treatment the right way.”
Physical therapy and rehabilitation also are integral
parts of patient care.
“Only a certain number of patients need surgery to
resolve their problem,” Levenda said. “There are many
other types of treatment, including therapy and medicine.
We are equipped to handle all of that locally, so we do not
have to send our patients to another medical facility.”
As the field of sports medicine has grown, so has the
need for specialists in sports-related injuries and chronic
conditions. Lakeshore remains at the forefront through
several methods: Specialists on staff who treat every type
of sports-related issue, and the Bump Clinic that’s held in
Chesterton every Saturday morning in the fall.
“At the Bump Clinic, athletes can visit without
an appointment,” Levenda said. “This provides an
opportunity for those who might have suffered an injury

during the week to come in and get a diagnosis.”
The staff of Lakeshore also provides team physicians
to many high schools during sporting events. And it
provides medical assistance to the Valparaiso University
sports program.
This fall, Lakeshore will open an orthopedic urgent care
center at its Portage location. Those who need immediate
care can visit the facility for the price of a regular office
visit. The convenience and affordable exemplify the
philosophy that resonates through the staff.
“We take great pride in our ability to make it easy for our
patients to find quality medical care at a very reasonable
cost,” said practice administrator Trish Houlihan. “This
kind of community service is what sets Lakeshore apart
from other medical facilities.”
“Our medical staff live in our communities,” Colvin
said. “In many cases, they are your neighbors. Taking care
of patients in our community is what we are about.”
State-of-the-art quality care from a local, community
minded medical facility that treats every aspect of the
condition. That’s why Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute
has been a mainstay in Northwest Indiana for almost 50
Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute


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