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2013-14 TEAM DOCTORS


 

JOHN URIBE, M.D.  MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Orthopedic Surgeon - UHZ Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. John Uribe is an Orthopedic surgeon in Coral Gables, Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in Orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami and subsequently a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic.

He came to Miami from the U.S. Army where he served as Lt. Colonel and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. Dr. Uribe is a professor and Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Florida International University College of Medicine and amember of the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Uribe has been the team physician for the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins. He is a member of multiple professional organizations and societies. He is well published and lectures often throughout the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit uhzsmi.com
 

JOHN E. ZVIJAC, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon - UHZ Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Zvijac is a Board certified Orthopedic surgeon at Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee. Dr. Zvijac is a founding partner of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute. He serves as a clinical associate professor for the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami School of Medicine, a professor for the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Miami, as well as an adjunct professor in Exercise and Sports Science and courtesy professor in athletic training in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University. Dr. Zvijac has been the head team Orthopedic surgeon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1998. He is also an assistant team physician for the Florida Panthers and Florida International University. Additionally, he is a medical director and provides medical care for all Miami-Dade County public high school sports programs. Dr. Zvijac has served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Doctor’s Hospital. He is amember of multiple professional organizations and societies and is currently the delegate for the State of Florida for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Zvijac has written numerous publications and book chapters and has presented on a variety of sports medicine topics worldwide.
 

KEITH S. HECHTMAN, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon - UHZ Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Keith Hechtman is Board-certified in both orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices at Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida. Dr. Hechtman is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the Florida International University College of Medicine. He is a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine as a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise & Sports Sciences at the University of Miami. Dr. Hechtman is a founding partner of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Hechtman is the head team physician for Florida International University and a team physician for the Florida Panthers Hockey team. He is the team physician for many local high schools and helped coordinate the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ sports program for the last 20 years. Dr. Hechtman also serves as clinical instructor for physician’s assistants and athletic trainers at Barry University and Nova Southeastern University. He served as an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. military’s Operation Desert Storm, where he was awarded multiple commendation medals. He was a physician for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He is an active member of many professional societies and is highly regarded for his numerous publications and presentations about injuries of the throwing athlete and ligamentous injuries to the knee. Currently, he is actively involved in using growth factor treatments for tendon injuries.

Dr. Hechtman has been chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” multiple times since 2003.

GAUTAM P. YAGNIK, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon - UHZ Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Gautam Yagnik is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee. Dr. Yagnik has been named associate director of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at the new UHZ Sports Medicine Institute location at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He was recently appointed clinical assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Florida International University College of Medicine. He previously served as assistant team physician for the University Miami and Florida International University. He has provided orthopedic coverage for the BCS National Championship Game, the FedEx Orange Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Dr. Yagnik earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated at the top of his class andwas elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. During medical school, he performed surgical research that yielded two prestigious grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Yagnik completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he was elected administrative chief resident and was given the Willard Award for themost outstanding resident. Dr. Yagnik recently completed his sportsmedicine fellowship
 

HOWARD BUSH, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Internist

Howard Bush has worked with the Florida Panthers since their inception in 1993 where he attended the first training camp under the direction of Coach Roger Neilson. He is an internventional cardiologist and Associate Chief of staff at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Cleveland Clinic in Florida is amulti-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic in Florida has over 150 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. Dr. Bush has been with the group since 1992 and his clinical interests include invasive and interventional cardiology, risk factor management, and coronary artery disease.

Dr. Bush is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology. He and his wife Eva, D.D.S., have three children Aaron, Leah, and Elana.
 

DAVID WESTERDAHL, M.D.

Internist

David N. Westerdahl, MD, has been a Staff Physician for the Department of Orthopedics at Cleveland Clinic Florida since 2004. He is the Director of Medical Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr Westerdahl completed his Doctor of Medicine Degree at Loma Linda University in 2000. After finishing his residency in Family Medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando, he served a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in Cleveland, Ohio.

With a background in primary care and sports medicine, Dr. Westerdahl manages a wide range of non-operative orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. He is the Director of Sports Medicine for the USTA Player Development Center in Boca Raton, Florida. He served as the Director for Sports Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. His specialty interests include sports injuries, medical orthopedics, exercise related medical conditions, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and concussions. In his spare time, Dr. Westerdahl enjoys spending time with his family and participating in multisport events.
 

MARTIN ROBINS, D.D.S

Dentist

Martin Robins, D.D.S., has been the official team dentist of the Panthers since the teams inception in 1993. He has operated a private dental practice in Coral Springs for more than 20 years, and recently opened
"Robins Dental Associates" in Boca Raton. While practicing all phases of dentistry, Dr. Robins specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, utilizing the latest in laser, implant, and digital technology. A graduate of the N.Y.U. School of Dentistry, Dr. Robins earned his undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY. After earning his degree in dentistry, he went on to complete a General Practice Dental Residency at Booth Memorial Medical Center in New York. He is a charter member and past president of the NHL Team Dentist Association. For further information, visit robinsdental.com or call 561-482-7200.
 

GREGORY ALBERT, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon

Gregory D. Albert M.D is a world renowned, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with the honor and distinction of being the Official Plastic Surgeon for the Florida Panthers National Hockey Team since 2004. Dr. Albert has taken care of countless players, coaches, and referees after a rough time on the ice and provided optimum results.  In addition, Dr. Albert frequently treats other sports figures including UFC & MMA fighters. Dr. Albert graduated at the top of his class at New York Medical College, devoting himself to cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He has trained at several of the world’s most prestigious institutions and he often hosts surgeons who come to the U.S. to both observe and learn his revolutionary techniques.

His private practice is located in Delray Beach and known for their superior patient care and service. To learn more about Dr. Albert and his services please visit his website at www.dregregoryalbert.com.
 

NICHOLAS RUGGIERO, D.C.

Chiropractor

Nicholas Ruggiero, D.C., enters his ninth season as the Panthers’ official chiropractor. He began his education at the University of Miami and completed his B.S. in human biology and doctorate in chiropractic medicine at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles in 1988, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 1989, he was certified in physical therapy by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Ruggiero received certification in manipulation under anesthesia in 1992 and he is also certified in Active Release Technique in full spine and upper extremity and lower extremity. For more information visit drnicholasruggiero.com
 

CORY LESSNER, M.D.

Laser Vision Specialist - Millennium Laser Eye Centers

With over 25,000 successful corneal refractive procedures to his credit, Dr. Lessner, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is considered to be one of the most skilled surgeons in his discipline; His practice has been exclusive to laser correction surgery and LASIK for the past 20 years. Dr. Lessner prides himself on staying ahead of the curve on the newest techniques and latest equipment available in the industry. He has also pioneered novel surgical refinement techniques for the improvement of the LASIK Procedure and has shared them with other physicians throughout the world.

Dr. Lessner is the Medical Director and CEO of Millennium Laser Eye Centers and the President of Sight Trust Eye Institute, both located in Sunrise, Florida. Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Lessner's goal is to provide an unmatched level of professionalism, medical care and service to every patient he sees. He is also the official LASIK provider to theMarlins, Dolphins, and Heat.
 

FRANK CONIDI D.O., M.S.

Neurologist

Dr. Conidi is a graduate of Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine and Nova/Southeastern University College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Tuft’s University’s St. Elizabeth’s Medical
Center, his residency at Boston University School of Medicine’s Boston City and University Hospitals, and received additional training in headache through the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

He is currently the Director of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology, which specializes in the treatment of Sports Concussion, Headache and Sports Related neurological disorders. He joined the Panthers in 2008 and has served as a consulting neurologist for the, USTA, NYMets and St. Lucie Cardinals (major and minor league teams). Dr. Conidi holds an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at Florida State University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Executive Committee and Concussion committee, and is a co-author of the American Academy of Neurology Concussion Guidelines. Dr. Conidi is also a consult for the FDA’s Diagnostic and Radiological Device Division and is Chairman of The Seeing Stars Foundation, a charity dedicated to research and education on sports related concussion and sports related neurological injury. He can be reached at 1-877-648-4762 or visit him on the web at www.fxneuro.org
 

ILIYA BEYLIN, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Podiatrist

Dr. Iliya Beylin received his undergraduate education from the University of Miami. He graduated in 1995 with a major in psychology and minors in chemistry and mathematics. He started his medical education at New York College of Podiatric Medicine and then transferred to Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences. Because of academic achievements he was on President’s roll and Academic Dean’s list multiple times. Dr. Beylin graduated with honors in 1999.

From 1999 to 2002 Dr. Beylin received his post-graduate training from Cooper Hospital/ UMC in Camden, NJ. During the 3 years of surgical residency he had extensive hands-on experience with trauma of the lower extremity, sports medicine, reconstructive surgery and diabetic limb salvage.

Dr. Beylin is board certified in foot and ankle surgery since 2006. He is board certified in foot and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Beylin is a Fellow of American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He specializes in sports medicine, trauma of the lower extremity, ankle replacement, reconstructive surgery, revisional surgery, surgical and non surgical treatments of many conditions of the foot and ankle in children and adults.

Dr. Beylin constantly attends conferences, workshops and lectures around the country in order to learn the latest treatment techniques. His postgraduate training list is extensive. It includes such surgical treatment methods as ankle arthroscopy, application of external fixation in trauma and reconstructive surgery, ankle replacement and laser treatment.

Dr. Beylin has two sons, ages 8 and 10. His hobbies include sports, music and reading.
 

TONY WILLCOX D.O.M., A.P., L.Ac.. Dipl., C.H.

Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture

Dr. Tony Willcox has been involved with the NHL Florida Panthers Medical Team since 2007. Dr. Tony is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Physician. 

He received the "Academic Excellence Award" for his studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has Trained in Shanghai, China.

Acupuncture Zen on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach is the clinic where World-Renowned Athletes and Celebrities are treated by Dr. Tony. 

His client list includes players from the - NHL, NFL, NBA, UFC & WWE.  Rock Stars and
Celebrities also Trust Dr. Tony for their Acupuncture Care. 

Have a consultation at Acupuncture Zen and see how your health and wellness can be improved.
 
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Delray Beach, FL 33483
 

DOCTORS HOSPITAL

Sports Medicine Provider

Since 1949, Doctors Hospital has been serving the people of Coral Gables. Its name comes from the founding physicians who saw a need for a first-class healthcare center. The 281-bed facility has a tradition of excellence, with an outstanding reputation for its services in orthopedics, general surgery, neurosurgery, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, emergency and general medical care. Doctors Hospital’s Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine serves professional and amateur athletes fromaround the world. Doctors Hospital has been a leader in neurological care, serving thousands of patients fromthe United States and abroad. In 1993, the hospital developed Florida’s first Gamma Knife program, treating brain conditions without surgery.
 

SELECT PHYSICAL THERAPY

Rehabilitation Specialists

Select Physical Therapy is a leading provider of physical and occupational therapy services. The organization consists of talented employees-both clinical and non-clinical- who have a strong reputation for clinical quality, effective outcomes and positive customer service. Their main goal is to be the provider of choice in the communities we serve through excellence in patient care. Select Physical Therapy is owned and operated by Select Medical. For more information, visit selectphysicaltherapy.com or call 800-770-6682.

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