Meet our Nacogdoches Azalea Orthopedics Team
Calendar February 25, 2019

If you’ve been to our new Nacogdoches clinic, you’ve probably already met the newest members to our Azalea Orthopedics family. For patients who are new to Azalea or our Nacogdoches clinic, we wanted to introduce you to Crystal, Cindy and Leah. We are excited to welcome these dedicated women to our team. Our physicians and…

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Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Basketball Classic
Calendar January 22, 2019

You can experience the best in East Texas High School hoops while helping a worthy cause at the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Basketball Classic. You are invited to join us Saturday, April 13, 2019 for the big games. The Azalea Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase…

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Azalea Orthopedics Opens Clinic in Nacogdoches – 9th East Texas location
Calendar January 21, 2019

Azalea Orthopedics is expanding into Nacogdoches to better serve the community in Deep East Texas. The first clinic began on January 15th, 2019. The clinic is located at 4800 NE Stallings Drive, Suite 110 next to Nacogdoches Medical Center. Azalea Orthopedics is the third largest orthopedics practice in Texas with 24 physicians who provide specialized…

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Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital set 13th annual Tyler Football Classic
Calendar August 17, 2018

Tyler, TX—Grace Community School is set to host the thirteenth annual Azalea Orthopedics and Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic, August 30 – September 1, 2018. Six area high schools will compete in the Classic, which kicks off the 2018 football season for participating teams. The Classic, which is…

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Azalea Orthopedics Now Offering MAKOPLASTY® Partial Knee & Total Knee Replacements

Azalea Orthopedics is now offering MAKOplasty® partial and total knee replacements. This technology allows physicians to create a personalized pre-operative plan. MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery using a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system. The partial knee procedure is a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis who…

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Three Azalea Orthopedics’ Doctors Earn 2016 Texas Monthly Awards
Calendar December 6, 2016

As a recognized leader in orthopedics and interventional pain management, Azalea is proud to congratulate Dr. Michael Russell, Dr. Patrick Wupperman, and Dr. Ken Kaminski on their recent peer nominated awards from Texas Monthly. Both Dr. Russell and Dr. Wupperman were awarded as 2016 Texas Monthly “Super Doctors.” Each year Super Doctors invites physicians to…

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Adult scoliosis surgery with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System from Azalea Orthopedics & ETMC
Adult scoliosis surgery with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System from Azalea Orthopedics & ETMC
Calendar November 17, 2016

Spine-straightening surgery to relieve back pain Patients who have suffered for years with back pain may find relief through the improved accuracy of surgery with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System at ETMC Tyler. Two surgeons with Azalea Orthopedics perform the surgery: Michael Merrick, MD, and Todd Raabe, MD. “We can do it more accurately…

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Azalea Orthopedics Clinical Research
Calendar November 8, 2016

Azalea’s own Director or Research, Debbie Waldrop, was featured on KETK East Texas Live discussing the recent clinical research at Azalea and how it positively impacts patients! Learn how the clinical research study process works and Azalea’s two current FDA approved studies with Dr. Todd Raabe and Michael Russell on devices for back pain. Waldrop also previews a new…

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Azalea Orthopedics Director of Research to be Featured on East Texas Live Morning Show
Calendar October 31, 2016

Debbie Waldrop, MSN, RN, CCRC, Director of Research at Azalea Orthopedics, will speak on the importance of clinical research and how it positively affects society. Tune in to East Texas Live morning show on Friday, November 4th at 11am CST to hear about the latest research at Azalea and how it benefits patients!    Waldrop was…

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Injury Prevention for Fall Sports
Injury Prevention for Fall Sports
Calendar October 6, 2016

Fall sports are back in full swing and Azalea cares about East Texas youth sports programs and keeping athletes safe. All sports have a risk of injury but the more physical contact a sport has, the greater the risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics released their 2016 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet with injury prevention…

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11th Annual East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon
11th Annual East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon
Calendar August 18, 2016

Azalea Orthopedics is proud to sponsor the 2016 East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon in the celebration of the beginning of another high school football season in East Texas. Guest speaker Tyler Campbell, Azalea Orthopedics’ Dr. Kim Foreman, city officials, school officials, football coaches and more filled the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center. A selected player from each…

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Azalea Orthopedics Announces Team Roster Team for 2016 All-Star Classic Game
Azalea Orthopedics Announces Team Roster Team for 2016 All-Star Classic Game
Calendar March 28, 2016

  The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 2, 2016 in the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. The game, which is in its Thirteenth year, is sponsored by Azalea Orthopedics. The Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase their…

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Azalea Orthopedics Announces Coaches for 2016 All-Star Classic Game
Azalea Orthopedics Announces Coaches for 2016 All-Star Classic Game
Calendar March 24, 2016

The Azalea Orthopedics All-Star high school basketball games have been set for April 2, 2016 in the Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus. The game, which is in its Thirteenth year, is sponsored by Azalea Orthopedics. The Classic gives high school seniors in the East Texas area the opportunity to showcase their talent…

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Dr. Michael Merrick Will Lead Walk With a Doc
Calendar January 5, 2016

On January 7, 2016, Azalea’s Dr. Michael Merrick will be featured in Tyler Morning Telegraph’s series, Walk With a Doc, in the Health and Fitness section. Dr. Merrick will be discussing healthy spines and the most common risk factors that contribute to spine problems.  He will go over how posture, exercise, and various activities affect…

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Avoiding Injuries On Halloween
Avoiding Injuries On Halloween

With Halloween comes trick-or-treating, costumes, and pumpkin carving. These fun activities can often lead to a doctor’s visit after trips from long costumes causing bumps, bruises and even sprains or fractures. Azalea supports the Tyler community and encourages families to stay safe this Halloween! Follow these tips to ensure a safe Halloween experience: Pumpkin Carving…

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Dr. Todd Raabe Uses Robotics Guidance System for Scoliosis Surgery
Dr. Todd Raabe Uses Robotics Guidance System for Scoliosis Surgery

Azalea Orthopedics Surgeon, Dr. Todd Raabe, now performs the procedures at ETMC Tyler using the new Mazor Robotics Renaissance® guidance system. He has used this state-of-the-art technology for spine surgery more than 100 times. “It has been incredibly accurate and more reliable than any other image-guided system I’ve used,” said Dr. Raabe. “It makes me better and…

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Azalea Orthopedics Sponsors Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Azalea Orthopedics Sponsors Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Calendar September 14, 2015

Azalea was proud to be the title sponsor at the 28th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Thursday September 10th at the Hollytree Country Club! This annual event benefited the Tyler Junior College Foundation. All tournament proceeds helped fund scholarships for Tyler Junior College students. As part of the Tyler Texas community, Azalea is dedicated to supporting…

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Dr. Timothy Beck Comments on Quarterback’s Injuries
Dr. Timothy Beck Comments on Quarterback’s Injuries

Chapel Hill High School’s quarterback, Konnor Hitchcock, broke his ankle at a football game and will be out for six weeks. Azalea Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Timothy Beck, comments on his injuries and the treatment process to get Hitchcock back on the field and fully recovered. Dr. Beck specializes in orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on foot…

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Different Genders Have Different Risks in Orthopedic Conditions
Different Genders Have Different Risks in Orthopedic Conditions
Calendar August 24, 2015

U.S. News Health elaborates on a new study that looks at the Venus-Mars divide in orthopedic conditions, or how risk, treatment, and recovery can vary by gender. As an orthopedic center on the cutting edge of orthopedic care in East Texas, Azalea focuses on the surgical and non-surgical options and risks of each option for…

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2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award
2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award
Calendar August 21, 2015

Azalea was happy to present the2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award to Tyler Junior College. We love supporting our community and our involvement with the Tyler Junior College Apaches in East Texas. Dr. Matt “Bones” Jones poses after presenting the 2015 East Texas Team Community Service Award to the Tyler Junior College Apaches, represented…

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Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital set 10th annual Tyler Football Classic
Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital set 10th annual Tyler Football Classic

Tyler, TX—All Saints Episcopal School is set to host the tenth annual Azalea Orthopedics and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital Tyler Football Classic August 27 – August 29, 2015. Six area high schools will compete in the Classic, which kicks off the 2015 football season for participating teams. The Classic, which is in its tenth…

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The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Strengthens Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Strengthens Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries
Calendar July 22, 2015

At the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) annual convention, the executive summary of the appropriate care of the spine-injured athlete was updated from the original 1998 statement to include the removal of athletic equipment before a player goes to a hospital. “These updated recommendations are critical to ensure proper and immediate care of the athlete…

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Dr. Todd Raabe Presenting at ETMC KnowledgeFirst Forum
Dr. Todd Raabe Presenting at ETMC KnowledgeFirst Forum
Calendar July 16, 2015

On Tuesday, August 4th at 6 p.m., our own Dr. Todd Raabe will present at a free KnowledgeFirst Forum at the East Texas Medical Center on the treatment of adolescent scoliosis. Dr. Raabe is a fellowship-trained adult and pediatric spine surgeon with Azalea Orthopedics who has performed more than 100 scoliosis surgeries. Dr. Raabe has…

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Know A Procedure: Swimming and Back Pain
Know A Procedure: Swimming and Back Pain
Calendar June 24, 2015

This week’s Know A Procedure focuses on one of the most common complaints: back pain. With summer officially underway, swimming and pool therapy exercises can be a fun and effective way to help your back and stay cool in the hot weather. Swimming is a great form of low impact aerobic conditioning because it is…

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Know A Procedure: The King-Devick Test
Know A Procedure: The King-Devick Test

This week’s Know a Procedure may be helpful when you’re on the sidelines of your favorite sporting event and your player takes a rough tumble. Symptoms of a concussion can often be subtle, so it can be hard to correctly diagnose one when it occurs. There are many common myths about concussions, such as always…

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Becker’s Spine Review Names Azalea Specialist a 2015 “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know”
Becker’s Spine Review Names Azalea Specialist a 2015 “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know”
Calendar May 21, 2015

Becker’s Spine Review, the spinal medicine publication from the Becker’s family of leading medical reviews, has named Azalea spine specialist Dr. Todd M. Raabe a 2015 “Spine Surgeon Leader to Know.” From Becker’s: Spine surgeon leaders to know: Dr. Todd M. Raabe of Azalea Orthopedics Todd M. Raabe, MD, subspecializes in adult and pediatric spinal…

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Gilmer Buckeyes Win 2015 Azalea Orthopedics 7 on 7 Tournament
Gilmer Buckeyes Win 2015 Azalea Orthopedics 7 on 7 Tournament
Calendar May 15, 2015

Congratulations to the Gilmer Buckeyes, winners of 2015’s 16th Annual Azalea Orthopedics 7 0n 7 football tournament. Joe Dodd from the Gilmer Mirror has the wrap-up: The Gilmer Buckeyes, who will be defending state champions of 4A Division II when they take the field this fall, defeated the Liberty-Eylau Leopards, 31-21, in the championship round…

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Dr. Jones Talks Concussion Tech with KETK
Dr. Jones Talks Concussion Tech with KETK
Calendar April 30, 2015

Azalea’s Dr. “Bones” Jones talks to KETK NBC about ‪concussions and the latest tech used to combat them on the field. From KETK NBC: The latest in concussion technology Tyler, TX (KETK) Concussions continue to be a huge problem among athletes.  Scientists all around the country are working on different ways to detect concussions.  Some of…

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2015 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic Results
2015 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic Results
Calendar April 22, 2015

On April 11, 2015 the best of East Texas high school basketball took the court at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium for the 12th annual Azalea Orthopedics All-Star High School Classic game. In the boys’ game, All-Star East won against the West 91-66. For a full break-down of the action, see Brandon Ogden of the…

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Azalea’s Dan Fuller on the 2015 All-Star Classic
Azalea’s Dan Fuller on the 2015 All-Star Classic
Calendar March 30, 2015

Azalea’s Sports Medicine Coordinator, Daniel Fuller, talks to the Tyler Morning Telegraph about this year’s Azalea All-Star Classic. From TylerPaper.com: All-Stars ready for game The stars will be out on the Tyler Junior College campus on April 11 and has nothing to do with the school’s planetarium. Some of East Texas’ best basketball players will…

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Azalea’s Dr. Michaels Talks “Walk With A Doc”
Azalea’s Dr. Michaels Talks “Walk With A Doc”
Calendar March 14, 2015

Azalea physician Dr. James Michaels talks genes and Walk With A Doc with the Tyler Morning Telegraph. From TylerPaper.com: Azalea Orthopedics doctor lead this week’s walk Dr. James Michaels, a physician at Azalea Orthopedics, leads this week’s Walk with a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss medications and genetics. Walk with a Doc is…

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Azalea Alum’s Life-Saving Concussion Call
Azalea Alum’s Life-Saving Concussion Call
Calendar March 8, 2015

Azalea Orthopedics is proud of the quick thinking actions of one if its alums, athletic trainer Michael Rich. Read all about his life-saving concussion call in the Longview News-Journal. From the Longview News-Journal: Spring Hill athletic trainer to be honored for life-saving action Baseball is about the little things. Life is about the little things.…

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Dual Tommy John Surgery Success with Azalea
Dual Tommy John Surgery Success with Azalea
Calendar February 9, 2015

Injuries to the elbow’s Tommy John ligament are all to common in pitchers due to the repetitive stresses of throwing thousands of pitches at high speeds. When TJ injuries struck Tyler Junior College pitchers Drew Robertson and Jimmy Johnson, Azalea got them back to normal fast and back in the game. From KLTV 7: TJC…

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Becker’s Spine Review: Robot Revolution? 70 spine surgeons using robotic systems
Becker’s Spine Review: Robot Revolution? 70 spine surgeons using robotic systems
Calendar December 15, 2014

Becker’s Spine Review, the spine publication of the Becker’s Healthcare family of reviews, recognizes Azalea’s spine specialist Dr. Raabe and his use of robotic technology during spinal surgery. From Becker’s Spine Review: Robot Revolution? 70 spine surgeons using robotic systems By Laura Dyrda December 15, 2014 Is robotic technology becoming more common in spine surgery?…

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Azalea spine specialist Dr. Michael Russell named a “Spine Surgeon to Know in 2014”
Azalea spine specialist Dr. Michael Russell named a “Spine Surgeon to Know in 2014”
Calendar October 20, 2014

Becker’s Spine Review, a quarterly publication on the practice of spinal medicine, has named Azalea spine specialist Dr. Michael Russell as one of its 240 “Spine Surgeons to Know” for 2014. The profile highlights Dr. Russell’s interest in treating spinal deformities and injuries, along with his legal work regarding the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Russell…

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Dr. John Camp Discusses Boston Marathon with KTBB
Dr. John Camp Discusses Boston Marathon with KTBB
Calendar April 23, 2014

Dr. Camp, orthopedic surgeon, talks the Boston Marathon with KTBB. Listen in and learn about Azalea’s own marathon runner.

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Dr. Michaels Discusses Body Aches and the Weather with KETK
Dr. Michaels Discusses Body Aches and the Weather with KETK
Calendar October 17, 2013

Body Aches Predicting the Forecast from KETKNBC.com Many East Texans complain of body pain, aching joints and knee pressure when inclement weather is headed their way. Dr. Jimmy Michaels of Azalea talks about this phenomenon and its causes on KETK.  

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Delaware Sports Medicine Surgeon, Michael J. Axe, MD Receives AOSSM’s Highest Award
Delaware Sports Medicine Surgeon, Michael J. Axe, MD Receives AOSSM’s Highest Award
Calendar July 19, 2012

Click here to read more. From AOSSM Michael J. Axe, MD of First State Orthopaedics in Newark, Delaware was presented with the 2012 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, July 14th.

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Texas Spine and Joint Physician Named Laureate of the Year
Texas Spine and Joint Physician Named Laureate of the Year
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From KLTV.com

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Heads Up For Student Athletes
Heads Up For Student Athletes
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From CBS19.com

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Azalea All-Star Basketball Game Preview
Azalea All-Star Basketball Game Preview
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From CBS19.com

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Covalt, Hatten Picked For 2011 Azalea All-Star Game
Covalt, Hatten Picked For 2011 Azalea All-Star Game
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From Bullard Banner News

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Health Care Ruling May Affect Tyler Hospital’s Case
Health Care Ruling May Affect Tyler Hospital’s Case
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From TylerPaper.com

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Florida ACA Ruling Impacts Physician Owned Hospitals
Florida ACA Ruling Impacts Physician Owned Hospitals
Calendar November 15, 2011

Click here to read more. From Orthopedics This Week

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