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If you’re active, you’re an athlete—whether you’re in it for fun, fitness, or the thrill of competition. You don’t want an injury to keep you from getting out there. Our sports medicine experts are specially trained to help you return to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.  

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    St. Luke's Sports Medicine Program and Physicians

    Supporting the Treasure Valley

    The St. Luke's Sports Medicine program supports Treasure Valley athletes with a team of specially trained professionals to help you maximize your performance level or recover after an injury. Our physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists are committed to providing the highest level of orthopedic care and medical support for individual athletes, as well as regional and national athletic teams.


    Call us at (208) 381-PLAY.

      Providers

      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Herb Alexander, MD specializes in sports medicine, fractures, and arthroscopic surgery. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, where he was a participant in the Honors Program in Medical Education and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

        During a distinguished Naval career, he served as orthopedic specialty advisor to the Surgeon General of the Navy and attained the faculty rank of Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (a position he still holds). Dr. Alexander served as chairman and director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program at the Naval Medical Center in Oakland, where he held the rank of Captain, Medical Corps, United States Navy. 

        After serving nearly 27 years on active duty in the Navy, he moved to Sun Valley in 2002 and opened Alexander Orthopaedics with his wife, Dr. Charlotte Alexander. He has served as chief of surgery, chief of staff, and a member of the board of directors at St. Luke’s Wood River. He has an intense interest in computer technology and how it can enhance the quality of medical care. Having established a totally electronic office, he is a recognized authority and has been an invited speaker and lecturer to numerous societies on computerization in medicine.

        Dr. Alexander has published more than 60 manuscripts and chapters in the medical literature and serves as associate editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Orthopedics. He has given more than 300 presentations, participated in numerous national and international medical education seminars as faculty and lecturer, and is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Still maintaining an interest in the military and military medicine, Dr. Alexander sits on the Board of the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces (he currently is president), a brain trust of former high-ranking military medical officers who provide advice and counsel to the Surgeons General of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. 

        He is also an admissions representative (Blue and Gold Officer) of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 2008, he received the John R. Seal, MD Award from the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces in recognition of outstanding contributions to military medicine through research, patient care, service to the Surgeons General, and active participation in the affairs of the Society.

        Dr. Alexander is a principal and founding member of MDReview, an organization that provides independent external medical peer review to hospitals and medical staffs.

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      • Sports Medicine

        Biography

        James Beckmann, MD, MS is fellowship trained in sports medicine and a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopy of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He serves as an orthopedic team physician for US national soccer teams and many local community events. Dr. Beckmann has previously served as an orthopedic team physician for Stanford University athletics, including football, basketball, and volleyball teams. His research interests include measuring patient outcomes in non-arthritic hip surgery.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Anthony M. Buoncristiani, MD, FAAOS (“Dr. Tony”) is dual-board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Tony’s expertise involves the comprehensive management of knee and shoulder injuries/disorders and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. He routinely performs trauma surgery and management of all musculoskeletal disorders, both pediatric and adult.

        Locally, he provides medical coverage for the Sun Valley Suns hockey team, the Wood River football team, and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation ski team. Dr. Tony implemented the Wood River Valley’s concussion management program (ImPACT) which is being used by all local sports programs and the Blaine County School District. He often speaks at conferences, has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has been a contributor to several books.

        Dr. Tony is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Medicine and served five years of active duty in the United States Navy as a flight surgeon. He is the recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal and the prestigious Air Medal for participating in a humanitarian evacuation operation in Eritrea/Ethiopia. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington, and his sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Dr. Freddie Fu and Dr. Christopher Harner. During his fellowship, Dr. Tony was the assistant team physician for the Division I Pittsburgh Panthers football team and the Pittsburgh Penguins professional hockey team.

        In his free time, Dr. Tony enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife and three children.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Michael J. Curtin, MD, AAOS, ABOS is fellowship trained in sports medicine and currently serves as the medical director for the St. Luke’s Sports Medicine program. He is the team physician for the Boise Hawks, Eagle High School, and serves as the orthopedic surgeon for the College of Idaho. His special interests include evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

        Dr. Curtin earned his bachelor's degree at Yale University. He has previously served as the orthopedic team physician for the Colorado Rockies, consultant physician to the Denver Broncos, and was the Director of Athletic Medical Services for alpine skiing, Snow Basin venue, for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. 

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      • General Orthopedics

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      • Sports Medicine

        Biography

        Tobias (Tobi) Gopon, MD, ABFP, CAQSM is fellowship trained in sports medicine, specializing in non-operative sports medicine for pediatric and adult injuries. His areas of focus include shoulder, hip, and knee injuries; concussion and fracture management; and lumbar spine pain. Dr. Gopon will be serving as team physician for the FC Nova youth soccer club, Boise Hawks, Idaho Stampede, and Idaho Steelheads. He will also support both the U.S. national ski and soccer teams. 

        During his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Utah, he cared for members of the U.S. national ski and speed skating teams, University of Utah student athletes, and winter sport athletes as a physician at Park City Ski Clinic.

        Dr. Gopon earned his bachelor's degree at St. Olaf College. He played collegiate and semi-professional soccer, and continues to play in Boise’s adult league. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, fly fishing, skiing, and mountain biking. 


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      • Sports Medicine

        Biography

        Alejandro A. Homaechevarria MD, ABFP, CAQSM is fellowship trained in sports medicine and specializes in pediatric and adult sports injuries, back pain, shoulder and knee injuries, concussion management, and fracture management. He serves as a team physician for US Soccer Federation and US Ski Teams. Dr. Homaechevarria is the medical advisor for Bogus Basin Ski Resort and helped develop the Ski Injury protocol and mobile app designed to help ski resorts reduce the number of ski and snowboard related injuries on their terrain. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital and University of Utah, where he cared for members of the US Ski and Speed Skating teams and university athletes, and served as a physician at the Park City Resort Ski Clinic.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Greg Irvine, MD has special interests in trauma, sports medicine, arthritis, and total joint reconstruction.

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      • Sports Medicine

        Biography

        Chad Johnson, MD is fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine. He specializes in acute injuries, overuse injuries, concussion, injury prevention, return-to-play decisions, team physician services, and more.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Jared Johnson, MD earned his medical degree from Cornell Medical College. As a medical student, he was awarded the T. Campbell Thompson Award for excellence in orthopedic surgery from the staff of New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center and served as a sports medicine fellow at the prestigious Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, focusing on arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

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        Blake Gammell Johnson, MD specializes in shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction, knee injuries and reconstruction, joint replacement of shoulders, hips, and knees, and hip arthroscopies. He completed his residency in surgery and orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic and completed a sports medicine fellowship in Lake Tahoe, CA.

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      • Family Medicine

        Biography

        John A. Johnson, MD is fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has special interests in sports medicine and musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Johnson earned his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at Arlington Sports Medicine Institute.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Daniel B. Judd, MD has a sub-specialty certificate in orthopedic sports medicine. Dr. Judd specializes in adult and pediatric orthopedics, including trauma, orthopedic sports medicine, total joint replacement, and foot and ankle surgery. He completed his internship and residency in general and orthopedic surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center, and his fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at the UT-Campbell Clinic.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

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        Matthew Kopplin, MD brings a practice with a sub-specialty focus on hip and knee replacement surgery. He has specific interest in accelerated recovery programs after total joint replacement and uses multi-modal pain management, updated anesthesia and therapy protocols, day-of-surgery mobilization, and accelerated discharge protocols. 

        Dr. Kopplin performs direct anterior hip replacements; revision and complex primary hip arthroplasties; total, partial, and revision knee replacements; and arthroscopic hip and knee surgeries with an interest in hip morphology and its relationship with replacement. 

        Dr. Kopplin is a member of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and his teams in the past achieved certification as a Center of Excellence by Blue Cross and Blue Shield in hip and knee replacement.

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      • Sports Medicine

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      • Sports Medicine

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        Christopher T. Lawler, MD specializes in non-operative musculoskeletal injuries and fractures in adults and children. He also treats athletes with non-orthopedic conditions such as concussions, soft tissue injuries, skin disorders, and other sports-related conditions, and has a particular interest in sports injuries related to football, ice hockey, and gymnastics. Dr. Lawler serves as team physician for the Idaho Steelheads, Idaho Stampede, Northwest Nazarene University, and Kuna High School. He previously served as team physician for the Boise Burn. He completed his internship at Baystate Medical Center. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Michigan State University, where he volunteered with the university athletic sports medicine program and worked with the ice hockey and gymnastics teams. He performed his sports medicine fellowship in Boise, where he worked with Boise State athletic teams. 

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Joseph Lynch, MD specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery. He also maintains a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. 

        Dr. Lynch earned his bachelor's degree at Harvard University and completed medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he graduated first in his class.  He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the University of Washington.  

        Dr. Lynch served as a former associate professor of surgery and director of the Division of Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery for the United States Navy.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        William F. May, MD specializes in sports medicine, including injuries of the upper extremities, shoulder, and hand. He also specializes in total joint replacement and trauma, and has served as a team physician for the College of Southern Idaho. 

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      • Sports Medicine

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

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        Rohn Tyler McKee, DO treats pediatric, teen, and adult patients. He specializes in arthritis and osteoporosis, and treats all aspects of orthopedics. He performs arthroscopic surgery, joint replacement surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation services, and treats trauma and fractures. Dr. McKee earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and completed his internship and residency at Ohio University, Doctors Hospital.

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      • Sports Medicine

        Biography

        Kurt J. Nilsson, MD is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and specializes in non-operative sports medicine for children and adults, including management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and concussions. He is a team physician for the College of Idaho, the US Ski Team, and US Soccer Federation; and has served as a concussion consultant for USA Cycling. He has also served as the medical director of the St. Luke’s Concussion Clinic since it inception in 2011 and directs St. Luke’s Sports Medicine education series.

        Dr. Nilsson earned his bachelor's degree at California Lutheran University and his master's degree in exercise science from Boise State University. 

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      • Family Medicine

        Biography

        Angela D. Pellant, MD has professional interests in sports medicine, women's health, preventive health care, and building relationships with families. She completed a sports medicine fellowship with the Idaho Sports Medicine Institute.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        James M. Retmier, MD specializes in adult reconstruction, including total joint replacements, with a concentration in knee and hip replacement. He also treats sports medicine injuries and trauma. Dr. Retmier completed his surgery internship at Geisinger Medical Center and his orthopedic surgery residency at Mayo Clinic.

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      • Sports Medicine

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      • Pediatric Orthopedics

        Biography

        Kevin G. Shea, MD, AAOS, ABOS has professional interest in orthopedic surgery and pediatric, adolescent, and adult sports medicine. He specializes in treatment of knee ligament and cartilage injuries, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), fractures, and pediatric trauma. His research interests and publication topics include OCD, anatomy of knee injury in children and adolescents, and evidence-based analysis of injury prevention programs. He serves as team physician for Rocky Mountain High School.

        Dr. Shea is vice chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Clinical Practice Guideline Committee for the Treatment of OCD. He is a founding member of the OCD Study Group of North America, and serves on evidence-based practice committees for AAOS and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Association of North America, and the Publications Committee for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

        His fellowships include AO/Trauma (Switzerland), pediatric orthopaedics (San Diego), and Ilizarov (Italy). He was a 2008 AOSSM South American traveling sports medicine fellow and a 2009 AAOS leadership fellow.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Robert N. Walker, MD has special interests in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He provides care for many motocross professionals and amateurs, and serves as team physician for the Idaho Steelheads, Idaho Stampede, Northwest Nazarene University, Bishop Kelly High School, PBR bull riding, and PRCA rodeos.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Darby Webb, MD is fellowship trained in both sports medicine and trauma, and currently serves as team physician for the Idaho Steelheads, Idaho Stampede, and PRCA rodeos. Her special interests include sports medicine; arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder; hip and knee replacement; and complex orthopedic trauma care.

        Dr. Webb is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Orthopedic Trauma Association, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Webb also trained in trauma management at the Ilizarov Center in Kurgan, Russia.

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      • Family Medicine

        Biography

        John Wick, MD has medical interests in pediatric and adolescent medicine, fracture care, and minor procedures. He holds a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine, and serves as team physician for Capital High School and co-team physician for the Boise Hawks. Dr. Wick also works at Boise State University, seeing recreational and student athletes. He completed a sports medicine fellowship with Idaho Sports Medicine Institute and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, and now serves as fellowship director for this program.

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      • Orthopedic Surgery

        Biography

        Mark B. Wright, MD specializes in total joint replacement, sports medicine injuries, trauma, and upper extremity and hand rehabilitation.

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      • Sports Medicine

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        Procedures & Treatments

        • A pre-season physical of the brain for young athletes that providers can use later as they evaluate a suspected concussion.

          St. Luke's Concussion Clinic

          Easy Access to Experts and Comprehensive Care

          One call to the clinic coordinator at St. Luke's Concussion Clinic will set you up with the support you need—from evaluation of your concussion and setting up a care plan, to symptom management and academic or work accommodations as you recover.

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