Bone & Joint's History of Orthopaedic Excellence

Bone & Joint at 5200 Hummingbird Road, Wausau

It started in 1969


Orthopaedic surgeon Thomas O. Miller, MD, envisioned a medical practice devoted solely to bone, joint and muscle injuries. His vision came to life in 1969 when he opened a solo practice at 630 First Street in Wausau named Miller Bone & Joint, S.C. (Service Corporation).



Richard L. Buechel, MD, became the second orthopaedic surgeon to join the practice.


In August of this year, the Articles of Incorporation were amended to rename the practice Bone & Joint Clinic, S.C.


Donald H. Kranendonk, MD, joined the growing practice.


Alexander S. Foltz, MD, was the fourth orthopaedic surgeon to join.

Doctors Miller, Buechel, Kranendonk, and Foltz, became Bone & Joint's charter group of orthopaedic surgeons. They set a standard for exceptional care, from admissions to treatment and recovery, that continues today.


Due to growth, the clinic relocated to the office suites at Wausau Hospital (now Aspirus Hospital).


Bone & Joint expanded its service area by purchasing a building from Dr. Braun on East Second Street in Merrill, Wisconsin.


Richard Foltz, MD, orthopaedic surgeon (brother of Dr. A. Foltz) relocated from a Rhinelander orthopaedic group to become a Bone & Joint provider. The same year Dr. R. Foltz joined Bone & Joint in Wausau, he began offering orthopaedic services one day a week at the hospital in Medford, Wisconsin, further expanding Bone & Joint's service area.


William E. Wessels, MD, orthopaedic surgeon joined the Bone & Joint group.


James R. Messerly, DO, a primary orthopaedic care and sports medicine specialist, joined the team of orthopaedic experts. He was the first non-surgical physician to practice at Bone & Joint.


As a result of Bone & Joint's expansion into sports medicine, William J. Jarvis, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy joined the practice.


Daniel D. Priebe, DO, an orthopaedic surgeon left a successful private practice in Princeton, Illinois to join Bone & Joint.


Lester A. Owens, DO, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, joins Bone & Joint as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist to begin the Center's new pain management service line.

A new clinic was built in Medford to serve the needs of the community. Three orthopaedic surgeons currently staff this clinic full-time.


Pamela E. Glennon, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and upper extremity care joined Bone & Joint.

Bone & Joint purchased land in Rib Mountain with visions for the development of a highly specialized musculoskeletal center.


Thomas G. Staysniak, DPM, a surgical podiatrist, came on staff to serve the foot and ankle sub-specialty.

Bone & Joint constructed a new clinic in Merrill on Eagle Drive. The Merrill Clinic is staffed by two full-time surgeons, a pain management physician and a podiatrist.


Benjamin J. Hackett, MD, an orthopaedic spine surgeon, joined the staff after completing a fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery at the Twin Cities Spine Center.

On September 20, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held at 5200 Hummingbird Road in the town of Rib Mountain for the construction of a 43,000 square foot musculoskeletal center and ambulatory surgery center. The building is fully constructed and occupied.


Paul T. Strobel, DPM, a surgical podiatrist, joined the practice.


Scott D. Stuempfig, MD, joined the practice. He specializes in pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal pain disorders. He also offers EMG/NCV studies and interventional pain procedures.

In September of 2009, an official groundbreaking ceremony for a building expansion was held at the Medford Bone & Joint Clinic. The addition increased the building's footprint by 20 percent, to approximately 7,000 total square feet.


Three new orthopaedic physicians became members of our staff:

Kulpreet K. Sahota, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Douglas J. Keele, DO, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine.
Eric J. Thiel, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine.


Bone & Joint's Wausau Center opened its Walk-In Care Center to provide fast access to expert orthopaedic care, eliminating the need for an appointment and doctor referral.


Jeffrey M.K. Martin, DO, an orthopaedic surgeon, joined the practice. Dr. Martin specializes in general orthopaedic care and sports medicine.

Bone & Joint's Medford clinic opened Walk-In care, providing access without an appointment Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.


On November 10, 2015 an official groundbreaking ceremony was held at 1767 Park Avenue in Plover, Wisconsin for the construction of a 15,100 square ft musculoskeletal center and ambulatory surgery center slated to open July 2016.

Bone & Joint Plover Center


Dr. Lester Owens offered the Tenex Health TX treatment technology to Bone & Joint's patients. The minimally invasive procedure allows skilled physicians to treat tendonitis. The procedure has been shown to have an 85% success rate.

July 18, 2016, Bone & Joint opened it new Center located at 1767 Park Avenue in Plover, Wisconsin to serve people living and working in and around Plover, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids

September 1, 2016, Bone & Joint launched their redesigned website.  


Bone & Joint's Walk-In Care in Wausau expanded its hours to include Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

James V. Bruno, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in treating hand, wrist, arm and shoulder conditions joined Bone & Joint to see patients in Medford and Wausau. 



Bone & Joint's Walk-In Care in Wausau expanded its hours to include Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The practice added physical and occupational therapy services at the Wausau and Plover clinic locations. To meet the demand for services, Bone & Joint hired seven specialized therapists.

Jessica L. Juntunen, MD. a fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist joined Bone & Joint. Dr. Juntunen earned her sports medicine fellowship at the acclaimed American Sports Medicine Institute at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama/ 


Adam Halverson, DO a fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialist joins Bone & Joint. Dr. Halverson treats conditions affecting the feet, ankles, and legs. He sees patients in Wausau and Plover. 


Bone & Joint opens a physical therapy location in Weston.

Brent Turner, JD, joins Bone & Joint as Chief Executive Officer.

Bone & Joint introduces Telehealth Medical Services, allowing patients to conveniently and safely be seen by a provider from the comfort of their home, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

724 South 8th St.
Medford, WI 54451

100 Eagle Dr.
Merrill, WI 54452

1767 Park Ave.
Plover, WI 54467

225000 Hummingbird Rd.
Wausau, WI 54401

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