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Your one stop for complete orthopedic care

Patients – and the doctors who refer them – like the fact that everything they need is right here, including a fully accredited onsite surgery center with state-of-the-art technology, open MRI, plus physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Most of all, patients prefer our personalized, one-on-one care. You see your own doctor at every visit, and your doctor and our staff are just a phone call away when you need help. It adds up to an outstanding patient experience.

The physicians’ choice for top-notch orthopedic care

We are most often referred to by area doctors when their patients need orthopedic care. Our referring colleagues appreciate our:

  • Accessibility to see new patients within one to two days in most cases

  • Caring, compassionate physicians committed to their patients’ needs and providing an outstanding patient experience

  • Ability to work seamlessly with their offices

  • Quality care that gets great results

  • Timely reporting and flexibility

  • Comprehensive care that’s convenient for their patients


Our history

Dr. Wolfgang Dietsche founded the orthopedic group in Wisconsin Rapids in 1967. Dr. Johnson joined him in July 1982. Unfortunately, Dr. Dietsche was forced to retire due to health issues in 1986. After being on his own for an entire year, Dr. Johnson added Dr. James Wilkes to the practice in July 1987. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Wilkes were together at the Dewey Street Clinic until July 1995, when they felt they needed to add another surgeon, Dr. Douglas Galuk. The group had outgrown the Dewey Street Clinic and moved into a new office space in a building built by Riverview Hospital. When the group started looking to add a fourth surgeon to the group, they decided to build their own space and created Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute, which included clinic space, an outpatient surgery center, physical therapy, occupational therapy and an open MRI machine. The group moved into the new building in June 2006. Dr. Todd Duellman joined the group in August 2006. Dr. Johnson retired from the group in May 2014, and that is when the group added Dr. Thomas Smedberg.

We are the number-one choice for top-notch orthopedic care. Schedule an appointment with us by calling 715.424.1881. Or use our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. Our patients come to us from Wisconsin, Black River Falls, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Plover, Eau Claire, Tomah and the surrounding areas.


"I am very impressed with the quality of treatment by the Doctors and all of the staff…excellent is the only word to describe my experience. - D.P."
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For your orthopedic needs, contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 . For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. We...
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