Our Physicians - James A. Wilkes, MD, FAAOS - Douglas P. Galuk, MD, FAAOS - Todd J. Duellman, MD, FAAOS - Thomas Smedberg, MD, MS
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Expertise in all areas

Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute provides comprehensive care and personalized treatment through our board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians who have vast experience and expertise in all areas of orthopaedics.

 

James A. Wilkes, MD, FAAOS

James A. Wilkes, MD, FAAOS - Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Black River Falls, WI “I chose medicine because I had a role model growing up – my own doctor. I felt that he made a difference in people’s lives in our community and he was very special to my family. I wanted to emulate him. Part of me wanted to make him proud that he had such an influence on my life. I felt that medicine was an area where I can make a difference in people’s lives.

“What I enjoy most now that I have been practicing for so many years is the immediate gratification that I receive. When I can solve someone’s acute medical problem such as a fracture or a worn-out joint and I can make a significant difference in their quality of life, I find this very rewarding. I’m gratified seeing the results that allow people to get back into their activities of daily life without the need for ongoing medical care.

“I truly believe in offering all treatment options to patients. I try to educate my patients about all those avenues of treatment and help them decide which one is best for them. I hope to provide confidence and help patients feel comfortable. My best quality is delivering the best possible care to patients.”

Dr. Wilkes has varied personal interests. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys traveling, hunting and fishing. He enjoys spending time with his family. He became a grandfather recently, and he enjoys teaching and mentoring students at the grade-school, high-school, college and medical-school levels. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge with anyone who shows an interest in orthopaedics and medicine.

Board-Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellow: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL

MD: The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Wisconsin Orthopaedic Society, State Medical Society of Wisconsin


Douglas P. Galuk, MD

Douglas P. Galuk, MD, FAAOS - Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Black River Falls, WI

“I chose medicine because I’ve always been fascinated by anatomy and the mechanics of the human body. I grew up on a farm and enjoyed learning how to fix things with my hands. Orthopaedic surgery allowed me to combine my love of anatomy and mechanical repair in a truly exciting and gratifying way. Injuries and degenerative diseases happen to almost everyone. God has given me the opportunity to help many people in all walks of life, including the mission field.

“I very much enjoy patient interactions and seeing patients transition from pain and apprehension to restored function and confidence. It is impossible for me to separate my faith from how I practice. I strive to treat each patient as a child of God and to provide the best care possible, regardless of their status.

“My best quality as a practitioner is the joy I have in doing the job for which I was called by God to do. This joy brings energy and excitement to every facet of my day and even gives me strength as I work in the most rewarding job in the world!

“My primary interests lie in loving God with everything I have. I enjoy snow boarding, water sports, piloting small aircraft and serving Christ with my family on overseas missions.”

Board-Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellow: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Internship/Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

MD: University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, MN

Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Mid-American Orthopaedic Association, State Medical Society of Wisconsin


Todd J. Duellman, MD

Todd J. Duellman, MD, FAAOS - Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Black River Falls, WI

"My main emphasis is listening to patients and providing personalized care. By tailoring care and treatment to an individual’s needs, I hope to restore my patients’ ability to live life to its fullest. A large part of personalized care is educating the patient on options for treatment and allowing them to make a knowledgeable decision. By working with my hands and my mind, I am able to help others maintain an active healthy lifestyle. Every patient and every day brings new and exciting challenges.

"I try to employ the most innovative technology, including the latest minimally invasive techniques to facilitate better results and a faster recovery. My special interest in anterior hip replacement has led me to be an educator in this challenging minimally invasive technique. I literally have taught the anterior hip replacement surgical technique to hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons across the country. 

"The uniqueness and challenges of sports- and work-related injuries directed me to further achieve an additional board certification in Orthopaedic Surgery – Sports Medicine.

"Together we can ‘Relieve your pain and restore your life!'"

Dr. Duellman enjoys spending time with his family, sports and outdoor activities. He is also a board member of the community YMCA and a former physical therapist.

Board-Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine, CAQ

Fellow: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL

MD: The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Master of Physical Therapy: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, State Medical Society of Wisconsin

 

Thomas Smedberg, MD, MS

Thomas Smedberg, MD, MS - Wisconsin Rapids, WI - Black River Falls, WI

"In high school I sustained a football injury that required the care of an orthopaedic surgeon. The surgeon provided me with excellent care and I have been fascinated by orthopaedics ever since. I enjoy the field of orthopaedics because it allows me to help people of all ages recover from various injuries and conditions so they can return to work, sports and the everyday activities they enjoy.

"I enjoy talking to patients, educating them about their conditions and treatment options and hearing about their goals for recovery. Typically, I prefer nonoperative treatment options and resort to surgical options only when they are absolutely necessary and in the patient’s best interests.

"Being a good listener allows me to diagnose a patient’s problem more easily and develop an effective treatment plan based on their unique needs. I always try to put myself in my patient’s shoes to better understand how an injury or condition personally affects them. Then, we work together to achieve the best possible results.” 

Dr. Smedberg likes to follow college football and all kinds of outdoor sports and activities, including hunting and fishing.

Board-Certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, UHZ Sports Medicine Institute, Miami, FL

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI

MD: The Medical College of Wisconsin,Milwaukee, WI

Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Wisconsin Orthopaedic Society, Wisconsin Medical Society

 

Trust us to deliver complete orthopedic care and pain relief so you can restore your life. Call 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 welcome patients from Plover, Eau Claire, Tomah, Marshfield and Stevens Point.

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"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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