The Oct. 8 ribbon cutting at Stevens Point Orthopedics. (Metro Wire photo)

Klasinski Clinic celebrates 50-year mark with rebranding

By Brandi Makuski

In celebration of its 50th birthday, Klasinski Clinic has rebranded itself.

Now called Stevens Point Orthopedics, the company continues to offer sports medicine and orthopedic surgical services, but with a new look and an expanded staff.

In late summer the medical practice took on three additional staff members, Drs. Todd Williams, Joshua Troyer, and Marcus Hemmerle, who previously worked at Ascension St. Michael’s. When asked about his experience on the change of environment, Hemmerle called it a “big transition”.

“I was there for nine years, so it’s definitely a change. But I’ve been very happy here,” Hemmerle said. “It’s very family-oriented, we’re one big family here. It’s as local as you can get.”

The new additions round out the surgical staff of Drs. Tom Guse, Jim Banovetz, and Dave Henneghan, along with dozens of support staff. The company employs about 50 people, according to Administrator Shane Melenbacker.

“When we welcomed three new doctors and become one unit, we recognized that was a good time for rebranding,” Melenbacker said. “So it is a rebranding, but it’s also about growth. We wanted to show the community we’re all about the community, that we’re here for the community. That we are Stevens Point Orthopedics.”

The mini-hospital shares a roof with the Ambulatory Surgical Center across the hall. Melenbacker said the campus itself will continue to be called Klasinski Medical Complex.

The company, which also owns D1 Training-Stevens Point, first opened in September 1968 by Dr. C. A. Klasinski. Klasinski’s son-in-law, Dr. Matt Riordan, was on hand to celebrate the ribbon-cutting with Portage Co. Business Council Ambassadors on Oct. 8.

“I think starting the surgery center, that was a big thing that allowed us to grow to where we are now,” said Riordan, who retired from the practice last year. “At age 50, we now have a couple of other operating rooms in the county besides the hospital. Every surgery we do saves the community about 30 percent, on average, some much more than that. I think it’s good to have competition; it’s very good to have independence.”

Riordan said in his mind, the company has grown exactly how his father-in-law would have wanted.

“Keep the doctor-patient relationship as the premiere, as a primary factor,” Riordan said. “You’re not on a timer. You’re getting the care that you need. To be a part of that growth, and that story, is just awesome, and I’m really proud of that. I think you’ll be amazed at what happens with this group of doctors.”

Stevens Point Orthopedics is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 500 Vincent St. in Stevens Point. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (715) 344-0701.