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Bay Street Orthopaedics: 

Keeping Northern Michigan Moving

As published in Petoskey News-Review's Our Community 2017 – 2018

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Northern Michigan, especially the Petoskey area, has a long history of offering a wide variety of top quality health care options. Among those options is a practice that has been helping people stay or return to moving for more than 40 years.

Bay Street Orthopaedics was founded in 1975 by Dr. H. Ross Hume and Dr. Loyal Jodar on Bay Street in downtown Petoskey. Since then the practice has grown to offer an array of services all areas of orthopaedic care at six locations including Petoskey, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Rogers City, and St. Ignace.

“As the science of orthopaedics has expanded, so have our services, our skill sets, and our staff,” said Dr. Brian Wittenberg, orthopaedic surgeon and senior partner at Bay Street Orthopaedics. “Forty years ago, we excelled at general orthopaedic surgeries and therapies using the best practices of the time, but we were also focused on the most promising advancements in the field to better serve our patients and referring physicians.”

In addition to general orthopaedics and joint replacement surgery, Bay Street Orthopaedics offers minimally invasive scope procedures, ultrasound guided injections, trauma and fracture care, and complex hand and foot treatments. The newest specialties, added in 2017, include orthopaedic spine and comprehensive sports medicine care.

To support these offerings, medical staff has expanded accordingly.

“We have been fortunate to attract top tier specialists,” Dr. Wittenberg saoid, “And our new surgeons are examples.”

Recent medical staff additions include:

University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine graduate Dr. Eric Mancini, specializes in all areas of sports medicine. The board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon honed his skills working for both college and professional teams, including the USC Trojans and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rams.

“I like helping people get back to doing what they enjoy,” Dr. Mancini said. Since starting with the practice this past August, Dr. Mancini has been reaching out to coaches and trainers throughout the community to assist athletes in maintaining current levels of sport and activity.

“I welcome those interested to contact our office regarding clinics and educational opportunities as well.”

Dr. Anthony Bozzio, a graduate of the University of Utah and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, is a board-eligible surgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Dr. Bozzio also treats scoliosis and spine deformity, two treatments previously unavailable in the region. Prior to moving to Petoskey in August, “I spent two clinical years in Traverse City with many rotations in Petoskey and the surrounding area,” Dr. Bozzio. said. “I was impressed with the level of care for patients in the area, and I am pleased to bring my skills in comprehensive orthopaedic spine care to the community.”

For staff support, Bay Street Orthopaedics welcomes two specialty physician assistants, Kelsey McConnell, PA-C, who began in August and Heath Mier, PA-C, who will join the practice this December

“A physician assistant has a very broad range of clinical skills and works in tandem with the physician, in the operating room, the hospital, and the office,” said orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Alfred Wrobleski.

For more information about Bay Street Orthopaedics services, talk to your primary care provider or call 800.968.5155. Details about providers, services, and locations can be found at



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How to Choose an Orthopaedic Surgeon

As published in Petoskey News-Review 2018

If you experience joint pain — whether knee, shoulder, hand, or spine — an orthopaedic surgeon is the go-to specialist to help you find a solution that could vastly improve your quality of life.

Orthopaedic specialists treat patients with surgical and non-surgical treatments from non-urgent to emergency care. Patients may seek the care of an orthpaedic specialist for treatment from sports-related injuries, accidents, and age-related degenerative issues.

If your primary care physician has recommended that you seek consultation with an orthopaedic specialist about your musculoskeletal system, it is important to find the best medical professional for you.

Here are some things to consider in finding the best surgeon for your needs.



Ask your primary care provider for the names of recommended orthopaedic surgeons. Your primary care provider is the best resource for finding a medical professional who can handle your case effectively. Other medical professionals in his/her practice might also be able to direct you appropriately.

Many orthopaedic specialists become experts at performing varying types of procedures to address individual patient conditions. It may be recommended that the orthopaedic surgeon you choose specializes in the care you need, though many are highly qualified to offer treatment for several conditions.

“The orthopaedic surgeons at Bay Street Orthopaedics treat patients with a wide range of conditions,” explains Orthopaedic Surgeon Scott Nemec, DO. “With six surgeons in our medical team, we work together to ensure that our patients are matched with the most appropriate specialist.”

What’s The Best Treatment for Me?

Patients should also understand that determining the best treatment path comes from consultation, medical team collaboration, evidence-based research, imaging and many other factors. Do not be misled by internet articles, for example, that explain “the best” solution for your situation. Just like a dentist knows more about teeth than we do, you can rely on an orthopaedic surgeon to be highly qualified in their area of specialty, too.

“Since 1975, the surgeons of Bay Street Orthopaedics have built their reputations on strong patient and referring provider relations and the use of advanced treatments and surgical techniques,” shares Orthopaedic Specialist Eric Mancini, MD. “Our goal is to make patients feel comfortable and confident in their healthcare decisions.”

It is recommended that you bring a list of questions to your first appointment, so you can discuss your goals and concerns with your specialist.

Full Spectrum

The best orthopaedic specialists help patients with the full continuum of care. When surgery is part of the treatment plan, for example, your specialist should guide you through preparation, recovery and rehabilitation. They do more than just perform an actual procedure. They will take the time to answer all of your questions patiently and offer practical suggestions based upon your individual lifestyle. “We don’t simply fix broken bones,” adds Dr. Mancini. “We work with patients to help them get back to their favorite activities and to lessen the susceptibility for future injuries.”

Close to Home

Northern Michigan patients are fortunate to have orthopaedic specialists close to home. Whether your condition requires surgery or a non-invasive procedure, ask your primary care provider for a referral that doesn’t require you to travel. You can always seek another opinion, but you may find that the best specialist for your care is just down the street.