WILMINGTON – Renowned orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert Tim Kremchek, M.D. is returning Oct. 8 to Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s Wilmington office.
Dr. Kremchek, who had reduced seeing patients at some Beacon locations during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, said he is looking forward to returning to a community where he not only treats patients but also serves as the team doctor for a local college and three area high schools.
“I love the community of Wilmington, and I love the people,” Dr. Kremchek said. “I am looking forward to getting back. In addition to the patients I see in Wilmington, I really enjoy working with the local college and high school teams and athletes.”
Dr. Kremchek serves as team physician for Wilmington College as well as for Wilmington, East Clinton and Clinton-Massie high schools. He works closely with Nicole Goddard, D.O., a primary care and sports medicine physician who also sees patients at Beacon’s Wilmington office at 720 Elm Street.
“I’ve been in the Wilmington community for years,” he said. “It has been a big part of my practice, and I can’t wait to get back.”
Reds’ medical director
Dr. Kremchek is celebrating his 25th year as the Cincinnati Reds medical director. And 2021 also marks the 25th anniversary of Beacon, which was founded by Dr. Kremchek, his Beacon colleague Dr. Robert Burger and a small group of orthopaedic surgeons.
“I don’t think there is another team physician in all of baseball that equals Tim’s love and devotion to a team,” said Cincinnati Reds Chief Executive Officer Robert Castellini. “He is truly incredible. Tim’s intensity and commitment never wavers. He dedicates so much of his time to the Reds and his presence makes us a better organization in every way.”
“Doc Kremchek was more than our doctor,” said former Reds first baseman Sean Casey. “He was part of the team.”
Dr. Kremchek grew up idolizing the team he now treats, sitting in the stands with his father – Dr. Edward Kremchek, who was also an orthopaedic surgeon — and dreaming of the day he might play for the Reds. In recalling his first Opening Day as Reds team doctor in 1997, he sounds like a star struck fan.
“I flew back with the team from spring training,” he said. “The fans were waiting for us when we get off the plane. And there I was at Cinergy Field with Barry Larkin, Hal Morris, Bret Boone – it was incredible. I got to the ballpark four hours early, watching the guys get ready, knowing the whole city was fired up. My son Teddy, who was just two years old at the time, was in the locker room with me. My family was in the stands.
“I was 34 and my dream had come true.”
In addition to his work with sports teams in Wilmington, Dr. Kremchek serves as team physician for his alma mater Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, for the athletic programs of several Greater Cincinnati area high schools, including Moeller — where his father also served as medical director — Indian Hill, Kings, Wyoming, Mt. Notre Dame, Mason, and Lakota West.
“All these years, I think that my experience as an athlete helps me relate better to my patients,” he said. “I know what it’s like to want to get back on the field. My job is to help each patient fully recover and do just that.”
After 25 years with the Reds, Dr. Kremchek still exudes the enthusiasm he felt on his first Opening Day with the team and continues to be driven with an awe-inspiring tenacity and commitment to his craft and his patients.
“I’ve always been competitive and driven by the realization that life is too short. I love what I do and love being around the athletes,” he said. “If you do this for any reason except that you love the game and the people, it would be too much. The reward is not money or fame. It’s the joy you get by being part of the team.”
Established in 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life.
Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for over 30 local high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds.
With 15 locations across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana, Beacon offers instant access to comprehensive orthopedic care, including sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, imaging services, regenerative medicine, as well as surgical procedures involving neck, spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle repair, reconstruction, and replacement.
Beacon is the founding group of OrthoAlliance, a patient-centered, physician-led management services organization designed to help orthopaedic physicians grow and thrive in an evolving healthcare landscape.
Since its founding OrthoAlliance has successfully grown into one of the leading platforms in the country.