When injury strikes, the first question is often, “Is it broken?” Typically, the way to answer this question has been a costly and time-consuming visit to the emergency room. However, you now have another option. The new Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic, or ROC, offers walk-in urgent care for musculo-skeletal and orthopaedic injuries seven days a week.
The ROC is located in the Hawks Prairie area of Lacey adjacent to The Ram. Whether you turned your ankle on the curb, took a spill on the sports field or sustained an on-the-job injury, the ROC’s trained orthopaedic specialists can assess and treat you quickly and effectively.
The ROC also allows you to skip the step of contacting Olympia Orthopaedic Associates (OOA) with a referral after your initial ER or primary care visit. With their direct connection to the four-decade-old practice, patients can connect directly to specialists when the need arises. And, at the ROC, most insurance plans are accepted. In most situations, the charge is simply for an office visit.
Meet the ROC Providers
Lynn Page has been a physician’s assistant for 19 years. For 16 of those years, she has specialized in orthopaedics. Page holds three degrees, one in sports medicine, one in exercise science, and her degree as a physician’s assistant. However, the most valuable asset Page has is her passion for sports medicine and urgent care.
Page is an athlete, too. She’s completed numerous marathons and triathlons, including three full Ironman Triathlons. In 2017, she will be running the New York Marathon with her daughter and mother, celebrating milestone birthdays of 20, 50 and 70 years.
“My true love has always been sports medicine,” says Page, “and the ROC is a perfect fit, pairing my urgent care experience and my orthopaedic background. It’s a great mix.”
Page enjoys treating athletes of all calibers, from weekend warriors to elite competitors. “I enjoy treating patients to get them back to what they love, whether that is on the field, doing boot camp classes or an activity in the outdoors like hunting,” she says. “I have a strong passion for helping other people maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Partnering with Page is physician’s assistant, Clint Miller. Born in Oregon, Miller grew up in Oklahoma and has a lot of experience in orthopaedic urgent care. He has been married for 16 years, has two children and recently returned to the South Sound area.
“I just happened into PA studies,” he says citing his early interest in medicine and dentistry. “And, well, I’m actually a dentist, too,” he says revealing a hidden skill with a smile.
His work in dentistry and now in orthopaedic care both stem from a lifetime of hands-on work. “I grew up in the country and always liked to work with my hands – welding or working with wood.” Miller lives an active lifestyle as a fisherman and outdoorsman, enjoying being active with his family, too.
While in Oklahoma City, Miller worked with an orthopaedic group offering urgent care. He also spent time in Dallas with a group serving professional, college, and high school athletes. Miller’s experiences give him a solid foundation to rapidly assess and treat ROC patients.
“I’m excited that we’ll be providing easy access to orthopaedic care, helping people avoid waiting at the ER for something we treat and treat routinely,” he says.
What the ROC Offers
If you are seeking short wait times, extended hours and specialized orthopaedic care, head to the ROC. From 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, PAs Miller and Page, along with medical assistants and radiology technicians, see patients in the clinic. When you get hurt, chances are, they are there.
Stephanie Berry is the ROC clinic manager. “My main role is to manage the daily operations of the clinic,” she shares. “This includes staffing, supplies and ensuring the patient experience is smooth and efficient.” Berry was involved in planning the layout and flow of the clinic knowing the most efficient way to serve patients.
Included in the ROC clinic are on-site casting, splinting, x-ray, and physical therapy. The clinic is also located adjacent to Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Physical Therapy at Hawks Prairie where Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., PTs are available to see ROC patients as needed.
“We are very focused on getting orthopaedic needs taken care of, or quickly diagnosed, so patients can begin to heal or gain access to a higher level of care within OOA for additional orthopaedic needs,” explains Sarahbeth Bilyeu, Director of Clinical Operations.
When your injury happens on the job, ROC staff know how to quickly and effectively handle workplace injury claims. This helps patients with referrals and smooths the process forward with treatment and claims. “Our staff can really take the burden off the patient in organizing their next step, something a visit to the ER really can’t do,” continues Bilyeu.
Next time you find yourself asking, “Is this broken?” turn to the Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for urgent care, specifically focused on orthopaedic and sports related injuries.
OOA’s Rapid Orthopaedic Care Clinic
8140 Freedom Lane NE
Lacey, WA 98516