Orthopedics, Big Rapids Hospital

New Orthopedic Provider Joins Team in Big Rapids

Timothy Jelsema, MD, MPH, Joins Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital staff.

Timothy Jelsema MD, MPH

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., September 1, 2020 – Orthopedic physician Timothy Jelsema, MD, MPH, has joined the growing orthopedic medical team at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.

Jelsema joins Melissa DeNiel, MD, James Thiel, DO, and Jonathan Russell, PA-C, to provide comprehensive orthopedic care and surgical services to patients in the greater Big Rapids area.

Jelsema specializes in non-operative orthopedic care and sports medicine.

He will be treating patients non-surgically with various musculoskeletal conditions such as strains, sprains, fractures, concussions, and other sports or non-sports-related injuries.

Jelsema will also perform ultrasound-guided injections, platelet rich plasma therapy and tenotomy.

He believes in partnering with patients to choose the right treatment plan.

“I’m very big into shared decision making with the patient,” Jelsema said. “I like to set goals together and set a treatment path that makes each patient feel comfortable.”

Jelsema recently completed a year as a sports medicine fellow at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit where he worked with Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers and Detroit City FC professional athletes.

He also provided medical support for all sports at Wayne State University and Allen Park High School.

In Big Rapids, he will work with Dr. DeNiel as team doctor for Ferris State University athletic teams.

A Grandville native, Jelsema received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College. He earned master’s degrees in medical science and public health along with his medical degree from Wayne State University.

He completed three years of residency training at Mercy Health St. Mary’s in Grand Rapids

Jelsema enjoys running, swimming, fly-fishing and playing recreational sports. He and his wife Cassie have relocated to Big Rapids with their two dogs.

To make an appointment with Jelsema, call Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Orthopedics at 231.592.1002.


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