A team of four makes up Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s orthopedics team. The team consists of two Orthopedic Surgeons, Drs. Michael T. Dean and Timothy Volk, as well as Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Crystal Krapp and Physician Assistant Patrick Walter.
Originally from Midland, Mich., meet Dr. Dean – JRMC orthopedic surgeon, hobby farmer and golfer.
Where did you study? I attended Central Michigan University and went to Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. While completing clinical during my third year of school, I became interested in orthopedics. Afterward, I received training for five years at Mayo Clinic.
Why did you become an orthopedic surgeon? My father was a carpenter and I always had an interest in carpentry. Orthopedics naturally fit my skill set and interests. I enjoy helping people heal. I have the privilege of seeing them go from in pain and low quality of life to living again, the way they want.
Why did you choose to work at JRMC? Jamestown is personable with a small-town feel. I can practice and take care of people and then see them at a grocery store later that day. JRMC treats its employees well and provides a good culture of care. Each team takes great care of patients, especially nursing. Whether it is in the clinic, on the patient care floor, in surgery or anesthesia, nurses here are some of the best and most caring that I have worked with in my entire career.
While away from work, what keeps you busy? I like to golf and I have a hobby farm where I plant food plots and wildlife plots. I like the ability to work outside by running the tractor and farming.
What is orthopedics? Orthopedics is a way to make a difference in the lives of those who are injured, disabled or suffering from pain. We take care of most bone fractures and trauma. We replace joints like hips, shoulders, knees, elbows and ankles. We can also help with hands – carpal tunnel and trigger finger are common ailments in North Dakota. Our work is to reduce pain and improve quality of life.
Orthopedics is fun because you fix a patient’s problem and they get better; they continue to live life.
As an orthopedic surgeon, what is your role? As an orthopedic surgeon, I care for patients with bone and joint problems. My role is to restore them to a functioning and fulfilling life.
The average patient visit focuses on a specific problem. It revolves around a conversation about each patient’s difficulties, their medical history and an examination of the injured area. This is followed by imaging in radiology to determine what might be wrong and how we can fix it.
Why would someone need orthopedic care? Two-thirds of the people who seek medical care are people with pain in their bones and joints. It is extremely common for orthopedic problems to occur.
JRMC is a destination for orthopedic care. We offer individual personalized care with each patient. Our care is patient-centered – meaning individuals matter here. You can expect state-of-the-art care of the highest quality, without having to travel.
What is the most common misperception about orthopedic care? Orthopedic surgeons are often confused with podiatrists, physicians who care for feet. What we cannot see are patients with neck and spinal pain – that is a common misperception.
Why should a patient choose JRMC Orthopedics? We are well-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeons with more than 30 years of patient care experience. Our team provides a patient-centered experience where patients receive great individual care. We also can see you quickly. In addition to great care, JRMC Orthopedics offers the same and next-day appointments.
Schedule direct with JRMC Orthopedics, call (701) 952-4878.