When an accident happens, whether at work, on the sports field or simply turning your ankle on the curb, often the first question in your mind is, “Is it broken?” Instead of heading to the emergency room to answer that question, South Sound residents now have a new option. The new Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic, or the ROC, is your “go-to” spot for urgent, orthopaedic related injuries and is just minutes south of Pierce County.
Located in the Hawks Prairie area of Lacey and adjacent to The Ram, the ROC is open seven days a week for walk-in patients. You’ll be seen quickly by orthopaedic experts without the lengthy wait times and expensive bills that typically come with an ER visit. Patients are in and out quickly, often within 30 minutes, and most insurance plans are accepted. In most cases, you’ll simply be charged for an office visit.
Meet the ROC Providers
When you visit the ROC, chances are you’ll meet Lynn Page. With 19 years of experience as a physician’s assistant, 16 of those focused in orthopaedics, Page is an expert in sports medicine-related urgent care. Backing up her clinical experience, Page has three bachelor’s degrees – sports medicine, exercise science and as a physician’s assistant.
As a life-long, dedicated athlete, Page has a unique understanding of activity-related injuries. She has completed numerous marathons and triathlons, including three full Ironman Triathlons. Next up for her is the 2017 New York Marathon, which she will run with her daughter and mother, celebrating milestone birthdays of 20, 50 and 70 years.
“My true love has always been sports medicine,” shares Page, “and the ROC is a perfect fit, pairing my urgent care experience and my orthopaedic background. It’s a great mix.”
Page knows you don’t have to run marathons to be an athlete. “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 explains. “I have a strong passion for helping other people maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Partnering with Page is another physician’s assistant with an equally long commitment to orthopaedic and sports medicine care. Clint Miller has been working as a PA for more than 16 years, most of that time focused in orthopeadics, and has the unusual past experience of being a dentist. Yes, he’s really a dentist!
Married for 16 years with two children, Miller was born in Oregon and grew up in Oklahoma. He has returned to the South Sound and is excited to be back in the Northwest. “I just happened into PA studies,” he says, explaining his transition from a career in dentistry.
This surprising combination of skills stems from a lifetime of working and creating with his hands. “I grew up in the country and always liked to work with my hands – welding or working with wood.” Combine this with a love of the outdoors and youth spent participating in sports and Miller is the perfect fit for the ROC.
While living in Oklahoma and Texas, Miller worked extensively with professional, college and high school athletes through his role in a medical group focused on athletics. His sideline and clinic experience give him strong diagnostic skills aiding rapid assessments for 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
What will you experience at the ROC? Patients will be seen quickly and have access to casting, splinting, x-ray and physical therapy all on-site. PAs Miller and Page are joined by medical assistants and radiology technicians who see patients between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. seven days a week.
From construction through opening day, the clinic has been designed to meet the community’s needs. Clinic manager Stephanie Berry shares, “My main role is to manage the daily operations of the clinic. This includes staffing, supplies and ensuring the patient experience is smooth and efficient.” Berry was instrumental in planning the layout of the facility, creating efficient patient flow and comprehensive services.
The clinic is located adjacent to Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Physical Therapy at Hawks Prairie. The PT clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Patients are able to be quickly referred to physical therapy when appropriate and the connecting door couldn’t be more convenient.
“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,” says Sarahbeth Bilyeu, Director of Clinical Operations.
And, when you are seen at the ROC, you draw not only on the staff’s deep knowledge, but have quick access to the entire Olympia Orthopaedic Associates network of specialists and surgeons. In addition, the ROC staff can quickly and effectively handle workplace injury claims, helping patients with referrals and next steps. “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,” Bilyeu says.
Next time you turn your ankle, fall on your wrist or your child goes down in their Saturday game, 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