9 Questions with Dr. Jonathon Geisinger

9 Questions with Dr. Jonathon Geisinger

We’re digging into the impressive roster of physicians we have here at Orthopedic Institute (OI), letting you get to know some of the team members that make us proud.

Get to know Dr. Jonathon Geisinger, the latest addition to our “Patients First” team! 

Dr. Geisinger trained at some of the best and largest institutions in America and graduated at the top of his medical school from the University of Iowa. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in neck and back treatment.

Let’s take a look at why Dr. Geisinger is passionate about helping patients get back to life with decreased pain and increased mobility.

1. How did you decide to become a physician?

Growing up on a farm, I developed an aptitude for fixing things. I worked in my father’s swine buildings fixing and maintaining nearly every system. I thoroughly enjoyed fixing tractors, combines, and various other implements on the farm. I have always had a deep desire to understand how things work. Then in high school, I had my first physiology class and it was the only subject that piqued my interest more than working outside.

I had an opportunity to enroll in a career transitions class during high school that allowed me to follow surgeons at my local hospital and learn about orthopedics. I remember watching total knee and hip replacements and I was fascinated by the instrumentation and the implants that were used in surgery. From this experience, I knew I wanted to go into the surgical field. I set my goal on applying for medical school to become a surgeon. 

2. What led you to join the OI team?

Geography! My wife and I grew up on farms a few miles apart from each other just south of Spencer, Iowa. We moved to Iowa City where I attended college and then medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. After graduating, we moved to Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan; where I did five years of orthopedic residency. 

Our two boys were born while living in Royal Oak and we realized the importance of having family close so they could be a part of our children’s lives. It was crucial to us that our kids grow up in the heart of the Midwest so we could share with them the agrarian values my wife and I were raised with. With this in mind, we were set on coming back. I feel very fortunate to find a prestigious position with a premier orthopedic group in the tristate area.

3. What is your favorite part of your job?

There is nothing in the world that is more rewarding than when the patient and I achieve a good outcome together. When people come to see me, most are suffering from arm, leg, or back pain that has dramatically impacted their lives. They are often unable to function and or work at a level they once were easily able to perform.

Working with someone to find the right treatment, whether it is non-operative or operative, to achieve pain relief and restore function is the best part of my job. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction when I see people come back after their treatment or surgery and they are smiling and resuming their normal lives. It drives me to get out of bed early each day and helps me to look forward to the work I will accomplish.

4. What do you feel are the strengths of Orthopedic Institute’s physician team?

Everybody wants to be on a winning team. That describes the Orthopedic Institute staff. We are a top tier orthopedic group with an outstanding reputation for integrity, quality, and high patient satisfaction.

5. What is the best part about working with patients?

The physician/patient relationship is a very sacred and privileged one. A favorite aspect of my career has been building these relationships with people. While patients come from all walks of life and often have complex problems, each have certain things in common. Each person has responsibilities and cannot afford to have their lives altered by pain and disability. Building relationships with these people and gaining their trust that I will do my best to alleviate their pain and get their function back is a commitment that I take very seriously.

6. If you could tell every patient one thing before each came in, what would it be?

Relax! Patients have a lot of uncertainty when it comes to their spine. Please rest assured that I will listen to your concerns and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to you. Together, we will go over spine models and review your imaging so that when your visit is over, you will have a much better understanding of your condition as it relates to your spine and a plan for recovery.

7. How do you spend your time when you’re not at Orthopedic Institute?

My wife and I love returning to the farms where we grew up just south of Spencer, Iowa. Our families continue to grow corn and soybeans and also raise livestock. We strategically take vacations in the spring and fall to help in the field with planting and harvest. Also, my wife and I are working with our kids to build our own hobby farm. Much of our spare time is spent building fences for our livestock. We are excited to be back in the area and to have the ability to give our kids the same agrarian upbringing that my wife and I had.

8. What is your ideal way to spend your birthday?

Working. I love my medical career, but I also love working outside. The best way to spend a birthday would be working with my kids taking care of livestock or working in the fields.

9. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or dead, fiction or non-fiction) who would it be?

Jesus. He was the ultimate physician. Through God our father, Jesus healed people with the power of his touch. God has helped me to be in the position that I am in as a surgeon. With the blessings he has given me, I feel a serious responsibility to use my talents to care for people in a diligent, honest, and compassionate way using the skills I have developed in my many years of experience.

Dr. Jonathon Geisinger is a wonderful addition to our “Patients First” care team. Learn more about his expertise – then schedule your appointment today.

A Parent's Guide to Spring Family Outdoors Time

A Parent’s Guide to Spring Family Outdoors Time

The warmth has finally arrived. So while the weather is still moderate before summer sets in, it’s time to take advantage of some family time outside. There are plenty of activities you can engage in with these last few weeks of spring, but how about trying something new?

Here are a few ideas for some spring family outdoor time.


While your littlest family members might not quite be up for a round of golf on a full-on course, a miniature golf course might be just the ticket to not only gear them up for a future on the links, but also to get the whole family outside for an hour or two. Not only does it give them the opportunity to hone some skills with aim and precision, but it keeps your blood flowing from the walking (and the adrenaline rush of anticipation for that big round-winning putt).

Gamifying Chores

With spring comes plenty of opportunities for cleaning and other chores. But how do you get your youngest family members excited about getting these tasks accomplished? It’s all about gamification. Need the car to get washed? Make it a contest between two of your children to see who can get their half of the car cleanest. Need to get your garden planted? Have your kids make their own markers for the garden and then set a regular time each week to check on and track the progress of their plants. It’s all about finding fun ways to teach your children good habits they can take into adulthood.


Why not take advantage of our very windy state? Flying a kite is a great way to engage your whole family in a deceptively active pastime. Find a field or park where you can avoid trees and power lines and give it a go. You can even make it a bit competitive, if you like. It’s estimated that you burn about 100 calories from kite-flying for approximately 22 minutes, so even the parents can get a little bit of a workout out of the deal.

Farmer’s Markets

Getting some outdoors time in doesn’t just have to be about exercise. In fact, there are other ways you can instill some positive habits in your kids during the springtime. It’s a prime time, in fact, to bring the family to a farmer’s market or two. Use the opportunity to take in some fresh air and teach your children how to pick out fruits and vegetables and get them excited about eating healthily. If they get to pick out their own, they’re more apt to giving them a try when you serve them later.

Shriners Hospitals Complimentary Screening Clinic for Children

Upcoming Event: Shriners Hospitals Complimentary Screening Clinic for Children

Has your child ever shown possible signs of an orthopedic condition? You can get your questions answered when you bring your child to the complimentary screening clinic at Orthopedic Institute (OI) in Sioux Falls which is sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Read on to find out more about the event and how to participate.

The Details

Stop by OI in Sioux Falls at 810 E. 23rd St. (on the fourth floor), Saturday May 13. The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to noon and will be open to families looking to get their children screened for possible bone, muscle or joint conditions. You can set an appointment ahead of time or walk in on the day of clinic. Appointments are preferred.

The Clinic

There are certain symptoms that a child may exhibit that could be caused by a pediatric orthopedic condition. These may include:

  • In-toeing, toe walking or flat feet
  • Bowed legs or knocked knees
  • Sore, painful or stiff joints
  • Limb deficiency or length discrepancy
  • Curved spine
  • Clubbed feet

The clinic is built to identify whether or not these symptoms are indicative of a more serious and/or treatable condition. Those seen who require a follow-up visit at a hospital, and cannot afford it, will have transportation provided free of charge by the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Children are seen regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The free screenings are provided thanks to OI’s Dr. Walter Carlson’s connection to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, an organization in which he’s been involved since finishing his pediatric orthopedic fellowship in Dallas, Texas.

Set an Appointment

To get an appointment scheduled for the screening clinic or to learn more about the event, call 612-596-6105 or 888-293-2832. To learn more about Shriners Hospital for Children, click here.

8 Joint-Friendly Foods to Strengthen Your Mobility

8 Joint-Friendly Foods to Strengthen Your Mobility

On the hunt for ways to eat healthier and keep your joints operating in tip-top shape? There are plenty of delicious and versatile foods to add a joint-healthy spin to your daily diet. We’ve compiled some awesome options for you—take a look.


Berries are a great source of antioxidants with inflammation-fighting properties. You have plenty of options to choose from, and they taste great with a variety of foods or as a snack by themselves. Try them in yogurt or smoothies, or use them to add extra flavor to cereals.

Red Apples

Red apples are sweet and crunchy treats that get their reddish color from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants found among the healthiest properties of drinks such as green tea, cocoa and red wine. They are actually known to be often twice as powerful an antioxidant as Vitamin C and can be easily spotted due to the bright red-orange or blue-violet color they give a fruit or vegetable that contains them. Add red apples and Dijon mustard to your next turkey sandwich for an easy lunch.


What food serves as an amazing source of protein, vitamin E, calcium, zinc and magnesium? The answer—nuts. Not only will they help combat your arthritis, they’re great for your heart and a must for anyone looking to lose weight. Give pistachios, almonds or walnuts a try.

Oily Fish

If you love fish, you’re in luck. Certain types of fish are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids excel at fighting off inflammation. Salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring are excellent Omega-3-rich fish. It’s recommended to eat three to four ounces of fish a couple times a week, especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis.

Orange Vegetables

Carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes—they’re rich with vitamin A and beta-carotene, and they help keep inflammation at bay. Combine the three in a pan, top with olive oil (plus your spices of choice) and lightly brown them in a 400-degree oven. Now you have a tasty side dish or afternoon snack.

Leafy Greens

Leafy veggies such as kale and spinach have antioxidants that help slow the progress of arthritis and relieve arthritis-related pain. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are also good green veggies to consider.


Onions are a good source for quercetin, which was found to decrease arthritis symptoms in mice, according to this 2006 study. While that doesn’t mean it will act as effectively as a treatment in humans, adding onions to your meals won’t hurt. They’re great with burgers, steak or served up sauteed on their own.

Food Oils

Extra virgin olive oil immediately comes to mind. Not only is it good for your heart, but it also contains substances that act similarly to non-steroid-based, anti-inflammatory medicines. While olive oil is a popular choice, you should also consider avocado, safflower oil and even walnut oil. Walnut oil actually has 10 times more omega-3 than olive oil.

Gratitude at Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Note from Orthopedic Institute

Thanksgiving has become a tradition in which many individuals get together with their family and friends, enjoy a break from their busy schedule, and eat turkey. However, many of us have a hard time taking a moment to merely sit and be grateful. In between the appointments, activities, family gatherings, and delicious food, we may fail to reflect on the blessings in our lives.

So here at Orthopedic Institute, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude. We recognize our good fortune: we are so grateful that we live and work in a community like Sioux Falls where we enjoy a clean city with a low crime rate, a low unemployment rate, a good cost of living and wonderful neighbors. In our line of work, we see many people who have terrible injuries who seem to find ways to appreciate even the smallest things. One of the things we find our patients are most grateful for is their ability to drive. These are the types of small things that we try not to take for granted.

We have been honored to have so many of you choose Orthopedic Institute for your care. We want to wish everyone a very happy, blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas with lots of family, friends, food, gratitude.

Would you like to see an expert at Orthopedic Institute? Feel free to request an appointment or keep in touch on our website at orthopedicinstitutesf.com or give us a call at 605-331-5890. Follow us on Facebook!

The Right Fit: Choosing Running Shoes

The Right Fit: Choosing the Perfect Running Shoes

With the warm weather coming soon, the sidewalks and pathways will be packed with runners. But before you head to your next run, it’s important to make sure you have the right shoes.

Check out our tips on how to choose the right shoes to support your feet while running. 

What’s the difference?

Sure, picking out your everyday shoes might be more about the look than the function. And depending on how much you value comfort, that might outrank style for you. But when it comes to running shoes, there’s a big difference. Most importantly, pick shoes that offer enough space to accommodate the width of your foot. Think about how your mom tested your shoes out when you were school shopping – account for one thumb-width between the end of the longest toe and the end of the shoe. (And women should consider squared or rounded toes, rather than pointed ones.)

What arch is best?

First, you must determine what type of foot, or more specifically what type of arch you have: low, medium, or high. You should always measure your arch height when you’re standing to avoid an inaccurate measurement. Arch height will determine the shape of the shoe needed, also known as the “last”. The last of the shoe is the amount of curve on the bottom of the shoe. Shoes are built on a straight, semi-curved, or curved last. Identifying your foot type can also help you figure out how much cushioning or support you will need.

Don’t skimp on analyzing the arch of your foot when it comes to picking out running shoes. Even the way you run has an affect on which type of shoe to select. Inspect the shoe you’ve been running in for the following:

  • Wear primarily around the ball of the foot and secondarily the heel is often indicative of a flat-arched foot. This is usually a more mobile foot, also referred to as a pronated foot. This foot has the potential to allow too much motion and needs a more supportive shoe that offers better motion control and stability.
  • Wear primarily along the outer edge of the shoot usually hints at a high-arched foot. This is usually a more rigid, stable foot, also called a supinated foot. This type of foot needs more cushioning inherent in the shoe to provide for better absorption of shock to prevent injuries to the feet and legs.

If all else fails and your wear pattern isn’t speaking to you, another way to tell is by having a running analysis done by a trained professional. (And the pros at Orthopedic Institute can certainly help you identify your desirable arch as well.)

What about the price?

That price tag can be a little scary – but the saying is true: “You get what you pay for.” Buying the cheapest running shoes you can find will likely mean you’ll need to replace them sooner or you’ll suffer the consequences from the poor support. Investing a little more traditionally ensures you’re getting the best quality materials and construction. Don’t worry – you won’t have to drop $200 on a pair of shoes. Good athletic trainers (running shoes) run anywhere from $80-150. 

Tell Your State Legislators To Not Change or Adjust IM17 Patient Choice

HB (House Bill) 1067 dubbed “The Sanford Choice Bill” is scheduled to be heard by the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. We would ask that you consider calling & emailing our state legislators to let them know that the people of South Dakota do not want the legislature to “change or adjust IM17 Patient Choice.” It is crucial that the committee members hear our voices and are inundated with emails and/or calls throughout the weekend—asking them to oppose HB1067 “The Sanford Choice Bill.”

  • 62% of South Dakotans voted for the right to have Patient Choice when they approved Initiative Measure 17 on November 4, 2014.
  • It’s not right that the Legislature is considering overriding the will of the people of South Dakota.
  • Initiative Measure 17 gives patient’s choice. HB1067 gives Insurance providers, such as Sanford Health Plan, the choice to exclude patients from the doctors they might want to see.
  • The people of South Dakota that voted for the bill are smart and were not tricked into voting for Initiative Measure 17.
  • The people of South Dakota voted for the right to have the choice to choose their physician, hospital, chiropractor, dentist or other health care provider. HB1067 threatens this right that was approved by 62% of the population of South Dakota.
  • All payers in the state, with the exception of Sanford, are complying with IM17, and have been since it was approved by nearly 62% of the voters.
  • This bill would allow insurance providers, like Sanford Health Plans, to have only one health plan that includes all providers—and, you can bet it will be the most expensive, simply because they want patients to use their physicians and their facilities.
  • IM 17 is being misrepresented and they claim that the bill requires that all doctors be included in plans regardless of cost. This is not true. Insurance plans can set their fees at the levels they want, but cannot exclude a doctor who is qualified and willing to accept those fees.
  • Is it the will of the people or the will of one corporate entity that would best look out for the interest of South Dakotans?Thank you for your support and consideration to ask our state legislators to OPPOSE HB1067, “THE SANFORD CHOICE BILL”.To find the legislators in your district (area) please go to: http://legis.sd.gov/Le…/Who_Are_My_Legislators/default.aspx

Here are the e-mail addresses of the legislators that are on this committee:

  • rep.rounds@state.sd.us
  • rep.schoenbeck@state.sd.us
  • rep.novstrup@state.sd.us
  • rep.wiik@state.sd.us
  • rep.willadsen@state.sd.us
  • rep.beal@state.sd.us
  • rep.stalzer@state.sd.us
  • rep.hawley@state.sd.us
  • rep.wollmann@state.sd.us
  • rep.kirschman@state.sd.us
  • rep.zikmund@state.sd.us
  • rep.steinhauer@state.sd.us
  • rep.harrison@state.sd.us

Thank You for Voting Orthopedic Institute “The Local Best”

Congratulations goes out to Orthopedic Institute’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments for being voted THE LOCAL BEST 2015-16!

Our physical therapists, all of whom have advanced training are:

The Occupational Therapy clinic at Orthopedic Institute specializes in upper extremity evaluation and treatment.  Our therapists are able to provide care for each patient’s individual needs.  Our occupational therapists have master level degrees in occupational therapy along with clinic study and years of experience.

  • Nationally certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed by the state of South Dakota
  • Certified in use of therapeutic modalities
  • Trained in the specialized area of upper extremity rehabilitation and therapeutic interventions
  • Find out more:  Hand Therapy or Occupational Therapists



Orthopedic Institute Teaming Up with Two Great Partners to Offer Wellness Screening

November 2nd from 4-8PM
November 7th from 8AM-12PM
at GreatLIFE Woodlake

  • 30-minute screening
  • $25 – pay by cash, check or credit card at the time of your screening

GreatLIFE members may have the fee charged to their account. If you have DAKOTACARE coverage you may use your Flex Spending Account.


Functional Movement Screening provided by Orthopedic Institute:

  • One-on-one consultation with a physical therapist/athletic trainer to assess quality of movement and injury risk

Biometric Health Screening provided by DAKOTACARE Health Coaches:

  • Lab testing (total cholesterol, LDL & HDL, triglycerides, cardiac risk ratio, blood glucose)
  • Blood pressure
  • Body composition (body mass index and waist circumference)
  • Personal/family health history
  • Lifestyle review
  • One-on-one consultation with a nurse

Limited space available.
Sign up at GreatLIFE
Woodlake today!

At your screening, enter to win a GreatLIFE Massage,
Personal Training Session, or XLBT Wireless Headphones!

For more information or to sign up contact:

GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club

4600 S Tennis Lane

Sioux Falls, SD 57106


When It Comes to Orthopedic Medicine, Sometimes It’s Déjà vu All Over Again

One acorn fell from the tree right into the arms of the orthopedic surgeon who had treated his mother years earlier. That happened when three-year old Oliver Schock stood up on a slide in his backyard, tumbled off, broke two bones in his right arm, and landed in the office of Walter Carlson, MD.

That acorn didn’t fall far from the tree. Years earlier, his mom, Callie, ended up in Dr. Carlson’s office, although in a less dramatic fashion.

Callie Shock, then Callie Fritz, was just five when she first saw Dr. Carlson after a routine school screening had identified that she might have a curvature of the spine known as scoliosis.  Specialists confirmed the diagnosis and Callie’s parents sought out Dr. Carlson.

“He was THE name,” said Callie, remembering the advice she and her family had gotten. “As soon as it was anything to do with scoliosis or major surgery, he was THE name, THE expert.”

Once in the care of Dr. Carlson, Callie began treatments, continued with school and continued playing softball and basketball.  But the treatments weren’t working. Callie was developing a hump and she was headed toward a crossroads: a body brace or surgery.  It was an important decision. “My grandmother had scoliosis,” said Callie, “and she ended up crippled.”

A fate that could have awaited Callie.

The whole idea of surgery sounded scary. But, after some soul searching, Callie’s parents decided on surgery.  Spinal fusion, the surgery Callie needed, was not a common surgery and Dr. Carlson was the only one in Sioux Falls at the time who had the expertise to perform the procedure.

“I was specially trained to do that,” said Dr. Carlson, who has a Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic and Scoliosis from the Scottish Rite Hospital.

Good thing, too, because it is a complicated surgery. “Dr. Carlson restructured my spine,” said Callie, “He put in a metal rod and braced it up and down with smaller horizontal rods and fused several vertebrae in place.”

And the results? “It changed my life for the better,” said Callie. “I was immediately 2 inches taller.” Which was a nice side benefit for Callie, now 5’9”, who played center on the basketball team.  “Dr. Carlson just knew what he was doing,” said Callie. “He has great knowledge in a very complicated field.”

Callie received ongoing care from Dr. Carlson and he eventually removed the rods. And Callie moved on with her life. She completed her undergraduate and graduate education, married Jered Schock, who works for Cisco Systems, taught school in Sioux Falls, served as Children’s Ministry Director at her church and had three boys, Oliver being the youngest.

After Oliver came along, Callie scaled back to substitute teaching and volunteering at her church.  Which brings us to that fateful moment, last Father’s Day, when Oliver climbed his slide and took the plunge.

Since it was after hours their first stop was an acute care clinic where Jered and Callie were told that they would need an orthopedic surgeon. Callie wanted to go to the Orthopedic Institute where Dr. Carlson now practices.

The Schock’s chose Dr. Carlson because, once again, he had advanced training in pediatric orthopedics.  And as for the Orthopedic Institute, Oliver loves it. “My son loves going there because he loves the toys,” said Callie. “In fact, the nurse brought toys back to the exam room which just delighted Oliver.”

Callie is a fan, too. “I love it there,” she said.

But most of all Callie is grateful to Dr. Carlson. “I went from sleeping on the floor on a cutting board to being able to function and go through life mostly pain free,” said Callie.

And there is a side benefit all moms appreciate. “We don’t have to go to Minneapolis,” said Callie. “We have an expert right here.”