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Rockford IceHogs Medical Network
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The Rockford IceHogs Medical Network features two distinct divisions of physician care and medical support as part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. The primary medical network and the secondary sub-specialty network provide the matrix of medical care necessary to uphold those standards set forth by the National Hockey League (NHL) and respectively, the American Hockey League (AHL).

The IceHogs primary medical network consists of eight of Rockford’s most elite physicians as well as the county's finest emergency medical service company. They work hand-in-hand with Athletic Trainer DJ Jones on a day-to-day basis, and as well, directly with the athletes and hockey operations staff. This team of physicians are at rink-side for all pre-season and regular season / playoff home games and as well, within their respective companies of origin. The primary medical network is directed by Dr. Geoff Van Thiel, Chief Medical Advisor and Team Orthopedic out of OrthoIllinois. 

The IceHogs Secondary Medical Network is comprised of nearly 50 local medical providers ranging from such specialties as audiology to ophthalmology. This group of specialized physicians and facilities allow the both the Athletic Trainer, and the Primary Medical Network physicians to utilize the most effective and detailed care available. The secondary medical network is an additional safety net for the athletes and hockey operations staff and is utilized in an intricate system of communication and procedural efficiency to keep in line with the demanding hockey schedule. 

The Rockford IceHogs Medical Network is unquestionably the most detailed and efficiently operated system in the AHL, and without reservation, rivals many NHL systems as well. It is the efforts of those physicians and medical facilities that keep the IceHogs on the ice, healthy, and safe.  

 

Primary Medical Network

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Dr. Geoff Van Thiel, MD
Chief Medical Advisor/
Team Orthopedic

 Geoff Van Thiel, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon


Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with OrthoIllinois and is the head of the Rockford IceHogs Medical network.. He graduated with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and then attended UCLA Medical School in pursuit of his medical degree. Following medical school, Dr. Van Thiel completed his residency at Rush Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of some of the country’s leading sports medicine surgeons. After residency, he was accepted into one of the top sports medicine fellowships at Rush University Medical Center and currently remains on the faculty at Rush University Medical Center.

Over the years, he has received intense exposure to world-renowned surgeons in a multitude of areas including a comprehensive involvement with cartilage restoration and joint preserving surgical techniques of the knee, hip and shoulder; cutting edge procedures in shoulder arthroscopy and arthroplasty; in addition to gaining considerable expertise with hip arthroscopy. He has also had the opportunity to educate other surgeons in these specialty areas.

Dr. Van Thiel has authored over 50 textbook chapters and journal articles. His research has been included in over 60 international presentations with topics including: cartilage restoration, shoulder instability repair, rotator cuff repair, ACL repair, hip impingement treatment, complex knee ligament reconstruction, and shoulder arthroplasty. Dr. Van Thiel currently sits on the editorial board of two major orthopedic sports medicine journals.

Dr. Van Thiel’s commitment to professional sports is evident in his past involvement with the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Chicago White Sox (MLB), and his current role with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL).

Click here to view Dr. Van Thiel's extensive profile.

Jon Whitehurst, MD
Dr. Jon Whitehurst, MD
Team Orthopedic

Jon Whitehurst, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon


Dr. Jon Whitehurst received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  The Evanston, Ill. native is an Orthopedic Surgeon at OrthoIllinois, Ltd. and his practice focuses on general orthopedics with a special interest in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.

He is a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.  

Dr. Whitehurst has published research in the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Journal of Arthroscopy, Foot and Ankle International.

Outside of the medical field, Dr. Whitehurst enjoys spending time his family, biking, golfing, hiking and boating.

Click here to view Dr. Whitehurst's extensive profile.

Scott Trenhaile, MD

Dr. Scott Trenhaile, MD
Team Orthopedic

Scott Trenhaile, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon


Dr. Scott Tenhaile earned his Medical Degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following his residency, the Iowa native continued his experience with an Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.

He has been at Rockford Orthopedic Associates, Ltd. since 2004 and is also a Clinical Assistant Instructor of Surgery at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford. He is also part of the Rush University Medical Center Residency Program and is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Midwestern University.

Dr. Trenhaile's focus is on arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and the treatment of sports or activity-related injuries.

Aside from his medical intrests, he enjoys playing hockey, golfing, skeet shooting and spending time with family. 

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Dr. Dennis Norem
Team Internist

Dennis Norem, MD - Internal Medicine


Dr. Dennis Norem completed his residency for Internal Medicine at Illinois Masonic Hospital after earning his medical degree at the Universtiy of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford in 1979. He attended the University of Illinois where he received his BA in Chemistry. He was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1982 and is a CWSP (Certified Wound Specialist Physician).

Dr. Norem is a Physician at Rockford Clinic, part of the Mercy Health/Rockford Health System. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford. He specializes in General Medicine and Wound Care. He was awarded the University of Illinois Distinguised Alumni Award and Winnebago County Medical Society Physician Leadership Award.

The Rockford native is part of the Winnebago County Medical Society and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois State Medical Society. He is also involved with the American Medical Association and Assoication for Advancement of Wound Care, and was a past chairman of the Rockford Regional Health Council.

Dr. Norem enjoys water skiiing, wake surfing, and snow skiing. He likes to spend time with his family, including five children (three girls and two boys) and seven grandchildren.

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Dr. Jason Bradenkamp
Emergency Medicine Coordinator

Jason Bradenkamp, MD, F.A.C.E.P. - Emergency Physician


Dr. Jason Bradencamp completed his Residency in Emergency Medicine at Resurrection Emergency Medical Center in Chicago in 2000. He attended medical school at Southern Illinois University after graduating from Indiana University and University of Illinois with a B.S. in Biology in 1993.

He began, and is currently, working as an Emergency Physician at Rockford Memorial Hospital in 2001 and is currnetly the Chariman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Staff President. He has previously served as the Associate Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine as well. Dr. Bradenkamp is an American College of Emergency Medicine Fellow.

Originally hailing from Effingham, Ill., he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, hunting, and collecting wine. Dr. Bradenkamp acheived the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and married his wife, Kristin, in 2005. They have three children, Bryn, Collin, and Johnny.

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EMS Game Coverage Staff
Dr. Mike McCarthy Dr. Matt Smetana Dr. Todd Daniello Dr. Sean Marquis Dr. Ken Hanson Dr. Eric Castro

 

   
   
   
   
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Dr. David Tartaglia, DDS
Team Dentist

David Tartaglia, DDS.


Educational History – Bachelors Degree:  Creighton University Omaha, NE; BS in Biological Sciences–- Creighton University School of Dentistry (1997) Internship in Oral and Maxofacial Surgery @ University of Nebraska ---Misch Institute for Implant Dentistry Fellowship- 2010 

Employment History /Career Path – Experiences/Special Interests, Focuses:  Riverside Dental 

Special Interests/Focus – Aircraft; following completion of undergraduate studies began career in aviation from 1986-1993. Was type rated in several corporate jets. 

Interests outside of work/hockey (hobbies, etc..): Enjoys music, golf, hockey and anything related to family 

Personal Origin (Native of..) , family etc…. : Native of Rockford and currently resides in Poplar Grove. Married to wife, Jill – proud new owner of Great Dane- Mesa. 

Click Here to view Riverside Dental Center.

   
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Dr. Brant D Hulsebus,
DC LCP CCWP

Team Chiropractor

Brant D. Hulsebus, DC LCP CCWP


Dr. Brand Hulsebus began his eduction at Umass-Amherst and NIU where he earned his BS-PreMed before moving on to Palmer College of Chiropractic DC. He earned his post graduate certification in LCP Chiropractic Philosophy and CCWP certified Chiropractic wellness lifestyle.

Dr. Hulsebus is the head of Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic Clinic, specializing in wellness. He serves as team chiropractor for the Rockford Foresters and also volunteers at East High School as well.

The Rockford, Ill. native is the Vice President of the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association. He also serves as Legislative chairman and Medicare director. Additionally,  Dr. Hulsebus is on the Board of directors of the ICA (International 
Chiropractic Association) Wellness council.  He is a Locally Strategy Team member and founding member of Next Rockford.
  
Brant enjoys playing hockey, where he serves as team captain of a park district team.  He also likes watching the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox.  

He is a Rockford boomeranger. Brant has lived in Evanston, Western Massachusetts, DeKalb and Quad cities as well. 

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Jeff Stringer, NR-EMT-P
Dr. Jeff Stringer, NR-EMT-P
Paramedic/Director of
EMS Services

Jeff Stringer, NR-EMT-P


A 1981 graduate of Harlem High School, entered into the EMT-Basic program though Rock Valley College graduating in fall 1981. Jeff remained a basic EMT till graduating from OSF St. Anthony Paramedic program in 1984. He obtained Critical Care Paramedic certification in 2007. Jeff also helps teach EMT’s & Paramedic for Rockford Health System as an instructor in classes such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, CPR, and Firefighting classes.    

Employment History /Career Path – Experiences/Special Interests, Focuses: Jeff started his EMS career as an EMT with Swenson Ambulance in 1980. He was hired at Metro in 1985. Worked as Flight Paramedic with OSF Lifeline Helicopter from 86’-92’.  From 94’-99’ he worked as a 911 dispatcher with the Rockford Fire Department all the while still working part time for Metro. In 1999 came back to Metro full time as their Operations Manager. Since 1981, have been a volunteer firefighter with several area fire departments such as North Park, Harlem-Roscoe, Rockton, and currently is a Captain with the Loves Park Fire Department. During the summer months Jeff also works as a NASCAR official and Safety Crew member at the Rockford Speedway.

Research/ Journal Articles/ Publications (Also Include membership to organizations/committees):   Adult advisor for the Blackhawk Area Boy scouts/Sea Scouts. Served on the committee Operation Heartbeat which helped increase public awareness of Automatic External Defibrillators.
Interests outside of work/hockey (hobbies, etc..):  When not working, Jeff enjoys music, movies, scuba diving, amusement parks, camping, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends.

Personal Origin (Native of..) , family etc…. : Born and raised in the Rockford area, currently resides in Loves Park. Jeff is the oldest of 3 siblings. Parents Jerry and Karol still live in Machesney. Brother Brad and his wife Angie live in Rockton. Sister Tracy and her family live in Gardner, KS.

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Secondary Medical Network
 Orthopedic Subspecialties 
 Dr. Jason Davenport  OrthoIllinois- Non-OP Sports Med
 Dr. J. Earhart / Dr. J. Blaumburg  OrthoIllinois- Ortho Trauma 
 Dr. Edric Schwartz  OrthoIllinois- Orthopedist (Hand) 
 Dr. Scott Ferry  OrthoIllinois- Pediatric Orthopedics 
 Dr. Brian Braaksma   OrthoIllinois- Spine/Pain Mgt.
 Dr. Ryan Enke  OrthoIllinois- Spine/Pain Mgt. 
 Dr. Chris Silva / Dr. Fred Sweet  Rockford Spine Center - Ortho Spine 
 David Rezin  OrthoIllinois- Rehab Coordinator
 Andrew Sestak  Rockford Orthopedic Appliance - Certified Orthotist 
 Rick Allen  Rockford Orthopedic Appliance - Certified Orthotist
 Dr. Mary White / Dr. W. Bush  Podiatry 
 Nutritionist 
 Julie Burns / Alex Cotie  Sport Fuel, Inc. - Nutritionist 
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Holistic Medicine 
 Brian Allen, DC. ART. CSCS.  Team ART Specialist (Bannockburn Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center)
   
 Primary Care & Family Medical 
 Dr. JJ Perez / Dr. Brian Johky  RHS- Emergency Medicine
 Dr. Dennis Norem  RHS- Internal Medicine 
 Dr. Robin Borchardt  OSF- Occupational Health 
 Neurology 
 Dr. Jonathan O'Neil  RHS- Neurologist/SD 
 Dr. Richard Fessler  NWU- Neurosurgeon 
 Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth  Neuropsychologist 
 Radiology 
 Dr. John Lind  Rockford Radiology - Radiologist 
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 Pharmacy 
 Mark Cherney, RPh.  CVS Pharmacy - Pharmacy CEO 
 Greg Keuter  Sportpham/MORE - Chairman/Rep. 
 Dental/Oral - Maxillofacial 
 Dr. Edward Rentschler ROMS- Oral-Maxillofacial 
 Dr. Matt Bruksch ROMS- Oral-Maxillofacial
 Dr. Timothy Thiesen Orthodontics 
 Plastic/Rec. Surgery 
 Dr. Pedro Rodriquez  Plastic/Recons. Surgeon
 Dr. James McAdoo  Plastic/Recons. Surgeon 
 Dr. Landon Pryor  Transformations Plastic Surgery
 Eye Care 
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 Cardiology 
 Dr. Paul Christensen  OSF-RC- Cardiologist
 Dr. Mark Hiser  OSF-RSS- Cardiologist 
 Psychology 

 

James F. Gary, LCPC

 

Mental Skills Coach 
 Specialized Care 
 Dr. Jon Ferguson  Otorhinolaryngology 
 Dr. Joy De Leoz / Shannon Taylor, PA-C  OSF-S - Dermatologist 
 Charles Frey, DO  OSF-S - Allergist 
 Michele Jones  OSF-S - Audiologist 
 Dr. Michael McCarthy  Surgical Associates of Northern Illinois
 Advanced Medicine 
 Dr. Zeenat Parveen  OSF- Endocrinologist
 Dr. Ajaz Khan  OSF- Hematology/Oncology 
 Dr. Aaron Shiels  RGA- Gastroenterology 
 Dr. Doug Roegner  RUA- Urologist 
 Dr. Richard Olson  OrthoIllinois- Rheumatology 
 Dr. Michael Kitka  ASR- Vascular Surgeon 
 Dr. Kendall Boone  ASR- Vascular Surgeon 
 Dr. Jonathan O'Neil  RHS- Pulmonology
 Wellness
Keri Knutson

 Ahimsa - Yoga with Keri

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