About The All-Star Patient Program
We know that our patients have accomplished incredible things after being treated at Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey – whether it be getting back to sports, biking, hiking, the gym or getting back to family activities. Now, we want to share those stories as part of our OICJ All-Stars Program!
Each month, we will share the stories of our incredible patients on our Facebook and Instagram pages to help inspire others in the community. If you want to be featured as an OICJ All-Star, simply tell us your story in 200 words (or less) and send us a photo of you participating in your hobby or sport to go along with it. Then, we can share your inspiring story with other people who may be struggling with pain or injuries.
If you would like to submit your 200-word story and photo, please email (CONTACT NAME) at **CONTACT@oiortho.com** and we will let you know when your story will be featured.
37 years old
ACL Reconstruction: March 2017
Kelli has a deep love for running and basketball, but while training for the 2017 Paris Marathon, she injured her knee during a basketball game. “At first I thought that an opposing team player kicked me in back of the knee,” she recalls.
Refusing to go to the emergency room, she consulted with a trusted friend and sports medicine specialist, Michael D Dambeck, DO. After suspecting that she injured her ACL, he referred her to Dr. Anthony Petrosini of the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey. During Kelli’s first examination with Dr. Petrosini, he showed her the MRI which confirmed a torn ACL and recommended reconstructive surgery. Kelli, trusting the referral from her friend and Dr. Petrosini’s expertise, proceeded with surgery so that she could return to an active lifestyle.
Two days after surgery, she began physical therapy with Leon Galante at Peak Physical Therapy. Dr. Petrosini would visit frequently during therapy sessions to check on her and to see how she was handling the pain and recovery. Kelli set a goal to start running again as soon as possible and, in just under 8 months after surgery, she ran a marathon. Two years later, she continues to run and train for various race distances.
“Patient’s like Kelli who desires to stay active at a high level, even after their collegiate career is completed, are becoming more and more common. Modern ACL reconstructive techniques allow them to not only stay in the game but to remain competitive as well.”
– Dr. Anthony Petrosini