Craig H. Weinstein, MD, MPH
Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists is led by Dr. Weinstein, a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University, who received his Sports Medicine fellowship training at the world famous American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL. However, Dr. Weinstein has his roots in Arizona; he graduated from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale. Dr. Weinstein’s specialties include shoulder, elbow, and knee issues as well as athletic injuries in both adult and adolescent patients. He offers state-of-the-art joint preservation as well as advanced treatment of injuries specific to throwing athletes, such as “frozen shoulder.” In addition, he offers extensive expertise in joint replacement surgery.
Nicole M. D’Apice PA-C
Nicole D’Apice is a Physician Assistant. Originally from Michigan, she earned her bachelors degree from Grand Valley State University in athletic training and corporate fitness and wellness. She then earned her masters degree in athletic training at A.T. Still University. While in school, she worked in a physical therapy clinic rehabilitating orthopedic injuries. From there she served as head athletic trainer at Tempe High School and then Apache Junction High School. She also taught sports medicine courses to the high school students and helped create a student athletic training program. Nicole earned her Physician Assistant degree in 2010. Nicole’s specialties include diagnosis and treatment of concussions, broken bones, and general sports-related injuries. She is also experienced with treatment of various joint & mobility issues
Theresa D. Koppal, PA
Theresa is a Board Certified Physician Assistant at Sports and Orthopedic Specialists. She received her PA degree in 2014 from the University of North Dakota and has been working in family medicine and urgent care since graduation. Prior to becoming a PA, Theresa received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University in southeastern Pennsylvania where she was also a member of the volleyball team. After graduation she served as an Intern Athletic Trainer with the University of Maryland, working primarily with the wrestling team. She returned to school at the University of Florida in 2006, where she earned a Master’s in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. While studying at UF, she was the Head Athletic Trainer for Buccholz High School, serving all of the school’s 6A teams. After graduation from UF, she headed out west to Northern Arizona University as an Associate Athletic Trainer, working mostly with women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis. Theresa is excited to be back in the world of orthopedics and enjoys helping to keep athletes of all ages performing at their best.
Our physicians do the work they do, because it is their passion. During football season, you will find our providers on the fields at several local high schools, providing sideline medical assistance to the players who hope and dream to play at a collegiate level and, perhaps, one day, in the NFL. Our providers volunteer their time to help keep these players safe, giving them every advantage in making those dreams to come true. Throughout the year, our physicians host free educational seminars to assist parents of high school athletes in identifying the signs of serious trauma, which may not present itself until after the game is over. In addition, we host free seminars for youth athletes to discuss nutrition, exercise, healthy lifestyle, injury prevention, and ways to optimize healing after injury. We also provide free mobility checks for active adults over 50, throughout the year, at various senior expos and other events.
At Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, we are committed to ensuring that you are supported every step of the way through the healing process. We understand that our patients have busy, active lifestyles. To assist with a smooth office experience, we offer online scheduling, on-site X-rays, MRI scheduling, Saturday office hours, before-school appointments, next-day appointments, and all phone calls are returned within 24 hours. Without a doubt, the friendliness and helpfulness of our office staff is second to none. In addition, our providers take the time to explain all procedures in detail, and to answer all questions, before moving forward with treatment. We view the doctor/patient relationship as a partnership in restoring your health and mobility, and we invest the time and attention you deserve. Also, we take pride in the fact that we do not over-prescribe surgery. Patients are often apprehensive about seeing an Orthopaedic Surgeon, due to fear of invasive treatments. At Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, our physicians explore all options with our patients, including exercise, medications, physical therapy, palliative care, ambulatory support (such as braces), and other rehabilitative therapies. Some patients do move directly to surgery, due to the severity of an injury, athletic commitments, and, in some cases, personal preference. When surgery is necessary, we use state-of-the art techniques to allow for minimal pain and maximal recovery. Most patients complete their treatment with us without ever having undergone surgery. In addition, we place heavy emphasis on follow-up care. We stay with you, every step of the way, helping you to plan for your recovery and speed the healing process. At Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, you are not a number. You are a valued patient, with a life to live, and we want to help you get back to it as quickly and healthfully as possible.
“Outstanding! My knee responded so well to the techniques Dr. Weinstein used, that I only had to take pain pills for one day. I had another Orthopaedic doctor I had seen for 20 years, and I was hesitant to start with someone new. But, I am so glad I did! The difference is amazing. Dr. Weinstein is very thorough and knowledgeable. He walked me through the process and explained each step of the way. I was so pleased with my experience, that I referred my mother to the practice to have her ankle looked at. Now, she loves it, too!” -Richard, Knee Surgery, 2013