Bringing the Best Care to Every Community

By Kristen Eleveld

In 1966, Dr. William “Butch” Mulherin opened a small clinic off South Lumpkin Street – the very first Athens Orthopedic Clinic (AOC). But this clinic wasn’t just another doctor’s office. The staff sought to provide their local community with specialized orthopedic care that would truly make a difference in the well-being of those who needed help.

Today, the Athens Orthopedic Clinic doesn’t just help their local community. They now serve patients in over 13 locations – Greensboro, Madison, Covington, Loganville, Monroe, Snellville, and, most recently, Hamilton Mill – providing comprehensive orthopedic care in both adults and children.

“We wanted to fill the community’s need for great orthopedic care, without having to make them travel to the Atlanta area,” explained Regional Marketing Director Jocelyn Wykoff.

Their mission is simple, but powerful: Athens Orthopedic Clinic believes that every individual deserves the opportunity to enjoy good health and be physically active. With specialists in most every musculoskeletal discipline, and comprehensive facilities for imaging, surgery, rehabilitation, and performance, AOC strives to provide a superior experience across the entire spectrum of orthopedic care. Beginning in December, AOC extended their urgent care hours to 7:00 p.m. at their Loganville location to give their patients more opportunities to get the care they need.

“It’s been amazing,” Wykoff stated. “AOC has been so well received by everyone in the community.”

And in between providing excellent and specialized treatment, many of AOC’s doctors and specialists are participating in medical research that will allow them to give their patients even better care. It’s no secret that patients come first to all of their providers, and AOC is proud to offer a level of attention that goes above and beyond the standard requirements.

One such physician is Dr. Omar Abdul-Hadi, who has pioneered a new technique for Total Hip and Knee Replacements using the Mako robot that is located at Eastside Medical Center. While new to the state of Georgia, Dr. Hadi has had over a decade of experience in solving orthopedic challenges for the hundreds of patients who walk through his door.

With services ranging from rehabilitation and physical therapy to disease diagnosis and management, it isn’t surprising to learn that the clinic has added so many new locations and staff members to ensure every patient is given state-of-the-art service that is backed by decades of experience and research.

“We hope each community sees how our superior customer care and excellent orthopedic care makes us stand out above the rest,” said Wykoff, who joined the company in 2012. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant and an Orthopedic Technician, so she is no stranger to this unique and engaging line of work.

Indeed, it seems that every member of the Athens Orthopedic Clinic staff is not only good at what they do – they are one of the best in their fields. They have even provided medical services to the University of Georgia sports teams since 1966.

If you are looking for excellent care, updated technology, an amazing staff, knowledgeable doctors, and the best patient experience of your life, then come to the Athens Orthopedic Clinic – for that’s all they know how to do.

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