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Sports Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital

Keeping you in the game means keeping you healthy and competitive. It also means getting you back in the game safely after an injury. This starts with the advanced level of care you can find at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine. Our physicians are board-certified sports medicine specialists that serve the total needs of athletes on three levels: Prevention, Performance and Treatment.

This unique program focuses on more than just treating injuries. It addresses injury prevention and performance enhancement, two overlooked elements of training that can have a huge impact on reaching peak performance. The Saint Vincent Sports Medicine program offers comprehensive treatment of: back pain, groin pain, stress fractures, overuse injuries, knee injuries and all types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Prevention

Many sports-related injuries can be avoided with the right prevention techniques, which also means you can avoid discomfort, trips to medical providers and weeks of recovery. At Saint Vincent Sports Medicine, prevention is one of our specialties. We know that prevention techniques vary depending on the sport you play and your physical fitness. Our sports medicine specialists will help you fit the right prevention techniques into your fitness program to help you stay in the game.

Performance

Enhancing your exercise performance with techniques like Body Map from the specialists at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine can help you reach – and even exceed – your goals, injury free. Whether you are racing for the tape in your third Iron Man competition or just looking for ways to get the most out of your weekly exercise routine, the specialists at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine can help you succeed.

 

Treatment

The right treatment to get you back in the game - it's available at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine. Whether you are seeking treatment for a torn ACL, an overuse injury or any other sports-related issue, the Saint Vincent Sports Medicine specialists are here to help with the most advanced treatment.

Meet the Experts

Jeff Kim, DO, a sports medicine physician at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine, earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed both a family medicine residency and a sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent.

Dr. Kim has additional training and certification for osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), Body Map assessment and joint injections, including but not limited to the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist and hip. He also specializes in concussion treatment and education, OMT for both athletes and non-athletes experiencing neck, back, pelvis and hip pain, and gait assessment for runners and walkers.

Non-athletes can take advantage of Dr. Kim’s services as well. He provides non-surgical treatment for any musculoskeletal injuries and issues, and brings a conservative approach to treatment for arthritis, muscle imbalances and pain patterns that aren’t necessarily related to sports.

Dr. Kim is the team physician for the Gannon Knights, Penn State Behrend, Northwestern High School and Fairview High School. He provides medical coverage for many local athletic events, including the Erie Marathon and the Edinboro Triathlon. Dr. Kim is also involved with training new sports medicine physicians through the Saint Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship program.

His favorite sports are hockey and basketball, and he enjoys sailing, running, skiing and snowboarding. He is passionate about sports medicine because he likes helping athletes overcome the obstacles of an injury and return to peak performance in their desired sport.         

Laura McIntosh, MD, a sports medicine physician at Saint Vincent Sports Medicine, earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her family practice residency at UPMC-Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., and her sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent.

Dr. McIntosh takes a functional approach to the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal problems, which involves prescribing exercises that imitate the motions required in the activity/sport of the patient. She is certified in Body Map assessment, and uses this knowledge to create individualized treatment plans through the Body Map program. She does utilize more traditional options like medications, bracing and joint injections when necessary. She also specializes in diagnosing and managing concussions. She enjoys working with athletes of all ages and specialties, but has a special interest in treating runners.

Non-athletes can benefit from Dr. McIntosh’s expertise in that her skills can also be applied to problems and issues that are not related to sports or exercise. People who don’t consider themselves athletes can actually experience the same types of musculoskeletal injuries as athletes, and Dr. McIntosh can provide the specialized care needed to help them avoid living with chronic pain and maybe even help them discover the athlete within!

Dr. McIntosh is the team physician for Mercyhurst Preparatory School and assists in covering games for the Erie Seawolves and Gannon University Knights. She provides medical coverage for several local athletic events including the Bay Swim, Highmark QUAD Games, Barber Beast on the Bay and Presque Isle Triathlon.

Her favorite sports are basketball and crew, and she enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing. For Dr. McIntosh, sports medicine is most rewarding when she can help an individual get back to their sport or simply get through their day pain-free. While the cause of some injuries is clear and the treatment plan is standard, she also enjoys "playing detective" to get to the heart of the problem for more complex injuries.

 

Philip St. Julien, DO, earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and completed both his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent Hospital. 

Dr. St. Julien has additional training and certification for osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and joint injections, including but not limited to the shoulder, knee, elbow wrist and hip.  He also specializes in concussion diagnosis and management. 

Non-athletes can take advantage of Dr St. Julien’s services as well.  He provides non-surgical treatment for any musculoskeletal injuries and issues, and brings a conservative approach to treatment for arthritis, muscle imbalances and pain patterns that are not necessarily related to sports.

Dr St. Julien is the team physician for Edinboro University, Northwestern High School, assists with coverage for the Erie Seawolves and is the medical director for the Barber Beast on the Bay.   He also provides medical coverage for many local athletic events including the Erie Marathon and the Edinboro Triathlon.

His favorite sports are basketball, soccer and golf.  He also enjoys coaching and being active in the youth sports community.  He is enthusiastic about helping young athletes participate safely and pain-free as they develop their athletic skills, understanding the importance that athletic participation plays in their lives and well-being.

Saint Vincent Sports Medicine
4671 West Lake Road
Erie, Pennsylvania 16505
814.835.2035
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.