Our Specialists

Meet Our Team

Our clinic is uniquely staffed with specialists for every bone and joint in the body. Search by specialty, name, or title to find who you’re looking for, or browse our full staff listing below. You can also request an appointment online.

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Orthopedic Specialists:

Eric W. Green, M.D.
Eric W. Green, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Green completed his residency at Michigan State University in Kalamazoo. He has a practice in general orthopedics with specialty interest in Sports Medicine and Surgery of the Knee and Shoulder. Dr. Green joined the clinic in 1991 and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the only surgeon outside of the Twin Cities offering his patients ConforMIS custom knee implants.

Chad Griffith
Chad J. Griffith, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Griffith completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a candidate member of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, and received the OREF Clinic Research Award in 2013 for his topic on “Improving Outcomes for Posterolateral Knee Injuries.” Dr. Griffith joined our clinic in 2015.

Timothy Hiesterman
Timothy G. Hiesterman, D.O.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Hiesterman received his medical degree from the Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ, and then went on to complete an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at Regions Hospital/University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. He joined our group in 2011.

Specialty(s):
Trauma
Chad A. Holien, M.D.
Chad A. Holien, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Holien received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD and received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Holien joined our clinic in the summer of 2002 and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Holien is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Kevin S. Holton, D.P.M.
Kevin S. Holton, D.P.M.
Podiatrist

Dr. Holton received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. He joined the practice in 1994 and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Specialty(s):
Foot & Ankle
Matthew R. Hwang, M.D.
Matthew R. Hwang, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Hwang joined our clinic in the summer of 2002 and is a member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. Dr. Hwang has specialized training in the evaluation and arthroscopic treatment of knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle disorders. He has a special interest in total shoulder and reverse shoulder replacement surgeries.

David L. Kaus, M.D.
David L. Kaus, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Kaus received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota after obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T. His orthopedic training was at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in 1989. He has a special interest in hip and knee replacement surgery utilizing muscle sparing techniques.

Specialty(s):
Joint Replacement
Mitchell D. Kuhl, D.O.
Mitchell D. Kuhl, D.O.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Kuhl completed his undergraduate degree at Washington University, St. Louis, MO and his medical degree from Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center. He also continued on with his residency training at Ohio University – St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, OH and completed a Trauma Fellowship at Orthopaedics Indianapolis – Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. He joined our group in 2007.

Specialty(s):
Trauma
Stephen A. Mariash, D.P.M.
Stephen A. Mariash, D.P.M.
Podiatrist

Dr. Mariash received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency in surgical reconstruction of the foot and ankle in 1991. He joined the practice in 1998 and is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Kevin M. McCann, D.P.M.
Kevin M. McCann, D.P.M.
Podiatrist

Dr. McCann received his doctor of podiatric medicine from Des Moines University and completed his residency at the Franciscan Foot and Ankle Institute in Federal Way, WA. He joined our clinic in 2012 and he is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Trevor McIver
Trevor C. McIver, M.D., M.S.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. McIver, who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Riverside. He then attended Georgetown University where he received his master’s and medical degrees. He has completed sponsored and non-sponsored research on various spine-related orthopedic treatment techniques. Dr. McIver joined our Spine Center staff in 2015.

Specialty(s):
Spine & Neck
Steven M. Mulawka, M.D.
Steven M. Mulawka, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Mulawka’s orthopedic practice deals with sports medicine and he specializes in all knee and shoulder problems. Dr. Mulawka is a knee expert having completed over 5,000 total knee replacement surgeries. He is also a leader in minimally invasive knee replacement. Dr. Mulawka has been in practice at St. Cloud Orthopedics/Orthopedic Sports Center since 1985 and is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Andrew A. Mulder, M.D.
Andrew A. Mulder, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Mulder is a board-certified hip and knee surgeon specializing in primary and complex revision hip and knee replacement surgery. Understanding that each patient is unique, Dr. Mulder uses a personalized approach to hip and knee replacement surgery utilizing minimally-invasive muscle-sparing techniques, computer navigation, and robotic assistance when appropriate. He joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in 2013.

Michael A. Murphy, M.D.
Michael A. Murphy, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Murphy has clinical expertise in arthroscopic knee, shoulder, and hip surgery, and has a special interest in knee and shoulder replacement. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Joseph P. Nessler, M.D.
Joseph P. Nessler, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Nessler received his orthopedic training at the Rochester Mayo Clinic. He has a specialty practice in muscle-sparing hip and knee joint replacement as well as revisions. Dr. Nessler joined St Cloud Orthopedics in 1991, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Nessler is a consultant for Stryker Orthopedics, a worldwide leader in orthopedic implants.

Kim S. Schaap, M.D.
Kim S. Schaap, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Schaap received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. After a residency with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, she joined our clinic in 1999. Dr. Schaap has a special interest in sports medicine, including arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures, as well as minimally invasive joint replacements. She is also experienced in robotically assisted joint replacement.

Joel C. Shobe, M.D.
Joel C. Shobe, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Shobe received his training at Northwestern University Medical School, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Kansas University Medical Center, and Buffalo General Hospital. He joined our group in 1997. He practices general orthopedics and specializes in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal surgery for adult and pediatric patients.

Specialty(s):
Spine & Neck
Kristen M. Sigurdson, D.P.M.
Kristen M. Sigurdson, D.P.M.
Podiatrist

Dr. Sigurdson received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. She joined the practice in 2009 and is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Specialty(s):
Foot & Ankle
Andrew W. Staiger, M.D.
Andrew W. Staiger, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Staiger specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and also holds a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopedic Hand Surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He completed his fellowship in Hand Surgery in 2000 at the University of Minnesota, at which time he joined St. Cloud Orthopedics.

Specialty(s):
Hand & Wrist
Christopher J. Widstrom, M.D.
Christopher J. Widstrom, M.D.
Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Widstrom completed his training in orthopedic surgery at the University of Hawaii and his Hand/Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at the Tampa General Hospital before joining the clinic in 1993.

Specialty(s):
Hand & Wrist

Physician Assistants:

Wendy Arnold
Wendy Arnold, ST
Physician Assistant

Wendy graduated with a Surgical Technician Degree from St. Cloud Technical College. She joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in 1997 and works primarily with Dr. Widstrom.

Specialty(s):
Hand & Wrist
Andrea Bobis
Andrea Bobis, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Andrea received her biology degree from Montana State University-Northern before earning her Physician Assistant Studies degree from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. She has been with St. Cloud Orthopedics since 2003 and works closely with Dr. Hwang.

Specialty(s):
Shoulder
Stefani Burandt
Stefani Burandt, MSPA, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Stefani received her MSPA and PA-C degrees from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. She joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in 2016 and works closely with Dr. Shobe.

Specialty(s):
Spine & Neck
Jean Burg-Yager
Jean Burg-Yager, CST
Physician Assistant

For the past 16 years, Jean has worked here at St. Cloud Orthopedics alongside Dr. Green. She most enjoys getting to know our patients and caring for them in a way that lets them get back to their normal activities. 

Specialty(s):
Sports Medicine
Larry Claassen
Larry Claassen, Orthopedic Tech
Physician Assistant

Larry is certified as an Orthopedic Technologist by the National Board for Certification of Orthopedic Technologists. He joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in 1995 and works closely with Dr. Schaap.

Adam Frear
Adam Frear, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Adam received his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Prior to that, he graduated from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies. Adam works closely with Dr. McIver.

Specialty(s):
Spine & Neck
Erik Hanson
Erik Hanson, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant

Erik attended PA school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA, from 2004-2006 where he received his Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree. Erik joined our staff at St. Cloud Orthopedics in 2006 and works primarily with Dr. Nessler.

Brian Krogstad
Brian Krogstad, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Brian, who grew up in Bismarck, ND, graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He then attended Des Moines University where he received his Master of Science and Physician Assistant Studies degrees. Brian joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in 2005, and he works with all of our doctors.

Physical Therapy Staff:

Tom Jensen, PT/ATC
Physical Therapy Staff

Tom Jensen is the Director/Supervisor of our Orthopedic Sports Center and Occupational Therapy. He is a physical therapist and athletic trainer. TJ has been with St. Cloud Orthopedics since 1980, and has specialized in orthopedic/sports physical therapy for over 30 years.

Libby Auger, ATC
Physical Therapy Staff

Libby is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Athletic Training and a teaching degree in Physical Education. She has been at the Orthopedic Sports Center since February of 1984.

Ross Blomme, MS, ATC
Physical Therapy Staff

Ross is a graduate of Minnesota State Mankato with a B.S. in Athletic Training. He also has an M.S. in Exercise and Sports Medicine from Western Michigan University. He has been with the Orthopedic Sports Center since 2011.

Amy Burgess
Amy Burgess, ATC
Physical Therapy Staff

Amy graduated from West Virginia University in 2014 with a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training after receiving her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2011. She joined St. Cloud Orthopedics in mid-2017.

Ong Christle
Ong Christle, PTA
Physical Therapy Staff

Ong is a graduate of Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN with her Physical Therapist Assistant degree and an alumni of St Cloud State University. She has been with the Orthopedic Sports Center since 2015.

Zackary Judovsky
Zackary Judovsky, ATC
Physical Therapy Staff

Zackary graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Athletic Training. He has been with the Orthopedic Sports Center since June of 2016.

Emily Jung
Emily Jung, PTA
Physical Therapy Staff

Emily is a graduate of Clarkson College in Omaha, NE with her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She has been with the Orthopedic Sports Center since 2015.

Brian Kampa, DPT/ATC
Physical Therapy Staff

Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013.  He received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from St. Cloud State University in 2010, where he was a member of the football team.  Brian has been with the Orthopedic Sports Center since 2013.

Occupational Therapy Staff:

Teresa Bunn, OTR/L
Teresa Bunn, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Staff

Teresa graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been employed in the Occupational Therapy Department at St. Cloud Orthopedics since 2017.

Peter Krump, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapy Staff

Peter is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, with a degree in Occupational Therapy. He is also a Certified Hand Therapist through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc. Peter has been employed in the Occupational Therapy Department at St. Cloud Orthopedics since 2008.

Elizabeth Locnikar, OTR, ATC
Occupational Therapy Staff

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training. She has been with St. Cloud Orthopedics since 2008.

Izaak Schafer, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Staff

Izaak is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where he earned his Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Dakota. Izaak has been employed in the Occupational Therapy Department at St. Cloud Orthopedics since 2016.