History of Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, P.C.

Dr. Keith Pitchford is the founder, CEO, and president of Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. He is a proud native of Lansing, IL. He studied undergrad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After that he completed medical school as well as residency in Orthopedics at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) in Chicago, Illinois (Currently Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL.) He completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine from 1995-1996 at the University of Illinois at Peoria, IL. Following the completion of his Fellowship, he started his career in the western suburbs of Chicago. He was married and soon he and his wife, Shelley, found themselves beginning their family. While expecting their second child, they decided to move back closer to family. Shelley was born and raised in the Region and they both wanted to return to the area to be near family and friends and to be able to serve the people they held dear.

Early in 2000, Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine officially opened their doors. First, in a small rental suite in Crown Point and shortly after that, they were able to open another rental suite in Dyer, IN. Quickly they expanded to a much larger office in Crown Point where they added their own physical therapy department for the ultimate benefit of their patients. Finally in 2006 they were not renting anymore. Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine was extremely proud to open their very own 20,000 square foot state of the art professional building in St. John, IN. The Great Lakes professional building, which stands at 9615 Keilman St., houses the corporation’s main office, billing department, 11 exam rooms, digital x-ray department, ultrasound guided procedures, physical and occupational therapy departments as well as its new work conditioning program. It is a wonderfully centralized location, between Crown Point and Dyer, while being large enough to accommodate all of our patients and all of our services, that we were able to condense our resources and efforts to serve all of North Lake County in one location much more efficiently.

Since that time, Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has expanded to south Lake County. We enjoy meeting our new friends from in and around Lowell that visit us in our satellite office at 1020 E. Commercial Ave, Lowell, IN. At our satellite office we have 5 exam rooms and we have duplicated our high quality services of digital x-ray, ultrasound guided procedures and our outstanding physical therapy department.

Having all of these complementary and synergic services under one roof, in 2 locations, with a focused shared vision to return the patient to their fullest state of health while providing convenience for the patient, brings to life another dimension of the philosophy of Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine P.C. which is to serve the greater Northwest Indiana region, cherished home of Dr. Keith Pitchford and his family, with outstanding patient care.

Timothy B. Williams, a wonderful Physician Assistant, joined GLO in October of 2012 to help assist our ever growing practice.

To offer complementary patient care options for the foot and ankle, Dr. Natasha Mandula, Podiatrist, joined the group in August of 2014.

With our practice continually growing, we proudly made the addition of Mariah N. Isaacs, another superb Physician Assistant, in January of 2019.

The addition of Dr. Richard E McClain in February 2019, increases the ability of Great Lakes Orthopedics to meet the needs of an ever expanding patient base.

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The Physical Therapy team at Great Lakes Orthopedics offer a wide range of programs and specialized services to help our patients restore and maintain their physical strength, performance skills, and levels of function. Our well-trained, professional staff utilize the most progressive treatment options and techniques to ensure the best possible recoveries.

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