Rockford IceHogs Medical Network
The Rockford IceHogs Medical Network features two distinct divisions of physician care and medical support as part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. The primary medical network and the secondary sub-specialty network provide the matrix of medical care necessary to uphold those standards set forth by the National Hockey League (NHL) and respectively, the American Hockey League (AHL).
|Primary Medical Network|
Dr. Geoff Van Thiel, MD
Geoff Van Thiel, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with OrthoIllinois and is the head of the Rockford IceHogs Medical network.. He graduated with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and then attended UCLA Medical School in pursuit of his medical degree. Following medical school, Dr. Van Thiel completed his residency at Rush Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of some of the country’s leading sports medicine surgeons. After residency, he was accepted into one of the top sports medicine fellowships at Rush University Medical Center and currently remains on the faculty at Rush University Medical Center.
Dr. Jon Whitehurst, MD
Jon Whitehurst, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Jon Whitehurst received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. The Evanston, Ill. native is an Orthopedic Surgeon at OrthoIllinois, Ltd. and his practice focuses on general orthopedics with a special interest in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.
Dr. Scott Trenhaile, MD
Scott Trenhaile, MD - Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Scott Tenhaile earned his Medical Degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following his residency, the Iowa native continued his experience with an Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center.
He has been at Rockford Orthopedic Associates, Ltd. since 2004 and is also a Clinical Assistant Instructor of Surgery at University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford. He is also part of the Rush University Medical Center Residency Program and is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Midwestern University.
Aside from his medical intrests, he enjoys playing hockey, golfing, skeet shooting and spending time with family.
Dr. Dennis Norem
Dennis Norem, MD - Internal Medicine
Dr. Dennis Norem completed his residency for Internal Medicine at Illinois Masonic Hospital after earning his medical degree at the Universtiy of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford in 1979. He attended the University of Illinois where he received his BA in Chemistry. He was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1982 and is a CWSP (Certified Wound Specialist Physician).
Dr. Norem is a Physician at Rockford Clinic, part of the Mercy Health/Rockford Health System. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford. He specializes in General Medicine and Wound Care. He was awarded the University of Illinois Distinguised Alumni Award and Winnebago County Medical Society Physician Leadership Award.
The Rockford native is part of the Winnebago County Medical Society and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois State Medical Society. He is also involved with the American Medical Association and Assoication for Advancement of Wound Care, and was a past chairman of the Rockford Regional Health Council.
Dr. Norem enjoys water skiiing, wake surfing, and snow skiing. He likes to spend time with his family, including five children (three girls and two boys) and seven grandchildren.
Brian Michalsen, D.O. - Internal/Sports Medicine
Dr. Brian Michalsen completed his undergraduate work at the University of Miami where he earned a B.S. in Biology in 2002. He became a Doctor of Osteopathy through the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Midwestern University in 2008, completed his Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine in 2011, and served his Fellowship at Resurrection Sports Medicine from 2011-12.
He started his career with Mercyhealth in 2012 and currently works with Family and Sports Medicine. Along with coverage of the Rockford IceHogs, Dr. Michalsen has helped cover numerous sports and sporting events, including the Rockford Marathon, Chicago Marathon, multiple wrestling tournaments and high school football.
Dr. Michalsen was born and raised in Rockford, Ill. and enjoys spending time with his son, playing basketball and wathcing sports and movies.
Dr. Jason Bradenkamp
Jason Bredenkamp, MD, F.A.C.E.P. - Emergency Physician
Dr. Jason Bredencamp completed his Residency in Emergency Medicine at Resurrection Emergency Medical Center in Chicago in 2000. He attended medical school at Southern Illinois University after graduating from Indiana University and University of Illinois with a B.S. in Biology in 1993.
He began, and is currently, working as an Emergency Physician at Rockford Memorial Hospital in 2001 and is currnetly the Chariman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Staff President. He has previously served as the Associate Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine as well. Dr. Bredenkamp is an American College of Emergency Medicine Fellow.
Originally hailing from Effingham, Ill., he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, hunting, and collecting wine. Dr. Bredenkamp acheived the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and married his wife, Kristin, in 2005. They have three children, Bryn, Collin, and Johnny.
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IceHogs Emergency Physicians
Dr. David Dimke, DMD
David Dimke, DMD
Dr. David Dimke graduated as an Economics major from Knox College and then went on to earn his DMD in General Dentistry from Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine.
He has been a practicing dentist at Riverside Dental since 2005. His practice ranges from general dental care (crowns, tooth colored fillings, root canals) for children and adults to sedation dentistry for implant placement and wisdom tooth removal.
Outside of the office, Dr. Dimke's hobbies include golfing, weightlifting and spending time with his family, including three standard poodles - one of which is a therapy dog at Riverside Dental. He has been involved with Icehogs since the team's UHL days in the 2004-05 season, and enjoys the sport and the organization.
Dr. Dimkie was born and raised in Rockford and currently lives in Roscoe.
Dr. Joshua Hermanson, DMD
Joshua Hermanson, DMD
Dr. Joshua Hermanson graduated Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine after earning a B.A. in Health Sciences from the University of Iowa.
He has been a dentist at Riverside Dental since July of 2016 and performs a variety of dental procedures including fixed and removable prosthodontics, operative dentistry and endodontic therapy. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society.
Dr. Hermanson enjoys golfing, attending hockey games, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He was born and raised in Rockford, Ill. and currently lives in Caledonia. His father owns a painting business, mother works at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, and younger sister attends Rock Valley College.
Dr. Brant D Hulsebus,
DC LCP CCWP
Brant D. Hulsebus, DC LCP CCWP
Dr. Brant Hulsebus began his eduction at Umass-Amherst and NIU where he earned his BS-PreMed before moving on to Palmer College of Chiropractic DC. He earned his post graduate certification in LCP Chiropractic Philosophy and CCWP certified Chiropractic wellness lifestyle.
The Rockford, Ill. native is the Vice President of the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association. He also serves as Legislative chairman and Medicare director. Additionally, Dr. Hulsebus is on the Board of directors of the ICA (International
Dr. Nate Hayes, DC
Nate Hayes, DC
Dr. Nate Hayes started his education at Rock Valley College before earning his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2011.
He is currently practicing at Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic, starting in early 2014. Upon graduation from Palmer College of Chiropractic, he practiced for three years in Chicago, Ill, with an emphasis in training of corrective chiropractic care working to reduce the effects of scoliosis. Dr. Hayes is a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner emphasizing education of patients on how to keep their bodies well through evidence based protocols. Practice ranges from infant care, to adolescents in school, to occupational athletes, to geriatric patients. Along with his work with the IceHogs, he is also Team Chiropractor for the Rockford Aviators professional baseball team.
His hobbies include golfing, boating, and spending time with his family. He is an avid sports fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Dr. Hayes enjoys spending time attending many varieties of live sporting events whenever possible.
Dr. Hayes was born and raised in Rockton, Ill., and returned to the Rockford area in 2014 after the birth of his son, Hunter. He currently resides in Roscoe, Ill. and married his wife, Lindsay, in 2010 in the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Jeff Stringer,
Jeff Stringer, NR-EMT-P
A 1981 graduate of Harlem High School, Jeff entered into the EMT-Basic program though Rock Valley College graduating in fall 1981. Jeff remained a basic EMT until graduating from OSF St. Anthony Paramedic program in 1984. He obtained Critical Care Paramedic certification in 2007. Jeff also helps teach EMT’s & Paramedic for Rockford Health System as an instructor in classes such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, International Trauma Life Support, CPR, and Firefighting classes.
Jeff started his EMS career as an EMT with Swenson Ambulance in 1980. He was hired at Metro in 1985. Worked as Flight Paramedic with OSF Lifeline Helicopter from 86’-92’. From 94’-99’ he worked as a 911 dispatcher with the Rockford Fire Department all the while still working part time for Metro. In 1999 came back to Metro full time as their Operations Manager. Since 1981, have been a volunteer firefighter with several area fire departments such as North Park, Harlem-Roscoe, Rockton, and currently is a Captain with the Loves Park Fire Department. During the summer months Jeff also works as a NASCAR official and Safety Crew member at the Rockford Speedway.
|Secondary Medical Network|
|Dr. Pradeep Raju|
|Dr. J. Earhart / Dr. Marc Zussman||OrthoIllinois- Ortho Trauma|
|Dr. Schwartz / Bear / Foster / Korcek||OrthoIllinois- Orthopedist (Hand, Wrist, Elbow)|
|Dr. Scott Ferry||OrthoIllinois- Pediatric Orthopedics|
|Dr. Brian Braaksma||OrthoIllinois- Spine|
|Dr. Ryan Enke||OrthoIllinois- Pain Mgt.|
|David Rezin / Megan Gearhart||OrthoIllinois- Physical Therapy Coordinator|
|John Gallas, DPT||OrthoIllinois- Physical Therapy, Dry Needle Therapy|
|Dr. William Bush||OrthoIllinois- Operative Podiatry|
|Dr. Mary White||Rockford, IL Podiatry Office|
|Andrew Sestak / Rick Allen||OrthoIllinois- Certified Orthotist|
|Julie Burns / Alex Cotie||Sport Fuel, Inc. - Nutritionist|
|Brian Allen, DC. ART. CSCS.||Team ART Specialist (Bannockburn Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center)|
|Primary Care & Family Medical|
|Dr. JJ Perez / Dr. Brian Johky||RHS- Emergency Medicine|
|Dr. Dennis Norem||RHS- Internal Medicine|
|Dr. Robin Borchardt||OSF- Occupational Health|
|Dr. Jonathan O'Neil||RHS- Neurologist/SD|
|Dr. Richard Fessler||NWU- Neurosurgeon|
|Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth||Neuropsychologist|
|Dr. John Lind||Rockford Radiology - Radiologist|
|Forest City Diagnostic Imaging Center|
|Mark Cherney, RPh.||CVS Pharmacy - Pharmacy CEO|
|Greg Keuter||Sportpham/MORE - Chairman/Rep.|
|Dental/Oral - Maxillofacial|
|Dr. Edward Rentschler||ROMS- Oral-Maxillofacial|
|Dr. Matt Bruksch||ROMS- Oral-Maxillofacial|
|Dr. Timothy Thiesen||Orthodontics|
|Dr. Pedro Rodriquez||Plastic/Recons. Surgeon|
|Dr. James McAdoo||Plastic/Recons. Surgeon|
|Dr. Landon Pryor||Transformations Plastic Surgery|
|Mitul R. Vakharia, M.D.|
|Dr. Paul Christensen||OSF-RC- Cardiologist|
|Dr. Mark Hiser||OSF-RSS- Cardiologist|
James F. Gary, LCPC
|Mental Skills Coach|
|Dr. Jon Ferguson||Otorhinolaryngology|
|Dr. Joy De Leoz / Shannon Taylor, PA-C||OSF-S - Dermatologist|
|Charles Frey, DO||OSF-S - Allergist|
|Michele Jones||OSF-S - Audiologist|
|Dr. Michael McCarthy||Surgical Associates of Northern Illinois|
|Dr. Michael Roh|
|Dr. Christopher Sliva|
|Dr. Fred Sweet|
|Dr. Zeenat Parveen||OSF- Endocrinologist|
|Dr. Ajaz Khan||OSF- Hematology/Oncology|
|Dr. Aaron Shiels||RGA- Gastroenterology|
|Dr. Doug Roegner||RUA- Urologist|
|Dr. Richard Olson||OrthoIllinois- Rheumatology|
|Dr. Michael Kitka||ASR- Vascular Surgeon|
|Dr. Kendall Boone||ASR- Vascular Surgeon|
|Dr. Jonathan O'Neil||RHS- Pulmonology|
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