Welcome To ONE

Ortho NorthEast, founded in 1962, is the area’s premier orthopedic center. With our impressive roster of board-certified physicians, qualified medical employees and satellite clinics throughout the area, ONE is among the largest and most experienced specialty centers of any kind in northeast Indiana. To serve you better, we’ve divided our practice into orthopedic sub-specialty divisions. Although they’re housed together on the same campus, each division has a reputation for excellence that stands on its own.

Over the years, we’ve established an impressive track record of state-of-the-art orthopedic care and pioneering surgical techniques.

Today, we’re leading the way by being the first to offer new minimally-invasive procedures, such as eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion back surgery. And, as part of our full continuum of care, ONE has established the region’s only Cartilage Restoration Center, a center of excellence for advanced cartilage repair techniques. Our areas of expertise include:

    • Arthritis
    • Neck and back pain
    • Sports injuries
    • Joint replacement surgery
    • Spine surgery
    • Bone and joint surgery
    • Foot deformities
    • Hand problems
    • Fractures and sprains
    • Work-related injuries

Orthopedics is one of the most rapidly changing medical fields around the world. You can count on ONE to be on the leading edge, bringing the very best care to Fort Wayne, northeast Indiana and beyond.

Who Is ONE

History of ONE

Over fifty-five years ago, the late Dr. Ronald Kleopfer founded Northeast Orthopaedics in a small office on East State Blvd. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His practice grew quickly, and within two years Dr. John Lee joined him in caring for orthopedic patients. Since the practice began in 1962, both the field of orthopedics and this specialty group have changed dramatically.

“When I first started practicing, there was little I could do to help those suffering from osteoarthritic conditions,” said Dr. Kloepfer in a 2002 interview. “There were a few surgeries available at that time, but none were completely reliable. Most of the time I gave patients a bag of aspirin and sent them on their way.”

In the years to follow, medical advancements allowed orthopedic surgeons to significantly impact the lives of patients. “Spinal instrumentation was a big advancement during my career,” said Dr. Kloepfer. “And total joint replacements gave us the ability to relieve pain and keep people functioning,” he said.

Dr. John Lee agrees. “When we started doing total joint replacements, we began markedly improving the quality of life for our patients,” he said. Other big improvements in orthopedics included arthroscopic surgery and spine instrumentation. “We did everything by hand when I first started out – with hand drills, hammers and chisels. By the time I retired we had power tools,” said Dr. Lee. “Those enabled us to be even more precise during surgery.”

After only a few years of practicing together, Dr. Kleopfer left Fort Wayne to teach at Indiana University, and Dr. Lee was on his own with responsibility for a large number of patients. Fortunately, he met Dr. Paul Reszel the same year while taking his board certification examination in Chicago. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Reszel moved from New York to Fort Wayne to practice orthopedics in Fort Wayne with Dr. Lee.

A few years later, Dr. Kleopfer was ready to return to orthopedic patient care and planned to start his own practice in Madison, Indiana. His plans changed when Dr. Lee invited him back to the orthopedic group in Fort Wayne. “His only hesitation was that he had promised one of the residents a position in Madison when he finished school. So I said, ‘We’ll take him, too,'” said Dr. Lee.

Dr. Kleopfer returned to the group in 1966, and the IU resident, Dr. Steven Glock, joined Northeast Orthopaedics in 1968. At that time, the group became known as KLRG, an acronym for the four original partners.

Soon it was apparent that more office space was needed, and the four physicians built a 9,000 square foot medical office building at 5050 N. Clinton Street in Fort Wayne in 1969. The practice continued to thrive, and Dr. Arthur Warr and Dr. William LaSalle were recruited in 1973.

The young group paved the way in advanced orthopedic care in Fort Wayne, as well as in office technology, and earned local, regional, and national recognition as one of the most highly computerized physician offices in America at the time.

In 1977, Dr. William Couch joined the orthopedic group in Fort Wayne. A year later, Dr. James Albright began practicing orthopedics at the Clinton Street office in Fort Wayne, which was expanded the same year.

Several changes took place in 1982, when Northeast Orthopaedics was reincorporated as Orthopaedics NorthEast in order to take advantage of the acronym ONE. The practice determined it was in the patients’ best interest to be treated by highly trained sub-specialists who focused on a specific anatomical area, and fellowship-trained surgeons became the standard at ONE. In 1983, Dr. Gregory Hoffman was hired as a spine surgeon. The concept of a sports medicine oriented practice-within-a-practice became a reality with the launching of SportONE in 1984. Sports medicine surgeons and certified athletic trainers worked hand-in-hand to provide the best care possible for the injured athlete.

In 1989, ONE recruited Dr. Scott Karr as a foot & ankle surgeon. The Clinton Street office expanded again by building an adjacent ambulatory surgery center, SurgeryONE.

The demand for highly specialized surgeons continued for ONE, with the recruitment of Dr. Alan McGee as a spine surgeon in 1990 and Dr. William Berghoff as an adult reconstructive surgeon specializing in joint replacements in 1992. The next year, Dr. John Pritchard signed on as a sports medicine surgeon, and ONE hired its first physiatrist (doctor of physical medicine). In 1994, Dr. Michael Lee, the son of Dr. John Lee, joined ONE as a sports medicine surgeon, and a second physiatrist was recruited. The following year, Ortho NorthEast opened its first satellite office outside of Fort Wayne, in Warsaw. ONE also expanded with a small office on the southwest side of Fort Wayne.

ONE’s rapid growth continued in 1996, with the addition of Dr. David Goertzen, an orthopedic trauma surgeon, Dr. John Williams, a spine surgeon, and anesthesiologists Dr. Richard Johnston and Dr. Robert Wuthrich to manage the practice’s ambulatory surgery center, SurgeryONE.

In 1997, Dr. Stephen Wright, a sports medicine surgeon, began practicing medicine with the group. Also in 1997, ONE moved and expanded its southwest Fort Wayne office.

ONE continued to grow in the next few years, with the hiring of Dr. Michael McManus, a non-operative podiatrist. The group also opened another satellite office – this time in Angola. Other new additions to ONE in 1999 included Dr. Jeffrey Harris, an adult reconstructive surgeon specializing in joint replacements, and Dr. Ward Hamlet, a hand surgeon. ONE also opened an MRI facility, ImagingONE.

In 2000, the practice grew further, with a satellite office in Huntington and the recruitment of several new physicians. Dr. Chris LaSalle, a hand surgeon and son of Dr. William LaSalle was recruited, as was Dr. Brett Gemlick, who became ONE’s first sports medicine fellow. The group also opened its third office in Fort Wayne on Dupont Road.

In 2001, ONE opened a new, substantially larger office in southwest Fort Wayne.

Dr. Leamon (“Lee”) Williams, Jr. was hired to treat general orthopedics in the Warsaw, Indiana office.

ONE opened a new, significantly larger North Allen County office attached to Parkview Ortho Hospital in 2002. The new hospital was a collaborative effort between Parkview Health System and Ortho NorthEast, and is one of the few hospitals in the country dedicated solely to the care of orthopedic patients. Dr. Lorinda Browning also joined ONE as an anesthesiologist with SurgeryONE.

ONE once again grew their orthopedic practice in Fort Wayne and surrounding counties. In 2004, Dr. Shantanu (“Sean”) Kulkarni was hired as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist specializing in pain management in Fort Wayne and in 2006, ONE opened a new satellite office in Bluffton, Indiana. Dr. David Wittbrodt was hired to practice general orthopedics in Bluffton, Indiana.

In 2008, Dr. Jason Heisler joined TraumaONE, ONE’s orthopedic trauma division in Fort Wayne. Together with Dr. David Goertzen, they handle orthopedic trauma injuries. Dr. Jon Karl joined ONE’s pain management team in Fort Wayne.

In 2010, SurgeryONE opened a new state-of-the-art Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) surgery center. Dr. Jason DeDoes, an operative podiatrist, began treating orthopedic foot problems in Fort Wayne. Dr. Rebecca Posner joined the pain management team in Fort Wayne. ONE also saw one of its physicians retire. After over 30 years of treating orthopedic conditions in Fort Wayne, Dr. William Couch retired.

ONE continued to add physicians in 2011. Dr. Matthew Stephens and Dr. Douglas Dohl both joined SurgeryONE’s anesthesia staff. Dr. Jeffrey Barr joined PainONE, ONE’s pain management team.

2012 was big year for ONE with adding new physicians to 4 different area’s.  SportONE saw the addition of Dr. David Conner, Dr. Thomas Myers joined JointONE, SurgeryONE gained anesthesiologist, Dr. Sarah LaSalle and SpineONE received the addition of Dr. Micah Smith.

SurgeryONE continued to expand their team to include anesthesiologist Dr. Scott Davis in 2013.

In 2014, SportONE was pleased to add to the team, surgical sports medicine physician Dr. Jeffrey Hartzell.

As Ortho NorthEast has grown and changed through the years, the dedication to each individual patient has remained the same. In fact, orthopedic patients have never been better served than they are today, because of ONE’s ongoing commitment to the latest technology and facilities, sub-specialty training for its physicians, choice of modern and convenient locations, and focus on making each patient’s experience the best it can be.

We’ve Been Called Up by the Pros

Ortho NorthEast has been chosen as official team doctor for the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The TinCaps are the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Ortho NorthEast is proud to provide orthopaedic and sports medicine services for Fort Wayne’s favorite ballplayers. And we can do the same for you, just call (260) 484-8551 to learn more.

Sports Medicine for University of Saint Francis and Trine University Athletes

SportONE is proud to provide complete sports medicine services for each of the men and women in athletic programs at the University of Saint Francis and Trine University. We encourage you to learn more about the athletic programs offered at University of Saint Francis  and Trine University.

Since 1990, SportONE has been on the bench with boys and girls high school athletic teams across northeast Indiana. Our sports specialists provide training support as well as injury diagnosis and rehabilitation. SportONE is committed to helping young athletes perform at their full potential and learn how to prevent injuries and stay in the game.

High Schools and University’s covered by SportONE:
Antwerp High School
Blackhawk Christian High School
Concordia Lutheran High School
East Noble High School
Eastside High School
Heritage High School
Huntington North High School
Huntington University
Indiana Tech
Leo High School
Manchester High School
Manchester University
North Side High School
Northrop High School
Snider High School
South Side High School
Trine University
Wayne High School
Wayne Trace High School
West Noble High School
Whitko High School
Woodlan High School

Fitness/Sports Facilities:
The Plex
Spiece Fieldhouse
SportONE Fieldhouse

Ortho NorthEast and our medical team have close ties with hospitals throughout our region, including Parkview Health Hospitals and the hospitals in the Lutheran Health Network. Rest assured that ONE has the ability to accommodate any preferences you or your health insurance carrier might have.

Parkview Health Hospitals
Lutheran Health Network Hospitals

At Ortho NorthEast (“ONE”), we are committed to helping our patients make informed decisions. Using the links on this page, you can find information about appointments, billing, insurance, privacy and much more. The information contained here is meant as a general guideline. If you have concerns or questions regarding your account with ONE or about how services could be processed by your insurance company, please contact us at (260) 484-8551 or toll free at (800) 589-8551 so that we can give you advice that is customized to your personal circumstances.


Narcotic prescriptions will not be refilled after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, nor will they be refilled on weekends. This policy is for the protection of our patients. The physician on call may not be as familiar with your medical history as is your primary ONE physician. An emergency room visit may be required to receive pain medication outside of normal office hours.

Before seeing one of our physicians, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider regarding coverage of services at Ortho NorthEast. Because so many variables exist with insurance plans, knowing your coverage will help insure that you are not left with avoidable out-of-pocket expenses.
If provided with accurate insurance information, we will submit a claim directly to your insurance company for processing. However, the responsibility for payment for services rendered rests directly with you. Patients are encouraged to verify that their claims are processed promptly. After a claim has been processed (or has failed to be processed), the remaining balance will be billed and payment is expected within 30 days.
It is important to realize that most insurance policies do not cover the full amount of physician charges. There often is a deductible and/or co-insurance amount due from the patient.

Notice of Financial Interest in Health Care Entity

Your treating physician and other physicians at Ortho NorthEast (“ONE”) is/are a part-owner(s) of TherapyONE, the Orthopaedic Hospital at Parkview North, LLC. and Kosciusko Community Hospital. The physicians believe these facilities may be an appropriate setting for your medical care. Nevertheless, the selection of a specific health care provider always rests with the patient, and you may choose to be referred to an alternate setting if you so desire.

Liability / Injury Cases

Ortho Northeast (“ONE”) does not accept liability insurance (such as car, business or home owners insurance), unless the patient is also covered by Medicare. Otherwise, all patients are required to utilize their standard health insurance coverage and complete paperwork to allow for the liability coverage to repay the health carrier at a later date.

Liability patients who have no health insurance should refer to our policies for uninsured patients.

Worker’s Compensation

If you advise us that your injury/illness is work related, we will obtain verification of this from your employer. You will be required to provide health insurance information as a back up in the event that your workers’ compensation claim is denied. Our workers’ compensation department is willing to help you with any and all questions you might have.

Uninsured Patients

Our office provides care at reduced rates for patients who are low income and who cannot qualify for Medicaid. If needed, please contact our staff members who are trained to help patients through this process. For patients who are not applying for reduced-price care, a $250 deposit at check-in will be required for all offices services.  Other services (such as surgery) will be paid at the time of service.

For a complete version of the Privacy Policy please see below.

Privacy Policy

For a complete version of the Non-Discrimination Notice please see below.

Non-Discrimination Notice


Orthopaedics Northeast (“ONE”) is the health care provider that patients and referrers throughout the tri-state area choose first because of its exceptional ability to resolve surgical and non-surgical musculoskeletal problems and related health issues. By offering a very high quality clinical environment and treating others, as we would wish to be treated, ONE has become a name that people know and trust. ONE provides good value to patients and payers, a positive work environment and competitive income for staff members, and an attractive return on investment for owners. Every community within which ONE delivers services is enriched by ONE’s presence.


It is the mission of Orthopaedics Northeast (“ONE”) to provide compassionate orthopedic and related healthcare services in a reassuring environment that improve patient comfort and restore mobility, enhancing the patient’s overall well being.