Sports Medicine Program

Monday - Friday: 7 am - 6 pm

Phone: 863-680-7214
Hotline (24/7): 863-680-7513

 
Fast Track Care For The Fast Paced Athlete:  
Watson Clinic's Sports Medicine Program comprises a team of sports medicine experts dedicated to excellence in health and performance of competitive athletes. From evaluations to surgical intervention, from rehabilitation to strategies for prevention of repeat injuries.

Sports Medicine Services:

  • Consultations and appointments can be accommodated within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Fellowship-trained Sports Medicine specialists for non-surgical treatment and Orthopaedic surgeons specializing in arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgery and comprehensive reconstructive surgery.
  • Access to Watson Clinic's highly respected array of physicians and medical providers from radiologists to cardiologists to surgeons.
  • State-of-the-art digital imaging department, featuring advanced X-ray, CT scan and MRI technology.
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services offered at Watson Clinic's Center for Rehabilitative Medicine with licensed physical and occupational therapists.
  • Event/outreach coverage: On-site athletic trainers for coverage of select game times, pre-season physicals, training room coverage.
About The Program:  
Watson Clinic is proud to have served the healthcare needs of Central Florida since 1941. Medical technology has changed dramatically since then; however, a singular focus on each patient has remained unchanged. With the patient's care in mind, Watson Clinic has expanded the Sports Medicine program and increased access to meet the demands of the Lakeland community's growing population and escalating athletic involvement.
 
"Watson Clinic has been the official medical provider for the Detroit Tigers/Lakeland Flying Tigers for several years. Their level of service, commitment and expertise ensure that our team members remain strong and healthy season after season," said Ron Myers, Director of Florida Operations - Lakeland Flying Tigers.


In addition to the Tigers, several of our Sports Medicine physicians and Orthopaedic surgeons serve as team physicians providing comprehensive care and injury prevention techniques to the athletic teams at:

Watson Clinic also currently works with many area high school athletic programs including:
 
Additionally, we work exclusively with several competitive teams such as the Lakeland Futbol Club.

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 Sports Medicine & Nonsurgical Orthopaedic Physician:

 
Dr. Salvador Montenegro
  • Medical School: Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine, Guadalajara, Mexico, MD
  • Intership & Residency: Texas Tech University, El Paso, TX, Family Practice
  • Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute, Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, Birmingham, AL, Sports Medicine
  • Board-certified: Family Medicine & Sports Medicine
  • Member: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, Central-American Medical Society, Eastern Orthopaedic Society
  • Team Physician: Florida operations for the Detroit Tigers, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Southeastern University, George Jenkins High School, Kathleen High School
  • Athletic Trainer: Bethany Nkosi, MS, LAT, ATC

 Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Physicians:

 
 
Dr. Prashant Desai
Prashant J. Desai, DO
Dr. Desai's Patient Questionnaire
  • Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI, DO
  • Residency: POH Medical Center, Pontiac, MI, Orthoopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Tom Winters MD, Orlando, FL, Sports Medicine
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member: American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, Polk County Medical Association, Florida Medical Association
  • Physician Assistants: Megan E. McGee, PA-C

Dr. Johnny Gibbs
Johnny M. Gibbs, MD
Dr. Gibb's Patient Questionnaire
  • Medical School: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, MD
  • Residency: John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, TX, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Member: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy of North America
  • Team Physician: Florida Southern Athletics

Dr. Amun Makani
Amun Makani, MD
Dr. Makani's Patient Questionnaire
  • Medical School: Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, MD
  • Internship & Residency: Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowships: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery; Newton Wellesley Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital/Kaplan Joint Center, Newton, MA, Joint Reconstruction and Preservation,
  • Board-certified: Eligible
  • Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Polk County Medical Association

Dr. Douglas Shenkman
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, MD
  • Internship: St. Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, General Surgery
  • Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Tom Winters MD, Orlando, FL, Sports Medicine
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Served on the American Orthopaedic Association Board, Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH)
  • Awards: Voted Top Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2003 by Money Magazine
  • Provided care to members of the NBA, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Rage, Florida Southern College, Florida Sunshine State games
  • Physician Assistant: Eric W. Beach, PA-C
  • Athletic Trainer: Mandy Brendemuehl, LAT, ATC    

    Dr. Phuc Vo
    Phuc Vo, MD
    Dr. Vo's Patient Questionnaire
    • Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, MD
    • Internship: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Surgery
    • Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Fellowships: University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, Joint Reconstructive Surgery; University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center, Philadelphia, PA, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
    • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
    • Member: Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of South Florida, Chief of Orthopaedics at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH), Spokesperson for Watson Clinic's Orthopaedic Department, Faculty Member at the University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics
    • Awards: Connolly's Best Physicians in Florida in 2000, Voted Top Doctor in 2002 and Top Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2003 by Money Magazine, Amercia's Top Orthopedists in 2009 by Consumers' Research Council of America
    • Publications: Author of numerous articles
    • Team Physician: Detroit Tigers, numerous high schools, collegiate and professional teams and athletic organizations
    • Distinction: First Lakeland surgeon to use computer-assisted technology for joint reconstruction
    • Physician Assistants: Jason Bruce Bulman, PA-C, MPAS; Amanda R. Porter, PA-C; Vishia M. Talbot, PA-C
    • Athletic Trainers: Robyn Adams, MS, LAT, ATC, Cynthia Burmann, MS, LAT, ATC, Michelle Michalak, LAT, ATC, CSCS, OTCGregory Vodzak, LAT, ATC and Amber Jones, MS, LAT, ATC (Pager 863-570-0077)

    Dr. Marc Volpe
    Marc Volpe, MD
    Dr. Volpe's Patient Questionnaire
    • Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, MD
    • Internship: Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH, Surgery
    • Residency: Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH, Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
    • Member: American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Chief of Surgery at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH)
    • Awards: Recognized as Top Orthopaedic Surgeon by Money Magazine, America's Top Orthopedists by the Consumers' Research Council of America, Chief of Surgery at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH), former Orthopaedics Department Chairman
    • Team Physician: Numerous professional football and baseball athletes, golfers, athletic organizations
    • Distinction: First Orthopaedic surgeon in the area to perform Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) techniques for total and partial joint replacement and first to use computer navigation for joint replacement surgery

    William Beatty
    William K. Beatty, ARNP-C
    • Nursing School: University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, BSN
    • Masters Program: University of Mobile, Mobile, AL, MSN
    • Doctorate Degree: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, DNP
    • Member: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, National Athletic Trainers Association, Sigma Theta Tau, National Nurses Honor Society, Kentucky Nurse Practitioners Association, Florida Nurse Practitioners Association