Watson Clinic is proud to serve as the official medical provider for the Detroit Tigers Florida Operations and the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
From spring training through the remainder of the regular season – from the first swing of the bat to the last - Watson Clinic is there to address any health-related issues or physical impairments that may arise for players and team staff alike.
The Tigers know that Watson Clinic offers the caliber of care they need to stay at peak performance all season long.
Generations of families have come to rely on Watson Clinic for this same brand of diverse and reliable care. We opened our doors in 1941 with a team of five physicians. Each of these doctors had strong ties to Lakeland and surrounding communities. They believed our residents deserved the same level of healthcare that was being offered in the largest metropolitan areas of the county. That meant an investment in world-class medical talents, advanced technologies, and progressive treatment techniques. Convenience was the other crucial part of the equation; these stellar resources had to be accessible to patients in every corner of our community and beyond.
Today, Watson Clinic features a roster of over 220 board-certified physicians recruited from the top medical schools in the world. They practice over 40 medical and surgical specialties in 18 locations throughout Polk, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.
For over 80 years, Watson Clinic has introduced our residents to many of modern history’s most significant innovations – from cardiac stress testing to minimally-invasive robotic surgery. Our department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine also epitomize this spirit of innovation and have helped patients from every walk of life - from weekend warriors to professional athletes.
Our highly experienced specialists offer a roster of expert services including minimally invasive surgical efforts like total or partial joint replacement, arthroscopic repair, and ligament reconstruction to comprehensive nonsurgical treatments and physical therapies including joint injections, fracture care, splitting and casting, and injury prevention techniques.
These services and more are delivered at Watson Clinic Main and Watson Clinic Highlands. Patients can also benefit from physical therapies, chiropractic medicine, as well as injury and post-operative rehabilitation at our Center for Rehabilitative Medicine and Center for Specialized Rehabilitation.
These services keep Tigers players healthy and agile year after year. It’s the same major league care that we provide every day to all of our beloved patients.
Watson Clinic and the Tigers share more than just a winning partnership. We share common traditions of excellence, and a sense of dedication and loyalty to the people we serve.
Whether you’re sitting in the bleachers of Joker Marchant Stadium or in one of our physicians’ offices, both Watson Clinic and the Tigers are devoted to the wellbeing and vitality of every life we encounter.
Salvador O. Montenegro, MD is a board-certified sports medicine and nonsurgical orthopaedic specialist who divides his time between Watson Clinic Main and Watson Clinic Highlands. He is proud to serve as the team physician for the Detroit Tigers Florida Operations and the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Florida Southern College, Southeastern University, George Jenkins High School, Lake Gibson High School, Kathleen High School, and a number of additional competitive athletic organizations.
Appointments with Dr. Montenegro, or any member of Watson Clinic’s Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine department, may be scheduled by calling 863-680-7214.