As part of MyMichigan Health’s ongoing commitment to providing comprehensive sports medicine care to athletes of all ages and levels of competition, MyMichigan recently expanded its experienced sports medicine team to include fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialist Richard Gianotti, Jr., DO and Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Teresa Hall, DO
With this team expansion, additional sports medicine coverage is offered at MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Clare and Mount Pleasant. MyMichigan also offers comprehensive sports medicine services in both Bay City and Midland.
As sports medicine specialists, Drs. Giannotti and Hall are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries, disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. They enjoy working together to help people achieve their goals, whether that’s returning to sports or exercise after injury, reaching the next level of athletic performance, or simply living as pain-free as possible.
Dr. Gianotti received his medical degree from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. He went on to complete his family medicine residency at Munson Medical Center and a primary care fellowship in sports medicine at Auburn University.
Dr. Giannotti’s philosophy of care in sports medicine can be traced back to his father and his godfather. “From a young age, my father instilled in me the importance of practicing what you preach,” he said. “With this in mind, I strive to always live up to the advice and counsel I give patients, namely to lead an active and healthy lifestyle based on physical activity, nutrition and proper recovery and rehabilitation.
“From a young age, my godfather recited the parable of The Lion and the Gazelle, which ends with – it doesn’t matter if you’re a lion or a gazelle, when the sun rises, you better run. My goal is to do everything I can to ensure that patients can ‘wake up running,’ which to me means participating in physical activities that bring joy, happiness and health to their lives.”
Dr. Hall received her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health-West and a sports medicine fellowship in orthopedic surgery from the State University of New York at Buffalo, also known as the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Hall’s philosophy of care is to listen carefully to his patients to understand what ails them and to create relationships built on mutual trust. “I take the time to understand my patients’ treatment goals and plans for the future, and then customize a treatment plan based on their individual wants and needs,” she said. According to Dr. Hall, the most satisfying part of her job is using her hands to diagnose and treat patients and then help them return to their desired activity at any level. “I really enjoy working with athletes through high school and following their careers in collegiate sports,” she added. “I have worked with professional athletes in football, hockey and lacrosse, as well as NCAA Division 1 athletes.”
In addition to treating recreational athletes of all ages, MyMichigan Health currently has sports medicine collaborations with Central Michigan University Athletics, Alma College, Northwood University, Mid Michigan College, the Great Lakes Loons, as well as more than 13 local high school athletics. programs.
MyMichigan also helps with sports medicine coverage during the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Dow Tennis Classic, and many other local events. It also boasts WellSport, the only primary care program in sports medicine.
Those who want additional information about Drs. Giannotti and Hall or MyMichigan’s Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Services you can visit www.mymichigan.org/msk.