University Ortho doctors

From left, University Orthopedics surgeons associated with the practice's new office in Westerly: Drs. Michael Hulstyn, Stephen B. Gross, Dominic Kleinhenz, and Thomas Barrett. University Orthopedics

WESTERLY — An orthopedics practice with clinics in eight other municipalities in Rhode Island has opened on Wells Street adjacent to Westerly Hospital.

University Orthopedics announced the opening of its newest clinic in the Morgan Medical Building at 45 Wells St. on Aug. 28. The has offices in Barrington, East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston, Providence, Middletown, North Providence and West Warwick.

"We recognized the need for specialized orthopedic care in Westerly and we have finally laid down the groundwork to better serve these patients," Dr. Edward Akelman, president of University Orthopedics, said in a press release.

Operating out of Westerly Hospital, the doctors will offer services including sports medicine treatment, spine care, and adult reconstruction surgery. They will have hospital privileges but will not be hospital employees.

Patrick L. Green, president and CEO of Westerly Hospital, said that the expansion of orthopedic care at Westerly Hospital "will greatly enhance access for our patients seeking the highest quality care close to home."

In anticipation of the practice’s opening, University Orthopedics welcomed several doctors to its team. Newly hired doctors and physicians who were already part of the practice include Drs. Thomas Barrett, an adult reconstructive surgeon with advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis; Stephen B. Gross, an orthopedic surgeon who can treat a variety of muscle, joint and bone injuries; Michael Hulstyn, who specializes in adult and pediatric sports medicine surgery, shoulder and knee surgery; and Dominic Kleinhenz, a surgeon with a specialization in treating neck and back problems.

Appointments at the new location at 45 Wells St. are available immediately.

— Dale P. Faulkner 

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