Ascension St. Joseph Joint Replacement Center

Ascension St. Joseph Joint Replacement Center

  • Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedics


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About Us

Orthopedic doctors at Ascension St. Joseph Joint Replacement Center in Tawas, Michigan, delivers care for your orthopedic and sports injury needs.

Orthopedic bone, joint and muscle care

Age, arthritis and injury are all possible reasons for joint pain. Living with pain can keep you from enjoying the things you love. That's why our orthopedic specialists and care teams at St. Joseph Joint Replacement Center take the time to listen and understand your needs. From bone fractures to muscle strains and nerve pain, we deliver personalized care that's right for you. Our doctors specialize in treating adults with chronic hip, knee or shoulder pain.

Orthopedic care team

Waheed Akbar, MD - Orthopedic joint replacement

Kevin Lawson, MD - Orthopedic surgery

David Lemos, MD - Orthopedic and sports medicine surgery

Kevin Kaliszeksi, PA - Orthopedic surgery

Molly Minard, PA - Orthopedic surgery

Schedule an appointment - 989-362-1015

Orthopedic care that's right for you

Keeping up with daily tasks, exercise, or performing well as an athlete can be difficult when you have bone or muscle pain. Our team approach delivers medication therapies, physical therapy and non-surgical treatment options before recommending surgery. We help you understand your condition, so you know how to prevent reinjury during and after your treatment program.

Specialty care includes:

  • Back injury care
  • Hand and foot surgery
  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Minimally invasive knee arthroscopy
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Sports injury care

Hip and knee replacement surgery program

When hip or knee pain keeps you from sleeping restfully and causes chronic pain, our orthopedic doctors offer minimally invasive joint replacement options. Robotic arm-assisted surgery for knee and hip replacements is available at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital. Your orthopedic surgeon creates a personalized, 3D surgical plan. Greater accuracy, along with better joint implant alignment and positioning means that you may experience less pain, recover faster, and have more flexibility.

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Frequently asked questions about hip and knee replacement

  • What should I expect before, during and after joint replacement surgery?
    • Ascension Michigan sites of care provide these ‘What to Expect’ resources.

    Our care teams are here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions prior to your joint replacement surgery, please contact your orthopedic doctor. Recovery after joint replacement surgery is a partnership. We're counting on you to do your part by being informed and prepared. And we commit to doing our part by providing you with the compassionate, personalized orthopedic care you deserve. Working together, we can help provide relief from joint pain and improve how you walk, sit, and even run.

  • What exercises should I do pre and post joint replacement surgery? 
    Your care team will provide pre and post-operative exercises to help support your recovery. 
  • How to bathe post-surgery

    For bathing, we offer these How To’s


  • Other important reminders
    • Let your dentist know if you had joint replacement surgery. Ask your dentist if you need to take a dental pre-medicine before your dental appointment.
    • It’s likely that your joint replacement will trigger the TSA airport security device and additional TSA scanning may take place.


Sports injury care and rehab

Our orthopedic doctors and care teams deliver prompt care when a bone or muscle injury keeps you on the sidelines. Rehabilitation services include physical therapy and athletic training for your sports performance needs. Our doctors and athletic trainers support local sports teams as first responders at practices and competitions. We offer an education and sports performance program to help prevent injuries and improve strength and conditioning.

Frequently asked questions about sports injuries and illness

  • Do I have to be an athlete to see a Sports Medicine doctor?

    No. Any active individual who is experiencing injury or illness related to their activity should seek care from a Sports Medicine doctor. Our Sports Medicine specialists are experts regarding activity-related injuries and conditions and will develop a plan with you with the goal of getting you back to what you love. 

  • What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

    Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a type of minimally invasive orthobiologic treatment which help reduce pain, promote healing and restore function. A PRP injection is made from your own blood using plasma-rich platelets separated from your blood cells and injected back into your body. PRP therapy uses the platelets in your blood because it contains nutrients and proteins that help encourage new cell growth.Plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow are some conditions treated with PRP injections. This treatment is also used to treat inflamed tendons and ligaments in the knee and hip. 

    Call 989-362-1015 to schedule an appointment and ask your doctor if platelet-rich plasma injections are right for you.

  • What is an overuse injury?

    An overuse injury is caused by repeating the same motion or overdoing an activity that puts too much stress on your muscles, ligaments, joints and bones.

  • What is the Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine Trainer Program?

    Through the Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine Trainer Program, our expert athletic trainers are placed directly into schools where they provide injury care at practices and games, focus on injury prevention, and coordinate return-to-play plans. Call 248-459-1033 to learn more about this program and how your school can be involved. 



If you experience a life-threatening, medical emergency, including a traumatic injury to your ribs, neck or spine or compound bone fractures, go to the nearest ER and call 9-1-1.