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Fellowship Director

Michael J. Miller, M.D. is a sports medicine specialist and has been the Medical Director of St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine since its inception in 1989. He earned his bachelor of arts from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1980. He is also a 1984 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned his M.D degree.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 1988. He holds a current certificate of added qualifications (CAQ) in sports medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. In 1998, he served as team physician at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York.

In 2000, he was recognized as a Best Doctor by Cincinnati Magazine. He is very active in teaching and is currently the Director of the St Elizabeth Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Miller also serves as team physician for Ryle High School and Thomas More College.

Dr. Miller is currently an active member of the Kentucky Medical Association Committee on Physical Education and Medical Aspects of Sports. In addition to treating orthopedic injuries, Dr. Miller enjoys treating the medical, psychological and nutritional needs of the active individual. He also has a special interest in the treatment of concussions and is a Credentialed ImPACT™ Consultant.

Dr. Miller can be reached at our either the Edgewood office at (859) 301-5600 or at the Florence office at (859) 301-9070.


Fellowship Assistant Directors

A native of Michigan, Matthew T. DesJardins, M.D. received his bachelor of science from the University of Michigan and completed medical school at Wayne State University. After completing residency training in family medicine at Wake Forest University, his interest in athletic medicine led him to complete a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Utah.

Dr. DesJardins served as a physician for the 2002 Winter Olympics and as a team doctor for the University of Utah. He is board certified and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is a member of multiple professional societies and currently serves on the sports medicine advisory committee to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, was the primary author of state policy on prevention and treatment of heat illness in high school sports and serves as a consultant to the Northern Kentucky University Athletic Department. He also volunteers as the team physician for Cooper High School.

Dr. DesJardins practices at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers in Edgewood, KY and specializes in the non-surgical treatment of athletic injuries and problems in patients of all ages. This includes acute treatment, recovery, rehabilitation, safe return to sport and injury prevention. He sees patients for general orthopaedic problems including fractures, arthritis and joint pain.

Dr. DesJardins is also one of Commonwealth Orthopaedics’ experts in spine-related disorders, and utilizes a comprehensive approach to spine injury including advanced spinal injections to aid recovery and treat pain. He is the only physician in Northern Kentucky using the highly talked about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat sports medicine injuries. He has done about 150 PRP procedures over the past two years and has achieved excellent results. He also utilizes musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK) for PRP treatment.

Dr. DesJardins has been a highly valued teacher as volunteer faculty in musculoskeletal medicine for Family Medicine residents, and brings this passion to the Fellowship.


Karl Schmitt, M.D. graduated from Kenyon College where he played soccer for 4 years. He then went on to the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and following graduation, completed his family medicine residency at St. Elizabeth in 1993.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Schmitt joined a broad spectrum Family Medicine practice in Northern Kentucky where he found himself increasingly more interested in participating in residency and fellowship training. He joined the faculty at St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency, and continued to practice part-time. Throughout this time, he has continued to play and coach soccer, and has provided sports medicine services to multiple sports. He is a Board-Certified Family Physician, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

Dr. Schmitt is excited to have the opportunity to pursue his full range of interests in teaching the fundamentals of family medicine and medical aspects of primary care sports medicine. Along with Dr. Miller and Dr. DesJardins, he has been closely involved in the development of the program from planning the curriculum, setting the schedule, working with athletic teams and constructing the fully-accredited fellowship.

Dr. Schmitt presently serves as past-president of the medical staff of St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Quality Improvement Medical Director of St Elizabeth Physicians – a 200+ physician multi-specialty group serving Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.


Key Program Contacts

Scott H. is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Clinical Manager for St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine. He earned his bachelor of science in health education from the University of Cincinnati and his master of science in physical education from Ohio University. He is a board certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATABOC) and serves as the Athletic Trainer for Holy Cross High School. He provides care for the athletes at Holy Cross by being on-site for numerous athletic events and is available for injury consultations as needed.

Scott serves as a member of the University of Cincinnati’s Athletic Training Education Program’s Advisory Board and the Gateway Community College’s Massage Therapy Program Board and has been recognized by the Kentucky Athletic Trainer’s Society as their Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Scott has a special interest in caring for those with neck and back pain and has invested a majority of his post-graduate continuing education work in this area.


Dawna P. is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Supervisor of Athletic Training Services for St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine. She is also the Physician Extender for Dr. Michael J. Miller.

Dawna is a graduate of Thomas More College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human biodynamics and an associate’s degree in biology. She was a graduate assistant at Northern Kentucky University and received her master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in health promotion and education.

Dawna is a licensed Athletic Trainer for the State of Kentucky, is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a board certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATABOC). She is also certified through the American Red Cross to teach CPR and First Aid & Safety.


Karen W. serves as the residency program coordinator for St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems technology and an associate’s degree in office administration.

Karen works with the residency’s administrative staff to keep the residency and fellowships running smoothly. Their team strives to assist both residents and fellows throughout training in a positive, supportive environment.



Fellow

DiAnne Adams, M.D. earned her bachelor of science from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK 2004. She then attended the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO where she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2009. She completed her Family Medicine residency at In His Image, in Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Adams moved to Northern Kentucky in June to complete her primary care sports medicine fellowship through St Elizabeth Sports Medicine. Her responsibilities will include working with Dr. Mike Miller at Thomas More College and Dr. James Bilbo at Northern Kentucky University, as well as Cooper High School.

Dr. Adams has always been interested in sports medicine. Throughout college she assisted the Athletic Training staff as a student trainer for men’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball. While completing her residency she assisted a sports medicine physician as the team physician for a Tulsa area high school football team.



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