Carissa Tripi, D.O., joined Steven Kitchen, MD., this month as the second orthopedic surgeon for SLV Health. “One of the things that excited me about being able to come to this community was Adams State University,” she said, adding that she feels privileged to work with Dr. Kitchen and the rest of the PRO Therapy team who take care of ASU athletes. “I am looking forward to adding to that program and offering those athletes top-notch orthopedic care, right when they need it, and getting them back to their sport and what they love to do.”
Receiving and Delivering Orthopedic Care
As a young athlete, Dr. Tripi said she was often on the receiving end of orthopedic care. “I know what it is like to have an injury that either slows you down or takes you out of your sport and how devastating that can be,” she said. “That is really what fueled me to go into the sports medicine aspect of orthopedics.”
Following high school in Montrose, Colorado, Dr. Tripi earned her undergraduate degree inBoulder, then she attended medical school in Kansas City, Missouri, and did her orthopedic residency in Cleveland, Ohio. This summer she completed her sports medicine fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She is glad to finally return toColoradoand the active lifestyle enjoyed by many of its residents.
Enthused about her career in orthopedics, Dr. Tripi said she especially likes how sports medicine has evolved to now focus more on joint preservation procedures and treatments. “In the past, we used to have to look at you and say, ‘you have some arthritis and we just have to wait until it gets bad enough that you need your joint replaced.’ Now, there are so many new things on the horizon that an orthopedic surgeon trained in Sports Medicine can offer that really work on preserving or improving what you have so that we’re not destining you to a total joint replacement—a new knee or a new hip—at a young age.”
Serving Patients, No Matter Their Needs
However, if and when that type of procedure becomes necessary, Dr. Tripi said she also enjoys helping patients in general orthopedics. “If you get to that point where you do need to replace your hip, I really find that rewarding to be able to offer that to patients,” she said, emphasizing that her main goal is to help people resume daily activities, as pain free as possible, whether that be walking around the neighborhood or running a triathlon.
“I consider it a privilege to be a part of a team who will help you get back on your feet,” she said. “And I am excited about becoming a part of this community and helping to serve anyone who needs orthopedic care.”