Dr. Ken Westerheide featured in Muirfield Living Magazine
I grew up in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and came from a large family of 8 children. My father was a physician, so we spent a lot of time in the hospital waiting rooms after school and sport practices doing our homework while waiting for a ride home. Therefore, I was exposed to the medical field every day and that interested me. Also, I had an interest in science and figuring out how the body works, so the combination led me to medicine. My father and several older siblings went to the University of Dayton, and I visited them fairly often and really enjoyed the atmosphere, so I chose to attend UD and major in pre-medicine studies, ironically, having the same advisor as my father nearly 35 years later!
It was at UD while attending an Alpha Epsilon Delta (premed honor society) lecture that I met a former UD football player, now orthopedic surgeon, who sparked my interest in orthopedics. I therefore volunteered at the sports medicine clinic and
shadowed him in the OR and decided that was the path for me. That led me to THE OSU College of Medicine and then The University of Pittsburgh for my residency. I had always been involved in athletics, so it was likely natural to be drawn to sports medicine. I developed a specific interest in all arthroscopic shoulder techniques and the west coast was the most experienced, so I did my fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder arthroscopy in Los Angeles at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute. We enjoyed California but knew Columbus and Dublin were where we wanted to raise our 3 children, so we returned after fellowship in 2003 and built our first house here in Balmoral.
I joined The Cardinal Orthopaedic Institute as a partner in June 2009. As a partner within a physician-owned orthopedic practice, I’m able to retain the right to help my patients decide what is best for them. I’m also able to ensure my patients experience the highest quality of care and service.
Orthopedic ONE is the result of a 2013 merger between Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence and The Cardinal Orthopaedic Institute.
Orthopedic ONE is the largest physician-owned orthopedic and sports medicine practice in Ohio. We have a roster of 60 orthopedic physicians and specialists able to treat your every orthopedic need, from the simplest fracture to the most complex condition. We have a wide range of expertise within the practice, including both surgical and non-surgical approaches to treating orthopedic conditions. Our physicians specialize in general orthopedic care, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, spine, shoulder, knee, hip and joint replacement surgery.
In orthopedics we are often dealing with patients after an injury occurs. However, the best advice I could offer is injury prevention.You can’t always prevent accidents, but thinking about safe practices such as getting a sturdy ladder instead of standing on a chair or thinking twice before climbing the extension ladder that you don’t have much experience on. In terms of sports or working out I would advise proper warm up, training and as we age focus on lighter weights and higher repetitions to avoid injury to our aging ligaments and tendons.
We believe in supporting our patients throughout the entire continuum of care. This means we also offer on-site imaging and
diagnostics, physical and occupational therapy centers, fitness and wellness solutions and access to outpatient surgical suites. At Orthopedic ONE we have one priority – you. And we will work with you, your family and your entire medical team to get you back to doing the things you love.
We have lived in Muirfield since 2003. We built our house in Balmoral and lived there for 8 years before buying our current home facing the 7th fairway of the Muirfield Village Golf Club. Kristine, my wife of nearly 20, years is my best friend. We met
at UD and have been together since the first night we met in 1993. We now live on the 7th fairway of the Muirfield Village Golf Club with our three children. Connor, 17, and Joey, 15, were both born in Pittsburgh during my residency. They enjoy playing lacrosse at Dublin Jerome High School. They both have played football and golf. They enjoy many outdoor activities including water and snow skiing, Connor is starting the college tour process. Ashley is 12 and a 6th grader at St Brigid of Kildare – she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball and several other after-school activities. As a family, we enjoy water & snow skiing, golf, travel, OSU athletics, CBJ games and outdoor activities.