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Informative Articles

The first step on any patient’s road to wellness is being informed. To answer questions about your own musculoskeletal issues, and to help you find information to prevent injuries in the future, Northern Orthopedics is pleased to offer articles on the following topics:

Request for Medical Records

If you would like to request copies of your medical records, please complete the "Consent Form To Release Medical Records". Once complete, fax to 218-829-4412 or email to cwacker@northernorthopedics.com. Keep in mind, we can only release records created at Northern Orthopedics, Ltd. - your clinic notes as well as any x-rays that you had performed at our clinic. If you need copies of an operative report, imaging done at outside facilities (i.e., MRI scans), or physical therapy notes, you would need to contact the facility where the test or procedure was performed.  

Feel free to reach out to Christy at our clinic who can answer any questions you may have - 218-824-5149, or toll free 888-829-7812, ext 256.

Helpful resources to request records from outside facilities:

  • Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center:  218-822-2400 or 218-822-2412
  • Essentia Health/St. Joseph's Medical Center:  866-203-7454 - information release
  • Lakes Imaging:  218-822-6736 or 877-522-7222 (toll free)
  • Lakewood Health System (Staples):  218-894-8064 - information release - or 800-525-1033 ext. 8064 (toll free)
  • Tri County Hospital (Wadena):  800-631-1811 (toll free)
  • Mille Lacs Health System (Onamia):  320-532-2390

Meet our Specialists

Brown Bio

Dr. Brown grew up in Minnetonka, studied at the University of Minnesota and completed his orthopedic residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. He joined Northern Orthopedics in 1986.

Dr Brown

Thompson Bio

Alexandria, Minnesota was Dr. Thompson's hometown before studying at the University of North Dakota. He joined Northern Orthopedics in 2001 following his residency in Michigan.

Dr Thompson

Rud Bio

After graduating from the University of Minnesota and Finishing his residency in Michigan, Minnesotanative Dr. Rud joined the Northern Orthopedics team in 1993.

Dr Rud

Metz Bio

Originally from the Twin Cities, Dr. Metz came on board in 1998 following his studies at the University of Minnesota and residency at the University of Michigan

Dr. Metz

Robertson Bio

Dr. Robertson joined Northern Orthopedics in 2007. Prior to that, he studied at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by his residency at the University of Minnesota. After completion of his residency, he trained in Oslo, Norway, where he spent 6 months doing a sports medicine fellowship.

Dr Robertson

Lelwica Bio

Dr. Lelwica grew up right here in Brainerd, MN and has practiced at Northern Orthopedics since 2008. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Minnesota and completed her orthopedic residency there too.

Dr Lelwica