American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 1999; recertified 2009
American Board of Preventive Medicine / Public Health; 1994
Certified Impact Concussion Physician
United States Olympic Festival, Colorado Springs, CO; 1995
US Team Physician, 1996 Paralympics, Atlanta, Georgia
US Team Physician, 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano, Japan
Head Physician – 2000 Paralympics, Sydney, Australia
Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of PM&R
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1987
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; 1969 – 1974
Degree – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX 1975 – 1979
Degree – Doctor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology Basic Science
Research Laboratory, Exercise Physiology, Southwestern Medical School May 1974 – September 1975
Laboratory for the Theory of Gymnastics, August Krogh Institute Copenhagen, Denmark June 1975 – August 1976
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Affiliated Hospitals Dallas, TX; 1979 – 1980
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Affiliated Hospitals Dallas, TX; 1980 – 1984
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich, England; 1983
Sports Medicine and Surgery of the Knee, Richard Steadman, Barton Memorial Hospital, Lake Tahoe, CA; 1984
Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee and Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Salt Lake Knee and Sports Medicine Clinic, Salt Lake City, UT 1984 – 1985
Dr. Steven Thornton is recognized as a leader in the age of minimally invasive surgery. His expertise includes arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip with an emphasis on advanced arthroscopic techniques.
While attending the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. Thornton was elected to the AOA national honor society and was awarded the Donald Imrie Award for Most Outstanding Performance in Orthopaedic Surgery. After completing his orthopedic surgery residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Thornton was awarded the prestigious Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship at Cornell University’s Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Dr. Thornton has authored and co-authored scientific articles and book chapters on various sports related topics ranging from elbow ligament reconstruction in throwing athletes to rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction, and has presented this information at meetings nationally. In addition, he is a reviewer for the Journal of Arthroscopy and serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Southwestern Medical Center.
Throughout his career, Dr. Thornton has continued to advance the field of sports medicine and has been elected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in Dallas in D Magazine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Texas Orthopaedic Association, and numerous other professional organizations.
Outside of his practice, Dr. Thornton enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and playing golf.
Recognized as a leading authority in sports medicine and in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder, Dr. Scott Paschal is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient.
Dr. Paschal ranked in the top 2% of his medical school class. After completing his orthopedic residency at the prestigious UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1987, he was awarded a fellowship in sports medicine.
As a former Texas A&M varsity baseball player, Dr. Paschal combines his personal experience as an athlete with leading-edge medical knowledge. Upon Dr. Paschal’s election as an honorary member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, the committee stated, “His dedication to athletes elevates him above his peers.”
Among the nation’s most experienced surgeons, Dr. Paschal currently serves as team physician for Highland Park and Dallas Independent School Districts. He also served as team physician for the US Olympic Ski Team and as the Physician Director of the NATA Board of Certification.
Board certified since 1990, Dr. Paschal is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He has authored several scientific articles and has lectured nationally. He has been honored with teaching excellence awards given by orthopedic residents and has been Director of the DFW Athletic Trainers Lecture Series since 1991.
His peers in D Magazine and Texas Monthly have repeatedly honored him as Best Doctor.
Outside of his practice, Dr. Paschal enjoys time with his family, golf, tennis, and photography.
Dr. Maria Turnage is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a specialty dedicated to the nonsurgical treatment of various orthopedic and neurological disorders.
Since completing her residency at the prestigious Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1994, Dr. Turnage has practiced in both academic and private practice settings.
She practiced in Atlanta, GA for 12 years before relocating back to Texas and joining Texas Orthopaedic Associates in 2006. While serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Emory University, Dr. Turnage’s residents twice bestowed her the Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Turnage has a special clinical interest in the nonoperative treatment of neck and back pain and electrodiagnostic studies used to diagnose various nerve injuries.
Outside of her practice, Dr. Turnage enjoys working out, tennis, gardening and occasional cooking.
Michael J. Champine, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in adult reconstructive surgery. This area of expertise includes total knee replacement and total hip replacement. Dr. Champine has specialized training and expertise in the most up to date techniques, such as minimally invasive hip replacement, minimally invasive knee replacement, 2-incision hip replacement, quad-sparing knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and computer-assisted surgery. In addition, he has considerable experience with the most current implant technologies, such as metal-on-metal hip replacement, hip resurfacing, ceramic hip replacement, and rotating platform knee replacements.
Dr. Champine grew up in a close-knit family in South Texas. His work ethic and values were instilled from his parents, a plumber and a schoolteacher. As a youth, he was active in sports, school, and church. He graduated high school as the valedictorian of his class while earning all-district honors in basketball and baseball. He completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1988, where he graduated first in his class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He then completed his residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1993. Dr. Champine’s fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery under Dr. Jerome Wiedel was at The University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, Colorado, where he served as an Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1994. He was also an attending physician at the Denver Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Dr. Champine is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and an Assistant Clinical Professor at The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
Dr. Champine is married to a radiologist and they have two young children. He enjoys watching, coaching, and playing all sports as well as enjoying life on Cedar Creek Lake.
Dr. James C. Walter specializes in arthroscopy and the treatment of sports-related injuries. He is committed to the highest quality of care for all athletes ranging from youth to professional.
A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Walter attended Stanford University. In 1991 he earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and graduated with Distinction. Dr. Walter received his medical degree from Washington University School in St. Louis. Dr. Walter completed an orthopedic residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Following his residency, Dr. Walter was awarded a prestigious surgical fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He trained with Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Bill Clancy. During his time there, Dr. Walter assisted in team care of the University of West Alabama and the Birmingham Barons. He also assisted in the care of college and professional athletes from around the country and world.
Joining Texas Orthopaedic Associates in 2001, Dr. Walter currently serves as Orthopaedic Team Physician for Allen High School, Wakeland High School and Little Elm High School. He serves as an Orthopaedic Consultant to the Prestonwood Christian Academy and Creekview High School. He is known for his expertise in shoulder and elbow injuries of the throwing athlete as well as arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee, shoulder and elbow.
Dr. Walter is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He participates in resident education as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Walter’s professional affiliations include membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America and the Texas Society of Sports Medicine. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and serves as a Board Member of Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, John A. Racanelli, M.D., came from California in the early 1980’s to attend the medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Following his residency at Parkland Hospital, Dr. Racanelli completed a one – year sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship in Lake Charles, Louisiana under the direction of the renowned surgeon, David Drez, Jr., M.D.
Even though Dr. Racanelli and his wife are both native Californians, they fell in love with the city of Dallas during his medical school days. After completing his fellowship in Louisiana, they returned to Dallas where he joined the Texas Orthopaedic Associates. Dr. Racanelli has authored numerous articles and book chapters in his area of expertise – knee and shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction.
Dr. Racanelli, who played football and baseball at the University of Southern California and was a pitcher for the California Angels, believes that this valuable experience gives him a keen insight into sports medicine injuries, as well as the dilemmas injuries pose to the athlete.
By a vote of his peers, Dr. Racanelli was elected one of the “Best Doctors in Dallas ” by D Magazine 9 years in a row.
Dr. Racanelli spends his free time enjoying family activities with his two young children.
Considered one of the nation’s leading specialists in sports medicine and knee surgery, Jim Montgomery accolades are many. An official member of the U.S. Olympic team, he has held the top medical positions in the Olympics organization – as Physician to the U.S. Delegation for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and Head Physician for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as well as an eight –year stint as the USOC’s Vice Chairman of Sports Medicine. In 2011 Dr. Montgomery was named as one of the 25 Great Physicians in Texas as well as well as one of the 70 Top Knee Surgeons in American with Becker’s ASC Review. Since 1995 Dr. Montgomery has been included in the “Best Doctors in America” list and in D Magazine since its inception.
Dr. Montgomery has trained more than 200 surgeons while serving as Clinical Professor of UT Southwestern. Dr. Montgomery has been honored with the Pete Matson Award twice, as well as the Charles Reinert Award in 2010 for Teaching Excellence, an honor given each year for distinguished educators.
He was honored by the Fort Worth Orthopedic program with their 2002 teaching award. He served as the Dallas Board Review Instructor for knee and sports medicine from 1984-2004. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
A fly-fishing enthusiast, one of Dr. Montgomery’s favorite places is Montana
John S. Early, M.D. is a board certified Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the care of foot and ankle abnormalities. His interests range from the management of toe deformities to restoring weight-bearing function with complex reconstructions. His specialty is managing severe fractures of the foot and ankle and correcting neuromuscular imbalance caused by disease or injury. He is well versed in the use of internal fixation as well as complex external frames for limb reconstruction.
Dr. Early is internationally known and nationally sought after for his expertise in complex foot and ankle reconstruction. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on issues relating to foot and ankle care. He is co-director of a well-regarded foot and ankle fellowship that continues to train orthopaedic physicians in the subspecialty care of foot and ankle disease.
Prior to his association with Texas Orthopaedic Associates, he spent 10 years on the fulltime Orthopaedic faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as head of the Foot and Ankle division. Presently, Dr. Early holds the title of Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Southwestern Medical Center.