The leading orthopedic practice in Central Illinois

McLean County Orthopedics was founded in 1976 by Dr. Jerald Bratberg, a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Since that time, MCO has treated over 50,000 patients and attracted the finest physicians, therapists, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff totaling over 90 employees.

MCO treats all types of orthopedic conditions and offers a comprehensive range of services.

Most patients can call for an appointment themselves, although there are some insurance companies (ie Health Alliance, OSF) that require a referral from a primary care physician.

MCO also started and spun-off The Center for Outpatient Medicine (TCOM), which is the only surgery center in McLean county certified for overnight stay.

You can find McLean County Orthopedics on Route 9 (Empire Street), across from the old Bloomingon airport.

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  • Gerald W. Paul, DPM FACFAS
    Foot & Ankle (Podiatry)

    Dr. Paul joined McLean County Orthopedics in 1997. He treats all conditions of the feet, with an emphasis on foot surgery conditions. He has been published three times in podiatry journals, and has volunteered his time to Footcare for the Homeless in Chicago and Indianapolis, as well as coached baseball...


  • Lucas Armstrong, MD
    Orthopedic Surgeon: General Orthopedic Surgery

    Dr. Lucas Armstrong is an orthopedic surgeon in Bloomington, Illinois. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for 6 years.


  • Joseph A. Novotny, MD
    Shoulders, Elbows, Hands, Hips, Knees

    Dr. Novotny joined McLean County Orthopedics in 1998. He treats all general orthopedic conditions, but focuses on shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, and knees. Dr. Novotny grew up in Bloomington and is a graduate of Bloomington High School where he was a competitive swimmer. Dr. Novotny works with John Nelson, Physicians Assistant,...


  • Craig W. Carmichael, MD
    Pain Management

    Dr. Carmichael focuses on the non-operative treatment of neck & back pain. This involves diagnostic testing, therapy, injections, and other percutaneous (needle) techniques such as radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulator, or vertebroplasty.  He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG).   Dr. Carmichael trained at Mayo Clinic. Dr....


  • Mark J. Hanson, MD
    Shoulders, Hips, & Knees

    Dr. Hanson joined McLean County Orthopedics in 2002 and is board certified in both orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of interest are hip, knee replacement; arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder; and fracture treatment.


  • Jerome W. Oakey, MD
    Hands, Wrists, Elbows

    Dr. Oakey joined McLean County Orthopedics in 2004. He treats all general orthopedic conditions, but focuses on hand, wrist, and elbow conditions for which he is fellowship trained and board certified. Dr. Oakey is known as the specialist for dealing with complex hand and wrist cases in Central Illinois. Commonly Treated...


  • Joseph B. Norris, MD
    Shoulders, Elbows, Hands, Hips, & Knees (Sports)

    Dr. Norris joined McLean County Orthopedics in 2009. He treats all types of orthopedic conditions, but focuses on sports-related injuries and arthroscopic surgery. He is certified to perform Cartilage Restoration with autologous chondrocyte implantation. Dr. Norris grew up in Springfield, Illinois and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University. While at Wesleyan, he...


  • Brian L. Hamm, DPM, FACFAS
    Foot & Ankle (Podiatry)

    Dr. Hamm joined McLean County Orthopedics in 2008. He grew up in LeRoy, Illinois and graduated from Leroy High School. He completed training at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and volunteered his time to Footcare for the Homeless in Chicago and Indianapolis. After residency, he worked for ten years as...


  • Nikhil K. Chokshi, MD
    Shoulders, Elbows, Hands, Hips, Knees (Tumor)

    Dr. Chokshi joined McLean County Orthopedics in 2011. He treats all types of orthopedic conditions, but focuses particularly on joint replacement, trauma, and tumor surgery.   Dr. Chokshi grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois where he graduated high school valedictorian and was named to the Chicago Tribune all-state academic team.  He graduated...


  • Paul R. Naour, MD
    Pain Management

    Dr. Naour joined McLean County Orthopedics in 2012 and focuses on interventional pain management. He practiced as an anesthesiologist in Bloomington from 2004 until 2011, then returned to the University of Michigan to complete a fellowship in pain medicine. He treats all types of pain conditions, and performs comprehensive pain...


  • Joseph K. Newcomer, MD, FAAOS
    Sports Medicine

    Dr. Newcomer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Augustana College in 1989 and graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in 1993. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. He is board certified and a...


Dr. John Atwater named by Becker

McLean County Orthopedics spine surgeon, Dr. John Atwater, has been named one of the 50 best spine surgeons by the Becker Orthopedic & Spine Review. The surgeons listed were chosen according to strict criteria, including achievements, education and contributions to the field, as well as recommendations from experts. The Review published...


Dr. Atwater Performs Surgery in Kenya

Dr. Atwater has completed multiple trips to Nairobi and performed surgery in order to assist patients in underdeveloped areas.  The program is called "The Cheetah Gives Back," and is a charitable branch of NuVasive Corporation, a medical device company that makes equipment for spine surgery. Dr. Atwater performed the very...