Published on December 21, 2021
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Growing up in Missouri, Thomas “Turk” Satterly III, DO, was interested in athletics and healthcare. The combination of those two areas led him to pursue a career in medicine.
“I enjoyed training and learning about the musculoskeletal system, and it all just kind of came together,” he said about his decision to become a doctor who works with orthopedic patients.
Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
“A lot of people with orthopedic injuries have lost the ability to do things they enjoy,” said Dr. Satterly, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in total joint replacements.
“Through things like joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery (procedures for diagnosing and treating joint problems), we’re able to give them a better quality of life,” he said.
Dr. Satterly joined the Phelps Health Medical Group this fall with 15 years of experience in orthopedics.
Raised in Rolla
He grew up in Rolla, MO, and graduated from Rolla High School, where he was class valedictorian and played football. After high school, he attended Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where he played rugby. He graduated from Truman with summa cum laude honors.
Dr. Satterly went to medical school at AT Still University in Kirksville, MO, where he graduated with his Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree. Dr. Satterly then completed his orthopedic residency training and an internship at St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
He chose orthopedics as his specialty because he likes making a difference in people’s lives. “I enjoy taking care of people and helping them get their life back,” he said.
Dr. Satterly also completed a fellowship in total joints at The Core Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. At The Core Institute, he received training in computer-navigated and robotic joint replacement procedures.
Like Father, Like Son
He is following in the footsteps of his dad, Thomas Satterly Jr., DO, who also was an orthopedic surgeon in Rolla for about 15 years.
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Satterly can help patients with hip and knee pain and take care of people with painful total joints.
Besides surgery, he can assist patients who have orthopedic injuries or concerns with other forms of treatments, such as injections, medications, physical therapy and more.
“When you come to see me in the office,” Dr. Satterly said, “I’ll give you the options and the pros and cons, and together, we’ll come up with the best treatment plan for you.”
Dr. Satterly is married to his high school sweetheart Kendra. They have four beautiful children. In his free time, he enjoys coaching youth sports, cycling and traveling.
Suffering From Joint Pain?
Learn more about how Dr. Satterly and our orthopedics team at Phelps Health can help. Call the Phelps Health Orthopedics Clinic at (573) 364-5633.