About Our Practice

Practice Capabilities

Dr. Haverbush’s practice offers a wide range of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medicine Services.

  • Diagnosis of all musculoskeletal problems.
  • Complete digital x-ray evaluation in the office.
  • Total Radiological (x-ray) services available at Gratiot Medical Center across the street from the office. MRI, CT, PET scan, Ultrasound, Interventional radiology, etc.
  • Viscosupplementation for Knee Arthritis.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • Total hip, Total knee and Total shoulder replacement.
  • Upper extremity including shoulder, elbow and wrist surgery.
  • Spine surgery, laminectomy, decompression.
  • Major and minor fracture care.
  • Lower extremity including knee, ankle, foot.
  • Hand surgery including carpal tunnel.
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, wrist and ankle.

Related Educational Activities of the office are:

  1. Original weekly newspaper articles in Gratiot County Herald, Lakeview Area News and the Shepherd Argus. The articles cover a wide variety of Orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal topics.
  2. Public Television programs entitled Your Health Matters sponsored by Gratiot Medical Center.
  3. Talks on a variety of Orthopaedic topics given to interested community groups.

Knowledge heals. We have the knowledge. The Online Orthopaedics Library and Your Orthopaedic Connection is a growing source of health information based on Dr. Haverbush’s knowledge and experience in the field of Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery.

Online Orthopaedics Library and Your Orthopaedic Connection feature

  • Patient friendly explanations
  • Animations
  • Interesting pictures and graphics
  • Information concerning orthopaedic conditions, surgical procedures, medications, women’s health, content you, your family and friends can use!

Dr. Haverbush - Bio

Dr. HaverbushDr. Haverbush was born in Toledo, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After two years in the United States Public Health Service in Saipan, Mariana Islands Dr. Haverbush completed a five-year Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the World renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

After practicing Orthopaedic Surgery for two years in Cleveland he relocated his medical practice to Alma, Michigan joining the practice of John F. Williamson, M.D. Dr. Haverbush is in private practice and maintains a close relationship with Gratiot Medical Center as a member of the surgical staff.

The practice has grown and changed over the years. What has never changed is the dedication of the office to treat all patients with the respect and consideration we would give our own family. If it weren’t for our patient’s needs it wouldn’t be necessary for us to be here. The office will always keep this fact as our guiding principle.

On a more personal note, Dr. Haverbush and his wife, Alice have two abiding passions. In the Spring and Summer they spend as much time as possible at Cedar Point, the world’s greatest amusement park. In the Fall and Winter they go to Ann Arbor, Michigan frequently for any athletic or social event connected to the University of Michigan.

Honoring Native America

If (when) you visit Dr. Haverbush’s office in Alma, Michigan you immediately realize this is not your average office from a size and decorating standpoint. The office that Dr. Haverbush designed is large and spacious with skylights in the common areas and windows in the exam rooms.

While Dr. Haverbush has no Native American ancestry, he decided to honor Native America by having the office decorated with native American art objects.

These objects are throughout the office from the entry to the common areas and even in the exam rooms. There are a wide variety of statues, wall hangings and metal objects, most of which have a card identifying the piece of art like one would find in a gallery.

Not a day goes by that a patient doesn’t comment “I have never been in an office like this before.”

We wanted to make the office experience as pleasantly memorable as possible. Everyone recognizes that this is not your generic medical office. Dr. Haverbush wanted the decor to be as unique as he feels the care is that the patient receives professionally.

The unique decor fits nicely with the courtesy and professionalism of the administrative and professional staff and the great care that Dr. Haverbush gives to patients.

Our Pledge to You

“Getting Better Together” through patient-centered care.

Patient-Centered Care is defined as the provision of safe, effective and timely musculoskeletal care achieved through cooperation among the orthopaedic surgeon, an informed and respected patient (and family) and a coordinated healthcare team.

As a member of the medical profession and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, I affirm my intention to uphold the following principles of Patient-Centered Care:

  • I will provide my patients and their appropriate family members with sufficient evidence-based information to make intelligent decisions regarding any and all treatment regimens discussed.

  • I will help patients and family members develop proper and reasonable expectations from any treatment that I recommend.

  • I will involve appropriate care givers as a team in the treatment of my patients, will strive to provide treatment as safely as possible and will implement policies and procedures in my office that foster the safest possible care.

  • I will help educate my office and hospital staff so that all of my patients will experience Patient-Centered Care throughout their course of treatment, including patients with physical and/or mental impairments.

  • I will care for patients from cultures other than my own with respect for their cultural norms, values and practices.

  • I will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, gender or sexual orientation.
Thomas J. Haverbush, M.D., P. C.