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Full Comprehensive Care for Minimally INVASIVE Hip & Knee Replacements

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At Whole Health, our philosophy hinges upon an integrative and carefully orchestrated team of medical professionals and orthopedic surgeons in Meadville, Pa. In order to master accountable care, our determined staff takes on the responsibilities of assessing pre-surgical risks and setting patients up for success. We’ve made it our mission to educate and medically optimize patients prior to surgery in order to minimize any potential complications or poor outcomes that may be predicted pre-operatively based upon the patient’s pre-surgical health assessment.

Our Team of Experienced Medical Professionals | Physician Assistants & Orthopedic Surgeons in Meadville, Pa.

Man holding his knee in pain

The Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute is comprised of a team of skilled medical professionals, led by our surgeon, that share the common goal of providing excellent, uncompromised orthopedic care to our patients and to our community. In fact, we are the only board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons in Meadville, Pa, and we employ three board-certified physician assistants with over 60 years of combined experience. By utilizing a common passion for health care, we are capable of working collaboratively to bring you the best plan to optimize the results of your joint replacement procedure, all without the need for a referral from a primary care physician. Whole Health’s team is comprised of an unbelievable amount of professional health care workers, including:

  • Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Physician Assistants
  • Medical Doctor
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Medical Assistants
  • Schedulers / Coordinators
  • Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists
  • Operating Room Nurses
  • Certified Scrub Technicians
  • Orthopedic Implant Representatives
  • Orthopedic Engineers
  • Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Nurses
  • Floor Nurses and Nursing Aides
  • Anesthesiologists / Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
At Whole Health, we pride ourselves on providing unmatched orthopedic care for both you and your family. Our physicians and physician assistants have come together to collaborate and share their collective expertise to ensure your utmost satisfaction and superb clinical outcome.

Our Physicians

Dr. Ryan Molli

Ryan G. Molli, D.O., F.A.A.H.K.S.

Dr. Molli is the founder and CEO of Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute, which opened in January 2018. He is a native of Northwestern Pennsylvania and did his undergraduate and medical school in Erie, PA at Mercyhurst College and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) respectively. He then completed a 5-year orthopedic surgery residency in the Metro-Detroit area through the St. John-Providence Health System. Upon completion of his residency, he completed an intense one year Adult Reconstruction/Total Joint Fellowship in Columbus, OH. Dr. Molli practiced in a private practice setting in the Metro-Detroit area as an Adult Reconstruction specialist for nearly 5 years before relocating back to his hometown of Meadville, PA in 2015. Dr. Molli had a vision of creating an Adult Reconstruction/Total Joint Center of Excellence, which is focused on quality sub-specialty orthopedic care and the total “patient experience”. When he created Whole Health JRI, it was created as a practice in which pre-operative risk stratification, medical optimization, unparalleled pre-operative preparation/education and exceptional surgical/post-surgical care. In addition to all of these medical components are ongoing data-driven research projects along with innovative practice development projects.

In addition to Dr. Molli’s clinical practice, he is an avid orthopedic consultant and surgical proctor that travels both nationally and internationally to teach direct anterior total hip procedures, patient-specific total knee procedures and unicompartment knee replacement procedures. He has travelled and lectured all over the United States as well as in multiple European countries, Canada and Australia. He is one of only 4 designing surgeons on the Medacta MOTO Partial Knee Replacement project, which was globally released in March 2018 at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Molli has been published in multiple medical journals over the years and currently participates in multiple ongoing research projects. He established the Whole Health Research Institute along with Molli Medical Consulting Company (M2C2), which is an orthopedic implant/instrument and practice development consulting company. He is constantly refining his surgical and practice techniques in order to better serve his patients and his community. His passion for orthopedic adult reconstruction and continual desire to establish “best-practice” strategies places him in a very unique category of orthopedic innovators and teachers.

Philip A. Frndak D.O.

Philip A. Frndak, D.O., F.A.A.H.K.S.

Dr. Frndak began a practice in orthopedic surgery in our tristate area in 1994. At that time, he was the only surgeon in the region with fellowship training in hip and knee replacement. Under his guidance, Meadville Medical Center garnered numerous state and national awards for joint replacement including: America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement, National Premier Award for Excellence in Total Joint Arthroplasty, The Blue Distinction Award for Hip and Knee Replacement, and Health Grades 5-Star Recipient for both Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement.

Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Frndak received an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. His education and three years of practice as a Physical Therapist created a unique appreciation for the use of proper timing as well as techniques in postoperative rehabilitation. This expertise continues to be a hallmark of his patient care approach.

Following medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Delaware Valley Medical Center, Dr. Frndak proceeded to complete a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Doctors Hospital of Columbus, Ohio. Subsequently, he concluded a fellowship in the reconstruction of the adult hip and knee under world-renowned joint replacement surgeons Dr. Thomas Mallory and Dr. Adolph Lombardi. He currently maintains Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Frndak values rigorous standards in scientific research directed toward optimizing patient outcomes. He offers professional peer-review services for Arthroplasty Today, a professional joint replacement journal, and conducts educational seminars for orthopedic residents in Applied Anatomy and Surgical Approaches.

When Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute opened in January 2018, Dr. Frndak commenced an association with Dr. Ryan Molli. They are dedicated to continuing exceptional patient medical/surgical care as well as the advancement research in the field of hip and knee joint replacement.

Daniel L. Milam D.O.

Daniel L. Milam, D.O.

Dr. Daniel Milam is a Board-Certified/Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon and has been in practice since 2007. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Biology (graduating with Honors) and went on to attend medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Milam completed his internship and Orthopedic residency through Michigan State University at St. John Oakland Hospital, serving as both Chief Intern during his intern year and also as Chief Resident during his final year of Orthopedic Surgery training. Upon completion of his residency, he underwent additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine & Minimally Invasive Shoulder and Knee Surgery at the Michigan Knee & Shoulder Institute (now known as The Institute for Athletic Medicine), acquiring additional expertise and training in minimally invasive and arthroscopic procedures. Dr. Milam also scored in the top 10% in the country on his written and oral board exams for orthopedic surgery and received the 2nd highest score in the nation on his 10-year recertification exam. 

Having been in practice since 2007, Dr. Milam adds a tremendous amount of experience to Whole Health as the Director of the Sports Medicine Institute. He has served as a team physician for multiple universities including the University of Virginia-Wise and Emory & Henry University as well as numerous high schools in the areas where he practiced before joining Whole Health. In addition to this, he has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical School at Virginia Tech (Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine), where he taught and trained medical students in Orthopedic Surgery. In recent years, Dr. Milam has also served as a Board Examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery as part of the final step in the Board Certification process.

Dr. Milam has a special interest in minimally invasive shoulder surgery as well as joint preservation and “Sports Medicine for the Aging Athlete” and has given numerous lectures on this topic in multiple states.

Physician Assistants

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Renee M. Ray, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
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Barbara K. Hoffman, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant
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Jacob D. Snyder, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Testimonials

Had my left knee done 6 weeks ago, no pain, cant say enough good about your staff.  Have recommended 5 people to your trusted care.  Great job! Having my right knee done next, and looking forward to it!

Thomas G.

Dr. Molli and staff are fantastic, on time, professional, and personable.  Staff at Edgewood were also very professional.  Made the surgical experience as enjoyable as a surgery can be.  I was willing to stay an extra day for the meals and staff!

Mike D.

I am very pleased with the outcome of my surgery and found Dr. Molli’s protocol not difficult at all.  The staff both at Whole Health and Edgewood were helpful, considerate and caring.

Jane C.

My surgery went very well and from beginning to the end I was very comfortable with all the stuff I came in contact with.  I was truly impressed with the organization of the office and also Dr. Molli’s expertise and bedside manner – Great Experience!

Douglas D.

If I would have known how much better I would have felt I would have done it much sooner!  Great Job Dr. Molli!

Katrina G.

When you can have a partial knee replacement at 10:30am and be home making yourself an omelet by 5:00pm, you know your surgeon has done a good job!  This was the 2nd knee replacement Dr. Molli has done for me .  I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.  We’re very fortunate that Dr. Molli returned to our area to provide world class care right here in Crawford County.

Sue H.

My hip replacement experience was very efficient and easy.  Needing a hip is much more painful than getting a hip.  Thank You!

Michael K.

I had both of my hips replaced last fall, the second one completed a year ago yesterday. We have since moved to Virginia, but I wanted to send a picture of me up on the ladder, painting the barn, so Dr. Molli could see how well I am doing! I’m so thankful for the great job that Dr. Molli did! If he doesn’t remember me, I am the farmer whose hips he had to chisel out since they hadn’t moved for years! Thank you again.

Erich B.

This medical procedure and related activity was, by far, the absolute best I have encountered!  I am without reservation, 100% satisfied with my surgical outcome and will return for my other knee.  Thank you to all staff involved.

Walter K.

Everyone was pleasant and professional.  They were concerned about pain level and were accommodating.  Pleased with the results of my new knees!

Jane Z.