Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine



Welcome to Wabash General Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. We are committed to providing high quality medical care, combined with professional and courteous service, to meet your orthopaedic needs.

Our providers include board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, board certified sports medicine physicians and physician assistants.

We offer a wide variety of services, including same day urgent orthopaedic appointments, prompt appointments and in-house radiology at Mt. Carmel and Carmi locations.


  • General Orthopaedics
  • Joint Replacement
  • Orthopaedic and Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma and Fractures
  • Work Related Injuries
  • Knee Replacement 
Arthroscopic Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Repair

Wabash General Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine’s staff is committed to your care. Please let us know how we can serve you best!

Athletic Training Coverage Application

Coverage Application

(Please note that we request your application be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance of this deadline in order to provide a final decision regarding your application.)


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Filling out this form does not guarantee coverage. Services/coverage subject to the availability of WGH certified athletic trainers (ATs). Thank you for your inquiry.

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Athletic Training services are being offered to surrounding schools and colleges. Including:

  • Mt. Carmel High School
  • Lawrenceville High School
  • Edwards Co. High School
  • White Co. Schools
  • WVC
  • Fairfield High School
  • Grayville on an as needed basis
  • Red Hill high school on an as needed basis
  • Frontier Community College

These services include:


  • On/Off field injury evaluations accessible 7 days per week
  • Athletic training coverage for practices and competitions
  • On-site rehabilitation and treatments, including modalities
  • Off season strength and conditioning program
  • Injury taping education clinic opportunities
  • Accessible referral to Orthopaedic Surgeon and area physicians

For questions about the athletic training services, or inquiries about obtaining the services of an athletic trainer, please call  (618) 262-8621.

Caring for athletes is our game.

Our Team

Sam Hodges, ATC, LAT
Mount Carmel High School

Sam Hodges is originally from Marissa, IL where he graduated from Marissa High School. He went on to continue his education at McKendree University, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training in May of 2012. Sam became a certified Athletic Trainer in December of 2012 and joined the Wabash General Hospital Sports Medicine team in August of 2013 covering Mount Carmel High School and assisting with Wabash Valley College. Sam enjoys watching pretty much any sport in his free time and is a huge Cardinals, Blues, and Packers fan. He enjoys playing baseball and golf. He is also a former Cardinals season ticket holder, and owns a share of Packers stock.

Aj Ola, ATC, LAT
Wabash Valley College

AJ Ola, ATC, LAT is working as a certified athletic trainer for Wabash General Hospital. AJ is originally from Sparta, IL where he graduated high school. After graduating he went to Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL to play football. He then transferred to McKendree University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. AJ joined the Wabash General Hospital Sports Medicine Team in 2014 and is taking over responsibility for Carmi White County schools. In his free time, AJ enjoys golfing, softball, sand volleyball, and playing fantasy football. He also loves to watch football and hockey, especially the Bears and Blackhawks.

Sarah Turner, ATC, LAT
Fairfield Community High School & Frontier Community College

Sarah Turner, ATC, LAT originates from Berryville, IL. She attended and graduated from East Richland High School in Olney, IL. She continued her education at Olney Central College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale graduating with her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. She became a certified Athletic Trainer in April 2012. She joined the Wabash General Hospital Sports Medicine Team in 2012 covering Fairfield Community High School Athletics. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys watching and attending college basketball games.

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Rachel Stephens, ATC, LAT
Edwards County High School, Grayville High School & Carmi White County High School

Rachel Stephens and her husband, Brandon, reside in Albion, IL. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. Rachel is certified with the Board of Certification (BOC), licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). She joined Wabash General Hospital in 2012 and works under the direction of the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Department and is stationed at Edwards County High School. Her athletic training experience spans from high school, Division III athletics, industrial, and semi-professional sports settings. During any down time, Rachel enjoys crocheting, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

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Cassandra Kohlhause, ATC, LAT
Lawrenceville High School

Cassie Kohlhause, ATC, LAT originates from Mount Carmel, IL. She attended and graduated from Mount Carmel High School. In 2009 she earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Union University in Jackson, TN. She joined the Wabash General Hospital Sports Medicine Team in 2015. Her athletic training experience spans from high school, NAIA, Division I, and clinical settings. During her down time, Cassie enjoys watching football, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Mt. Carmel hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm excluding 12-1 for lunch.

No referral is needed for an appointment. Call us today at 618-263-6400.

Patient Forms

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To better serve our patient population, we are now offering services at Horizon Healthcare in Fairfield, Illinois.

213 NW 10th St. Ste D
Fairfield, Illinois 62837
Phone: 618-842-4180
Fax: 618-842-4181
Office Hours: Wed 8-4 PM Excluding 12-1 for lunch

Fairfield Patient Forms

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To better serve our patient population, we are now offering services at Wabash Christian Therapy & Medical Clinic in Carmi, Illinois.

1112 Oak St
Carmi, Illinois 62821
Phone: 618-382-2222
Fax: 618-382-3333
Office Hours: Wed 8-4 PM Excluding 12-1 for lunch

Carmi Patient Forms

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To better serve our patient population, we are now offering services at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

2200 State Street
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Phone: 618-707-4360
Fax: 618-707-4370
Office Hours: Fri 8-4 PM Excluding 12-1 for lunch

Lawrenceville Patient Forms

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Receptionists are available during office hours to assist with the scheduling of your appointments and to answer questions you may have about our services. In addition, they communicate your needs with providers and clinical staff. We strive to coordinate necessary information before your appointment to help us provide you with the best care and make the most of your time with us.

Clinic Staff, include our Nurses, CMAs and Scribes, who serve to lay the foundation of a comprehensive treatment plan by ensuring up-to-date medical history. Along with obtaining vital signs and documenting accurate information about your reason for visit, they assist the provider with many in office procedures including injections, cast application/removal, and dressing changes.

Our Radiology Technologists are licensed and certified, providing you with convenient, in-house imaging services that generate precise results for your provider to diagnose and treat your condition. Their experience and advanced training in orthopaedics is valued as they assist with preparing you for the provider, cast application/removal, and the scheduling of CT and MRI exams as well.

A Surgery Coordinator will guide you through the surgery scheduling process of selecting a surgery date along with time sensitive pre-operative and post-operative appointments. As a Registered Nurse, the surgery coordinator will schedule medically necessary pre-operative testing and clearances with your current health care providers. Furthermore, they initiate and follow up on the management of medical issues that may need addressed prior to your surgery. Communication with your insurance company or utilizing our financial assistance resources is also a priority as the coordinator strives to help you acquire the services you need.

Athletic Trainers work closely with providers and coaches to provide game coverage and injury prevention services to local high schools and Jr. colleges. Their presence not only in the schools but at games and practices too, allows for prevention of and early detection of injuries. While their involvement within the Orthopaedic office and Physical Therapy allows them to easily coordinate all necessary treatments.

We have Physician Assistants that not only assess, diagnose, and treat your condition in the office but that also assist in your surgical management as well. They perform pre and post-operative examinations, assist the surgeon in the operating room, and work closely with the Surgery Coordinator helping to maintain continuity of care. Furthermore, their clinical skills are well developed in cast application, intra-articular injections, and determining the need for more advanced diagnostic or therapeutic services.

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons are dedicated to provide you with the best outcome when surgery is necessary to treat your condition. From knowing when to recommend total joint replacement for chronic conditions to being on call 24/7 for emergency orthopaedic injuries, they offer a full spectrum of surgical services. Their experience and skill is recognized not only on a local level by our patients’ satisfaction but also nationally by the designation of Board Certification.

Our Board Certified Sports Medicine Physician provides specialized care for your condition with a family practice approach. While the abilities are wide ranging, including conservative management of various musculoskeletal conditions, the time spent with you is focused and the care you receive is specific. They closely interact with the Athletic Trainers and WGH Physical Therapists to prevent and treat sports injuries as well as communicate with the Orthopaedic Surgeons when surgical intervention is the next step in your treatment plan.