Michael C. Koester, MD
"I believe in a team-oriented approach involving the patient, family, and therapists in devising the best plan of treatment for each individual. My ultimate goal is to restore my patients to the highest possible level of work, play, or sport by providing compassionate care with a commitment to excellence."
"I started cheering in 2011 at the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics as a class to prepare me for high school cheer. I made the team this year for Thurston High School, starting out on the freshman team. They started talking about moving me up to Varsity during the summer due to my tumbling ability. Then one Friday I was walking in my room and my ankle popped and then it was very painful and I couldn't put any pressure on it. I went to urgent care and they couldn't see anything on the X-ray so they gave me a referral to Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. The pain went away but we went ahead and got an MRI of my ankle and when the doctor told me that I would be out of cheer for three months and I was very upset. I now have had a cast for four weeks and will be in a walking boot after that. I am missing cheer and will miss most of the competition season, but will be back as soon as possible. I am grateful for Slocum because if they hadn't caught this I could have more problems when I get older and I could have ended up in surgery and missed more cheer." -- Marissa L.
Education and Training
- Fellowship: Primary Care Sports Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2004-2005
- Residency: Pediatric, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1996-1999
- Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV, Medical Doctorate, 1996
- Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, Bachelor of Science, 1992
- Licensed by the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners
- Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics
- Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine
- Credentialed ImPACT Consultant
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Oregon Pediatric Society
- Oregon School Activities Association, Medical Aspects of Sports Committee Chair
- National Federation of State High School Associations, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Chair
Hospital Staff Privileges
- Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, OR
- McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, OR
- McKenzie Surgery Center, Eugene, OR
- Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician since 2006
Natives of the Pacific Northwest, my wife and I are happy to be back in Oregon to raise our three children. In my spare time, I enjoy running and learning the Korean language and culture. Additionally, I direct the Slocum Sports Concussion Program.