Our Practice

Striving for Excellence

Compassionate Care, Innovative Solutions, and Community Impact

At the Michigan Joint Replacement Institute, our commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care drives everything we do. As a beacon of hope and healing for individuals grappling with hip and knee issues, our mission is clear: to alleviate discomfort, restore movement, and elevate the well-being of our patients. Rooted in our unwavering philosophy, we strive for excellence through innovation, precision, and expertise. Every member of our team is dedicated to embracing diversity, fostering inclusivity, and making a positive impact in our community. At MJRI, we believe in more than just medical procedures; we are dedicated to restoring lives and empowering individuals to lead active and fulfilling existences. Join us on a journey towards a life free from pain, where honesty, integrity, and continuous improvement guide our every action.

Ready to take the first step towards renewed mobility and a life free from joint pain?
Timothy Ekpo DO, MHCDS,FAOAO FACS Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Timothy Ekpo. Recognized as a leader in joint replacement surgery, Dr. Ekpo’s skill and passion set him apart in providing outstanding orthopedic care. At MJRI, Dr. Ekpo has created a center dedicated to advancing the field of joint replacement, with a focus on pioneering surgical techniques, state-of-the-art technologies, and a compassionate, patient-centered approach that drives our pursuit of excellence.

Additionally, Dr. Ekpo serves as a mentor, imparting his knowledge of intricate surgical methodologies to fellow surgeons. His commitment to advancing the field is evident through the design of innovative medical devices, sought-after clinical insights, and his consistent endorsement of cutting-edge technologies.

As a devoted family man, he finds joy in his marriage and takes pride in nurturing his two children. In addition to medicine, Dr. Ekpo enjoys traveling and his enthusiasm for automobiles further highlights his interests.

For unparalleled orthopedic care and innovative solutions, trust Dr. Timothy Ekpo and the Michigan Joint Replacement Institute – your partners in joint health and overall well-being.

Trust Dr. Timothy Ekpo and the Michigan Joint Replacement Institute for Leading Orthopedic Care and Innovative Solutions

Our Mission

Empowering Mobility, Enhancing Lives
The Michigan Joint Replacement Institute is dedicated to serving as a beacon of hope and healing for those grappling with hip and knee issues. Our primary goal is to offer top-tier orthopedic care, specializing in joint replacement, reconstruction, fracture care, and joint preservation surgery. We aim to alleviate discomfort, restore movement, and elevate the well-being of our patients. Our approach is characterized by compassion, innovation, and precision, treating each individual with the utmost care as if they were a cherished member of our own family. Embracing diversity and ensuring inclusivity regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, or sexual orientation is integral to our values. Beyond patient care, we are committed to sharing our expertise within the medical community, fostering a culture of excellence in orthopedic care. Our belief in the transformative power of mobility drives us to help every person journey towards a life free from pain, enabling them to lead an active and fulfilling existence.
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Our Guiding Philosophy

Principles That Shape Our Practice
Recognizing the unique experiences and concerns of each patient, we provide care with genuine compassion and empathy, treating every individual as a cherished member of our own family.
Embracing advancements in healthcare, we constantly seek innovative technologies and approaches to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients, upholding the highest standards of care.
Valuing precision and expertise, our dedicated surgeons and staff continually refine their skills, setting benchmarks for excellence in orthopedic care.
Placing patients at the heart of our practice, we actively engage with them, listen to their needs, and involve them in their healthcare decisions, empowering them to take control of their well-being
Embracing inclusivity and diversity, we welcome patients from all backgrounds without discrimination, fostering an environment of respect and acceptance within our community.
Committed to not only providing care but also sharing knowledge, we believe in educating other medical professionals to elevate the quality of care across our community.
Viewing our work as more than medical procedures, we focus on restoring lives, understanding the trust our patients place in us and embracing the responsibility to improve their well-being.
Recognizing our role in the community, we strive to make a positive impact by enhancing the mobility and quality of life of our patients, contributing to the overall well-being of our community.
Upholding the highest ethical standards, honesty and integrity form the foundation of our practice, ensuring trust and transparency in all patient interactions.
Committed to continuous improvement and lifelong learning, we embrace change and constantly seek ways to enhance our care and the patient experience.

Our Team

Nick Dyer, Physicians Assistant, MJRI
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Nick Dyer

Physician Assistant

Nick Dyer has been a practicing physician assistant for the past 12 years, having completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Wayne State University, where he obtained a BA in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Initially, he embarked on his career as a physician assistant in the emergency department for 3 years before seizing the opportunity to join Dr. Ekpo’s orthopedic team.

Since transitioning to orthopedics, Nick has seamlessly integrated into both the operating room and clinic settings. His passion for his work is evident as he finds fulfillment in being a part of patients’ journeys to wellness. He firmly believes that their role is to assist patients in achieving their goals and reclaiming the quality of life that knee and hip pain may have impeded.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Nick cherishes spending time with his wife, 2 daughters, and their yellow lab. Their activities often revolve around sporting events or leisurely outings in the park. Nick’s love for the outdoors is reflected in his hobbies, which include traveling to National Parks, beekeeping, and engaging in renovation projects.

Matthew Draper, Nurse Practitioner, MJRI
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Matthew Draper

Nurse Practitioner

Matthew Draper is a Nurse Practitioner at the Michigan Joint Replacement Institute, specializing in Adult Joint Reconstructive Surgery. His educational journey began at Central Michigan University in 2009, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Sports Medicine and Health Fitness. During his six-year tenure as an athletic trainer, Matthew pursued further education, obtaining a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University in 2012 and an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Jackson College in 2015.

Throughout his nursing career, Matthew worked exclusively in the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Jackson until 2021, when he transitioned to working alongside Dr. Ekpo. During this time, he pursued advanced education, completing a Master’s of Science from Simmons University School of Nursing. He is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Michigan, accredited through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Joining Dr. Ekpo’s team as a member of the Adult Joint Reconstructive Service, Matthew’s responsibilities include both clinical work and serving as a surgical first assistant in the operating room. His areas of expertise and interest encompass joint replacement, sports medicine, and injection therapy.

As a vital part of the care team, Matthew begins by conducting a thorough examination, engaging in discussions, and assessing the patient’s concerns. Collaboratively, he works with patients to devise personalized care plans tailored to their specific needs. Treatment options span from conservative, non-surgical interventions to surgical procedures, depending on the individual’s condition and preferences. Matthew’s diverse background as an Athletic Trainer, Registered Nurse in the emergency department, and now as a Nurse Practitioner equips him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing acute and chronic conditions.

Katie Grace, Practice Manager, MJRI
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Katie Grace

Practice Manager

Bio coming soon!