About Our Practice

At Dovetail Orthopedics, we specialize in a holistic approach to orthopedic care, catering to the diverse needs of our patients with a comprehensive range of services. From establishing and restoring your body’s health with evidence-based medical prescription vitamins and foods to rebuilding injuries through regenerative treatments like PRP therapy and TendoNova in-office treatments from Apex Biologix, we offer tailored solutions to address your specific needs. Whether you’re exploring non-invasive options or considering cutting-edge surgery like Lapiplasty®, our goal is to facilitate effective healing and reconstruction, restoring functionality and mobility for a better quality of life. We’re committed to restoring function and mobility, offering a range of therapies, supportive garments, and proper footwear options, including Incrediwear anti-inflammatory garments, Arize custom 3-D printed orthotics, and Edser custom Flopthotics. With our personalized approach, we aim to enhance your recovery journey and empower you to live life to the fullest.

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About Robert D. Santrock, MD

Dr. Santrock, an esteemed orthopedic surgeon, is renowned as the co-inventor of the revolutionary Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction System. With a remarkable career spanning over twenty years, Dr. Santrock has demonstrated exceptional expertise in general orthopedic and whole-body care, with a particular focus on foot and ankle surgery. His dedication to patient-oriented, compassionate care has made him an integral part of our community, where he is highly regarded for his personalized approach to orthopedic treatment. Dr. Santrock’s participation in academics, research, and industry innovation has played an integral role in advancing the field of bunion correction. Based in Amelia Island, Florida, he has been instrumental in developing and refining the Lapiplasty® system, a groundbreaking approach that addresses bunions as complex three-dimensional problems rather than mere bumps. His expertise and commitment to innovation have significantly impacted the field of orthopedics, offering patients a comprehensive solution for long-lasting bunion relief.  Dr. Santrock remains at the forefront of cutting-edge techniques and continues to enhance the lives of individuals seeking orthopedic care, helping them regain mobility, eliminate discomfort, and achieve optimal musculoskeletal health.

Dr. Santrock is an Elite Center Lapiplasty® surgeon who has performed over four hundred Lapiplasty® Procedures. This is the highest designation of Lapiplasty® experienced surgeons. Dr. Santrock is a co-inventor of the Lapiplasty® system, and is a surgeon trainer as well.

Education, Credentials and Appointments


Board Certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Clinical Associate Professor at Duke University Department of Orthopaedics Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery

Active Medical Licenses in FL, OH, WV (pending activation for NC, PA, and SC)


B.A. (Biology) – West Virginia University, 1989-1993

M.D. – West Virginia University, 1993-1997 

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency – West Virginia University, 1997-2002

Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship – Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (Columbus, OH), 2002

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor – University of South Carolina, Department of Orthopaedics, 2006-2011

Associate Professor / Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery – West Virginia University, Department of Orthopaedics, 2011-2020

Director of Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship (MD/DO) – Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (Columbus, OH), 2021-2022

Clinical Associate Professor – Duke University Department of Orthopaedics Division of Foot & Ankle Surgery, 2023-Present

Former Examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and former Reviewer for Foot & Ankle International

Industry Appointments

Surgeon Advisory Board and original Design Team member for

    • Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.

    Former Owner and original Design Team member for

    • Epic Extremity (now Exactech, Inc.)

    Current Owner and Content Creator for

    • OREdMasters.com

    Consultant for

    • Exactech, Inc.
    • Villex, Inc.
    • OXOS, Inc.
    • Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.
    • Mission 3A, Venture Suite

    Dr. Santrock has lectured and taught extensively on his specialties of foot and ankle orthopedic surgery.

    Meet Our Team

    At Dovetail Orthopedics, our dedicated team of orthopedic specialists is committed to providing exceptional care and personalized treatment plans tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

    Karen Santrock


    Jessica Harrison

    Clinic Manager/Lead Medical Assistant

    Lisa Huska

    Financial Specialist/Medical Assistant

    CEO & CFO services provided by Shandon Healthcare

    Tour our Office

    Welcome to Dovetail Orthopedics, where innovation meets care—a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide you with a glimpse into the world of advanced orthopedic solutions and compassionate patient-focused service.

    Embark on a virtual journey through Dovetail Orthopedics, where cutting-edge technology harmonizes with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our meticulously designed facility reflects our commitment to delivering unparalleled orthopedic care. Specializing in innovative procedures like Lapiplasty®, we offer a holistic approach to foot and ankle care that transcends aesthetics. At Dovetail Orthopedics, we prioritize addressing the root causes of various conditions, ensuring enduring results and empowering patients to regain mobility and confidence. From modern surgical suites to a welcoming waiting area, every corner is crafted to enhance your experience. As you explore, discover the fusion of expertise and empathy that defines our practice, ensuring you feel at home while on the path to improved orthopedic health.

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    Our Mission:

    At Dovetail Orthopedics, our mission is to replenish the body, rebuild injuries, and restore function, offering comprehensive orthopedic care that prioritizes patient well-being and optimal recovery. As an integral part of our community, we are dedicated to providing patient-oriented, compassionate care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized attention and support throughout their orthopedic journey.

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