Sports Medicine


Welcome to Rochester College Athletics,

In preparation for another competitive intercollegiate year I would like to take this opportunity to share some important information with you.   Below you will find the links that are mandatory forms that need to be filled out by each student athlete and their parents.  The links will include forms for: emergency contact information, medical history, Physical exam form (to be filled out by physician), information release and consent to treat waiver, and athletic insurance waiver, an athlete insurance sheet which will be filled out with the primary insurance policy that the athlete has. It is a Rochester College Policy that all student athletes carry a primary insurance policy. If a student athlete does not have a policy there are a couple options: They may purchase the 1st care plan through First Agency insurance company. The second option is that the athlete can purchase their own policy. If you are interested in the 1st care plan email Cara Harm ATC for information and the application.  The last link is the assumption of risk form.  Each student athlete will have to fill out the forms from all five links below.  For walk- on tryouts and recruit visits student athletes will have to fill out the assumption of risk form in order to participate with the team.







Cara Harm, MS, ATC, LAT

Certified Athletic Trainer

Cara Harm is a board certified Athletic Trainer. Cara graduated from Adrian College with her B.S in Exercise Science/Pre-Athletic Training in 2015. At Adrian, she was a three-year NCAA Division III collegiate ice hockey athlete and a one-year NCAA Division III soccer athlete. She continued her education at Adrian, earning her M.S in Athletic Training in 2016.


Joseph H. Guettler, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist


Assistant Clinical Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine


Dr. Joe Guettler is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine.  Dr. Guettler graduated from Valparaiso University with his B.S. in 1992.  At Valparaiso, he was also a four-year Division I collegiate wrestler.  He then earned his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1996 and completed a Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in 2001.  He subsequently served as Sports Medicine Fellow at Duke University from 2001 to 2002.   


Dr. Guettler is the co-founder and senior partner at Performance Orthopedics, where he has practiced for over a decade. He is a member of the Orthopedic staff at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak where he is active in teaching and research, and he performs surgery at Beaumont Royal Oak and the Unasource Surgical Center in Troy.


Dr. Guettler's clinical interests include: 

  • Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow and Knee
  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Knee Injuries in Female Athletes – Including Gender-specific ACL Reconstruction 
  • Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction in Throwing Athletes 
  • ACL, PCL, and Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction 
  • Advanced Cartilage Restoration
  • Meniscal Repair and Transplantation  
  • Minimally Invasive Clavicle Fracture Fixation
  • Treatment of Sports-related Fractures
  • Muscle and Tendon Repair (Biceps, Achilles, Hamstrings, Patellar tendon, etc.) 
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Augmentation of Healing

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Guettler believes in leadership, teaching, research, and community outreach:


From a leadership standpoint, he is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).  He is a past President and current board member of the Michigan Orthopaedic Society.  He is also past President of the Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He recently served on the Research Board of the AOSSM, as well as on the society's Education Committee.  In addition, he has functioned as AOSSM's liaison to the National Athletic Trainers Association for the past four years.  He was also elected to serve as Michigan's representative on the AOSSM Council of Delegates.  Finally, he was Team Orthopedic Surgeon and Head Team Physician at Oakland University for almost a decade.


Teaching is another vital component of Dr. Guettler's practice of medicine.  On the national level, he is a surgical instructor at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois, teaching the latest techniques to surgeons from around the nation and world.  He has a dual professorship at Oakland University, serving as an Adjunct Clinical Professor through the School of Health Sciences, as well as an Assistant Professor through the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.  At Beaumont, he has also served as Director of Sport Medicine Education and Research, and he is proud to be very involved in the teaching of the residents and fellows.


Without research, a doctor cannot be on the 'leading edge.'  Dr. Guettler is proud that he has been able to balance a vibrant clinical practice with his strong research interests over the past 2 decades.  At any given time, Dr. Guettler is involved in at least 5 to 6 clinical and laboratory studies.  Current research projects include cartilage restoration, ACL healing, rotator cuff repair, identification of patients at risk for osteoarthritis, advanced imaging techniques to detect early cartilage injury, and the prevention of throwing injuries in developing baseball pitchers.


A true sports medicine doctor gets involved in the community's 'sports.'  Community outreach is the part of Dr. Guettler's practice that ties it all together.  If you look, you will see Dr. Guettler on a number of high school sidelines during any given football season.  You will see him in the educational column that he runs in the Eccentric Newspapers.  You will see him at the local library giving a lecture on the prevention of injuries in aging athletes.  You will see him on the evening news commenting on a professional athlete's injury, or simply on ways to prevent injuries in your growing athlete…


'Dr. Joe,' as his patient's know him, has a true passion for the practice of sports medicine.  Accolades are great, but 'at the end of the day,' it's all about your personal care. Rest assured – Dr. Joe is dedicated to getting you back in the game, whatever your game may be.         


James Bicos, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, William Beaumont Hospital

USA Gymnastics National Team Orthopedic Surgeon


Dr. James Bicos is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and the treatment of athletes of all ages.


Dr. Bicos graduated from Northwestern University with his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in 1995.  After Northwestern, Dr. Bicos earned his medical degree from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL in 1999. He continued his training at Rush University and completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush in 2004. He then went on to complete his sports medicine training with a fellowship at the University of Connecticut from 2004 to 2005.


Dr. Bicos initially started his orthopedic practice in the Indianapolis area and joined Performance Orthopedics, the premier Orthopedic Sports Medicine practice in the Oakland County area, in 2012. He is a member of the Department of Orthopedics at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he is active in teaching the residents and fellows, in addition to performing state of the art research.   Dr. Bicos is also the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Director at William Beaumont Hospital.  Dr. Bicos performs surgery at William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, William Beaumont Hospital Troy, and UnaSource Surgery Center.


Dr. Bicos is a seasoned veteran when taking care of sports teams. In fellowship, he took care of the 2004 – 2005 NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Teams at the University of Connecticut. In addition, he managed the Hartford Wolfpack, which is the feeder team for the New York Rangers NHL Hockey Team. Dr. Bicos has taken care of the USA Gymnastics Men's and Women's National and Olympic Teams. He is currently the USA Gymnastics National Team Orthopedic Physician and has traveled not only to two World Championships but was the gymnastics head physician at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Bicos has covered numerous National Gymnastics Championship events. With his cartilage interests and strong affiliation with USA Gymnastics, Dr. Bicos was named one of the Top 10 Sports Surgeons in 2012 by Sports Illustrated. More locally, Dr. Bicos and the other members of Performance Orthopedics have been the team physicians for the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies and currently cover multiple high schools, including Groves, Seaholm, Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Berkley, among others.


Dr. Bicos' clinical interests include:

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, and knee
  • Shoulder rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder labral repair and reconstruction in throwing athletes
  • Management of shoulder dislocations and cartilage tears, including advanced reconstruction techniques (Latarjet, Allograft Reconstruction)
  • Shoulder biceps injuries
  • Shoulder arthritis: Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • ACL, PCL, and Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction
  • Knee injuries in female athletes – including gender-specific ACL reconstruction
  • Advanced cartilage restoration techniques (ACI, DeNovo, etc)
  • Meniscal repair and transplantation
  • Patellofemoral (kneecap) pain, including realignment (Fulkerson Osteotomy, MPFL reconstruction)
  • Adolescent and pediatric sports injuries
  • Treatment of sports-related fractures
  • Muscle and tendon repair (Biceps, Achilles, Hamstrings, Patellar tendon, etc.)
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Augmentation of Healing

Dr. Bicos takes a personalized approach to all of his patients, tailoring his care and treatment options to your needs. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, Dr. Bicos is here to get YOU back in the game!


You can follow Dr. Bicos on Twitter: @cartilagedoc or @prformanceortho