OINJ offers expert orthopedic care across multiple specialty areas, with dedicated Service Centers. Each Service Center features an on-staff, board-certified specialist in order to deliver the highest level of care for that specific department or area. Our Centers of Excellence include our Spine Center, Foot & Ankle Center, Sports Medicine Center, Women’s Sports Medicine Center, Hip & Knee Reconstruction Center, Hand & Upper Extremity Center and Rheumatology Center.
OINJ’s Spine Center provides comprehensive care for patients with a wide spectrum of spinal issues. Here, you’ll find an experienced back specialist to collaborate with you in order to improve your pain and function abilities. They exhaust all non-surgical options. Our Spine Center is led by the following specialists:
Behnam Salari, DO is the Orthopedic Surgeon with the Spine Center at The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey. He is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Salari is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. He also maintains membership in The Society of Lateral Access Surgery and has been published on topics related to spine surgery, treatment and care. Dr. Salari is known for his clinical and surgical skills involving the spine and his commitment to patients. He exhausts all non-operative treatments to address the pathology of the spine before considering surgical options.
Christopher Castro, DO is a Physiatrist with interventional training performing pain management services for The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey.He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His goal is to provide excellent, cost-effective care to his patients to help them improve function by integrating medications, therapies, injections and lifestyle changes. A native of central NJ, Dr. Castro is an avid runner and is active in the community coaching youth sports.
Dr. Michael S. Gutkin is a Partner and a Physiatrist with Interventional Training performing Pain Management services at The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey.
He is dual Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in sports medicine as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Gutkin, a life-long resident of northwestern New Jersey, resides with his wife and four children. With his extended family nearby, they all enjoy sports-related activities together.
Amy Wedderman, LPN is a Licensed Practical Nurse with The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey. Amy Wedderman first studied nursing at Raritan Valley College, and completed her studies in Hunterdon County. She spent the beginning of her career working in Facility Nursing and later became the Charge Nurse at Heath Village. Amy enjoys helping patients recover to get back to their healthy lifestyle.
Michael Gundell, PA-C is a Physician Assistant with The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey.
He is Board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He first discovered his passion for sports medicine through his work as a rehabilitation aide during his time at Rutgers University. Soon after, he developed an interest in the diagnostic and treatment aspects of sports medicine and orthopedic care.
Olga Debrin, PA-C has been a physician assistant at The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey since 2016. Board certified in 2015, Olga received her master's degree from the Physician Assistant program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
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