The Sweat, the Passion, and the Dirt

The Sweat, the Passion, and the Dirt

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Wyatt Lyonsmith has been riding dirt bikes since he was 4 years old. When he was about 8 years old, he saw his first motocross race and was instantly hooked!  By the next event, he was no longer an observer, but a racer. Since then, he has raced at all of the the major amateur national events, as well as many local ones. He’s ranked at the top of the amateur class and plans to race professionally within the year.

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Any day of the week, there’s nothing Wyatt would rather be doing than riding his dirt bike. He enjoys it so much, he chose to complete his last two years of high school online so he could live at a training facility in South Carolina. While there, he was able to train and work out daily with other serious motocross athletes. Since graduating, he’s had the opportunity to travel around and race on many different tracks.

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Like most other motocross racers, Wyatt has had a few broken bones. He’s gotten through the races safely, but several of his practices have been a bit unlucky! He broke his femur at age 10 and then his wrist and ankle more recently. Dr. Tadje has been pleased for the opportunity to support Wyatt in his racing pursuits for the last 9 years. The whole office is excited to follow Wyatt’s career and cheer him on as he makes the transition to becoming a professional racer.

Written By: Rebecca Howard



Nicole Eaton, therapist, mom of 2, biker, traveler, and sculptor, is always on board to try something new. One of her most recent endeavors has been learning to weld. Her social work practice keeps her busy, but in her spare time she has discovered she loves to create metal sculptures. She has even been able to sell some of her work at a gallery in Coeur d'Alene.

Last year, her husband took her skydiving for her birthday. It was exhilarating! In her head, she was going to land in a graceful run, like in a movie. But it didn’t quite turn out that way. When she came down, she put her feet out and impacted hard. She couldn’t catch her feet under her and she couldn’t stop. She and the tandem skydiver on her back dragged along the ground and fell into a heap. “It wasn’t pretty!” she said. It was immediately apparent that her ankle was broken.


The doctors in the emergency room knew she would need surgery, but her ankle needed to be set in the meantime. The Emergency Room Physician attempted to reduce her ankle but had a difficult time. She followed up with Dr. Tadje several days later. Due to the severity and instability of her ankle fracture, Dr. Tadje felt that Nicole needed surgery ASAP. She came in 2 days later and Dr. Tadje fixed her ankle with 2 plates and 9 screws. And most importantly to her, he preserved her brand-new Idaho tattoo.



On a check-up visit, Nicole mentioned that she needed to heal quickly so she could get back to her creations in the welding shop. In the following conversation, Dr. Tadje offered her a box of medical hardware, and she offered to make him a sculpture out of it. After exploring different possibilities, she came up with an amazing sculpture that symbolizes the work that Dr. Tadje’s staff aims to do each day. A butterfly, something beautiful and new created out of worn and unusable parts. Dr. Tadje and his staff are happy to be able to admire this work of art in their office every day.  





Written By: Rebecca Howard

Rescuing Others at 80 Years Young

Rescuing Others at 80 Years Young

Ray Bingham turned 80 on New Year’s Day 2018, but he is not old. According to him, age is more about attitude than a number. Sometimes his body gives him some trouble, but he just stops by Dr. Tadje’s office for a little help and he’s off on his way again. He’s had a full and busy life working hard as a cabinet maker to provide for his large family. At 80, life has hardly slowed down for Ray. Whether it’s spending time with grandkids, working on his sprinkler system, or remodeling his house, Ray keeps his plate full. He’s had an amazing life, and the last couple of years have brought more adventure than Ray had ever expected.

About 16 years ago, he was on an LDS mission in Australia. One day, he visited a family who had recently been on a vacation to the Philippines. They asked if he would like to see some pictures of their trip. Part way through the presentation, he saw a picture of an extremely skinny young girl who had a terrible cleft palate. The image struck him so powerfully, he instantly knew he needed to help her. He found out her name was Genalyn Amar, she was about 11 years old, and she lived on a remote island in the Philippines. He contacted LDS Social Services, who referred him to the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation. This foundation is located in Manila, and is dedicated to helping people in the Philippines with birth defects.  

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Genalyn’s family lived in absolute poverty, so every need had to be carefully addressed and provided for. Ray was determined to do whatever it took to help this little girl. He made all of the arrangements so Genalyn and her mom could travel to Manila for the surgery. When they arrived, Genalyn was very ill. She was malnourished, anemic, and had tuberculosis. It took the doctors several months to get her healthy enough for her cleft palate surgery. Ray sent her a teddy bear to keep her company during her long hospital stay. He stayed informed of Genalyn’s progress through the foundation administrator. He was relieved and pleased when she made it safely through the entire process and was able to return home to her family.

Many years passed and Ray still thought about Genalyn. He decided if he was going to meet her, he needed to make it happen soon. He wasn’t sure how to find her, but he searched through his things and found an address he thought might work. He wrote her a letter, asking if she remembered him and told her he would love to meet her. Six weeks later he got an email from Genalyn saying that she would love to meet him too. After he had booked his ticket, he was able to connect with Genalyn through video chat. At first, she held up a teddy bear in front of her face. She asked through her sister, who was translating, if he remembered the teddy bear he had sent her during her hospital stay. When she removed it, Ray saw that she only had 1 protruding tooth left and he wept. During their conversation, he found out that Genalyn’s 3 year old daughter, Abby, was also born with a cleft palate. He decided he wanted to help them both while he was in the Philippines.

Genalyn, two of her sisters, and Abby met Ray at the Manila airport. Meeting them in person for the first time left Ray completely overcome with emotion. They were such beautiful people who had suffered so much in life, yet they were happy. He felt drawn to them and they made an instant connection. He immediately became their “Uncle Ray.” Before traveling to their home on the island of Mindoro, he wanted to start the process for Abby’s surgery. They took her to a clinic that was referred to them by the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation. They found that she had pneumonia and worms, and would need at least one week of medication before she would be ready for surgery. They gathered the medications she needed and decided to treat her at home.

Ray was able to stay in the Amar family’s humble home. He was amazed that in spite of having little food and few opportunities, they were so happy. They treated him like a king, sharing their sparse food with him, and insisting he eat first at every meal. While he was there, he met Genalyn’s parents, siblings, and some neighbors. He was overwhelmed at all of the poverty and intense need. He started forming plans for how he could help.

Ray’s first goal was to get Abby’s cleft palate surgery done, which the foundation’s doctors performed right after he returned home. The next thing was to help Genalyn with her teeth. Before leaving for home, he arranged with the foundation to do her dental work. After 4 months, Genalyn had functional teeth and a beautiful smile. She had never been to school because of how badly she was tormented, and can neither read nor write. But now she feels like she has been given the world, because Ray has made it possible for Abby to have those opportunities she never had.

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After getting back home, he started tackling some of his other goals. All of Genalyn’s sisters had serious dental needs. Last March, he traveled back to the Philippines and was able to arrange for them and some of their neighbors to get their dental work done as well. He was also able to help with some groceries, school supplies, shoes, and some other basic needs.

When Ray goes back in November, he has more goals to accomplish. On the top of his list is to help one of Genalyn’s neighbors, a 14 year old boy whose feet were badly burned and have turned under. Ray has been working to line up plastic and orthopedic surgeons to do the necessary surgeries for this young boy, and can’t wait to see how life opens back up for him.

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Ray knows he can’t do everything, but he is determined to do something. He’s changing lives one goal at a time. He’s full of gratitude that he’s able to be Uncle Ray to Genalyn and her family. He’s grateful for the connections, the miracles, and the opportunities that have opened up to him. At this point, he plans to just keep on running as long as he can. Because at 80 years young, he still has a lot to give.

Written By: Rebecca Howard

Meet Steve

Why do you work with Dr. Tadje and his team?

My name is Steve and I am Tadje Orthopaedic's x-ray technologist. As an x-ray tech, I take images of a variety of patient's, including new patients, re-check patients, post-op patients, etc. I have been with the Tadje Ortho team for approximately 2.5 years. 

My first job out of school was as an x-ray tech for West Boise Radiology, which was an outpatient radiology clinic. I then became a tech for bedside x-ray for about 3 years. After this job, I began working in the orthopedic field and took a job with Orthopedic Associates. I continued my orthopedic experience by working with Dr. Moss and Dr. Naeve, which eventually turned into a job with St. Luke's. After Dr. Moss and Dr. Naeve retired, St. Luke's placed me as an x-ray tech for Dr. Tadje. 

Working with Dr. Tadje has been both rewarding and challenging. He sees a wide variety of patients and runs a busy clinic, which has been a new experience for me. I enjoy getting to meet patients of all ages. I have adapted my skills to meet the specific requirements of our clinic. Coming to work with Dr. Tadje and his team has been a refreshing change. I enjoy working with the tight-knit group and smaller clinic we have created. Many patients have expressed to me that our team-based atmosphere has made an impression on them and has made their experience with us more "comfortable." I am proud to work for an office that values both its patients and employees. I am also appreciative of all the "little" things that Dr. Tadje does to show his appreciation for our staff members and the work that we do.

~Steve Gordon


Meet Teia - Our Receptionist/Office Manager

Why do you work with Dr. Tadje and his team?

It all started in 2007, when I moved from Reno, Nevada, to the great state of Idaho, to be closer to my Grandparents. I was blessed enough to quickly land a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant at St. Alphonsus in Boise on the Orthopaedic Trauma floor. While I had been a CNA on an Orthopaedic joint replacement floor in Nevada, the difference in care, medical procedures and technology was astounding. I had never been exposed to Orthopaedic trauma before and I quickly grew to love it. Through the five years I worked for St. Alphonsus, I got to know many different Orthopaedic surgeons. While they were all wonderful and skilled, one really stood out to me – Dr. Tadje. He was so kind and compassionate, and it was evident by watching the way he interacted with patients that he not only had a true passion for his work but also for helping others. While there are so many different stories I could tell (read Coltin’s Story below), I remember one in particular. I was working with a patient that had been critically injured in a motorcycle accident when Dr. Tadje happened to stop by to check on him. The patient had a head injury, multiple fractures and a long list of internal injuries. Although the accident happened almost a week prior, it was the first time the patient had been able to meet Dr. Tadje because he had been unconscious. Dr. Tadje shook his hand, pulled up a chair and sat down next to the patient, which was something I’d never seen any doctor do before. He talked with the patient for quite some time, detailing the multiple injuries he sustained, how he had treated each injury and what the patient should expect as a result. Dr. Tadje and the patient continued to talk about “normal life” things – family, kids, work and hobbies. Before leaving, the patient thanked Dr. Tadje for “putting me back together.” Dr. Tadje promised him that he would do his very best to care for him so that he could get back to playing with his kids. Once Dr. Tadje left, the patient looked at me and said, “I think he really means that.” After watching Dr. Tadje interact with the patient I was able to confidently say “I know he does.” From that moment forward, I knew Dr. Tadje was not only a skilled surgeon, but also as a kind, caring and uniquely compassionate person.

Over the next several years I completed a bachelor’s degree in Health Science Studies and was lucky enough to continue to work with Dr. Tadje on the Orthopaedic floor at St. Luke’s.  A little over two years ago Dr. Tadje asked me to join his team. After doing inpatient orthopaedics for over 10 years, leaving the hospital was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I knew I couldn’t turn it down. I had always thought of Dr. Tadje as top-notch, and while I expected his team to be as well, I’m still surprised and amazed at how awesome they are. Virginia is so thoughtful and deeply cares about her patients, many of whom she knows on a nearly personal level. Tracy is all about making sure every patient is taken care of. Mikayla is detailed and on the path to become a PA. Steve, has years of experience as an x-ray tech and enjoys talking with our patients. Lacey, our newest team member, has a heart of gold and fits right in. Each day I go home knowing that every person I work with genuinely cares about our patients, not just for them.

In addition to working with an amazing crew, I also get the opportunity to know our patients over time and to watch as they improve. Whether it’s a work-related injury, a fracture or a condition earned after years of having fun, I know that our patients are going to get the best treatment in a kind and caring atmosphere. For me, the best thing about being a part of Team Tadje is watching our patients get back to doing the things they love.


Meet Lacey - Our Biller

Why do you work with Dr. Tadje and his team?

Hello Everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read up on who this new girl really is! My name is Lacey Madrigal. I am part of Team Tadje’s Medical Billing. I address each day with sincere actions to build financially positive and OPEN relationships with our patients. I have worked inside the medical world well over 10 years now, feels weird saying that…. wasn’t I a free-spirited young adult just yesterday? Over the years I have absorbed many experiences working alongside of physician’s, nurses, reception, administration. I am proud to have built wonderful relationships with these professionals. It is through this experience I have hand-picked the tools and the understanding of what it takes to have a unified medical practice, one that works conscientiously to create the very best experience for its patients. Unity inside a practice shines bright and I see this intention working at Tadje Orthopaedics.

I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt……family means everything to me! My husband and I have 10 + years of memories together, 5 years of which we have been married. My son is 3 years old, wild and softhearted. My 1-year old baby girl is so sweet, with a mellow temperament. She is ready to take on the world! Motherhood has been life changing - I'm sure all you mothers out there are smiling under your breath! I am blessed to have my babies. They challenge me and teach me, just as I challenge and teach them growth. I hope to raise them with poise, honor, and kindness - just as my parents have raised me.

I am a lover of the Arts. Performing Arts – music, dance, theater. Moved by visual arts. Designing creating, decorating, finding the next treasure to distress/shabby chic! I enjoy Yoga! I always look forward to spending time with my parents, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, friends! But I also love to just have a night in with a good movie.

If you should ever find yourself searching for Orthopedic specialists, I highly recommend us! I have only been employed for 5 short months and already have formed this impression. In addition, if I have already experienced working with you through your orthopedic recovery, I thank you for trusting us.  

~Lacey Madrigal     

Meet Tracy

Why do you work with Dr. Tadje and his team?

Wife, mom, daughter, friend, and Licensed Practical Nurse for Team Tadje for over 5 years! These are just a few of the many roles I play.

My name is Tracy Tew. My story began in Fullerton, California. Warm sunny days and flip flops were some of my most favorite things, that is, until I met my husband who is an Idaho native. Although on most days you will still find me wearing flip flops, the ever-changing Idaho weather has definitely grown on me.

I attended Idaho State University for my nursing degree. And after working in corrections for 5 years after graduating, Orthopedics was a welcome change. My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we have twin 6-year-old boys and an 18-year-old daughter. We enjoy camping, spending time with family and traveling.

My position at Tadje Orthopaedics is multifaceted and keeps me on my toes. From patient care to insurance verification, I have grown to love what I do and the people I work with.

In addition to sports medicine, trauma and joint replacement, Dr. Tadje has an interest in international humanitarian work. He has traveled to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Nepal and Thailand to participate in surgical missions. Dr. Tadje has shared this interest with my husband and I, and thanks in part to his generosity, we have recently been chosen to participate in the 2018 Trauma and Emergency Management Program in Kawkareik, Myanmar (previously Burma). This will be the first of what we hope to be many international trips. I believe this experience will not only help others, but it will help us to grow both personally and professionally.

Keep an eye out for my next blog all about our trip.

~Tracy Tew, LPN

Virginia goes to AAHKS

Virginia Goes to AAHKS

The first week of November, I had the opportunity to journey to Dallas, Texas and attend the 2017 AAHKS (American Association for Hip and Knee Surgeons) annual meeting. I spent 2 solid days listening to papers and symposiums, selected from over 1400 submitted, to be reviewed at the annual AAHKS meeting. Topics covered ranged from antibiotic coverage, to surgical technique, how to increase patient outcomes and avoid patient complications. In addition to the talks presented, there was a large exhibit hall with vendors demonstrating everything from surgical implants to positioning devices and products to aid in patient care. I was also able to visit with and discuss processes with other orthopedic providers. It was a great learning experience and I look forward to bringing back to our practice the new evidence based recommendations and assisting to implement them at Tadje Orthopaedics.  

Meet Mikayla

Why do you work with Dr. Tadje and his team?

My name is Mikayla and I am Virginia and Dr. Tadje’s medical scribe. As a medical scribe, I accompany Dr. Tadje and Virginia as they see patients and dictate their notes for them. I detail the history of the injury, hands-on exam, imaging reads, and treatment plan. I have been with the Tadje Ortho team for about 8 months, and let me tell you, it was the best decision I have ever made.

My medical field journey began with working as a CNA. I had worked in both skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in high school and college, so upon graduation, I was ready for a new and exciting challenge. I began working at St. Luke’s as a Unit Clerk/CNA on the orthopedic/ENT medical/surgical floor. This is where I met Dr. Tadje. He rounded on several of our patients as an orthopedic hospitalist. He was always a doctor that stood out to me, because no matter who you were, he always made it a point to say hi or good morning. He seemed like a genuine person and it showed in how he cared for his patients.

One day, Dr. Tadje contacted me and asked me to join his team. While I was completely surprised and overwhelmed, I was excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. Tadje and to meet his team that he spoke so highly about. Little did I know, his team was even better than I could have imagined. They welcomed me with open arms and have taught me so much.

Since joining Team Tadje, I have encountered countless experiences that have shaped my future in the medical field. While Dr. Tadje is my boss, he and Virginia both are concerned about ME, as a person too, which is nearly impossible to find in the workforce anymore. While I strive to be a good employee, Dr. Tadje and Virginia are both supportive of my long-term goals in the medical field. I am currently undergoing the PA school application process. Dr. Tadje has allowed me to shadow him in the operating room and Virginia teaches me new things in clinic such as exams, injection techniques, and how to read x-rays. They both are role models to the caring and invested provider that I aspire to be someday. Steve, our x-ray tech, has taught me several x-ray techniques in his spare time. Tracy, our nurse, has taught me how to authorize and order MRI’s, take medical histories on patients, draw up injections, cut casts off, and remove staples and stitches. Teia and Lacey have taught me about our EMR and insurance coverages. All of these aspects are things I would have never learned without coming here.

Until now, I had always worked at a “job.” Now, I genuinely look forward to coming into work. I get to work with amazing people and learn while doing it, what more could I ask for? I love working with a team that is dedicated to their patients and that puts patients first. And while I may not be with the Tadje Ortho team forever, I will forever remember them and what they have done for me.

~Mikayla Taugher