North Mississippi Sports
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Shaquille Vance of Houston, MS was a multi-sport standout for Houston High School. Vance was injured during a football game on April 1, 2009. Fifteen days later, his leg was amputated above the knee. With the help of his orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nels Thorderson and his staff at North Mississippi Sports Medicine Clinic, Vance learned to run again after being fitted for a prosthetic. He won silver in the 200m in the 2012 London games, and will be competing in Rio during the upcoming paralympic games.

From all of us at North Mississippi Sports Medicine Clinic…Good Luck in Rio – Shaquille Vance!


Since second grade my passion has been basketball. I had never had serious injuries until the summer of 2016, when I pulled and strained muscles and ligaments in my left leg. I was so devastated that I would be missing the summer. Thanks to Dr. Gabe Rulewicz, he made sure that everything would be okay. His positive outlook and great personality made me feel sure I would have a complete recovery.

Maddie Johnson


After I tore my ACL, I was referred to Dr. Rulewicz to have my surgery. He was very thorough and took his time explaining everything to me. The atmosphere at his office is amazing, and his nurse is the kindest woman I know. She always made sure I was comfortable and never let me leave without making me smile! Dr. Rulewicz doesn’t treat you like “just another patient,” he treats you as if you are one of his own! He’s very loving and caring and he even called himself to check on me after I had my surgery. He and his team encouraged me every step of the way and never once let doubt creep into my mind that I wouldn’t get better. Dr. Rulewicz and his staff helped me so much and I would recommend him to anyone!

Mallory Russell


Flipping out, they Assured me they could get me down the isle. I could start naming names but these are not individuals, they are a team. I cried, they found humor for mean made me smile. They show how much they care for their patients. I am very grateful for Tupelo Sports Medicine Clinic. God bless this wonderful group of health workers. Oh yes, by the way i did make it down the isle for her wedding and felt good doing it thanks this teriffic group.

Pam Ivy Leatherwood


Dr. Thorderson with patient Martha Sheffield and Amy Kuykendall, NP.

Laura Saia – P.A.


Patient Katie Taylor who plays soccer at University of Arkansas.

My experience with North Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinic was a true success story. The doctors and staff were caring, compassionate, and provided excellent service. Being an athlete, it was reassuring to see them all work as a team. Thanks to them, I am back doing what I love!

Katie Taylor - University of Arkansas Soccer


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Orthopaedic Institute of
North Mississippi

499 Gloster Creek Village
Ste G1
Tupelo, MS 38801


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