Chad Zehms, MD

Sports Medicine: Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Total Joint

Jessica Hester - Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Medical School
Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI)
Naval Medical Center (Portsmouth, VA) ​
Steadman Philippon Sports Medicine Clinic (Vail, CO)
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professional Affiliations
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Jessica Hester

Nurse Practioner (NP)
Jessica Hester graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She gained invaluable experience as a registered nurse in the emergency department, a primary care office and Optim Orthopedics Surgery Center. She desired to further her education and received her Master of Science in Nursing with honors from Georgia College and State University. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Sports Medicine: Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Total Joint

Chad Zehms, MD

As a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Chad Zehms, MD, specializes in orthopedic sports medicine surgery for musculoskeletal injuries at Optim Orthopedics.

As a surgeon, it’s safe to say that Chad T. Zehms, MD, has seen it all. In addition to his work at Optim Orthopedics — where he performs hip arthroscopy with advanced techniques in labral repair and reconstruction as well as a host of other surgical and non-surgical procedures — his career has taken him from the battlefield of Afghanistan to the hallowed tundra of Lambeau Field.

After receiving his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, his naval service brought him to Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia where he served his residency. It was this same service that saw him deployed with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Konduz, Afghanistan.

“We were the tip of the spear,” he said. While many of his patients were fellow service members, he saw nearly half of his patients were Afghan civilians. “We were the first line outside of corpsman in the field. Our job was to stabilize injuries, save lives and get patients to the next place where they had more capability. It was an investment in these people to get them to see the U.S. military is trying to be your friend.”

Returning to the states, he found his calling on another field, this time the gridiron, as a trauma consultant for the Green Bay Packers. While it was worlds away from Afghanistan, treating patients with thousands watching in the stands, he approached it with the same clinical precision. “At the end of the day, the actual job doesn’t change,” he said. “A $25 million quarterback and an Afghan farmer both break their leg the same way.”

A passionate sports enthusiast, Dr. Zehms enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Melissa, and five children. He is an avid runner and has competed in several marathons.

Key Services
  • Arthroscopy of the hip with advanced techniques in labral repair and reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair and transplantation Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Sports arthroscopy of the hip, shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle cartilage restoration and replacement advanced trauma / fracture repair
(Note: Dr. Zehms is one of only two surgeons between Atlanta, Savannah and Jacksonville who perform hip arthroscopy)

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