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Thursday, January 21, 2021

AOI: A fully integrated approach to orthopedics

John T. Williams Jr., MD (L) and Alfred J. Cook Jr., MD (R)

Most patients can be treated non-operatively. We lay out every option. And we have a lot. Many of our total-joint replacement patients can go home the same day.

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Joint or muscle pain, stiffness, locking, giving way (buckling), creaking, swelling or an inability to walk or play without pain can occur because of traumatic injury, arthritis, or overuse.

And that’s not okay with Dr. Alfred J. Cook, Jr., and Dr. John Williams, Jr., founders of Advanced Orthopedics Institute (AOI).

“We’re not just treating knees, shoulders, and hips,” said Dr. Williams. “We’re treating grandparents and golfers, kayakers and workers, weekend warriors and elite athletes. And we’re not going to be satisfied until we get every one of them back to where they’re happy in their lives.“

“Similar conditions can impact two people in totally different ways,” said Dr. Cook. “Someone who leads an active lifestyle may find an injury totally upends their life, while someone who is less active may be happy just to relieve their pain. We have the expertise to help them enjoy the lives they love, again.”

Dr. Cook is among the nation’s leaders in reverse shoulder replacements to restore rotator cuff function, performing more in a year than many orthopedic surgeons do in a lifetime. He is also performing outpatient shoulder replacements.

Dr. Williams is at the forefront of hip and knee replacements and revision surgeries nationally. He is now performing outpatient knee and hip replacements on patients who are good candidates.

Before we create a treatment plan for our patients, we look at how their condition affects their lifestyle, discuss what their goals for treatment are, and review the state of their overall health. Most of the patients we see can be treated non-operatively. We lay out every option. And we have a lot. Surgery is only considered when patients don’t respond to more conservative treatments.

Our orthopedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, radiology technologist, medical assistant, physical therapists and aids, and support staff take pride in providing fully-integrated orthopedic care. Our state-of-the-art facility includes on-site x-ray and outpatient physical therapy to get you back in motion more quickly.


Megan Benoit, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, RNFA

Megan Benoit, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, RNFA

Megan works with Dr. Williams, seeing patients, providing pre- and postoperative education and care, visiting patients in the hospital and rehabilitation facilities and assisting in surgery.

Her nursing philosophy is to treat the whole patient, and she feels her patients are really receptive to that. “For some patients it’s enough to be able to walk without pain. Others want to get back to their active lives, play golf or enjoy more of the things they love to do. I believe you help tailor their treatments to what they’re looking for. Working with Dr. Williams is amazing.”


Heather Fleming, MSN, APRN-C, RNFA

Heather Fleming, MSN, APRN-C, RNFA

Heather works with Dr. Cook in clinic and the OR, and is excited to help educate her patients, prepare them for procedures, and coordinate their home health, rehab, transportation and other care needs.

“We’re here for often when they’re in the worst shape of their lives. They may have broken an arm or a hip, torn a rotator cuff or worn out a knee. They’re here because they want to get better and they know this is a great place to do that. I’m able to give Dr. Cook more time to do what he does best and our patients get the best of both of us.


Erika King, RT

On-site x-ray gives out surgeons instant insight

Erika King, RT has been a radiology technologist since 2005 and her expertise and knowledge in orthopedic imaging in private practice and urgent care settings will make your experience better.

With our onsite digital x-ray room, you can have your images made during your appointment, and the doctors can see the extent of your injury or how well you are healing from a procedure in real time. X-ray images are an essential tool for diagnosing and treating conditions such as arthritis, dislocated joints, fractures, bone spurs, and infections, and for demonstrating the proper alignment and stabilization of bones after a fracture.

Physical Therapy at AOI

Any condition that causes pain or limited functional mobility as a result of an injury to bony or soft tissue structures in your body may benefit from specialized orthopedic physical therapy. Our PTs and PT-As are helping patients regain mobility, strength and range of motion that may have prevented them from enjoying normal activities. They also focus on making sure patients heal quickly and safely from injuries and following surgery.

Our Services

  • Sports Medicine
  • Total Joint Replacement Of The Hip, Knee And Shoulder
  • Revision Total Joint Replacement
  • Early Intervention And Cartilage Regeneration
  • Stem Cell Treatment
  • Fractures Of The Upper And Lower Extremities
  • Physical Therapy And Sports Rehabilitation
  • Bracing And Orthotics
  • Onsite X-Ray
  • PRP Soft Tissue And Joint Injections

AOI introduces its own line of CBD products

People who suffer from arthritis and other types of joint pain may have considered cannabis-based treatments, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, as an alternative to opiod and other prescription medications. They may also be unsure about which ones to buy, and where to buy them.

After considerable research and due diligence, AOI has introduced its own line of CBD products to give patients a healthier alternative for pain relief.

Benefits include:

  • Minimal (if any) side effects
  • Few known medication interactions
  • Reduced inflammation throughout the body not just joints, muscles and tendons.

AOI CBD products are available to patients and non-patients by visiting the office during normal hours, and include:

  • Pain Management CBD Salve
  • Full-Spectrum CBD Sublingual Tincture (Peppermint and Natural)
  • CBD Salve/ Pain Stick
  • Massage Oil Lotion

Let’s get you back to living

For all of our advanced technologies and leading-edge breakthroughs in joint repair and replacement, the advancements we are most proud of at AOI are those that our patients make in reclaiming their quality of life. If you are experiencing pain or weakness in a knee, shoulder, or hip and feel it’s time to do something about it, there’s no time like right now. If you have other musculoskeletal problems that are causing you pain, get moving and call for your appointment to come see us. We’re here for you.

1400 N US Hwy 441, Suite 552
The Villages, FL 32159


fax: 855.420.1047

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