Meet Your Team
Meet Your Team
We have the leading doctors in the world providing compassionate care for every orthopedic disorder.
Our team consists of Dr. Pizinger, Dr. George, Dr. Kuo, and NP Jackie Cotton–a dedicated team of medical professionals aiming to provide the best orthopedic treatments, and to continue to ensure we are the best orthopedic offices in Joliet, Illinois.
As a patient at Illinois Orthopedic Institute, you’re a priority, even before you walk in the door.
Joe Mathew George DPM, FACFAS
Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon
Dr. Joe George is IOI’s podiatric surgeon. Dr. George completed a three-year podiatric medicine and surgical residency followed by a Foot & Ankle Reconstruction Fellowship. He has had extensive training both in the US and Europe in foot and ankle trauma as well as reconstruction. His extensive experience managing foot and ankle sports injuries and dedication to his profession both enable him to train other surgeons in conservative and surgical management of the foot and ankle.
Rebecca Kuo MD, JD, FAAOS
Board Certified Spine Surgeon
Dr. Kuo is IOI’s spine specialist with over 10 years of experience. She is experienced and proficient in surgical and non-surgical treatments of the spine. Dr. Kuo completed her undergrad at Dartmouth College, followed by attendance at Rush Medical College and Rush Universities Orthopedic Program where she completed her medical school and orthopedic residencies. She then attended University of Texas-Houston to complete her spine fellowship.
Ryan Pizinger MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Pizinger completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maine, where he also played football. He attended Dartmouth College for his residency followed by an Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship in Colorado. He is IOI’s Director of Sports Medicine, overseeing Team Physician Partnerships and acting as Team Physician for The Joliet Slammers baseball team, Bolingbrook High School and Romeoville High School.
Jackie Cotton, NP-C
Jackie Cotton is IOI’s nurse practitioner. After practicing as an orthopedic nurse for 5 years, she went on to complete her Masters Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been working with Drs. George, Kuo, and Pizinger for the last 5 years. She is extremely experienced with diagnosing and conservatively treating a variety of orthopedic, podiatric, and spinal diseases. She also works closely with the surgeons in providing patients post-operative care.