De Mujer A Mujer

Betina Bremer Hinckel

Betina Bremer Hinckel

M.D., Ph.D. • Orthopedic surgery

Latino Press is very pleased with the opportunity to have at “De Mujer a Mujer”, (Woman to Woman) the story of the prominent Dr. Betina B. Hinckel from Beaumont Medical Group.

Dr. Betina B. Hinckel is a fellowshiptrained orthopedic sports medicine and shoulder surgeon. She specializes in non-surgical and surgical care of the knee, shoulder and hip. Dr. Hinckel believes every patient is unique and requires individualized approach to accommodate their needs. She performs arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder and hip and open reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Hinckel is an expert in knee cap disorders and cartilage injuries of the knee and has authored multiple publications.

Interview:

1. Dr. Hinckel would you tell us a little bit about your background

Of course, my pleasure. I was born in Troy, NY, but raised in Brazil. I completed medical school, residency, fellowship in Knee Surgery and doctorate degree at the University of Sao Paulo in the largest hospital of Latin America. Back to the US, I did 3 fellowships in sports medicine at the University of Missouri, Kaiser Permanente San Diego and Brigham and Woman’s/ Massachusetts General Hospital fellowship. I am very passionate about research and innovation to improve the lives of my patients; especially in the areas of patellofemoral joint and cartilage restoration. I am also a member of the IPSG (International Patellofemoral Study Group) along with renowned experts in the field, which allows me to provide the latest advances to my patient care. I am thrilled to be a part of the Beaumont Hospital, where I am able to get my patients back in action in their sports or daily life!

2. What motivated you to choose your career the orthopedic surgery?

I enjoy that in Orthopaedics we can be with the patients from start to finish, we do the first evaluation, evaluate imaging, counsel non-operative and perform surgery when needed. As a young athlete, I could appreciate the importance on having an orthopaedic surgeon I could rely on. I was on the basketball team, as well as track and field where I competed in the long jump, high jump and 400m. Not surprisingly, I had many injuries, sprained ankles, stress fractures and seemingly constant pain that just moved from one place to another. Working with the orthopedic surgeon to heal my body gave me perspective on how important our work is for patients. With these experiences in mind I knew Orthopedic surgery was the profession for me, and it was a way for me to help patients get back to their activities.

3. How your bilingual experience has enriched your practice here in the USA?

I enjoy that in Orthopaedics we can be with the patients from start to finish, we do the first evaluation, evaluate imaging, counsel non-operative and perform surgery when needed. As a young athlete, I could appreciate the importance on having an orthopaedic surgeon I could rely on. I was on the basketball team, as well as track and field where I competed in the long jump, high jump and 400m. Not surprisingly, I had many injuries, sprained ankles, stress fractures and seemingly constant pain that just moved from one place to another. Working with the orthopedic surgeon to heal my body gave me perspective on how important our work is for patients. With these experiences in mind I knew Orthopedic surgery was the profession for me, and it was a way for me to help patients get back to their activities.

4. What do you think about this pandemic situation has affected us all, and how has affected your area of expertise?

I think these are unprecedented times worldwide. Having close family in Brazil and in Europe I can see how differences can lead a country to different directions. In medicine, we saw many surgeries being delayed for safety, which results in suboptimal results in some cases. We are just about to publish a paper guiding surgeons on which surgeries can be safely delayed or not, hopefully that helps, but sadly this pandemic will leave marks. Therefore, my most important message resonates Dr. Fauci, take care of yourself and others: maintain distance, avoid gatherings, use a mask and wash your hands. On a good note, I see a lot of generosity flourishing and this will stay. Together we will overcome this, and our future will be bright!

5. What would be a message you would send to our readers, especially in these difficult times? Especially to our women readers.

Women already carry a lot of load in our society, they work jobs outside of the home and at home they work to maintain their family’s wellbeing. With the current situation, women’s responsibilities have only increased. I think that it is important that every woman knows that they are not alone, we are this together, and we are here for you. Ask for help, share responsibilities, you’ll be surprised how people react positively and exceed expectations when you let them know their help is important and valued. We can always do more and better when we pair up with others than alone.

6. As an example of a professional woman, what advice would you give to young women to build their future?

Your dreams are yours and no one else’s, so dream them and don’t let anyone set your limits. Dreams are only as good as what you make them to be in real life. Look for a mentor, lots of women have paved the way already and can guide you. Other people can help you but you are in charge. Take the lead, work hard, and start early. When I look back at my high school year book, the people that worked hard back then are the most successful today. However, don’t shy away from your dreams by thinking it’s too late if you are older either. I decided to move to the US when I was 34. I studied for medical exams, moved here by myself, did 3 fellowships in 3 different cities and now 5 years after that decision I could not be happier. I’m living my dream with the career I always wanted and the most amazing husband by side. I enjoy every day and plan for the future, looking forward to the life ahead!

Beaumont Orthopedic Associates Centers • 313-887-6000 10000
Telegraph Road, Suite 100 Taylor, MI 48180 • 7300 N. Canton Center Road, Canton, MI 48187

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