“I initially started out in physical therapy school where after a short semester I found I wanted to take it to the next level and do a little bit more,” said Dr. Jessica Juntunen.
Juntunen knew she wanted to be a doctor.
“I did my medical school training as well as my undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma and after that I came out to Scottsdale Healthcare, which is now Honor Health to do my residency training in family medicine,” Juntunen said. “I then moved back across the country to Birmingham, Alabama for fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Clinic and luckily had the chance to be brought back here.”
Juntunen is a family physician and sports medicine specialist with OrthoArizona. She joined the orthopedic group back in September.
“For me, I really felt like I was coming home and incredibly fortunate and lucky to be doing so with a bunch of amazing people who I enjoy as friends and mentors and I really respect as physicians,” Juntunen said.
The doctor is working in the Scottsdale and Mesa OrthoArizona locations with the same physicians she trained under during her residency.
“I always have that support system even if it’s for a second opinion,” Juntunen said.
She treats a variety of issues facing those who have general orthopedic issues and athletes of all ages, levels and sports, who want to return to play.
“I enjoy covering various events,” Juntunen said. “I do like the sports team coverage from high school football and even up to higher levels, but my personal interest is specifically the endurance athlete, runners, cyclists and triathlete group.”
“I feel like they want somebody that wants to see them do well and see them feel better and achieve their goals whatever that might be,” Juntunen continued.
Something Juntunen understands. She suffered a few injuries during her time as an athlete.
“Believe it or not it isn’t so much the medicine side of things and this is coming from a sports medicine doctor, sometimes it’s the emotional,” Juntunen said. “A lot of it is putting it in perspective for the patient and letting them know, yes we need to shut you down periodically, this isn’t going to be fun short term, but the long term benefits of addressing this now and addressing this properly and listening to my advice is going to get you back in the game.”
Whether she’s treating patients with minor procedures in an exam room, being on the sidelines at a high school football game or helping the endurance athlete get healthy, one thing is for sure in her mind.
“I know I’m going to always be thinking and be challenged,” Juntunen said. “Sometimes that is frustrating, but most of the time it’s fun and gives you a sense of achievement each and every day.”