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“I enjoy improving my patients' quality of life and helping them return to their chosen activities.“
Dr. Emel has been with Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center since 1982. After receiving his medical degree from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he went on to complete a family medicine residency at The University of Oklahoma - Tulsa School of Community Medicine.
Dr. Emel serves as team physician for The University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, Northeastern State University, the Tulsa Drillers professional baseball team, Booker T. Washington High School, Broken Arrow High School, and many other area colleges and leagues. When not seeing patients or teaching, Dr. Emel enjoys fishing and traveling.
Dr. Emel is certified by the American Board of Family Practice, with a Certificate of Added Qualifications, Sports Medicine.
"My family has been patients at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center since the late 1980’s. My first doctor, and actually my last doctor, to see at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center is Dr. Emel. A fine man and doctor to my sons (soccer, bicycle accidents) and to me. Dr. Mauerman operated on my middle son's elbow after a soccer accident. He was great! This son ended up doing an internship through Holland Hall with Dr. Rahhal. I will never forget the discussion over dinner about the hip replacement he was lucky enough to watch! Dr. Bischoff is a great hand surgeon and did a surgery on each of my thumbs. Dr. Rahhal is GREAT! He did surgery on my shoulder and is currently looking after "older" knees. My experience has been wonderful with all of the doctors we have seen over the years! We would never have made it through the teenage years with three sons without Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center!" -- Patricia R.
"I saw Dr. Emel in 2012 for back pain. I had worked with a different orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist previously, but continued to have recurring back pain and a lack luster response from this other practice. I got a referral from a friend to try out Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center and specifically Dr. Emel. I went in and reviewed my MRI's with Dr. Emel. He was able to identify that my hips had not been addressed in previous treatments and sent me to work with Stephen Mace, DPT in physical therapy. To use Dr. Emel's phrase, "Let's see if Stephen can work his magic on you." Stephen did just that and did an excellent job! Within two months, I could feel things were improving and by the end of treatment, I was pain free. Thanks to Dr. Emel and Stephen, I was able to take up running again. I can’t say enough for these two guys! Wish I had started at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center first. I feel like Stephen and Dr. Emel actually listened to what I said and were able to figure out the root cause of my issue instead of treating a symptom. Cannot thank these two enough!" -- Chris L.
"My recent injury: I called Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center because I had injured my left knee. Dr. Brown, my knee doctor, was not available. However, they were able to get me an appointment the same morning with Dr. Emel. Dr. Emel was in pain also suffering from a bad knee. He was sympathetic, explained the x-rays, and set me up with some exercises from the therapy group. I am still recovering as my knee is basically worn out. Hopefully, it will last a little longer. My experience at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center was very good. I'm very thankful that I could be seen quickly and with compassion. Over the years, I've been able to rely on Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center for help with heal spurs, knee care, and a knee replacement. Thanks to all!" -- Janice G.
"Dr. Emel is great! I saw him regarding my knees. He was very patient and gave me exercises, which worked. I received one shot in the right knee. I am back to doing yoga without pain. I recommend him highly." -- Doris B.
"A number of years ago, I experienced a rear end collision. At the time, I thought I was not injured but within a couple of weeks, I began to suffer from sciatic pain in my right leg. When the pain refused to subside and grew worse, I made an appointment with Dr. T. Jeffery Emel. I asked if there were treatment options that did not involve back surgery and or RX pain medications. He prescribed epidural injections and physical therapy. The combination has been very successful in allowing me to manage my sciatic nerve problem without surgery. Dr. Emel's approach has improved my quality of life significantly and allowed me to avoid the surgery I feared." -- Billy D.