We are dedicated to taking “bedside manner” to the next level. Through communication, access, responsiveness, a listening ear, and an experienced and skilled healing hand, our team is seeking to redefine surgical care. We want to hear and honor your unique story, and help you heal.
From the office to the operating room to recovery, the entire MCJR team works tirelessly to be innovators in joint replacement care. Our surgeons have pioneered many of the latest implant designs, research discoveries and publications, and advanced recovery protocols. They are national and international educators on the latest developments in hip and knee surgery.
Successful joint replacement is built on trust and reverence, with one patient and one surgeon walking through the experience together. We have walked the road of recovery with thousands of patients and we understand the vulnerability that comes along with a surgery of this kind. We’re here to bear the burden of arthritis with you and to guide you toward restoration.
Michael E. Berend
MD, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Berend has always loved science and health. He studied chemistry at Hanover College, then went on to Duke University Medical Center to pursue orthopedic surgery, representing the top 10% of his medical school class. Known by his classmates for his charismatic personality, he was chosen to be the graduation commencement speaker. Berend moved to Mooresville to complete a fellowship in joint replacement surgery at the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery, then continued to practice there for 16 years.
Not only is Dr. Berend an expert in his craft, he is also an innovator. During the past decade, he has helped design multiple hip, knee, and partial knee implant systems. He has trained over 3,000 surgeons in his specialized surgical techniques and has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals. He is 1 of 50 members in the USA of both the Knee Society and the Hip Society. Dr. Berend has been recognized by his peers as one of the top surgeons in North America.
Dr. Berend is deeply passionate about his career. He has traveled internationally with Operation Walk, a Christian medical mission organization performing free joint replacements around the world — one of the most fulfilling projects in his life.
Sounds like he has a lot of free time right? Somehow, Dr. Berend has also managed to become a pilot. He has been flying for over 32 years. When he’s not up in the air, he’s raising three amazing children with his wife Julie. He is active in Redeemer Presbyterian Church and enjoys cycling.
Wesley G. Lackey
MD, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Dr. Lackey attended Vanderbilt University where he earned a degree in Violin Performance and fulfilled his pre-medical requirements. He then attended Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. During his time in Indianapolis, Dr. Lackey met Dr. Berend through their church, and they continued a friendship through the rest of Dr. Lackey’s education.
After medical school, Dr. Lackey moved to South Carolina to complete his five-year orthopedic surgical residency with the Greenville Hospital System. He then returned to Indianapolis and completed a hip and knee fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Berend. Lackey and Berend have been in practice together ever since.
Dr. Lackey has also traveled internationally with Operation Walk, a Christian medical mission organization performing free joint replacements around the world.
Outside the operating room, Dr. Lackey enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Gillian, their son, and their spirited Westie, Parker.
Joshua L. Carter
MD, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Carter completed his undergraduate degree with Summa Cum Laude honors at the University of Kentucky with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He earned a full-ride scholarship to attend the UK College of Medicine where he graduated with AOA honors. During medical school, Dr. Carter fueled a passion of his by spending two months in a mission hospital in Kenya, performing orthopedic care in the third world.
During his five-year orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Vermont, Dr. Carter was introduced to Dr. Berend and Dr. Lackey, and new friendships began to grow. These relationships continued to flourish throughout his Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, which he completed at the highly regarded OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Carter has been in practice in the Indianapolis area ever since. He specializes in the direct anterior approach to total hip replacement surgery.
When out of his hospital scrubs, Dr. Carter enjoys woodworking, coffee roasting, and disc golf. He is active in his church, and is richly blessed with his loving wife, Jessica, and four exuberant kids who still can’t outwrestle him.
Steven A. Herbst
MD, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Herbst is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in foot and ankle reconstruction, who primarily works at Central Indiana Orthopedics. He completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA and his fellowship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Herbst has a passion for innovation, teaching, and missions. He has designed and patented surgical implants for various degenerative and trauma conditions. Dr. Herbst has served as both faculty and author for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and has taught orthopedic courses nationally and internationally.
In addition to his clinical practice, he has served internationally in the missions field. His greatest satisfaction has come with over 10 years of annual trips to Central America with Operation Walk. The foot and ankle team has performed hundreds of complex lower extremity reconstructions over this time period.
Dr. Herbst’s special interests include ankle replacement and limited incision treatment of calcaneal fractures.
To schedule an appointment with him in our office, call his main office at (765) 284-7738.
MD, Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Peers is a partner at Reconstructive Hand to Shoulder of Indiana (RHSI) in Carmel who also sees patients at MCJR. He was raised in Goshen, Indiana, then went on to study chemistry at Wabash College where he also helped found the college’s first competitive cycling team. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine where he became interested in orthopedic surgery. After medical school, Dr. Peers completed a five-year orthopedic surgery residency program at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit.
After residency, Dr. Peers had the privilege of completing a two-year hand, elbow, and shoulder fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. During his two years in Cleveland he trained with world-renowned experts in all areas of the upper extremity. He has particular interest in minimally invasive shoulder procedures including arthroscopic shoulder repairs and total shoulder resurfacing arthroplasty. Dr. Peers lives an active lifestyle and therefore takes pleasure in getting his patients back to their own active lifestyles as quickly as possible.
When he is not working Dr. Peers enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Mary, enjoy taking their two children outside every chance they get. He also enjoys cycling, trail running, and tennis.
To schedule an appointment with him at MCJR, please call his office at 317-249-2616.
Grant has 20 years of management experience in orthopedic physical therapy. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing at Marian University and an MBA in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Grant provides overall business management and leadership for the practice and is always looking for ways to spread the unique mission of MCJR.
Grant grew up in Hanover, Indiana, where he first met Dr. Berend, who was then attending undergraduate school. They shared similar philosophies on life, business, and had a desire to serve people, so they are eager to work together in this capacity. Grant loves the family-like culture of the office and is excited to be a part of MCJR’s future growth.
When he is not working, he loves spending time with his wife of over 15 years and their three children. Together, they enjoy being active outside, participating in youth sports, and supporting their local church.
Kiley is a nationally certified physician assistant, specializing in hip and knee replacements. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-med and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. She then went on to complete a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Saint Francis in 2012.
Kiley has five years of experience working in orthopedics, including four years in joint replacement surgery with Dr. Lackey. She is involved in the clinical and surgical aspect of patient care. Her responsibilities include: assisting in surgery, administering post-operative follow-up appointments and joint injections, triaging patient phone calls, and rounding inpatients. Kiley and her husband, Mike, reside in Carmel with their son, Hudson, and daughter, Hollyn. She enjoys working out and spending time with family and friends.
Kurt is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program. He has nine years of orthopedic experience and has been fortunate to work with Dr. Berend for the past five.
Kurt’s clinic responsibilities include: seeing new patients and walk-in patients, administering annual rechecks, workup of the painful joint replacement, injections, and two week post-op surgical patients, and helping Dr. Berend. Kurt also assists Dr. Berend in surgery and in hospital rounds. He is there to help patients every step of the way. He and his wife, Jenny, have a girl and a boy, Maric and Mac. In his free time, Kurt enjoys spending time with his family and cycling.
Lauren is a Physician Assistant who brings nine years of orthopedic experience to MCJR. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at Indiana University while competing in track and field. She then attended George Washington University where she completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies and Masters in Public Health.
Lauren enjoys all aspects of patient care but her passion is assisting in the operating room. She works part-time and provides coverage for all MCJR surgeons. Her responsibilities include: assisting in surgery, new and same day appointments, post-operative follow-up care, and joint injections. She is married with two children and enjoys traveling, cooking, and medical mission work.
Adam is the Physician Assistant for Dr. Carter. He recently completed his training from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program. Adam grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, then moved to Indiana to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Indiana University. Before pursuing a career as a PA, he worked as an EMT-Paramedic in Kentucky for four years.
Adam primarily assists Dr. Carter in preoperative care, surgery, and post-operative follow-up appointments. He has loved being able to dramatically improve patients’ quality of life with joint replacement surgery. Adam lives in downtown Indianapolis with his wife, Sarah, and their three boys, Elijah, Matthias, and Silas.
Bethany’s passion lies in helping others. She is known for having a smile on her face the second she walks in the door. Growing up, she knew she wanted a career where she could make a difference in people’s lives. She decided to pursue Nursing at IU. When she graduated, she dabbled in different types of surgery. She liked orthopedics the best, and decided to focus on joint replacement.
In 2011, Bethany left her position as the charge nurse of the operating rooms to work exclusively with Dr. Berend. She is responsible for triaging patient phone calls, facilitating patient visits during clinic, scheduling patients for surgery, and taking care of day-to-day needs within the office. Additionally, she is able to return where her heart is; in the operating room, assisting with joint replacements. She cares deeply about each patient and strives to make sure everyone is fully educated on their options.
Bethany enjoys homeschooling her three awesome kids—Kylen, Paisley, and Kyrklee. She’s been married to her wonderful husband, Todd, for 10 years. As a family, they enjoy serving their church (Bethel Family Worship Center), playing music, reading, and hiking. In her additional spare time, she loves landscaping, doing home improvements, sewing, and planning fabulous themed birthday parties.
Stephen served our nation in the U.S. Marines as an infantryman for four years. After completing his time in the service, he decided to pursue a nursing degree at Ivy Tech, which he completed in 2003. For most of his career, Stephen has worked in the ICU. He worked three years in the bone marrow transplant unit at IU Hospital. From there he spent four years working in the post-anesthesia care unit, helping patients recover from surgeries. In 2010, he started working for Franciscan Health as a perioperative nurse, assisting with patient care both before and in the operating room.
For the past several years, Stephen has worked as a full-time nurse for Dr. Berend. Stephen assists the MCJR physicians in clinic and surgery. His goal is to prove patients with exceptional care, making them feel comfortable in any way he can. In his free time, he loves fishing and hunting, great food, good movies, and bowling.
Josh most enjoys nursing because of the relationships that develop with patients. He loves being able to serve as a listening ear and to walk with people through their journeys to recovery. Josh grew up in Carmel, IN and graduated from Taylor University with a BS in Exercise Science. From there, he completed his nursing degree from the IU School of Nursing. Josh came to MCJR in the spring of 2018 with previous orthopedic surgery and patient care experience. He works as a full-time nurse for Dr. Lackey’s team.
Josh and his wife, Abby, live in downtown Indianapolis. Together, they love spending time outside, walking and biking on the canal and Cultural Trail, and exploring downtown coffee shops.
Danielle loves being able to serve people in such a hands-on role as nursing. She primarily works for Dr. Carter’s team, helping patients in clinic, triaging medical questions over the phone, and assisting Dr. Carter in surgery. Danielle grew up in Greenwood, then attended Anderson University, where she received her RN-BSN. Following graduation, Danielle worked in progressive cardiac care at St. Vincent Hospital, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Here at MCJR, Danielle is enjoying learning a new side of the medical field and having a more regular schedule.
Danielle lives on Indy’s south side with her husband, Brock, and their two dogs, their Corgi Annie and Doberman Ben. She enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, cooking, and traveling.
Amy is a Certified Surgical Technologist who has worked as a private assistant for Dr. Berend for over 16 years. Before that, she worked at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for three years on the orthopedic and neuro team. Amy attended Vincennes University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Science degree. Her responsibilities at MCJR include patient care, clinical assistance, and surgery assistance.
Amy grew up in southern Indiana where she now raises her two daughters, Macy and Ally, with her wonderful husband, Nathan. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, landscaping, photography, running, horses, and spending time with family and friends.
Denise is an experienced Radiologic Technologist who is certified by and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. She has been an RT (R) since 1988. She earned her A.A. and Certification of Radiologic Technology at Ball State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging Technology from the IU School of Medicine.
Denise also holds a post-primary certification in Computed Tomography (CT). She happily resides in Plainfield with her husband and her two children. Her interests include family time, exercise, new adventures, and getaways.
Jeanine is a nationally certified Radiologic Technologist with more than 15 years of experience, having completed her associates degree in medical imaging at Ball State University. After doing her clinical training at Methodist Hospital, she continued to work there for another 10 years. Jeanine was passionate about her work at Methodist, receiving the Technologist of the Year award twice. In 2010, she decided to leave the level one trauma center and transfer to IU West Medical Center in Avon, where she has undergone further training in Computed Tomography.
In addition to being a full time RT Jeanine decided 6 years ago to follow her dream of becoming a photographer and with the support of her husband, she now enjoys a successful photography business.
Jeanine grew up in Plainfield, Indiana, where she still resides today with her husband Tory and her three beautiful children, Alyssa, Ayden, and Avery. She enjoys the small town feel that Plainfield has about it and loves having her children attend the same schools and play at some of the same parks she did as a child. During her free time, there’s nothing she enjoys more than spending time with her children.