By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2013
Jennifer Coffey, Zumba instructor at the new Meltdown Fitness on 11th Street in Tulsa, was able to return to work as a fitness instructor after a successful total knee replacement operation by Dr. LaButti.
Jennifer Coffey is a certified fitness instructor in Tulsa who is passionate about helping her clients become fit, healthy and happy. Jennifer has worked in the fitness industry for ten years, but four years ago she began experiencing knee pain that started to derail not only her career but her entire life. “I was in so much pain that I started missing work. Some days I couldn’t do my full fitness routine or work with my clients simply because the pain was so intense.”
Jennifer “went through the whole rigmarole of options” for treating her knee pain, including injections, medications, physical therapy and even surgery. Then last year, while she was working with a client, she mentioned her chronic knee pain. The client referred her to Dr. Ronald S. LaButti, a board certified orthopedic surgeon widely known as "The Hip and Knee Doc."
“I called his office and got an immediate appointment,” says Jennifer. “Dr. LaButti is friendly, straightforward and honest. He was willing to listen to all of my concerns, answer my questions, and genuinely wanted me to get back to work and my active lifestyle.”
Jennifer also appreciated that Dr. LaButti was initially conservative with her treatments; however, he eventually recommended total knee replacement surgery as the only remaining option. Dr. LaButti performed the total knee replacement on Jennifer’s left knee in August of 2012. Now only a short year later, she is totally pain-free and thrilled to be living her life filled with enthusiasm, movement and helping others.
One of Jennifer’s favorite activities she was forced to give up due to her knee pain was gardening. She was still in recovery during this year’s planting time, but by next season, she plans to be fully back in “ninja form” and creating a beautiful garden.
She is also excited to be teaching Zumba classes at the brand-new Meltdown Fitness, located next to the Campbell Hotel at 2648 E. 11th St. in Tulsa. The studio opens at the beginning of September and will offer a variety of fitness classes. In addition to leading Zumba participants to shimmy, shake and sashay their way to fitness, Jennifer will be instructing other classes in the future, such as body sculpting. To find out more, search “Meltdown Fitness Tulsa” on Facebook.
Jennifer is happy and grateful to be living her passion for fitness again and would highly recommend Dr. LaButti to anyone suffering from knee pain. “Dr. LaButti is wonderful and healed my knee completely. I like that he is accessible to his patients – he’ll answer emails and you can contact him on Facebook. His staff is amazing and very friendly as well.” For more information about Dr. LaButti, visit www.hipandkneedoc.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.