Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee Names New Rehabilitation Director

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee has named a new director to lead physical and occupational rehabilitation services located in its new, state-of-the-art orthopaedic facility slated for opening on Monday, April 29.

Rehabilitation Director
BJIT Director of Rehabilitation Services David Kempfert, MSPT

According to Dr. John Klekamp, orthopaedic surgeon and president of Bone and Joint Institute, Dave Kempfert, MSPT brings more than 16 years of diverse experience as a physical therapist and healthcare professional to his new role. He has extensive experience in outpatient orthopaedic and sports medicine therapy.

“Dave is a high energy, and motivated leader with a strong background as a clinical director for rehabilitation services,” said Dr. Klekamp. “He is an excellent communicator with a very collaborative management style and an unwavering patient-first approach to care that is well matched for the culture of our organization.”

Bone and Joint Institute CEO, Darren Harris, said Kempfert’s strong record of exceptional team-building will be a great asset for the new center. “Dave’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious,” said Harris. “He cares deeply about his colleagues, his patients and his community and it is demonstrated in everything he does both at work and on his own time.”

Bone and Joint Institute’s new 121,252 square foot facility will include physician offices, outpatient imaging services and physical and occupational therapy services. The outpatient surgery center will accommodate various orthopaedic surgeries, including, but not limited to, arthroscopic, sports medicine and spinal surgery.

Dr. Klekamp said the new orthopaedic facility is very thoughtfully designed and the rehabilitation services department will be an excellent choice for patients recovering from not only orthopaedic surgery, but also other injuries.

“I have been blessed over my entire career to work alongside the current providers of the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee and even spent some time working weekends at Williamson Medical Center,” said Kempfert. “I love the philosophy of patient care shared by these surgeons and this health system. The way they value each other, their staff and the community is a culture of family, and that is something I just had to be part of.”

According to Lori Orme, Chief Nursing Officer for Williamson Medical Center, the surgeons at Bone and Joint Institute also share the health system’s commitment to delivering exceptional, quality care and the very best outcomes for patients. “Dave clearly is equally dedicated to ensuring we deliver rehabilitation services grounded in effective evidence-based protocols,” she said. “It really is a perfect match of organizations and leaders who put our patients first, making us the region’s destination of choice for comprehensive orthopaedic excellence.”

Kempfert expects the rehabilitation services team will treat a wide range of patients in the new facility that features a dedicated occupational therapy services suite and a large open gym area with all new state-of-the art equipment. “It is a fun and dynamic space intended to aid in healing and restoring function,” said Kempfert. “It is large, well equipped, and specifically designed to enable our therapists to treat patients safely and efficiently; using timely, evidence-based protocols and best practices demonstrated to get the best results.”

Kempfert, a former NFL player with the Seahawks, Rams and Jaguars, completed a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Montana. Over his career, he has served as a rehabilitation consultant, and educational speaker at various locations in the community, and has been a clinical educator for the past 14 years.



Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible healthcare possible. More than 750 providers represent over 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center continues to advance the way healthcare is delivered to our region with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. Our campus also houses Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center and the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee – the region’s premiere destination for orthopaedic excellence. In addition, WMC’s Williamson Medical Group includes over 30 providers offering everything from primary care to surgery to pulmonary and sleep medicine, all in one family of care. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.


The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee was formally established in 2018, but its legacy goes back to 1979 with the founding of Franklin Bone & Joint Clinic. In 2009 the successful practice was acquired by a larger healthcare organization and continued to thrive under the leadership of long-time Bone and Joint surgeons. In 2017, Williamson Medical Center announced plans for the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, a partnership between the Franklin hospital and more than a dozen orthopaedic specialists. The Institute opens in April 2019, offering a destination for orthopaedic excellence staffed by nationally recognized surgeons with expertise in fracture care, joint replacement, sports injuries and spinal care. A second location opened at Tollgate Village Medical Plaza in Thompson’s Station in 2018. For more information or to schedule an appointment at either location, call (615) 791-2630.

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