Mission &History


The mission of Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics is to provide the highest quality of both surgical and non-surgical care for the injured athlete and active adults.


Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics was founded in 2003 by Jon M. Ellis, M.D. The practice was started with the goal of providing advanced treatment of sports related injuries to all levels of athletes in the Central Texas area.

In the fall of 2005, David E. Haynes, M.D., a board certified sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, joined the practice after completing a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

In January of 2007, Dr. Chris Miars joined the practice along with Dr. Corbett Boone in August of 2009, followed by Dr. Jaeson Courseault in 2016, primary care sports medicine specialists. They allow Southwest Sports Medicine to offer comprehensive sport medicine care; this includes services such as concussion management, pulmonary function testing, and exercise induced asthma diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Miars, Dr. Boone and Dr. Courseault are also trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound that provides improved in-office diagnostic capabilities as well as minimally invasive office treatments

In November of 2009 Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics joined with Baylor University to become the Team Physicians for Baylor Athletics.

The Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Hand, Wrist & Elbow clinic began in February of 2013 when they welcomed Hand, Wrist, & Elbow specialist Dr. Scott E. Hecox to the practice after completing his fellowship at The Hand Center of San Antonio.

The summer of 2014 brought with it a very talented and accomplished Foot & Ankle specialist from South Carolina, Dr. Paul Bednarz and with him, 14 years of orthopaedic experience. His specialties include all areas of foot and ankle reconstruction and traumatic repair to include sports injuries, bunions, toe deformities, arthritis, tendinitis, fusions, joint replacement and complex osteotomies.

Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics expanded its reach in 2017 welcoming Dr. David Ferguson, a specialist in total joint reconstruction, establishing the Arthritis and Total Joint Clinic.

Joining alongside a very diverse group of sports medicine and specialty orthopedic physicians, after finishing a prestigious orthopedic spine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. J. Freeland Ackley brings a much needed specialty to the central Texas community, Orthopedic spine surgery.

Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics was founded in 2003 by Jon M. Ellis, M.D. The practice was started with the goal of providing advanced treatment of sports related injuries to all levels of athletes in the Central Texas area.

Since opening the doors in 2003 the practice has become the Team Physicians for Baylor Athletics and grown to 10 providers and seven athletic trainers. Specialties range from primary care and orthopedic sports medicine, hand/wrist & elbow, foot/ankle, total joint reconstruction, and an orthopedic spine specialist.

The team at Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics provides medical coverage, athletic training services and assistance for school districts, club and select sports teams, colleges such as Baylor, and many of the highly visible and attended sports competitions in Central Texas.

Servicing a population covering over 80 miles of Waco, the footprint of SWSMO is large and takes a very dedicated team of physicians and athletic trainers. They provide the thousands of athletes in this radius with the highest level of care that the community has come to expect from SWSMO.

The team at Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics utilizes cutting-edge methods to enhance injury prevention and recovery of athletic injuries, better assisting them in their return to play

As a part of BSWH, Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics has access to specialist and resources of Texas’ largest not-for-profit health care system.

Ellis New Building Quote

“Our vision is to develop an operation that thrives on building relationships with athletic trainers and coaches to establish state-of-the-art sports medicine. God has blessed us beyond our expectations, and the culmination of these blessings is our relationship with Baylor Scott & White and their vote of confidence to partner with us on this endeavor.”

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