Dr. John Samani is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and founder and sole owner of the Institute For Athletic Medicine, an orthopedics and sports medicine-based practice in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He founded the practice in 2000.
Dr. Samani graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1986 and then received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1990. After five years of specialized orthopedic training, he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Vermont in 1995, followed by a fellowship at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center in 1996 and 1997. During his fellowship, he became specialty trained in sports medicine utilizing arthroscopic and reconstructive techniques of the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle. While in Minneapolis, Dr. Samani enjoyed the privilege of working with athletes at the highest level including the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves professional sports organizations. He also provided care to the men’s and women’s athletic teams at the University of Minnesota of the Big Ten conference.
Fation (Tony) Shaholli is a board-certified Physician Assistant who has been practicing medicine since 2011. He has worked in the orthopaedic surgery and emergency medicine specialties where he has gained vast experience in treating a wide range of conditions and comorbidities.
He grew up in Albania, and moved to the United States and Metro Detroit area in year 2000. After graduating high school, he earned his degree of Bachelor of Science from University of Detroit Mercy. He then attended Pace University in New York City where he earned his degree of Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. He began working with Dr. Samani in February of 2019. Before that he has worked in Muskegon, Michigan as an orthopaedic surgical PA-C and at Hurley Medical Center as an emergency medicine PA-C. Tony still practices emergency medicine and maintains his skills on contingent basis.
He takes pride and enjoys serving the community as well as taking care of patients. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys sports, especially soccer and basketball, which he has played in the past. Few other hobbies include traveling and photography.
Amanda is a lifelong Michigan resident, a Grand Blanc High School graduate, and studied Healthcare Administration at Baker College. For the past 12 years Amanda has been in all aspects of the healthcare field. This includes front office reception desk, health insurance customer service, and nursing assistant at a hospital. Her past work experience helps her to excel in her position with Dr. Samani.
Amanda is the proud mother to an amazing son and is very family oriented. She prides herself on being compassionate and a friendly face to all. Amanda is active in her community, volunteering for the Special Olympics, Breast Cancer Awareness runs, and the Eastern Michigan Food Bank.
Mike Perkins has 19 years of experience as an athletic trainer at all levels, from clinical rehabilitation to working with athletes from the youth to the professional level. Perkins was the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the 2006 World Champion Detroit Shock. He has over 6 years of experience at the professional level, as the former head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the Detroit Fury of the Arena Football League (AFL), as well as working with the US Men’s Rugby team, and the Flint Generals hockey team. He has worked with the Michigan Olympic Development program for soccer, Pinnacle racing ski club, as well as running Speed, Agility, and Quickness camps over the past 16 years for local athletes. Perkins holds his degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Detroit Mercy and is a licensed athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Heather graduated in 2011 with her Bachelors in Health Science and a Minor in Exercise Science before receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2015. She has experience treating various orthopedic conditions, including post surgical and sports related injuries for patients of all ages. Heather is also ASTYM certified.
Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Health Science from the University of Michigan-Flint before receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University. She specializes in working with a variety of orthopedic conditions of all ages, including post surgical and sports related injuries. She has a Certification in Applied Functional Science and is TPI certified from Titleist Performance Institute.