Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute


Excellence in Motion


At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our mission is to provide excellence in musculoskeletal care to all of our patients, using state-of-the-art technology, with integrity and a spirit of compassion that encompasses all that we do.

Our experience and compassion come together to deliver quality care for your orthopedic problems. Our team includes orthopedic surgeons with a range of specialists, and we offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, and advanced imaging options, all on-site. Read about our services.

We provide specialized, comprehensive care throughout Northwest Indiana, with offices in Chesterton, Valparaiso, Portage, Michigan City, and Crown Point, LaPorte and Knox. See all locations.

Notice To All Patients about Pain Medication Refills 

Dear Patient,

Pursuant to recent DEA regulations, the manner in which we handle your prescriptions may be changed.  Please note that we are no longer able to call in your refills to the pharmacy for certain medications.  You will need to obtain a new written prescription each time.

Drugs such as Vicodin, Norco and Lortabs have also been elevated to this category that now requires a new prescription. 

All practitioners at LBJI must comply with the new regulation. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.


LBJI New Location

LBJI is pleased to announce the addition of a new office in Schererville, IN

Ryan J. Plank, MD and John A. Guzzo, MD  will begin seeing patients April 2015 in this new Schererville location. This office is located at the Southwest corner of Hwy 30 and Hwy 41 at 833 W. Lincoln Hwy, Suite 110E, Schererville, IN 46375. 

To schedule an appointment please call 219-921-1444. 

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Meet Bruce J. Thoma, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

I was born on the south side of Chicago to loving parents of the World War II generation. When I was four years old, my dad took a job in nearby Gary, Indiana. I was lucky enough to grow up in the Miller Beach area along Lake Michigan in a quiet neighborhood. There were all kinds of people there, mostly hardworking steel mill families. Read more

Saturday Sports Clinic

Sports Clinic will reopen August 16, 2014

Voted Best Orthopedic Practice

Best of the Region 2011, 2012, 2013 logos

Orthopedic Questions?

Visit our free orthopedic library for videos and brochures about common orthopedic conditions such as bone fractures, sprained ankle, bursitis, and others.

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