About Us

About Us

Continuing a Legacy of Orthopedic Excellence 

The origins of Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute began more than 50 years ago when Dr. Albin Jahns opened a practice in Gary, Indiana. Doctors Olson and Alvarez later joined him; the three doctors soon moved to a larger space in Merrillville.

In 1975, the practice founded the Valparaiso Orthopedic Clinic on the north side of Valparaiso, and shortly thereafter, Dr. James A. Malayter joined the group.    In 1990, with three more orthopedic specialists, they undertook a major expansion of their Valparaiso offices.  Their vision was to provide stellar orthopedic care in Northwest Indiana. 

It took little time to grow out of the Valparaiso clinic and the need for a total makeover became apparent.  A changeover took form and started with a change in name. Valparaiso Orthopedic Clinic became Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute.  The goal was to create a comprehensive orthopedic bone and joint center that would serve Porter County and the surrounding Northwest Indiana communities. The partner physicians made a commitment to create a complete orthopedics care center that would better serve the orthopedic need of the patients of Northwest Indiana under one roof.

In 2003, ground was broken in Chesterton’s Coffee Creek Center with completion of the two-story, 35,000 square foot building in May of 2004. The exam rooms are arranged in pod configuration.  6 doctors can practice from one location and get patients in quickly and efficiently.  Since the opening in Chesterton, additional Northwest Indiana locations were opened to reach out to the community and better serve the patients with a higher level of care.

Our founders and most of the current partners are from Northwest Indiana and Chicago. Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute employs more than 150 healthcare and support staff.  Close, convenient, stellar care.  


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.


Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute will provide:

Clinical Excellence

Provide optimal outcomes for our patients; restore, maintain and enhance health. Using an integrated approach, we are dedicated to providing quality surgical and non-surgical care to our patients.

Service Excellence

Strive to meet and exceed expectations for those we are dedicated to serve – our patients, their families and the referral sources that trust their patients to our care.

Teamwork Excellence

Recognize that cooperation between ourselves, our clinical and business partners will be essential in providing outstanding healthcare services. Build a network of resources that will combine into an integrated seamless system of musculoskeletal care to our patients.


Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute was found by:

  • Albin A. Jahns, M.D. Founder - deceased
  • L. Dale Olson, M.D. - deceased
  • Paul Alvarez, M.D. - deceased

Northwest Indiana Community Support

  • Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute doctors are team physicians for:
    • Valparaiso University
    • Calumet College of St. Joseph
    • Andrean High School
    • Chesterton High School
    • Kankakee Valley High School
    • Portage High School
    • Valparaiso High School
    • Wheeler High School
  • We offer a Saturday Sports Clinic at Chesterton Office.  Hours during the school year are 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute is proud to support the following local organizations in Northwest Indiana:
    • Boone Grove High School Athletic Department
    • Boys and Girls Club of Porter County
    • Chesterton Firefighters Golf Outing
    • Chesterton High School Athletic Department
    • Chicago Fire Juniors NW Indiana Soccer Club
    • The Courts of Northwest Indiana
    • Crown Point High School Athletic Department
    • LaPorte Hospital Foundation
    • Opportunity Enterprises
    • Portage High School Athletic Department
    • Portage Little League
    • Portage Parks Dept. Volleyball Program
    • Robbie Hummel Basketball Camp
    • State Park Little League
    • Valparaiso Americans  Home Run Sponsor
    • Valpo Pop Warner Sponsor
    • Valparaiso University Athletics – Corporate Sponsor
    • Valparaiso Vikings Quarterback Club
    • Washington Township Golf Outing
    • Wheeler High School Athletic Department


Keeping You In Motion

You're Invited


WHAT: An educational evening on shoulder and hip ailments presented by Dr. Anthony Levenda and Dr. Eric Szczesniak

WHERE: 601 Gateway Blvd, Chesterton 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30p




Check out Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute's Urgent Care located in the Portage Office at 3691 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, IN
Hours: Monday - Friday 11:00am to 7:00pm

Convenient, Quaily, Affordable




Thank you for voting Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute Best of the Region AGAIN!!!

"Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute practices advanced orthopedic health care, tailored to each patient's unique needs. A culture has been fostered amongst our medical staff in which our comprehensive care is centered around the patient. This attitude, combined with our providers' skills has led to many successful outcomes for our patients. It is an honor to have earned the trust of our patients and their families, as resulted in being voted #1 as Best of the Region."
Thomas Kay, MD
Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute