The Pediatric Orthopedic Center

Mark Rieger, MD; David Lin, MD; Joshua Strassberg, MD; Tamir Bloom, MD; Samara Friedman, MD; Mark Solomon, DPM

Specialty: Pediatric Orthopedics

Left to right: (back row) Jaime Ann Morley, PA-C, Drs. David Lin, Tamir Bloom, Joshua Strassberg, Anna Katsman, (front row) Drs. Heidi Godoy, Mark Solomon, Samara Friedman, Mark Rieger

The Pediatric Orthopedic Center provides patients with the highest quality of care for orthopedic issues stemming from sports injuries and problems related to the spine, bones, joints and muscles. The practice uses the most innovative, nonoperative, minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical techniques available. The doctors partnered with an infectious disease consultant to implement protocols to maximize safety for patients and staff.

TPOC is one of the largest pediatric and adolescent orthopedic practices in the tri-state area, with its main office in Morris County. The doctors provide state-of-the-art care for children locally at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Saint Barnabas and Overlook Medical Centers and at NYU Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. “We’re able to offer the resources of a world-class care center at NYU, but still continue our relationship with our patients and remain their physicians,” says Dr. Mark Rieger, practice founder and assistant professor at NYU Medical Center.

Cutting-Edge Technology

The practice remains a pioneer in minimally-invasive spine surgery and low-dose radiation techniques. They utilize the most cutting-edge advancements in scoliosis and ACL reconstruction surgery to improve outcomes and decrease recovery time. TPOC is the only private practice in the state to have the EOS imaging system, the most advanced X-ray machine for scoliosis and limb deformities. The EOS creates 3-D images of the spine and lower extremities using up to 50 times less radiation. The practice also offers expanded evening and weekend walk-in hours and a smartphone app.

Known for his commitment to excellence among both patients and colleagues, Dr.Rieger’s expertise lies in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, including scoliosis, sports injuries and fractures. He was the first surgeon in New Jersey to perform endoscopic spine surgery, use ultrasound to evaluate pediatric hip disorders and use the non-surgical Ponseti technique to treat clubfeet. Dr. Rieger remains the only physician in New Jersey approved on Ponseti’s website, and he was the first division chief of pediatric orthopedics at Morristown Medical Center.

Helping Kids Feel at Ease

The doctors strive to create a friendly environment, and are known to tell jokes and even do magic tricks to help make kids feel comfortable. “We treat our patients like family,” Dr. Rieger says. “We perform cutting-edge treatments to get kids back to the activities they love quickly and safely, and take the time to educate families on how to help prevent injuries from happening.” Dr. David Lin has a special interest in fracture/trauma care. An expert in the field of pediatric sports medicine, he’s highly experienced in arthroscopically treating meniscal injuries and ACL tears in adolescents and teenagers. “It’s exciting to work with children—they keep me young at heart,” he says.

Dr. Joshua Strassberg specializes in pediatric and adolescent trauma, sports injuries and hip disorders. He’s an expert in the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures, including techniques for reconstructing the ACL in children. “I enjoy having the opportunity to relate to kids and make them feel at ease,” he says.

Making a Difference

The doctors achieve the best possible outcomes with the least amount of surgical intervention so children can get back to their lives with minimal interruption. They partner with parents to determine the right treatment plan for each child.

“Returning kids to their optimal level of health is the most rewarding thing about what we do,” Dr. Rieger says.

The Pediatric Orthopedic Center

218 Ridgedale Ave., Suite 104, Cedar Knolls
609 Morris Ave., 2nd Fl., Springfield
377 Jersey Ave., Ste. 280A, Jersey City
246 Hamburg Turnpike, Ste. 304, Wayne

“Dr. Lin is very nice and understanding. He takes injuries very seriously and cares about every patient.” ~ Jack, Annandale

“Dr. Solomon is compassionate, proactive and responsive.”  ~ Christine, Hackettstown

​​​This is an advertising profile from the December 2020  issue of New Jersey Family.