Expanding Access to Exceptional Orthopedic Care

Longtime Orthopedic Care and Surgical Team Join Gritman Medical Center

If you are having trouble walking or have pain, the surgery and orthopedic care team at Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons can help get you back on track.

Longtime collaborators Dr. Marvin Kym and Orthopedic Certified Nurse Practitioner Sunshine Huffman lead the new practice, though there’s nothing new about their service to the Palouse and the greater Gritman Family.

An orthopedic surgeon in the region for nearly three decades, Dr. Kym is a specialist in total joint replacements and numerous other procedures.

The pair are the founding members of the new Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons practice that complements an already robust and integrated Orthopedic Care program at Gritman, including physical therapy, advanced diagnostic imaging, pain management and our primary care provider network.

“We do a lot of total joint replacements, knees, hips, shoulders,” Dr. Kym said. “We do a lot of repair and reconstruction, rotator cuff repairs, anterior cruciate ligament repairs, sports injuries. With the ability to help people function better, I think we can bring that to this community.”

Huffman and Dr. Kym have practiced together for nearly 20 years, he as a surgeon and she as the only certified orthopedic nurse practitioner in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Utah. They most recently practiced in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

The pair’s longtime working relationship allows Dr. Kym and Huffman to tackle problems more holistically—helping patients work, play and live life to the fullest.

“He is intentional, methodical, would never compromise on care, and I love that about Dr. Kym and I love that we can work as a team and it never has to be thought about whether we’re doing the right thing for the patient in that moment, or bringing the best care possible,” Huffman said.

Patients who choose to walk with Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons will see a team that’s in constant communication with an aim of treating the patient holistically, she said, talking through options at a layperson’s level and developing a personalized care plan that fits each patient individually.

“We do a lot of total joint replacements, knees, hips, shoulders. We do a lot of repair and reconstruction, rotator cuff repairs, anterior cruciate ligament repairs, sports injuries. With the ability to help people function better, I think we can bring that to this community.” — Dr. Marvin Kym, Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons

“That’s the beauty of what Dr. Kym and I bring as a team that’s been together so long,” she said. “We can always know what the other is saying, we’re always on the same treatment page.”“

From the check-in processes to the post-surgery release, and from therapy to nutrition to everything in between, Kym and Huffman are caring for patients of the region with compassion and expertise.

The providers routinely get cards addressed to the office with photos of former patients holding hiking sticks on a mountain top, or in another far off locale after undergoing surgery.

Orthopedic surgeon dr. Marvin kym and certified orthopedic nurse practitioner sunshine huffman excel at total joint replacement, revision surgery as well as sports injuries and procedures for chronic pain. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Marvin Kym and Certified Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Sunshine Huffman excel at total joint replacement, revision surgery as well as sports injuries and procedures for chronic pain.

They credit proper education as a driver for positive patient outcomes, whether through discussion with Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons or other services offered as part of the integrated care program. The practice is confident in its care, but Dr. Kym and Huffman want to ensure patients do what’s right in their individual case.

“I tell people I don’t need you to let me do surgery on you. I need you to understand the process and I need to be successful in educating you what’s best for you,” Dr. Kym said. “If at the end of the discussion they continue to think that not having surgery is what’s best for them, we want what’s best for them and we want them to be confident in that.”

Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons operates from the Gritman Medical Park, 2301 W. A St., Moscow. Learn more at gritman.org/orthopedic.

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Pictured at top: Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Marvin Kym and Certified Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Sunshine Huffman have joined the advanced integrated care program at Gritman Orthopedic Surgeons.