Patient Reviews: Tom Antkowiak, M.D., M.S.

Verified Patient Rating: 5
(726) Patient Reviews and Ratings
The following are reviews from patients of Dr. Antkowiak
  • “Dr. Antkowiak was great.”
    – Steve A.
  • “A PRP procedure is not routine, so I had a lot of questions. Dr. Antkowiak not only took the time to answer the questions but interacted with me as an equal about what my healing process may look like.”
    – Daniel P.
  • “Dr. Antkowiak and Taylor were very thorough and answered all of my questions. I appreciated them getting to know me, not just my medical diagnosis. ”
    – Melanie S.
  • “Dr. Antkowiak's explanation of what my surgery would entail was excellent. He went over my MRI with me and the possibilities of what he might see through a camera in my shoulder. I appreciated his thoroughness and as always he is a very friendly doctor who makes you feel at ease. ”
    – Marilyn M.
  • “Dr. Antkowiak is the best. He and his staff are always there to help you in time of need. He is the best doctor around. ”
    – Delilah L.
  • “As I walked into the Oak Orthopedic facility in Bradley the receptionist made me feel welcomed. My wait time was shorter than anticipated. The nurses/aids were friendly and professional. They listened to what I had to say about my problem. I felt at ease speaking with all. I had an x-ray first and the tech was patient with me and explained how I needed to stand/turn for the best results. When the x-ray was developed I was told exactly what it showed. Dr. Antkowiak came in and told what he needed to do. He was professional, friendly and took his time to explain just what I was dealing with. I needed to have an injection to ease the pain of my condition. Dr. Antkowiak prepared me for the injection, telling me exactly what he was doing step by step, so nothing was a surprise. I would recommend this orthopedic clinic to others in need. Why? Because of their treatment of me as an individual, not just another patient. This is what I find important in any clinical setting. ”
    – Annlynn M.
  • “ Dr. Antkowiak is an amazing doctor. One of the best bedside manners I have ever encountered. He explains everything and made me very comfortable about my surgery.”
    – Thomas B.
  • “From the moment I walked into the office, they made me feel comfortable and welcomed. They ensured all my questions were answered and my needs were met. The entire office was friendly and kindhearted, and I could tell they had my best interests at heart. ”
    – Shannon S.
  • “ Very thorough, concise, accommodating and amicable. Explains things to my understanding.”
    – Kathy R.
  • “ Everyone is great!”
    – Shawna H.
  • “Dr. Antkowiak is personable, knowledgeable and patient. He explains everything to you and no question is to silly to ask. I just love Dr. A. He is a great surgeon.”
    – Donna C.
  • “Dr. A is a wonderful doctor that squeezed us in after my 2 year old daughter broke her arm. He made us feel like we were his primary concern and was very sensitive to my daughter's apprehension. Thank you so much to Oak for making our emergencies their priority! ”
    – Alison B.
  • “Dr. Antkowiak is a wonderful doctor. He is very understanding, helpful, and he listens to my concerns. I have recommended him to friends with great results for them. I am lucky to have such outstanding medical help just minutes away from me. Thank you, Dr. Antkowiak.”
    – Karen B.
  • “Always pleasant. Makes you feel at ease. Answers all questions without rushing out the door. ”
    – Janiene W.
  • “Thorough!”
    – Kevin C.
  • “Terrific doc. Explained my problem very well in addition to treatment options. Compassionate.”
    – Marsha B.
  • “There are not many opportunities in this life to spend time with God but if you have ever been a patient of Dr. Antkowiak you know what I mean. I had two shoulder replacements (left, anatomical and right reverse) both turned out perfect a almost pain free. A GREAT PHYSICIAN and HUMAN BEING.”
    – Eric G.
  • “I recently had a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. My surgeon, Dr. Tom Antkowiak, is first-rate. He has a pleasant manner and is conscientious about answering questions. Also keeping me informed and listening to my concerns. My convalescence is going well. I have been pleased with my follow-up appointments, and according to my therapist, the PT therapy protocol Dr. Antkowiak designed for my rehabilitation has me ahead of schedule.”
    – Sue R.
  • “I really love this place! Everyone has been kind, knowledgeable, and medically professional. All things I look for and appreciate in people who I am entrusting my health to. What really stands out to me is that you can tell they genuinely like people, what they do, and their enthusiasm for helping people. I love that! I would 100% recommend Dr. Antkowiak and his staff. I am very glad I have found them. ”
    – Stephanie R.
  • “Dr. Antkowiak exudes confidence and makes me confident as well. I really appreciate everyone on staff as well. ”
    – Bill M.
  • “Having Dr. Tom Anktowiak for my surgeon instilled confidence in me. My husband and I were both pleased with his professionalism and knowledge. He was also willing to consult with a surgeon from France before he proceeded. That instilled in us a trust in him. The fact that he was humble enough to reach out to the doctor that perfected the reverse shoulder surgery I had done was impressive to us. He took his time exhausting all options before he operated. And then operated. We would recommend this one particular doctor over most others. Other opinions we received did not compare to his. We have the utmost confidence in him and his abilities.”
    – Robin K.
  • “This is my second visit with Dr. Antkowiak. First was my swollen elbow which he addressed & is all better now. This visit was for my right painful knee area. Dr. Antkowiak makes me feel like I've known him a lot longer. He made me feel at ease from the very first time I met him & I really trust him with his decisions about my problems. I feel very lucky to have found Dr. Antkowiak. Let me tell you about his COLD hands, when he puts them on the area that is painful, it feels like a live ice pack which does feel good. I HIGHLY recommend Oak Orthopedics & Dr. Tomas Antkowiak.”
    – Sue M.
  • “Best doctor I have ever had. THE BEST!!!”
    – Marie K.
  • “My name is Clay and I am currently a Varsity volleyball player at Saint Ambrose University. Since my sophomore year of high school I have had knee pain, starting with very minimal pain and then increasing all the way to debilitating pain. For years and years the athletic trainers, chiropractors, family physicians and even specialists just keep telling me, I simply had “knee tendonitis”. Through high school and until my sophomore year in college I attended physical therapy to supposedly correct the tendonitis by stretching and exercises along with icing for two hours each day. Certain exercises seemed to work for a few days, but the pain always returned. Around my senior year of high school (club volleyball season) the pain was so intense at times even multiple painkillers didn’t help. Some nights I would end up on the floor clenching my knee, massaging it and doing everything possible to get some type of relief. Sitting in cars for extended periods of time became a challenge and at times I could hardly even walk. But of course I continued to play volleyball because I love the game and everyone I had seen told me "it was just tendonitis". Finally my father found and recommended OAK Orthopedics. I expected the same answer as always and a simple cortisone shot, but after the X-ray and MRI as it turned out I had calcific tendonitis. Over the years a bone had "formed" behind my patellar tendon which was causing the terrible pain. I was sent immediately over to consult with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Antkowiak. After my evaluation we decided it was best to remove the bone formation and have it perform through a knee scope. The surgery was scheduled within two weeks and it went great, no problems. Within 3-4 weeks of surgery I was able to squat my body weight fairly easily and within 2-3 months I had made a full recovery and resumed strength training. I’m 5 months post-op and my quad is nearly back, bigger and better than before. There is no pain or any other associated problems. I am extremely thankful for the efforts of all specialists and surgeons at OAK Orthopedics, especially Dr. Antkowiak”
    – Clay
  • “On Fathers Day, I pretty much destroyed my collarbone. It was in multiple pieces and was also displaced, which means that the chunks of bone weren't where they belonged and my arm was dangling like a lead weight. Only a surgery would fix this. The next day, I was sent to see Dr. Antkowiak. I liked him immediately. His enthusiasm was infectious. Rather than taking the somber, serious and mostly negative approach that doctors usually use to scare you to death with when you're seriously hurt or sick, he was upbeat and confident. Dr. A looked at the damage and said, "Wow. You weren't messing around, were you? This break is a bit trickier than average but I've done worse. We should be able to fix you right up!" Next, I dealt with his assistant, Amanda. She was equally upbeat and energetic. The displacement was causing me intense pain, so she pulled strings, jumped through hoops and moved mountains to get me the earliest possible surgery date. My operation took a lot longer than expected. It was only later, following conversations with my therapist and some other medical professionals, that I figured out why. A collarbone is bow-shaped. For the patient to have a successful recovery, the surgeon needs to get the arc just right but also must get the two ends properly aligned. Carpenters say, "Measure twice, cut once. Dr Antkowiak obviously subscribes to this same theory. I'd really done a number on myself and some doctors might have taken the attitude that whatever repair they managed to throw together would be way better than what I'd walked in with, Not Dr. Antkowiak. He wasn't punching a clock in that operating room. Instead, he was trying to win the surgery. Perhaps this dedication to perfection comes from his being so involved in sports medicine but one thing is for sure. You want a surgeon with an attitude like this screwing your bones back together. My surgery was a complete success. At the first post-operation appointment, Dr A was delighted to see my X Rays, commenting, "YES! Nailed it!" Clearly, this man was proud of the work he'd done to my skeleton. Because I was anxious to get back to my job and hobbies, and since I was very concerned about healing to less than 100% mobility, I approached my therapy with aggressive caution. I did everything I was told to do, exactly as I was told to do it and made it my job to be the perfect patient. Dr. A had won the surgery so I made it my goal to win the therapy! My biggest fear was to overdo it and ruin Dr. Antkowiak's masterful repair, but by following the doctor's instructions to the letter, I healed up perfectly. Four months later, I'm living my life exactly as I did before the injury. I can work and play just as hard as I ever could previously. I'd like to think that it was divine guidance which brought me to a doctor who is an enthusiastic perfectionist. Throughout my recovery, Dr. A and his entire staff treated me like the most important person in their care. I'd recommend Dr. Antkowiak and his team to anyone. While I pray that I'll never be busted up enough to need him again, you can bet that Dr. A will remain my go-to guy in orthopedic surgery.”
    – Anonymous