About TRIA

About TRIA

Past, Present, and Future of TRIA  

TRIA was born out of a desire to empower patients to be involved in their care and strengthen the connection between patients and their physicians.

The first step was forming a partnership between a private sports medicine practice (The Orthopaedic Center), a multi-specialty health care provider (Park Nicollet Health Services) and an academic center (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota Physicians). The idea was to bring all elements of orthopedics together to improve patient care while eliminating the breakdown in how patients, care providers, insurance companies, and hospitals work together.

The founding orthopedic surgeons also wanted to contribute to the science of orthopedic medicine and create a comprehensive center for orthopedic research and education.

On March 15, 2005, TRIA opened at 494 & France Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota, offering comprehensive orthopedic care – from diagnosis to treatment to surgery – at one convenient location.

TRIA has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, to accommodate the increasing number of patients and providers. In 2012, TRIA Physical Therapy transitioned into a new facility in Bell Plaza, next door to TRIA. It includes a functional training area, a gym, and a variety of rehabilitative equipment for specialty programs. In 2015, TRIA Orthopedic Urgent Care in Maple Grove opened its doors, offering acute injury and sports medicine care through the Orthopedic Urgent Care. TRIA Orthopaedic Center Woodbury opened in 2017, followed by TRIA Clinic in downtown St. Paul in early 2018.

TRIA has brought many advancements to the market, such as Minnesota’s first walk-in orthopedic urgent care, a Sport Concussion Program for comprehensive management of concussions, and the innovative TRIA/Hotel Recovery Program. Physicians and staff continue to develop new programs while collecting, measuring, and evaluating patient care to improve and accelerate recovery.


The Orthopaedic Center

Sports medicine doctors from The Orthopaedic Center have served as team physicians to Minnesota professional sports teams and numerous local colleges and high-school athletic programs for more than 25 years. The result is improved management of sports-related injuries for athletes of all ages and skill levels. The sports-medicine physicians are committed to both patient care and investing in education and research. Future sports medicine professionals are trained through TRIA’s accredited sports medicine fellowship program in affiliation with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota. In 2011, The Orthopaedic Center doctors became part of University of Minnesota Physicians. The partnership is a natural fit with The Orthopaedic Center’s team physician activity and focuses on fellowship education.

Park Nicollet & HealthPartners

In 2013, Park Nicollet Health Services, one of TRIA’s founders, combined with HealthPartners, a top-ranked commercial health plan serving medical and dental health plan members nationwide. The combination of two complementary, likeminded organizations provides stronger coordination of patient care and establishes links between care and insurance leading to increased transparency, choice, and value for customers. HealthPartners/Park Nicollet is now the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community.

University of Minnesota Physicians

University of Minnesota Physicians have brought a strong background in research and education to TRIA, providing clinical care and teaching the next generation of leaders, TRIA employs academic faculty from University of Minnesota across the spectrum of orthopedic medicine, and maintains a nationally recognized education program for orthopedic surgery residents and fellows.