Matthew W. Heckler, DO

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Dr. Heckler provides comprehensive general orthopedic surgery and sports medicine care with a focus on injuries of the shoulder, knee and hip. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Association and fellowship trained in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He has specialized training in complex rotator cuff and labral surgery of the shoulder, ACL and ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, anterior total hip replacement, and total joint replacement.

Dr. Heckler has a particular interest in partial knee replacement, minimally invasive patient specific total joint arthroplasty, and MRI-computer based navigation joint replacement.

He has worked as an assistant team physician for a number of professional sports teams including the NFL Minnesota Vikings, MLB Minnesota Twins, NBA Minnesota Timberwolves, NHL Minnesota Wild, WNBA Minnesota Lynx, and the NLL Minnesota Swarm.

Today, Dr. Heckler is the orthopedic team physician for Dayton's professional soccer club, the Dutch Lions. He cares for many of our local high school athletes through the Dayton Sports Medicine Institute and is the medical director for Wilson Sports Medicine.

"I take the same team approach our athletes utilize on the field in caring for my patients. I strive to provide each patient a complete clinical and diagnostic background necessary so together we can make a treatment plan to get you back in the game."


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine


  • Fellowship, complex sports-related musculoskeletal disorders, TRIA Orthopaedic Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (Kirksville, Missouri)

Nicole Burgbacher (PA-C)

Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science at Marietta College in Sports Medicine. In 2004, she received her Physician Assistant certification from Kettering College of Medical Arts. Since graduation, Nicole has worked in orthopedics and has been with OASWO since 2007. In 2008 Nicole went on to receive her masters in Physician Assistant studies from University of Nebraska.

Nicole started working closely with Dr. Heckler as his Physician Assistant specializing in sports medicine. She believes it is important to spend extra time helping patients understand their conditions and thoroughly explaining their options.

Originally from Warren, Ohio, Nicole has relocated to Fort Loramie, Ohio where her husband is the high school’s head football coach. Nicole loves following high school sports, especially football. She enjoys boot camp classes, running, and entertaining her two young children.

Helping patients understand their condition and treatment options is my top priority.