At work, the husband and wife treat children and adults with knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow injuries caused by sports or simple wear and tear. At home, they encourage their five children to be active in all types of sports and are mindful of how strength-building exercise can help them prevent sports-related injuries.
"I would say we're definitely an orthopaedic family," Dr. Wittstein said.
"It's really nice having a partner in your marriage and also in your work," Dr. Lassiter echoed. "You get to combine the passions you have for fitness, for athletics, and for work."
The pair are strong believers in cross-training and are cautious to avoiding specializing in one sport, as that can increase the risk of injury. They’ve also encouraged their children to try out a variety of activities -- from soccer and basketball to rowing, taekwondo, and rugby.
Their children have responded with a willingness to try new sports. For example, when daughter Chloe missed soccer tryouts due to a family move back to the Raleigh area, she decided to take up field hockey to remain active and on a team.