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Michael Tindera

April 6, 1945 — November 7, 2018

Dana, Indiana

Michael Tindera of Dana, Indiana

Time of Death:  4:55 PM

Date of Death: November 7, 2018

Place of Death: Union Hospital - Clinton

Date of Birth:  April 6, 1945

Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana

Parents: Frank Tindera and Elizabeth Theisz Tindera


2015-Present Retired

2011-2015 Veteran’s Administration - Danville, IL

Chief Interventional Pain Clinician

Established clinic and taught clinicians

2010-2011 Associated Physicians of St. Louis, MO

Interventional Pain Clinician

2009-2010 Interventional Pain Clinics - Bloomington & Columbus, IN


2007-2009 AP&S Clinic - Terre Haute, IN

Interventional Pain Clinician

Established pain clinic

2005-2007 Pain Care by Meridian Health Group, Carmel & Terre Haute, IN

2004-2005 Fort Wayne Orthopedics

Interventional Pain Clinician

2003-2004 US Army Newport Chemical Demilitarization Facility, Newport, IN

Lead Clinician for medical services

July 1985 to Present

Health Matters, Inc, Consultant/owner

Professional corporation which provided consulting and management of medical practices, administration of ambulatory care centers, occupational medical services, and medical practice brokerage.

October 1989 to September 1993

Rehabilitation Services, Inc, “Valley Rehab”, Terre Haute, IN: Owner/administrator.

Start-up partner in a Certified Rehabilitation Agency which provided physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Public Health Officer for the Peace Corps Volunteer for United States in Brazil, South America and High School Teacher in Sao Paulo, Brazil I n 1966 to 1968


B.S. Physician Assistant Studies: University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN, 2002

St. George’s School of Medicine, St. George’s, Grenada: 1997-1998

Indiana University School of Medicine, Terre Haute Center for Medical Education, 1993-1996, graduate program in basic medical sciences: completed all basic medical science courses in the medicine curriculum

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1978-79, medical student

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1975-77, medical student

Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN, 1971-72, post-baccalaureate pre-med program

B.S. Psychology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1964-68


Board of Directors / Member

Veterans Health Administration, National Pain Committee Member & Lecturer, 2014

Veterans Health Administration, National Consultant for Distance (Tele-Medicine) Clinical Pain Medicine Training, 2014

Danville Medical Center Pain Committee, Chairman, 2010-2015

American Cancer Society, Indiana Statewide Division Chairman for Public Education & Board Member, 1988-1990

Wabash Valley Rehab, Certified Rehabilitation Agency start-up partner, 1991-1993

Terre Haute Rotary Club, Member, 1985-1995

American Academy of Pain Medicine, 2008-2010

American Academy of Physician Assistants, Fellow, 2003-09

Society of Pain Practice Management, Fellow 2006-2008

Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants, board member: 2003-04

American Cancer Society, board member, Division (statewide) chairman for public education, 1988-90

Other Information: Backpacking and outdoor lover

Michael had a tremendous enthusiasm for backpacking through many remote areas. He backpacked up and down much of the Western Hemisphere from the grizzly bear pine forests of Alaska to many of the high alpine and volcanic lakes of South America's mountainous Tierra del Fuego.

Michael said that he found himself reminiscing about the kinds of outdoors experiences that had intrigued him during his own youth. When he was growing up in Indianapolis, his father had a love for the woods. His father’s hobby was planting walnut trees, and he often took Michael along as he planted. When Michael was a boy, he went on to attend a CYO youth camp where he worked on pioneer villages; when he entered the Boy Scouts, he earned 42 merit badges. In the summertime, he visited the farm of his uncle, Sam Vorek, in rural Vermillion County, and there he would go out and explore the woods.

Michael often used to say “I learned that everywhere in nature there is something wonderful and that you only needed to have the eyes to see it.” Another favorite quote from him was “There's no way to sense creation as vibrantly as on a backpacking trip when you're on your own. It's the constant challenge of survival without cell phones to intrude on your spiritual renewal.”


Michael started his love for tennis when he was a teenager. He played for his high school in Indianapolis and later for his college, St. Louis University where he was a Collegiate Division I Tennis Player. He never stopped playing tennis, in fact he was the tennis coach for the girls tennis team at SVHS and coached his daughter, Elizabeth Tindera from the time she was 3 years old.

Family and Friends

Michael was a true giver. He really loved helping his patients with pain management. There was not time a patient could not call Michael, he always was available for them. He cherished all the time he spent with his family and friends. His favorite holiday was Thanksgiving because it was the time of sharing and celebrating all blessings with everyone. Michael enjoyed taking his family backpacking, hiking, camping and kayaking to distant and remote areas. Be able to share nature with Sol Angel and Elizabeth brought Michael great personal joy.

Special Skills

Perfectly bilingual in Spanish and fluent in Portuguese

Tennis Career Accomplishments

St. Louis University Tennis Team, 1964-1968

Collegiate Division I Tennis Team Player, Full Tennis & Academic Scholarship

Tulane University Spring Invitational, 1965-1968

Missouri Valley Conference Team Runner-Up, 1967

Dwight Davis Tennis Center, St. Louis, MO: Court Maintenance, 1965-1967

Community Involvement

2015 Established & organized West Central Indiana

(Community)Tennis Association (WCITA)

2016 Led community funding for WCITA Summer Youth

Tennis Education (QuickStart)

2016 Developed WCITA community service participation with seven Clinton, IN service organizations

2016 Developed WCITA Youth Tennis Education

Program (82 children participating)

2016 WCITA Board Chairman

2017 Developed Year-Round WCITA Program

Marriage Date: November 17, 2000 to Sol Angel Bernal

Preceded in Death by:

Parents; Frank Tindera and Elizabeth Theisz Tindera

Brother; Jim Tindera


Wife; Sol Angel Tindera of Dana, Indiana

Daughter; Elizabeth Solange Tindera of Dana, Indiana

Memorial Mass

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 pm

Place: Sacred Heart Church in Clinton, IN

Minister:  Fr. Varghese Maliakkal

Celebration of Life

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 pm.

Place: Giovanni Funeral Home in Clinton, IN

Special Notes  Memorial contributions can be made to an educational fund for Elizabeth Tindera through Old National Bank – Clinton, Indiana

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