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Congratulations to Our SA Doctors: Best of 2015!

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TSAOG is so pleased to announce that 24 of our physicians (all of our M.D.s and D.O.s) have been named to San Antonio Scene‘s list of S.A. Doctors: Best of 2015! This issue is on newsstands now and features the best doctors and dentists in San Antonio, TX as nominated by their peers.

Most, but not all, of our winners are pictured above. Without further ado, your S.A. Doctors: Best of 2015 are:

  • B. Christian Balldin, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 3 years and up.
  • S. Josh Bell, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 11 years and up. 
  • Ephraim K. Brenman, D.O., is a board certified doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation specializing in non-surgical treatment of neck and back pain for patients aged 12 years and up. 
  • Marvin R. Brown, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg for patients 1 year and up.
  • Stephen S. Burkhart, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the shoulder for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Ronald W. Connor, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the shoulder and knee for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Stephen C. Drukker, M.D., is a board certified surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for patients of all ages.
  • Frank J. Garcia, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the knee and shoulder for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • David M. Gonzalez, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and conditions of the knee and shoulder for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Robert U. Hartzler, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and conditions of the shoulder and elbow for patients aged 6 years and up.
  • Alan E. Hibberd, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the hip and knee for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Philip M. Jacobs, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 11 years and up.
  • Bryan W. Kaiser, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Kevin L. Kirk, D.O., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot, ankle, and knee for patients aged 6 years and up.
  • Randall C. Marx, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg for patients of all ages.
  • Eloy Ochoa, Jr., M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Paul D. Pace, M.D., is a board certified surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand and wrist for patients of all ages.
  • Alexander S. Rowland, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for patients aged 6 years and up.
  • Casey D. Taber, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 14 years and up.
  • Brad S. Tolin, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine for patients aged 13 years and up.
  • Richard L. Ursone, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the knee and shoulder for patients aged 1 year and up.
  • Daniel C. Valdez, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the hip, knee, and shoulder for patients aged 16 years and up.
  • Sergio Viroslav, M.D., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and conditions of the hip, knee, and shoulder for patients aged 12 years and up.
  • Christian A. Woodbury, M.D., is a board certified surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for patients of all ages.

Congratulations to all our winners! If you’d like to make an appointment, please call us at 210.281.9595.

TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – November 2014

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When our patients have something nice to say about us, we like to brag about it! Please enjoy some of the highlights from TSAOG’s November 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Hughes is very personable and highly professional. Doctor’s appointments are always pleasant experiences.”
  • Dr. Rutstein is very friendly, passionate and caring – I know she is tailoring my medical therapy to best suit my needs and she is mindful of costs and insurance provider difficulties (referred me to BCBS places for MRI and additional services when possible) X-rays were done right away – no wait, very efficient at scheduling imaging and getting the care and therapy I needed quickly.” 
  • Dr. Kirk is an absolutely great physician I would recommend to everyone.” 
  • “[I liked] How quick and easy the appointment was.” (Dr. Hartzler
  • “PA Miller and his staff are wonderfully caring and trully know what they are doing. Would rather see him than my doctor” (OrthoNow Injury Clinic
  • “He has a great bedside manner, always makes me fell like he really cares about my health and progress.” (Dr. Connor
  • “I like the fact that an entire range of treatment options and practitioners are available within your group” 
  • Dr. Garcia showed me my MRI which helped me to understand spinal stenosis more than anything else could have.” 
  • “I am fortunate to have the physician I have.” (Dr. Hibberd
  • Dr. Richard Ursone is much appreciated by my husband and I, as he has performed surgeries on both of us. His dedication towards our wellbeing is much appreciated.” 
  • “Every one was just amazing. I’m scared to death of surgery, I never felt more comfortable before hand. AMAZING!” (Dr. Valdez
  • “The staff is courteous and knowledgeable. Dr. Viroslav seems quite competent and caring and interested plus he has a sense of humor.” 
  • Dr. Drukker was very professional and timely with my treatment. I would recommend him to any of my friends that were having issues or problems with their hands. I just loved him.” 
  • “Having gone to another Orthopaedic Group and after coming here. It was like day and night.I have to say eye contact is greatly appreciated and not being rushed and creating an atmosphere of neverousness and chaos.” 
  • Dr. Pace was funny and made me feel very comfortable” 
  • “This last few months of care by Dr. Rowland for my carpal Tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contraction was handled wonderfully and his staff was a great help in getting the necessary Worker’s Comp paperwork through so I could get the much needed surgery. Post surgery treatment has also gone very well. I will never go to any other Orthopaedic group doctors and definitely recommend this group to anyone needing orthopaedic care.” 
  • “My wife, who drove me, and I were very impressed with the attention, explanation of the x-ray results, care, and manner of Douglas Dusenberry. Never having been to the Saturday clinic but preferring the hour-driver to going to a clinic or emergency room close to us, I greatly appreciate that you have this facility available and staff it with such an excellent care provider. The help and care suggestions have enabled me to make it with much less pain, through two weeks to my specialist doctor’s appointment.” (OrthoNow Injury Clinic
  • Dr Woodbury is extremely caring and friendly. I had surgery on both hands on Thursday. I had a few concerns on Saturday about pain. I was going to call on Monday when office was open. Dr Woodbury called out of the blue on Sunday. I could not believe that. He answered my questions and I was relieved. May God bless him and his family” 
  • Dr. Brown and his PA/NP always make me feel as though I am their only patient. Ouality time and visits” 
  • “Very pleased with how competent and personable Dr. Marx is!” 
  • “Treatments with Dr. Seidel are quick and effective. Noticeable improvement in just the 1st visit and alot better after the 2nd.” 
  • “I was referred to the group following a vehicle accident. The office worked with me to be seen even though SAOG is not an in-network provider for my insurance. Thanks for the excellent care from all parties at your practice.” 
  • Dr. Balldin is AWESOME!” 
  • Dr. Bell is a fantastic Doctor” 
  • Dr. Burkhart, his assistant, and nurses were very professional. They were great at putting me at ease during my visit. I felt like they really cared about my concerns. Keep up the good work.” 
  • “Doctor was very friendly and very specific in the options that I have on my physical problem” (Dr. Gonzalez
  • Dr Jacobs was versed in the area of my problem and I felt he had my best interest in mind. He gets directly to the point and doesn’’t waste a lot of time.” 
  • Dr. KAISER is so sweet and attentive.” 
  • “I have already recommended Dr Ochoa to two of my friends with knee trouble.” 
  • “The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group has a great staff, very friendly, kind and knowlegeable. Always trying to do all they can to help you.” 
  • “My daughter is medical averse. She is afraid of doctors, shots, X-Rays, everything related. This doctor was personable and really installed trust in my daughter and explained and LISTENED.” (Dr. Taber
  • “I am highly satisfied with and confident of the care I receive from Dr. Tolin.” 
  • Dr Brenman is excellent”

We encourage you to review and rate your experience with TSAOG.  The next time you visit us, please take the time to fill out our patient survey and you may see one of your comments online the next month! You can also choose to submit a testimonial online anytime

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TSAOG Customer Survey Highlights – October 2014

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When our patients have something nice to say about us, we like to brag about it! Please enjoy some of the highlights from TSAOG’s October 2014 Customer Survey:

  • Dr. Seidel really cares about his patients and goes above and beyond to see to it that his patients have the best care.” 
  • “Excellent staff from check in to check out. Dr. Brenman was excellent, informative and took great care of me through every step of the process. SAOG is the best!”
  • “PA Davis Miller is exceptional. Very comfortable communicator.” (OrthoNow Injury Clinic)
  • “I was pleasantly shocked at how easy a payment plan was set up and all my options.”
  • Dr.Tolin was really nice and explained my surgery. I had a rough recovery and he called back later that to answer my question.”
  • “I’ve already referred others and shared my great experience with family and friends” (Dr. Ochoa)
  • “The MD was friendly, approachable, professional, he made a suggestion as to what would help me which was a cortisone injection. I received it and I feel much better.” (Dr. Jacobs)
  • “The care I have received has help improve my daily life.” (Dr. Gonzalez)
  • Dr. Josh Bell – very easy-going, approachable, clear and direct with all information. The support staff is very kind and helpful as well.”
  • Dr Hughes was very attentive to my concerns”
  • “From beginning to end EVERYTHING WAS PROFESSIONAL.THE STAFF FROM CHECK IN TO CHECK OUT IS TOP NOTCH.” (Dr. Kirk)
  • “Had surgery for carpal tunnel… was an awesome experience from first appt, thru surgery, to last follow up.” (Dr. Woodbury)
  • “Excellent service provided by Dr Pace and support staff. They were genuinely concerned with my injury and provided options for treatment. Professionalism exhibited at every level.”
  • “I truly enjoy being a patient of San Antonio Orthopedic Group and have recommended you to friends in the past and will continue to do so in the future.”
  • “Having trust and confidence in one’s doctor helps tremendously and I have that. Dr. Viroslav and I have a nice, easy going relationship.”
  • Dr. Ursone is the only physician who I see in the group, and I’ve been seeing him since he was in the Army. He is an excellent MD, and I will continue to see him and recommend him to friends and family.”
  • “I have always had a good visit, even if I’m in pain, I leave happy.” (Dr. Garcia)
  • “I look forward to my hip replacement as well as the help it will give me in feeling less pain and having more mobility on my left side. Thank you Dr.Taber for making me feel so comfortable during my visit, and for the information that you gave me in order to make my choice to have a hip replacement.”
  • “I have had a knee replacement by Dr Tolin and hip replacement by Dr Kaiser. I was very pleased with both doctors and procedures. I am experiencing some hip pain and I choose again to see Dr Kaiser because I trust his opinion.”
  • “The doctor interacted really well with me in reference to my pain” (Dr. Hartzler)
  • Dr. Burkhart always hits the mark for shoulder injections and ignores my grimaces!”
  • “From the moment you drive in…the facility looks wonderful nice and clean. The parking lot was clean and plenty of parking. Once you go inside the atmosphere stays the same, clean and modern. The free wifi was a nice touch. The whole staff are really nice and calm. I’d imagine that even if they’re stressed they wouldn’t show it to the patients. The doctor was AMAZING! Direct and to the point yet fully explained everything and seemed to care about his patients. I loved EVERYTHING about this place 5 stars!!!” (Dr. Balldin)
  • “Loved Dr. Rutstein. My first visit to the office, and will continue to receive treatment there.”
  • Dr. Marx was a very nice Dr. He explained everything to me about my foot. Thank you all so much.”
  • “my physician (Dr. Marvin Brown) was very patient with me. he answered all my questions and he gave instructions on my ordeal.”
  • “Same day appointment for new patient!” (Dr. Rowland)
  • “Called the morning of 10/7/14…turned out that is the day Dr. Drukker is at Stone Oak office and they had a mid-afternoon appointment available….very pleased.”
  • “I have recommended your group and Dr. Valdez in particular to my cousin who needs knee surgery. I know that she will receive excellent information as to her possibilities.”
  • Doctor Hibberd gave me his undivided attention to my medical issue and did not appear rushed.”
  • Dr. Connor was most wonderful and deeply appreciated for all his thoughtfulness sand kindness.”

We encourage you to review and rate your experience with TSAOG.  The next time you visit us, please take the time to fill out our customer survey and you may see one of your comments online the next month! You can also choose to submit a testimonial online anytime

Please note: Spelling and punctuation errors may have been corrected for readability.

Integrating Orthotics and Rehabilitation to Improve Outcomes for Lower Extremity Trauma Patients

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Orthopedic surgeon and lower extremity specialist Dr. Kevin L. Kirk co-authored a study that was featured in the October 2014 issue of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, a publication of The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

The study investigated whether integrating orthotics with a rehabilitation program would improve outcomes for patients suffering from significant disability following lower extremity trauma and sought to find out:

  • If an 8-week integrated program would improve pain, performance, and outcomes for these patients.
  • If the level of recovery differed for those undergoing the program more than or less than 2 years after their injury.
  • Whether the program would reduce the number of patients considering late stage amputation.

The study evaluated 84 service members who underwent 4 weeks of rehabilitation without an orthotic, followed by 4 weeks of rehabilitation with an orthotic. After 8 weeks, all subjects showed improvement in patient-reported measures as well as physical performance measures and patients improved similarly regardless of the length of time out from their injury. 41 out of 50 patients who were initially considering amputation had changed their minds by the end of the program. Read the full study.

KirkDr. Kevin L Kirk is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity, with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 6 years and up for all orthopedic conditions, but has a special interest in conditions of the foot, ankle, and knee. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk, please call 210.281.9595. 

TSAOG Welcomes Dr. Kevin Kirk

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TSAOG is very pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin L. Kirk to our practice!  His first day is Monday, September 29th.

Kirk

Dr. Kirk is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg.  He completed his fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University and recently retired from the Army, after over 20 years of service.

He will be treating all orthopedic conditions for patients aged 6 years and up and will hold clinic at the following TSAOG locations: Schertz, Downtown, Westover Hills, and Mission Trail.

Dr. Kirk’s special interests include:

  • Ankle joint replacement
  • Cartilage repair for talus osteochondral lesions 
  • Ligamentous repair for ankle instability
  • Ankle and knee arthroscopy 
  • Achilles, posterior tibial and peroneal tendon disorders
  • Complex limb deformity correction of the foot, ankle and lower leg
  • Diabetic foot care to include Charcot Arthropathy
  • Sports related injuries and fracture care

Without further ado, meet Dr. Kevin Kirk:

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk, please call 210.281.9595.

To learn more about Dr. Kirk’s background and training, please visit his webpage.

Recruiting experienced orthopedic specialists is one more way TSAOG makes your health our mission.

 

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