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2021 “Milestone” Years of Service

Washington Orthopaedic Center would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the “Milestone” years of service individuals listed below.  The loyalty and dedication to Washington Orthopaedic Center and our patients does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. 🎈 2021 Years of Service 🎈 Ashleigh Linn One Year of Service Kimberly Soares One Year of Service Chloe Whitaker One Year of Service Beau Boire One Year of Service Kalie Potter One Year of Service Jennifer Brown One Year of Service Beatriz Mejia One Year of Service Nicole Spencer One Year of Service Erin Anderson One Year of Service Dyanna Ramez One Year of Service Kelsie Morang One Year of Service Nikki Schroeder One Year of Service Denise Muller Three Years of Service Hailey Dickinson Three Years of Service Briana Reyes Three Years of Service Rodell Sunga Five Years of Service Debbie Moberg Ten Years of Service Christy Caple Ten Years of Service Traci King Fifteen Years of Service Nikki Wallis [...]

2022-03-03T18:40:30+00:00Uncategorized|

2021 Washington Orthopaedic Center Employee Excellence Recipients 🏆 (WOCEE)

We recently interviewed our 2021 Washington Orthopaedic Center Employee Excellence (WOCEE) recipients. These employees are first nominated by fellow staff members and then chosen by the doctors on a monthly basis. Here’s what they had to say! Rodell Sunga What are your job duties at Washington Orthopaedic Center?  Facilities Coordinator (Maintenance) and IT What do you like most about working at Washington Orthopaedic Center? I like the flexibility in my work schedule What is your favorite memory so far while working at WOC? My favorite memory is the completion of the new roof. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun? I love to spend time with my wife doing anything, even lounging around. If you were an animal, what would you be? I think I would be a gorilla because they are gentle, but don’t rile them up. If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would want to witness the moon landing. I was only a toddler when it happened. Jodi Urich Sayad What are your job duties at Washington Orthopaedic Center? ASC RN What do you like most about working at Washington Orthopaedic [...]

2022-02-23T21:40:32+00:00Uncategorized|

Washington Orthopaedic Center Now Provides ActivArmorTM Sanitizable 3D Printed Casts

Washington Orthopaedic Center is the first clinic in the state to provide ActivArmorTM sanitizable 3D printed casts. January 25, 2022 – Biomedical technology company, ActivArmorTM, has partnered Washington Orthopaedic Center (WA Ortho) to introduce its next-Gen immobilization technology to Washington State. ActivArmor’s 3D printed casts are the only sanitizable cast on the market, allowing patients to wash their hands during the Covid-19 global pandemic.  The next-gen casts are completely custom – precisely fitting to each patient using a body scan, and designed per the doctor’s prescription, including the ability to expose post-surgical hardware or incisions, and adaptable for use with ultrasound and other advanced technologies. ActivArmor orthoses are being prescribed for injuries like breaks, sprains, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Charcot Foot, through their website and in top orthopedic clinics across the country. Washington Orthopaedic Center's mission to provide compassionate orthopedic care to every patient is a perfect match for ActivArmor’s next-gen 3D technology. ActivArmor’s sweat-proof, waterproof, breathable, sanitizable casting system is custom for each patient’s unique injury or lifestyle – allowing them to continue their daily activities, and improving their quality of life while healing. “It is our pleasure to partner with Washington Orthopaedic Center to bring our next-gen casting system [...]

Meet Dr. Brian Houng, Our First Foot And Ankle Surgery Fellow

Dr. Brian Houng, our first foot and ankle surgery fellow, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His love for fitness, basketball, and interest in sports medicine led him to major in human biology at the University of California San Diego. He then completed his medical school education in Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated at the top of his class. Dr. Houng then completed a comprehensive surgical residency training program at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, a nationally recognized level-1 trauma center. During his final year of residency, he served as Chief Resident for his program under the directorship of Dr. Christopher Hyer. a nationally known fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon. On his free time, Dr. Houng enjoys working out, playing basketball, and eating good food with good company. What is a fellowship? A Fellowship is the period of medical training that a physician may undertake after completing a specialty training program (residency). A fellowship usually lasts at least one year and during this time, the physician is known as a fellow. Fellows can act as an attending or consulting physician in the field in which they were trained. The purpose of a fellowship is to specialize and [...]

Dr. Bender Deployment 2021

Dr. Bender is to be mobilized for active duty service with the United State Army Reserves for approximately four months (mid-April 2021 to mid-August 2021). Please read his message to the patients and staff below: 𝑊𝑂𝐶 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠, 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑔𝑢𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠, 𝐴𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤, 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑎 𝑝ℎ𝑦𝑠𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑆𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝐴𝑟𝑚𝑦 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒𝑠. 𝑂𝑐𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦, 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑓𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑦 𝑜𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝐴𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎, 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑚𝑜𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑑𝑢𝑡𝑦 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒. 𝑂𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑎𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑙𝑦. 𝐼 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑒𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑖𝑑𝑑𝑙𝑒 𝐸𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑂𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝐸𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐹𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑜𝑚. 𝐼 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑖𝑑-𝐴𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑙 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑥𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑠. 𝐼 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛 𝑏𝑦 𝑚𝑖𝑑-𝐴𝑢𝑔𝑢𝑠𝑡, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑝𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑠 𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝐿𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟 𝐷𝑎𝑦. 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑚𝑦 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑔𝑢𝑒𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑊𝑂𝐶 𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑦 𝑎𝑏𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒. 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑣𝑒𝑦 𝑚𝑦 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑓𝑒𝑙𝑡 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑦 𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑦. 𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑑, 𝑊𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑡𝑜𝑛 𝑂𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑎𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐 𝐶𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦. 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝐼 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑖𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑. [...]

2021-02-23T19:04:34+00:00Uncategorized|

Dr. Nami Kazemi Joins The Washington Orthopaedic Center Team

Dr. Namdar (Nami) Kazemi originally set out to be a biomedical engineer, following in his father’s footsteps. However, once his coursework turned to Medicine, he knew that his true passion was in the medical field and caring for people.  He chose orthopedics, as it relates closely to biomedical engineering and the function of the human body’s joints, with the hope to help all of his patients in getting back to what they love to do.   He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland. Following that he spent one year at the prestigious National Institutes of Health and conducted research studies in the field of biophysics. He then went on to The George Washington University and earned his medical degree. Subsequently he completed one year of orthopaedic traumatology research and five years of orthopaedic residency training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  For additional training & to further his education, Dr. Kazemi completed a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He trained under world renowned shoulder surgeon, Evan Flatow. His other mentors included internationally recognized surgeons: Leesa Galatz, Michael Hausman, and Bradford Parsons.  Dr. Kazemi has published more than 14 peer-reviewed articles, 4 [...]

2021-03-01T22:32:28+00:00Uncategorized|

Dr. Noel Beckford Announces Retirement

After 31 years of providing anesthesia services, Dr. Noel Beckford is officially hanging up his scrubs and retiring at the end of 2020. Dr. Beckford received his medical degree in New York City. He then completed his internship and residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut and became the Chief Resident of Anesthesiology in 1988. After his residency, he spent a year working Locums to see the country, before settling in Centralia, at Providence Centralia Hospital in the early 1990’s. With fellow anesthesiologists, he founded Southwest Washington Anesthesia Group and provided anesthesia coverage at various facilities throughout the region. Retired orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Keith Anderson, recalls first meeting Dr. Beckford at Providence Centralia Hospital, mentioning how impressed he was with Dr. Beckford’s thoroughness and, “the fact that his patients woke up quickly, alert, and comfortable, rather than nauseated and groggy as was the case with many other anesthesiologists at the time.” Dr. Beckford has always been one to provide high-quality, efficient anesthesia, which has allowed the surgeons and nursing staff to better care for patients both intraoperatively and post-operatively. In 1994, Washington Orthopaedic Center built and opened the first physician-owned Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the State of Washington. Dr. Beckford was [...]

2020-12-14T20:04:28+00:00Uncategorized|

Dr. Scott Slattery Announces Retirement

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Scott Slattery, Announces Retirement from Washington Orthopaedic Center Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Scott Slattery announces his retirement from Washington Orthopaedic Center (WOC), Dr. Slattery has practiced orthopedic medicine locally for over 21 years. Over the years, he has helped thousands of people throughout the Pacific Northwest recover from their sports injuries. Dr. Slattery was the first surgeon at WOC to perform both outpatient total knee replacement and outpatient total shoulder replacements, as well as the first surgeon to offer anterior approach total hip replacement. “I trust that my colleagues and partners will continue to care for all WOC patients with the same high level of expertise that we have provided the past 47 years,” says Slattery.   Dr. Slattery will be leaving the practice in good hands. Dr. Keith Birchard will be taking over as the most senior surgeon in the group and will continue to care for general orthopedic patients. Dr. Michael Dujela, will continue to be our fellowship trained expert for all foot and ankle patients. Dr. Chad Bender, a fellowship trained hand surgeon, provides care for those with hand and upper extremity needs. Dr. Bryan Nestor, a fellowship trained [...]

2020-11-11T20:44:26+00:00News|

Dr. Christoper Hawkins Q & A

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time? With five children, much of my time is spent in following and attending their groups and activities, from sporting events to theater productions. As they are getting older and more independent, I am finding time to keep myself fit and healthy along with my wife and our two dogs. We enjoy hiking, open water swimming, and other outdoor pursuits. What are you currently (or most recently) reading? Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and the latest issue of Outdoor Magazine What’s the first concert you attended? This information can definitely can be used to date me, but my first 2 concerts were U2 in Washington DC for their Joshua Tree tour and the Grateful Dead at the old RFK (Redskins) stadium. What’s your favorite book? I became a huge fan of Stephen King when I was younger, so I have read most of his books. They are all different, but The Shining remains a classic. What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had? I'm not sure if it was the best, but as a college sophomore at Georgetown University I dressed up as a girl's prep school field hockey player, [...]

2021-03-01T22:30:51+00:00Uncategorized|
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