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Staying Safe On The Slopes

Staying Safe on the Slopes Living in the Pacific Northwest, many of us love being so close to multiple ski slopes. Skiing and snowboarding are the perfect winter activity for where we live! Whether you're a skier or a snowboarder, there are certain precautions you can take to stay safe during your time on the mountain. How to Prepare A significant way to prepare for an outing on the ski trails is to prepare your body and muscles beforehand. Hitting the gym can help you build the proper muscle strength necessary for your chosen snow sport. Some gyms may have workout programs that can help you prepare specifically for a ski or snowboarding season. Hiking and brisk cardio workouts are always great to help prepare your body for the season. Working out before the season starts can reduce the risk of injury, speed up recovery, and limit fatigue from being on the mountain. If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, or even if it’s been a few seasons since you last were last out, a lesson might help you get the hang of things. Many ski resorts have lessons available for multiple proficiency levels at varying times of the day, and sometimes [...]

Meet. Dr. Chandra, Our Newest Foot and Ankle Surgeon Fellow

Meet Dr. Chandra, Our Newest Foot and Ankle Surgical Fellow What does an Advanced Foot and Ankle fellowship mean? A fellowship is a period of training that a physician may undertake after completing their residency. This is done in order to gain further exposure in a specific area of interest and to truly master that specialty. The length of the fellowship can vary, but it is usually at least one year long. During this time, the fellow is fully licensed and acts as an attending physician in their specific field of medicine. A fellowship in advanced foot and ankle surgery entails a period of training in which the fellow gains exposure to complex pathologies affecting the lower extremities as well as the methods and techniques utilized to appropriately manage them. These pathologies can range from forefoot abnormalities such as bunions to severe foot and ankle deformities requiring complete reconstruction to help relieve pain and improve function. It builds upon the experience and knowledge gained during residency and provides the fellow with the tools needed to tackle the most difficult and complex foot and ankle issues. About Dr. Chandra Dr. Amar Chandra was born and raised in [...]


Most Common Shoulder Injuries

Most Common Shoulder Injuries   Dr. Kazemi is one of the only board-certified fellowship-trained shoulder surgeons in the Pacific Northwest. We’re so glad to have him at Washington Orthopaedic! Dr. Kazemi treats all shoulder conditions, but here are some of the most common injuries that he sees:  Shoulder Arthritis  Shoulder Arthritis is one of the most common shoulder issues that people have. Arthritis is typically defined as joint inflammation that could promote damage or loss of cartilage surrounding the bone. Without the cartilage that surrounds each joint, two bones will rub against each other during movement which creates pain for the patient.   The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which typically develops in older patients from normal wear and tear of the bones.  Another form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which is connected to rheumatoid disease. Because rheumatoid disease is an autoimmune disorder, the body attacks the tissue that surrounds the bones, which causes the destruction of cartilage in joints. When the cartilage is destroyed, it causes pain and stiffness in the joints that most arthritis patients suffer from. A particular type of arthritis, called Cuff-tear arthropathy, damages cartilage only on one side [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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: ??? ?????? ??? ???????, ?????????? ??? ????????, ?? ???? ?? ??? ????, ? ?? ? ?ℎ??????? ?? ?ℎ? ?????? ?????? ???? ????????. ????????????, ?? ??????? ?? ?????????? ?? ???????, ? ?? ????????? ??? ?????? ???? ???????. ??? ?? ?ℎ??? ????? ℎ?????? ?? ?? ???????ℎ??? ???? ???????. ? ℎ??? ???????? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?ℎ? ?????? ???? ?? ??????? ?? ????????? ???????? ???????. ? ???? ?? ????????? ?? ???-????? ??? ? ?????? ?? ????????????? ???? ????ℎ?. ? ?ℎ???? ?????? ?? ???-??????, ??? ??????????? ?? ???? ?? ????? ???. ? ???? ?? ??????? ?? ????????? ????????? ?? ?? ????????? ??? ?????????? ?ℎ? ???? ?????? ??? ??? ???????? ??????? ?ℎ? ???? ???????? ???? ?????? ?? ???????. ? ???? ?? ?????? ?? ℎ???????? ???????????? ?? ?? ???????? ??? ???? ????????????? ?????? ?ℎ?? ???? ?? ???????????. ???? ???????, ???ℎ?????? ???ℎ??????? ?????? ???? ???????? ?? ??????? ??? ???ℎ ?????? ???? ?ℎ??? ? ?? ????. ?ℎ??? ??? ??? ???? ????????, ??? ? ????? ?????????? ?? ???? ????????? ?????? ???? ???? ????ℎ? ?? ?? ?????????. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

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