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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 [...]

2021-01-11T19:27:10+00:00January 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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+00:00December 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

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+00:00November 10th, 2020|News|

2020 Christmas Card Design Contest

Design our 2020 Christmas Cards for your chance to WIN fun prizes! Each participant will receive a coupon to Dairy Queen 😋 Drop off or mail your artwork to our Centralia or Olympia location. We look forward to seeing all of your creative designs!  

2020-08-17T16:22:30+00:00August 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|

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 MagazineWhat’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, with tartan skirt and tall socks. It was funny in [...]

2020-09-28T21:45:02+00:00August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

DIY Easy 5 Minute Face Mask

DIY Easy 5 Minute Face Mask If you're looking to quickly make a face mask from the comfort of your home, you've come to the right spot. The material used in this project is Kimberly-Clark Wypall X80 Disposable Shop Towel material. This is a "hydroknit" material that is a fairly dense non-woven product that is used in commercial cleaning and shops. It is tough enough that it can be used several times and it does not fall apart when it is wet (which is why it makes for a good shop towel or cleaning wipe material). The material has enough stretch that the top loop stretches over the head nicely and the bottom tie straps do not break. It is an odd color and a tad rough against the face but this is a pandemic not a beauty pageant! We bought a roll of 475 towels from Amazon for about $70. These are the larger size: 12.5" x 13.4" and the product number is Wypall 41055x80. The goal was to create a mask that is easy and fast to make that does not require a lot of sewing skills or extra materials (for example, it is now difficult to find elastic [...]

2020-04-15T15:36:41+00:00April 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

How to Prevent a Water Related Injury

Summer is a period where more and more of us take to the water here in Western Washington. This presents many opportunities for fun and recreation, but it also has some unique risks. Drowning and near drowning (non-fatal submersion injury) is far more common than we think. The CDC states that on average there were 3,536 fatal unintentional drowning incidents per year that were not related to boating between 2005 and 2014. There were an average of 332 additional deaths per year from drowning related to boating during that same period. There are even more people who suffered non-fatal submersion injuries which can have debilitating, life altering effects. There are many aspects to staying safe in and around the water. A few good starting points are to have a buddy with you, make sure children are supervised, and have the ability to rescue those in need (e.g. skills and floatation devices). There are many safety considerations around natural water sources. At a minimum, have a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) available. In situations where someone cannot touch the bottom of the water they are in and keep their head reliably out of the water, where there are risks posed [...]

2020-06-15T21:05:06+00:00June 10th, 2019|Outdoors and Fitness|

Dr. Chad L. Bender Q & A

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time? I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Hobby-wise, I like to cook, exercise, and read. What are you currently (or most recently) reading? I’m listening to a biography of US Grant, and reading “How to Raise and Adult”. What’s the first concert you attended? I saw Garth Brooks at a small venue in high school. It was just as he was becoming popular. What’s your favorite book? The Lord of the Rings trilogy. What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had? My dad and I made a robot costume out of boxes and dryer vent tubing when I was in kindergarten. What was your first job? I grew up on a farm, so daily chores could be considered my first job, I guess. Otherwise, I worked as a bank teller during the summers in high school. What was your favorite subject in school? Science/Biology If you could win an Olympic medal for any sport, real or fake, what would it be? I would like to be crazy and daring enough to medal in the snowboarding half pipe. Since I’m not, I’ll settle for either the biathlon or 400m. [...]

2019-05-21T17:46:48+00:00December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

3 Winter Hikes in Washington You Don’t Want to Miss

If cabin fever has you feeling trapped this winter, there’s an easy solution - take up winter hiking! You may think that this sounds ridiculous, but it is a tried and true hobby in Washington, where snow can cover the landscape for months at a time. There are many trails that are open nearly year-round, and we’ve cherry picks the best ones for winter hikes for you! Snow Mountain Ranch Snow Mountain Ranch is located in central Washington near Yakima. This 9.2 mile round-trip hike has great mountain views and a stunning variety of wildlife to meet while you hike. It’s also dog friendly, as long as they’re on a leash, and an easy enough hike for kids to come along with you if they’re so inclined. This 1800 acre property was formerly a cattle ranch owned by Elon and Joan Gilbert, and the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy is working to reinvigorate the native plants and animals in the park. You can see a variety of ducks, great horned owls, red tailed hawks and elk that you are able to feed at the top of the mountain. The trail doesn’t require snowshoes, but it could come in handy if the trails are icy. [...]

2019-05-10T16:03:45+00:00October 24th, 2018|Outdoors and Fitness|

7 Common Foot and Ankle Injuries and Disorders

Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a strong tissue that is situated at the bottom of the foot. It acts as the connection of the heel bone and the toes, creating the arch in a foot. It also supports the foot’s arch by absorbing impact from jumping and running. The lack of stretching or strength in the calves and hamstring can lead to plantar fasciitis.  To avoid this injury, stretch and strengthen your calf muscles. Stress Fracture Stress fractures are tiny fissures or cracks inside the smaller bones of the foot. There will be pain where the bone is situated. Fractures are caused by landing or planting the foot improperly or awkwardly, especially on harder surfaces. Stress fractures heal over time as long as little to no weight is applied to the foot.   Ankle Sprain Ankle sprains occur when there is damage to the ligaments inside of the ankle. This happens when the foot rolls outwards and the ankle is forced inwards. It mostly happens during an awkward landing or misstep. After the event of the injury the ankle will be swollen and stiff. Bunions A bunion is a bump on the joint that is [...]

2018-10-24T18:51:16+00:00September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|
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