Our Practice

Practice Philosophy

As of Sept 1, 2017, I accepted a professorship with the Stanford University School of Medicine and will now be treating patients at the Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery office in Emeryville. The address is 6121 Hollis Street, Suite 900, Emeryville, CA 94608. The phone number is 510-974-2800.

In terms of insurance coverage, I will now be covered under the Stanford umbrella for most, if not all, insurance plans.

For myself and my existing patients, this transition entering into a new system for scheduling has been interesting and sometimes trying and frustrating. However, I am hopeful that these problems will be worked out as time passes.

The philosophy of our practice is to provide our patients the highest level of professional and personal care within the specialties of Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery.

Our goal is to not only allow the patient to return to their previous level of activity or sport following an injury but also to establish a rehabilitation program that will prevent future problems.

Establishing an accurate diagnosis is a very important part of your consultation as this leads to establishing the correct treatment protocols and options.  As a Team Physician for Professional, Elite, Olympic, Collegiate, and High School athletes, our practice is focused on the cutting edge of both diagnostic and treatment options of injuries and conditions.

Education of our patients is also an important aspect of our practice as this provides an understanding of their symptoms.  This knowledge lessens apprehension and increases their ability to set specific goals after a specific treatment and rehabilitation program has been established.

Establishing a treatment program for a specific problem does not mean that you will require surgery.  In fact, surgery is generally NOT the recommended as the first approach to treatment except in unusual circumstances such as infections, tumors or displaced fractures.

It is very important to understand that there are many conservative treatment avenues which can be used to assist a patient resume their prior level of activities and health.  These treatment approaches can include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Certified Massage Therapy, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Rolfing, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Osteopathic Manipulation and Aston Patterning Specific techniques within these areas include Active Release Techniques, the Graston Technique, Myofascial Release, Iontophoresis, phonophoresis, ultrasound, Cold Laser, and specialized Taping including Kinesio and McConnell taping techniques.

Additional conservative treatment approaches include modifications in one’s activities, the use of external braces or splints, oral and topical medications, and specific dietary changes and supplementation.

Specialized Injections consists of another avenue of conservative treatment and is reserved for patients who have not responded to prior conservative measures and have specific diagnoses which injections are applicable. These injections include corticosteroid, viscosupplementation  (Hyaluronate), Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), and StemCell Treatments.

In the treatment of a patient, their care must be individualized and it is important to utilize a comprehensive approach to restore one’s health and activities.

I will continue to take a very personal approach in our practice and so you do not feel like “you’re in a cattle herd” or waiting in line with a number at a delicatessen.  As a Specialist in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, I will personally obtain your history, perform your physical examination, review your diagnostic studies, establish a diagnosis, and then formulate a treatment plan specifically designed for you.