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Mission, Vision & Values
The knowledgeable physicians in The Center for Sports Medicine - Walnut Creek can meet your musculoskeletal needs, helping keep you in the game. Sports medicine physicians provide support for professional sport tournaments and performing arts and dance companies.
Orthopedic Surgeons are skilled in both surgical and non-surgical treatments, offering a full range of arthroscopic procedures and joint reconstructions.
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute Physicians are specialists in the field of sports medicine and trained to address the unique needs of athletes. They examine, evaluate and treat a wide variety of sports and activity-related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
Podiatrists evaluate foot and ankle problems in patients of all ages, and provide both surgical and non-surgical treatments, including customized orthotics.
Physiatrists use diagnostic techniques such as electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies to diagnose and provide expertise on rehabilitation regimens, as well as procedures such as spinal injections and nerve blocks.
Meredith Bean, MD - Sports Medicine
Dr. Bean is board certified in sports medicine and family medicine. She specializes in musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Having been a competitive athlete herself, she understands the unique needs of athletes. She is passionate about helping competitive and recreational athletes get back into action as well as helping others who just want to be more active.
Michael Burns, MD - Medical Director
Michael Burns, MD, is a board certified physiatrist and sports medicine physician. He completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Stanford University and his sports medicine fellowship at the Dartmouth University/Evergreen Sports Medicine fellowship program. As a sports medicine and rehabilitation physician, his treatment approach focuses on understanding the impact an injury has had, knowing the patient’s goals, and helping them to restore or optimize performance. Dr. Burns has served as the team physician for men’s and women’s rugby at Colby College and for the NAEHL Fighting Spirit hockey team. He is a classifier for the United States Quad Rugby Association. He has provided medical coverage for a wide variety of other sporting events including Iron Man triathlons, biking, running, and swimming events, wrestling, dance, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and football at both the high school and collegiate levels.
Stephen Chen, MD - Sports Medicine
Stephen Chen, MD is a board certified Sports Medicine physician. He specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions. Through his residency training in Pediatrics, as well as his fellowship training in Sports Medicine, he has cared for athletes of all ages and competitive levels. He has provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics, as well as high school sports. He continues his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon and other sporting events in the Bay Area. His goals are to treat acute and overuse injuries with an emphasis on getting patients back to an active lifestyle in a safe manner. He strongly believes that patient understanding is a key component in one’s health care and will take the time to educate patients on their conditions so that they can be active, well-informed participants in their health care decisions. Dr. Chen grew up in Southern California but has happily settled in the Bay Area with his wife and two children. He personally enjoys the outdoors including running and hiking. He is an avid fan of football, basketball and golf.
Alicia Knee, DPM - Podiatry
Dr. Knee is a board certified podiatrist who sees patients at the Saint Francis Center for Sports Medicine clinic in Walnut Creek. Her background as an award-winning dancer gives Dr. Knee special insight into the special health and medical needs of athletes. Passionate about education, Dr. Knee has lectured on a variety of topics including foot and ankle fractures, flatfoot reconstructions, surgical reconstruction and more.