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The knowledgeable physicians in the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute 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.
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute Doctors
Remy Ardizzone, DPM - Podiatry
Dr. Ardizzone is a board certified podiatrist specializing in treating all aspects of sports-related foot and ankle injuries. Her practice includes recreational to professional level sports injuries and all aspects of musculoskeletal complaints of the foot and ankle.
Meredith Bean, MD - Sports Medicine
Dr. Bean is board certified in sports medicine and family medicine. She specializes in musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, as well as helps individuals remain active and avoid injury. 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.
Richard L. Blake, DPM - Podiatry
Dr. Blake is an expert in biomechanics of the lower extremity. He invented the Inverted Orthotic Technique, which is used internationally to help many injuries, especially those related to severe pronation.
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.
Victor A. Prieto, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Prieto is an orthopedic surgeon who has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is the medical director for the Center for Sports Medicine and specializes in hip replacements, knee replacements, and shoulder surgery.
Robert Purchase, MD – Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Purchase is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon as well as the Medical Director of shoulder surgery at SFMH Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute. Widely recognized as an expert in complex and revision shoulder arthroplasty, patients travel from all over California to have their shoulder replacement surgery performed by him. He treats all manner of shoulder disease from arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff tears, to revision reverse total shoulder replacements.
Ronald L. Valmassy, DPM - Podiatry
Dr. Valmassy has a special interest in pediatric and adolescent sports related injuries, the evaluation and treatment of lower extremity problems, and surgical correction of muscular abnormalities.
Stephen Van Pelt, MD - Sports and Family Medicine
Dr. Van Pelt has been a Sports and Family Medicine physician and general surgeon with the Center for Sports Medicine since 1987. He is frequently in the Saint Francis operating room assisting in orthopedic and spine procedures.
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