Orthopedic Patient Stories

Our patients love to share how advanced orthopedic care at EvergreenHealth helped them get back to the activities they love.

Click on their names to read their stories.


Image of Mike McHenry, who's spinal trauma was successfully treated with surgery at EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine and Orthopedic Institute near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Mike McHenry

(spinal trauma)  After a near-fatal mountain biking accident, Mike McHenry defied the odds with a positive attitude and world-class surgical care.


Click to read the story of patient Cristian Palacay, whose rotator cuff was repaired with surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic & Sports Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA

Christian Palacay

(torn rotator cuff)  When some nagging discomfort around his left rotator cuff began to feel more pronounced over time, Christian Palacay took careful notice.


Image of patient Joe Chatterton, whose torn ACL and meniscus were repaired with surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic & Sports Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA

Joe Chatterton

(torn ACL and meniscus)  After a knee injury put him on the sidelines, Joe Chatterton makes a full recovery and returns to the soccer field.


Image of patient Chris Tarkir, whose pectoralis muscle tear was repaired with arthroscopic surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic & Sports Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA

Chris Tarkir

(pectoralis major tendon tear)  An injury sidelined him during training, but with surgery and rehab Chris Tarkir was able to realize his dream of being a firefighter.


Image of Ned Brockenbrough, whose shoulder fractured was relieved by reverse shoulder replacement surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Ned Brockenbrough

(shoulder injuries) A freak accident left Ned Brockenbrough with shoulder injuries that didn't heal and compromised his active lifestyle. He found relief with reverse shoulder replacement surgery at EvergreenHealth.


Image of Deborah DeYoung, whose back pain oseteoarthritis was relieved by physical therapy at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Deborah DeYoung

(back pain) Deborah DeYoung didn't know why her back hurt - she hadn't suffered any injuries. The physiatry specialists at EvergreenHealth Sport & Spine Care got to the bottom of her pain, and prescribed nonsurgical treatment.


Image of Harley Lang, whose neck pain was relieved by artifical discs at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Harley Lang

(neck pain) Harley Lang tried many different treatments for his neck pain and numbness with little success. Surgery and physical therapy at EvergreenHealth got him back to his very active lifestyle.


Image of Sophie Borthen, ACL tear was repaired by minimally invasive knee surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Sophie Borthen

(ACL tear) An ACL tear put Sophie’s dream of playing college soccer in jeopardy. Thanks to EvergreenHealth’s surgical and rehabilitation expertise, and Sophie’s hard work, she was back on the soccer field just seven months after her injury.


Image of Naomi Marquez-Blake, whose osteoartritis pain was relieved by minimally invasive knee replacement at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Naomi Marquez-Blake

(arthritis)  Arthritis had taken a devastating toll on Naomi's right knee. She need a knee replacement, but was horrified when she thought of the long scar she'd have. She was pleasantly surprised to find that knee replacement at EvergreenHealth would a scar just four inches long.


Image of David Bartos, who chose to repair the damage of osteoarthritis with MAKOplasty partial knee replacement at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

David Bartos

(osteoarthritis)   David planned to have knee replacement surgery to deal with his painful knees, but his EvergreenHealth orthopedic surgeon he'd be a good candidate for MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement.


Image of Karyl Lee Olels, whose back pain was relieved by minimally invasive computer-assisted spine surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Karyl Lee Olels

(back pain)  Karyl Lee found relief for debilitating degenerative spondylolisthesis with minimally invasive spine surgery, assisted by computer navigation, at EvergreenHealth. Three months later, she was having fun at Disney World.


Image of Jen Larsen, whose athritis and avascular necrosis led to hip replacement surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Jen Larsen

(hip arthritis and avascular necrosis) The pain in Jen's hips made it impossible to keep up with her active teenagers. Too young for hip replacement, her EvergreenHealth physician recommended a series of cortisone injections targeted for best benefit.


Image of Leigh Ballantyne, whose ruptured cervical disc pain was relieved by minimally invasive spine surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Leigh Ballantyne

(ruptured cervical discs)  Ruptured cervical discs were causing Leigh's pain in her neck, shoulder and arm. Minimally invasive spine surgery at EvergreenHealth fixed the discs, and now Leigh is pain-free.


Image of Nina Pulliam, whose flat back syndrome was relieved by minimally invasive spine surgery at EvergreenHealth Orthopedic Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Nina Pulliam

(flat back syndrome) The chronic pain from flat back syndrome sapped Nina of her energy. Spine surgery and follow-up physical therapy at EvergreenHealth was the answer.