Patient Reviews

Thank you for choosing Skagit Northwest Orthopedics for your care. We take pride in helping our patients overcome injuries, relieve pain, and return to active, healthy lifestyles.

In this section, you can read stories from patients we’ve treated about their experiences and recoveries under our care.

Read what our patients are saying about Skagit Northwest Orthopedics.

Reviews

“Answers all of my questions and provides relief from pain. Couldn’t be better.”
– Karen V.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD


“If you have a broken hip, I can think of no where I would rather go since I had that experience with both. I found Dr. mourning not only to be a very good doctor who knows exactly what he is doing, but he seems very caring and was very clear on telling me what had gone on and what was going on during the mending time. I can’t thank him enough. I found his staff to very understanding, caring and reassuring. I am grateful for that. Thank you all”
– Charlotte B.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD


“Dr Shafer is an excellent surgeon. He is very professional and communicates so The patient has a clear understanding of their treatment plan. I would recommend him to family and friends.”
– Karen H.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD


“Dr Mourning exudes a confident, positive attitude. Going into surgery I had no doubt that my chances for a full recovery were exponentially enhanced by my choosing Dr Mourning as my surgeon. I would recommend him to all my friends and family.”
– Bill H.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD


“Dr. Oates provided very accurate and well explained medical advice, my shoulder surgery and recovery went well.”
– Scott T.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD


“Very helpful very knowledgeable”
– Christina V.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD


“Dr Oates removed bone chips from my elbow that had been giving me trouble for years.”
– Frank G.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD


“Dr. Smith is very professional, keeps in touch with my other doctors involved with my care and has done an excellent job with my knees, arm, and shoulder.”
– Kimberly I.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD


“Minimum wait time. Check in/out very good.Treatment always promt and professinal on a friendly manner.”
– Ted P.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM


“Dr. Bullock makes you feel like she hears your problems and then explains all your choices and outcomes. She takes time for the patient- you don’t feel rushed or like a pest. Staff is very efficient and helpful, too”
– Vicki E.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“I saw Dr. Oates for a rotator cuff repair. At our first visit after the MRI results were obtained, he clearly explained my diagnosis, prognosis and what to expect with a surgical repair. Before and after my surgery, he described in more detail what I was to expect with the surgery, and afterwards, he answered all of my questions along with guidance for a smooth recovery. At each appointment Dr Oates took the time to answer my questions and concerns, as well as explaining what to expect in terms of the potential length of time for a recovery. I always felt I was in good hands with Dr. Oates. He was professional as well as caring and interested in my individual situation. I recommend Dr. Oates without reservation.”
– Laurie S.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“Dr. Smith preformed the surgery on the other hip six years ago and it was worthwhile to me to travel across the state to know that She was doing the second one .”
– John E.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“When I arrived in Dr. Rodin’s office, I had been suffering terrible, constant pain in my hip, and could barely walk with a walker. Gradually, I’d given up my activities, could no longer attend church, shop for groceries and other necessities, or do cooking and housework. Amazingly, the surgery was successful. Now, six weeks after, I am free of pain, walking stronger every day, and looking forward to returning to the gym, sailing with my son, and spending time with my grandchildren. Dr. Rodins skill as a surgeon and his calm and caring manner are simply amazing to me. I have my quality of life back, and he is my hero.”
– Helen M.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“Answers all of my questions and provides relief from pain. Couldn’t be better.”
– Karen V.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“If you have a broken hip, I can think of no where I would rather go since I had that experience with both. I found Dr. mourning not only to be a very good doctor who knows exactly what he is doing, but he seems very caring and was very clear on telling me what had gone on and what was going on during the mending time. I can’t thank him enough. I found his staff to very understanding, caring and reassuring. I am grateful for that. Thank you all”
– Charlotte B.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Dr Shafer is an excellent surgeon. He is very professional and communicates so The patient has a clear understanding of their treatment plan. I would recommend him to family and friends.”
– Karen H.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Dr Mourning exudes a confident, positive attitude. Going into surgery I had no doubt that my chances for a full recovery were exponentially enhanced by my choosing Dr Mourning as my surgeon. I would recommend him to all my friends and family.”
– Bill H.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Dr. Oates provided very accurate and well explained medical advice, my shoulder surgery and recovery went well.”
– Scott T.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“Very helpful very knowledgeable”
– Christina V.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Dr Oates removed bone chips from my elbow that had been giving me trouble for years.”
– Frank G.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“Dr. Smith is very professional, keeps in touch with my other doctors involved with my care and has done an excellent job with my knees, arm, and shoulder.”
– Kimberly I.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“I visited Dr Connelly in two different offices, Mount Vernon and Anacortes. The staff in both places were wonderful and helpful. The receptionist informed me on the first visit that since I was a self pay that I receive a 20% off the visit if I paid the day of service. She didn’t need to inform me of that but I am thankful she did. The nurse assistant was friendly, professional, and had a positive with me as a patient. She explained who she was, everything she was doing, and what I should expect from the visit. The X-ray tech was professional, positive, friendly and considerate of my condition with regards to the fracture. She didn’t ask me to push my body anymore than it was comfortable to position it. Dr Connelly was very professional and has great knowledge with regards to my particular injury. She was thorough at showing me the xray and CT scans and explained them to a level of my knowledge and understanding. She explained that my injury would not need surgery and why. Not needing surgery was a big plus for me. She then explained my options for my best recovery. A bad situation was made much better by Dr Connelly and the staff involved as they treated me as a whole person and not just a medical condition.”
– Christopher M.

Treating Doctor: Camille L. Connelly, MD

“I couldn’t be more happy. After seeing two other surgeons about my problem Dr. Connelly was the one who gave me the confidence that I needed to have that surgery was the correct course of action and that she was the right doctor to do it. She took the time to fully explain what it was all about, how what she she would do was different, and what a reasonable recovery would be like. Nothing was candy coated and all of the alternatives were discussed. Right from the beginning I knew what was best for me was of the highest importance th her. The after surgery care has also been exceptional. Thank you!”
– David A.

Treating Doctor: Camille L. Connelly, MD

“Dr. Bullock did an excellent job. The surgery was a total success and I am pain free.”
– Bryan L.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“This is definitely the place to go for any problems and all I can say is thank you.”
– Helen K.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“Great doctor and staff! Very friendly, patient, supportive and knowledgeable.”
– Roger W.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“Very good experience very helpful and friendly.”
– Tim L.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“Highly recommend Dr. Hanesworth for any ortho problem.”
– Cheryl Z.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“Severe pain in my back. He was extremely helpful.”
– James W.

Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD

“I waited to long to see a doctor for my back. I’m so releived I chose Dr. Lu. He is fantastic!”
– Catherine B.

Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD

“The entire office staff was friendly and extremely helpful and understanding. Great doc!”
– Nate L.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“Dr. Messmer is not only a good doc he’s a nice person.”
– Shelly T.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“I feel the patient has 50% of the equation and if they arent listening they can miss important information. He listens, and he’s knowledgeable….cant ask for any better!”
– Patty P.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“Dr. Mourning has been very helpful in treating my back.”
– J L.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“He listened to the problems I was having and offered appropriate treatment.”
– Tammy J.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“I found Dr. Connelly to be a good listener as well as professional and personable as any doctor I have seen. She laid out my options and gave me a clear description of the pluses and minuses of each. She spent the time to clearly answer all of my questions, giving me the confidence I picked the right doctor/surgeon for me. Her willingness to help me get back on the rocks is very appreciated. Further, I have found every staff person I have encountered at Skagit NW orthopedics, to be extremely helpful through numerous phone calls, office visits and what not. Followup has always been good. All in all, I can’t say enough good about my experience here.”
– David A.

Treating Doctor: Camille L. Connelly, MD

“I thought Dr. Rodin did an excellent job. He is very personable and had a good report with me.”
– Craig J.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“I saw a physical therapist for backache. Emilio did a very good job!”
– Hans G.

“Carlos explained my condition and we talked about the various options that would be available to me. I was very pleased.”
– Richard L.

“To the point and clear. Brett Nelson is a superb therapist.

He has benefited me on earlier occasions as well.”

– Sudhir V.

“I’ve seen both Dr. Bullock and Dr. Billow. They both helped me a lot.”
– Katlaina R.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“My provider is Carolyn Collins, ARNP. She listens to my complaints, etc., and gives me responses I can implement; she’s great; I love her. And her assistant is great too.”
– Barbara W.

“Both Dr. Hainsworth and his Nurse are always professional and caring when I come in. They listen to what I have to say and help me through it. I always leave feeling better then when I came in and my quality of life is enhanced. I can’t say that about many doctor visits and the relief is almost immediate. I am sure my treatment needs will increase and I have confidence they will be there for me.”
– Jon Z.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“Dr Bullock is a nice, friendly Person. I feel very comfortable in her presence.”
– Winona J.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“Dr. Shaffer is an amazing surgeon! I have had three shoulder surgeries with him. When I came into the clinic for the first time he did not make me feel bad at all. He listened to what I had to say and was very sympathetic. I had previously seen a doctor who kept saying it was all in my head and that there was nothing wrong with me (when he passed away I chose to go for a second opinion). Dr. Shaffer was able to diagnose and do the surgery within a matter of a few short weeks. I had been suffering in pain for 5 years prior to the visit with him. He fixed both of my shoulders before I hurt my left one again at work. After hurting my shoulder again he was able to get me in and fix what I had hurt. Words can not express the amount of gratitude I have for this man. Thank you Dr. Shaffer for everything you have done!”
– Courtney B.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Great Doctor, helped solve my issue, and listened well providing excellent service
With northwest orthopedics had more doctors like him”
– Joe S.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Larry was great fitting my 2 year old with braces :)”
– Jessica B.

“Excellent. I saw Brett -Nelson.”
– Cindy F.

“Dr. Stacia Smith is very warm, attentive, and highly competent. I am very pleased and grateful to her for my new hip.”
– Richard N.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Full right shoulder replacement on 9/26/16; very successful surgery and ensuing 4 months of Physical Therapy played my 1st full round of golf with all clubs last week! No pain,neither immediate nor residual. Great and skinful surgeon; both from myself and the PT’s in La Conner & Tucson. Dr Oates is an excellent communicator both with the patient and his family and his support staff. Leading up to the surgery, I had many choices; glad we choose Dr. Oates!”
– Dave S.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“Dr. Stacia Smith discussed my right knee and my crooked lower leg; I had extensive X-rays, and she settled on a partial knee replacement after consultations about my activities. My recovery went quite well and after 6 months I was doing well, and after a year it was wonderful. I can walk straight, faster than previously, and my left hip rarely hurts. I am very, very pleased with the results! Dr Smith also spends time going over x-rays and treatment.”
– Mary S.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“The entire staff along with Dr. Cui were great.”
– Daniel V.

Treating Doctor: Jimmy Y. Cui, MD, PhD

“Reviewed bone scan. Discussed right hip revision. Return in 6 months.”
– Maurice S.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Dr Mourning is a excellent doctor,I have the utmost respect and faith in any procedure he performs.”
– James P.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Every thing went very well. Feeling much better. Hope the shot last a long time.”
– Allen C.

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“Nice and pleasant.”
– Jamie

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Dawei was very thorough and professional. I was very impressed by his knowledge and skills. I would seek his out next time.”
– Eglit V.

Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD

“Stacia is a very competent professional. She managed the surgery well and even straightened my right leg.”
– Lee C.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Enjoyed straightforward talk and courteous dialogue with Dr. Rodin and the referrals that helped ease my mind, as well as accurately describing my condition.”
– Denny B.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“After rupturing my Achilles the week before, I was lucky enough to get in very quickly and schedule the surgery. I was very pleased with the outcome and the service and treatment I received from Dr. Messmer and the staff at Skagit Northwest Orthopedics. I now refer friends and acquaintances whenever anyone has a need.”
– Brad H.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“I was very pleased with Dr. Oates’ complete and knowledgeable answers to my questions.”
– Ken R.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I had a ganglion cyst removed. Nurses were very patient and the surgery was very well organized. The anasthesiologist was also very kind. The doctor also spoke to me about what he was going to do. The procedure was finished quickly. I had time to recovery and was offered something to eat. It went very well.”
– Caren G.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“I have an LNI case that I reopened to determine why my post operative knee surgery progress has not been satisfactory after nearly two years. My original Dr. I was seeing near my home was not helping me move forward in the direction I feel I need to go. He is a sports injury specialist with limited time available and seems to have been too busy to offer much help other than just refer me for physical therapy. I was referred to Dr. Santoro by a family member and was very impressed with his kindness and compassion who listened to me intently about how I was feeling about my injury and other areas of concern. He was patient and understanding, took his time with the evaluation of my case and responded with very practical and effective measures to reach some initial conclusions about how to proceed with further treatment. I look forward to my follow-up next month with him to see how to proceed with my situation. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a personable and professional doctor who will offer optimal care for your physical concerns.”
– James G.

Treating Doctor: Michael A. Santoro, MD, MPH

“Over the last five years I have had a total Left Knee replacement, and about 15 weeks ago had a total right hip replacement surgery. I am very pleased with both results. Dr.Oates is an excellent surgeon and a very professional caring physician. If I ever need further orthopedic care, it will be from Dr. Oates.”
– Norman E.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I received excellent pre-op and post-op care, the follow-ups have been informative and I feel my choice of surgeon and facility was perfect. Thank you and God bless your surgeons and facility!”
– Gloria P.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Left knee pain. Dr Hanesworth suggested a partial replacement. Just the inside of the knee. The healing was very fast with very little pain. It has been like my normal knee before the pain ever since. I am very pleased with the result. Great result.”
– John P. 

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“We live in California and spend our summers in the San Juan Islands. Last Febuary, I had a slip and fall that resulted in a broken hand that required surgery. As a result, I made several visits to Skagit Northwest Orthopedics in Anacortes and Mt. Veron. The wait times, receptionists, facilities and the doctors were all outstanding. 49er’s in 2017, Washington Health care anytime!”
– Jerry M.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Deciding to have spinal fusion surgery was one of the hardest decisions I had to make. It came after many years of back pain, difficult walking, poor balance, and in the end severe sciatic pain. I had numerous falls prior to my surgery in July of 2016. Having had numerous Epidural injections with good results until May of 2016, I have continued to function as wife, mother, grandmother and career nurse, marriage course facilitator. I did have to retire early in 2008. With my surgery, I began a very good PT program which has enabled me to heal. Immediately, in fact the same day as surgery, the sciatica was gone. My walking improved and my posture is better. My trendelenburg limp is nearly gone. My family was very supportive and helpful. After physical therapy , I began to feel a lot better. I am still using my cane but working on the balance issue and am optimistic I will be caneless soon. When you have been walking wrong and compensating for the pain of a severe chronic condition for many years, I compare my recovery to learning to walk again. They may laugh when I use 2 Komperdell tracking poles but I am encouraged each day. I am receiving very good care here in Anacortes both from my surgeon, physical therapy and the hospital. This decision turned out to be the best thing for me. I am 6 month post op, more relaxed and happier as a result and thanks to everyone.”
– Patricia W.

Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD

“Wonderful. This visit was due to a painful index finger which Dr. Shafer determined was due to arthritis and did not need surgery.”
– Janet W.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“For over 10 years I have been seen for spinal injections and operations. Now I have a numerous stimulator implant and am off of drugs. I tell many about my experience and doc. I am well pleased.”
– Rick S.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Excellent care from provider.”
– Linda M.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I saw Dr. Rodin for a torn rotator cuff. He has been a competent, compassionate surgeon. He has listened to my concerns and has tried to figure out the reasons for the continuing pain after the surgery. I feel he will continue to work with me until my shoulder is better. I feel confident in his knowledge and he makes you feel like he cares about you getting back to a normal life.”
– Adrienne B.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“Dr. Shafer was very thorough,  courteous and knowledgeable about the difficulties I was experiencing with my shoulder.   His outline of what his recommendations with regard to the issue’s I was having with the use and pain I was experiencing with my shoulder was very practical and  sound assessment and his recommendations greatly helped improve my condition. Dr. Shafer in my opinion is a very good Orthopedic physician and I would definitely return to him if I continue to have issues with my shoulder.
I will highly recommend him to friends and family.”
– Emma S. 

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Excellent, professional care and tremendous follow-up. Dr. Cindy possesses outstanding patient compassion.”
– Iain D.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“I was there for my second follow-up after spinal surgery. He took an ex-ray and confirmed that all was well. He gave me instructions to continue following until I return to him again in three months. I am very impressed with Dr. Lu. He is very conservative and is very cautious about surgical procedures. I feel very safe with him.”
– Sue L.

Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD

“Dr. Oates has done a fantastic job at this time informing me if my options and what exactly is going on with my injury. I have had nothing but good interactions at this time.”
– Jonathan W.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I have been seeing Richard Gerlach for a number of years to help with arthritis in my knees. He provided Orthovisc injections for several years, which completely turned around my knee issues. Since insurance no longer covers the injections, I have seen in for cortisone injections in the last year and that has been helpful. He is a very knowledgeable and very nice to work with. I have been able to return to a more normal life now that my knee pain is under control. Thanks, Dick!”
– Betty C.

“Courteous, prompt, and thorough.”
– Pamela P.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“My visit was handled in a prompt, efficient and very satisfactory manner. I highly recommend this facility to be used.”
– Jane K.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“I have been a patient for years now!!! Your office is wonderful. I look forward to continuing my care there. Have a good year. See you sometime in May.”
– Max A.

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“Dr Mourning is a excellent doctor,I have the utmost respect and faith in any procedure he performs.”
– James P.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Every thing went very well. Feeling much better. Hope the shot last a long time.”
– Allen C.

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“Nice and pleasant.”
– Jamie

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Dawei was very thorough and professional. I was very impressed by his knowledge and skills. I would seek his out next time.”
– Eglit V.

Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD

“Stacia is a very competent professional. She managed the surgery well and even straightened my right leg.”
– Lee C.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Enjoyed straightforward talk and courteous dialogue with Dr. Rodin and the referrals that helped ease my mind, as well as accurately describing my condition.”
– Denny B.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“After rupturing my Achilles the week before, I was lucky enough to get in very quickly and schedule the surgery. I was very pleased with the outcome and the service and treatment I received from Dr. Messmer and the staff at Skagit Northwest Orthopedics. I now refer friends and acquaintances whenever anyone has a need.”
– Brad H.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“I was seen by Dr. Bullock in July of 2016 to discuss an injury to my right Achilles tendon. Dr. Bullock was very thorough in describing the different treatment options that were available based on my wants and needs going forward. I will be seeing Dr. Bullock again and am looking forward to discussing other options. The staff at Skagit Northwest Orthopedics have been friendly and professional at all of my visits.”
– Marian W.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“I see Dr. Oates four times a year. He is a wonderful doctor! I have recommended him to other friends of mine who have had absolutely great results with his work. I always look forward to my visits with Dr. Oates! I get great relief in my shoulder and my knees as a result of seeing him….when I otherwise would be totally immobile! Thank you, Dr. Oates, for such great service and relief from chronic pain.”
– Carol C.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I’ve seen Dr. Hanesworth and Dr. Shafer also. Dr. Hanesworth also treated my husband Dallas, a few years prior to my becoming a patient.  What can I say?  There are not enough complimentary terms to describe my care from beginning to end.  They are terrific!  My experience has been nothing but positive and I would not hesitate, nor have I hesitated to refer someone needing orthopedic care to Skagit Northwest.  I have two knee replacements by Dr. Hanesworth and a badly broken upper arm repaired by Dr. Shafer.  In each case I was given the best care possible anywhere.  We are so fortunate to have physicians of this quality in our area.  I know by reputation there are others that are terrific as well. I could write all day but let this  suffice for now.  Skagit Northwest Orthopedics is the place where we, my husband and I, place our orthopedic trust.”
– Shirley V.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“My visit was handled in a prompt, efficient and very satisfactory manner. I highly recommend this facility to be used.”
– Jane K.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“I have been a patient for years now!!! Your office is wonderful. I look forward to continuing my care there. Have a good year. See you sometime in May.”
– Max A.

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“Dr Smith is helping me with a difficult problem with my right arm. The procedures are effective and comfortable. I am looking forward to seeing her next week, and am ready to rely on her opinion and plan on executing whatever the next step is.”
– Stephen S.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“She’s one awesome Doctor and cares for patients. She has excellent credentials and a personality to say the least. I am so happy that she was recommended to me by other patients and friends. I have and will recommend her to friends and family in Alaska and anywhere else.. Thank you for having such a great Dr. at your clinic.”
– Jerilyn F.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“I was very pleased with Dr. Oates’ complete and knowledgeable answers to my questions.”
– Ken R.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I had a ganglion cyst removed. Nurses were very patient and the surgery was very well organized. The anasthesiologist was also very kind. The doctor also spoke to me about what he was going to do. The procedure was finished quickly. I had time to recovery and was offered something to eat. It went very well.”
– Caren G.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“I have an LNI case that I reopened to determine why my post operative knee surgery progress has not been satisfactory after nearly two years. My original Dr. I was seeing near my home was not helping me move forward in the direction I feel I need to go. He is a sports injury specialist with limited time available and seems to have been too busy to offer much help other than just refer me for physical therapy. I was referred to Dr. Santoro by a family member and was very impressed with his kindness and compassion who listened to me intently about how I was feeling about my injury and other areas of concern. He was patient and understanding, took his time with the evaluation of my case and responded with very practical and effective measures to reach some initial conclusions about how to proceed with further treatment. I look forward to my follow-up next month with him to see how to proceed with my situation. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a personable and professional doctor who will offer optimal care for your physical concerns.”
– James G.

Treating Doctor: Michael A. Santoro, MD, MPH

“Over the last five years I have had a total Left Knee replacement, and about 15 weeks ago had a total right hip replacement surgery. I am very pleased with both results. Dr.Oates is an excellent surgeon and a very professional caring physician. If I ever need further orthopedic care, it will be from Dr. Oates.”
– Norman E.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I received excellent pre-op and post-op care, the follow-ups have been informative and I feel my choice of surgeon and facility was perfect. Thank you and God bless your surgeons and facility!”
– Gloria P.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Left knee pain. Dr Hanesworth suggested a partial replacement. Just the inside of the knee. The healing was very fast with very little pain. It has been like my normal knee before the pain ever since. I am very pleased with the result. Great result.”
– John P. 

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“We live in California and spend our summers in the San Juan Islands. Last Febuary, I had a slip and fall that resulted in a broken hand that required surgery. As a result, I made several visits to Skagit Northwest Orthopedics in Anacortes and Mt. Veron. The wait times, receptionists, facilities and the doctors were all outstanding. 49er’s in 2017, Washington Health care anytime!”
– Jerry M.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“I am very pleased with the care I received @ NW Orthopedics. Am in the process of making decisions on knee replacement surgery and will be consulting Dr. Smith again.”
– Becky S.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“I had an excellent outcome with my surgery. Very personable doctor.”
– John J.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“I had made an appointment to see if there was a chance for improvement on my hand. I had tripped and fallen, jamming the fingers of my left hand. My little finger was extremely sore but I could move it and thought it would be okay and didn’t go to a doctor. (I was in California last Febuary when this happened. I’m a snowbird). I couldn’t use my hand for a couple months– I was sure it was just a sprain. I finally decided to check it out and made the appointment with Dr. Oates here. He x-rayed it and I was wrong. It was broken. A couple other fingers kept snapping in and out of place. He gave me a shot to relax it and it finally kept getting better. Now it is still a little weak and the finger a bit crooked but I can live with that – it isn’t that noticeable. I am so happy to have found an orthopedic surgeon here in Anacortes. The whole experience at your clinic was really nice. You should have seen my black eyes — my head took a hit too!!”
– Patricia K.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“Dr. Bullock was great.”
– Martha B.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“Careful, concise evaluation of my heel pain.”
– John L.

Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM

“This was my second knee replacement on the same knee. I liked the Doctor Oates was pleasent and the information was right on.”
– Donald H.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“I came to Dr. Shafer (after having 4 successful hand surgeries by him) for shoulder pain. He treated me conservatively at first and, when that wasn’t successful, he did surgery. The results were remarkable. His professionalism and care are the best. My shoulder is back to normal with great range of motion and no pain. I can’t say enough about the care I got. Keep up the good work.”
– Linda P.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“I’ve twice been a patient of Dr. Stacia Smith—both times for hip replacements, six months apart. Having these procedures done around age 65 was likely one of the best decisions I’ve made. Dr. Smith came well recommended and I’ve been pleased to suggest the procedure and Dr. Smith to friends who might need to explore the option. Before having the hips replaced I participated in a focused physical therapy program that allowed me to recover from both operations in record time, according to my physical therapist.”
– Robert L.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“It was great. He was straight to the point. He went over the results of my CT Scan. He was very knowledgeable. I’ve seen him in the past, and was very impressed with him. I will be seeing him in the near future.”
– Alice V.

Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD

“Great doctor and office help Good patient support.”
– Robert M.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Its been awhile, but from what I remembered is, the staff were all very friendly and accommodating. If I remember correctly Dr. Hanesworth was very professional, answered all my questions and ensured I understood all the answers. All my appointments were timely and the surgery on my knee was also within a reasonable amount of time. Hopefully in the future I will not need to have any orthopedic issues that require surgical services, but if I do, I will return to Skagit Northwest Orthopedics.”
– Jerry C.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“Both Dr. Smith and her nurse, Jeannie, are very, very nice. They are very through and detail oriented. I appreciate Dr. Smith’s bedside manner and gets to the point quickly. I shall continue to see Dr. Smith for all future orthopedic issues.”
– Patricia G.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“My appointment was to check back after 1 month from having an injection on my lower back to see if it took away the severe nerve pain that I have. Dr Mourning listened to me while I described the pain that I continue to have. He went over options for me and explained to me that my best option would be to have him perform a fusion on my L5-S1 section. His nurse gave me a lab request form and told me what the pre-op procedures are. I was told that Sarah would contact me to schedule the surgery once she got the approval from the insurance agency. I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of what to expect moving forward.”
– Tarisa C.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“I had an excellent experience. The staff and Dr. Hanesworth were kind and helpful. From the very first call to set up an appointment I felt taken care of. I was quickly scheduled for appointments and for the surgery. The surgery on my knee gave me freedom for constant pain and I recovered very quickly. Those who work at the surgery center are excellent and very helpful. All of my questions and concerns were addressed in a very caring and professional manner. I thank each of the doctors, nurses, and the office staff at both places.”
– Debra S.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“I have had two surgeries, hip and knee. I had a great experience with Dr. Smith on both occasions. I would and have recommended Dr. Smith to other people in my community.”
– Diane J.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“She was competent and compassionate.”
– Pat W.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your office. Dr. Smith is the best, I got nothing but great advice and the best treatment possible. Thank you so much.”
– Robert B.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Had shoulder surgery at your surgery center and was treated with respect and kindness. I felt so at ease when I woke up from surgery, it was so peaceful.”
– Cheri S.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“A very good experience for the bad circumstances I was there for. Dr. Shafer was very knowledgeable and very helpful, and I appreciate everything he has done for me.”
– Ryan L.

Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD

“Was awesome, love everyone that works there.”
– Wendy J.

“I came in to get help figuring out why I have had constant neck pain for years. I’d already had an MRI, which Dr. Mourning helped interpret. He took some x-rays. I very much appreciate that he told me clearly that surgery was NOT going to benefit me. I’ve read that orthopedic surgeons sometimes recommend surgery that may or may not be necessary because it’s covered. He made some helpful suggestions. The visit was very efficient, not very long, but he was a great communicator and answered all my and my husband’s questions.”
– Patient

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Treated with professional courtesy by all staff from the moment I walked into the office. Best nonsurgical spine care I could ask for. Practical counseling followed by painless spinal shots resulted in prolonged relief. Ready to give to another medical mission and take my wife on another travel vacation. Many thanks.”
– Steve M.

Treating Doctor:

“I had back pain running up from my lower spine all the way up my right rib cage for a number of years. I got to see Dr. Cui because my wife had been treated by him for back pain. One treatment relieved her pain. I had an MRI — Dr. Cui explained the problem — we decided no operation. Returned for steroid and have had no pain since (six months).”
– John G.

Treating Doctor: Jimmy Y. Cui, MD, PhD

“All of my experiences (which total 5 or 6 surgeries) with Dr. Rodin and his staff have been outstanding. I have and will continue to recommend Skagit Northwest Orthopedics. I do however hope to not have to need Dr. Rodin again!”
– Brian H.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“I would recommend Dr. Mourning to anyone needing surgery on your back. He is friendly and explains things, answers questions and is very knowledgeable.”
– Julie B.

Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD

“Everyone was professional, helpful, and kind. The atmosphere in the lobby was pleasant — the building in general is very nice and well designed. My doctor is caring and easy to talk with — very down to earth. I felt well informed, safe, and genuinely care for.”
– Janine W.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“In December of 2014 I had an artificial hip replacement. Not only did Dr. Rodin and his staff perform an excellent surgery, but I believe because of the way they took their time explaining the importance of the after care, I made certain that I followed their instructions. My hip feels so good, that sometimes I forget that I ever had the surgery. They were also careful to warn me about that, and I know that I must still be cautious at times. I will never forget the manner in which they communicated with me. I can still see Dr. Rodin and at another time his medical assistant bending their knees and physically demonstrating the positions that are safe and positions with movements that could cause problems with the new hip. As a retired physical education teacher and high school coach, I know that physical demonstrations play a big part in the learning of skills, movements, and activities. Dr. Rodin is an excellent surgeon but even more so, he and his staff are excellent educators. I would like to thank them all for a great job, well done.”
– Mike C.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“He is an amazing physician. Through the years he has fixed one of my shoulders and a complete knee replacement. They both turned out perfectly. Last spring I had fallen in Arizona and broken my ankle. The local Arizona doctor set it and I had three surgeries. He took the stitches out a little too soon so on my way back to Washington I developed a staph infection that needed radical treatment because there was metal in my leg that could become infected. Dr. Hanesworth responded immediately to my problem and saved my leg from further surgery. I have had such positive experiences through the years with all in the clinic.”
– Myrna M.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“Excellent medical care, good listening and time with patient, excellent result from treatment. Competent, kind, and caring practitioner — with a healthy dose of asking patient to take responsibility for healing and self care.”
– Suzanne O.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“Everyone was professional, helpful, and kind. The atmosphere in the lobby was pleasant — the building in general is very nice and well designed. My doctor is caring and easy to talk with — very down to earth. I felt well informed, safe, and genuinely care for.”
– Janine W.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“In December of 2014 I had an artificial hip replacement. Not only did Dr. Rodin and his staff perform an excellent surgery, but I believe because of the way they took their time explaining the importance of the after care, I made certain that I followed their instructions. My hip feels so good, that sometimes I forget that I ever had the surgery. They were also careful to warn me about that, and I know that I must still be cautious at times. I will never forget the manner in which they communicated with me. I can still see Dr. Rodin and at another time his medical assistant bending their knees and physically demonstrating the positions that are safe and positions with movements that could cause problems with the new hip. As a retired physical education teacher and high school coach, I know that physical demonstrations play a big part in the learning of skills, movements, and activities. Dr. Rodin is an excellent surgeon but even more so, he and his staff are excellent educators. I would like to thank them all for a great job, well done.”
– Mike C.

Treating Doctor: Curtis W. Rodin, MD

“He is an amazing physician. Through the years he has fixed one of my shoulders and a complete knee replacement. They both turned out perfectly. Last spring I had fallen in Arizona and broken my ankle. The local Arizona doctor set it and I had three surgeries. He took the stitches out a little too soon so on my way back to Washington I developed a staph infection that needed radical treatment because there was metal in my leg that could become infected. Dr. Hanesworth responded immediately to my problem and saved my leg from further surgery. I have had such positive experiences through the years with all in the clinic.”
– Myrna M.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“Excellent medical care, good listening and time with patient, excellent result from treatment. Competent, kind, and caring practitioner — with a healthy dose of asking patient to take responsibility for healing and self care.”
– Suzanne O.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“I have seen David Mourning and Robert Billow and Kenneth Oates. I am very satisfied with my care with all my doctors I see there. Dr. Oates replaced my knee and I have had injections in my back twice, a year apart, so I am very happy to be pain free. Would not go anywhere else. Thank you.”
– Dawn K.

Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD

“Dr. Smith is my surgeon. In 2006 she was the one that found the break in my right knee and was able to heal it and it has not bothered me at all. Currently she is working with my left shoulder injury from a car accident. I am confident in her skills and I am very lucky and grateful that she is my doctor.”
– Kimberly L.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Dr. Messmer and his staff provided exceptional medical care. I was extremely well cared for during the complete surgery process! I am honored to recommend Dr. Messmer and Skagit Northwest Orthopedics to everyone. Thank you.”
– Andre D.

Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM

“Perfect.”
– Jim H.

Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD

“Dr. Hanesworth, I wanted to write you a note to say how grateful I am that you did my partial knee replacement. I’m feeling a lot better and my knee is doing a lot better. Thank you for being willing to do the surgery. Other doctors said it wouldn’t be worth it or blamed the problem on my weight. Well, guess what? Since I’ve had the surgery I’ve lost a significant amount of weight. …I can already do little things with my daughter I couldn’t do before. You’re an excellent surgeon.”
– J.

Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD

“I cannot thank you and your staff enough for guiding me through the therapy needed for me to learn to walk again – with a chunk of metal and plastic stuffed in the knee joint. …I told you once what I thought about the care and ambiance that you provide there – having had much experience overseeing staff myself, I meant it. Your clinic made me want to come to every appointment – and to work very hard to meet the standards that you set for me.

Ashley at the desk, Lawrence and Millie, and especially you gave me the physical and emotional care and incentive to succeed. I’ll never forget you! I thank God daily for this new life without pain He has made available to me – and asked Him to bless those who were involved in making me well.”

– N. N.

“It’s been over a year since my trigger thumb surgery. I am so grateful everyday for being able to use both thumbs pain-free. I wanted to let you know what a difference you made. Thank you.

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– C.L.