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January 14, 2015

Sports Medicine Expert
Former 2X Track and Field USA Team Member
Olympic Level Coach

Coastal Orthopaedics with offices in Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien and Westport is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Mark J. Fletcher to their surgical team. Dr. Fletcher was formerly the founding partner of a Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic in Eugene, Oregon. His orthopedic specialties include total hip & knee reconstructive surgery, orthopedic sports medicine and reconstructive shoulder surgery with a special interest in throwing related injuries.

Dr. Fletcher also trained as a Javelin competitor for the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials in 2000. He was a member of the USA World University Games team as well as a 5-time USA Track & Field Team National competitor. His wife, Christina Scherwin, was a member of the Danish Olympic Track & Field Team in 2004 and 2008 where Dr. Fletcher worked as her personal coach. She placed 4th in the 2005 World Championship games. Fletcher also served as the Medical Director of the Oregon Track Club managing the medical care for the Nike sponsored elite running team.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Fletcher join our practice,” says Dr. Paul Protomastro of Coastal Orthopaedics. “He will continue developing our Sports Medicine program as we treat more and more young athletes from both area high schools as well as adult athletes who want to get their medical care here close to home. His Olympic training and expertise in sports medicine makes him uniquely qualified to take care of performance athletes. Dr. Fletcher is also an expert in total joint replacements and will help us build the growing demand for our hip and knee replacement teams.”

Dr. Fletcher received his medical degree from George Washington University and did his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was selected for a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Southern California where he provided care for all of the school’s teams including football, track, and basketball. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

“I am delighted to bring my background in sports and sports medicine to support the younger generations coming through Coastal Orthopaedics with their injuries and issues based on their performance sports experiences,” says Dr. Fletcher. “ I will work with patients preventing and treating injuries earlier through proper strengthening exercise as much as possible before more advance surgical treatments may be required.”

Dr. Fletcher, his wife Christina and their two young children relocated to CT to be closer to the Fletcher family in northern NJ as well as Christina’s family in Denmark. They currently live in Westport.

Coastal Orthopaedics, PC was founded in 1963. The group provides the finest orthopedic care in spine, pediatrics, foot and ankle, sports medicine, shoulder, hand and upper extremity, and total joint replacement surgery. Their staff of approximately 50 employees is dedicated to improving quality of life for their patients and addressing their concerns through proven services using the latest technology available.

Offices are located in Norwalk, Darien, Westport and New Canaan. A special walk-in urgent care center known as Coastal Ortho Express is located at iPark Medical Center, 761 Main Avenue in Norwalk. No appointment is necessary at this center and extended hours are available for patients on a walk-in basis.

January 01, 2015

To my patients,

It is my my pleasure to introduce Peter Ackerman, PA-C, to my practice. Pete is a certified Physician Assistant who is now working with me full-time to provide the best care for you. Prior to becoming a PA, Pete had more than twelve years of experience as a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. His excellent training and experience, coupled with his professional and personable style, make him an exceptional addition to my team. During the years I have worked with Pete, he has demonstrated outstanding judgement in patient care and clinical prowess beyond his years of experience. Not only is Pete academically and technically outstanding, he is compassionate and understanding of patients' injuries and concerns.

Since joining Danbury Orthopedics in 2011, Pete has been trained in my style of orthopedic history taking, physical examination techniques, and the diagnosis and treatment of common injuries. He is qualified to perform injections in the office, provide routine fracture care, and assist with surgical procedures. He has been my First Assist with minimally invasive shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopies, complex fracture fixation, and all inside arthroscopic anatomical ACL reconstructions.

Pete will be seeing patients with me, and independently when I am out of the office. The true benefit of working with my own Physician Assistant is that he knows each patient and my approach to their care. We are in constant communication with each other, and he can reach me at any time. While I aim to always be here for you, I know you will feel comfortable with Pete when I am unavailable. Please join me in welcoming him to my practice.


Dr. Angelo Ciminiello

December 05, 2014

DUNLEAVY-2-2015Total knee replacement surgery can be difficult for patients, often requiring a hospital stay and lengthy rehabilitation. Ongoing medical advances have made these procedures less invasive than in years past, but successful outcomes still require the patient to commit significant time and effort.

More recently, partial knee replacement has become a popular, less invasive option for select patients. Now, in its commitment to superlative care, Danbury Orthopedics is offering partial knee replacement at their newly opened outpatient Surgical Center – officially known as the Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center (WCOSC), located at 226 White Street, Danbury.

"This marks the first time that patients in the Danbury area do not have to go to a hospital to have this advanced procedure," says Dr. John Dunleavy, a Danbury Orthopedics surgeon and one of the region's leading total joint and knee specialists. "They can come to our new Surgical Center, have their partial knee procedure performed in a highly specialized orthopedic environment, go home the same day, and have all their follow-up care right here. They receive total patient care in total convenience."

Why Partial?

Patients whose knee deterioration is primarily isolated to one part of the joint may be candidates for a partial knee replacement. Because the partial procedure involves less tissue damage than a total replacement, recoveries are generally faster. Also, in part because no ligaments are removed, many patients say their post-surgical knee feels and functions more normally. These are some of the reasons why partial replacements are considered ideal for the select patients whose joint deterioration is at a contained stage.

Beyond Convenience

Of course, a patient's primary concern is quality of care, and here again Danbury Orthopedics offers many advantages, including a team of Fellowship-trained specialists with the highest credentials. As a dedicated orthopedic center, all surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. "The process is extremely streamlined, and coordinated by a highly integrated team of specialists, including nurses and anesthesiologists skilled in orthopedics," says Dr. Dunleavy. "Because everything is geared towards outpatient, we function smoothly and can deliver a better patient experience than might be possible in a larger and more general institution."

In a culture where people are focused on living long and aging well, medical professionals envision a growing demand for joint replacement surgeries. With its state-of-the-art outpatient Surgical Center, Danbury Orthopedics is solidly positioned to serve the needs of the greater Connecticut area with compassion, expertise and convenience.

November 11, 2014

Bazos news1A local orthopedic surgeon is hoping to revolutionize the way medical care is offered at large events and venues across the country.

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