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I have had the pleasure of assisting Dr. Shepard with the care of his patients since I opened my practice in 2004. Over the years I have come to realize how truly exceptional he is with the care of his patients.
On June 28th we dropped our daughter off at Annapolis for the grueling six weeks of Plebe Summer and I worried everyday that we would get a call saying she was injured. The summer was tough, but she did it! She participated in all physical activities, including endurance courses, rock climbing walls and jumped off the 10 meter platform.
- Dear Dr ShepardWe wanted to let you know that Kevin was named Player of the Year and also received HS All-American and 1st Team All-County Honors. We are so thankful for your care of Kevin’s shoulder last fall and setting him up for success this Spring.
- Dear Dr ShepardI just wanted to thank you for taking the time to answer all of my dad and I’s questions and giving me the options helping me to decide what to do. I know you are very busy and have lots of patients and things to do and places to be; so I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. I know a meniscus tear surgery is not a big surgery for you, but it has been a big deal to me. I just wanted to thank you for seeing that and fixing me up so that I can start playing again soon! Thank you !!!
- Dr ShepardIt’s time for Christmas wishes and an update on Ashley’s knee. Happily, there is no knee update, what knee ?!! Ashley just finished the cross country season as the number one ranked sophomore in California and number six overall in the state with a 3 mile PR of 16:53. She also did track and field last year and ran the 800M, 4x800, 4x1600, DMR, and 1600M – she broke the 5 minute mark making her #4 in the state and the only freshmen in the top 15 for state. She went all the way to CIF Masters which made for a very long season, but her knee never quit. I’m sending you her amazing statistics because that's how people measure success, but the real success is that she LOVES running and can pursue it without pain or fear of re-injury. We will be forever grateful!!!!
- Hey Dr. Shepard,Thought I would give you a quick recap of Sean’s first division 1 baseball game against University of Oregon. Apparently Sean is one of the closers for LMU he came in the 8th for one inning first batter he struck out looking, second batter he hit on the shoulder with a curveball that didn’t break, but he picked him off stealing second. The third batter he struck out. His arm feels great, it’s been a long journey for Sean, I wanted to say thanks for everything!
Good morning Dr Shepard. This is Lisa, my son was your patient last year. Just wanted to send you this to give you an update on how great he is doing. We are grateful for all your help !!!!! He is doing great and still doing all of his rehab exercises. Currently, he is the starting varsity catcher at his high school and has several D1 schools looking at him right now. Without your help he would not have been able to see his dream coming true. We are forever grateful to you :). A healthy happy teenager is a good thing !!!!! Hope all is well your way.
Take care - Hope you and your family are all doing well !!!! :)
I wanted to take a minute to share my experience regarding you and your staff. From the minute you walked in and said “Hi, I’m Mike” the attention you and your staff afforded me was top notch.
Thank you so much for not only all you have done to fix my knee but also for letting me shadow you! I really enjoyed the experience the I got following you around and learning what a day in the life of an orthopaedic surgeon is all about. I am amazed that you can see so many patients and have such a personal connection with ALL of them. Thank you for all your thoughtfulness. Please don’t forget about me while I’m gone on my medical mission trip as I plan to work in the office more when I get back in April!
I want to say thank you for the excellent care I received from your whole team. The surgery and recovery could not have been better. I am normally not a fan of physician assistants but the way your whole team works together really provides outstanding care is fantastic. Seeing your Pas, Juli and Lorrie in clinic in conjunction with you was great. They made everything run smooth. I really had a great experience from the office to the surgery center at Main Street and back to the office.
Dr. Shepard, our son had a successful sophomore season in water polo the year after his surgery. He started on the JV team and was promoted to varsity in early September. The team finished as league champs and advanced to the quarterfinals of the division 2 cif playoffs. He’s now 6'6" and 195 lbs...
Yes, we're pretty darn happy with how things went. Thank you for everything!!!!!
Our daughter earned her water polo scholarship one year after surgery. So, amazingly grateful for the wonderful gifted surgeon that made it happen!
Ray R. - Lumbar fusion and Subacromial decompression & Mumford
Terri C. - Multi-Ligamentous Knee Reconstruction
Sean W. - Multi-Ligamentous Knee Reconstruction
Maureen Y. - Comminuted Elbow Fracture
Matt G. - Arthroscopic Labral Repair
Lindsay C. - ACL Reconstruction, Forearm Fracture
Dr. Shepard performed a total of three surgeries on both of my children. My son, Ryan was a high school pitcher and had a torn labrum in his shoulder and my daughter Katelyn, a water polo player and swimmer, tore her meniscus and ACL as a result of a marital arts demonstration. Not only did my children have very positive results from the surgeries, they both developed a terrific relationship with Dr. Shepard. He took the time at our appointments to thoroughly explain the procedures as well as getting to know them personally. He gave Katie the opportunity to sit in on another surgery he was performing as a result of her interest in the medical field. His staff was attentive, always returning calls promptly, and our time in the waiting room was reasonable. I've recommended Dr. Shepard to at least three other people and have gotten positive feedback each time. Thank you so much.
I tore my right arm rotator cuff in multiple places due to an accidental fall. Dr. Shepard performed arthroscopic surgery to repair my rotator cuff. After surgery and several months of physical therapy, I now have full range of motion on my right arm. In fact, you can't really tell which arm had the surgery, except for the small scars in the shoulder area. Less than six months post surgery, I was in rigorous training for my 200 mile bicycle ride from Seattle to Portland.
I tore my ACL shortly before my Junior season at Santa Margarita H.S. I did not know if I would ever be able to play again and visited three doctors to discuss my injury and what I would need to do to get back on the field. I met with Dr. Shepard last and knew immediately he was the person I wanted to do my surgery and guide me back to my sport. After the injury I was very disappointed and worried, but after meeting with Dr. Shepard I felt like I had a plan and would be able to return to my sport without any restrictions. He spent a lot of time with me explaining my surgical options and learning about me as a person. The surgery went well and from that point I was on to rehab.
My son is a high school and club water polo player and swimmer. It is natural that he suffer some wear and tear injuries over the course of very grueling workout schedule. Early in his last swim season, he began to suffer pain in his shoulder. We visited Dr. Shepard who was able to accurately diagnose the problem. He instructed my son to combine rest with a series of very specific exercises designed to maximize and expedite his recovery since he was in season. After following Dr. Shepard's instructions to the letter, my son went on to set two league records and two school records for swim and while he missed one third of the season, he was named swimmer of the year on a league champion team. None of which would have been possible without the care and treatment of Dr. Michael Shepard. Thank you Dr. Shepard. My son still uses your exercises to this day as a method of strengthening and preventing injury.
I wanted to check in with you and let you know how happy I am with my surgery! We are coming up on the 3 year anniversary in a couple of months. Last time we spoke was the first anniversary. Since then, I have been skiing every winter, including moguls and off mountain stuff. I have been playing soccer again for almost 2 years, although I never got back some of my speed/spring - being 34 now might also have a little to do with it. The knee has held up fantastically! Infact, I played in a tournament last weekend and took a pretty nasty hit to that leg. You can see the photo below.
Hi Dr. Shepard,
I just wanted to thank you for helping my daughter, Shea, with her knee surgery and recovery. She played in a tournament this past weekend at the University of Colorado – Boulder, and I wanted to share with you a comment that she made after playing lacrosse for a day and a half.
Hi Dr. Shepard!
It's been a year since my injury, 10 mos since surgery.
Feeling great! Hiked in Mt Evans Wilderness (Colorado) last week. 8 miles RT, 2200' elevation gain to 11,800'.
Hi Dr. Shepard
On November 17th, 2014 – you replaced my ACL with my Patella Tendon.
The road to recovery was tough, not just from dealing with the pain but it took a toll on my morale. I was limited on what I could do and as most active people you know, this was a big setback in our lives.
Hi Dr. Shepard
I want to thank you for seeing Michael yesterday, it's been a long time overdue. The day he found out what was wrong with his knee he's had one mission on his mind and that's being the player he was before his injury. I do have to say, watching him play this season he's as close as I ever thought he would be. You should be so happy about the work you did on his knee. Without your expertise Michael would not be where he is today. He received several awards this season, one being The All American Scholar Athlete Award that he received in Baltimore a few weeks ago. I was very happy to be a part of it and to celebrate his much earned efforts. As his mom I am forever grateful that you provided Michael with the possibility to play again. I can't exactly put into words but to see Michael play with the passion in his heart he had prior to his injury is what any mother would want for their child after experiencing such a traumatic event. He looked so happy.
What a bleesing you are to our family. When our daughter had to undergo knee surgery last year at age 11, all we heard were "knee horror stories" about surgeries going wrong, atrocious scarring, and lifelong knee pain. Thank goodness our good friend Christine suggested we come see you! Not only did our daughter have a flawless surgery, but she has never had one single ounce of pain in her knee since you removed the loose body and did the microfracture surgery. We cannot thank you enough! She is back to playing soccer - her team won the league championship. She just started lacrosse again and ran her fastest mile at school with a time of 6:14 last month. On top of it, her knee is blemish free, when we were told by other doctors she would probably have a 4 inch scar. There may be a tiny dot but we really have to search for it. THANK YOU. Thank you for taking such good care of my daughter. Getting her back on her feet again was the best gift anyone could have given us. And obviously she is enjoying being back in the action!
When our daughter Olivia tore her ACL while playing soccer at the age of 11 it was a devastating moment for our entire family. We researched the best options and kept coming back to the procedure and technique that Dr. Shepard has performed and recommends. The results were amazing and we once again have a happy athletic daughter on our hands. Olivia has experienced no knee pain since her surgery last September and within three months of being cleared to swim competitively, she qualified for five (5) Junior Olympic individual events. Dr. Shepard's knowledge and personlized approach are second to none. His approach is the best alternative for prepubescent ACL injuries and he is very gifted when it comes to working with kids!
I felt lucky that everyone was taking such good care of me. They really listened and constantly went our of their way to help me."
Michael Wolitski, 21, has played soccer since he was a 3-year-old and had high aspirations for his soccer career. Then, halfway through his freshman season at Servite High School, the center mid-fielder’s goals came crashing down...
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