I wanted to take a minute to once again tell you that because of all your efforts and dedication to helping me walk and have my independence back, I am now back in the workforce! I’ve known for some time that I wanted to work part time in a position where I could interact with people and have some outside connection to the world. This week, that dream came true. The position is ideal for me, working only 10 hours a week, early morning hours. Both Bill and I didn’t know if my leg would present and issues about hiring and qualifications to do the position. It did not, much to my surprise.
Jay, without your help, expertise and encouragement, I would have never reached this level of independence. It is people like yourself and Kyle that I want to thank for continuing to live my life according to my needs. This past winter, I helped Bill with shoveling and even ran the small snow blower. It is not certain on those early days in therapy if I even knew that would be possible.
Bill/I sold our home of 35 years that we built and moved a year ago March to another home only a few miles away. The home we lived in previously was a 2 story and I had a huge landscaped flower garden that was difficult to keep up after losing my leg. Our new home is only 7 years old, with bedrooms, etc. on one level and in an equally great neighborhood as we lived previously. When looking for a new home, we had a list of priorities, namely a flat driveway, few stairs, etc. It has been one year of completing small and major projects in the house and was time that I was ready to look for outside work.
I just want you to know that there are many days, when I reflect back the help your provided to me in therapy and will always be grateful. I hope that your patients know how fortunate they are to be connected with you.
Spring is coming …finally and hope that you and your family will enjoy it!
Looking forward to seeing you when I visit Kyle.
March 18, 2019
We saw Dr. Cole because my daughter Riley (15), was experiencing acute pain in her left foot. She plays high school basketball and had a sharp, persistent pain that would not go away. Dr. Cole ordered x-rays because he suspected a stress fracture but they came back non-conclusive. He then suggested we do an MRI because he was suspicious the x-rays were not telling the whole story. We did the MRI and sure enough, there it was. I feel Dr. Cole went above and beyond to help diagnose Riley’s foot pain. I think most doctors would have said the x-ray didn’t show anything and been done. Dr. Cole explained his thoughts the entire way through the process. I felt like we were making informed decisions based on him taking the time to make sure we were educated. He was a very thoughtful, kind and effective doctor for us.
Not only is he a great doctor but he is a great guy! Riley is interested in becoming a doctor and during our time with Dr. Cole had asked him a few questions about his educational history and experiences. Dr. Cole took extra time to share his thoughts and feelings on how he became a doctor and some of his background. Riley left his office that day excited about her future as a doctor – amazed that he took the time to discuss his life with her. I just can’t say enough about how Dr. Cole took care of us. He took the time to really understand her background, which I think was instrumental to his diagnosis. He was a great doctor and a great role model for our daughter. Thanks, Dr. Cole!!
March 18, 2019
I experienced a herniated disc at L4-L5 that caused extreme pain in my lower back and down my right leg. The MRI revealed a significant disc protrusion irritating the nerves going down my leg. Dr. Deal performed a micro-discectomy to remove the protrusion, resulting in immediate pain relief. Several weeks of physical therapy following surgery has re-strengthened the muscles that atrophied in my right leg during the period prior to surgery. I could not be more pleased with the treatment by Dr. Deal and his excellent team.
March 15, 2019
Dr. O’Keefe and physical therapist Ron are fantastic. The EXCEL Program was awesome. All knee professionals and billing wasn’t confusing (very simple). Everything scheduled with therapy was very organized. They made me feel comfortable and confident that everything was well planned.
March 15, 2019
I blew out my ACL and it took my meniscus out with it. When recovering, the biggest thing I worked on was range of motion. 9 months after I was okayed to go skiing.
March 15, 2019
My worn-out right hip was making my back and neck ache from overcompensating when shifting my weight and force to my left leg. 3 months prior to surgery I was not able to run or climb stairs. Now, 6 weeks after knee replacement surgery with Dr. O’Keefe, I am walking with easy and stairs are no longer a challenge. I’m ready to get into strength training and swimming. I really look forward to riding my horses in another 2 months.
March 13, 2019
I had cervical disc C6 & 7 disc replacement surgery January 29th 2019 . Prior to meeting Dr. Deal and his team, I had previously spent 7 painful months participating in non-surgical treatments in hopes of relieving a herniated disc. Dr. Deal is superior and his team is outstanding! Immediately after surgery, the pain in my arm and fingers were gone. 3-4 days after surgery, I was off pain medication for the first time in months! The entire experience exceeded my expectations! The knowledge and skill of Dr. Deal and the kindness of the staff were so comforting. The accommodations were VIP at the surgery center. I hope everyone who needs assistance with their spine issues has the same experience I have. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the same surgical results but the experience at Twin Cities Orthopedics is second to none.
March 11, 2019
Being on a trauma team, Dr. Lafferty saved my life and managed to salvage a leg that was almost at amputation stage. It’s been an interesting process going through the five surgeries with hopes of walking soon. It’s been two years but healing at 71 takes a while. Dr. Lafferty is the best and I always feel confident before and after each operation. He had virtually nothing to work with after an extreme compound fracture but figured he could save the leg and he did! Rest assured he is the best and with that thought you can bet the farm he’ll do it right the first time!
March 9, 2019
I saw Dr. Kempcke during TCO’s urgent care hours. Dr. Kempcke was fantastic! I had endured rare symptoms while at practice that day and no one really knew what was happening and it was a scary time. Dr. Kempcke was able to perform just a few tests and she instantly knew what was going on and directed me to the further step needed. Dr. Kempcke was very personable and even helped me when I called her the following day with questions and her opinion. I am very lucky that my care started with Dr. Kempcke.
March 9, 2019
I started seeing Seth right away after my total knee replacement. In the first couple of weeks, Seth’s understanding of the procedure and symptoms was very comforting. It was determined that a manipulation was necessary. The positive and reassuring attitudes and feedback I received from Seth and Ashley and the whole staff at the Blaine TCO PT facility was a game changer for me. Even on my tough days, Seth, Ashley, Sam, Kristina, Kasi, and Jared were professional and compassionate while sharing their knowledge of my situation with me. They made a “not-so-fun” situation very tolerable and they did help me reach my goals. I already have recommended this staff to friends who are in need of orthopedic PT services and will continue to do so. Thanks Seth, Ashley and all of the Blaine PT staff. Appreciate your professionalism, knowledge, humor :), and caring ways!!!