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As the largest orthopedic physician group in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the country, you are sure to find a clinic that best meets your needs.

March 8, 2024

John C.

I want to give an absolute huge shout out to Dr. Daniel Marek! He cut open my hand and drained infection that was causing serious pain requiring 6 days of hospitalization. He was absolutely amazing and extremely informative. Top notch service!

March 8, 2024

Carol B

I met with Dr. Anderson about my left leg. He did not keep me waiting long and was extremely clear about what I needed to do. I have done it and it is much better. Thanks to Dr. Anderson.

March 8, 2024


I have had excellent results from the surgeries performed by Dr. Owen O’Neill. He is extremely experienced and has a great bedside manner. His PA-C, Isabel Campos, and his coordinator, Ann Thompson, were very professional and helpful. I am getting back to the high intensity (strength and cardio) workouts that I need to maintain muscle and elevate my mood. I would recommend Dr. O’Neill to anyone with issues in their knees or hips, whether surgical or non-surgical.

March 8, 2024

Mark C.

Dr. Frattalone is a brilliant and caring doctor. She diagnosed my seronegative rheumatoid arthritis and developed a treatment plan which has kept it under control. She is always kind and takes whatever time is needed when we meet. Her care coordinator, Heather C, is also a very patient and caring individual who goes out of her way to put you at ease during your appointment and makes sure you fully understand the follow-up care instructions before you leave the clinic. I could not be more pleased with the care I have received.

March 8, 2024


Dr. Vargas was excellent!

I went to urgent care at TCO Vadnais Heights because I slipped and fell down my stairs. Dr. Vargas was on-site for clinic that day, and he was able to squeeze me into his schedule.

He was direct and kind, and he also communicated the urgency to resolve the physical trauma quickly. He was able to schedule foot and ankle surgery for me in two days with him. I’ve found out subsequent to this that for many people, it can take weeks to get in for surgery!

Although I was nervous at how all of this was unfolding so quickly (Wednesday urgent care, and Friday surgery), it was the best decision I made for my health to get the surgery. He was able to answer my questions, stay connected with me prior to surgery, and was attentive. My healing and recovery are going really well, and it’s been less than one week since my surgery.

If you want someone who “tells it like it is,” gives you solid, fact-based advice, cares for his patients, and is an expert in his field, then Dr. Vargas is your surgeon. I’ll be recommending him to my family and friends, should they need a podiatrist surgeon.

March 7, 2024


I tore my ACL and meniscus in 2005 when my husband was overseas. I had surgery to repair the tears, however, over time my knee deteriorated, and I had increased pain again. I was told many years ago I needed a knee replacement but could not wrap my head around it, so I waited. In 2022, I started having hip and lower back pain from my “knee swagger.”

I was seen by my primary care provider, and she recommended Dr. Jonathan Cooper and Twin Cities Orthopedics. I can honestly say my first appointment with Dr. Cooper was educational. He went over my options, explained the procedure, and answered all of my questions. I had my long overdue knee replacement this past summer. Dr. Cooper and his wonderful staff at Lakewood Health System are amazing, and I wish I would have had surgery sooner. I am back to work full time with a “runway walk” that I love to show off. Thank you, Dr. Cooper and staff!

Mary Color
Mary Color

February 22, 2024

Dave O.

I saw Dr. Hofkens on June 1, 2023, for heel pain that was only increasing in severity. He diagnosed it as Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment. After various therapies were not helpful, Dr. Hofkens connected me with Dr. Den Hartog to discuss surgery. He confirmed your diagnosis, and I had surgery on October 31, 2023. It has now been 16 weeks since the surgery and my heel pain has (especially recently) been improving, and it is now probably about 85% normal. Took a long time for the nerve to calm down! While there is still some discomfort, I am again now able to walk and hike without any significant flare-up of pain. So this note is to express my gratitude for Dr. Hofken’s quick and quite careful diagnosis, and moving me through the TCO system to health.

February 21, 2024

Karen S.

I 100% recommend TCO and Dr. Engasser! He did an ankle replacement on my 83 year old mom. The whole experience was amazing! The compassion, patience, and knowledge that he provided was exceptional. We can’t say enough positive things about the whole experience – from the first appointment through surgery and the follow up appointments. I want to thank Dr. Engasser and his entire team for helping my mom through it all. You gave my mom her mobility back and without pain.

February 17, 2024

Ingrid C.

Dr. Engasser recently performed surgery to remove an extra bone from my teenage daughter’s foot. The procedure and recovery went so well. Dr. Engasser’s communication with my daughter was exceptional! He’s engaging, warm, and very open to answering all of our questions. We are grateful to Dr. Engasser for his skill and expert care, and his outstanding bedside manner.

February 16, 2024

Michael S.

Adam Grafa is a true professional. I feel confident that I am getting a well rounded workout, and within a few short months I can already see results. This is my first time consistently working out in 35 years. I feel great. I recommend Adam implicitly.

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As the largest orthopedic physician group in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the country, you are sure to find a clinic that best meets your needs.

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