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Provider Spotlight: Dr. Gavin Smith, Podiatrist

We at Proliance Puget Sound Orthopaedics are proud of our healthcare team. The physicians, surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals that deliver the best care to our communities each deserve a spotlight so you can get to know them, and their accomplishments. For this Provider Spotlight, we introduce Dr. Gavin Smith. Dr. Smith is a

Dr. Heffernan is now a Candidate Member of the ASES Society

Puget Sound Orthopaedics is proud to announce that Dr. John T. Heffernan was recently selected to be a candidate member of the prestigious society known as the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES). Individuals selected to be candidate members of the society must meet strict academic and clinical requirements. Candidate membership in the ASES society


Physician Spotlight on Dr. Rob Vercio

Passionate about “educating patients and putting their hands back together again,” Dr. Rob Vercio is honored to have the opportunity to provide care for the people in the community that he grew up in. By using his skills and knowledge as a hand and upper extremity specialist, Dr. Vercio strives to help his patients get


Spotlight Article on Dr. d’Heurle

Dr. d’Heurle is an orthopaedic surgeon who has comprehensive training in treating patients with orthopaedic problems of the lower extremity. He specializes in the hip and knee and is very passionate about all things orthopedics. Enjoying the PNW After his fellowship at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. d’Heurle joined the Puget


Orthopedic Related Running Injuries

If you are physically able to run, adding a 30 minute jog to your daily routine can result in a long list of health benefits. When done consistently, running is an activity that can build strong bones, help you lose weight and increase your muscle mass. As written in an article from Harvard Health, “Running,


A Brief Overview of Sports Medicine

Sports and sport related injuries have been around for centuries. It is impossible to know exactly when and how sports originally came about. However, cave paintings suggest that humans have been competing in sports such as wrestling and running for thousands of years! The world of sports has evolved tremendously throughout human history. Organized sports


Expansion to The Surgery Center

The Puget Sound Surgery Center’s recent expansion was an exciting and eventful project for the PSO team to take on. After looking forward to the project’s completion for many months, our patients, staff and physicians are thrilled with the final results. Expansion A plan to expand the Puget Sound Surgery Center came to fruition when

Eating Your Way to Stronger Bones

According to American Bone Health, the three main nutrients that play a crucial role in keeping your bones healthy are calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. A deficiency in any of these nutrients may increase your risk for bone loss and weakness, or even osteoporosis. Making an effort to eat foods that are rich in vitamins


Physician Spotlight on Dr. Ghidella

After retiring as a colonel in the military, Dr. Ghidella began his civilian practice at Proliance Puget Sound Orthopaedics in 2010. Throughout his career, Dr. Ghidella has treated thousands of individuals with a straightforward yet powerful approach; to help patients get better by providing personalized care. With the support from his medical team at PSO,


Puget Sound Surgery Center

One of the aspects that makes Proliance Puget Sound Orthopaedics unique is our on-site ambulatory surgery center, or ASC. Our ASC is called Puget Sound Surgery Center, and is located in the same building as our Lakewood clinic. Back in 2004, our surgery center was established to meet the growing demand for affordable surgery in

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