BACK TO SOCCER
"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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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!
Pediatric Knee Surgery
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!
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.
On a different note, also wanted to let you know my sister is back on the court. After seeing you she made huge progress and is back to playing tennis several times a week. She's so much happier playing again, thank you.
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.
On November 14th, 2015 – 3 days shy from exactly 1 year, I summited San Gorgonio (11,503 ft), the highest peak in Southern California which took me about 16 hours because of icy conditions. This was a big accomplishment for me. Not just physically but I am very much LIVING again.
With that, I am grateful and thank you so much for your care (of course this includes your staff/team) – the attention to details, the personable approach, the flexible scheduling, educating me on the procedures, the words of encouragement, and of course the prayers.
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'.
Thank you!!! Because of you, I'm returning to my active lifestyle.
P.S. My dog thanks you too!
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.
She said, "Mom, this is the first time in years that I am playing without any pain in my knee!"
I was so happy to hear that because I know how much pain she's dealt with in the past. You've made her a very happy girl and I'm a very happy mom! It looks like she will possibly be playing lacrosse in college for Boulder. She just received her acceptance along with a scholarship. Lets hope she stays healthy as she plays in her final lacrosse season at Beckman High School.
Thank you again. You are the best!
With much gratitude and appreciation,
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.
Thanks so much
PCL / MCL Patient
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 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.
Throughout the whole process, Dr. Shepard was available to answer any questions I had and really became a person I knew I could trust and count on. Six months after my surgery i was cleared to begin workouts and eventually played my senior season for Santa Margarita. In the fall I will be attending and playing football for UCLA. I never want to experience and injury like that again, but I would recommend Dr. Shepard to any athlete facing a similar injury. He's the man!
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.
Dr. Shepard is an excellent surgeon and has a wonderful manner about him. He thoroughly explains the MRI pictures and the procedures he will perform. Dr. Shepard takes whatever time is necessary to answer patient questions and to develop a rapport. His recommended physical therapist is top notch. Dr. Shepard's staff is exceptional, with wonderful attitudes and a professional approach to each patient. I have recommended Dr. Shepard to friends and family.
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.
Lindsay C. - ACL Reconstruction, Forearm Fracture
Matt G. - Arthroscopic Labral Repair
Maureen Y. - Comminuted Elbow Fracture
Sean W. - Multi-Ligamentous Knee Reconstruction
Terri C. - Multi-Ligamentous Knee Reconstruction
Ray R. - Lumbar fusion and Subacromial decompression & Mumford