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Houston Orthopedic Specialists

Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine physicians are sub specialized in all aspects of orthopedics – from knees, shoulders, and hips to spine, feet, and hands.

Ramona Mihu, M.D.

Dr. Ramona Mihu graduated from one of the oldest Medical Schools in Romania. She was in the first 5% of her class in 2004. Dr. Mihu started a Plastic and reconstructive surgery residency in Romania in 2005, until she came to the U.S. to do research in 2007. ..

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David R. Mack, M.D.

Dr. Mack is subspecialty board certified in sports medicine, and cares for athletes of all levels. He specializes in the treatment of knee and shoulder injuries, and is a national instructor for the Conformis custom partial knee replacement. He is the team physician for the Jersey Village Falcons, and director of the North Cypress Sports Medicine Center...

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Matthew P. Cubbage, M.D.

Dr. Matthew P. Cubbage specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, operative and non-operative treatment of scoliosis, complex spinal deformities, and disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine...

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Alain E. Elbaz, M.D.

Dr Elbaz is board certified in orthopedics and sports medicine. He specializes in the treatment of shoulder problems through the use of minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art, arthroscopic techniques to accelerate the recovery process for challenging conditions such as rotator cuff disease, shoulder instability, shoulder fractures, arthritis, and stiffness. He is also trained in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, ultrasound guided injections, and PRP injections...

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Stacy Bacon, M.D.

Dr Stacy A. Bacon specializes in operative and non-operative treatment of most foot and ankle problems. She is trained in treating the special populations, including diabetics and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Bacon is an avid runner/triathelete and diagnoses and treats many running injuries...

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Drew M. Fehsenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr Drew Fehsenfeld is a fellowship trained sports medicine Orthopedic physician who specializes in the operative and conservative management of shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip problems. He serves as head team physician for Cy-ranch High School. He is also specialized in minimally invasive hip arthroscopy for removing loose bodies and repairing traumatic labral tears...

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R. Alexander Mohr, M.D.

Dr. Alexander R. Mohr is board certified in orthopedics and specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, operative and non-operative treatment of scoliosis, complex spinal deformities, and disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Having himself played as Left Tackle at Utah State University, he specializes in Football injuries both in diagnosis and prevention...

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Thomas L. Tanous, M.D.

Dr. Tanous is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in joint replacements. He is trained in state-of-the-art lower extremity surgical techniques and performs minimally invasive hip and knee replacements, computer navigated joint replacements, partial knee replacements, and total hip resurfacing. During his residency at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, he was awarded the “Golden Bone” Award for excellence in student and resident teaching. Dr. Tanous is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Arthritis Foundation, and Texas Medical Association...

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Bryan J. Mills, M.D.

Brian J. Mills, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in the treatment of hand and wrist injuries and ailments. He typically treats patients with Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fractures, Nerve Entrapment, and Trigger Finger. He chose the hand and wrist as his specialty due to their importance in a patient’s everyday life, but also because it is an intricate part of the body that involves so many different aspects of the orthopedics field...

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Ryan E. Blalock, M.D.

Dr. Ryan E. Blalock, MD is a fellowship trained hand and wrist orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of conditions affecting the upper extremity.  Treatment focuses include upper extremity trauma, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, other nerve entrapment syndromes, arthritic conditions, and trigger finger.  He offers both open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release as well as wrist arthroscopy.  Dr. Blalock…

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G. Silky Patel, MD

Dr. Silky Patel is fellowship trained and double board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation & pain management, specializing in interventional spine, musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic medicine. Her primary focus is on nonsurgical musculoskeletal and spine care, such as physical therapy, epidural injections and electrodiagnosis of nerve and muscle conditions that cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. Dr. Patel earned her…

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Jacel C. Brooks, M.D.

Dr. Jacel Brooks is a fellowship trained physician in primary care sports medicine. He specializes in non-operative management of orthopedic/sports injuries and osteoarthritis. He is also trained in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, ultrasound guided injections, and PRP injections...

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Lauren Whitworth, D.C

Dr. Lauren Whitworth is native to the Houston area. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelors degree in Biology. Dr. Whitworth then continued her education to pursue a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Texas Chiropractic College. During her studies, Dr. Whitworth interned at Moody Health Center and was selected to a residency program with Rice University, where she…

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Stuart Harman, AGNP – C

Stuart grew up in Beaumont, TX.  He attended Lamar University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  After graduating, Stuart decided he wanted to pursue a nursing career and attended The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.  There he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Stuart worked as a Registered Nurse for almost…

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Candice Sanders, FNP

Candice began her career in 2005 at Tomball Regional Hospital in the Critical Care Unit after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at The University of Texas in Arlington.  Her profession transitioned over the years working in intensive care, oncology,  general surgical, and orthopedic surgery services.  Acquiring these years of field experience has led Candice to where her career path…

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Joseph Mathews, PT, DPT

Joseph Mathews received his Bachelors in Physical Therapy from India (1999), Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (2003) and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St Augustine, Florida (2010). He excelled both in academic and clinical realms receiving the award for “Best Outgoing Student” in his Bachelors program and “The…

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Michael Youngblood, PT

Michael attended Texas Tech University from 1979 to 1983. He went on to study Bachelors in Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas (1985). He was a member of the “Alpha Eta Honor Society” and “Who’s Who Amongst College and University Students”. Michael has been a licensed Physical Therapist in Texas since 1985. During his…

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Marisol Monasterio, OTR, CHT

Marisol Monasterio is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Houston in 1997, and Master degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2001. Ms. Monasterio received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2006. She has been trained in advanced orthotics for the upper and lower extremity, and has…

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Shawn Brooks PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Shawn is a Houston native, born and raised in Katy. He studied at Texas State University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Sports Science and then his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Following graduation from physical therapy school, Shawn completed his fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy from the Manual Therapy Institute. He uses a combined approach of movement analysis…

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Sini Mathews, PT, DPT

Sini Mathew is a native of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple as well. After graduating, Sini worked for over two years focusing on general orthopedics and geriatrics, specializing in neuromuscular rehabilitation and injury/fall prevention, after which, she…

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Mandi Folger, PT, DPT

Originally from the DFW area (Grapevine), Mandi attended Houston Baptist University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Kinesiology. She played Division I soccer for four years at HBU and graduated Cum Laude with honors including Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society and Great West Academic All-Conference Team. She then attended Texas…

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Nikole Cocker, PTA

Nikole is a native Houstonian who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Houston. After graduating, Nikole attended Houston Community College where she earned her license as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Nikole is compassionate and committed to her patients as a new graduate pursuing her career at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. After playing soccer on a…

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Elizabeth S. LaFata, PTA

Elizabeth comes from a family background of physical therapy. Her mother is a physical therapist, and Elizabeth grew up in her family’s practice. Here she discovered her passion for the human body, how it works, and her desire to help people heal. After graduating high school, Elizabeth pursued a physical therapy aide job while continuing her education to earn her…

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