History

Celebrating 25 Years of Helping the Community

As a founding member of the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute (NMB&JI), Douglas R. Dodson, DO, FICS, a joint replacement specialist, has been helping patients return to work, regain movement in their joints and enjoy a more pain free lifestyle. The practice, which started in Alamogordo in 1994, has since expanded to two additional locations in Las Cruces and Ruidoso, NM. NMB&JI now offers subspecialty care in orthopedics, podiatry, wound care and interventional spine pain management. Dr. Dodson is most proud of the fact that each of the physicians are Fellowship Trained with unique surgical skills beyond a normal residency.

“Our practice treats everything from the neck down to the feet and we are always looking for new ways to help our patients. Our physicians are pioneers in medicine and take leadership roles in providing the latest breakthroughs in healthcare technologies and services to our patients. New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute was the first in this area to perform total ankle replacement and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty,” Dr. Dodson said.

New Total Joint innovations were also implemented early on at NMB&JI as Dr. Dodson worked on the Renovis/Kyocera total knee and total hip implant design team. Eric Freeh, D.O. FAOAO, is a fracture care and sports medicine specialist who joined the practice in 1996. He understands that providing the best all-around healthcare locally is important.

“Before the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute, patients travelled to Albuquerque, Texas, or Arizona to get certain treatment. Now, patients are frequently referred to us from the outer areas of New Mexico, as well as from out of state as a result of our reputation for providing excellent, state-of-the-art care in our offices,” Dr. Freeh said.

Although originally known for its orthopedic services, the practice also offers world class podiatric services via John Joseph Anderson, DPM, FACFAS; Loren Spencer, DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Troy Shepherd, DPM. This unique and highly skilled group is trained to work on complex foot and ankle deformities, wounds, and injuries. Working on patients ranging from small children to professional athletes, they are able to help people get back on their feet, onward to work or play.

“Many people live with pain for years not knowing that there are solutions to their problems and often times minor surgeries that may improve their pain and function dramatically,” Dr. Anderson said.

NMB&JI has long been recognized for its success in Interventional Pain management. The practice was ahead of its time by providing excellent treatment protocols without the dependence on opioid narcotic medication. John Watkins, MD, heads up the interventional pain program.

It’s all about returning patients to a successful lifestyle. Whether its running marathons or simply getting out of a chair with less pain, we strive to help. When it comes to back pain, an honest physician will not guarantee complete pain relief, but that can happen, and we will do everything we can to help our patients get there.

Dr. Watkins

NMB&JI goes beyond helping its patients. The physicians and staff have invested an enormous amount of time and money to the local community, schools, churches and charities over the last 25 years.

Dr. Dodson admits that “As a practice, we have been exceedingly blessed with personal and professional growth. We can attribute that to an overall faith, as well as commitment to our family and patients. In addition, since each of us is from out of town, we completely lucked out in landing in such a great part of New Mexico!”

NMB&JI provides a growing list of orthopedic care including surgery for injuries and deformities of the upper and lower extremity, fracture care, major joint replacements and non-narcotic pain management for the spine. However non-operative care is provided in 85% of the cases seen in the office.

For further information about the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute, please call (575) 434-0639.

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