Dr. Douglas R. Dodson has been with The New Mexico Bone and Joint Institute since 1994. He is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in Total Joint Replacements. His training has taken him to some of the most prestigious medical centers in the country, training under world renowned surgeons and pioneers in medical research. Some of these sites include Thomas Jefferson University and University of Michigan. His orthopedic residency is an affiliate of Michigan State University. He is proud to have worked under such surgeons as Dr. Richard Rothman, Dr. Robert Booth, Dr. William Hozack, Dr. Adolf Lombardi, Dr. Kirk Watson, Dr. Hensinger and many others.
As the founding surgeon of Alamogordo Orthopedics, Dr. Dodson is most proud of the outstanding quality of surgeons he has recruited to serve this community. Each of them come to AOSM with subspecialty fellowship training, academic excellence, outstanding medical judgment and surgical skills. Their integrity is unquestioned and they display dedication and compassion for our community. Our physicians have served this area for over 60 years combined!
Dr. Dodson strives to increase his orthopedic knowledge above that required by the medical societies. He was honored as a new Fellow of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Out of more than 50,000 orthopedic surgeons in the country, just over 4,000 orthopedic surgeons have received this honor. He was selected due to his fellowship training and vast number of joint replacement surgeries he has performed over the last 2 decades. Dr. Dodson was also honored as a Fellow and Diplomat of the International College of Surgeons.
Dr. Dodson was one of several joint replacement specialists on the research and design team for Kyocera Renovis Surgical Technologies, an orthopedic implant company with numerous products in the spine, trauma and adult reconstruction field.
In addition performing joint replacements, Dr. Dodson has experience and interest in surgeries involving the hands, shoulder and knees, and caring for fractures and ligament injuries. He delivers non operative treatment for back pain and is known as a worker compensation specialist.
Dr. Dodson has served as the Chief of Staff as well as Chief of Surgery at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. He is also a founding de-veloper of the Southern New Mexico Surgery Center, an award winning, outpatient surgery center in Alamogordo, NM. He was honored as one of the “106 Physician Leaders in the ASC Industry” nationwide. Dr. Dodson also enjoys giving back to the community. Dr. Dodson believes that “Volunteering is the greatest service one can provide to their community. We all have to pitch in and help out. There are so many opportunities out there. What a difference each of us can make!”
Finally, and most importantly, Dr. Dodson enjoys family time with his wife Becky and three adult children. “We love sports, traveling, music, photography, medical missions and service related projects”
Dr. John Joseph Anderson is a native of the Southwest raised in Arizona. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University. He received his Medical School training in Des Moines, Iowa where he graduated at the top of his class.
Dr. Anderson was accepted to one of the top surgical residencies in the country; Scripps -Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center in San Diego, California. While in San Diego, Dr. Anderson received many research awards and learned new surgical techniques in foot and ankle surgery. In San Diego he served as Chief Resident and lectured throughout the country on advanced reconstructive surgery.
Following his years in San Diego, Dr. Anderson was accepted for advanced training in Northern California at the Sacramento- Kaiser Surgery Program. There he received additional training in reconstructive foot, ankle and leg surgery.
Dr. Anderson is Board Certified in Foot, Rear Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Dr. Anderson has practiced in Alamogordo since 2002, when he joined New Mexico Bone and Joint Institute. He has served as the Chief of Surgery at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center and is the Medical Director of Southern New Mexico Surgery Center. He is also a surgical textbook author and serves on the editorial board for medical journals as an expert in foot and ankle surgery.
He takes special interest in difficult revision cases that other surgeons will not do. This includes arthroscopy, corrective surgery, limb salvage surgery and post traumatic surgery. From fractures to heel pain, Dr. Anderson has been trained in the most current and advanced treatments.
Dr. Anderson continues to be active in Church and with the Boy Scouts of America. When he is not working he spends time with his family. He enjoys all outdoors activities.
Dr. Eric J Freeh arrived from Phoenix in 1996 to join The New Mexico Bone and Joint Institute. He is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon, with subspecialty fellowship training in trauma and fracture care. He has achieved national recognition as a true expert in the field. As a faculty member of the International Trauma Society, the AO Foundation (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen), you can always count on Dr. Freeh understanding the most current treatment options available in the world today. Right here in Alamogordo you can truly expect world class care!
Dr. Freeh actually assisted in the training process of Dr. Dodson, the founding member of Alamogordo Orthopedics. They spent time together in Phoenix while Dr. Dodson was in medical school. They were both more than ecstatic to renew their friendship as peers when Dr. Freeh relocated to Alamogordo from his very successful practice in Arizona. His experience in Phoenix was invaluable as a member of the orthopedic group that took care of the Phoenix Suns, spring training camp for the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners, as well as many local high schools and colleges.
Along with his highly regarded fracture care treatment, Dr. Freeh also enjoys many other aspects of orthopedic surgery including sports medicine. He also performs arthroscopy of the knee and has a special intererst in hand and upper extremities surgery, frequently taking care of such problems as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, ganglion cysts, arthritis, meniscal tears and ligamentous injuries.
Dr. Freeh is one of the founding members of the Southern New Mexico Surgery Center, a two time winner of the APEX Quality Award from CTQ solutions. His professional ratings from patients are quite exemplary. Dr. Freeh is known in the area as a surgeon that takes time to listen. He then creates an orthopedic game plan with the patient that strives to achieve rapid healing and return to routine activities such as sports, hobbies and occupation.
For those that don’t know, Dr. Freeh is an excellent musician, playing several stringed instruments such as guitar, mandolin, banjo and ukulele. He has truly enjoyed passing on that love to his children. His knowledge base on antique cars is also impressive, and in addition to knowing about cars, he enjoys his hobby of fixing up and rebuilding cars of many types. This is also a great source of “family time” for him.
Dr. Spencer was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a degree in Biology. During his undergraduate training, he developed an interest in research as he worked as a microbiology laboratory technician for the United States Department of Agriculture. Dr. Spencer received his Medical School training at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. As a member of the inaugural class, he had many opportunities to lead and served as president of the biomechanics club and vice-president of the sports medicine club.
Dr. Spencer completed a three-year surgical residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in San Diego, California. During residency, he learned many different techniques and procedures as he rotated through six different hospitals and numerous surgery centers in San Diego and San Francisco. Through his various rotations, he became proficient in elective and traumatic foot, ankle, and lower leg surgery. Following residency, he completed a one-year fellowship with the American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research in Southern New Mexico where he received additional training in performing total ankle implants and other complex reconstructive surgery. He has an interest in complex wound care and has been affiliated with Gerald Champion Advanced Wound Center since its inception. Dr. Spencer is board certified in foot and ankle surgery. He enjoys teaching lectures, cadaver workshops, and surgical techniques to fellows, residents, and students. He has received multiple awards for his contributions to his profession throughout his career. Dr. Spencer’s interest in research continues as he has presented and published numerous studies on foot, ankle, and lower leg treatment at various National Podiatric Symposia.
Dr. Spencer joined New Mexico Bone and Joint Institute in 2012. He enjoys Alamogordo and the surrounding area and spends much of his spare time with his wife and four children in the outdoors.
Dr. Troy W. Shepherd was born and raised in the western United States where he spent much of his time outdoor fishing, hiking and camping with his family. He earned his undergraduate degree at Utah Valley University where he received many academic awards and scholarships. He graduated with honors with a bachelor of science degree in biology.
He was then offered a half tuition scholarship to attend the well-known Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago, Illinois. While receiving his professional training, Dr. Shepherd was extensively involved in campus and community life. A small part of this included being selected as the Vice President of Academics for three years running, serving as the liaison to the Illinois state Podiatric Medical Association, teaching youth courses in his church, volunteering at local athletic events, homeless shelters, and senior living communities, and much more.
After podiatric medical school, Dr. Shepherd was extended a podiatric medicine and surgery residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Yale New Haven Health Systems, one of the most respected health systems in the U.S. During residency he served as Chief Resident and spent three intense years expanding his knowledge and honing his skills as a podiatric surgeon. He gained comprehensive training in podiatric medicine and surgery including extensive experience in wound care and healing through a three year association with the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine in Fairfield County and devoting time to the Connecticut Burn Center, Connecticut’s only dedicated burn center.
Dr. Shepherd stays active in local and national healthcare leadership. He has been a member of the governing board of the New Mexico Podiatric Medical Association since 2017, serves as the Co-Medical Director and on the physician panel of the Advanced Wound Center of South Central New Mexico, and has recently accepted the position as an Ambassador of American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Political Action Committee.
Today, Dr. Shepherd continues to be committed to the highest standards of care by attending the best scientific conferences on podiatric surgery and medicine, attending surgical workshops, and keeping up to date on the most cutting edge research on podiatric surgery, medicine, and wound care. He still enjoys the outdoors and any time spent with his wife and five beautiful children.
John V. Watkins is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Watkins earned his undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned a medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Watkins received his post graduate training at UCLA Medical Center in General Surgery and Anesthesiology. He specialized in Pain Management.
Completing residency Dr. Watkins was faculty at the West Los Angeles VA/UCLA where he was a clinical professor until 1995 whereupon he began private practice and opened a comprehensive pain center in Los Angeles. He remained in private practice in California until being recruited by the Navajo Nation to serve as Chief of Anesthesia and was able to establish the first pain management center on a reservation for Native Americans in the United States in 2011. He is now proud to join the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute.
Dr. Watkins has vast knowledge of spine disorders and treatment from his experience in tertiary medical centers and private pain practice including the Brain and Spine Center/Neurosurgical Associates of Los Angeles. Dr. Watkins is an expert in spine care as it relates to injury and workman’s compensation. He has extensive experience in evaluation, surgical implantation and management of Neuromodulation devices. This includes Spinal Cord Stimulation and Dorsal Root Stimulation. His experience and compassion will enhance the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institutes’ commitment to returning patients to a successful lifestyle.
A comprehensive listing of procedures performed by Dr. Watkins, as well as conditions treated, is presented on the back of this insert.
Dr. Sara E. Grzywa is a native of the Southwest, born and raised in Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She attended medical school at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery where she graduated second in her class.
Dr. Grzywa completed her surgical residency at Detroit Medical Center in Michigan, a level one trauma hospital. Her training included all forms of lower extremity pathology, specializing in trauma and reconstructive surgery. She is Board Qualified in Foot and Rearfoot/Ankle Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Dr. Grzywa is honored to join the staff of the New Mexico Bone and Joint Institute and serve the lower extremity needs of the people of Southern New Mexico. She continues to actively participate in research, surgical workshops and conferences in order to provide the best care possible for her patients.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, biking and on the water.