Meet Your Provider

Christian T. Andersen, MD

Daniel W. Bienkowski, MD

Sohail N. Husain, MD

Sameer O. Kapasi, MD

Erika McPhee, MD

Ashley Rogerson, MD

Abraham T. Shurland, MD

Marie Walcott, MD

Evan J. Zahner, MD

Craig Lehmann, PA-C

Krista Reis, PA-C

Thomas Walsh, PA-C

Randy Widtfeldt, PA-C

Diane Fiore, OTR/L, CHT

Christy Wright, OTR/L, CHT

James Knowles, DPT

Caitlin Tassone, DPT

Kathleen Bannon, PT

Craig Hansen, PT

Alyssa L. Evans, PTA

Travis Gomes, PTA

Lauren Hromada, PTA, ATC

Julie Robbio, PTA

Maggie MacKillop, PTA

Erica Rotondo, PTA

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What's New At Agility

Take a look at what's happening at Agility Orthopedics.

Marie Walcott, MD, Shoulder Specialist, Joins Agility Orthopedics

Marie Walcott, MD

Marie Walcott, MD has joined the dynamic team of orthopedic surgeons at Agility Orthopedics in Stoneham. With affiliations at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, and the Winchester Hospital, Dr. Walcott will build her practice around surgery of the shoulder and total shoulder replacement, including reverse total shoulder replacement. Having recently completed her shoulder and elbow fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital under Jon J.P. Warner, MD, Dr. Walcott also completed two additional shoulder fellowships in Annecy and Nice, France.

Dr. Walcott completed her medical training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and her orthopedic surgery residency at the university of Massachusetts Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Although her clinical interests are with the shoulder, she will also be treating patients with general orthopedic conditions.

Along with her academic achievements, Dr. Walcott was a Division 1 athlete at Brown University on the crew team winning Division 1 NCAA national championships in 2002 and 2004. She later served as the varsity rowing coach at Assumption College. She still spends her free time rowing on the Charles River and also has a special expertise and interest in treating rowing injuries.

Agility Orthopedics is located at 92 Montvale Ave, Suite 1400 in Stoneham. Agility is comprised of 7 orthopedic surgeons, a rheumatologist, 4 physician assistants, and a team of physical and occupational therapists.

Helping Our Injured Veterans

Agility Orthopedics Helping Injured Vets.Agility Orthopedics is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Run for the Troops 5K held in Andover on Sunday, April 12th at 9:00 AM. Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello. The funds raised through this event will be used by Homes for Our Troops to build a home for Marine Staff Sargent Hans Blum. To learn more about this event please click here and watch Agility Orthopedic Surgeon Christian Andersen, MD talk about how important this event is to him and all of us at Agility Orthopedics. If you are interested in participating as a runner or a walker, please visit www.runforthetroops5k.com and join the Agility Team.

Homes for Our Troops is an organization that Agility Orthopedics feels very strongly about. Their core mission is to build homes with necessary adaptions for the brave men and women of our military who have been severely injured while serving their country. Since 2001, more than 6,000 American soldiers have been killed and over 40,000 have suffered injuries. Although the Homes for Our Troops organization has built over 100 specially adapted homes for our injured heroes, they estimate that there is a need for well over 1,000 homes. Unfortunately, many of those injured who have sacrificed so much are now faced with a loss of independence. Supporting an organization like the Homes for Our Troops is a great way to help our brave hero’s.

For the past 4 years, Agility Orthopedics has been a proud sponsor of the Run for the Troops Road Race and Walk to benefit the Homes for the Troops Organization. We hope to see you there.

Evan J. Zahner, MD Joins Agility Orthopedics

Evan J. Zahner, MD

We are pleased to announce that Evan J. Zahner, MD a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon has joined Agility Orthopedics. Dr. Zahner, who has practiced orthopedics for over 17 years, specializes in Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee, Sports Medicine, and has a special interest in shoulder and knee arthroscopy.

Dr. Zahner earned his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He completed his medical training at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center and his orthopedic residency at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He will continue his service to local communities in the fields of general orthopedics, sports medicine, and total joint replacements as a member of the Agility Orthopedics practice.

At present, Dr. Zahner is affiliated with Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, and Winchester Hospital. He serves as the team physician for both Malden Catholic High School and Wakefield High School; he previously was team physician for a period of 15 years at Boston College. Dr. Zahner resides in Melrose, Massachusetts with his wife and their three sons.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Zahner to our practice,” said Ron Chorzewski, PT, MBA, and Executive Director of Agility Orthopedics. He added, “He brings exceptional expertise and knowledge to this practice and we know that his presence will be a tremendous addition to our team of specialists.”

Improving Care at Agility with the Use of Ultrasound

Improving Care at Agility with the Use of Ultrasound

The orthopedic surgeons at Agility Orthopedics use Ultrasound for diagnostic purposes and to improve injection accuracy. The use of ultrasound has been common in other medical specialties for many years, but is relatively new to the field of orthopedics. With ultrasound, our orthopedic surgeons can see if critical anatomical structures are in place without the costly delays associated with MRI’s; we are able to provide our patients with a timely diagnosis and avoid the need for our patients to take extra days off for additional advanced imaging.

Another significant benefit of ultrasound to our patients is using it to improve the accuracy of our injections. With ultrasound, your orthopedic surgeon is able to see the needle go to exactly where it needs to be. The effectiveness of each injection is improved because the medication is located properly within the joint space it is intended for.

Agility Orthopedics is proud to be one of only 5 practices in the state of Massachusetts that is accredited through the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. This accreditation process requires each provider to have 40 hours of continuing education specifically related to the use of ultrasound.

We look forward to the opportunity to assist you in the recovery of your orthopedic condition. With tools like ultrasound, that complicated job just got a little bit easier.

The Latest Edition of the Agility Magazine

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by Abraham Shurland, MD

It is my pleasure to introduce the release of the most recent edition of the Agility Magazine. This edition features our team of Physical and Occupational Therapists. At Agility Orthopedics we have a team of 7 physical therapy professionals who work closely with our orthopedic surgeons to provide you with the care you need to recover from your orthopedic ailment. Also, we have two occupational therapists that work closely with Erika McPhee, MD and Sohail Husain, MD to assist you in the recovery of your upper extremity ailments.

Agility Magazine Cover One important thing that is not widely known is that patients who need physical or occupational therapy can come directly to Agility with a referral from their PCP and do not even need to have seen one of our orthopedic surgeons. Our patients can go anywhere they wish for their rehabilitation needs, but Agility provides a full complement of skilled professionals.

This edition of the Agility Magazine also features articles about the use of Ultrasound in Orthopedics by Christian Andersen, MD and an article entitled ACL Injuries – Implications for the Female Athlete by Abraham T. Shurland, MD. We hope you find the magazine to helpful.

Download the PDF here

Welcome Sohail N. Husain, MD

Sohail N. Husain, MD

We are pleased to announce that Sohail Husain, MD has joined Agility Orthopedics as an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. He will be starting at the end of October of 2013. Dr. Husain completed his medical training and his orthopedic residency at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also completed a Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center. Prior to joining Agility Orthopedics, Dr. Husain worked as an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in the care of hand and elbow patients, for the past 5 years at Essex Orthopedics & Optima Sports Medicine in Salem, NH.

Dr. Husain welcomes new adult and pediatric patients with hand, elbow or shoulder issues including carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve compression issues, tendinitis, fractures and trauma, hand/wrist strain injuries, and arthritis of the shoulder, elbow and hand. If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Husain, please call 781-279-7040.

Announcing the sixth edition of Agility Magazine

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by Abraham Shurland, MD

It is my pleasure to introduce the sixth edition of our Agility Magazine. This edition contains informative articles to expand your knowledge of how we use Ultrasound in orthopedics to diagnose problems and for injection guidance. I was happy to contribute an article discussing the prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes and how these injuries can be avoided. Also, Mike Boyle, of Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, has contributed another article discussing the importance of avoiding early specialization in sports with children.

Agility Magazine Cover The most important article in this edition relates to the picture on the cover of this magazine which shows Joshua Bouchard raising the American flag at his new home built specially for him and his family. Agility Orthopedics is proud to support the Homes for Our Troops organization as they endeavor to raise money to build accessible homes for our heroes who return from overseas severely injured. It is our sincere hope that you will consider joining us in supporting this worthy cause.

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An Introduction to the Agility Orthopedics Hand Team

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by Abraham Shurland, MD

Over the last several years Agility Orthopedics has gone through a period of unprecedented growth. One area that has seen the greatest growth is the development of our Hand Team. We are fortunate to have a team of orthopedic surgeons and occupational therapists that, I feel, rival any other team in Massachusetts. I would like to take a moment to introduce the Agility Orthopedic Hand Team to you. Prior to introducing you to our team, I think it is important to explain exactly what it means to be Fellowship Trained as an orthopedic surgeon and what it means for an occupational therapist to be a Certified Hand Therapist.

Read the entire article here

Listen to the Run For The Troops Dinner Keynote Speech

Christopher Baker, MD keynote speaker at the Run for the Troops Dinner on March 31, 2012

Christopher Baker, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Agility Orthopedics specializing in Foot and Ankle Surgery, was the keynote speaker at the Run for the Troops Dinner on March 31, 2012. Addressing the sold out crowd, Dr. Baker recognized the sacrifices soldiers make to serve their country. Also, he spoke of how the needs of injured soldiers are met through organizations like Homes for Our Troops an organization that builds adapted homes for injured soldiers.

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Orthopedics Surgery Inc. is now Agility Orthopedics

The physicians at OSI are pleased to announce that Orthopedic Surgery Inc., a group of orthopedic surgeons that has served the Greater Boston North Region for over forty years, has changed its name to Agility Orthopedics. Dr. Shurland, once an assistant orthopedic surgeon with the Boston Celtics, and Dr. Andersen, a veteran of the first Gulf War, have served patients from Hallmark Health and the Winchester Hospital throughout their careers and are pleased to have a name that better portrays what they do. Dr. Shurland describes, “We think our new name better represents our commitment to keeping people active. I think some of our prospective patients saw the word surgery in our old name and may have been frightened or thought, perhaps, that we only did surgery. In reality, the majority of our patients do not need surgery. We, actually, consider all non-surgical options first and do everything we can to help our patients avoid surgery.”

Over the past several years the practice has gone through a period of unprecedented growth in both their physical environment and their team of clinical providers. With the recent addition of Erika McPhee, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with special training in hand surgery, and Christopher Baker, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with special training in foot and ankle surgery, Agility Orthopedics, located on Montvale Ave in Stoneham, is able to meet the orthopedic needs of the community. Dr. Baker is the only fellowship trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon available to serve patients in the Hallmark Health and Winchester Hospitals. Also, Dr. Baker served our country as an orthopedic surgeon during his deployment to Iraq with the US Army.

Dr. Andersen states, “Our patients benefit from our ability to take onsite digital x-rays, provide patients with physical and occupational therapy, and work with a fantastic team of clinical providers who understand that patients want to have timely appointments for their orthopedic ailments. Also, our physicians have recorded podcasts and made these audio messages available through our website to help educate patients about their conditions and the surgery they may be preparing for.”

Changing the name to Agility Orthopedics has not changed their emphasis on providing patients with timely access to outstanding patient care.

Agility Orthopedics Publishes Latest Edition of Company Magazine

Agility MagazineIt is our great pleasure to introduce you to the first edition of our company magazine under our new name; Agility Orthopedics. So much has changed since we published our last edition. After 36 years of distinguished service, our friend and associate Denis Byrne, MD has decided to retire from the practice of medicine. We would like to thank Dr. Byrne for his service and wish him and his wife, Joan, a happy and healthy retirement. Furthermore, Christopher Baker, MD has joined our team of orthopedic surgeons as a fellowship trained Ankle & Foot Specialist. Dr. Baker joins us after his recently completed fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital. Also, Maria Policelli, Krista Reis, and Kimberly Tighe have joined our medical team as physician assistants. With so many changes, including the name of the company, I want to assure our patients and referring physicians that our attention to providing patients with timely access to outstanding orthopedic care remains constant.

Many of you may appreciate an explanation of why we changed our name and what the name change means. Through years of clinical practice, we realized that having the word surgery in our name often scared prospective patients. So much of what we do is non-surgical that we wanted a name that accurately reflects what we do. As a matter of fact, my colleagues and I do everything possible to avoid surgery; only using it as a last resort.

Our name has changed, but our focus has not. Our desire to provide you with the care you need in the manner you deserve is our top priority.

Pedro’s Judo Center Counts on Agility Orthopedics

Jimmy Pedro with Dr. Christian Andersen and Dr. Abe Shurland from Agility Orthopedics Jimmy Pedro, the two time Olympic medalist and 1999 World Judo Champion will be the coach for the US Olympic Team for 2012 in London. Athletes from all over the country come to Jimmy’s studio to train for international events including the Olympics. Agility Orthopedics is proud to serve Jimmy Pedro and his athletes as they train for their upcoming competitions. If you want to learn more about Pedro’s Judo Center, visit their website at www.jimmypedro.com.

Agility Orthopedics to Sponsor the Stoneham Sabers

SabersAgility Orthopedics is proud to announce that they will be the chief sponsor of the Stoneham Sabers as they start their second season in the Yawkey Baseball League. Under the leadership of Angelo Colucci, the franchise owner, and manager Joe Laurina the Stoneham Sabers look forward to starting their 32 game 2012 schedule this spring against the 15 team league. The Yawkey Baseball League is the largest amateur baseball league in Massachusetts and boasts collegiate and former professional ball players from all over New England.

The Sabers play their home games at Stoneham High School or Recreation Park off of Franklin Street in Stoneham. The 2012 season starts in May and we hope to see you there. Go Sabers!!

Christy Halpin Wright, OTR/L, CHT has joined the OSI Rehabilitation Team

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The physicians are pleased to announce that Christy Halpin Wright, OTR/L, CHT has joined the OSI rehabilitation team as an Occupational Therapist in March of 2011. A graduate of Syracuse University, Christy worked as a Senior Hand Therapist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston through her 17 year career. There, she worked extensively with patients who sustained injuries to tendons, nerves, elbows, and fractures, repetitive strain injuries, arthritis and digital amputations.

Her distinguished career includes becoming a Certified Hand Therapist, presenting at numerous conferences and workshops, and being a contributing writer in textbooks. Having attended over 40 continuing education seminars, she has the training and experience to compliment the care of our medical staff. “Having an Occupational Therapist with Christy’s level of experience is a big step forward in OSI’s ability to provide comprehensive care to our hand patients”, states Erika McPhee, MD

When not working, Christy enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Learn more about Christy here