Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, PLLC

About Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

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Why Choose Our Orthopaedic Physicians

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates was founded in 1972 and is the largest full service orthopaedic group in the South Puget Sound area. Our offices have on-site diagnostic capabilities with x-ray suites and MRI. We also provide 24-hour emergency on-call care through Providence St. Peter Hospital and Capital Medical Center. Our goal at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates is to provide quality comprehensive care in a patient-focused environment.

Should a patient require surgery, our doctors refer either to the Olympia Surgery Center, Providence St. Peter Hospital or Capital Medical Center. Each of these facilities provides the latest in orthopaedic surgical equipment and state of the art operating theaters.

Olympia Orthopaedic Associate's History

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates was founded by Dr. John Coker in 1972. Two years later he was joined by Dr. Jerome H. Zechmann and the following year by Dr. Alan Roser at the Medical Resource Center on Ensign Road.

The community continued to grow and in 1982 Dr. Kenneth Partlow, III, joined this patient focused team. In 1993, Dr. Jerome H. Zechmann retired and passed his practice onto his son, Dr. Jerome P. Zechmann. Two-years later Founder, John Coker, retired and P. Brodie Wood, MD, joined the practice to continue the tradition of providing excellence in orthopaedic care in Olympia.

The reputation of the Group continued to grow as well as the population. As the patient demands grew from the outlying regions, so did the needs for more progressive treatment. In 1997, the addition of Drs. L. Anthony Agtarap, Steven Snow, Patrick Halpin, and Spine Specialist, Clyde Carpenter, allowed the practice the opportunity to expand to two Olympia locations for greater patient convenience.

In 1998 Dr. Alan Roser retired, leaving behind the legacy of providing excellent, patient centered care with those physicians who followed him. That same year, the Group began providing patients with state-of-the art in-house extremity Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans for quicker and more efficient diagnostic capability. In 2001 three more experienced Orthopedists, Drs. Dennis Smith, Thomas Helpenstell, and William Peterson became associated with the growing practice. Olympia Orthopaedic Associates opened its third clinical office in Tumwater in 2002. Additionally, at this new location, the Group constructed a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center dedicated to offering our patients the alternative of same-day-surgery in a more convenient and personalized surrounding.

In 1993, the practice added a larger Full-Body “Open MRI” which provides a wider range of diagnostic capability than the extremity MRI. 2005 found the practice dramatically expanding their capacity by moving into a new, modern and more efficient Eastside facility. In that same year, the practice also installed Computerized Radiography in all clinic sites. This advancement allowed us to provide patients with a quicker, more efficient way to prepare, store, and share their x-rays with their primary care physicians.

The area's demand for quality orthopaedic care has continued to grow dramatically. Continuing to be pro-active in meeting the patient's needs, the practice has added Certified Physician Assistants at each clinic location to work under direct supervision of the physicians and facilitate a timely team approach to comprehensive quality care. In 2007, an additional state of the art “whole body” MRI was installed to providing quicker and more detailed scans.

In 2004, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates was awarded a “Superior Practices Award” by the Medical Group Management Association proving that Olympia Orthopaedic Associates continues its commitment to quality orthopaedic care in a patient focused environment.

Services Olympia Ortho Offers

To ensure that individuals within our community and the surrounding communities have access to services that promote healthy musculoskeletal systems, our practice provides the following patient services:

  • 24-hour physician availability
  • On-site diagnostic studies including X-Ray, Nerve Conduction Studies, Open and Extremity MRI services
  • Surgical and non-surgical management options
  • Multi-disciplinary treatment approach
  • Ankle, foot, hand, sports medicine and spine sub-specialties
  • 3 convenient office locations (Eastside & Westside Olympia and Yelm)
  • Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Billing specialists available for patient questions and claim support

Our Orthopaedic Specialists

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Olympia Hospital Affiliations

Our physician is affiliated with the following hospitals in the Olympia, WA area:

Olympia Ortho's Values

  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Respect

Olympia Ortho's Mission

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates will continually strive to become and remain a Center of Excellence for quality, comprehensive, full service musculoskeletal care in Southwest Washington.

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Community Corner

Community Corner

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

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