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Thank you for choosing Olympia Orthopaedic Associates for your care. We take pride in helping our patients overcome injuries, relieve pain, and return to active, healthy lifestyles.

In this section, you can read stories from patients we’ve treated about their experiences and recoveries under our care.

Read what our patients are saying about Olympia Orthopaedic Associates.

You can also read what our patients are saying about Olympia Orthopaedic Associates by visiting our doctor profiles.


“Easy, breezy, quick, competent -- doctor & staff always friendly and pleasant.”
– Sonja J.
Treated by: P. Brodie Wood, M.D.
“Although I live South of Tacoma, I was led to Dr Helpenstell by following the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores which show St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA, to consistantly be an "A" rated Hospital. Patient reviews led me to Olympia Orthpaedics and subsequently to Dr. Thomas Helpenstell. He has been excellent in every way that I could have wished. The total Left knee replacement surgery that he performed three months ago is the first major surgery that I have experienced so I was very nervous and concerned. From my first meeting, Dr. Helpensledd has been patient, thorough, empathetic, professional, reassuring and aware of my personal feeling. He was there before and immediately after my surgery, but to my relief he visited me the following morning in the hospital to check on my well being. What more can a patient ask for ? His immediate staff, Josh meyers, PA and surgery scheduler Lisa are likewise expellent. I found that Lisa was especially helpful to me with her through knowledge and genuine concern that I understood every concern that I expressed, above and beyond her job. Shortly after surgery I commenced two months of Physical Therapy at the Lacey, ROC, (Rapid Ortho Center). Lisa Bowlin, PT, has a very hard job, because Physical Therapy, especially right after surgery is brutal; However, she is remarkable in her ability to start slowly and throughly explain the process. Kelly, her helper, is another jewel. In total, the whole program for joint replacent that I participated in with Dr. Helpenstell (Oly Ortho) in conjunction with St. Peter Hospital is truly in the opinion of this patient an "A" program.”
– Raul H.
“Very nice and answered all questions.”
– Betty A.
“My overall experience at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates was excellent. Everyone who works there was kind, caring, concerned and helpful. I've told several of my friends of my experience and recommended that if they, a family member or friend needs care or treatment that Olympia Orthopaedic Associates can provide, that's where they should get it.”
– Lori W.
Treated by: R. Trent McKay, M.D.
“Very attentive, listens to patients problems. I don't feel rushed at each appointment and takes the time to answer any questions, no matter how silly you may think it is.”
– Ariana T.
“I was pleased by Dr. Abbott's careful thoroughness in his approach to treating my pain. He did not make a hasty diagnosis, but ordered MRI images of my spine only after studying all other recent images and reports from tests that were conducted elsewhere.”
– Joyce M.
Treated by: Zachary Abbott, D.O.
“Courteous, friendly and very professional.”
– Phil M.
“Very knowledgeable, provided much information about my situation and some possible repairs to my torn Rotator Cuff. My surgery went well, in recovery Dr. Zechmann came and let me no that the repair went very well, that was very good news to hear. It has been four and a half months since the surgery and my shoulder area feels great and the function is almost back to normal. I am very thankful for having such a great doctor and his assistant, PA Owen Harris. I have nothing but good praise for the doctors and staff.”
– Joseph J.
Treated by: Jerome Zechmann, M.D.
“My visit was good. Dr. Halpin, explained what he thought was the problem with my back and ordered a CAT SCAN to find out for sure if that was the problem.”
– Brian S.
Treated by: Ryan J. Halpin, M.D.
“Informative. Skillful at joint injections”
– Vicky B.