Success Stories

At The Center for Orthopedics, we offer the first-rate care you need, right where you need it. Our six orthopedic surgeons and one medical orthopedist, are all highly trained in the most cutting-edge procedures. From total joint replacement and sports medicine to fracture care and physical therapy, we’ve got you covered. In fact, our number one goal is getting you back to living better. Just ask our patients.

Dr. Daniel Zanotti performed a pioneering shoulder replacement on Sandra McPherson who suffers from early onset arthritis. Since Sandra is young, a traditional shoulder replacement was not an ideal option, as replacements in young, active people tend to wear out between 10 and 15 years. Repeated replacement is not a good option since each replacement involves bone loss until eventually there is not enough bone left to support the implant.

So, Dr. Zanotti suggested a pioneering solution — a humeral head from a deceased organ donor could grant Sandra continued, long-term use of her shoulder.

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When Dr. Berkowitz meets with patients who have neck or back problems and pain, he doesn’t stop at addressing those on a clinical level. He asks them about their habits, their exercise, and lets them know that if they have any questions about how to create a healthier lifestyle, he can help them with answers.

“I tell them, ‘I’m more than happy to sit down with you on my time, during lunch or some other time, to talk about it.’”

One of the things Dr. Berkowitz feels most strongly about is this: “You cannot exercise your way out of bad eating, and if you need exercise to obtain or maintain an optimum weight, I’d question if you are eating right,” he says. “I’m also a firm beli...

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Linda Zochowski fell on an icy sidewalk and landed square on her knees. Although she had surgery afterwards for a damaged meniscus, walking was never quite the same. She missed pain free activities like bowling, bike riding and walking the dog.

So, she scheduled her first visit with Dr. Robert Zanotti and was impressed, especially by Dr. Zanotti’s no-pressure attitude about surgery. “He explained all my options and never pushed me to choose surgery, even though I think we both knew that would be best. He also took the time to have a separate appointment to talk with my husband about surgery and recovery so he could be prepared.”

While Dr. Zanotti’s openness was remarkable, Linda was even more impressed by his skill ...

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Brenda James and her husband came to Center for Orthopedics and Dr. Dan Zanotti for many years while they lived in Avon. When they moved to Berlin Heights, however, they had no intention of switching orthopedic doctors.

Dr. Zanotti was surprised when Brenda told him she’d moved and was still making the drive for appointments. Brenda says, “I told him, ‘I’d drive over an hour to come see you because I know you’ll do right.’”

The most recent thing Dr. Zanotti has done right for Brenda is a knee replacement on her right knee, which she’d been struggling with for about a year.

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Robert Pesti is almost fully recovered from his second total knee replacement and ready to take on the world. “Look for me in the Senior Olympics. I’m going to set the new record in the Senior High Jump. It’s currently 1 ft. 2 inches.”

All joking aside, Robert is thrilled to be back to his active lifestyle, which is not actually as an Olympian, but an avid golfer. Golf was what brought him to Dr. William Stanfield. A tee-time friend had also had knee replacement done and recommended Center for Orthopedics and Dr. Stanfield, specifically

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Eric credits his rotator cuff surgery with Dr. Zanotti and the physical therapy for his returned shoulder strength. When he experienced the tear and did PT, he was able to restore much of his shoulder strength and range of motion.

“Before the surgery, when I had the tear and did PT, I got it to about 80%, but this time I’m at 100%. I believe it’s because I did what I was told, and I didn’t overdo it. I gotta say, my shoulder is stronger than it’s ever been, and I’m about an inch away from complete range of motion.”

Although he felt better sooner, Eric gave his shoulder the recommended 6 months for full healing. “Now I’m back on full duty."

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Sisters share a lot of things — clothes, secrets, bad cartilage and... orthopedic surgeons. Well, that last one is probably unique to Sheila Pavlik and Jill Mourino, who both had total knee replacement surgery, on both knees, with Dr. William Stanfield. And, yes, they got them done on the same day.

The two sisters were in agreement about returning to their active lifestyles and about the date for surgery, July 11th. Dr. Stanfield performed the bilateral knee replacements that day and the sister's say they would “absolutely recommend” TKR with Dr. Stanfield and The Center for Orthopedics.

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Michelle Kaiser, who has been seeing Dr. Zanotti for six years for her bad knees, was frustrated getting approval for her orthovisc injections.

"Dr. Zanotti’s Clinical Assistant, Val, jumped in and helped advocate and navigate the process with me. She called me at every step and followed through with everything. And, ever since that time, she has continued to do that and so I always know what’s going on. She does it for my medications and everything else that my family and I need done.”

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Dr. Zanotti walked into Richard's exam room and said, ‘I thought you were going to be 75, not 60. That hip is not pretty.”

Dr. Zanotti suggested a hip replacement, but Richard wanted to continue water skiing, hiking and teaching physical education. Dr. Zanotti assured him he could remain active and have less pain. Richard encourages active people to get checked out.

“We active folks tend to ignore physical pain hoping it will go away. But I would absolutely recommend getting it checked out if you can’t do what you normally do. Just get it fixed and move forward."

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High school freshman, Emily Gardner, is a front row hitter in competitive club volleyball year round. She tore her left ACL and had a torn meniscus, and Dr. Daniel Zanotti knew that reconstructive surgery was the best treatment for both injuries. Unfortunately, it meant Emily would be off her Freshman High school team, but would be ready to play again in her Sophomore year, which is the season that matters for college recruitment.


“I love volleyball,” Emily says, “It’s like my life. I want to play D2 Volleyball in college on scholarship.”

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