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Orthopedic Surgeons

Jonathan Fallon, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Fallon is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery and advanced arthroscopic techniques including rotator cuff and labral repairs, anatomic ACL reconstruction, and total shoulder replacements. He also treats both adults and children who have experienced orthopedic trauma.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Fallon graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master’s degree in biomedical sciences. Dr. Fallon received his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also received a pre-doctoral fellowship in anatomy. Dr. Fallon completed residency at University of Medicine and Dentistry.

Recently, he completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. During his fellowship, Dr. Fallon treated the Boston Red Sox minor league players and professional hockey players from the New Jersey Devils, while acting as their assistant team physician.

 Sherri Kuchinskas, MD, Physiatrist 

Dr. Kuchinskas is a board-certified physiatrist. She is a non-surgical specialist in the treatment of sports, musculoskeletal, joint, nerve and spine injuries and also does electrodiagnostic testing.

Dr. Kuchinskas earned her medical degree at St. Louis University and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois where she was a team physician for all athletics and served on the medical staff for the WNBA Sky team.

A former All-American softball player at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dr. Kuchinskas has a focus on sports medicine and works closely with the area’s college and high school athletic teams.

Jonathan Kurtis, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Kurtis earned his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internship at San Francisco General Hospital and his residency at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical interests include hand surgery, sports medicine, and general orthopedic care.

Dr. Kurtis has more than 30 years’ experience in orthopedic practice. His clinical interests include hand surgery, sports medicine, and general orthopedics. He has worked with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Athletic Department and travels with their football team.

Daniel G. McBride, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. McBride earned his medical degree at the State University of New York Health Science Center, where he also completed his internship and residency. His primary clinical interest and sub-specialization is in orthopedic sports medicine. He also has extensive experience in primary total joint replacement and routine fracture care.

Dr. McBride completed orthopedic sports medicine fellowships at American Sports Medicine Institute in Alabama and Sportsmed SA in South Australia. Since joining Hampshire Orthopedics, Dr. McBride has been involved with orthopedic sports care at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Health Services where he provides care to student athletes. In addition, both he and Dr. Kurtis offer sideline orthopedic coverage to the UMass football team. Dr. McBride has nearly 15 years of experience in orthopedic practice.

A New Tune

An Area Pianist Gets his Groove Back

Sitting before a grand piano, Howard Apley is in his element. His fingers move effortlessly over the keys, classical melodies flowing from the majestic instrument he’s played since childhood. Though nimble hands may seem the most obvious physical requirement for mastering the piano, Apley makes an eye-opening observation as he plays: “Nothing requires more shoulder rolling than this does.”

It’s a truth Apley had discovered firsthand, when arthritis pain developed in both shoulders and gradually worsened over several years. “I began to play more music with a reduced octave range,” he noted, explaining that his arms could no longer span the piano’s full width without pain. He had to give up his other beloved hobby–cycling–altogether, and had trouble with even basic tasks. “Putting on a shirt was rather unpleasant,” he recalled. “I tried cortisone injections with limited success and survived mainly through large doses of ibuprofen.”

After having thought about joint replacement surgery “for quite a while,” Apley learned about Jonathan Fallon, DO, Chief of Orthopedics at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and a shoulder surgery specialist, in early 2012. Jonathan Kurtis, MD, a fellow surgeon at Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, had treated Apley in the past and recommended his colleague.

“It was only when I discovered Dr. Fallon that I was ready to go ahead [with the surgery],” Apley said. “Not only did I learn of his excellent reputation as a surgeon, but also he’s a decent fellow. You can talk to him.”

That April, Fallon gave Howard Apley a new left shoulder joint. Experiencing the incredible difference the surgery had made, Apley returned to Fallon in October for replacement of the right shoulder. Following a recovery period that involved regular physical therapy and “doing my exercises faithfully at home,” Apley resumed the full, active life he had long missed.

For Howard Apley, that full life means access to a full range of octaves. With all 88 keys back within comfortable reach, the accomplished pianist has happily restored variety to his musical repertoire—and to each day.  “I now have no limitations,” Apley says of life after joint replacement. “This made all things possible.”