Restoring Active Lifestyles

Don’t let pain or injury keep you on the sidelines of your own life.

If pain or injury is holding you back from living the life you want, SVMC Orthopedics can help. The team of board-certified providers is here to provide the individualized treatment and compassionate care you need to get back to leading the life you love. SVMC Orthopedics offers state of the art diagnostic and treatment services, including non-surgical options and same-day joint replacement. 

If you suffer from severe or chronic hip, knee, or ankle pain, total joint replacement may be the best solution. Your orthopedic surgeon will help you understand your options and how joint replacement surgery can help to not just relieve your pain, but get you back to leading a full and active life.

Whether you need a hip replacement or knee replacement, surgeries are performed at SVMC with a rehabilitation program developed in conjunction with our Sports and Therapy department. We offer both in- patient and out-patient therapy options. Some patients are able to return home from a joint replacement surgery on the same day. For patients requiring additional recovery time, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation (CLR) located on our campus can provide additional extra nursing care and therapy before returning home to fully independent care.

Because getting back to living is the ultimate goal of spinal surgery, the reduced recovery time required by minimally invasive surgery makes it an ideal option for many. 

At SVMC, you’ll be treated by a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon extensively trained in performing minimally invasive spine procedures and creating customized treatment plans. In some cases, you’ll be up and about in a few hours and back to work in a matter of days or weeks, not months.

Injuries to the rotator cuff are not only painful, they can be life limiting. When possible, the fellowship-trained surgeons at SVMC will attempt to treat your injury through non-surgical means, which may include physical therapy, medication, or injections. If those efforts are unsuccessful, your physician may recommend surgery here at SVMC. Utilizing the latest in arthroscopic technology, your repair can be made with only a slight incision, reducing your recovery time and chance of infection.  For more complicated injuries, a more involved surgery or even joint replacement may be necessary.

Regardless of your procedure, your care will continue post-surgery with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan developed in conjunction with our Physical Therapy department.

In addition to being delicate and complex, your hands and wrists are essential to your daily life. At SVMC, we appreciate that an injury or problem can limit your ability to work, play, and generally enjoy life. From fractures and arthritis to deformities and carpal tunnel syndrome, our providers can care for you. They can create a custom treatment plan using the most advanced surgical techniques, devices, and rehabilitation programs to help you maximize function and minimize pain for the best results possible.

The average person experiences two bone fractures in their lifetime. But as common as they are, every fracture is unique. From complex and stress to oblique and greenstick, at SVMC we diagnose and treat fractures with the specific cause and needs of the patient in mind. On-site imaging technology allows us to quickly assess your need and move quickly to begin the mending process. Depending upon the nature and cause of your injury, we may develop a continuing care plan to reduce or eliminate the chance of future injury.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, our board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists can help relieve your pain and get you back in the game or back to your everyday routine.

Our first approach is always conservative, meaning you won’t endure unnecessary treatments or care for your injury. We use the latest techniques and methods to resolve your issue in a manner that’s appropriate for you and your lifestyle.

If your injury does require surgery, it can be performed here, close to home where you can rest and recover in comfort. As part of your care, we’ll develop a personalized recovery plan utilizing the talents and facilities of our on-site Physical Therapy department. Together, we’ll help you recover faster, improve your strength and performance, and reduce the potential for future re-injury.

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Arthritis Today

National Osteoporosis Foundation

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Yoga instructor Jane Jezouit had increasing pain in her hip to the point that she had difficulty teaching her yoga classes. In this video, she describes the care she received from SVMC Orthopedics and Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer to get back to her active self.

Les Jorgensen's hip pain made it difficult for him to walk from his living room to his kitchen; never mind enjoy the activities he loves. After a hip replacement with Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer, MD, of SVMC Orthopedics, he walks 18-holes of golf three times a week, pain free.

Celia Bahny and her family are very active. Unfortunately, Celia suffered a broken arm (in the same spot twice!) which slowed her down for a spell. Today, she is fully recovered with help from Dr. Matthew Nofziger of SVMC Orthopedics. In this video, Celia and her mother, Holly, discuss her care with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and how we helped get her back to their active lifestyle.


Avid hiker and guide Keld Alstrup relied on Dr. Matthew Nofziger and the expert team at SVMC Orthopedics to relieve his knee pain and restore his active lifestyle. Now he's back to "peak performance."


Deborah Slaner Larkin talks about the care she received from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Dr. Suk Namkoong.


332 Dewey Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-6314
Fax: (844) 526-1901

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Grace Weatherby
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2023

    4 Nutritional Recipes for Breast Health

    If you’re undergoing treatment for breast cancer, cooking and eating may be very low on your list of things to think about. Maybe it’s because you’re fatigued or maybe you have nausea, but the reality is that nutrition is essential to boosting your energy and helping your body recover and handle treatment.

    Here we share four easy-to-make recipes that are low on effort but high in nutritional value. If you’re dealing with nausea, consider eating several small meals throughout the day rather than three big ones. You can even play with the seasoning level to make things more palatable.

    The most important thing is to try and eat food made from simple, healthy ingredients. If you’re energy is low and you’re simply not up for cooking, don’t hesitate to use a food or grocery delivery service to get you through. The most important thing is that you provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay strong and fighting.

    1. No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites


    ½ cup plus 1/3 cup peanut butter, divided (better if natural and almost runny)

    ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup (can substitute honey)

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    ¼ tsp sea or Pink Himalayan salt

    1-½ cups rolled oats, dry (GF will work)

    ½ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

    NOTE: this recipe works best with natural peanut butter as it contains more liquid oil to soften the oats. If you have an open jar in the refrigerator, measure out the amount needed and bring to room temperature to allow it to warm and soften.


    - In a large bowl, mix ½ cup peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt, add in rolled oats and mix through. Mixture should be soft, moist, and slightly sticky when pressed together.

    - Fill the openings of a muffin tray with paper liners or apply non-stick spray. Scoop out a 2 to 3 Tbsp of mixture and roll into a ball. Place ball into muffin tin and press down firmly to flatten the top. You should have enough mixture to fill the tin halfway. Add more if needed.

    - Press a small divot in the center of each oat mixture, being sure to not go all the way to the bottom.

    - Divide the remaining 1/3 cup peanut butter, to evenly top off each of the oat molds, filling hole.

    - In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips, 30 seconds at a time until smooth and melted. Spoon on top of each of the oat molds evenly, about 1 Tbsp each.

    - Place muffin tin in freezer for 15 minutes or until oat mixture is firm. You can enjoy right away or cover with plastic wrap and transfer to fridge to enjoy later. 


    2. Beet, Strawberry, Spinach Salad


    6 medium cooked beets (tops and roots trimmed)

    5-6 ounces of baby spinach 

    1 cup cut strawberries (can substitute a sweet/tart, crisp apple such as honey crisp or granny smith)

    ½ cup chopped walnuts

    4 ounces of goat, feta, or gorgonzola cheese

    Optional: Sliced red onion

    Balsamic Dressing (pre-bought or use *recipe below)


    - Combine all above ingredients in a large bowl and toss with your preferred salad dressing

    *Balsamic Dressing:

    ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

    3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    1 tsp honey

    1 clove garlic, minced

    ½ tsp sea salt, additional to taste

    1/8 tsp ground black pepper 


    3. Black Bean Burrito Bowls


    2 cups cooked rice

    2 cups cooked, drained black beans

    ½ tsp ground cumin

    ½ tsp ground chili powder

    1 cup roasted corn

    *Chipotle sauce (see below)

    Garnish (tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh cilantro, avocado, black olives)


    - Prepare rice as directed on package. Season rinsed and drained beans with cumin and chili powder on stove. Add corn to skillet to heat.

    - Place rice, beans corn into bowls. Top with garnishes and chipotle sauce.

    *Chipotle Sauce:

    ½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt

    ¼ cup mayonnaise

    1 chipotle pepper from can of chipotles in adobo sauce

    1 garlic clove, peeled

    1 tsp lime juice

    1 tsp olive oil

    1 tsp honey or maple syrup

    Sea salt and black pepper to taste 


    4. Beet Hummus


    1 large beet (or 2 small), peeled

    1 can no-salt added chickpeas, drained, and rinsed

    1/2 cup tahini (can sub sunflower butter or cashew butter)

    1 lemon, zested and juiced (about 2 Tbsp of lemon juice)

    2 cloves garlic

    1 tsp cumin

    1 tsp salt

    ½ tsp pepper

    1/3 cup olive oil

    Optional toppings: lemon zest, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano), or sesame seeds.


    - Peel the beets and put into a baking dish with ¼ inch of water at the bottom. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about one hour. A fork should be able to slide right through. Let cool and cut into quarters.

    - Combine the cooked beets, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper in a food processor. While blending, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to combine. Blend until smooth.

    - Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

    - Sprinkle on your desired toppings and serve. The hummus will keep in the fridge for one week or in the freezer for three months.


      Kristin Irace, RD, is a registered dietitian at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center


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