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.

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 would like to 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.


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Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been awarded a grant from The Aircast Foundation to allow our orthopedic patients to participate in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock GreenCare model.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) has initiated a new data-gathering program—the GreenCare model—to increase both health care quality and patient satisfaction while decreasing costs.  The GreenCare model uses data collected from patients to predict outcomes for similar patients in the future. The data collected allows patients and surgeons to understand the impact of their orthopedic disease allowing an individualized treatment plan.  SVMC Orthopedics is the first GreenCare participant among Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s affiliated medical institutions.

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.

While the causes of foot pain can range from trauma and arthritis to diabetes-related issues and injuries, the SVMC team has a single focus: literally getting you back on your feet.

Our experienced team offers comprehensive care of foot and ankle disorders through both surgical and non-surgical means for patients of all ages. Using biomechanical analysis, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures, we’ll isolate the cause of your pain and determine the treatment option that delivers the most effective and quickest path to recovery.

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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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.


    Avoiding the Top Hiking Injuries
    Ashley Jowett
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2022

    Avoiding the Top Hiking Injuries

    We are lucky to live in New England with its vast array of hiking areas to explore. Even right in the town of Bennington, you can enjoy the Bennington Area Trail System ( For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries. See the injuries below and the simple tips for preventing them on the trail and treating them when you return home.  

    Blisters One of the most common hiking injuries is a blister, which is most commonly caused by friction between your foot and your footwear. To avoid blisters, make sure your shoes fit well and that you wear socks. If you plan to be hiking in a wet area, consider water-resistant shoes, as moisture can enhance the likelihood of blisters. For long distance hikes, bring a change of socks, too. If you begin to feel a painful “hotspot,” stop and apply some athletic tape or moleskin. Back home, you may leave the roof on a small blister.  For a larger, fluid filled blister, consider draining the fluid then clean it with soap and water, apply some antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid. You’ll be good to go in time for next weekend’s hike.

    Bug Bites Mosquitos, flies, and ticks are frequent, pesky companions on the trail. Consider your favorite bug spray before setting off. If you will be walking in tall grass or going off the trail into tick country, you may want to wear long sleeves and long pants. Consider spraying your clothes with permethrin and let them dry before wearing them hiking. This defends against ticks and tick-borne illnesses.

    Immediately after getting off the trail, you may use a sticky lint roller to get ticks off of your clothes. Once you get home, do a thorough tick check and shower to wash away any ticks. Even with all of these preventive measures, it is still good to know the signs and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses—sometimes a rash, fever, headache, and unusual muscle or joint aches—and see a health care provider right away if these symptoms arise.

    Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants If you stay on well-established trails, you are not likely at risk of contact with plants that cause painful and irritating skin rashes. Also, the same long sleeves and pants you are wearing to protect against insects also protect from the poisonous plants you might encounter.

    If you ever go off the trail, it is best to learn to identify and avoid these plants. The website has good illustrated articles for identifying the most common skin irritants: poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. If you do have an encounter, you will likely develop rash and itching within hours to 2 or 3 days after contact. For itching, you may apply some Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to smaller rashes. Larger, more diffuse rashes at times require prescription anti-inflammatory medications. Try to avoid scratching the irritated area and causing additional skin damage or infection.

    Twisted Ankle Well-fitting shoes with a viable tread and adequate ankle support for your planned venture as well as keeping your eyes closely on the trail may help you reduce the risk of twisting your ankle. Be especially careful on rocky, rooted, wet, or gravelly surfaces. Try to avoid stepping on moist or wet logs, as they are especially slippery. And if you are unsteady on your feet or have knee problems, think about hiking with a walking stick, poles, or some other stabilizer.

    If you do twist an ankle, despite your precautions, in most cases you will be able to walk out carefully. If it is more severe, take a seat, elevate the injury, and rest for a bit before returning.  If the injury is very severe, this is when you use the fully charged cell phone you brought along to call for extra help.

    Scrapes These happen despite our best efforts. If you do get a scrape, wash with clean water as quickly as you can.  Ideally, run tap water over the wound for 2 minutes within 30 - 60 minutes of injury. Soap and water for dirty wounds. Continue daily wound care and monitor for infection until healed.

    Sunburn With the thick tree cover in New England’s famous deciduous forests, you might think that you are free from the risk of sunburn. Not so. Many trails have long grassy meadows or bare peaks, which—however beautiful—leave you vulnerable to sunburn. Wear sun protective clothing or sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect yourself from sunburn. Sunburns may seem like an inconvenience, but even light burns over the course of time can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

    For more information about hiking safely, I recommend Hiking: the Merit Badge Series or A Woman’s Guide to the Wild. For trails in our area, visit or Here’s to many injury-free hikes this summer in Bennington

    Mark Zimpfer, MD, is an occupational health physician at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, in Bennington.



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