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.

SVMC Physical Therapy

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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

    Q & A with SVMC's New Medical Oncologist

    The Dartmouth Cancer Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) was pleased to welcome medical oncologist Dr. James Kalmuk to the team September 2023.

    Kalmuk, who holds a master’s in interdisciplinary science from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and completed his residency in internal medicine and oncology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  

    Q: Why did you choose to join the Dartmouth Cancer Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center?

    A: My wife and I grew up in small towns in upstate New York, and while we enjoyed our time in South Carolina during the period of my medical training, we missed the beautiful scenery and the culture of the Northeast. When I interviewed at SVMC, I was struck by the compassion and enthusiasm the staff exhibited toward patients as well as how closely everyone worked as a team to provide the best possible care. I also recognized the need for a permanent medical oncologist in the community as well as the opportunity to foster a relationship with the specialists at Dartmouth, which in turn, provides patients innovative care close to home.

    Q: What types of cancer and other disorders do you and your colleagues treat?

    A: The skilled and multi-disciplinary team here at the Dartmouth Cancer Center at SVMC diagnoses and manages a wide array of disorders, which we typically categorize as either Solid Tumor Oncology, Malignant Hematology, or Benign Hematology. Solid Tumor Oncology refers to tumors involving the breast, lung, prostate, colon, and others while the banner of Malignant Hematology includes cancers of cells from the bone marrow such as Leukemia and Lymphoma. Benign Hematology often entails investigating why certain blood counts (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) may either be excessively high or low.

    Our tightknit team includes Dr. Mitchell Carl, Dawn Murphy APRN-ANP, Dorisanne Wonsor PA-C, and me, who focus on treating and educating patients with any hematologic and/or oncologic problems. We work closely with Dr. Matthew Vernon in radiation oncology and Dr. Allen Hutcheson in palliative care to bring a multidisciplinary approach to each case. I anticipate this all-inclusive approach developing further as we work alongside our new Dartmouth Health colleagues.

    Q: What changes do you see occurring at the Cancer Center over the next three years? 

    A: The top priority for the immediate future is community outreach and increasing awareness that patients do not have to travel long distances to obtain compassionate, state-of-the-art care. Plans are already in place to meet local primary care and subspecialist providers so we can best assist their patients with hematologic and oncologic needs.

    We also plan to meet with the Hematology/Oncology team at Dartmouth Health so we can collectively plan how to best connect our patients with the extensive and impressive resources Dartmouth can offer. The Dartmouth Cancer Center at SVMC has an immense amount of positive momentum, and we are all excited to see how this momentum translates into enhanced care for our patients through access to new clinical trials and treatments.

    To learn more about Dr. Kalmuk or any member of The Dartmouth Cancer Center at SVMC, click here


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