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.


    Raising Young Children during a Pandemic
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    Raising Young Children during a Pandemic

    As an early childhood development specialist and licensed early childhood educator, my job is to provide a broad array of services for children ages birth through 3 who have special developmental needs. I work closely with families and children to help to facilitate development in order to go on to have productive school years and adult lives. I often go into classrooms, daycare centers, and children’s homes to work with them where they feel most comfortable. 

    When COVID-19 struck, the lives of both adults and children changed dramatically. Many were worried about how the changes—especially being isolated from family and friends—would affect child development. What I have found is that some of the changes present challenges for children and their adults, while others seem to hold exciting opportunities. I would like to share what I have noticed and how those with young children can accentuate the positive aspects of this strange time and minimize the potential challenges.

    Opportunity alert! A typical pre-COVID day for many families involved a lot of rushing. We rushed to wake and dress the kids, make sure they get breakfast and brush their teeth, and then we hustled them out the door to the babysitter’s house or school. Even the evenings and weekends were packed with events and places to be.

    While we likely miss our routine and all of the fun that comes with it, it’s important to recognize the value of slowing down. Parents who are no longer working or working from home, where they can skip their commutes, for instance—have more time to spend with their kids. That time is adding up to great developmental benefits.

    Parents can maximize this unusual time by setting a loose-but-reliable schedule, including mealtimes with their kids, time to play with their kids, and active outdoor time with their kids. The most important thing is spending time actively engaged with your child. As sad as it may seem to be missing friends, a connected and engaged adult is the most important element children need to keep their development on track. Other parents, close relatives, and siblings providing playful interactions and conversations stimulate development even further!  

    Caution! Of course, there are a lot of downsides to COVID-19 and the restrictions that come with it. One that I notice in my professional role is an increase in screen time. Kids under 2 years old should ideally have no screen time at all, if possible. Television, even age-appropriate “educational” T.V., and video games or other loud electronic toys can disrupt development, increase anxiety, disturb sleep, and inhibit creative thinking.

    Rather than keeping the T.V. on all day, try flipping it on as a distraction for kids only when you must accomplish something important. For kids ages 0 – 3, computers and smart phones are best used only as a means for video communication with friends and family. And don’t expect young kids to pay close attention or understand that the person on the screen is someone they know or who is relating to them.

    Opportunity alert! While it is inconvenient, our putting our children’s needs first can inspire us all to take the precautions we should. Small children especially should stay home as much as possible and visit only with a small group of trusted family and friends. While you attempt to teach social responsibility through handwashing and respiratory etiquette, it is not possible for most children to understand these concepts at a young age.

    Mask wearing is appropriate only for those over the age of 2 and masks on others may be frightening to small children. (They get so much of their information from being able to see our faces. Not being able to see them can inspire intense anxiety and crying.) So take the needs of your child into consideration before taking them visiting. It will be better for them and for you. 

    Note that small children get most of their developmental cues from our faces, our touch, and the sounds of our voices. Be sure to provide your child with plenty of each, both now and as things return to the way they were before the pandemic.

    Audra Prandini is an early childhood development specialist and licensed early childhood educator with Early Intervention and Children’s Integrated Services.


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