Patient Testimonials

  • Ruben Salinas DPT, Physical Therapist

    I have had the pleasure of assisting Dr. Shepard with the care of his patients since I opened my practice in 2004. Over the years I have come to realize how truly exceptional he is with the care of his patients. The patients consistently speak about his caring and professional attitude. The outcomes following the surgical procedures he performs consistently produce excellent outcomes. He is also a big advocate of physical therapy and conservative treatment before opting for surgery. Over the years he has been very approachable and never hesitates to communicate with me about the care of his patients. I never hesitate to recommend him to my patients or any individual looking for care in his area of expertise. He is a highly skilled surgeon and a true professional who I genuinely respect.

    Ruben Salinas, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS
  • Shoulder Injury and Knee Reconstruction Patient

    Dr Shepard

    On June 28th we dropped our daughter off at Annapolis for the grueling six weeks of Plebe Summer and I worried everyday that we would get a call saying she was injured.  The summer was tough, but she did it!  She participated in all physical activities, including endurance courses, rock climbing walls and jumped off the 10 meter platform. 

    Shoulder Injury and Knee Reconstruction Patient

    We saw her this past weekend at the completion of Plebe Summer and she looks tired and run down, but she is extremely happy and says despite the grueling summer and the upcoming challenging academic year she is where she wants to be.

    I want to thank you, Julie and all your staff once again for all that you did for our daughter. Your amazing surgical skills! Your sense of humor! Your encouragement! Your support! and Faith! got her to where she is and we will always be grateful.

    I attached a few--well a lot of pictures--so you can have a brief glimpse at the experience you made possible for her.

    Shoulder Injury and Knee Reconstruction Patient   Shoulder Injury and Knee Reconstruction Patient

    From personal experience I know we have to weather the challenges to truly appreciate the blessings.

    With much gratitude,

    By - Anonymous
    27-Feb-2018 01:03 AM
  • High School Shoulder Surgery Lacrosse Athlete

    Hi Dr. Shepard,

    We wanted to let you know that Kevin was named Player of the Year and also received HS All-American and 1st Team All-County Honors. We are so thankful for your care of Kevin’s shoulder last fall and setting him up for success this Spring. I just don’t have enough words to express my gratitude to you and your team. I’ll forward along Kevin’s highlight reel once he has it finished. Thank you again! We were talking at breakfast today about the injury and the surgery and we think it makes these honors extra sweet for Kevin and certainly not taken for granted.

    Thanks again

    By - Lisa
  • Elbow OCD lesion

    Dr. Shepard, our son had a successful sophomore season in water polo the year after his surgery. He started on the JV team and was promoted to varsity in early September. The team finished as league champs and advanced to the quarterfinals of the division 2 cif playoffs. He’s now 6'6" and 195 lbs...

    Yes, we're pretty darn happy with how things went. Thank you for everything!!!!!

    Elbow OCD lesion

    By - Anonymous
    27-Feb-2018 01:03 AM
  • Shoulder Labral Repair

    Our daughter earned her water polo scholarship one year after surgery. So, amazingly grateful for the wonderful gifted surgeon that made it happen!

    By - Anonymous
    27-Feb-2018 01:01 AM
  • Olivia

    When our daughter Olivia tore her ACL while playing soccer at the age of 11 it was a devastating moment for our entire family. We researched the best options and kept coming back to the procedure and technique that Dr. Shepard has performed and recommends. The results were amazing and we once again have a happy athletic daughter on our hands. Olivia has experienced no knee pain since her surgery last September and within three months of being cleared to swim competitively, she qualified for five (5) Junior Olympic individual events. Dr. Shepard's knowledge and personlized approach are second to none. His approach is the best alternative for prepubescent ACL injuries and he is very gifted when it comes to working with kids!

    By - Anonymous
    27-Feb-2018 12:59 AM
  • Pediatric Knee Surgery

    Dr. Shepard

    What a bleesing you are to our family. When our daughter had to undergo knee surgery last year at age 11, all we heard were "knee horror stories" about surgeries going wrong, atrocious scarring, and lifelong knee pain. Thank goodness our good friend Christine suggested we come see you! Not only did our daughter have a flawless surgery, but she has never had one single ounce of pain in her knee since you removed the loose body and did the microfracture surgery. We cannot thank you enough! She is back to playing soccer - her team won the league championship. She just started lacrosse again and ran her fastest mile at school with a time of 6:14 last month. On top of it, her knee is blemish free, when we were told by other doctors she would probably have a 4 inch scar. There may be a tiny dot but we really have to search for it. THANK YOU. Thank you for taking such good care of my daughter. Getting her back on her feet again was the best gift anyone could have given us. And obviously she is enjoying being back in the action!

    Christmas Blessings

    By - Anonymous
    27-Feb-2018 12:56 AM
  • Hi Dr. Shepard

    I want to thank you for seeing Michael yesterday, it's been a long time overdue. The day he found out what was wrong with his knee he's had one mission on his mind and that's being the player he was before his injury. I do have to say, watching him play this season he's as close as I ever thought he would be. You should be so happy about the work you did on his knee. Without your expertise Michael would not be where he is today. He received several awards this season, one being The All American Scholar Athlete Award that he received in Baltimore a few weeks ago. I was very happy to be a part of it and to celebrate his much earned efforts. As his mom I am forever grateful that you provided Michael with the possibility to play again. I can't exactly put into words but to see Michael play with the passion in his heart he had prior to his injury is what any mother would want for their child after experiencing such a traumatic event. He looked so happy.

    On a different note, also wanted to let you know my sister is back on the court. After seeing you she made huge progress and is back to playing tennis several times a week. She's so much happier playing again, thank you.

    Take care.

    By - Stefani
    27-Feb-2018 12:54 AM
  • On November 17th, 2014 – you replaced my ACL with my Patella Tendon.

    The road to recovery was tough, not just from dealing with the pain but it took a toll on my morale. I was limited on what I could do and as most active people you know, this was a big setback in our lives.

    On November 14th, 2015 – 3 days shy from exactly 1 year, I summited San Gorgonio (11,503 ft), the highest peak in Southern California which took me about 16 hours because of icy conditions. This was a big accomplishment for me. Not just physically but I am very much LIVING again.

    With that, I am grateful and thank you so much for your care (of course this includes your staff/team) – the attention to details, the personable approach, the flexible scheduling, educating me on the procedures, the words of encouragement, and of course the prayers.

    God Bless!

    Michael Shepard

    Michael Shepard

    By - Anonymous
    27-Feb-2018 12:50 AM
  • Hi Dr. Shepard!

    It's been a year since my injury, 10 mos since surgery.

    Feeling great! Hiked in Mt Evans Wilderness (Colorado) last week. 8 miles RT, 2200' elevation gain to 11,800'.

    Thank you!!! Because of you, I'm returning to my active lifestyle.

    My dog thanks you too!

    Michael Shepard

    By - P.S.
    27-Feb-2018 12:30 AM
  • Logan SweetI tore my ACL shortly before my Junior season at Santa Margarita H.S. I did not know if I would ever be able to play again and visited three doctors to discuss my injury and what I would need to do to get back on the field. I met with Dr. Shepard last and knew immediately he was the person I wanted to do my surgery and guide me back to my sport. After the injury I was very disappointed and worried, but after meeting with Dr. Shepard I felt like I had a plan and would be able to return to my sport without any restrictions. He spent a lot of time with me explaining my surgical options and learning about me as a person. The surgery went well and from that point I was on to rehab.

    Throughout the whole process, Dr. Shepard was available to answer any questions I had and really became a person I knew I could trust and count on. Six months after my surgery i was cleared to begin workouts and eventually played my senior season for Santa Margarita. In the fall I will be attending and playing football for UCLA. I never want to experience and injury like that again, but I would recommend Dr. Shepard to any athlete facing a similar injury. He's the man!

    By - Logan Sweet
    27-Feb-2018 12:28 AM
  • April MorrisI tore my right arm rotator cuff in multiple places due to an accidental fall. Dr. Shepard performed arthroscopic surgery to repair my rotator cuff. After surgery and several months of physical therapy, I now have full range of motion on my right arm. In fact, you can’t really tell which arm had the surgery, except for the small scars in the shoulder area. Less than six months post surgery, I was in rigorous training for my 200 mile bicycle ride from Seattle to Portland.

    Dr. Shepard is an excellent surgeon and has a wonderful manner about him. He thoroughly explains the MRI pictures and the procedures he will perform. Dr. Shepard takes whatever time is necessary to answer patient questions and to develop a rapport. His recommended physical therapist is top notch. Dr. Shepard’s staff is exceptional, with wonderful attitudes and a professional approach to each patient. I have recommended Dr. Shepard to friends and family.

    By - April Morris
    27-Feb-2018 12:26 AM
  • Melissa RiglerDr. Shepard performed a total of three surgeries on both of my children. My son, Ryan was a high school pitcher and had a torn labrum in his shoulder and my daughter Katelyn, a water polo player and swimmer, tore her meniscus and ACL as a result of a marital arts demonstration. Not only did my children have very positive results from the surgeries, they both developed a terrific relationship with Dr. Shepard. He took the time at our appointments to thoroughly explain the procedures as well as getting to know them personally. He gave Katie the opportunity to sit in on another surgery he was performing as a result of her interest in the medical field. His staff was attentive, always returning calls promptly, and our time in the waiting room was reasonable. I've recommended Dr. Shepard to at least three other people and have gotten positive feedback each time. Thank you so much.

    By - Melissa Rigler
    27-Feb-2018 12:22 AM
  • ACL Reconstruction, Forearm Fracture

    By - Lindsay C.
    27-Feb-2018 12:20 AM
  • Arthroscopic Labral Repair

    By - Matt G
    27-Feb-2018 12:18 AM
  • Comminuted Elbow Fracture

    By - Maureen Y.
    27-Feb-2018 12:17 AM
  • Multi-Ligamentous Knee Reconstruction

    By - Sean W.
    27-Feb-2018 12:15 AM
  • Multi-Ligamentous Knee Reconstruction

    By - Terri C.
    27-Feb-2018 12:13 AM
  • Lumbar fusion and Subacromial decompression & Mumford

    By - Ray R.
    27-Feb-2018 12:11 AM