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Thank you for choosing Skagit Northwest Orthopedics for your care. We take pride in helping our patients overcome injuries, relieve pain, and return to active, healthy lifestyles.

In this section, you can read stories from patients we’ve treated about their experiences and recoveries under our care.

Read what our patients are saying about Skagit Northwest Orthopedics.


“Dr Oates removed bone chips from my elbow that had been giving me trouble for years.”
– Frank G.
Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD
“Dr. Smith is very professional, keeps in touch with my other doctors involved with my care and has done an excellent job with my knees, arm, and shoulder.”
– Kimberly I.
Treating Doctor: Stacia A. Smith, MD
“Minimum wait time. Check in/out very good.Treatment always promt and professinal on a friendly manner.”
– Ted P.
Treating Doctor: Timothy E. Messmer, DPM
“Dr. Bullock makes you feel like she hears your problems and then explains all your choices and outcomes. She takes time for the patient- you don’t feel rushed or like a pest. Staff is very efficient and helpful, too”
– Vicki E.
Treating Doctor: Cindy E. Bullock, DPM
“The doctor help me out tremendously. I have been dealing with back pain for 20+ years and his diagnosis has made it pretty much go away.”
– Robert G.
Treating Doctor:
“Dr. Hanesworth answered all my questions and listened to my concerns. He is professional and personal. I have been very pleased with him.”
– Barbara J.
Treating Doctor: Daniel M. Hanesworth, MD
“Dr. Oates communicates clearly and precisely.”
– Margaret H.
Treating Doctor: Kenneth M. Oates, MD
“It was a very informative experience, that will allow me to have less pain in the future after surgery. Highly recommended from friends who had his expertise in surgery! I am happy to have him doing my procedure.”
– Larry M.
Treating Doctor: David M. Mourning, MD
“Excellent experience with Dr. Lu. He made me feel at ease and quite confident in his abilities/surgical plan. He explained things very thoroughly. Follow up appointments have been on time and he (or the P.A.) patiently answered my questions. Outpatient physical therapy with their staff (Brett Nelson) has been a very good experience. Brett pays attention to his patients and thoroughly understands my limitations and tailors my PT accordingly. Overall, 5 star rating all the way around.”
– Alan C.
Treating Doctor: Dawei Lu, MD
“This was my final visit with Dr. Shafer, a year after my shoulder surgery. He put me at ease when I met him for my consultation prior to surgery and I will continue to have only the highest of praise for him. He is an outstanding surgeon and took the best care of me. His kindness and respect were much appreciated throughout my ordeal. He listened respectfully to all my concerns, no matter how trivial or silly they might have been. He guided me through my recovery and I will miss seeing him. I cannot thank him enough for the excellent care he provided. He is a world-class surgeon.”
– Laura T.
Treating Doctor: Jonathan B. Shafer, MD