Discover what our patients have to say regarding their office visit, surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!
- Lumbar Laminectomy with Fusion
I had severe back issues about 8-10 years ago that got so bad, I could only stand at about 45 degrees. I live in Huntley Il.
I had visited 3 spine surgeons before I met Dr. Tontz who was practicing in Huntley then. I was diagnosed having
spondylisthesis and spinal stenosis.
He initially had me do all possible therapy that could be done first then decided surgery would be necessary.
He performed a lumbar laminectomy with fusion. There were rods and screws added as part of the surgery.
The following morning, I was standing up straight as a board. I had no back pain afterwards and am pain-free
today with full mobility. I asked if I could ever play golf again and he told me if I did the followup therapy I could.
I was playing golf in 3 months.
I will be forever grateful to Dr. Tontz for his talents, demeaner and great bedside manner.
Frank Gonsowski - Huntley Il.
- Excellent Therapy Experience at Cal Ortho PT/OT Clinic
I would like to take a minute to give KUDOS to Jackie. She has been my PT therapist since February 2018. Today was my last visit. Jackie from the beginning has been such an awesome therapist. She always greets me with a warm smile and asks how I'm feeling. She always makes me feel comfortable in my worst of pains from my injury. I am thankful to have had Jackie work with me towards my long recovery. I looked forward to my therapy sessions because I knew that Jackie would help me feel better and guide me to recovery. I was constantly taught new stretches and exercises and explained why certain movements made me feel worse or better. Jackie always made sure I was doing my exercises properly even when she had a busy table. Seeing Jackie multi-task was very assuring that I would get the best treatment. I'm also thankful for her assistants.
If ever in the future I am in need of therapy again or if a friend or relative needs someone, I would request & recommend Jackie.
- Total Hip Replacement
Dr. John Austin performed a Total Hip Replacement in early May and I can not be happier with the results. The pain I was having with my hip was affecting everything in my life. I missed out on so many things because I just couldn't tolerate being that mobile. I had the "anterior approach" which was recommended by Dr. Austin. No muscles are cut and recovery is much quicker. I was able to walk the first day of surgery and progressed from walker to cane in a very short time. Physical therapy and home exercises helped in this process. Today I am pain free and back to walking daily for exercise.
Dr. Austin is very thorough and answers all your questions. I am a retired nurse so have worked with a lot of physicians and found him to be kind, caring and professional. Even the nurses on the surgical floor where I was patient said he was one of their favorites. They said he wants his patients to be comfortable and can be contacted at any time if they have questions or concerns.
Mary, his assistant, was very helpful to me in organizing my post op rehab care at the University Care Center. It was a great place to be post op. She is very knowledgeable and returns phone calls in a timely manner.
I have been very satisfied with the results of the surgery and care provided by Dr. Austin and Mary.
- Dr. visit
I am an interpreter and have experience with many physicians in the workers compensation field. I chose to see Dr. Tontz for my medical issue because I have a lot of confidence in him. I was very pleased with my experience and would highly recommend him and any of the physicians at California Orthopedic depending on your need and their specialty.
The receptionists at the front desk are very nice, friendly and helpful as are the nurses and entire staff.
- Excellent Physical Therapist at Cal Ortho PT/OT Clinic
Francesca Barton did physical therapy for my broken foot and I want to tell you what a wonderful job she did for me. She was very thorough in explaining what the procedure would be and was. She asked a lot of questions which showed me she cared about my recovery. And her foot manipulation or message (I call it) was very effective. Every day I could see my foot get better. Also, she addressed all the questions I had and took special care to make sure all of my concerns were met. You have a really good employee there. Thank you so much.
- Great Physical Therapy Experience
I am a patient of Dr. Tradonsky with a frozen right shoulder. I started PT with Francesca about 6 months ago and my strength and mobility has improved dramatically. Working with Francesca I was able to achieve my goal of throwing a baseball / football again which was virtually impossible when I walked in the door.
I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation for the care I received from Francesca. I went to another PT group before COI and was told they couldn't do anything else for me. I really wasn't sure if I was going to get "back to normal" but now I'm almost there. Francesca always took the time for "hands on" work and customized a home routine for me, both had a significant impact on my recovery. I looked forward to coming to the PT sessions and knew that Francesca was there to help me achieve my goal no matter how long it took. She was always positive, encouraging, helpful, instructive and supportive.
Francesca is a true professional!
- Excellent Physical Therapy & Rehab Experience
I am writing this testimony to commend and bring to your attention one of the best assets the California Orthopedic Institute possesses, Ms. Francesca Barton. I was a patient of hers during my rehabilitation from both knee laparoscopic surgeries and rotator cuff surgery. Francesca made my treatment visits bearable and helped me get better quicker. She understood my pain and was attentive to my needs as a patient with injury. Francesca also eased me through the different physical exercises that I could do even at home.
I was discharged from treatment on April 3, 2018. Francesca truly made a big difference on how I have learned to manage my injuries, treatments and healing.
- Great Physical Therapy Experience at Cal Ortho Institute
I finished my physical therapy sessions today with Francesca. She is a superb therapist!!!! I could not have asked for better. I am 72 years old, had a long break in my fifth metatarsal, surgery with plate and screws, and 10 weeks non-weight bearing. Francesca brought me from a scared, weak, unbalanced, sore, swollen footed self to a confident, balanced, strong, normal footed self! She provided excellent visual aids, so I could do exercises at home. And she gave me hope when I had none. And during our sessions, her massages of my foot and demonstrations were excellent. She never compared me to anyone else but instead took me from where I was to where she and I wanted me to be. I consider myself stronger than I was before surgery. She is truly an outstanding
professional in her field.
The facilities were always clean and well-lit.
Also I want to commend the people at the front desk for their efficiency and pleasant demeanor. I never waited more than 5 minutes.
- Quality Physical Therapy at Cal Orthopaedic Institute
I just completed 8 PT sessions @ COI with Francesca Barton during November & December. I had lower back issues & was referred by Dr. Tontz. I wanted to let you know about the superb quality of care I received from Francesca.
Francesca's expert assessment and plan of action for PT is incredible. She takes time and care with each patient. Her personal attention, focus, guidance, exercises, and kind words of encouragement were so helpful to me. She knows her "stuff." Francesca provides such outstanding one on one PT while juggling a very busy Office. She's amazing!!
My back is feeling really great! I know I have helpful, practical exercises & resources to utilize, thanks to Francesca! The Staff is so helpful, kind, & caring as well. The other Staff members I interacted with were Eden, Ashley, & Mirsha. I appreciate their generous time & expertise as well!
Many thanks & continued success!!
- Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair by Dr. Adsit
On September 12th of this year you performed an arthroscopic meniscus repair procedure to my right knee. I'm writing today to express my gratitude for your efforts in alleviating the pain I was experiencing. I'm so happy with the results. My recovery was very quick and I'm back to doing the things I love pain free.
My whole experience with you and all of your staff that I came in contact with was wonderful. Everyone was so nice and professional. All of you made my journey throughout the process a very smooth and comfortable one. It was the best medical care I've ever received. Thank you to you and to all your staff.
I've been able to fully resume my active lifestyle of biking, hiking, tennis coaching and more. I'm being, and will continue to be, careful not to do much in the way of heavy impactful movements to my knee(s). I'm planning a few trips this coming year to visit some of our beautiful National Parks where I plan to do much hiking. It's very exciting to look forward to.
You're a fantastic doctor and it's difficult for me to put into word the value of how much you've done for me and my life. I have immense respect for what you do and I thank you so much.
All the best to you and your staff as you continue your awesome work.
Sincerely, John B.
- California Orthopaedic Institute PT/OT Clinic Staff
My name is Mary Cunningham, I asked for your email address so I could write to you and rave about your California Orthopaedics Physical Therapy staff.
On August 11th I had a surgery at California Orthopedics. A few weeks later everyone was surprised by the fact that I was unable to bend my knee. This unusual complication was nothing I was prepared for. It was actually pretty scary for me. I was then referred to physical therapy by my surgeon.
From the very beginning I had friendly and professional help starting with Vanessa at the front desk who schedule my appointments around my complicated work schedule.
I first met with Francesca who is pretty wonderful. She evaluated me and helped to quell my fears. Each time I saw her the emotional support she gave me really made a difference. The work she did on me was amazing.
Then there was Shane, each time I met with him I appreciated more and more his unique approach and consideration of my situation. He pushed me in a good way and predicted my milestones in a sort of genius way.
Karen was wonderful too. She was there for me the whole time patient. helpful and fun.
My last appointment was October 31st. I left with my knee working normally again. I was thrilled to be recovered but I was sad to have to say goodbye to these caring and talented people. I'm grateful to each of them.
Thanks for having such a great staff!
Dr. Mohler is a very efficient doctor, and also very professional, and attentive. I also can say that the staff is also very nice and helpful. So glad that he did the operation on my knee. Wish I could give him a 5 Star rating, but Google wouldn't allow me. Thank you Dr. Mohler, you are an asset to the medical community.
- Physical Therapy at Cal Ortho following my knee replacement
I recently completed my physical therapy sessions at your Cal Ortho facility for a knee replacement. As you are aware, the recovery process can be difficult and challenging at times. I would like to express my gratitude to Francesca and Shane for their tailoring my specific recovery program to meet the challenges I face during the execution of my job. I work in a shipyard and climb a lot of stairs and walk inclines on-board the ships we build. I have my next appointment with Dr. Adsit on 6/19 and believe I will be released to return to work. I am grateful for the thorough recovery I have received from this facility in helping prep me to return to my job. Thank you & extend my appreciation to those who help others like me.
R/ Ken H.
- Physical Therapy Experience at Cal Orthopaedic Institute
Your physical therapy and COI team were fantastic. I am so much improved after my sessions with your team. Their work ethic, attention to my specific needs and overall friendly professionalism proved to be the best experience for me to renew and gain back my health.
Kudos to them all, Gary
- Total Hip Right Replacement
I am a 34 year old personal trainer and former football player and boxer. Due to the high impact and combative style sports with extensive training. I developed severe pain in my right hip that progressively got worse over the course of a number of years. I finally decided to do the right thing for myself and go for total right hip replacement which was one of two recommendations by Dr. Schultz. From the first visit Dr. Schultz made me feel comfortable by explaining in depth my options, and what would be best for me. I went with total right hip replacement because of my severe osteoarthritis which led to pain and bone on bone rubbing on the right hip. It has been two months since the procedure and along with doctors orders and a great physical therapy staff, I no longer am living with pain and am back to the swing of being a personal trainer and resuming my active life style. Thank you to the whole staff for being informative and taking care of me every step along the way.