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7485 Mission Valley Road, Suite 104A,
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone (619) 291-8930
Fax (619) 291-8491

Patient Testimonials

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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!

JoAnne L.

  • 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.



Anne M.

  • 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!!

John B.

  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair by Dr. Adsit

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.

Mary C.

  • 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!

Mary Cunningham

Hannah S.

  • Chondroplasty

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.

Ken H.

  • 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.

Gary M.

  • 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

Michael Gonzalez

  • 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.


  • carpal tunnel surgery, left hand

I was having a lot of pain due to a carpal tunnel injury of my left hand and needed to have surgery quick as I was moving out of town. I did not want to wait to look for a surgeon after my move. Dr. Mohler's assistant asked Dr. Mohler if he would work on his day off to accommodate my schedule. He agreed and performed the surgery on his day off, so I could move as planned. I am very appreciative for Dr. Mohler's kindness and agreeing to perform surgery with very little notice. He sent me to see a neurologist the morning of my surgery to confirm his diagnosis and performed surgery that same afternoon! Great doctor! Great service!

Amy C

  • Ankle reconstruction

My 80 year old mother had a compound fracture of her ankle on Christmas Eve. We were so very lucky to have Dr. Tontz as her Dr. In the ER.He was professional, talented and kind. His gift at surgery has resulted in her ongoing health. Thank you so very much!!

Oscar R

  • My Wonderful Experience at California Orthopaedic Institute

Joan -my name is Oscar Romero, age 74, and I was referred to your Physical Therapy facility by Dr. William Tontz Jr. I have been diagnosed with a severe back injury, dating back to 1981. I have had many referrals for physical therapy over the years, and I am very pleased to report that your facility is the best that I have had the opportunity to participate in. Although I have permanent spinal damage, i.e. spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, herniated discs, severe drop foot, etc., I have, for the most part been able to live a active life WITHOUT surgery!

During the past 10 years I have had several painful setbacks and flare ups on my lower spine and have needed to see Dr. Tontz on many occasions. Dr. Tontz highly recommended your facility and I attended therapy about 3 years ago. At that time I was extremely pleased with all of your staff, your comfortable office, and especially Francesca, who spend a lot of time explaining my injury and what I needed to do in order to avoid surgery. Although I was denied approval for more therapy sessions by my workmans comp., I continued to do my recommended exercise and stretching recommended by Francesca.

Last month I again participated in physical therapy at Calif. Ortho, and Francesca was my principal therapist. Her professional expertise and personal care she provided was the best quality and comprehensive educational experience I have had. I am not requesting any further therapy at this time, since Francesca has seriously provided me with all the confidence I need to keep an active life style, with recommended stretches and exercise I need for a healthy back.

I want to thank you and all your staff, including from the Receptionist, Aides, and most importantly Francesca for her clinical expertise to help me achieve my healthy lower back goals and positive results. Oscar Romero


  • Experience at the Cal Ortho Institute Physical Therapy Clinic

Hello! I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the staff at California Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinic, especially to Francesca and two of my 8 week sessions with Shane as well. Really wonderful help, attitude and direction with my right shoulder strain, I would recommend this facility to everyone. Francesca is amazing! Thank you, Susanna

Bridget M

  • Total Left Knee Replacement

I put off having a Total Knee Replacement surgery for almost 10 years because I was scared that I might not have any relief just like when I had Arthroscopy in 2006 after which, I continued to have knee pain. I went through steroid injections & took Alleve, Advil & Glucosamine for pain and discomfort. Finally at 71 yrs. old, I made a decision to have my surgery and was referred to Dr. Adsit. I was scared , anxious and still not sure about going through with it. The first time I met Dr. Adsit , I knew and felt that I was in good hands. He listened to my concerns and made me feel so at ease and comfortable. His professionalism is a pride to the Medical profession. I would highly recommend him to anyone! I also want to acknowledge the staff and especially Dr. Adsit's assistant , Mary who has helped me so much going through this journey in my life. I am still recuperating since my surgery in Jan. 2017...I know that I will be "up and running" in due time. From the bottom of my heart , a million thanks!

Janice R.

  • total knee replacement both knees

I delayed knee replacement until I almost lost my mobility. I had heard from friends how painful it was and how long it took to recover. At age 78 I finally decided that it was necessary and was referred to Dr. Steven Tradonsky. My first replacement was so successful and I recovered in less than 2 months due to Dr. Tradonsky's expertise and calm, reassuring demeanor. It was such a positive experience that I immediately scheduled surgery for the other knee for 6 months later. Again the same positive result. Two months after surgery I was dancing in Havana. I highly recommend Dr. Tradonsky and I would add to not postpone out of fear.

Lenore P

  • Orthopaedic Care for Multiple Body Parts

I have been seeing Dr. Tradonsky for several years with various orthopaedic issues. His genuine interest, patience, & excellent patient care are really admirable. Jamie, his medical assistant is also very knowledgeable, efficient, & helpful. I am highly impressed with their overall care & would highly recommend them to anyone!

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