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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!

Janet B

  • My orthopaedic patient care experiences at Cal Ortho Institute

I have been with my service dog Alee to your facility numerous times and have talked with Joan on several occasions. I'm writing this because I feel it is Important for you to know how I feel about the care that I have gotten from your staff over many years. Although each doctor that I have seen, and their assistant, all do an outstanding job of tending to their patients, I have to sing my praises of Dr. Tontz and his assistant Sori Benson. Dr Tontz is very personable, explains procedures etc. in a way that I can understand, and is the nicest, most honest, respectable, down to earth person that I have had the privilege to know.

And then there is Sori, I don't know where to start! I used to work with an Orthopedic Surgeon in the 80's, for 15 years, and in that time I learned how to give of myself, be helpful, caring and always wear a smile, as most patients are frightened, in pain, and need reassurance that their course of treatment will be very helpful. These are the natural, God given qualities that I see in Sori , who radiates warmth, caring, and a sincere desire to help others. What stands out to me also is Sori's ability to stay on top of everything that Dr. Tontz asks her to do. I've watch her as she happily and eagerly does her job in a professional way. I have called Sori on numerous occasions needing her help, on one matter or another, and she gets right on it! Dr Tontz and Sori are top notch, and have shown concern and compassion for me and my sister, Nancy Olson, who has been a patient of theirs for years. Nancy has expressed to me that she feels the same way that I do about these truly extraordinary people and we feel very grateful that they're in our lives.

With deepest regards,

Janet B

Joann C.

  • Ankle Fracture Surgery

Dr. Quinn,

You are a true gift to me and my family. You have returned my step to my life. Because of your work, my New Year will be a new start for me. Thank you! Joann

Pat & Sharon Brown

  • carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve transposition, trigger finger

My husband and I have been treated by Dr. Peterson for many years. We have both had numerous surgeries performed by Dr. Peterson. He is always attentive and really listens when we see him for our appointments. I never feel rushed and am always able to ask questions and know that he will give a knowledgeable answer. I would recommend Dr. Peterson to anyone who us having hand or arm problems. He is a very kind and understanding doctor.


  • Hardware removal

I must say, as far as the Tontz Family is concerned, Healing and Compassion are a Family Tradition!! I have been treated by both Father and Son and I was given not a thing to complain about!!! Both Father and Son obviously take the Hippocratic Oath very seriously!!

I had a broken lower right arm, which due to a combination of health problems and my not caring properly for my arm, the fracture ended up as a 'non-union', which then became infected.

I had already been informed of the possibility of amputation, but Dr. Tontz Jr., I guess, saw hope in me and considered perhaps, the emotional toll that the loss of my arm would be more than I could bear. ( I am pre-dominantly left-handed, but am extemely ambi-dexterous!)

But he decided to remove the hardware and save my arm!!!

My arm, while it will never return to 'normal' is useful to me again!!! That, to me, matters a whole lot!!!

I am EXTREMELY Grateful to Dr. Tontz Sr. AND Dr. Tontz Jr. for their professionalism, compassion and 'bedside manner'! LOL!!!


Patricia K.

  • Shoulder Surgery by Dr. Peterson

Please can you give my thanks to all the staff who helped me once again get through this difficult break & surgery of my shoulder. You have all been most kind! Gratefully, P. K.

Danette W.

  • microfracture and hardware removal

You will not find a better doctor. Dr Quinn is the kindest most caring doctor I have ever had. My surgery was performed outpatient he removed hardware and did a microfracture of my ankle he even took the time to use stitches instead of staples so scarring was minimal. I have seen Dr Quinn for many issues and I hope I never have to leave his care. You will also love his office staff. Sincerly Danette

Michael D.

  • Hand Surgery for Tenosynovitis (trigger finger)

I've been a patient of Dr. Mohler for about 15 years now. He has done the "trigger release" procedure on all but two of my fingers. Every time I've had him do the surgery at COI the staff has been great! They are very friendly and make me feel relaxed. At the same time they are very diligent with their procedures and thorough with getting the information necessary to make sure I have a pleasant as possible experience. I want to thank Dr. Mohler and the staff at COI for the ability to recover quickly and having a pleasant experience instead of a traumatic one.

JoAnne F.

  • Podiatry Procedures

Dear Dr. Quinn,

Hope you're doing well today. Recently my husband changed our insurance to Kaiser which means that I will no longer be your patient. This does not bring me joy because I was very happy and pleased with the personal attention you gave to me the entire time I was your patient. Thank you from my heart for being first a very nice human being and my excellent "foot" doctor....thank you for your service, time, sense of humor, and treating me so special....

Dan P.

  • Total Knee Replacement

My name is Dan P, I recently had a Total Knee Replacement at Mercy Hospital. Here we are, a scant 10 weeks later, and I'm bicycling 25 miles, flexing 141 degrees, and have been pain free for 5 weeks or so. It's really been a remarkable recovery and I am a happy, happy patient.

Surgeon: Dr. William Adsit, California Orthopaedic Institute in Mission Valley. Although Dr. Adsit gave great "bedside manner" and took all the time necessary to explain issues, listen to his patient, etc., none of this contributed to my fast recovery. Rather, I believe, though a layman, his surgical skill was a primary contributor to my extraordinary recovery.

Now, I have no idea what separates a great surgeon from a mediocre one as it seems to me, a layman, the procedure is pretty straightforward. But, clearly, results differ significantly between surgeons; Dr. Adsit seems to just have some sort of "magic touch". If you want to have satisfied patients and save money because of abnormally fast recovery, steer people to him!

A. T.

  • Foot Surgery

Dr. Quinn,

I wanted to say "thank you" for fixing my Morton's Neuroma. I can't believe I had lived with it for over 20 years!

Prior to my surgery, a hike like this wouldn't have been possible because I was only able to make it a few hours at a time before the pain took me off the trails.

Through your diagnosis, surgery, and good advice for recovery, I was able to accomplish an 8 day hiking trip in Italy only 3 months after the operation.

I wish I'd had the procedure sooner, but I can now look forward to many more pain-free hikes!


A. T.

Olivia A.

  • Workers' Comp Administration Department

Good morning Joan! My name is Olivia A. & I am a case coordinator for Sharp Rees-Stealy Occupational Medicine Dept. I wanted to take this time & thank your facility, staff, & doctors for all of the hard work they do...especially, Kenny & Altia. They are very quick to help which then in turn helps our patients. They are so accommodating & I cannot stress enough the importance that means to myself. Also, your physicians are always ready & willing to see our patients & I thank them as well!! Thank you so much for creating a wonderful Team!!

Janet & Alee

  • Wrist Surgery

Recently I underwent surgery on my wrist done by Dr. Peterson and was extremely pleased with the outcome. I feel that over the years he has performed miracles on my hands and wrists for which I can't thank him enough. Each visit that I've made to the clinic has been very pleasant thanks to the front desk staff and Mary Jo who is Dr. Peterson's right hand person and who deserves a medal for professionalism, kindness, caring, and thoughtfulness. She has always treated me with respect and been there whenever I needed questions answered - never leaving requests hanging. She and Dr. Peterson are a great team who I thank from the bottom of my heart!

Sarah M.

  • Shoulder Injury & Physical Therapy

Dear Joan and California Orthopaedic Institute,

It is my pleasure to write this letter to you about my shoulder and amazing care I received from physical therapist, Francesca Barton. Five months ago, I could not sleep, swim, hook my bra or get dressed easily. This week, I can do all of those including my morning push-ups! Thank you! Francesca is brilliant...she is professional, efficient, and extremely knowledgeable. I particularly appreciated her combination of hands-on manipulation and evolving exercises...each session was also fun...she pushed me to improve, breaking down scar tissue, increasing flexibility, building up strength, all with a big smile...Each session was a mini anatomy lesson, which is important to me as a scientist...Thank you for the high level of care and professionalism.

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