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Thank you for choosing Sierra Pacific 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 Sierra Pacific Orthopedics.

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Average Rating: 5 (2,057 reviews)

Patient Reviews

“"At 42, I could no longer reach above my shoulder to write on the grease board without pain, which makes a little hard to teach. I had work done by a different doctor seven years before and the procedure failed to have the long term success I needed. Five other family members that have been worked on by Dr. Hanson so I reluctantly went back through the process with Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. The staff at all levels of the process were absolutely excellent and made you feel comfortable. Dr. Hanson is a class act that has put together a winning staff and excellent support facilities under one building. I am six weeks out and I have full mobility of my shoulder and the pain is getting more manageable as time passes. Dr. Hanson did a wonderful job and I highly recommended him and his professional compassionate staff. Thank you Sierra Pacific Orthopedics and Dr. Hanson!" -- Russell G.”
– Russell
Treating Doctor: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.
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“I received a knee injury at work in January and had just "okay" care with another facility for a couple of months. I was unhappy with the level of care where I was. I was told, "This is as good as it’s going to get. There is nothing surgical, so there is nothing we can do." After asking around to friends and co-workers I was referred to Dr. Thomas. I was immediately taken care of and began an aggressive regimen of medications and physical therapy. Only after a couple of weeks the pain started to improve by leaps and bounds.  After completing my physical therapy, I was again able to walk, run, exercise, and play with my toddler daughter as well as getting back to work and all the other fun outdoor activities my family loves. We have spent the last few weeks camping, hiking, and fishing.  I am so very grateful for the exceptional care provided to me by Dr. Thomas, his nurse practitioner Lisa, Kelly and Rick from physical therapy as well as the countless physical therapy aids that encouraged me to work harder and helped rehabilitate my knee back to where it is today. Thank you.”
– Shayla N.
Treating Doctor: Thomas W. Thomas, M.D.
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“"On June 27 of this year I had my right shoulder operated on by Dr. Hanson. From the moment I stepped foot into Sierra Pacific Orthopedics I felt welcomed and that ease. The entire staff from the MRI department to the X-ray department, physician assistant Greg Mellor, and the doctor himself was kind, considerate, and very professional. This is my third surgery in less than two years. However this is my first time dealing with Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. I can honestly say that it was the best experience I've had in my life when it came to treatment of people as well as being taken care of. I've endured a lot of pain and a lot of uncertainty concerning my condition. These last two years have been extremely difficult for me to handle because I never knew what exactly was wrong with me. I had seen numerous doctors and unfortunately many of them made me feel as though they didn't care about my health or well-being. I always felt like I was being rushed in their office and when I had a question it's almost as if I was bothering them. The entire staff at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics took the time to treat me as if I was family. I never felt rushed and I never felt like I was bothering them. I am so grateful to be treated as such a fine facility. I would recommend this facility to anybody, specifically my own family. I am a mother of four and believe me when I say that feeling at ease when you're getting ready to endure surgery by those who are better performed the surgery is so pivotal. I can't thank the entire staff enough. May God bless you all as well as your families."”
– Patricia S.
Treating Doctor: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.
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“My latest adventure in orthopedic land happened on a quiet Saturday afternoon in February, as I was cleaning. (If I had been shopping it never would of happened, but that's another story.) A simple slip and fall shattered my left upper arm-incredible pain. I met with Greg with Dr. Hanson's office and he referred me to Dr. Thomas (aka, miracle worker who can put Humpty-Dumpty back to together again). After surgery and the implantation of a plate and six screws, I started my journey through rehab with Joanne Steele, a physical therapist and Shelly, one of the physical therapy assistants. It was a stressful time, but through it all, the staff at the Orthopedic Center and the Rehabilitation Center was terrific. Shelly, in particular, worked with me when the pain/frustration was the worst. Her gentle, but firm encouragement was exactly what I needed. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Joanne has helped me through an orthopedic adventure. I had arthroscopic knee surgery several years ago. She was terrific then and she was terrific again. She was the master of the process as she planned my rehab program. The supporting staff at the Rehab Center were great as well. They were all very friendly and professional.  Although I would never wish for another injury, I felt very comfortable with staff and the services they provided. I know my recovery would not have been the same if I hadn't received the care at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. Additionally, one added benefit was that all services were there. My doctor, X-rays, MRI, blood tests, surgery center, and rehab center was all in one spot - that was great! I have recommended Sierra Pacific Orthopedics to my friends and co-workers.  Dr. Hanson, Dr. Thaxter, Dr. Thomas, and their staff have been terrific particularly, Dr. Hanson's physician assitant, Greg, who helped me when I was first injured.”
– Pam H.
Treating Doctor: Thomas W. Thomas, M.D.
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“"During my freshmen year of college, I fell off my long board and broke my wrist and Dr. Johnson did surgery on it a few months later. Dr. Johnson is easily the most personable doctor I've ever seen. I am a member of the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band, and every time I saw him, he would ask me about band. The next year, Dr. Johnson did surgery on my boyfriend's elbow, and Dr. Johnson would check on how I was doing. Most recently, my sister had wrist surgery by him too. I also started having issues with my wrist again, and while I was seeing his physician assistant, Steve, he came into the exam room and checked up on me. During my follow up appointment, I was supposed to see Steve again; instead Dr. Johnson handled my appointment. And after two years, he still checked up on how band was going. I recommend him to everyone I know if they are having wrist, elbow, or shoulder problems. He is the best!"”
– Alyssa J.
Treating Doctor: Toby R. Johnson, M.D.
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“"The problem I was having is from overuse for many years. Dr Johnson and the staff at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics made this surgery as easy and painless as possible. I appreciate all the kindness and consideration of everyone there."”
– Edward W.
Treating Doctor: Toby R. Johnson, M.D.
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“My experience at Fresno Surgical Hospital was amazing! The care that my wife and I received during and after my hip replacement surgery was absolutely top notch. The food was of such a yummy quality that it would never be confused with "hospital food". Thank you for having such a wonderful hospital in Fresno. We have been bragging to all of our friends about what a great place you have! Thank You.”
– Conrad S.
Treating Doctor: Thomas W. Thomas, M.D.
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“"I have been utilizing Sierra Pacific Orthopedics for several years. Dr. Tanner has always been the physician taking care of my medical needs. This time I saw him initially, however, his associate Dr. Johnson performed the surgery on my hand. I cannot express enough my admiration for Dr. Tanner. I am very pleased that he has an associate such as Dr. Johnson to rely on as well. Dr. Johnson is kind, caring, and did a wonderful job on my hand. He has also treated my husband in the past for shoulder issues. My husband is a building contractor and after his surgery he is pain free and able to perform his duties as he did before his injury. I do not think you could find any other physician/surgeons who are as ethical and as highly trained as these two. They provide the highest standards of care to their patients at all times. Their staff who support them in their offices are kind and caring and highly trained as well. Thank you to these special physicians and the other staff at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. We appreciate all you do."”
– Sandra I.
Treating Doctor: Toby R. Johnson, M.D.
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“"I recently had cortisone injections in both hips performed by Dr. Jerry Smith. From the moment I entered Summit I was treated with TLC from every person I dealt with. What a great staff from start to finish. I have no idea who is charge of training there, but that person should get a gold star on their chart. I would encourage anyone who has an orthopedic need for their expertise to use their service. A class act!" -- Roger B.”
– Roger
Treating Doctor: Jerry N. Smith, M.D.
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“My name is Shirley Hale and I am a 74-year-old woman. I suffered with pain for a good year and a half before I had the surgery. With my hip, it was bone against bone and I was working 40 hours per week. I do a lot of walking in my job because I work in environmental services. After four months of recuperation, I was able to resume my job and I feel great! Thank you, Dr Thomas Thomas.”
– Shirley H.
Treating Doctor: Thomas W. Thomas, M.D.
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