Longtime residents of Fauquier will remember the names of Dr. Couk, Dr. Snyder, Dr. Dart, and Dr. Brown, especially if they’ve ever broken a bone. The founders of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center in the mid 1970s are mostly retired now, but the practice has grown substantially with the times and continues to be a mainstay in Fauquier for orthopaedic care, with an expansive scope of expertise and services. “From spine, shoulder, hand, foot, and leg care to pain management to sports medicine and physical therapy, we are well equipped to handle any orthopedic patient,” said Jeff Hollis, CEO.
Hollis continued, “One of the things that makes us unique is that we have almost everything that you need for musculoskeletal care and orthopedics. Whether it’s spine surgery, joint replacements, aquatic therapy, a nutrition program, pain management, braces, casting… the goal that we have as an organization and as a medical practice is that we don’t want citizens of Fauquier County and the surrounding area having to leave the area because they can’t find orthopaedic services here. We opened our office in Gainesville for the convenience of our patients. So, we put a lot of effort into making sure we’re serving the needs of the community.”
The medical practice operates on subspecialty system, but all the physicians are board-certified for all orthopaedics. Hollis said, “Dr. Garretson does shoulders, Dr. Smith and Dr. Ward do knee replacements and sports medicine, Dr. Wise and Dr. Seal do spine, back, and neck surgery, Dr. Brown does all our hand surgery… everybody does something specific with a specific body part. That being said, all the Blue Ridge doctors take emergency calls every day at Fauquier Hospital for orthopedics. As a result, if a wrist fracture comes in for Dr. Smith, who is more of a sports medicine and knee replacement doctor, as a trained board-certified orthopaedic surgeon he is able to handle that, and he does. If it’s a complicated case, then he will have that patient follow up with Dr. Brown, the hand surgeon. As a doctor at Blue Ridge, if you’re on call, you handle everything, but you have all the resources of our practice at your fingertips and if it’s something more complicated that’s outside of your subspecialty, it can always be transferred to your partner. And the mindset there is that we want to make sure that everyone we can take care of is being taken care of.”
BROSC can also help those with chronic pain. Hollis said, “We have two pain management specialists, Dr. Heller and Dr. Kim, and they have been a great addition because with orthopedics and musculoskeletal care, pain management is integral to success. There are a lot of people who have chronic pain, and our pain management program is the alternative when patients are non-operable and they aren’t improving through therapy processes. Now we can take care of those patients, and help them manage their pain.”
Serving the community is as important to BROSC outside of their medical offices as it is inside their practice. “Four of our doctors, Ward, Ramser, Wise, and Smith, work at the local county high schools during football season, and we’ve been doing that for a long time.” The practice started Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation in 2012 to serve the greater Piedmont region charities specializing in providing medical relief, food, shelter, and/or children’s services that improve the quality of life of those most in need in our local community. One of their main events is Bodies in Motion, a 5K and 10K race held every year in the autumn.
About the race, Hollis said, “About seven or eight years ago, Dr. Wise and his wife Leslie and I were discussing how we also have a social responsibility that is more than just saying we’re integrated into the community. We wanted to give back to the citizens of Warrenton and Fauquier County because they’ve been wonderful to us and supported us for 40 years. So the idea for the race was born at that point, and we planned to donate the proceeds back to the community in some way, to a local nonprofit.”
Hollis continued, “After the race, we have an event and we bring in all the nonprofits we’re supporting, and present the donations. You never have an idea of how much of a difference you can make unless you give it to these nonprofits in person. The whole room is full of people and they get up and accept the check and tell the entire room what their organization does and their impact in the community… it’s beyond touching. It’s such a moment of humility and I’m so proud of this, and it sets just such a wonderful tone for the whole year. It’s beyond words.”
The 2018 Bodies in Motion will be held Sunday, September 16 at the WARF. Information and registration at bodiesinmotionrace.com