After a day of boogie boarding on Kauai, where he had moved nine months ago, Dr. Mark Foster woke up in a lot of pain. “I don’t remember any specific incident at the beach,” says the 42-year old primary care physician, “but by the next morning I could tell that the old disc injury in my neck had flared up.” During the next two weeks, he developed progressive pain in his neck, as well as numbness and weakness in his left arm. “The pain made it so I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t concentrate at work, and could barely turn my neck, which made driving difficult,” he says. “But what really frightened me was my left arm, which just felt dead,” he says. An MRI showed a herniated disc pushing on his spinal cord. Because there are no neurosurgeons or spine surgeons on Kauai, the former Littleton resident flew to Denver to see a neurosurgeon friend in the metro Denver area.Details
CSO providers and staff celebrated the holidays at The Palm in downtown Denver last Saturday night during the Parade of Lights. A magician entertained guests before sitting down to a delicious dinner, after which physicians recognized the staff for their years of service. Congratulations to Karrie Hurt for 20 years of service; Debbie Lucero for…Details
The Center for Spine and Orthopedics welcomes new physician assistant/surgical fellow, Kate Weisenborn. Kate graduated from Denver University with a bachelor’s degree in biology/cell physiology and a double minor in physics with an emphasis on medical physics and in chemistry. Previously, Kate studied in New Zealand for eight months.
Rocky Vista medical student Cecilia Nguyen began a rotation with CSO December 5, and will remain with the practice through December 23. Born and raised in Colorado, Cecilia attended Lakewood High School. Prior to medical school, she worked in a cardiovascular and pulmonary research lab as well as a FISH lab at the Cancer Center.…Details
Carol Ellis has trained horses, taught barrel racing clinics and competed in barrel racing for more than 40 years. As a self–employed business owner, she works hard, teaching from March through October. She also competes three to four weekends a month from February through November. Now, at age 69, she’s still not ready to quit…Details
The Center for Spine and Orthopedics (CSO) welcomes University of Kansas medical student Alex Roussos. Originally from Chicago, Alex is a third-year medical student who will complete a spine and orthopedic rotation at CSO from November 28 through December 23. Previously, Alex earned a Master’s Degree in physiology from the University of Michigan and a…Details