Orthopedic practitioners align together
It's the notes that business partners Spencer Scheunman and Paul Pflueger get from their patients that make their careers in orthopedic care worthwhile.
Schuenman and Pflueger said that feedback from patients who are able to resume activities they once had to give up is what makes their careers so special, and is why they opened Granite Orthopaedics at 1223 Willow Creek Road in November 2010.
"(Patients) have high motivation to get back to doing what they were doing before," Pflueger said.
Schuenman and Pflueger specialize in providing joint replacement, relief from sports-related injuries and orthopedic care.
A common patient is someone who is active and healthy, but a cartilage tear is keeping that person from an activity.
"We're providing a service that very few people provide (here)," Schuenman said. "Helping them get back on track - that's a pretty rewarding thing."
Schuenman said it was the hands-on work that got him into the world of orthopedics.
"I got into orthopedics because I enjoyed doing things with my hands," he said. "We like to say we're sterile carpenters.
Basically, you're using the same types of concepts and tools found in a hardware store."
After graduating from college in 1997, Schuenman went on to complete his medical residency program and then went into his own practice.
Pflueger, who has an uncle and cousin who were orthopedic surgeons, did his residency program in orthopedic surgery at Tulane University's School of Medicine.
Pflueger went on to work with a practice in North Carolina for 13 years and took a job in New Zealand for a year in 2006.
Family was the driving force to bring Pflueger to the tri-city area in 2008, and that led up to opening this practice.
Pflueger said they enjoy helping people of all ages get off the sidelines and back into living their normal lives.
"I think people in general want to stay healthier longer, they want to remain active longer, and that's the driving force in what we do," he said.
The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information, call 777-9950 or visit www.graniteortho.com.