Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists

Patient Testimonials

See what our patients and their families have to say. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive orthopedic care in a compassionate and caring environment.

I am a patient of Dr. Donato and Dr. Kline. I am writing this letter to express my appreciation for the tremendous service that I have received! I know that superb service should be “business as usual”, and that is to be expected. However, the level of service that I have received exceeds that or normal expectations. I was and still am thoroughly impressed. Thank you for the sustained superior performance that has made Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists the best in Virginia. Sincerely, William

I feel like I need to take just a moment of your time and share my feelings about the care I have received over the past 8 months with Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialist. I am a P. E. teacher for the Virginia Beach School system and I injured my back again at the beginning of this school year. Having had 3 previous back surgeries many years prior I knew what to expect in the coming months. This was a workman’s comp case and the red tape with them can be tedious, frustrating, and extremely slow to say the least. I know that Dr. David Clifford went well above what I think most surgeons would do for any patient and in the many months to follow I have developed a great Dr. / patient relationship with him. There were several complications along the way, and during my main surgery. It was obvious to me and my family that Dr. Clifford was both extremely concerned and worried about my health. I have always felt as if he treated me in the same way he would treat a member of his own family. The surgery he performed was a 4 level laminectomy that went well. I did have complications that were out of his control but he took charge and I always felt as if his one and only priority was to get me better. My wife and I both believe that no other surgeons I have ever had before took the extra time or had a calming bed side manner like he has. He often came to my room two times a day to see how I was doing and coordinated with numerous others Doctors to alleviate the complications that had come up. Special kudos’ have to go to Heather who works on his staff. She took all of my calls and set up the testing and scheduling and had all medications called in for me during the long months of waiting for workman’s comp to get their act together. I have always considered myself a happy, easy go lucky type individual but my family has assured me that when I am in constant pain with my back, that easy go lucky guy disappears. Heather often times bore the brunt of my disappointment and frustrations that I was not being “healed fast enough” according to my time schedule, and she did it in such a positive, professional way that I can not say thank you enough for putting up with me. She was always on the ball. I do not feel like the folks who work for the Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialist could possible do a better job than what they did. They were the epitome of true professionals in every aspect of their job. I was always treated with courtesy and respect from all staff members including receptionist and nurses, and especially the great ladies in physical therapy. I have spent a lot of time with those folks the past 8 months and it is obvious how very much each and every one of them loves what they do. They always had a smile on their face and were ready to keep me motivated and moving in the right direction. Quay is just phenomenon at what she does in therapy and if you ever lose her your program will suffer greatly. The facilities at the hospital, and at therapy were first class and state of the art. Dr. Clifford has explained to me that this was not a fix all forever and that I will be having problems with my lower back in the future. In our first office visit he asked me “what it was I thought he could do for me that two previous surgeons had tried to do but failed”. I told him that they had patched me up good enough to make my back last for 20 years and that I was expecting him to do the same. He smiled and said ” OK, lets run some tests and see what we can do”. I knew from then on that I was in good hands. I know that for now I am recovering well but the future may not be so bright. It is very comforting to know that you guys are there in the future when I will certainly need you again. Once again all my heart felt thanks to Dr. Clifford and the entire staff at ATLANTIC ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALISTS! Respectfully,

My name is Deborah, a patient of Dr. Byrd’s. I want to take the time to inform you of my experience with Dr. Byrd. I had 3 disc collapse in my neck and Dr. Byrd did a 3 level decompressions and fusion with plates and screws and bone graft from my left hip. I woke up to no more pain in my face or neck and right arm. I also regained strength back in my right arm and hand that I had lost. It has been 3 weeks now since I had my surgery and I am already back to work. I thank God for such a great doctor as Dr. Byrd. He was nothing but professional and concerned for my wellbeing. He explained everything so I knew what was what and what to hopefully expect from surgery and I did benefit 100% from his expertise. It is nice to know that there is nothing but the best of doctors in your practice, as I have also seen Dr. John J. Schaffer, Dr. Thomas Markham, Dr. Joann Dervay, Dr. Eric Mein, Dr. Michael Campbell and Dr. Chad Manke and they were all as top notch as Dr. Byrd. Thank you for having the best group of doctors, in my opinion in this Hampton Roads area. Sincerely Thankful, Deborah B.

As the result of a dislocated shoulder, I participated in physical therapy under the direction of Christina McCarville. Tina is professional in appearance and demeanor. In addition, for each sessions she was punctual and prepared. Exercises were explicitly explained and monitored to ensure correct techniques. Although homework was my responsibility, her knowledge produced a customized series that was instrumental in my expedient recovery. Sincerely, Terry H.

Natashia was born with congenital Rickets which caused her legs to become severely bowed. After it was determined that she had stress fractures in both femurs, she was referred to AOS and Dr. Campbell. Natasha agreed to the year-long process and four surgeries using groundbreaking new technology. “All my life, I have dreamed what it was like to have straight legs. And now with the first surgery behind me, I know it will be a lot of work and physical therapy, but I’m ready.” “Dr. Campbell stays on top of everything,” Natasha praised. “He calls. He texts. One Sunday, one of the pins was hurting really bad, so he told me to go ahead to the E.R. He met me there, on the weekend, to make sure everything was okay. That’s dedication.”

James went to OrthoNow after he took a hard step down from the deck in his back yard. He had severe pain and swelling in his knee and ankle. Before he decided to go to OrthoNow, he tried to get an appointment with his knee replacement surgeon and was told it would be two weeks. James had back surgery by Dr Byrd for spinal stenosis on January 9th “Dr. Byrd is a fantastic physician. He gave me my life back.” Since he’d heard about OrthoNow on the radio and was familiar with AOS from his spinal surgery, he decided to try it. He was very pleased that he could go to OrthoNow right away. Said James Lassiter, “We heard about OrthoNow on the radio. We weren’t sitting there five minutes when they called us back.” Dale Fleugel was able to assess, and address his injury immediately. “I saw a very nice gentleman (Dale Fleugel, Nurse Practitioner) who did a complete set of x-rays. He told me it was not broken, but…severely sprained. He fitted me with both an ankle and a knee brace.” When Mr. Lassiter told Dale that he could not take pain medications, Dale took extra time to explain how James could manage his pain without medication. Said Mr. Lassiter, “I was totally pleased with OrthoNow. It met my needs perfectly. They saw me quickly.” They “thoroughly” addressed his situation. Referring to the braces he was fitted with Mr. Lassiter said ”the brand was outstanding. (DonJoy)”

New Hampshire native Nelson Griffin is no stranger to hard work. As a military retiree, Nelson spent years working on his feet as a diesel engineer and mechanic working with heavy equipment and machinery. The years of strain led to chronic hip pain, arthritis and deterioration of both hip joints, so much so that when he took a step his right hip would dip an inch below his left. After witnessing his wife’s excellent care for a knee replacement performed by Dr. Bewley with AOS, Nelson decided to make the call to Dr. Payne for treatment of both hips. Nelson had met several other people who all urged him not to wait any longer, so on February 17, 2015, Nelson’s wife braved the 2015 snowstorm, shoveling snow at 3AM to make sure he would arrive on time for his surgery. Dr. Payne completed Mr. Griffin’s surgery in just 1.5 hours. By evening, he was up walking the halls of the hospital. He was most surprised to be released the next day. After just a week of follow-up home physical therapy, Nelson was ready to start preparing for surgery number two, completed in April. Avid travelers, Mr. Griffin and his wife are now able to enjoy long car journeys to visit their daughter in Michigan twice a year. The 943-mile trip no longer causes him the excruciating pain he felt prior to surgery. As he feels he has a new lower body, he’s now able to dance, drive, go bike riding – all things he never thought possible before. “I can stand up completely straight. It feels like they put a new leg on me. I no longer need a walker. I’m amazed at the difference AOS and Dr. Payne’s work has made in my life,” he reports.

The whole OrthoNow team rocked it! I am very, very thankful for everything for your staff did for [my neck, shoulder and arm pain]. I will never go anywhere else! Thank you all very much.

I came to OrthoNow for back pain and received awesome care. There was a short wait which is wonderful when you’re in pain. The staff was awesome.

Good afternoon, This morning I had a follow appointment with Dr. Manke’s team, and I was rather anxious about the appointment, but everyone was really wonderful, including Sarah, and especially Jenn, who has a great sense of humor, an easy laugh, and a calming presence about her. I hope you will pass this on to Dr. Manke so he knows how grateful this patient is for everyone at the Glenn Mitchell office.