Stories and Testimonials
I cried when I crossed the finish line because this is something that, for so much of my life, I would have never dreamed I could do. And a year ago, I didn't think there was any way I could complete a marathon…I could not have made a better choice in going to Mayo and been luckier to end up with Dr. Payne and Allison. They were so patient and understanding, and focused on how to help me get back to doing what I love.
It’s probably the nicest facility I’ve ever had the chance to work out in. Being a hockey player, you don’t get the chance to use a skating treadmill that often. This is the place that you want to be at. You know you’re getting top quality service at a facility that’s high end. The EXOS program has been great. It’s very hands on, and you know when you’re doing exercises, you’re going to be doing them right because there’s always somebody there.
I mean, they were there for me every step, from three days post-op to now. I’m here five days a week. They’re kind of like my second home. I know everybody here, it’s awesome.
I would not have been there without the people at Mayo, especially Dr. Levy. He listened to me, and he took me seriously. He is a world-renowned surgeon who sees professional athletes. But I felt like he truly cared about me and my goals.
It feels like I have a team at Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Clinic, starting with Dr. Maynard. Her relationship with the other doctors in the program and how they all communicate is wonderful. The doctors all have a sports mindset. It feels like they're on my side and want to keep me going. Dr. Maynard helped me get my diet right and develop an exercise regimen that would allow me to push my body to the higher limits that are necessary to complete the Appalachian Trail.
Dr. Ortiguera changed my life. I saw him on a Friday, and he rearranged his schedule so I was in emergency surgery [for a severe rotator cuff tear] a few days later.
I've always known Mayo Clinic is consistently one of the best hospitals in the country. Because of that, I had high expectations going into my surgery. I held my care team to those expectations, and they delivered on all fronts. I'm really happy with everything Dr. Ortiguera and everyone else did for me.
Without Dr. Shi, [my daughter] could not have done this. He was very much thinking long-term. He had such a calming presence. You just trust him