Foot and Ankle Surgeon and Physiatrist join ONS

Specialists in foot and ankle surgery and physiatry added to growing practice.

We are pleased to announce that orthopedic surgeon Mark Yakavonic, MD, MMS, and interventional physiatrist Christopher Sahler, MD have joined the ONS team.

Dr. Yakavonis learned his medical degree at New York Medical College, in Valhalla, NY. He did his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Boston University Medical Center, in Boston, MA and completed fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Yakavonis has expertise in treating a variety of foot pain and deformity related conditions including achilles tendonitis, ankle instability, cartilage injuries, bunions and hammer toes.  His practice also focuses on youth-athlete sports injuries and the types of injuries seen in field athletes, gymnasts and ballet dancers.

Christopher Sahler, MD
Christopher Sahler, MD Physiatrist

Dr. Sahler completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where he was elected Chief Resident. He continued his training at the Mount Sinai to complete a fellowship in sports medicine and interventional spine treatments. During that time, he also served as team physician for the Globe Institute Junior College sports teams, and was a physician and team captain for the New York City Marathon. He is board certified in sports medicine.

Dr. Sahler uses biomechanical assessments and diagnostic ultrasound to determine the precise source of a problem. He applies non-operative modalities to treat musculoskeletal injuries and restore proper function including ultrasound and X-ray guided steroidal injections, viscosupplementation and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to treat pain and restore proper mobility. Both doctors are in network with Aetna, Oxford/United Healthcare, and Yale New Haven Anthem. “We are pleased to bring two new sub-specialty trained physicians into our practice to meet the growing demand for musculoskeletal care in Fairfield and Westchester counties,” said Dr. Seth Miller. “Dr. Yakavonis and Dr. Sahler are both highly trained and will be great assets to our practice.”

Upcoming Events at Greenwich Hospital

  • On Tuesday, December 2, from 6 to 7 p.m., Dr. Sahler will speak about exercise as a treatment for chronic pain.
  • On Tuesday, December 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Yakavonis will talk about solutions for foot and ankle pain; beyond foot massage.

Both talks will be held in the Noble Conference Center and are open to the public. ONS is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice in Greenwich, CT. ONS physicians provide expertise in sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopaedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. 

ONS Surgical Team makes Trip to Haiti

Dr. Vitale has organized a volunteer medical trip to Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti (HAH) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with the goals of taking care of Haitian patients with difficult musculoskeletal problems that don’t have access to surgical care. This hospital became a major referral center for orthopedic surgery after the tragic earthquake 3 years ago, led in part by the heroic efforts of Dr. Scott Nelson and others. One year after the earthquake Dr. Vitale traveled to HAH with a large team of orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses and took care of many patients in the clinic and operating room over a two-week volunteer trip which was a great success and an experience which left a lasting impact on Dr. Vitale.

ONS specialists Dr. Vitale and Dr. Miller, as well as ONS physician assistants Georgeann Torina and Erin Anderson are made a return trip with a team of 16 other local doctors, nurses, and volunteers back to HAH from Nov 10 – 16th with the goal of providing high quality subspecialty orthopedic operative and non-operative care to patients as well as educating trainees and health care professionals at the hospital and nearby hospitals. The team has collected many medical supplies for donation, and looks forward to what will no doubt be another challenging and rewarding trip.

Their trip will be chronicled on the ONS blog with journal entries and photos so check in next week for updates on their work.Dr Vitale Portrait -smmiller.web portrait_9_09

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