Orthopaedic Surgery / Sports Medicine

Phone: 863-680-7214

Watson Clinic's Orthopaedic Surgery team delivers a quality of care unrivaled within our area's healthcare landscape. Their compassion and expertise, coupled with the latest state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, assures the patients the very best through every phase of their surgical or nonsurgical treatment. They offer a comprehensive roster of services, including minimally invasive surgical techniques in total joint replacement, ligament reconstruction and cartilage injury surgery. Furthermore, the department utilizes a multidisciplinary approach in considering the overall wellness of the patient, supported by Watson Clinic's network of over 220 physicians, 40 specialties, and additional medical specialists including athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists.
In recent years, the field of orthopaedic surgery has benefited profoundly from a series of technological and surgical breakthroughs. This progression is perhaps most apparent in the field of joint replacement.
With the advent of advanced technologies and improved surgical tools, partial and complete joint replacement procedures have become more successful and popular than ever before, restoring mobility to hundreds of thousands of people and allowing them to lead more productive and active lives.
Watson Clinic’s orthopaedic surgeons have long been leaders in the field of joint replacement procedures, including those involving the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle and additional joints.
Joints can sustain damage in a variety of ways, including through injury, arthritis, or simple wear and tear. Minimally invasive joint replacement procedures allow the patients a fast recovery and freedom from debilitating pain and discomfort following their joint reconstruction.

During the procedure, the damaged joint is replaced with an implant, usually made of metal/plastic and/or ceramic. There’s even a gender-specific implant, working in perfect harmony with a woman’s unique anatomy. The typical hospital stay following surgery is two to four days. For hip and knee replacements, the patient usually needs to use crutches for up to two weeks and a cane after that until they build up strength in their new joint. Physical therapy is often useful in regaining that strength.

The artificial joints typically last anywhere from 10 to 25 years.

Though joint replacements produce overwhelmingly positive results, they remain an option of last resort. There are a great number of therapeutic and minimally-invasive surgical options that need to be exhausted before total replacement becomes a consideration, including anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and joint resurfacing.
To schedule a consultation with a Watson Clinic Orthopaedic Surgeon, please call 863-680-7214. 

Dr. Prashant J. Desai is board-certified by the Osteopathic Board in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lansing, MI. He completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from POH Medical Center in Pontiac, MI and a Sports Medicine Fellowship from Tom Winters MD in Orlando, FL.
Dr. Desai is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, Polk County Medical Association and Florida Medical Association.
Dr. Desai specializes in shoulder, knee and hip surgery, including:
  • Arthroscopic surgery for rotator cuff tears in shoulders and cartilage tears in knees
  • Minimally Invasive joint replacement (including female total knee and knee resurfacing)
  • Common sports injuries and fracture care
  • Osteoarthritis treatment (joint injections)
Areas of Expertise

Dr. Amun Makani received his medical degree from Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. He then performed a fellowship in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and an additional fellowship in joint reconstruction and preservation at Newton Wellesley Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital/Kaplan Joint Center in Newton, MA.

Mr. Makani is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the Polk County Medical Association.  

Dr. Peter Kazmier graduated with his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, TN. He completed a General Surgery Internship, an Orthopaedic Surgery Research Fellow and an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. He then went on to complete an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship from Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL.
Dr. Kazmier is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Missouri State Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Trauma Association and Florida Orthopaedic Society.
Areas of Expertise
  • Reconstruction of traumatic bone and joint injuries
  • Corrective bone realignment procedures
  • Healing of deep infections

Dr. Kazmier's Patient Questionnaire
Dr. Douglas Shenkman is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with Fellowship training and Board Certification in Sports Medicine, one of only a selected group of physicians in the United States to have this level of accreditation. His undergraduate work was performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he graduated medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. His Orthopaedic Surgery Residency was completed at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio before he went on to additional Fellowship training in Sports Medicine in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Shenkman has worked closely with the NBA during their pre-draft camp activities as well as with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Rage, Florida Sunshine State games and Florida Southern College. He was also voted by Money Magazine as “Top Orthopaedic Surgeon” in 2003. The experience he and his staff possess in both the operative and non-operative management of joint disorders and sports related injuries allows for a quicker and less painful recovery.

Dr. Shenkman has served as the Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and on the Board of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Shenkman and his staff offer a wide variety of both surgical and nonsurgical treatment:


  • Minimally invasive total joint reconstruction/replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder
  • Joint resurfacing procedures including “partial” knee replacement
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder, wrist, elbow, knee and ankle
    • Meniscal tears
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Loose body removal
    • Cartilage injury repair
    • SLAP and labral repairs
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Fracture care
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow surgery
  • Sports nutrition
  • Physical therapy
  • Injury prevention
Dr. Phuc Vo is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. He graduated with his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. He performed a Surgery Internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from the University of Florida. Dr. Vo then went on to complete a Fellowship in Joint Reconstructive Surgery from the University of Florida and another Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy from the University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center.

Dr. Vo’s expertise ranges from minimally invasive surgery to complex, reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, hip and knee. He is the team physician for numerous athletic organizations and works closely with the Detroit Tigers. Dr. Vo is Chief of Orthopaedics at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and spokesperson for Watson Clinic's Orthopaedic Department. He has authored numerous articles and was voted 'Top Doctor' in 2002 and 'Top Orthopaedic Surgeon' in 2003 by Money Magazine, as well as one of Connolly's 'Best Physicians in Florida' in 2000. Dr. Vo was also voted “America’s Top Orthopedists” in 2009 by Consumers’ Research Council of America. He was the first Lakeland surgeon to use computer-assisted technology for joint reconstruction.

Dr. Vo is a member of The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is a faculty member at the University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics and a team physician at high school, collegiate and professional levels.

Areas of Expertise
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Computer navigation surgery
  • Partial joint resurfacing
  • Total joint replacement
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Cartilage/meniscus repair and resection
  • Fracture care
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries
    • Especially of the knees, shoulders, hips, elbows and ankles
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Dr. Vo's Patient Questionnaire 

Dr. Marc Volpe is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has been offered subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. His undergraduate work was completed at Columbia University and he graduated from medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed a Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency at The Ohio State University Hospital. His training in Sports Medicine was at one of the 'top 5' Sports Medicine programs in the country as rated by US News and World Report Magazine. Dr. Volpe is presently the Chief of Surgery at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and was previously the Orthopaedics Department Chairman.
Dr. Volpe specializes in Minimally Invasive Surgeries (MIS) of the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, wrist and hand. These procedures minimize tissue trauma and maximize quicker recovery for patients. Dr. Volpe was the first Orthopaedic Surgeon in the area to be trained to perform MIS techniques for total and partial joint replacement surgery. This includes resurfacing procedures of the hip, knee and gender specific knee replacement (female knee). He also was the first surgeon in the area to complete training in computer navigation for joint replacement surgery. As a result of his orthopaedic knowledge, expertise and patient outcomes, Money Magazine recognized him as Top Orthopedic Surgeon and “America’s Top Orthopedists” by Consumers’ Research Council of America.

Dr. Volpe previously performed orthopaedic research, which involved advances in Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Trauma care. Throughout his career, he has treated athletic injuries in patients ranging from the recreational child to the professional football, golfers and baseball athletes. In addition to non-operative treatment of the injured athlete, arthroscopic and percutaneous techniques are employed to minimize time off from athletic participation. These procedures include arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, shoulder instability surgery, ACL reconstruction, knee cartilage repair, total shoulder, reverse total shoulder, percutaneous scaphoid fixation, and repairs/reconstructions of ankle and elbow ligaments and tendons.
Dr. Volpe has been with Watson Clinic since February of 2000 and he has the support of an excellent and caring staff. His staff includes a physician assistant, a nurse, a surgical assistant, an athletic trainer and orthopaedic technicians.
Areas of Expertise
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
Sports Medicine (Nonsurgical)
Dr. Salvador O. Montenegro is board-certified in Family Medicine and CAQ in Sports Medicine. He graduated with his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. He completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Texas Tech University. Dr. Montenegro also went on to complete a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute under the tutelage of internationally known sports medicine experts – Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lawrence Lemak.
Dr. Montenegro serves as team physician for Florida operations for the Detroit Tigers, The Lakeland Flying Tigers, Southeastern University, George Jenkins High School and Kathleen High School.
Dr. Montenegro is a member of The American Academy of Family Medicine, The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, The American College of Sports Medicine, and The Eastern Orthopaedic Association.

Areas of Expertise
  • Nonsurgical treatment of sports injuries
  • Fracture care
  • Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries)
  • Overuse injuries (such as tendonitis and stress fractures)
  • Sports related concussions management
  • Running injuries
  • Joint injections/aspirations for osteoarthritis and pain
  • Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis and asthma)
  • Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids and performance issues
  • Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
  • Injury prevention
  • Pre-participation physical examination
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Please call 863-680-7214 for additional information.