Orthopaedic Surgery / Sports Medicine

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, ensures exceptional patient satisfaction through every phase of 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.
Watson Clinic orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians specialize in the following procedures:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL)
  • Anterior supine hip procedure (A muscle-sparing hip replacement with faster recovery)
  • Arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder, wrist, elbow, knee and ankle
    • Meniscus tears, repair and resection
    • Rotator cuff tears and injuries
    • Loose body removal
    • Cartilage injury repair
    • SLAP and labral repairs
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Computer navigation surgery
  • Corrective bone realignment procedures
  • Fracture care
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Joint resurfacing procedures including “partial” knee replacement
  • Knee resurfacing
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive total joint reconstruction/replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder
  • Percutaneous scaphoid fixation
  • Reconstruction of traumatic bone and joint injuries       
  • ROSA Knee System   
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow surgery
  • Gender solutions knee      
  • Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries)
  • Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis and asthma)
  • Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
  • Fracture care
  • Healing of deep infections
  • Injury prevention
  • Joint injections/aspirations for osteoarthritis and pain
  • Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids and performance issues
  • Overuse injuries (such as tendonitis and stress fractures)
  • Pre-participation physical examination
  • Physical therapy
  • Running injuries
  • Sports related concussions management 
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To schedule a consultation with a Watson Clinic Orthopaedic Surgeon or an Orthopaedic Advanced Practitioner Provider, please call 863-680-7214.

 Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Physicians:

Dr. Obafunto Abimbola
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, MD, MPH
  • Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine at Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Hip and Knee Institute of Cape Cod Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Hyannis, MA, Orthopaedic Surgery Adult Reconstruction
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Physician Assistant: Amanda Porter, PA

Dr. Prashant Desai
  • Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI, DO
  • Residency: POH Medical Center, Pontiac, MI, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Tom Winters MD, Orlando, FL, Sports Medicine
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member: American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, Polk County Medical Association, Florida Medical Association
  • Physician Assistant: Cody Powell, PA, ATC, CSCS    

Dr. Peter Kazmier
Peter Kazmier, MD
Dr. Kazmier's Patient Questionnaire
  • Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, MD
  • Internship: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, General Surgery
  • Research Fellow: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Residency: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL, Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Missouri State Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Florida Orthopaedic Society

Dr. Lamoreaux
D. Chad Lamoreaux, MD
  • Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, MD
  • Internship & Residency: Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Greenville, SC, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member: Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Clinical Preceptor/Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nova Southeastern University; Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Central Florida School of Medicine 2015-2020
  • Awards: Patient Experience Top Performer 2020 (99th percentile - Press-Ganey Survey); World Class Performance in Patient Experience 2021 (95th percentile nationally - Press-Ganey Survey)

Dr. Douglas Shenkman
Douglas Shenkman, MD
Dr. Shenkman's Patient Questionnaire
Dr. Shenkman's Brochure
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, MD
  • Internship: St. Luke's Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, General Surgery
  • Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Tom Winters MD, Orlando, FL, Sports Medicine
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Served on the American Orthopaedic Association Board, Chairman for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH)
  • Awards: Voted Top Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2003 by Money Magazine
  • Provided care to members of the NBA, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Rage, Florida Southern College, Florida Sunshine State games
  • Physician Assistant: Eric W. Beach, PA

Dr. Phuc Vo Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Phuc Vo, MD
Dr. Vo's Patient Questionnaire
  • Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, MD
  • Internship: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Surgery
  • Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowships: University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, Joint Reconstructive Surgery; University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center, Philadelphia, PA, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Member: Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of South Florida, Chief of Orthopaedics at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH), Spokesperson for Watson Clinic's Orthopaedic Department, Faculty Member at the University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedics
  • Awards: One of the only orthopaedic surgeons in Polk County to be named a Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Reports, Connolly's Best Physicians in Florida in 2000, Voted Top Doctor in 2002 and Top Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2003 by Money Magazine, Amercia's Top Orthopedists in 2009 by Consumers' Research Council of America
  • Publications: Author of numerous articles
  • Team Physician: Various high school athletic programs, Southeastern University, the Detroit Tigers Florida Operations and the Lakeland Flying Tigers
  • Distinction: First Lakeland surgeon to use computer-assisted technology for joint reconstruction
  • Physician Assistants: Mallory Bastian, PA Jason Bruce Bulman, PA, MPASVishia M. Talbot, PA

 Sports Medicine & Nonsurgical Orthopaedic Physicians:

Dr. Salvador Montenegro
Salvador O. Montenegro, MD
Dr. Montenegro's Patient Questionnaire
Dr. Montenegro's Brochure
  • Medical School: Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine, Guadalajara, Mexico, MD
  • Intership & Residency: Texas Tech University, El Paso, TX, Family Practice
  • Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute, Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, Birmingham, AL, Sports Medicine
  • Board-certified: Family Medicine & Sports Medicine
  • Member: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, Central-American Medical Society, Eastern Orthopaedic Society
  • Team Physician: Florida operations for the Detroit Tigers, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Florida Southern College, Southeastern University, George Jenkins High School, Lake Gibson High School, Kathleen High School
  • Athletic Trainer: Bethany Nkosi, MS, LAT, ATC

Dr. Marc Volpe
Marc Volpe, MD
Dr. Volpe's Patient Questionnaire
  • Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, MD
  • Internship: Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH, Surgery
  • Residency: Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Board-certified: Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Member: American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Chief of Surgery at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH)
  • Awards: Recognized as Top Orthopaedic Surgeon by Money Magazine, America's Top Orthopedists by the Consumers' Research Council of America, Chief of Surgery at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center (LRH), former Orthopaedics Department Chairman
  • Team Physician: Numerous professional football and baseball athletes, golfers, athletic organizations
  • Distinction: First Orthopaedic surgeon in the area to perform Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) techniques for total and partial joint replacement and first to use computer navigation for joint replacement surgery
  • Registered Nurse Practitioner: William K. Beatty, DNP, APRN


Please call 863-680-7214 for additional information.