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My name is Russell Tanner. I am writing this review of Pioneer Peak Orthopedic Surgery in Palmer, Alaska.

I was diagnosed with my hip problem in the middle of the summer of 2016. This came on quite suddenly and was very painful and disruptive of sleep. I was advised by the attending Anchorage based surgeon, not affiliated with Pioneer Peak Orthopedic Surgery, that I should; “Wait till it really hurts”.

I was spending a lot of time on the couch, this alone was depressing. Sleep was another big issue, my hip always hurt the worst at night laying down.

By November of 2016, well it really hurt. In December I went to see Dr. Greg Strohmeyer at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics for a consultation. As hip replacement is a big surgery, at least to me, I wanted to think about things. A week later Dr. Strohmeyer called me personally and asked how I was doing, something I was impressed with. By then I had made up my mind and decided to have the surgery, the sooner the better.

On January 18’h, 2017 I had a full hip (right) replacement procedure. After waking up post op, I carefully lifted my leg an inch or two and smiled, that awful grinding joint pain was gone. Later that evening I was able to get up, to my amazement, and walk around with the help of physical therapy. The next day I was discharged and went home to get lots of rest. I used ice packs frequently and took the pain meds as prescribed and started to heal up. By 4 1/2 weeks I was no longer needing the narcotic analgesic, if fact I didn’t even need an aspirin after that.

I write this at 7 1/2 weeks post op. Most of the swelling has gone down, but some tenderness at the incision site and in the area where the bone is grafting to the stem in the femur. But it’s very minor. I said to Dr. Strohmeyer, I can’t even call this pain after what I went through pre -op. I walk straight now, without pain or discomfort, a nice steady gait, even my back quit hurting. I am able to walk around the block without discomfort.

I declare this procedure a resounding success and I am very satisfied and happy with Dr. Strohmeyer and his crew, in all aspects of this surgery.

My well being from having this procedure has been lifted to a new high, I’m glad I did not wait any longer.

A big Alaskan thanks.
Russell Tanner, Palmer, Alaska

- Russell T.

In reference to the care at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics, LLC, for my broken clavicle, I found that the service and care was, and is very professional and the dedication of the staff is exemplary and outstanding…they go above and beyond. I would be more than happy and pleased to give a positive reference to anyone that needs their care at their clinic. Dr. Montano’s surgical skill in the repair of my clavicle fracture was outstanding. His personal concern left me with a positive outcome to give Pioneer Peak Orthopedics an outstanding reference.

- Donald G.

I am so delighted with the surgery that Dr. Montano performed on my total hip replacement. I went from being in excruciating pain every day, to pain-free within two weeks after surgery. Dr. Montano has wonderful bedside manners. He is sensitive, caring and knowledgeable. He is an incredible doctor!!!! I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a total hip replacement.

- Carol A.

Having suffered with a torn rotator cuff for a couple of years, I finally made a decision to have surgery. After that decision was made, the search began for a top notch surgeon, one that I could trust and believe it. I find that with Dr. Haggerty and have been very pleased with the results. Everything went smoothly and I am totally elated with the fact that I made this decision and couldn’t ask for any better outcome. Kudos to the staff at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics, too. I would highly recommend them for anyone else.

- Mark C.

The whole experience of my left shoulder surgery was great. I experienced no problems. Dr. Haggerty spent time with me and explained everything well.

- Milford M.

Ever since I have been under Dr. Haggerty’s care, I realize now I don’t want to work with any other doctors. They are honest, good people. They are not interested in dragging out the medical care. They are interested in healing you, in curing you and treating whatever is wrong with you. They care about my overall well-being and not just my orthopedic needs. Usually doctors want to push medications but Dr. Haggerty understands my active approach on healthy living and he was able to manage my pain after surgery without the pain medications. I’m so happy I met him. I can honestly say that I am getting healthier every day. Additionally, I am very satisfied with the office staff. Lori, Cheryl, and Nancy work with me perfectly. All of the staff take the time to talk to me. They are equally concerned about my overall being. I’m extremely happy with the functionality of the office. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Haggerty to anyone that wants to better their health. I am completely satisfied with this caring doctor. If anyone wants to hear about him, I would gladly explain what they have done for me. I think any person would live a healthier life if they are treated by Dr. Haggerty.

- Robert “Tommy” M.

My name is Jordon Ashe, I had the Bankart procedure performed last year and I recently had the Laterjet procedure done by Dr. Haggerty after the Bankart failed. In my experience the Bankart procedure was less painful in the first month than the Laterjet, however; my range of motion was less than half of what I experienced with the Laterjet. I would recommend the Laterjet because the recovery time is much less and I feel that it is a stronger repair. I fell just once on ice and I dislocated my shoulder once again after the Bankart and I was back to square one. The Laterjet seems to be much more stable of a procedure and I would recommend it to anyone.

- Jordon A.

I met with Dr. Montano after my primary physician informed me based on X-rays that I may need a hip replacement. My first visit inspired great confidence in Dr. Montano and his staff and I have been impressed and encouraged since. Dr. Montano was conservative in presenting treatment options and left follow-up visits and treatment options up to me. With my hip situation deteriorating, I decided to have a total replacement and I have not been disappointed. The surgery went well, post-op has been uneventful and physical therapy is going well. The results so far have exceeded my expectations as I have been mostly pain free after 2 weeks and it appears that I am ahead of schedule with rehabilitation. My thanks to Dr. Montano and the staff at Pioneer Peak Orthopedic. I would not hesitate to use their services again and I would highly recommend them to anyone else.

- Jay B.

I recently had a total hip replacement surgery with Dr Montano. I am so happy to share the great experience that I’ve had. I contacted the office by email and was pleased by the quick response I got with a phone call. I was able to schedule an appointment in a very timely basis. Dr. Montano was extremely personable. He made a point of explaining the procedure in detail. He answered all my questions. I felt confident in him and have not been let down at any point. I’m doing great!! I progressed rapidly from a walker to a cane, and was able to return to my part time job on my three week anniversary of my surgery. That’s “pretty good”! He and his entire staff are great additions to our valley medical community.

- Patty H.

I am so glad I was referred to Dr. Haggerty. He has just been super with the ways he explains things. I understood what he explained to me about my broken wrist and I am just so glad I had him as a doctor.

- Mamie V.

I am ecstatic that I was referred to Dr. Haggerty for my shoulder surgery. I would like to emphasize the constant pain level I was in and how about a month after the surgery it was almost all gone and a couple months after the surgery it was completely gone. I didn’t think that was even possible. I thought I was going to have to live in pain forever. But right after surgery it felt better and after a month later it was almost pain free. I am thrilled and I feel I owe Dr. Haggerty a great debt.

- Christopher G.

I was scared stiff when I walked in here, knowing that it was not going to be fun. (I had had previous shoulder surgery after a MVA.) I have been treated like I am the only person on his case load. I have gotten incredible, personalized service. I have gotten kindness. I have gotten warmth and smiles from his staff. I have gotten comfort and I have gotten kudos and I have achieved the goal that I had walking in here. The compassion and patience that Dr. Haggerty has shown me is outstanding for as busy as he is. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Haggerty at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics for any procedure that anybody needs. Dr. Haggerty and all the staff have gone above and beyond what I had even remotely hoped for. I cannot say enough good things to express how I feel.

- Gwendolynne T.

The surgery that Dr. Haggerty did help me 100%. The pain is completely gone. After 6 weeks of recovery, I am gaining strength by leaps and bounds. The arthritic pain is under control and I feel better. My demeanor is even better. (would be ok to be a reference).

- Samuel T.

Both of the receptionists I dealt with were kind and I felt like they listened to me well.

I saw Dr. Strohmeyer, and he was also kind and listened. He explained my injury to me and showed me how to wear the boot I was in so that it would heal properly. He also was able to recommend another doctor for me down south where I am leaving for school.

Overall, the staff at this office are wonderful. I would absolutely recommend.

- Mandy P.

I visited several orthopedic surgeons before selecting Dr. Montano to perform a Mako total hip replacement on my left hip. Surgery was Thursday afternoon. Within 8 hours I was walking totally on my own! My hip joint is pain-free. I can’t describe how incredible it feels to stand with my weight equally on both legs and to stand absolutely upright without pain. Now day two post surgery and wondering why I didn’t have this surgery sooner.

- Donna M.

I was in pretty rough shape after my car accident. Dr. Strohmeyer is an excellent surgeon, an extremely knowledgeable and obviously well-practiced doctor, and a very pleasant and kind person. I am very grateful for the excellent care. Highly recommend!

- Ally S.

My name is Marty Green and am 53 years old. I am writing this because my recent surgery with Dr. Haggerty was nothing short of miraculous. It was my seventh surgery on my left shoulder. Dr haggerty came highly recommended by my physical therapist, so I followed her advice and am very glad I did. While everyone else was terrified by the condition my shoulder, Dr. Haggerty was not and was confident he could fix it. He listened to me with true concern and immediately started the process to getting me better. Not only was the surgery a complete success, but the healing is amazing, it is almost like I didn’t have surgery at all!! Very little if any swelling and one tiny little bruse!! I just wish Dr. Haggerty would have been around to do my other surgeries, I am sure that it wouldn’t have taken so many to get it right. I would highly recommend Dr. Haggerty and the folks at pioneer peak orthopedic. The staff is extremely friendly and are very good at what they do as well.

- Marty G.

I saw Dr. Montano for a right hip replacement. I am pleased to say that I left the hospital the first day post-op, because I was feeling so good. Dr. Montano is very well educated in his field of orthopedics, but most of all, Dr. Montano is personable. He cares about his patients. He is easily approached with questions, concerns, and he listens very well. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing orthopedic surgery. All that being said, I hope I only see him again socially! However, if I ever need surgery in the future, I know a good doctor that I will definitely turn to again.

- Margaret S.

Thank you Dr Montano! You are not only a great Dr. but you have compassion. We will continue to keep recommending you! Caden ended 108 in the National Teen Masters Bowling event. He was faced with 3 very unfortunate happenings (non of which we had any control over) which were very disheartening. However, his ankle did great thanks to you. He recieved a very small amount of scholarship money, but learned a lot! We truly appreciate you!

- Cheryl P.

I think my care at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics was awesome. Dr Haggerty knew what he was doing and I would recommend him to other people. My aftercare was fantastic!

- Tonya S.

I am so impressed by his care, both before and after the surgery. I am so happy with the results. The incisions are healed well, neatly, no complications. My arm is working. It is everything I hoped, and more. I am just delighted. His entire office staff are great. He called me the day after surgery and that was no nice. He told me just what he did and explained everything. That really meant a lot to me. I couldn’t be happier.

- Martha R.

I’m really impressed with the care given to my daughter prior to her surgery; ensuring she was comfortable. The surgical incisions were minimal, thereby promoting healing. I think he is an artisan. His attention to detail was spot on. He does amazing work and listens to the patient. Dr. Haggerty is very understanding; quite the amazing guy. I can’t thank him enough. He shows quite the compassion for this job.

- Louis S. (Miranda S.'s dad)

I could not be happier with my care at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics! Dr. Montano did an amazing job reconstructing my knee (ACL) 5 months ago. I’m already back to doing a lot of the things I love to do… running and mountain biking and the knee is feeling better and better each day. I’ve been an athlete my entire life, and doing things outdoors - competitive or otherwise - is a huge part of who I am. I need a real solid knee to do it all!

I feel very fortunate to have known where to go for help from the start; I’ve known Dr. Montano for many years and I work in surgery at MatSu. I’ve had the opportunity to watch Dr. Montano operate on hips and knees and have been really impressed by his work.…he is a perfectionist, is cautious, is experienced, is kind to his colleagues in the operating room, and has a steady hand…all the qualities I wanted in a surgeon!

Dr. Montano and his office staff have been so helpful, supportive, and encouraging throughout my recovery.

I am very grateful!

- Sarah J.

Dr. Haggerty is an amazing man! I know anything he is up to in life is extraordinary. If I was nearby I’d choose Pioneer Peak Ortho as my go-to facility to return to my peak performance with any issue. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this page. Keep up the great work and making a difference in others’ lives!!!

- Ashley R.

Love these guys! Dr. Haggerty is a lifesaver! I will never be able to thank him and Dr. Strohnmeier enough for taking on my shoulder when no one else would!

- Leslie D.

I can’t say enough about the excellent care I have received from Dr. Haggerty and staff. I had rotator cuff and tendon repair and was recovering so fast I hardly could tell anything had been wrong, then I managed to trip over my own shadow and reinjured the shoulder and went back a bit.

Just liked him so much I had to go back. I am confident everything will be fine again.

- Martie R.

Google Reviews

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Highly skilled and empathetic staff. Dr. Montano goes above and beyond expectations and I highly recommend Pioneer Peak to anyone in need.

- Bob Mill

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Dr. Montao and his staff were amazing for my family with my daughters Fracture. Thank you!

- Sarah Tudor

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Both of the receptionists I dealt with were kind and I felt like they listened to me well.

I saw Dr. Strohmeyer, and he was also kind and listened. He explained my injury to me, and showed me how to wear the boot I was in so that it would heal properly. He also was able to recommend another doctor for me down south where I am leaving for school.

Overall, the staff at this office are wonderful. I would absolutely recommend.

- Mandy Pershing

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I could not be happier with my care at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics! Dr. Montano did an amazing job reconstructing my knee (ACL) 5 months ago. I’m already back to doing a lot of the things I love to do… running and mountain biking, and the knee is feeling better and better each day. I’ve been an athlete my entire life, and doing things outdoors —competitive or otherwise—is a huge part of who I am. I need a real solid knee to do it all!

I feel very fortunate to have known where to go for help from the start; I’ve known Dr. Montano for many years and I work in surgery at MatSu. I’ve had the opportunity to watch Dr. Montano operate on hips and knees and have been really impressed by his work.…he is a perfectionist, is cautious, is experienced, is kind to his colleagues in the operating room, and has a steady hand…all the qualities I wanted in a surgeon!

Dr. Montano and his office staff have been so helpful, supportive, and encouraging throughout my recovery.

I am very grateful!

- Sarah Johanson

Facebook Reviews

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I have been a Physical Therapist in the Valley for more than 10 years and have worked with Dr. Strohmeyer, Haggerty, and Montano's patient's, and observed their work first hand in the operating room. Little did I expect to one day be the patient on the operating table! I had a complex fracture of my right thumb joint from getting hit by a hockey puck and was afraid that the joint would never work properly again. I am highly dependent on my right thumb for my work, and because of the excellent results that I see from everyone at their office I knew that I was going to go to Pioneer Peak Ortho. Thanks to Dr. Strohmeyer's care, I NEVER had pain, Only missed work the day I was having surgery, and now have a fully function thumb. I highly recommend all the surgeons Pioneer Peak Orthopedics both personally and professionally.

- Garrick Herr

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Dr Strohmeyer did a wonderful job on my broken wrist. Such a great job I was asking to snowmachine at 6 weeks, that was a no. Lol. He is a very personable person to deal with and explains everything and gives you your options with no pressure either way. I liked him and his work so much I suggested my husband use him for his knee replacement...again his explanations and expertise allowed my husband to walk out of the hospital less than a day later with confidence that the job had been done right. I hope I never break another bone, but if I do Dr Strohmeyer will be my guy.

- Debbie Moseley

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I can not begin to express how grateful I am for Dr. Haggerty and his amazing staff, especially Logan and Corey who have always been helpful, kind, and remember my face and voice.

I came to Dr. Haggerty after 2 failed surgeries, in pain, discouraged, and sceptical of trusting another doctor. He has not only been an outstanding doctor, but a compassionate human that seems to genuinely care about the people he sees. He repaired my mangled shoulder, and after about 6 months from my most recent surgery, almost 2 years of shoulder hell, I'm finally starting to feel like living an active life is possible! Dr. Haggerty has called me personally when he's needed to break difficult news to me, met me at the hospital on his days off to save me the headache and bill of an ER visit, and always takes time to make sure im taken care of. I'm a 25yo horsewoman, and my lifestyle was stripped from me when my surgeries failed and no one would listen to the problems I was still having. To top it off, my husband injured his shoulder last weekend, even with short notice Dr. Haggerty and his team were able to squeeze him in and give him the medical attention he needed (which is non surgical thank goodness!).

I can't say enough good about him and his team! Thank you for making my lifestyle possible again!

- Brooke Noelle Wright

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Friendly staff and great doctors. Drs. Strohmeyer and Haggerty have been great in treating my arm/shoulder. I've received better treatment here in the Mat-Su Valley than I did in Southern California. Thanks!

- Douglass Cooper

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I could not be happier with my care at Pioneer Peak Orthopedics! Dr. Montano did an amazing job reconstructing my knee (ACL) 5 months ago. I’m already back to doing a lot of the things I love to do… running and mountain biking, and the knee is feeling better and better each day. I’ve been an athlete my entire life, and doing things outdoors —competitive or otherwise—is a huge part of who I am. I need a real solid knee to do it all!

I feel very fortunate to have known where to go for help from the start; I’ve known Dr. Montano for many years and I work in surgery. I’ve had the opportunity to watch Dr. Montano operate on hips and knees and have been really impressed by his work.…he is a perfectionist, is cautious, is experienced, is kind to his colleagues in the operating room, and has a steady hand…all the qualities I wanted in a surgeon!

Dr. Montano and his office staff have been so helpful, supportive, and encouraging throughout my recovery.

I am very grateful!

- Sarah Johanson

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I visited several orthopedic surgeons before selelecting Dr Montano to perform a Mako total hip replacement on my left hip. Surgery was Thursday afternoon. Within 8 hours I was walking totally on my own! My hip joint is pain free. I can't describe how incredible it feels to stand with my weight equally on both legs and to stand absolutely upright without pain. Now day two post surgery and wondering why I didn't have this surgery sooner.

- Donna Massay

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I has been 11 months since Dr. Greg Strohmeyer replaced my right hip. At this point all I have to say is WELL DONE!!!!!

And a nice job on the suture, I can hardly see the scar! Very well done!

Now about that other side of my hip.......ugh. Not a matter of "if" but "when" lol.

- Russ Tanner

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Dr. Haggerty provided outstanding care. He was extremely knowledgeable and offered several options. I would definitely recommend him because of his expertise and friendliness. He was caring and concerned for the best treatment outcome.

- Leslie Blake

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Dr Haggerty is a first class physician and person. All of my interactions have been quite pleasant. I am impressed with his intelligence, communication style, honesty and humility. He is very skilled at his craft and makes a daily effort to strive for perfection. I like that he will thoroughly explain your options and work with you to choose the best course of action.

- Dan Gallagher

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Dr. Haggerty is an amazing man! I know anything he is up to in life is extraordinary. If I was nearby I'd choose Pioneer Peak Ortho as my go to facility to return to my peak performance with any issue. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this page. Keep up the great work and making a difference in others' lives!!!

- Ashley Bland-Rountree

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I was in pretty rough shape after my car accident. Dr. Strohmeyer is an excellent surgeon, an extremely knowledgeable and obviously well-practiced doctor, and a very pleasant and kind person. I am very grateful for the excellent care. Highly recommend!

- Ally Segal

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Love these guys! Dr Haggerty is a lifesaver! I will never be able to thank him and Dr Strohmeyer enough for taking on my shoulder when no one else would!

- Leslie S Dodge

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Awesome place I love Dr Haggerty, best shoulder Doc around.

- Frank N Stein

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