Patient Testimonials

Little did I know when I signed up for a hip replacement, that I would get a “rock star” for a surgeon.

Upon meeting her for the first time, I was taken aback by her youthful appearance, and asked if I were her first patient (and thus a guinea pig since she appeared to be about 18 to me). Dr Wong smiled and said she’d already done “hundreds of hip replacements”. Still, I was a little apprehensive.

I took the class for pre-operation hip replacement patients at the hospital. I was the only one who was receiving the anterior method. All of the others were having the conventional posterior surgery.

Well I was fortunate indeed, and thank my lucky stars that Dr Wong did my surgery. My pain level was between a 0 and 1 the first day and settled into a firm 0 after that. I was walking the first day, used a cane on the 3rd day, and could actually walk without a cane on the 7th day, but continued to use it to please my physical therapist who signed me off with an A+ after the 3rd visit.

There are no words to recommend or applaud this talented doctor adequately. If you are lucky, like me, Dr Wong will be your surgeon too!

—Virginia Martin


Dr. Chang, Mirasol Martinez and staff are very compassionate and professional – they listen carefully, explain the recommended treatment, administer procedures gently and efficiently, and carry everything through to the next visit.  They are extremely personable while under pressure as well. I feel very fortunate to be in their care.



I like that Dr. Pecci spends time with me, listens and seems genuinely concerned about my pain issues. I’ve never had a doctor who seems to care as much as Dr Pecci…

—Louise Scouten


I love Dr. Moorthy, he was very good. He was humorous, a good listener and just an overall great Dr.

—Barbara S Upchurch


We love Dr. Preston.  He is always so nice and we never feel rushed.  He has operated on my husband and son and seen my other kids for various injuries as well.  Just a great guy.  Your office always fits us in without having to wait for weeks.  Really appreciate that.  We wouldn’t go anywhere else.

—Kristi T Clark


Everything being in one easy location was great.  I was able to get everything I needed in one visit, including X-rays. I felt like it was a seamless experience and I appreciated not having to waste time going to different facilities and the hassle making different appts

—A.M Vazquez


You guys are great!!  Everything (always!) went very smoothly!  Dr. Schilling was attentive and responsive !  Front desk polite and organized.  All good!  You all run a tight ship!  I’ve been a patient on and off for years and am always satisfied.

—Cheryl B.


Dr. Contreras is ABSOLUTELY wonderful!!!! He is very patient and kind….making the whole experience less stressful.



Dr. George Tischenko is Awesome!; he took the time to explain in detail what was the issues with my son’s knee and how to improve his health, honestly I’ve never seen a provider like him anywhere else; I have no words to explain his professionalism. Thank you Dr. Tischenko and your staff.

—Jaime S.


I was able to get in for an appointment quickly. Compassionate and kind doctor and staff. The doctor was straightforward and provided excellent care. Calls were returned in a timely manner when I had questions after my appointment. Very pleased!

—Lynn Sanguedolce


Everything was great, Dr and staff was kind and helpful, I have seen Dr. Wyzykowski in the past and had a great experience so I requested him again and had another great experience!



Dr. Pecci was very professional and friendly. I felt he was looking out for me…



Dr. Tischenko is an amazing doctor, professional and speedy, but thoughtful and a good listener.  He actually also called me that evening to check in and see how I was doing!  He is extraordinary.



I just love the entire staff at both the Brentwood and Walnut Creek Facilities! Everyone is very friendly… From their X-ray techs, casting experts, front and back office staff to the Doctor’s. I have never had one bad experience and I was at their facilities a lot before and after my surgery for my broken ankle! I have been in some form of the Medical field for 20+ years and I am really big on customer service…They are great at it!  I just love Dr. Moorthy and Dr. Garcia! They did my surgery on my ankle and did a great job!



Lauren the receptionist at the front desk is outstanding. She is always helpful, kind and provides a superior level of service. In this day and age, I much appreciate being treated like a person. Lauren definitely exceeds my expectations every time.

—Robert K.

The whole experience was very positive, from the helpful parking attendant, to the person in the building lobby, the receptionist in the office, the PA, Dr. Nelles. Everyone was very courteous and patient.


Gayle was very attentive and helped me understand my injury as well as a solution for recovery! She is amazing!!


“The staff was very friendly and efficient. I met with the staff initially, had X-rays taken (the tech was terrific), and the Doctor provided the information I needed to remedy the problem. Doctor Miranda was great! Took the time necessary to listen to my problem and provided an effective solution for my case.”

— Bill F.

“It is said that first impression counts. My first impression of your staff members was impressive. They were receptive and were on top all who need to be check in. More importantly, they take what they do seriously yet they are friendly and professional.”

— Tom L.

“The staff was courteous and efficient. Our conversation with Dr. Toma was informative and he spent enough time with us to make us feel completely comfortable with our decision to have surgery with him. We left feeling relieved and “in good hands.”

— Jerald C.

“During my visit with Dr. Pecci for an injection in my left hip, I asked him about PT options or possible stretches that I could do on my own to help loosen up my back which has gotten very tight due to the issues with my hip. Dr. Pecci offered to have one of the athletic trainers chat with me to determine what types of stretches may help. Ethan was very helpful, asked a couple of questions to pin down my issues, and came back with a short stretching program. Great to have a one stop shop!!”

— Jeff V.T.

“Everyone was very nice and professional. Didn’t have to wait long. When I saw Dr. Calafi, he was very nice. I had many questions but never felt rushed. Everywhere in the building was nice and clean. All the staff were very helpful, and went out of there way to make sure I was taken care of and that if there was anything I needed, to let them know. My experience has been great: A great place to be taken care of.”


“The whole experience was wonderful, from making the appointment to seeing the doctor! Dr. Tischenko explained the reasons I was experiencing pain in my knee and used a model of a knee for furthur explaination. He listened, asked what my expectations were concerning my recovery and then explained what he would recommend in order for me to achieve getting back to my usual routine! He had reviewed my medical chart and tests prior to seeing me, so I felt completely confident in his final diagnosis and how to proceed! I thank Dr. Tischenko for his compassion and expertise!”

— Pat M.

“After many months of hip pain, I called Dr. Brad Crow on the advice of my friend who had recently had her hip replaced by Dr. Crow. My first appointment was very thorough, including Xrays of my hips, and I went away knowing just about everything I needed to know about my condition and choices. Dr. Crow and Ms. Emily were very knowledgeable, very honest and east to talk to. I was immediately comfortable. I knew this was the place for me. I had hip replacement very soon after and to this day, not one moment of pain of any kind!…My active life returned to normal within 2 weeks of my surgery! I would highly recommend Dr. crow and his associates! Dr. Crow gave me my very active life back!”

— Jacquie

“Everyone was very nice and professional. Would not go to any other facility. It is the best.”

— Carol

“I couldn’t be more impressed with Dr. Coufal and every staff member I encountered. They were professional, warm, happy and welcoming. I feel blessed to have found them and I would not hesitate to recommend this practice to others.”

—Judith Gilford

“As my first time at an orthopedic office, I was uncertain how things worked. My questions were answered and everyone was very helpful and courteous (front desk, MA’s, x-ray). I liked Dr. Wong. She is a “no-nonsense” type of doctor, who assessed, explained, clearly and treated me as needed.”

— Pam Hill

Dr. Preston has the unique ability to communicate in both medical and athletic terms. He’s been able to bridge the gaps between the sports world, exercise science, and medical world. I’ve admired his work with baseball players and his commitment to baseball and golf fitness.”

Tom House, PhD
National Pitching Association/RDRBI

Dr. Crow was awesome. He was patient, a great listener and he explained my condition in a way that was easy to understand. I have seen other orthopedic surgeons in the past (for other injuries) and I left their offices feeling insignificant and that was not the case with Dr. Crow.” —Julie R.

—Julie R.

“I was very pleased with my appointment with Dr. Murali. She listened to my description of the problem and confirmed her thoughts and opinion on the condition by sharing and explaining the X-Ray photos. We discussed a treatment plan TOGETHER and developed a follow-up course of action. I’m hopeful and optimistic that the follow-up appointments will improve my condition. Thank you Dr. Murali.”

— Al Guzman

“As an aging athlete and a ‘weekend warrior’ in the club playing pick-up basketball, I was fortunate to be referred to Dr. Preston after tearing my achilles tendon. During the course of my care, I was impressed by his interdisciplinary knowledge of sports medicine and exercise science. Since then I’ve engaged him on numerous occasions as sports medicine advisor, and referred him both colleagues and friends alike. Just as he’s had a positive impact on me, we’ve been fortunate to have him as a regular member in our club often taking both personal training or getting in a cardio workout. Regardless of what he’s doing, he’s always available for a question from a personal trainer or member. It’s truly refreshing to find an MD so enthusiastic about getting his patients moving toward a healthy and active lifestyle.”

24 Hour Fitness OlympicsCarl C. Liebert III, Chief Executive Officer
24 Hour Fitness Worldwide


Dr. Tishchenko is extremely knowledgeable, professional and easy to work with – he is also an excellent communicator. More important, his treatments are extremely effective. Having had major rotator cuff shoulder surgery six years ago, I can say with confidence that the results are nothing short of a miracle. He is an excellent surgeon and physician.”


Without going into the “novel” of my spinal issues, Dr. Lee treats me as a person, a unique individual who happens to be his patient. He doesn’t talk “at” me, he talks with me and all decisions are mutually agreed upon. At one point I had issues with the billing department and was denied services. When he found out, he was able to get it resolved, scheduled my appointment and took care of the problem. No doctor does that anymore. He goes above and beyond. There are not enough words of gratitude that I can express to thank Dr. Lee and his staff. They are amazing.”

— Cassandra

Dr. Miranda and his staff are outstanding, every one of them. I feel heard and validated in my concerns and questions. Dr. Miranda is thorough and speaks in a language patients can understand. I have always felt that Dr. Miranda is not rushing to the next patient nor thinking of the last one he treated, he is 100% invested in me during my appointment. Dr. Miranda’s nurse also has a wonderful sense of humor and is so pleasant.”

—Karen Schroter

Dr. Michlitsch took quite a bit of time helping me understand what was going on with my knee. Went over all the MRI images discussing what he saw in them. He offered me differing levels of treatment and then respected my decision on what course to take.”


“When I saw Dr. Kronick, I thought for sure he would come in and “dismiss” me and my ailments. I have not been to a doctor of his caliber in a long time. He’s everything you would want in a doctor … patient, understanding, a good listener, and wants to help you get better. He was actually interested in what I had to say!”

— Jeanette Wriston

“I like the step-by-step plan Dr. Knight laid out for my treatment. I learned what options I had to alleviate my knee pain. The plan was very logical and educational. It earned my buy-in.”

— O.K.

Dr. Pecci was very personable. He took the time to carefully review and explain what he was seeing on ultrasound. He is very skilled in identifying the right spots to inject to relieve my pain. Much appreciated!”

– Claire

Dr. Michael Michlitsch is one of my favorite physicians. He is so warm; listens carefully and I can feel that he sincerely cares about the patient and the problems. I love that he understands the importance of my activities. He did not discourage me or stop me from doing something he knew I enjoyed doing. I am aware that things might have to change but the positive attitude he shows is highly respectable. I highly recommend him with problems related to any sports, weight lifting and other high impact activities. He is very confident and very professional.”

—Camille Anderson

David Brand, PA-C took his time to listen to my reason for making an appointment about my foot. He explained the examination as he went through the analysis. He was patient with my questions and thorough in his explanation. I did not feel hurried and he was gentle in administering the shots I received. Most of all he was patient and kind.”

—Jeffry-Lynn Dunne

“Bridget Garrehy, PA-C was great in checking me out and then explaining what was the root cause of my pain and reduced motion. The cortisone shot was effective: my pain and range of motion has improved. I am completing my rehabilitation and expect to regain motion and strength very soon.”

—Jay C.

“The confidence Dr. Toma had with my complication of prior hardware from surgery in childhood was the best part of my experience. I have seen two other surgeons in Fresno and I am so glad I waited until I moved up here and could have Dr. Toma do the surgery. He did my elderly mother’s hip replacement and she did very well. While I am not exactly looking forward to surgery, I feel a lot better about it since meeting Dr. Toma.”

—Mary S.

Dr. Fulkerson treated me like a person – not an old lady. Too often doctors take one look at grey hair and figure it is an endurance test, which is unavoidable. I feel absolutely satisfied with him. I talked, he listened and answered me directly. He was understanding, professional, all a patient could ask for and more. And he has a wonderful sense of humor.”


“Speaking with Dr. Lange and how he explained everything to me and took time to answer my questions was the best part of my experience with MOS. Dr. Lange replaced both my knees with titanium replacements, and I speak very highly about his care and professionalism.” 

—Isobel C. Erickson

I have been a Coca-Cola salesman for over 30 years. I started with Coca-Cola in the shipping department before college, and it was there that my ankle injury started. My ankle had worsened over the years and I was in constant pain. Dr. Moorthy recommended the STAR ankle replacement and I jumped at the chance for relief. I experienced very little pain and discomfort during recovery. Now, I work out at 24 Hour Fitness three times a week and there isn’t any exercise I can’t do. My new STAR ankle replacement is just as good as the ankle I was born with.

 Paul McComsey

I came to MOS because I needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus. I was anxious, but Dr. Michlitsch came to see me before the surgery and totally put my mind at ease; I knew I was in good hands. I am grateful for everyone I came in contact with, from Dr. Pecci at the beginning to Dr. Michlitsch and his assistant to everyone at the surgery center to my PT— what a fabulous team. They all work together for the patient. Thank you MOS!!

Nanci Petullo

I was an officer in the Army for 21 years and during that time I developed osteoarthritis in my left knee. I couldn’t do the physical activities that I had performed my whole life, swimming, cycling and water-skiing. I came to MOS and saw Dr. Preston, Dr. Narloch and Dr. Lange. All three physicians were outstanding. Each was caring and very informative as to what procedure I was about to undergo.

Dr. Lange fully described the process at the pre-op appointment, the type of replacement I would be receiving and what surgical steps he would take so that I could, once again, get full extension of my knee. He definitely made me feel less anxious before my surgery. Now that my left knee is back in action, Dr. Lange will be replacing my right knee, too.

James B. Harbuck

After a lifetime of active living, I needed replacements in both of my knees. Our annual family trip to Maui was in six months and I didn’t want to be stuck at the hotel in too much pain to be active with my family.

Dr. Kronick didn’t even flinch when I asked him to replace both knees at the same time! He is pleasant but professional and has such a positive outlook. I needed that in a doctor if I was going to get back to living my life the way I wanted to.

I have taken my new knees to Maui and France, keeping up with my family the whole way. I am truly a person whose life has changed 100% thanks to Muir Orthopaedic Specialists. I would not go to anyone else. Only Dr. Kronick and MOS.

Kathleen Mero