Since her teenage years, Karen Trione has been passionate about riding horses. As a local athlete, Karen specialized in the hunter-jumper division of competitive horseback riding. Unfortunately, in September 2017, while on a ride, she fractured her collarbone and separated her shoulder. The accident was painful and concerning for her future. Fortunately for Karen, her trusted family friend and orthopedist, Dr. Gary Stein, recommended a renowned shoulder specialist located in Santa Rosa.
Karen recalls “The referral to Dr. Neema Pourtaheri was a life-changing gift and the staff at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics was extraordinary – always accommodating. The doctor was particularly knowledgeable about shoulders, very kind and recommended a surgical restoration using a special hook plate. He said this repair technique would provide optimal recovery. The surgery went smoothly with little discomfort and the follow-up care was amazing. After 90 days, Dr. Pourtaheri removed the plate and my mobility was almost immediately restored. With some expert physical therapy, I was back to riding horses the following month. Thanks to Dr. Pourtaheri and Santa Rosa Orthopaedics, I’m now back to regular horseback riding and jumping, celebrating my passion every day.”
About Dr. Pourtaheri
Dr. Pourtaheri completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, before earning a Medical Doctorate in New Orleans, Louisiana, at Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, where he was appointed Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Pourtaheri advanced his orthopaedic expertise with a shoulder and elbow Fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Throughout his undergraduate studies, residency and fellowship, he published several award–winning works on orthopaedic conditions and treatments.
Dr. Pourtaheri has trained alongside some of the world’s finest orthopaedic surgeons and brings invaluable medical expertise about the latest advancements in shoulder and elbow care. In addition, he practices general orthopaedics including arthroscopy, fracture care, joint replacement, and minimally invasive procedures. He also offers regenerative orthopaedics and performs PRP and stem cell injections. Dr. Pourtaheri is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the Arthroscopic Association of North America (AANA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).