Diane Maxwell had been going to the chief of neurosurgery at UCSF who continuously told her that she did not know what was wrong with her; constantly pushed to just do therapy at UCSF (travel back and forth from Gualala), with no option provided to have surgery. Diane is a manager of a PT office and she followed a patient’s experience with Dr. Athanassious and finally had her primary doctor give her a referral to see him. She had her first appointment at the beginning of November and her surgery was performed December 13, 2016. She was treated for a spine collapse; disk loss due to rupture three years earlier (she had had a previous surgery but with little progress). The following June (2017) she had another procedure to relief a herniation causing pressure on nerves into her arm. Diane was amazed that almost immediately following both procedures she felt a complete relief from the pain, almost instantaneous. Diane said, “Both of these surgeries have changed my life immensely, before my treatment from Dr. Athanassious I avoided any type of outings, such as going to the beach, hiking, walking, etc. In May, following the December surgery, I went to New Zealand and climbed through caves, walked up thousands of stairs, and even ran – pain free.” Since both surgeries, living in Gualala, she now loves her outings to the beach, which before she stopped going due to the unlevel footing, etc. She gets emotional when speaking of Dr. Athanassious, who completely changed her life. “Since I’m under 50, I have so much living left to do – and now can pursue life with vigor and without pain or restrictions. Dr. Athanassious is a great listener, too, and you can absolutely feel his compassion.”


“I can now pursue life with vigor and without pain or restrictions.” Dianne Maxwell

“I can now pursue life with vigor and without pain or restrictions.” ~Dianne Maxwell   Read more …


SRO Testimonial 11.3“I have not had any pain whatsoever in the surgery area. I’m just so happy. I can’t even describe how incredible the whole process was. It was an awesome experience.” ~ Scott Weaver      Read More …



At age 55, Brett Raven was experiencing chronic pain due to degenerating herniated disks causing vertebrae to rub against each other pinching nerves. Brett had decompression surgery in 1990, also called a “laminectomy,” to enlarge his spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves. Part of a protruding disk in the L4-5 lumbar region was removed giving relief for about a year. However, as he said, over time, additional disk degeneration caused the pain to return. Brett had an MRI and his new orthopaedic surgeon, Christian N. Athanassious, M.D. with Santa Rosa Orthopedics, recommended that spacers be inserted between his deteriorating disks and that pins and screws be used to fuse the three vertebrae and realign the spine. On February 4, 2015 Brett had the surgery and a couple of weeks later was comfortable enough to walk two to three miles a day. His pain level had been dramatically reduced. Today Brett goes on hikes, lifts weights, is back driving a tractor and working in the vineyard tending 15,000 vines producing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir varietal wines under the “FrostWatch” label. “I hope to get back on my bicycle in a few more months to help me keep up with my wife and kids, ages 14, 15 and 18. “Every week I feel a little bit better.”

“Dr. Athanassious is a very competent orthopedic urgeon. He’s also a good listener and I have a lot of faith in him. He did an excellent job on my back.” ~ Brett Raven        Read More …


“Dr. Athanassious’ work was impeccable, and with my sciatica gone I am thrilled to be back on stage!”
~Robert Keys
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For a consultation, please call 707-546-1922 (option #1) and request an appointment with Dr. Athanassious.

Santa Rosa Orthopaedics
1405 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 546-1922

Mark West Springs
Santa Rosa Orthopaedics
Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
34 Mark West Springs Road, Suite 300
Santa Rosa, Ca 95403
(707) 546-1922